www.tdiclub.com

Economy - Longevity - Performance
The #1 Source of TDI Information on the Web!
Forums Articles Links Meets
Orders TDI Club Cards TDIFest 2016 Gone, but not forgotten VAG-Com List Unit Conversions TDIClub Chat Thank You

Order your TDIClub merchandise and help support TDIClub


Go Back   TDIClub Forums > TDI Model Specific Discussions Areas > Audi A3

Audi A3 Discussions area for Audi A3 TDI (2010+ in Canada & the US).

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old April 3rd, 2020, 13:53   #1
rdean
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Aspen Hill, Maryland
Default 01 Jetta<2015 A3

My 01 Jetta TDI blew a valve yesterday at 269000 I loved that car but it's not worth a new motor.
I've been looking at a 2015 A3 TDI. Anyone have any comments? Also, I can't find anywhere that tells me how much or how often to add Blue.
__________________
2002 Jetta GLS TDI (Zippy)- RIP 9/18/10
rdean is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 3rd, 2020, 14:17   #2
Nuje
Veteran Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Island near Vancouver
Default

70K km of driving and pretty sure I've put 30L of AdBlue in my car. You'll probably spend more on wiper fluid than you will on AdBlue.
__________________

His ride: 2015 GSW SEL TDI with MIB2, Active Info Display, Adaptive Cruise retrofit
Her ride: 2016 A3 e-tron

His other ride: 2015 Giant Propel SL Di2
Nuje is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 3rd, 2020, 14:59   #3
IndigoBlueWagon
TDIClub Enthusiast
Principal IDParts
Vendor
w/Business number
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: South of Boston
Fuel Economy: 50/45/37
Default

The MKVII platform is really nice (Golf Sportwagen, Golf, and A3). I like the A3, but unfortunately it's an automatic only. The Adblue tank is designed to need filling at each oil change, although a few people have reported a need to add more frequently post-fix since the fix may require more Adblue usage.

I know I'm kind of a fanatic about MKIV cars, but if it were me I'd fix your MKIV.
__________________
2002 Jetta wagon, 412K, RC3+; 1993 Mercedes-Benz 300D 2.5, 199K; 1997 Passat, 289K; '99.5 Golf, 262K; 2011 335d, 64K; 2015 Golf Sportwagen, 14K. Principal, http://www.idparts.com
Kid's cars: 2002 Golf TDI, 2002 Jetta TDI, 2015 Passat TDI SEL
IndigoBlueWagon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 3rd, 2020, 15:02   #4
Nuje
Veteran Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Island near Vancouver
Default

Agreed - I LOVE the drive (smooth, quiet, responsive) of my Mk7 GSW (and my wife's A3 e-tron), but I missed driving a stick so much I bought a '03 with failing 01M and dropped a 5MT into it.

Love *the* drive of the Mk7.
Love *to* drive the Mk4.
__________________

His ride: 2015 GSW SEL TDI with MIB2, Active Info Display, Adaptive Cruise retrofit
Her ride: 2016 A3 e-tron

His other ride: 2015 Giant Propel SL Di2

Last edited by Nuje; April 3rd, 2020 at 16:16.
Nuje is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 3rd, 2020, 16:16   #5
IndigoBlueWagon
TDIClub Enthusiast
Principal IDParts
Vendor
w/Business number
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: South of Boston
Fuel Economy: 50/45/37
Default

Well said, Nuje. My GSW is smoother and quieter than my ALH TDI. And, in the Wagon at least, the rear seat is significantly larger. However, I prefer the MKIV. And both of mine have manual transmissions.
__________________
2002 Jetta wagon, 412K, RC3+; 1993 Mercedes-Benz 300D 2.5, 199K; 1997 Passat, 289K; '99.5 Golf, 262K; 2011 335d, 64K; 2015 Golf Sportwagen, 14K. Principal, http://www.idparts.com
Kid's cars: 2002 Golf TDI, 2002 Jetta TDI, 2015 Passat TDI SEL
IndigoBlueWagon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 4th, 2020, 09:02   #6
JELLOWSUBMARINE
Veteran Member
 
JELLOWSUBMARINE's Avatar
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by IndigoBlueWagon View Post
Well said, Nuje. My GSW is smoother and quieter than my ALH TDI. And, in the Wagon at least, the rear seat is significantly larger. However, I prefer the MKIV. And both of mine have manual transmissions.
The JSW 6m TDI is a great all around car. I wanted an A3 but weirdly the JSW had better CPO coverage, haad 6m, cost less and more features. Go figure?

