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Volkswagen is all set on entering the used car business in the country which is budding on the account of people upgrading their cars within 5 years. The company will be offering cars from other makers too at its dealerships. Volkswagen will provide a warranty as well as a financial facility to the buyers. The financial arm of the company, Volkswagen Financial Service will be stepping for support on financial front. ... Read More
I have a 2010 TDI w manual transmission, purchased in Dec. 2010. It is now a year old with 20,000 miles and in spite of multiple reports to the dealer, they cannot find a reason for the hesitation and stalling, and, of course, it does not do it on a test drive. The car "hesitates", like it is missing - it does not feel like a transmission slip, and I have ... Read More
Again a very reasonable approach. However, the op is specifically speaking not of general statistics, but a SPECIFIC 1998 VW Jetta TDI, WITH 220,000 miles.
What you say and the reasoning are true. But buying a 1998 VW TDI at 220,000 miles, he is only looking to go 230,000 more miles !? ;) Evidently the previous owner (s) did the first 220,000 miles leg @ a rate of app 15.5 to 16k per year. Now for the first 4 years (2003 TDI), I did that @ 25,000 miles per year. So if I were to average ... Read More
I don't have a 06 Jetta, but I do have a 1999 1/2 and 2001 Jetta, and a 1998 New Beetle. Both of the Jetta's do like to wear the rear rotors and pad out way to early. I would assume your brake's design is the same as these earlier brakes. VW did several things wrong on the rear brakes of the Jetta's, Golfs,Rabbits and New Bettle I have one of ... Read More
I'm trying to help my sister, she has a 1998 VW Jetta GLS 4dr automatic trans. She's a single mother and just lost her job, so things are really tough right now and I want to help her for the holidays if I can. She came out to start her Jetta the other day and it started up but sputtered and died. If she continuously pumps the gas pedal the engine ... Read More
Just paid $2200 to replace my water saturated carpets - not covered by VW. Since 1998 VW has knowned that clogged drainage from the pollen filter and drainage channels from the sunroof causes severe water leaks from the front engine area onto the front carpets. But they have not changed the design, have not warned owners, have not educated service dealers, and do not routinely clean out these cloggs even though ... Read More
Hey Guys and Gals. My stepson just purchased a 1998 VW Jetta w/auto trans. It has shifting problems often called "hiccuping". Has anyone had this problem?? Is there anything he can do.? It only has 85,000 miles on it. The mechanic where he bought it is pulling his hair out. The check engine light comes on but he can't find the code, that is listed. Need some help here. Thank you. ... Read More
I already bought the parts I need, just have to get them put into my car. I have a 1998 VW Jetta GL and have to get my plenum gasket and valve cover gasket replaced. I don't want to get ripped off so how much should I expect to pay?
i have a 1998 vw jetta and for some reason the ignition coil burns out, than i put a new ignition coil and the new one burnsout too, i am tired of changing the ignition coils, what is the reason that ignition coil burns out??,
I have a 2002 Jetta automatic. At 77,000 miles the tranny went. Replaced with extended warranty. At 97,500 miles tranny went again (downshift crazy) replaced with extended warranty. At 97,510 miles tranny went again (same problem) YES THE MILAGE IS CORRECT! I made it 10 miles out of the dealer. I think the torque converter went too this time. Loud crunch from tranny. I bought this car 3 years ago with ... Read More
Im looking at good reliable cars for a first car and stumbled upon the 1994-1998 jetta and ive done some research onit and im comparing it to a few oother cars. so is this pricy to maintain or is it just another
Since you don't care about the money, and you don't care about the conservation of energy, you are in the wrong forum. If you could look back at the posts from 1998 you would find my original search was for a small diesel PU truck. I had talked to a couple of fellows from Brazil that had driven a Ranger diesel PU from the tip of So America to the Arctic ... Read More
I have never heard of the throttle actuator going bad.... but it may be "out of sync" with the accelerator pedal. This could happen if somone mistakenly touches the accelerator pedal while starting the engine. (One should NEVER touch accelerator pedal when starting engine!!) Also, disconecting battery may lose the adaptation settings. There is a procedure to re-synchronize the throttle-pedal to the throttle-plate. This procdure is called "throttle adaptation" by VW. ... Read More
Most VW automatic xmissions require you to connect up to the computer port to ascertain proper fluid level... just another GREAT reason to convince the wife to let you order a VagCom.
