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Volkswagen New Beetle, Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen Jetta, Volkswagen Passat, Diesel, Hatchback, Sedan, Wagon
#906 of 2551 Where can I sell my Golf TDI?
Jan 07, 2004 (10:51 am)
I'm new here, sorry if this is an inappropriate place for my question.
I have a 2002 Golf TDI with 68,000 Km (40,000 miles) Its a wonderful car, great fuel mileage, fully loaded with heated seats, sun roof, alloys etc.... My wife and I have recently been blessed with twins. Our total child headcount is now 4, or 1 more than legally allowed in a Golf. :0( Not only have we suffered the humiliation of having to buy a wretched minivan, we now need to sell the Golf. Does anyone know of a site dedicated to classified vw ads?
#907 of 2551 Camshaft and lifters re bpeebles
Jan 07, 2004 (11:07 am)
I'm sure rocque simply made a honest mistake and intended to say camshaft and valves;)
How many camshafts have been replaced due to wear over at that TDI type site where there are close to 20,000 members? Zero to the best of my knowledge.
C'mon rocque, tell us the details.
#909 of 2551 Lifters re bpeebles
Jan 07, 2004 (12:05 pm)
According to VW the TDI has single overhead camshaft, spur driven belt, two valves per cylinder, maintenance free hydraulic lifters, single valve springs.
#910 of 2551 I'm not kidding
Jan 07, 2004 (12:37 pm)
I'm going to pick up the car, the mechanic say's he has the parts to show me. I'm just as shock as you are. and I'm telling you all the truth. It all started when I day I heard a clicking noise comming from under the turbo wastegate(in that area) then I after I was driving and the car started to sputter(it felt like I was running out of gas but I wasn't) anyway I stopped the car and had it towed to my mechanic.
#911 of 2551 Just bought a 2002 Jetta TDI GLS
Jan 13, 2004 (3:01 pm)
Gotta tell you, I love the car, love the diesel, love the many different gadgets and additions that come with a VW car.
I do however have some questions. This is my first diesel experience. The 2002 model I bought had 47,000 miles on it, but it is in MINT condition. Engine looked great, no issues with performance, etc..
My questions are this:
1) When should I first change the oil? (50k) Should I move to synthetic, or synthetic blend first?
2) Should I run the car "through the garden" as it pertains to maintenance. I.E. Belts, Filters, etc.? Just in case.
3) I typically fill up at a Shell, Phillips 66, or Shamrock station. Should I worry about adding fuel additives during cold weather (I live in KS)? Or do these stations add it prior?
4) And finally... What should I expect to pay for an oil change, belt replacement, etc.?
Thanks.. you can either respond here or write me at adetwi01sprintspectrum.com
#913 of 2551 For CARB state readers:
Jan 14, 2004 (5:21 am)
Info from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection website:
Has Massachusetts prohibited diesel passenger vehicle sales in Massachusetts?
No. Massachusetts has not specifically prohibited the sale of diesel passenger vehicles. However, diesel vehicles can only be registered in Massachusetts if their emission levels are low enough to meet California emissions standards, which Massachusetts has adopted. The automobile manufacturers have not made MY 2004 diesel passenger vehicles that meet MY 2004 emission standards.
(Note the word REGISTERED. Sneaking a car from another state will not work).
Will consumers be able to register diesel passenger vehicles in the future?
Current diesel technology has not advanced to the degree that automobile manufacturers can produce vehicles to meet the more stringent LEV II standards. It is up to the automobile manufacturers to produce diesel passenger vehicles that are California-certified so they can be registered in Massachusetts. As diesel technology advances and as low sulfur diesel fuel is phased in, diesel passenger vehicles may be manufactured to meet the California standards under LEV II.
I think when we have low sulfur fuel and can take advantage of the advanced diesels from europe we'll all be better off. Not to mention the fact that many of the problems people have now will go away. Our diesel is the equivalent of leaded gas in the 70s. Outdated.
Jan 14, 2004 (5:34 am)
Welcome. Please send me an email (it's in my profile) and I'll send you some links to important info. Please put "TDI" in the subject so my spamfilter doesn't zap you.
To answer your questions:
1. This car should have had synthetic in it from day one. If not the service intervals should be much shorter (around 5k). With synthetic the interval is listed at 10k miles and even that is conservative.
2. It's possible it needs some things, but one place to start would be a VW dealer. A good one will be able to look up the maintenance history (assuming it's been maintained by a VW dealer). This sounds like a lease return (just a hunch) so it's quite possible the previous owner had it serviced by VW. If you can't get a maintenance history on it, I think an oil/filter change, fuel filter change, and air filter check are in order. Not much else needs done. The belts should be good for awhile but see #4 below for more on that.
3. Additives....well I guess it depends on how comfortable you are with your fuel and how cold the temps are. I would recommend treating it yourself anytime the temps might drop below freezing. The cost is minimal for the most part. I generally use Powerservice winter formula (white bottle). Powerservice is rather cheap and does a good job. I normally buy BP Supreme from a local distributor and I normally don't treat it unless the temps are going to get really cold (like under 10F). But I personally know the distributor and that he takes great care to supply quality fuel. I was up and running at -15F last winter with no problems.
4. Seems like $50 for a synthetic oil change at the dealer isn't out of line. I use either Amsoil or Delvac 1 (which is more expensive and better IMHO than what a dealer will use) and I have about $40 in it doing it myself. Takes about 10 minutes every 10k-13k miles. I highly recommend learning how to do this yourself, I think my wife could do it and she's far from mechanically inclined. It's that easy.
As for the timing belt...you'll have to check your manual as to when it's due on your car. VW has changed the interval just about every year it seems. I'm not sure what dealers are getting for a belt change. Seems like $500 is a number that's stuck in my head. I'm guessing, but I think your should be good until 80k miles at the least. I didn't have mine changed at the dealer though so there are other options. I'll give you more detail in my email.
Good luck with the car.
#915 of 2551 desperate for a diesel small car
Jan 14, 2004 (4:23 pm)
I thought I was too, until I found out that you need to modify the EGR and run cetane in it to make it run at peak efficiency. BS for a new car, IMHO, unless you enjoy monkeying with your car.
Not VWs fault, just better diesel engines with crappy fuel. When we get the good fuel and don't have to modify our new car engines, I'll be in line.