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#641 of 4777 Sluggish 2004 Jetta TDI
Jan 07, 2006 (11:59 pm)
Hi, I have a 2004 Jetta TDI with automatic transmission. I love everything about the inside (leather package, visibility, comfort, stereo, heated seats) and can even handle the slow heat in the winter. But – I've moved to the city – and my car is very sluggish… the turbo does kick in, but not until the rpm’s are high enough and w/ auto trans, this gives me little to no passing power when driving in traffic. I’ve tried the “tiptronic” but it has such a lag when shifting between gears that it’s really better to let the car do it. At this point, I’m thinking of trading it in for a Jetta 1.8T or Mazda3s (both manual trans) – but I really hate to give up my car. I’m already considering the TDI heater - as an uneducated engine girl, is there anything I can do to my car/engine to give it some kick? Or should I just trade it in? Thanks!
#642 of 4777 Re: Sluggish 2004 Jetta TDI [vw_driver]
Jan 08, 2006 (6:45 am)
There are quite a few performance mods that may work for you. A performance chip and/or replacing the injectors can add substantial power. You have to be careful what chip and what injectors you add because some combinations will cause too much smoke. I've been running substantial performance mods on my '00 for over 70k miles with no problems. I had a V6 Camry before the TDI and I'm very satisfied with perfomance. The easiest is a chip. I haven't paid much attention to what's out there for the '04 models, but if you email me (in my profile) I'll send you some links that might help. I can't post the links due to Edmunds policy since this other site also includes a forum.
It will likely cost you substantial money to trade into another vehicle. I don't think a TDI can run with a 1.8T without some HUGE mods, but with a few performance items it will be much more pleasant to drive and you won't lose the mpg. I'm still averaging 54mpg (manaul tranny) with mine, and I'm approaching 150k miles. A manual tranny TDI is far more pleasant right from the start, but you've got the auto so IMHO you're best to try and work with that.
#643 of 4777 Re: TDI Oil changes [ruking1]
Jan 11, 2006 (5:06 pm)
I have a 2005 Jetta TDi and the dealership is charging me $8 a quart for oil. I know that any good turbo diesel oil will do the job, but I know that to keep the warranty in force I must use an oil that has met VW standard. Where can I get an oil that meets those standards without being raped by the dealer?
#644 of 4777 Re: TDI Oil changes [tootight]
Jan 11, 2006 (5:23 pm)
You are incorrect when you say "any good turbo diesel oil will do the job" . That statement is just plain wrong.
Your 2005 TDI has the Pumpe Duse engine which REQUIRES a special engine oil lest the camshaft may self-destruct.
To answer your question about other sources of VW505.01 oil, you may need to search the internet. (MOTUL oil is one alternative)
You may not find any cheeper prices for VW505.01 oil. The laws of "supply-n-demand" allow them to charge these prices.
Did you actually purchase a vehicle without researching what it would take to maintin it? Personally, I passed-over several vehicles after looking at the long-term ownership costs. (EXAMPLE... the 1.8T engine REQUIRES hi-octane fuel. That was a reason for me to look elsewhere.)
#645 of 4777 Re: TDI Oil changes [tootight]
Jan 11, 2006 (5:29 pm)
Yes add to that Pentosynth, ELF, to the Motul recommendation. Do a search and they will probably lead to places that are close to you or you can even price shop on the internet.
#646 of 4777 Re: TDI Oil changes [bpeebles]
Jan 11, 2006 (8:21 pm)
Thanks for the explanation of why the special oil is required.
I researched the drivetrain reliability, long life, and fuel mileage, but maintainance cost seem to be a VW secret.
Do you do your own service work? I had an used early 80s VW Dasher diesel and did all the service myself and got very good service from it. I guess that's where I got hooked on diesels.
Thanks foer the Info
#647 of 4777 Re: TDI Oil changes [tootight]
Jan 12, 2006 (3:23 pm)
Yes, I usually do most of my own service work. I even have a VAGCOM so I can work with the onboard computer systems.
In reality, the cost of the oil is not a big issue. If one considers the 10,000 mile oilchange intervals, the cost impact is reduced.
If you are considering doing your own oil-changes, I STRONGLY recommend you change the oil from under the hood instead of removing the 14 faseners and replacing the oil-plug every time. (I assume you already know that the oil-plug must be REPLACED each time it is removed.)
I do have to admit that I have the PRE pumpe-duse TDI which has less restrictive specifications on the engine oil.
#648 of 4777 Malfunction Indicator Light
Jan 12, 2006 (3:58 pm)
My MIL (Malfunction Indicator Light) came on this morning when I was backing out of the garage. This is the first time that its happened. It was fairly warm out(around 50) so I don't think it had anything to do with the glowplugs. When I tried to put the car into reverse gear (5 speed) , I missed it and ground the gears for second. This happened right before the light came on. Is this a coincidence?
The car only has about 17K on it, but I do my own maintenance, so I know the dealer would try and screw me out of any warranty coverage if I brought it for that.
#649 of 4777 Glowplug heater
Jan 12, 2006 (6:09 pm)
What happened to the edit feature?
I took it to Autozone for a free engine diagnosis.
Glowplug heater cylinder #2.
How critical is it to have this repaired immeadiately?
It is winter after all, but unless I encounter subzero temps, can I get by without this for awhile?
I was planning a trip to New England this weekend, where temps may dip into the 30s at night.
What is involved in repairing this? In the event that the dealer tries to get out of honoring the warranty, what is the approximate repair cost?
#650 of 4777 Re: Glowplug heater [smdtdi]
Jan 12, 2006 (7:28 pm)
The "edit" feature works like it always has... you are allowed about 20 minutes to "edit" each append before the "edit" option goes away.
If the problem is truly a glowplug... then it is simple to uncrew the old one and screw in a new one. (they are very much like sparkplugs in that respect)
HOWEVER! not all of the glowplugs are "monitored" thus without actually pulling off the wires and measuring each of them with an OHMmeter, you cannot really tell what the actual problem is.
It is a very simple task. The glowplugs are on the front of the cylinder head and the wires just pull right off (again -- just like sparkplug wires) Use OHMmeter to measure from engine block to the tip of each glowplug. Any that measure infinate (open) are bad.