Vier did you git dat cah? I have a 2000 VW Jetta and it takes a special tranny fluid ( Store said "SLF") that is at dealership. There's no dip stick and I was stumpped. It must be in engineers' ear. Had me saying "Fahrgenugen". I hear they use a pump to put fluid in. I am glad that you say there is another hole because maybe I can run a ... Read More
I concur with bpeebles.... Here's some more background on the timing belt issue: A breaking timing belt is usually the final sequence in a chain of events leading to the breakage. 1) The original factory Water pump - Usually the #1 culprit if it hasn't been changed by 60-65K. The factory water pump (in VW's infinite wisdom) has an impeller made of plastic which usually starts to disintegrate around 60K. Chances ... Read More
I just bought a 2001 jetta 2.0... Sorry to hear that... 1999 through 2002 model Jettas have proven to be quite problematic (especially if you have an automatic transmission model). Other potential problems you may encounter: - Falling windows (due to VW''s idiotic decision to use plastic rwindow etaining clips instead of metal ones). - Coil pack problems due to cracking (replacement packs are very difficult to find - not to ... Read More
I won't. VW's earned big time laurels with the 1.8T in the late 90s (kinda like the 2.0T is getting now), and I almost ended up picking Passat over Accord. A decade later, I am glad to say that I didn't. In fact, I have comprehensive experience with Jetta (two of them) from 2002-2003 model years. One of them is gone, and for very good reasons. The other is about to. ... Read More
You most likely are low on fluid. And don't listen to VW when they tell you the transmission is sealed and the fluid would never need to be added/replaced (been there and done that with my '97. The fluid has to be a certain temperature to be able to tell if it's low or not. Hence the reason for the computer. Call around to local mechanics or a specialized VW shop ... Read More
2005 Jetta Station Wagon Smells Like Cat Urine Inside Mileage: 40,000 approx Engine Type: 4 Cylinder ? Hi There, My neighbor moved in about 3-4 months ago from Greenville, SC to SW Florida during the rainy season. After a month, her car began to smell like ammonia inside. I have sat in her car and smelled it and it is strong. She is blaming my cats. She says that they are ... Read More
I have the same exact problem. What I found was that the vehicle has to go to a tranny shop for them to check the fluid by a computer. But who do you trust. I have yet to do this. If you find any other info Please let me know. Thanks :(
My 98 jetta seems as though it needs transmission fluid. when its cold it has begun to act as though in neutral and then slam into gear upon a take off from a stop. this is an automatic transmission and has no trans dip stick. I usually do most of my own maintainance and have a Chilton manual for this vehicle. all the book tells me about the trans is that ... Read More
I have owned several older volkswagens and never had any problems working on them myself. I recently acquired a 2001 Jetta and started having tranny problems or so it seems. I have been told I need a new tranny and was offered a very low price for the car without it running at the moment by the dealership. I don't know if it really needs a new tranny or if it ... Read More
NEWS: Volkswagen recalls nearly 800,000 cars Defective brake lights on Golf, GTI, Jetta, New Beetle and R32 are a potential safety hazard and should be replaced. February 26, 2007 - Around 800,000 Volkswagen vehicles have been recalled Monday because of faulty brake lights, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. The 790,000 vehicles include Jettas, New Beetles, Golfs, GTIs and R32s...all in the United States. The specific years and models affected ... Read More
If indeed you are getting good spark and fuel, the only other explanations are that a)that you've lost all compression instantly, which points to a broken timing belt or b) your injectors are not firing. You might double check by using some starter fluid to see if indeed you are getting fuel through the injectors...maybe your injectors are not getting a signal, which means you'd have fuel in the rack but ... Read More
After taking off from a stop sign I was coming up to speed and the engine just died. I've checked to make sure I'm getting fuel to the rack (getting good Fuel), and I've check to make sure I'm getting good spark at the plugs (Good Spark), and now I'm totally lost. In my eyes if I have fuel and good spark the car should start. The car turns over fine ... Read More
Have you looked at the owners manual. The instructions should be in there. Also, I have never heard of Bose and VW parterning up.... Are you certain yours is not a "MONSOON" radio. You can try this... but some VW radios are different. *)Hold down MODE and SCAN together ‘til 0000 appears *)Use preset buttons 1-4 to enter code (Use button #1 to enter first digit, button #2 to enter 2nd, ... Read More
Most VW automatic xmissions need to have the level checked with a scan-tool. Have you looked in your owners-manual?
