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#49 of 182 OEM Plugs and Wires vs The Other Guys...?
Nov 13, 2007 (7:02 pm)
i drive a 1999.5 Jetta 2.0L i was thinking bout switching out my old spark plugs and wires for a new set, i've never done them before (bought the car used a few months back and noticed my MPG has dropped so thought why not) i've been told that my model engine works best with NGK spark plugs, the ones that have the 3 grounds/Diodes on it (not sure what they are called) and i'm not too sure how old the wires are but they are OEM
now i was wondering, should i just go to VW and pick up the NGK plugs and OEM wires OR should i opt for something a lil bit better, any suggestions?, a friend of mine told me to get NGK iridium tip plugs and NGK wires that match those plugs (they have wires made for those plugs)
any thoughts are appreciated
#50 of 182 Re: OEM Plugs and Wires vs The Other Guys...? [joker55]
Nov 13, 2007 (8:37 pm)
The NGK iridium tip plugs are OUTRAGESOULY priced and will not give you any measaurable gain. (The are good on highly modified engines where the spark can be "blown out" by the combustion pressures.... certainly NOT a volkswagen engine!)
You cannot go wrong with using OEM plugwires and the recommended sparkplugs. (They got it this far!) Volkswagen uses some of the best quality parts in the automobile buisness. (Bosch, NGK, Mann, Garrett)
Some popular places to shop for VW parts online are;.
NOTE: Make certain you get the 3-letter engine-code from your engine.... VW was changing engines between 1999 -2001 and there were at least 3 different 2.0L engines during that timeframe. (AEG, AZG, AVH, BBW, BDC, BEV... others?)
#51 of 182 Re: 06 Jetta TDI fuel filter / water separator
Nov 29, 2007 (6:04 am)
After a certain VIN, the fuel filter does not have water separator, indicating confidence in commercial fuel supply. Filter is a paper cartridge type, kit with gaskets. Have 1 qt new fuel ready before starting filter change. First place rags under & around can to minimize spill. Four nipples, remove clips & discard (replace with screw-drive hose clamps). Press two spring clips at back of can toward rear of car and slide can up & out. Undo 5 screws to remove top. Empty fuel into glass jar (1 qt). Use two flat-blade screwdrivers to lever out the cartridge by its neck flange (~1-1/2"dia), it will slide up and away from the core (core has 5-circle gasket at top). Verify can is empty and slide new cartridge onto core. Replace all gaskets supplied with kit. Prime filter: fill can with new fuel to about 3/8" below rim, any more will just overflow in next step. Replace can top and 5 screws - note the spring at bottom of core will resist this. Re-install can to car and connect hoses. Loosen air bleed screw at top of can maybe two turns. Clear engine except for rags (keep away from belts), start car, tighten air-bleed ( it will leak if you don't), run engine a few minutes to assure continuity of fuel. Make sure all screws are tight to prevent leakage. This worked well for me, took ~1 hr the first time. Local fuel is good - no water in the jar. Change filter at 20,000 mi (30,000 km) max or engine performance may suffer.
#52 of 182 Cost of oil change at your VW dealer?
Dec 04, 2007 (10:32 pm)
I am considering purchasing a 2008 Jetta. I've been reading recommendations in this forum to have the oil changed at a VW dealer, not at the quicky lube. What does your dealer charge for an oil change?
#53 of 182 Re: Cost of oil change at your VW dealer? [corky86]
Dec 04, 2007 (11:33 pm)
Changing oil at the dealer is to document that it was done,etc.
#54 of 182 Re: Cost of oil change at your VW dealer? [corky86]
Dec 05, 2007 (7:16 am)
I've paid about $50. Our first change was free, from a different dealer, invoice had price of about $65.
#55 of 182 oil/filter change
Dec 05, 2007 (3:51 pm)
i just changed the oil and filter on my 2007 wolfsburg at 4900 miles.
i called the vw dealer in my area(n.e. PA) and they quoted me a price of around $80.
VW requires castrol 5w40 fully synthetic.
i also save my purchase slips to verify my oil and filter change.
i can do this change for $60
#56 of 182 Re: oil/filter change [skeets445]
Dec 05, 2007 (8:49 pm)
Thanks for sharing this information, folks.
I just signed a contract on an '08 Jetta this morning. The dealer tells me $125 for an oil change using synthetic oil. I believe they also wash the car, rotate tires and perform some safety checks too. Still seems awfully expensive to me.
He also said they are recommending a change every 10,000 miles rather than 3,000 or 5,000.
#57 of 182 Re: oil/filter change [corky86]
Dec 06, 2007 (8:21 am)
Yes, because it requires full synthetic it only needs to be changed every 10,000 miles or 12 months. They have some sort of special break-in oil initially (at least I think that is the reason for the shorter interval for initial change) and this is to be changed at 5000 miles.
Then, I think just to get on a 10,000 mi interval, the second change is also called for after 5000 additional miles (at 10,000). After that is is 10,000 miles (or 12 mo.).
If you are concerned about the service costs, ask them for the "ala-cart" price to just do what the VW schedule requires each time, rather than saying, for example "do 20,000 mi service). Also if you have other dealers in your area you can check and see if they have better pricing.
#58 of 182 Re: oil/filter change [skeets445]
Dec 26, 2007 (5:15 pm)
We bought a Wolfsburg this summer and are ready for the 10k change now...how difficult was the oil filter to change? I haven't been under the car yet to see where it is, so I'm hoping for good access