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#136 of 185 A/C Problem 2002 GTI
Mar 10, 2009 (6:52 pm)
I have a 2002 GTI and the A/C has now gone out 2 years in a row. Last year I got it serviced and it seemed better for about a month, but then it went out again. It's been tested and does not have a leak...anyone else had this problem or any idea how to fix it?
#137 of 185 Re: My back hurts [sprsnic]
Aug 29, 2009 (6:54 am)
yes, i heard that from a couple of sources that the speedometer on the VW GTI is off by 7 or 8 mph. i test drove it three times, first the sales person test drove the car, he wanted to show me what this car can do. He went on a curve, did "60" around a curve(a ramp) but it felt slower than that, i peaked at the speedometer and it did say 60, but I swear it feels as though he was doing 45. It did not feel right. Yes, it was fun to throw that car around , but I'm very skeptical about a couple of things when it comes to VW.
Yes, all makes might have their issues but VW has more than I would like to see compare to their competitor (honda civic,mazda 3). If I see 50 complains vs. 200 complains then that's a red flag to me.
#138 of 185 10000 miles before an oil change! equal to OIL SLUDGE!
Aug 30, 2009 (6:51 pm)
I was on one of those VW GTI forum (different site), and the GTI owner said that he took his car in for an oil change and asked them about the 10,000 miles and they told him that it was a typo!! And oil change should be every 5,o0o miles. Well, at the dealership today I asked the sale rep. and he told me oil change every 10,000 miles! I told him the car will have problems if you go that long with out an oil change. I then call one of the merchanic (master technician) at a famous dealership and he told me not to wait that long because it will cause oil sludge.
10,000 miles / oil change seems a bit too long for me. What do you folks think?
#139 of 185 Re: 10000 miles before an oil change! equal to OIL SLUDGE! [flossit]
Aug 30, 2009 (6:59 pm)
My oil looks so dark by 5000 miles that I change it every 3000. No way will I let mine go to 10K.
#140 of 185 Re: 10000 miles before an oil change! equal to OIL SLUDGE! [flossit]
Aug 31, 2009 (2:59 am)
Ten thousand miles is actually conservative, IF you use the proper oil (i.e. 502.00 certified oil or better). I personally use Mobil 1 0W-40 (approved for 502.00 and 503.01), and my Used Oil Analysis (UOA) reports always come back showing that the oil is good for at least 12,000 miles.
Long story short, the 10,000 mile OCI recommendation is perfectly acceptable if you read all of the other fine print around it (the print that describes the grade of oil required).
#141 of 185 Re: 10000 miles before an oil change! equal to OIL SLUDGE! [mheins]
Aug 31, 2009 (3:03 am)
Dark looking oil is in no way an indication that the oil is exhausted. In fact, many oils include additives that darken with heat as they "break-in", and until that break-in process is complete, the oil doen't protect up to its full potential. Said another way, fresh clean new oil often causes higher wear rates than oil with thousands of miles on it. Don't believe me? Cool, go and check the oil forums (especially the UOA database) over on Bob Is The Oil Guy web site. http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/
#142 of 185 i wouldn't wait that long
Aug 31, 2009 (3:43 pm)
personally, i wouldn't wait that long regardless of the color. just to be on the safe side, 3000-6000 miles. i email another merchanic (second one) and i quote " the longer you wait the more sludge" people can do whatever they want regardless of what the lable or manual indicate, i'm sticking to the good old 3000-6000
#143 of 185 Re: i wouldn't wait that long [flossit]
Aug 31, 2009 (5:53 pm)
So basically you're ignoring all of the scientific and empirical evidence and going with what you think is right, regardless of what the engineers tell you. Like it or don't, there is zero evidence to support the notion that running a high quality synthetic oil (and oils that meet VW's 502.00 oil specification are oils that meet that criteria) ten thousand miles will cause an engine to sludge, errr, that is unless there is an underlying problem with said engine.
#144 of 185 call it whatever you want. i'm sticking to my good habit.
Aug 31, 2009 (6:36 pm)
you can call it whatever you want and anybody out there can do whatever they want. like i have stated before, i'm going to continue doing the oil change every 3000-6000 miles.
Aug 31, 2009 (6:38 pm)
i guess i'm not a scientific type of a person