Funny thing, I can not find where you check the tranny fluid. any thoughts
Make sure you have checked the level of oil in the transmission. If it is low it might take a little extra revs to get enough pressure for the trans to be able to shift. There are some transmission places that will test drive and put a scanner on it for little to no cost.
This car has about 74,000 miles on it. When I put the car in drive it will not go into gear until I rev up the engine then it kicks in. It shifts and runs great after it kicks in. Any advice on what to do to solve the problem.
Even though the ignition coil had a good spark it was found to be bad by the Twin Imports shop. Cost to diagnose and repair $244. $70 per hour and part. Wow what a blessing. I guess it pays to make sure you take your VW to someone who knows VWs. Thanks for all your help.
"The key is that you say the engine trys to start when you spray some starting-fluid in.... this points to the FUEL system not delivering gasoline." I do not see where you arrived at this answer. I said that the engine only gave like a bump for less than a second. There does not appear to be any sign that the engine trys to start. I thank you for the info ... Read More
Another hint.... on VWs, you can simply DISCONECT the electrical plug from the MAF (when ignition is OFF!) and see if that improves things. Somtimes, running without any MAF signal at all is better than running with BAD signals from a defective MAF. NOTE: Unplugging the MAF will definately cause the CEL to light up. This is because the onboard computer will fall back into a "failsafe" mode to keep the ... Read More
The same thing happened to me with my 1997 when I first purchased it. Check the coil for cracks (common for the 1993-1998 model year VWs with the 2.0L 4-cylinder). If a crack is visible, replace the coil. I purchased a new coil for my 1997 and installed it. Problem solved.
I had power problems also. N75 - turbo control solenoid/valve was the main problem. 1998 TDI Beetle.
I have a 1998 Jetta that makes a load clunking noise when in reverse and it sometimes jumps out of gear when in reverse. I had the car in the shop for another problem and the mechanic said he thought the noise was from a bearing in the transmission. I have replaced automatic transmissions on older American cards but have no experience with a Volkswagen. Is replacing the transmission something I ... Read More
YES!! 260K miles. only minor issues. 2 Water pumps, brakes, water heater (just wore out). routine items (timing belt, exhaust cleaning etc...) Luv the car. still getting >50 mpg. Used only Castrol Syntec for oil. Not sure why VW changed the mileage on the New jetta ~40 mpg. I think the new jetta's run ~22k$. compare comparable Toyota or Honda. The price difference may matter (how long do you plan to ... Read More
All I can say is WOW. I was, keyword here is "was", considering purchasing a 2006 Jetta until I read these posts. I am considering trading in my 1998 Honda Accord and looking at all similar vehicles. I really like the design of the new Jetta and the features that are offered as standard equipment. Unfortunatley, from what I have read the Jetta will never be as reliable as my old ... Read More
Had a similar prob in my 98 jetta, on cool and wet days it wouldnt start. It turned out to be the ignition control module. Super easy fix, no prob easy DIY. here is where i got the part, I got the $52 part: http://catalog.eautopartscatalog.com/smittys/ap/wizard.jsp?partner=smittys&clientid=aplusp- arts.com&baseurl=http://www.aplusparts.com/&cookieid=1M30TWQE71M30TWTKC&year=1998&make=VW&- model=JET-GL-002&category=F3&part=Ign+Coil+%26+Control+Unit
thank you for replying see my mindset is it easy for me to see why someone would get rid of the jetta the miles 113000 why would someone get rid of a contour at just 50000 or a little more i ve never owned a new car but if i did buy a new car i would keep it till it died. so when i go to a car dealer and ... Read More
There is also this: http://www.vw.com/vwcom/content/objects/pdf/service_maint/oilchart.pdf Both the above and the other document, that I linked in previous post, can be reached from this site: http://www.vw.com/owners/serv_care.html
Does this help: http://www.vw.com/vwcom/content/objects/pdf/service_maint/engoil_gas.pdf
I just purchased a 1998 VW Jetta Wolfsburg, and it did not have the owners manual with it. I want to change the oil, but do not know what type of oil to use. Can anyone out there help? The car has a 2.0 litre gas engine and an automatic transmission. Thanks
You want specifics, I'll give you specifics: Oil consumption - 1999-2001 2.0 liter engine - due to a bad batch of piston rings from their supplier, these engines consumed oil at a higher rate than normal - a good friend of mine experienced this on his 1999 Jetta. I have a 1997 Jetta with the same engine and no oil consumption problems at 135K miles. Coil packs - 1998 through early ... Read More
To save your wallet (as well as your sanity) - DO NOT purchase a used VW prior to 2003. The 1998 through 2002 model years have had several issues, including coil packs, window regulators, oil consumption, etc. This is coming from a person who has owned VWs for over 23 years - and currently owns three of them (1997 and two 2003s). This should tell you something.... Caveat Emptor...
