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Volkswagen Jetta, Biodiesel, Diesel, Sedan
#961 of 4751 Re: VW Jetta TDI [sebring95]
Jul 12, 2006 (5:39 am)
Thank you. I will look into those suggestions. I am so glad I found this forum thing. Everytime I tell a mechanic that my car is slow, they look at me like I want it to run like a porche. My first car was a 1995 Ford Taurus and it had more pick-up and acceleration than my jetta does now. I may be a girl/car-idiot, but after driving the same car for 6 years, any person can tell you that something isn't quite right with it anymore. I appreciate the help. I'll post with the results. thanks
#962 of 4751 Re: VW Jetta TDI [2000tdi_tkfox]
Jul 12, 2006 (9:43 am)
You might want to search tdiclub.com to see if there are any experts in your area. One of the down sides of owning a TDI is that it is often difficult to find a mechanic even at a VW dealership who really knows and understands the finer points of these engines. Telling a mechanic that it takes 45 seconds to go from 0-60 mph should be a very definite sign that something is wrong with your engine. All of the things that you mentioned (transmission fluid, filters were unlikely solutions to this problem). It could be something very simple like a cracked hose to the valve that controls the vanes to your turbocharger. The intake manifold being plugged is a likely candidate if it has never been cleaned. MAF sensor is a possibility too (some people just unplug it to see if the car runs better without it to confirm this). If you find a guru near you that has Vagcom, they can easily confim the health or lack thereof of your MAF (these have a relatively hi failure rate on VWs, just had my daughter's 2001 Jetta replaced under an extended warrranty). Your car is at 80K miles. Have you had the timing belt replaced? (If so, did this problem start after doing so?) If you need to have the timing belt changed, I would definitely search tdiclub for a local guru. There are things you really want to do like replace the water pump, idler pulleys, tensioner pully, replace all motor mount stretch bolts, if the intake manifold needs to be cleaned that would be a great time to do it (I would also replace the serpentine belt and tensioner). Because this engine is an interferance engine, there really is no room at all for doing the timing belt incorrectly if you need to have that done. Good luck.
#963 of 4751 class 3 hitch
Jul 17, 2006 (8:48 pm)
Can you mount a class 3 hitch on a Jetta?
#964 of 4751 Headlights coming on
Jul 18, 2006 (8:03 pm)
Twice I have had this experience with my 2006 Jetta tdi.
I drove a short distance during daylight and turned the car off and went into places to eat. When I came out I found that one of the headlights and turn signal lights were on. Only one. One time it was the driver's side; once the passenger side. I did not have the headligts on; only the drl lights. I was able to turn the renegade lights off by starting the car and turning the light switch on and off. The dealer acted like I was nuts. Has anyone else had this experience?
#965 of 4751 Re: Headlights coming on [vwtom]
Jul 18, 2006 (10:20 pm)
I've had the same problem several times but believe that I've solved it. After turning everything off, when exiting the car, I've bumped the turn signal indicator. It turns on one of the lights.
Returning the indicator to "neutral" solves the problem - at least for me.
It is annoying and I can just see myself doing it some cold winter night and waking to a dead battery the next morning.
#966 of 4751 Re: Headlights coming on [sugarfoot406]
Jul 19, 2006 (7:16 am)
i believe the behavior is by design and is required in some Euro countries when parking on the tiny streets. Germany for example.
your battery should by fine if you do use this functionality overnight.
#967 of 4751 overheating in my beautiful Jetta
Jul 19, 2006 (7:27 am)
I am VERY NEW to the VW's, so please be patient w/ me. I have a 1981 Jetta, w/ I think a 1.6 diesel engine. I am experiencing overheating. We (me paying, my mechanic working) have replaced the radiator, water pump, had the head completely redone and its still overheating. Mechanic says it seems to have excessive preasure in the cooling system. The mech. thinks the excessive preasure may be due to a cracked block.
Has anyone got any imput on this.
One more thing. If it is a cracked block, what do you all think my best option is? Trying to get a new short block, and if so, where is the best place to get one, or getting a complete replacement engine, or cut my losses. Right now I have $1,100 in it.
Thanks so much. I really appreciate any imput you all have, as I'm kind of a duck out of water on this. I just got the car because of the increase in gas, and when school starts I'll be putting at least 80 miles a day on the road, and my truck only gets about 19MPG.
Thanks again & Blessings to All,
#968 of 4751 Re: Headlights coming on [elias]
Jul 19, 2006 (7:43 pm)
I have not been able to get the car to do it if I try. It seems to randomly do it, but I will be sure to look at the turn signals next time it happens. Hopefully it won't.
#969 of 4751 Re: Headlights coming on [vwtom]
Jul 20, 2006 (9:46 am)
I had my turn signal on and pulled into a parking space but did not get the wheels straingtened out to cancel before turning off the engine. When I came back, I noticed the turn signal was burning but not flashing. I reset the turn siganl lever to neutral and all was well. I can't tell you if the same is true of the headlights since I did not have them on.
Jul 22, 2006 (9:46 am)
Was wondering what the best way to break in a new diesel was.... i have about 4k miles on it, but i wanted to break it in well to get better gas mileage because i'm getting about 35 mpg right now in city, but i do drive like a maniac. I'm hoping to get more highway miles on it soon going back and forth for work, but i wanted to know if there was any 'good' way to break it in while in city.