Last post on Nov 17, 2013 at 8:38 AM
You are in the Volkswagen Jetta
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Volkswagen Jetta, Biodiesel, Diesel, Sedan
#544 of 4777 Re: Peace [curtc]
Oct 17, 2005 (9:17 am)
What years Jetta diesels did your friends own? 2004-current has different engine than 1999 1/2 - 2003, and the 1997-1999 engine is very similar to the 1999 1/2 to 2003 engine although the minor changes have some significant ramifications.
The current engine is the most intolerant to improper oil or low quality diesel. And it is important to note that the PD is desigined to run on higher cetane fuel of Europe that is typically not easily found in North America.
Does the owners manual explain intake clogging?
Does the owners manual tell you that some of it's dealers do not use the correct engine oil?
Did the owners manual provide info. on defective MAF sensors and the effect on drivability?
Did the owners manual warn that the dealer was going to put the wrong timing belt on the TDI?
Is "relay 109" problem for earlier TDI explained in the owners manual?
There are a great number "tricks" that can improve your ownership experience of a VW TDI.
People with an attitude like yours are typically the ones complaining at MyVWLemon. Careful review of anything posted and some degree of skepticism is a wise course, however, your earlier posts are inflammatory and disruptive and show a lack of knowledge or willingness to accept information.
If you only want your TDI to last until the warranty expires then use whatever oil is the cheapest, diesel fuel from stations that have a low diesel business, and drive your TDI like a gasser.
#545 of 4777 I finally drove one today
Oct 17, 2005 (3:05 pm)
It was a Pkg 1 with DSG. The seats were great and it handled like it was on rails. I got to take it on the interstate and some pretty beat up and bumpy farm roads. Not to stiff, not too soft. Even better then my Passat. Best of all, my clubs fit nicely in the trunk with the Driver still in the bag. There would even be extra room for plenty of fuel additives I'm sold.
The stereo was excellent. Does anybody know if you get the same one in a Pkg Zero (dealer's words) car? The salesman I had wasn't sure.
My only quibble was that the DSG got thru 1st gear almost like it was a creeper gear. It had a little herky-jerkiness on take off as a result. Once rolling in 3rd it was excellent and I found myself quickly in the ticket zone.
I'll miss my 5 speed but my job causes me to need to be on the cell while driving so an automatic is a must have in my next car. Traffic in Austin stinks. I wish this thing had Blue Tooth. Anybody know how hard/expensive it would be to add it to the stereo? For that matter, is the stereo still a part of the car's diagnostic system like it was in my Passat? That's a real pain if you need service and have to get the factory head unit back in place...
Minutes later I drove a Ford Fusion 3.0L SEL with their auto. I must say that it drove and shifted smoother all around, but the handling was better on the VW as was the rest of the interior and general feel. That the VW will probably get 50% to 75% better fuel efficiency ices the cake. Assuming I keep the car as long as my last one I'd expect prices to average close to $4/gal during the total ownership time. So that's important.
I've been to the two local dealers near my home (north Austin, TX). On is selling for sticker, the other has some BS add on crap for a few hundred over. I told the more helpful/friendly of the two I was looking for $500 over invoice and he said to be prepared to wait about a year - but he took my name and number down. No hassle at all.
Time will tell if and when I buy one. My car is fine so I can be patient. If anybody out there has gotten a decent deal please share. I flew up to Tulsa to get my Odysee a few years ago - and save >$2000 in return for the long drive home even after factoring in air fare.
#546 of 4777 Re: VW stance on fuel-additives [bpeebles]
Oct 17, 2005 (3:48 pm)
Glad to put in my two cents worth. Now: a question. How does the "new" TDI tolerate "greasel"?
#547 of 4777 Re: VW stance on fuel-additives [nullifier]
Oct 17, 2005 (6:21 pm)
I have not come across any details about the PD engine running on "greasel"...but keep in mind that most of my research pertians to the TDI engine I have. (Not PD engine) so I have not specificly looked for that information.
On a related subject about PD engine - It is interesting to note that reciently, there have been some reports about the PD engine in respect to the use of incorrect oil.... SEVERE CAMSHAFT DAMAGE was the result. Specificly, somone had taken their PD-equiped TDI to a quickie-oil-change joint that had no clue that VW 505.01 oil is MANDITORY for that engine. Apparently the camshaft-driven fuel pumps put a lot of stress on the lobes.
Oct 17, 2005 (7:28 pm)
Want to buy a TDI, but it seems that maintenance will be expensive. Can anyone the reliability of TDI. if Jetta GLI is better choice?
Thanks in advance.
#551 of 4777 Re: 2 cents re sean9 [bpeebles]
Oct 18, 2005 (10:55 am)
Will the Power Service, will also work in the 06 TDI Jetta, I have had 7 TDI's but not one since 02,and I did use it then,and worked great I am waiting to get my new JettaTDI in 2 weeks,I can't wait!
#552 of 4777 Re: 2 cents re sean9 [revnkevin]
Oct 18, 2005 (2:31 pm)
Since the "new" TDI with the Pumpe Duse (PD) engine was released in USA expecting the new laws to kick in mandating ELSD (Extremely Low Sulfer Diesel), I would expect that the PD engine would benifet from Cetane improve even more than previous TDI engines.