Last post on Jul 17, 2009 at 4:49 AM
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Volkswagen Jetta, Sedan
#1433 of 1441 Re: My take on 2005.5 - present Jetta [jodar96]
Jul 02, 2009 (9:58 am)
"Dislikes: rough sounding and growling engine at start up and take offs, "
I had the same motor experience when I test drove a 2007 Rabbit with the same 5 cylinder engine. But by the time I finally bought - a 2009 Rabbit - the engine was super smooth and quiet, feels more like a 4 cylinder. None of the "attributes" car magazines ascribe to 5 cylinder motors - no "lumpiness", "lope" or growl.
#1434 of 1441 43K miles, no problems
Jul 11, 2009 (4:57 am)
My 2007 Jetta now has 43K miles, and there have been no real problems. I saw excessive brake dust on the back wheels, but the dealer fixed the problem (after two tries and new calipers). Those are the original brakes 43K, and they have some miles left in them. Original tires will need to be replaced soon - no other problems. Still comfortable and fun. I get 25 MPG in mixed driving, down from the 26 average when I did a bit more highway driving. On a trip, I got 30-31 MPG with a lot of the miles between 75-80 (and a couple of miles over 100). This has been such a nice car that my wife's next car will be a Sportwagen (though she insists on an automatic.)
Jul 11, 2009 (5:26 am)
I just leased a 2009 Jetta SE wagon and want to protect the car. I have been looking for a bumper bra...where is the best place (website) to purchase this product and all
VW parts. I have been on many vw parts websites but they are not great. What do you suggest?
Jul 12, 2009 (6:57 am)
Kind of a specific inquiry, but wondering if anyone has experienced the same problem...
I have an '06 Jetta Value edition with 66K. (bought it in '05) I live in Florida. In the past two weeks I have noticed that my a/c is intermittently taking longer to blow cool air. It is to be expected that it would take a few minutes, especially after sitting in the Florida heat. However, it might take 10 minutes before it starts to cool down. In addition, I have noticed a slight grinding sound after I turn on the a/c. It sounds like metal on metal.
So, I took my car into the dealership yesterday. They told me that the a/c clutch and compressor were disintegrating and metal shavings were getting into the a/c system. They said it would cost $1785 to replace all the parts and flush the system. On a side note, my rear brakes are squealing again, and that will cost $275 to replace. Of course, I have no warranty left, and no extended warranty.
I bought this car brand new in 2005. I have owned other cars in Florida and have not experienced anything like this. I really love the Jetta, but the costs to repair and maintain it are excessive.
So, before I go out and buy a Civic, I was wondering if anyone was experiencing the same problem.
#1437 of 1441 Re: A/C Issue [steve3275]
Jul 12, 2009 (8:10 am)
My experience was with a vastly different car, but A/C compressor design wasn't radically changed for our Jettas. I had a clutch fail a few years back - there was a red/brown dust visable around the compressor - but I didn't have it looked at until it was too late. Earlier, they could have replaced only the clutch and retained the compressor. I waited until the compressor housing was also chewed up, making it impossible to mount a new clutch unit. Still, there were no "metal shavings" in the system. The compressor clutch is external to the air or coolant system. I would think that at worst, you would need a new compressor and clutch. It's belt driven and external. Perhaps someone other than the VW dealer could give you a price. I had my work done at a local repair shop who had the equipment to recharge the A/C after disconnecting the compressor. There was no "flushing" necessary. By the way, everyone else buys compressors from some supplier in Japan, so I can't imagine VW is doing otherwise. Even the cost of a new compressor should be less than $1700.
Jul 13, 2009 (4:17 am)
I just leased a 2009 Jetta wagon and am looking to purchase a protective
bumper bra. I have looked on a number of different websites and found nothing.
What is the best site or store to purchase this and other VW stuff?
#1439 of 1441 Re: car gear [wmenking]
Jul 15, 2009 (1:28 pm)
3M makes a film that many installers use and market as a "Clear Bra". Your dealer may even offer something.
#1440 of 1441 Re: A/C Issue [homerkc]
Jul 15, 2009 (6:21 pm)
Thanks for the info!
Well, since my earlier post I went to get a second opinion with an a/c mechanic. He said the compressor was going bad. He also said that he has seen this very same problem with many other 2005 Volkswagens. Very strange.
#1441 of 1441 Re: car gear [robr2]
Jul 17, 2009 (4:49 am)
Thanks for the help...never heard of this product and service.