Dear Interested VW lovers who want to know about the new Jetta, I just leased a 2005.5 Jetta Package 2 and I LOVE IT. I have owned a 1998 Passat, 2002 Passat, 2003 Jetta, 2004 Jetta, and now I am leasing the new Jetta. Best Volkswagen I have had. Better handling, powerful base engine, and I personally love the look of it as opposed to other VW people who say, "eww ... Read More
Just bought a used VW Jetta. It stopped working on the highway. Had it towed. I was told it was a bad ignition coil...it was replaced but still won't start. I was then told the ignition coil took out the ECM. New ECM and still doesnt work. Can anyone tell me whats going on. I have already spent more then I have wanted to. I have had the car 7 days ... Read More
Personally I would cringe when watching a new Jetta pass me by, but I always like the “newer better”…Beetle is also cute… Arguably if VW increases (shortens) their model life cycle, you may bypass a whole cycle. Meaning…if VW changes the “new” Jetta in 2010 (let’s say) you’ll be driving in 2012 a car that was originally released in 1998 (not to say your car will be that old…just that is ... Read More
My personal take on the whole situation is that once clean diesel is availble in this country, the advantages of Diesel clearly outweigh the advantages of hybrids. A Diesel engine is good basic technology that many mechanics are already trained to work on and in general a good diesel engine will outlast a gas engine. Hybrids add extra weight in batteries and motors to a car; electric motors that most mechanics ... Read More
Hey guys! I'm in the market for a new car and have been interested in Alero's and Jetta's...especailly TDI models. You guys all know how hard it is to find a low mileage TDI in good condition, right? Well I found a white TDI 1998 63,000 miles 5 speed, a/c, and sunroof for about 10K. What do you think...good deal or not? What is the timing belt change interval on that? ... Read More
I have a Volkswagen Jetta 1998(89,000 km). I have to change the timing belt at 96000km. Where do you recommand to change the timing belt at a Volkswagen dealer or any other auto service can do it?
I have 59500 miles on a 1998 Jetta with a 2.0L engine and and automatic transmission. I've never had any maintenance on the transmission, but the local lube place told me it was time for a transmission fluid change (preventive maintenance). I called my local VW Service Center and they told me the transmission is totally sealed and maintenance free. That is, there is no need to ever change the fluid ... Read More
The 1998 Cavalier Z24 does 0-60 in 7.2 seconds with manual. The 2003 Jetta VR6 does 0-60 in 5.78 seconds. Some people never raced another car and don't know what they are doing. Another thing is that some people don't know the comparison of using a regular manual and a Tiptronic manual. In a Tiptronic manual you switch gears alot faster with barely using your thumb. Also some people don't push ... Read More
I bought a 2003 Jetta VR6. I live in San Francisco Bay. This morning it was 39 degrees. I decided to test drive my car. Going Zero to 60 on level ground I clocked 5.78 seconds @ 5800 RPMs. Going up an incline I clocked 6.34 seconds at 5800 RPMs. Of course if you use your manual Tiptronic you will get these results. Automatic has a late response when flooring it. ... Read More
What Vocus mentioned (re letters to VW owners and warranty extensions on window regulators) appears to be true. Found this over on the 'tex: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 5, 2002 CONTACT: Tony Fouladpour (248) 754-5064 VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA, INC. OFFERS SPECIAL WARRANTY EXTENSION ON WINDOW PARTS ON SOME U.S. MODELS AUBURN HILLS, Mich.-Volkswagen of America, Inc. today announced that it is mailing letters to about 850,000 U.S. customers, giving them a ... Read More
I bought a VR6 Jetta Sedan Platinum Metallic fully loaded. It does in manual mode 0-60 in 6.3 seconds and in automatic 0-60 in 7.3 seconds. Car runs real smooth and has tons of bells and whistles. My friends love driving it and I have the seats memorized for my wife and best pal. If you like VW go for the VR6 Jetta fully loaded. With 3.9% 60 months financing its ... Read More
I hard from a dealer that VW is replacing the el-cheapo-rama plastic window regulators for all Jettas from 1998 and onwards for free - so make sure they put in the newer regulators when you get them repaired! IMHO, outside of the @#*%!&^%! windows, the Jettas are great cars! My in-law begs to differ though, as he appears to be having the same problems Shawn is experiencing.
