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Volkswagen Jetta, Biodiesel, Diesel, Sedan
#4643 of 4777 Tough Shopping!
Apr 21, 2012 (1:40 pm)
"We have Hoodguards for these models:
1999.5 - 2005 Jetta"
Thanks for the link cosmos, but they don't stock the hood guard for the newer Jettas.
I found another link from an old VW Jetta Forum that might have one...will keep poking around until one shows up.
This is the first time I've ever stumped eBay looking for an item!
Just bought a hoodguard for our Honda Ridgeline off eBay, you would think the VW's would be there too. Lots of hoodguards for the older VW models tho.
#4644 of 4777 Re: Jetta Hood Guard [longo2]
Apr 21, 2012 (6:54 pm)
There are other options besides the hood-guards. Have you considered a clear stick-on film? They are custom-cut to fit your vehicle. They cover the leading-edge of the hood and the headlights too.
It is sorta like xtra-thick scotch-tape. It is nearly invisible. pebbles and stones bounce off of it without damage.
Also - It does not alter the looks nor aerodynamics of your vehicle like a hood-guard does.
You should find retailers by going to 3m.com or expel.com.
#4645 of 4777 Re: Jetta Hood Guard [bpeebles]
Apr 21, 2012 (8:52 pm)
The clear film is an option, but I was in a "Tint Shop" a couple of weeks ago and they wanted $300.00 to do a small 3-M rock guard job and mentioned that the Jetta hood should be re-painted first.
(they wanted $700.00 to do the Ridgeline)
#4646 of 4777 Are the Big$$ repairs common??
May 06, 2012 (9:55 am)
I drive an '07 Jetta 2.5, my fourth VW, and it's been as good a car as I could have hoped for. Still, I'd like a TDI, mostly because I find the diesel technology fascinating (I owned an old non-turbo diesel in the 80's, but that's another story.) My commute is only 15 miles each way, and I total only 16K miles per year. As such, I don't want to incur some of the big repairs (hi-pressure pump, etc.) because my fuel savings won't offset them. SO, how common are those expensive repairs? If I maintain the engine from new, can I expect 100-150mi. without the big ticket repairs?
#4647 of 4777 Re: Are the Big$$ repairs common?? [homerkc]
May 06, 2012 (5:26 pm)
There is always the chance for failure... a machine is not a perfect entity.
HOWEVER: I always ALWAYS add diesel-additive when I fill the fueltank. Not only does it increase Cetane... it also contains lubricant for the fuel-pump and injectors.
The additional Cetane boosts MPG by 2-5MPG... this is a fact!
#4648 of 4777 Re: Are the Big$$ repairs common?? [bpeebles]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
May 06, 2012 (7:07 pm)
I have owned three diesels from 3 different manufacturers and one thing I was fastidious about was a) changing fuel filters and b) adding cetane enhancer and fuel biocides. I never ever had a fuel problem with any of these cars.
#4649 of 4777 Re: Are the Big$$ repairs common?? [homerkc]
May 07, 2012 (5:36 am)
I drive an 06 Jetta that I bought brand new. It is now May of 2012. 141,000 miles. No major repairs of any sort. Put new brakes on myself. I change the oil every 5000 miles with Mobil 1 ESP 5W-30. I do it myself with one of the oil suckers from Harbor Freight, which is how they did it at the dealership. I change the air filter every time I change the oil cause I live 5 miles off the highway on a gravel road. I had an aluminum trailer built by a kid in Ag Mechanics in Bellevue, TX and pull 2 ATVs to our favorite riding area on a regular basis, as well as hauling lots of generalized crap on the trailer and the car has never missed a beat. 42 MPG most of the time. 35-36 MPG pulling the trailer with ATVs to Cloudcroft, New Mexico from Henrietta, TX. 40 MPG running the AC all the time last summer during the drought here. My wife drives a 2006 TDI Beetle. Less maintenance running up and down country roads than the Jeeps we both used to drive, plus more than twice the MPG. Only major repair on either car was after a lady with no insurance plowed into my wife. These are great cars! Darn near bulletproof. The engine runs like my Deere, and lots quieter.
#4650 of 4777 Re: Are the Big$$ repairs common?? [Mr_Shiftright]
May 07, 2012 (7:05 am)
Just returned from a 5,000 mile 2 country round trip and found my 06 Jetta TDI has a very distinct disliking for some popular brands of diesel fuel.
I have an engine Stutter at 2000 to 2500 rpm when the car goes down hill on cruise and then calls for fuel as the grade starts to climb again. It's a rather violent engine miss and feels like the motor is goling to self destruct for about a second.
However, it only happens on certain brands of fuel. I changed the fuel and air filter less than 10,000 miles ago. As I re-fuel at least once a day on these long drives and use different brands, the effect is sudden and obvious.
Last fill up was at a "Loaf and Jug" in Great Falls Montana, and the car sailed home 8 hours of driving, without a miss and got the best mpg's of the trip. Go figure!
#4651 of 4777 Re: Are the Big$$ repairs common?? [longo2]
May 07, 2012 (7:14 am)
Well another possibility is you took on minute amounts of H20. However I do know anecdotally that certain brands do better in certain engines. The WHY is unfortunately too opaque.
#4652 of 4777 Re: Are the Big$$ repairs common?? [mamx4]
May 07, 2012 (7:35 am)
Great testimonial, to the quality of the VW TDI cars. Keep us posted.