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Volkswagen Jetta, Biodiesel, Diesel, Sedan
#3721 of 4777 Re: Jetta Wagon brake light bulb replacement [jogousa]
Dec 05, 2009 (7:03 am)
I do have an owner's manual. It says to take it to the dealer. This is very expensive. I thought that someone here may have figured out an easy way to do this themselves. I have a 2005 Jetta wagon, and unfortuneately, it appears that I need to remove the interior trim to access the brakelight bulbs. I don't think I can do this myself without butchering the interior of the cargo area.
I'm glad to see that that VW has made this easier to do in the 09 wagons, but that doesn't help me.
#3722 of 4777 Re: Jetta Wagon brake light bulb replacement [smdtdi]
Dec 05, 2009 (8:29 am)
I think VW is slowly but surely getting the message! On my 09 Jetta Wagon you have access from rear cargo area where there are 2 small cut-offs in the lining.
Now if they would re-design the headlight assembly so that one doesn't have to take the front bumper off, that would help. Right now, as is, you have to take the front bumper off to get to 2 screws that hold front headlight assembly, what a chore!
#3723 of 4777 09 Jetta Wagon safety issue.
Dec 05, 2009 (8:34 am)
For all those out there, who frequently remove rear cargo area retractable black cover, be aware! Once you take it out the rear edge of the plastic cover that fits behind rear seats has razor sharp edge! I suggest to take a sand paper and round the edge off otherwise you may cut your fingers (like I did mine a while ago)....
Dec 05, 2009 (3:23 pm)
Hey folks -
Test drove a '10 TDI Sportwagen today - I specifically asked if the engine use a timing belt or chain, and the salesman said "chain, requires no maintenance." I know that was true with my old '97 Altima, but an 8-point buck killed it a few days ago at 231K so I'll never know just how far it will go. Anyhow, a few questions for current owners:
1- is that timing chain really "no maintenance", or does the VW service manual call for service/replacement at some point?
2- I've noticed some posts regarding sceduled maintenance visits - am I lining myself up for some high-dollar visits to the dealership with this car that I wouldn't with garden-variety gas engine cars?
3- test drove a wagen with the panoramic roof - wasn't planning on getting that option but now I like it. Any experience with wind noise or water leak issues out there regarding that roof?
4 - Anyone have the cornsilk interior, and notice a lot of scuffing or dirt issues?
Thanks for any help
#3725 of 4777 Re: New TDI Wagen questions [notquitejetta]
Dec 05, 2009 (3:42 pm)
The '10 TDI has a spur belt driven valve train. The gas engine has a chain driven valve train.
I've found over the past five years that TDI maintenance has been less expensive than for previous cars with gas engines. Of, course, the maintenance costs for gassers may have decreased over the past five years, too.
#3726 of 4777 Re: New TDI Wagen questions [notquitejetta]
Dec 05, 2009 (3:50 pm)
Panoramic roof: No leaks so far - 9500 miles on 09 Jetta Tdi Wagon.
Replaced VW ill-designed wind mesh deflector with plastic wind deflector. Not sure if 2010 has the same design though.
Scheduled maintenance is free for the first 3 years/36,000 miles - at least on 09 it is!
#3727 of 4777 Re: New TDI Wagen questions [jogousa]
Dec 05, 2009 (4:16 pm)
Thanks for the info on the roof, and also on the timing belt from cosmo. I like the panoramic roof now that I've seen it, but unfortunately it's on a car with the cornsilk interior and I can't get past that yet. Also, I didn't notice any sort of wind deflector in front of the roof on the '10. I didn't notice any wind noise but I was busy talking to the salesman at the time. As for the timing belt, that's a bummer. I've changed two or three myself in the past but I was hoping to avoid it with this car.
To my knowledge the '10 also has free schedule maintenance through 36,000, but I saw a prior post where an owner was concerned with the 40K visit and its cost.
#3728 of 4777 Re: New TDI Wagen questions [notquitejetta]
Dec 05, 2009 (4:59 pm)
I don't know what happens when '10 panoramic roof opens, but when you slide open '09 a black framed mesh wind deflector pops up to deflect bugs and wind. That was what I described as ill designed item. Maybe on '10 they took my advice and it is no longer there...
Either way, you need some kind of a wind deflector otherwise you can have that roof open only well below 30 MPH. If you exceed that, you have to open both rear windows otherwise the wind noise combined with vortex hurts your ear drums.
I like to have it crack open on the freeway (to the first stop like 5" to 10") with plastic wind deflector installed - that way you can have it open even when it rains and drive just about any speed. But if you had a sunroof or moonroof before, you know what I am talking about.
I am not familiar with "cornsilk" - mine is a beige color what used to be called MB-TEX few years back on Mercedes cars.
#3729 of 4777 Re: New TDI Wagen questions [notquitejetta]
Dec 05, 2009 (5:14 pm)
Salesman says "The timing chain is 'no maintence'
The TDI set up however doesn not use a chain, but a 100,000 mile interval belt, that indeed will require changing. Costs for that one maintence are still unsure as the MK6's are still too new to know, but you could ask the dealer for a quote. (don't ask the $alesman)
If you get a TDI with the DSG transmisson, there is also a pretty hefty $ervice bill due on that at 40,000 miles (just after the 3 free oil changes run out.)
If you go with the stick, I think you duck that one.
At least with the new 2010's they have put the 'multi function display' buttons back on the Wagon steering wheel.
You would only have noticed VW's bizare fishnet air deflector if you had opened half the roof.
#3730 of 4777 Re: New TDI Wagen questions [jogousa]
Dec 05, 2009 (5:26 pm)
Ha-ha I didn't know that thing opened. It looked like a hard-mounted sheet of glass to me. Perhaps the salesman did't operate it since it felt like 10 below in Detroit today. I checked it out on VW's website and I see the deflector you spoke of. I can't say for sure if they've improved it but the picture on the site appears to be the mesh design. Any cabin heat issues with the large glass panel?
VW calls the interior color "cornsilk beige" on their site. It's that really light colored beige that I too have seen on Merecedes, Saabs, or other Euro cars. I have a lot of kids so I'm afraid it may take a beating.