Thanks people. Anakin, I also have the 1998 Accord V6 and 2002 Acura TL. I am a Honda man, but my sis loves the Jetta. She has indicated that she may now get the 1.8 l turbo with 180 HP. Anyone here tell me about reliability, of VWs turbos???. Thanks.
Here goes...I don't have my papers in front of me, so I will go off my memory. In 1998 I pre-ordered a New Jetta GLX with 16in. wheels and sport seats as stated in the catalog. It arrived in May 1999, beautiful black, but no sport seats or 16in rims. Confused, I questioned the dealer, they said they weren't made yet. Suspicious, I contacted VWOA, they said the rims and seats ... Read More
I currently own a 1998 Jetta GLX 5-speed that has been having problems with the shifter going out of alignment. For example, when shifting from 4th to 5th, 5th gear is not there...only 3rd. The shifter seems to be off to the right (hopefully that makes sense). This has been a problem off and on for about a year. Though Volkswagen of America has agreed to pay for the repairs (car ... Read More
Mom finally wants to buy a new car to replace a Taurus. What dealer in NJ, near Wyckoff would be the best? She wants a 2002 Jetta GLS 1.8t Automatic. How much over invoice should she pay for a White Jetta without Leather or Sunroof. Thanks, William Current: 2000 Audi A4 1.8T 2002 Merc C240 Past: 1998 Jetta GLS 1999 Passat GLS 2000 Passat GLX Dealers within 20 miles: Joe Heidt ... Read More
Hi Everyone, I just traded in my 1998 Honda Accord LX-V6 Coupe for a new 2002 Jetta 1.8T Inferno Red with black velour interior. My Accord was a very reliable car, and I had no problems with it in 3 years and 68000 miles. My wfie and I decided to go car shopping, because both our cars were nearing 100k, and we wanted to have one low mileage car. Part of ... Read More
Checked the reliability of Jetta based on data from Automotive Information Services (AIS). 1999, 1998, 1997 are all rated as 5 out of 5 overall which is highest rating for reliability. This rating is based on database of actual repairs. No systems are listed as problems. Hmmm. I then checked Consumer reports and the Golf is recommended while the Jetta is not. Golf and Jetta are the SAME mechanically except the ... Read More
I agree to a certain extent, John. But, like any other 'poll' there are inaccuracies in their findings, as there is with TV ratings etc. when they poll 1,000 people and that is supposed to represent the entire country. We all know that VW is not the Lexus of the auto industry when it comes to new car defects and some reliability issues, but I just don't see it being to ... Read More
I can offer up a little info to answer some questions I've seen here. ALL Jetta's are made in Mexico. Period. The engine and (5-speed) tranny are assembled as a unit in Germany, along with most of the parts, but the cars are assembled in Mexico. This is all posted (by law) on the window sticker, so don't believe the dealer, just look at the car. There are also manufacturer stickers ... Read More
I currently do not have a volkswagen but I'm absolutly in love with the VW Jetta 1.8T and plan on buying one in March of 2001. Recently in a canadian newspaper their was an article about how volkswagens (1998 on) are burning abnormal amounts of oil. The advice was to check you oil level every 2 fills!!!Thats ridiculous. The article said every 1000 km will burn a quart of oil. In ... Read More
This morning, I had a wreck eerily similar to the one by #74's wife. Witnesses told me my car flipped 2-3 times before it landed upside-down. I was able to crawl out of the vehicle unassisted and fully intact. No one who saw that car could believe I came out of it unscathed. It was a 1998 Jetta GT and I am planning on purchasing a 2000 GLS TDI once I ... Read More