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Old 04-02-2013, 04:22 PM   #1
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Interested in a VW
I'm in the market for either a Jetta TDI or a beetle TDI or beetle turbo

Manual transmission a must.
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They pop up on LouisvilleVW.com from time to time. And Craigslist of course.
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They pop up on LouisvilleVW.com from time to time. And Craigslist of course.
Thank you very much. I was trying to figure out that VW FORUM. I tried CL. it's close to what I want but no cigar
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Keep looking. One will pop up. Do you know much about TDIs?
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Keep looking. One will pop up. Do you know much about TDIs?
This is what I know . The Gas Jettas have a lot of issues. And the TDIs are strong little motors. thats as far as my knowledge goes but if you have any information on them direct it my way. Thank you.
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Pretty much man. I never pictured myself in a VW until I got this. There are a couple TDI golf's on LVW now.

I can answer any questions you might have but here's the gist of it:

1. You already seem to know this - but get a 5speed. Better gas mileage and the TDI auto trans have tons of problems.
2. 03 was the last year of the ALH engine. Basically just a simpler and longer lasting engine than the 04+ PD "pump deuse" or something like that.
3. Most important thing to check is if the timing belt was done. If you're not sure, budget for it in the purchase price and get it done immediately. If the belt breaks, your engine is toast. Not cheap to repair/replace.
4. Check for carbon build up in the intake. Egr can pump some nasty stuff in there and ironically, if someone babies the car it makes it worse. Needs a good autobahn tune up from time to time to burn everything off. I usually do a long 3rd gear pull up a hill when I can to keep things clean. With low sulfur fuel it's not as much of an issue now but something to be aware of.

That's the main things really. It's not the most exciting car ever but mine has been rock solid reliable for the 30k miles I've had it. It just rolled over 150k and I expect it to go another 150k. I average about 45-47mpg with 60/40 hwy city driving.
Anything else I can answer LMK.
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Old 04-12-2013, 11:15 AM   #7
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Expect electrical gremlins. I love my VW I have but out of everyone I know that owns one 85% of owners have some sort of electrical issue.
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Expect electrical gremlins. I love my VW I have but out of everyone I know that owns one 85% of owners have some sort of electrical issue.
Truth! I believe my MIL and light to let you know your break pads are needing to be changed have been on constant for mmmmm...4 years now. Both have been checked out and are fine. Like I've said before if they ever go off then I will start to worry.
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lol, this is just how I feel if there's not a check engine light...... there something wrong.
But like said before, Check timing belt is a must, Check the lights and just look over to make sure all the needed stuff works, Sucks to find out the Vw you just bought lights don't work LOL
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Expect electrical gremlins. I love my VW I have but out of everyone I know that owns one 85% of owners have some sort of electrical issue.
I've always heard stories like this. I like the appeal, style & aesthetic design of VW's but for the love of god, if you want a car that you can reliably drive daily, DO NOT GET A VW!
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Disagree. A TDI is a near perfect daily driver. Gets better mileage than my brother's stupid civic hybrid and way more fun.

I've had to replace almost all the door lock actuators in my car and the center console lid broke off due to my dog standing on it, but the cost of ownership is really not bad. It's hard to beat putting $50-$60 in your tank and not filling up again for 700 miles.

I was scared to death of VWs before buying this one, but it has been the best car I've owned. I can't imagine getting rid of it anytime in the next 5 years.

It's like a DSM or similar car with poor reliability issues. If you get one that's been well maintained it will treat you good. If you go 150k on the stock timing belt and grenade your engine, of course you're gonna think they suck.
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