Last post on Jul 17, 2009 at 3:49 AM
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Volkswagen Jetta, Sedan
Jul 11, 2009 (4:26 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 (5:57 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 (7:10 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 (3:17 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 (12:28 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 (5:21 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 (3:49 am)
Thanks for the help...never heard of this product and service.