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#345 of 397 2003 Jetta Transmission
Mar 16, 2011 (6:04 pm)
I owned a 2003 Jetta for the past four years. Over the past few months I noticed that when I would put it in drive that it would jerk really bad. Then it started doing it really bad when I was driving. I traded it in for a Honda Civic on Saturday after we found out on Friday that we would need a new transmission that would be $4000. I only got $4900 for trading it in so I was glad I didn't put the money in it. I was wondering if anyone else had problems with their 2003 Jetta.
#347 of 397 Problem with Jetta transmission
Apr 18, 2011 (12:03 pm)
I would really appreciate help. I have 2000 Jetta VR6 GLX with 104k on it. I bought this vehicle a couple of months back. Recently it has started to behave oddly by sometimes not shifting the gears, I have to press the gas harder and then it suddenly starts with a jerk. I get a rattling sound when its between 2000 and 3000 rpm just before it shifts to a higher gear. I don't know what the problem is but it seems very unsafe to drive the car.
Do you suggest to get the timing chain and tensioners replaced or would it be better to replace the engine with a new one. How much would a new engine cost, I would go for a manual trans with a lower config.
#348 of 397 Jetta vs Ford Focus
Apr 20, 2011 (7:54 pm)
Is it wise to trade a 2001 automatic Ford Focus that has 113,000 miles for a 2002 manual Volkswagen Jetta that has 100,000?
#349 of 397 How realiable and expensiive is it to buy a TDI sportwagon jetta ?
Apr 24, 2011 (6:34 pm)
I am done with SUV and low gas mileage , but need the cargo space , safety features and perfomance. I have fallen for the TDI sportswagon jetta with the DSG transmission. A VW mechanic told me to be wary of the Triptronic made in Japan to get the ones done in Europe. The transmission in the TDI is made in Germany yes ? I am on a budget and cannot afford heavy maintenance repairs . I want to make a change from gas guzzlers but am not ready for hybrids so i want diesel engine to travel long distances. Is the Audi stationwagon better investmente because it will break down less ?
VW do not have a good maintenance reputation ,, the jetta ,, but maybe because it is not the diesel. The fact that they are put together in Puebla Mexico has something to do with its repair prone history ? what about the the recommended changing of the oll at 5k instead of 10 k because of some mechanical dysfunction I read in the forum ??
A woman here who needs a station wagon and wants fuel economy . Should I buy the the wagon or not ,, have they improved from their bad reputation four years ago with their electrical system
HELP ! thanks !
#350 of 397 Re: How realiable and expensiive is it to buy a TDI sportwagon jetta ? [cacspauto]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Apr 24, 2011 (7:23 pm)
I think the TDI is an excellent choice but personally, I'm not so sure the DSG is the way to go. If you can drive, or learn, a manual transmission, you'll be a lot happier in the long run I think. Just because something is brilliant doesn't mean it's reliable for the long haul. DSG problems have not been prolific at all, but when they DO happen, if you're not in warranty, you're going to take a huge hit on repairs.
If you could conceive of ditching the car while it was still in warranty, you might go DSG, because it works really well, but if you are planning on a 10 year ownership, I myself think it's a roll of the dice.
I don't see buying an Audi as in any way increasing your advantages.
#351 of 397 Re: How realiable and expensiive is it to buy a TDI sportwagon jetta ? [Mr_Shiftright]
Apr 25, 2011 (8:30 pm)
thank you for your feedback. I have been reading about the transmission issues. I was not clear whether the TDI DSG are made in Japan or not although the sticker says Transmission Germany .
I have owned manuals most of my life , BMW 2002, Jeep Cherokee, CRV and then succumbed to automatic with the Highlander Limited I had to sell due to accident so this optional DSG seemed a like a happy return to " them days LOL " . My knees hurt when i drove the manual Jetta SpW TDI so I was not encouraged . But now what is really making not go for the Wagon is the CR very low reliability rating of the fuel system . The Golf TDI has better ratings. Do you know Why the sportwagon has such low ratings for the fuel system ? is the oil change frequency that one should do it at 5k instead of 10 k as recommended by VW ? the ' regenerating whatever " that needs to take place so the engine does not clog up ??
The truth of the matter is that now I am between the Golf TDI and the Honda Fit which so much cheaper to repair and has good gas mileage , at least above 30 and is small and retains resale value so that perhaps I can buy a VW TDI sportwagon a few years when they get their fuel system act together.
I want the diesel to enjoy cruising around more than city driving which I am not doing much these days . You are right , other posts allude that repair in Manual transmissions are less expensive ,, but the TDI manual transmission are made in Germany ? the whole thing or just part of it ?? I will try driving a manual tomorrow. I am just concerned that the fuel system and the Mexican Tortilla assembly is not reliable LOL ..
thanks a mill
#352 of 397 Re: How realiable and expensiive is it to buy a TDI sportwagon jetta ? [cacspauto]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Apr 26, 2011 (6:12 am)
Here's info on the fuel pump issues:
TDI HPFP PROBLEMS
I don't think that where the car/components are built has anything to do with their reliability except as it relates to management, not workers--and management problems can occur anywhere in the world.
#353 of 397 Re: How realiable and expensiive is it to buy a TDI sportwagon jetta ? [Mr_Shiftright]
Apr 27, 2011 (4:37 pm)
Thank you for the TDI article. After reading your Manual recommendation I went today to get back into a Golf and SPW. I love the DSG I must admit but $ considerations are important since I would want to keep the car for minimum 5 years and max 10 . I found that the Golf clutch experience is okay versus the SPW has a longer reach and the required pressure angle of my knee starts to hurt a bit . But I most definitely could handle the golf TDI but nobody seems to have any around perhaps because again there is news about the fuel system ? in the recent Bloomber article . ??
thanks for your help I really appreciate it. With the fuel system probs would you recommend I go Subaru Forester or Honda Fit ? and wait for better perfomance ? I am so undecided , because I love the mileage in the TDI , and classy interiors ! cacspauto
#354 of 397 Re: How realiable and expensiive is it to buy a TDI sportwagon jetta ? [cacspauto]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Apr 27, 2011 (6:24 pm)
Well I'm not going to tell you what to buy. You should buy the car you like the most because you'll be living with it a while. I'd choose the TDI for myself because I think the Honda Fit is getting long in the tooth, is kinda pokey in acceleration and just isn't the front-runner it used to be---still, its a very useful and well-thought out car. The Subaru Forester strikes me as also yesterday's news, and it simply does not have the build quality of the VW.
I figure, what with a warranty and the Lemon Buyback laws, I'm personally willing to roll the dice on the TDI.
But that's just me. You may be more risk-averse than I am.