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You are in the Volkswagen Jetta
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Volkswagen Jetta, Biodiesel, Diesel, Sedan
#4498 of 4747 Re: 09&later HPFP [shrifty]
Mar 16, 2011 (6:12 pm)
We VDubers are all in the same boat no matter if you have a new one or and old one.
My BRM came with a list of inherent mechanical issues that will keep costing me 3 to 4 time any estimated savings on diesel fuel mpgs compared to reg unleaded.
I have had VW's spread out over 50 years and other than a rare 72 super beatle they have all been problomatic.
The new non hybrid 2011 cars rated at 34 to 40 mpg on reg gas that are the same size or larger than the Jetta TDI are, for my next vehicle the ones I'll be shopping for.
VW reliability issues are part of the ownership experience as they jump from one half baked idea to another and use us owners as unpaid research and develpment guinea pigs..
NO more VW's for me, I'm done. As they say, "I'm gettin' too old for this ####"
#4499 of 4747 Re: 09&later HPFP [longo2]
Mar 17, 2011 (5:37 am)
I am sorry to hear your Sportswagen TDI has not worked out for you. I had high hopes for that car. Looking at the alternatives that are non hybrid, well there are none. The closest would be the Hyundai Elantra rated at 33 MPG. The average owner is claiming only 28 MPG combined. It looks like the problem in the USA is our substandard fuel. It is hard to say what damage our ethanol laced gas is doing to many vehicles. How much has it shortened the life of those cars. I am holding out for a diesel SUV. I would like a smaller size than the current half dozen diesel SUVs being sold.
#4500 of 4747 Re: 09&later HPFP [longo2]
Mar 17, 2011 (10:10 am)
I really can't say I blame you there. All brands have a certain percentage of "Mr. Hyde" samples. They also have a pretty annoying smaller percentage of "and when its bad its REALLY bad" samples. VW for some reason seems to have a higher percentage of those Mr. Hyde samples (with sub categories) than (for example) most Japanese oems.
But then on the other hand, they do succeed in having a good percentage of Dr. Jekyll samples also. I just ran a like for like cost comparison on a 03 TDI Jetta and 04 Civic. Let me be one to also say it is really an apples to oranges comparision. Since this is a Jetta TDI thread, the real competition is the Toyota Camry Hybrid. Be that as it may, the gasser 04 Civic costed a lot more than the VW Jetta TDI. In discussion round numbers, app $4,300 in 120,000 miles. Msg 2197
"What would it take for YOU to buy a diesel car?"
Let me say this as clear as possible while not shouting. I am/ was in no way unhappy with the 04 Civic. In fact, I am VERY happy with it and it fulfills the reasons I bought it, ...daily commuting. So by default, the VW (Jetta TDI) has been truly a "cut above".
Mar 28, 2011 (5:41 pm)
Does anyone know how to disable TPMS on an 09 TDI Sedan? Currently I will be running on my spare for a few days (tire with sensor is in shop) and I would like to disable the system so that the light will be out. Would it require a code change with VAG-COM?
#4502 of 4747 Re: TPMS [shrifty]
Mar 28, 2011 (7:17 pm)
Some winters i use black electrical tape.
imho the TPMS system is waaaay more trouble than it is worth.
when the TPMS valve stems fail/leak, consider to replace with normal valvestems and start a 401K. :|
#4503 of 4747 Re: TPMS [elias]
Mar 28, 2011 (8:15 pm)
I was talking to the guys at our local Goodyear about them, and feel that they are a pointless waste. I check my pressure at least 2 times a month since I drive about 1K a week and want to ensure they are good.
They said that once the batteries go bad in the sensors, you need to replace the entire sensor, not just the battery inside. Not sure how expensive that will be, but it seems that you have to go to the dealership to have them reprogrammed.
Currently I am driving on my spare (Bridgestone Turanza ER300) until I can get a new wheel. Does anyone have any experience as to how well this tire will hold up? I have about 1200+ miles to travel before I can get the wheel replaced.
In the meantime, my TPMS light will be on as my current wheel is at the shop with the sensor still inside it. My light is now flashing or steady, with annoying messages telling me that my tire pressure is low.
In hindsight, I should have asked them if they could mount the tire back on the damaged wheel, and throw it in the trunk so the car's TPMS will be happy
The tape option sounds cost effective and functional, but I don't think it would pass inspection
Mar 29, 2011 (2:40 pm)
I have a 2007 Jetta with the TPMS system. One sensor did fail, as the dash light came on, but all the tires were at the correct pressure. A trip to my Goodyear store and they found the bad sensor. They had to get a new sensor, which was about $100 repair job. Looks like down the road, these things will create a maintainence issue at $100 per wheel.
I check tires about every 2-3 weeks, so normally not an issue, but recently was driving to get on the freeway and the light came on again. Stopped and checked pressure, and sure enough a back tire was low. Took a further look and had a nail in the tire.
#4505 of 4747 Re: TPMS [belaircarguy]
Mar 29, 2011 (4:28 pm)
One of my tires has been patched a few times now due to nails or staples (the big ones). Fortunately I didn't lose air from them, but noticed the bits of metal sticking out. I would rather check my tires weekly than pay a few hundred to have the sensors replaced. I'm not sure what the lifespan is on the TPMS sensors. More than likely I'll have the car programmed to ignore them once they go bad.
#4506 of 4747 Throttle Body
Jun 26, 2011 (7:26 am)
Have a 2011 Jetta TDI Sportwagen, 6 speed manual. While teaching my son to drive the stick shift, with only 4,600 miles on it, it stalled and would not restart. Took a day to diagnose, but the throttle body had to be replaced. They said the plate was binding. Must have shut off air to the engine? Anyway anyone else have this or similar problem? I just got a friend to buy one before this happened!
#4507 of 4747 Re: Throttle Body [uvrower]
Jun 26, 2011 (7:48 am)
I have a 2010 Jetta TDI with approximately 15,000 miles on it. I notice that sometimes it loses power momentarily at highway speeds, and at lower speeds as well, but not as often. It's usually when it is cruising around 1,800 RPMs, regardless of speed. Once when I was driving in stop-and-go city traffic, it stalled...right out of the blue. I was idling, and it just stopped running. It made me think that this might be what is happening at highway speeds as well, but since it has manual transmission, the momentum must be forcing it to restart itself. Nothing has shown up in dealer diagnostics but, then again, trying to explain something like this to an undedicated service advisor can be quite trying.