I miss my b5.5 tho. I think VWs hayday in all the TDI line up was in early 2000's, unfortunately they are all 3 owner 250k cars now.
__________________
JELLOWSUBMARINE is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 4th, 2020, 09:19   #7
flee
Veteran Member
 
flee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Chatsworth, CA
Fuel Economy: 40-ish
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by rdean View Post
My 01 Jetta TDI blew a valve yesterday at 269000 I loved that car but it's not worth a new motor.
I've been looking at a 2015 A3 TDI. Anyone have any comments? Also, I can't find anywhere that tells me how much or how often to add Blue.
I have to ask: how long since the last TB change and who did it?
__________________
2002 Jetta GLS TDI wagon
flee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 4th, 2020, 09:32   #8
IndigoBlueWagon
TDIClub Enthusiast
Principal IDParts
Vendor
w/Business number
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: South of Boston
Fuel Economy: 50/45/37
Default

Wasn't necessarily a timing belt failure. These engines do occasionally drop a valve, often at around the mileage the OP's at.
__________________
2002 Jetta wagon, 412K, RC3+; 1993 Mercedes-Benz 300D 2.5, 199K; 1997 Passat, 289K; '99.5 Golf, 262K; 2011 335d, 64K; 2015 Golf Sportwagen, 14K. Principal, http://www.idparts.com
Kid's cars: 2002 Golf TDI, 2002 Jetta TDI, 2015 Passat TDI SEL
IndigoBlueWagon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 4th, 2020, 11:04   #9
flee
Veteran Member
 
flee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Chatsworth, CA
Fuel Economy: 40-ish
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by IndigoBlueWagon View Post
Wasn't necessarily a timing belt failure. These engines do occasionally drop a valve, often at around the mileage the OP's at.
I do not mean a timing belt 'failure'.
With the obvious connection between a valve dropping and a mis-timed TB job,
the wide spread use of the 'mark and pray' method by the misinformed techs,
and the many miles between said mis-timed TB job and valve failure, a thinking man
may well surmise that there are actually very few 'occasional dropped valves' at all
that aren't caused by piston to valve contact due to a mis-timed TB job.
__________________
2002 Jetta GLS TDI wagon
flee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 7th, 2020, 11:36   #10
tjg
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2019
Location: Ft. Knox, KY
Default

I recently picked up a '13 A3 with the titanium trim and sport package (got it with 46k miles and off the west coast).


It's been great other than a random stuttering at low RPMs that may? be linked to the ASV.



I'm going to do a CR170 stage 3 upgrade later this year.
tjg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 7th, 2020, 12:09   #11
IndigoBlueWagon
TDIClub Enthusiast
Principal IDParts
Vendor
w/Business number
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: South of Boston
Fuel Economy: 50/45/37
Default

'13 and '15 A3s are different cars. '15 is a sedan on the MKVII platform, the '13 is a MKVI. Engines are different, too.
__________________
2002 Jetta wagon, 412K, RC3+; 1993 Mercedes-Benz 300D 2.5, 199K; 1997 Passat, 289K; '99.5 Golf, 262K; 2011 335d, 64K; 2015 Golf Sportwagen, 14K. Principal, http://www.idparts.com
Kid's cars: 2002 Golf TDI, 2002 Jetta TDI, 2015 Passat TDI SEL
IndigoBlueWagon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 7th, 2020, 12:20   #12
tjg
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2019
Location: Ft. Knox, KY
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by IndigoBlueWagon View Post
'13 and '15 A3s are different cars. '15 is a sedan on the MKVII platform, the '13 is a MKVI. Engines are different, too.

yea my bad, I missed the 15 part.


Was there ever a 2014 TDI A3? or was that year skipped
tjg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 7th, 2020, 15:35   #13
Terry270
Veteran Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: BG, KY
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by tjg View Post
yea my bad, I missed the 15 part.


Was there ever a 2014 TDI A3? or was that year skipped
Yep. They skipped 2014
__________________
2003 2dr Golf TDI-R32 bumpers, sideskirts and wheels, VNT17
2010 Audi A3 TDI-CR170, Malone stg3, ARP headstuds, GLI Brakes, 2micron fuel and serpentine belt protection kits
Terry270 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 10th, 2020, 06:20   #14
paperthin
Veteran Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Toronto
TDI(s): 15 A3 TDI
Default

I absolutely love my 2015. It has two car seats in the back and can still fit a stroller OR golf clubs in the trunk. I really have zero complaints. My car does not have the phase 2 fix, I continue to debate with myself about it. I am a believer in keeping it away from the dealer. I can attest to the putting in 2.5gallons DEF at every oil change approximately. My drive is 70km each way and 99% highway so at 6am in the morning I rarely am below 125km/h and the mileage is great (check my fuelly). I highly recommend the car. I had a huge struggle to find this car as my 2009 Jetta TDI was bought back.
__________________
2009 Jetta TDI (bought back), 2015 A3 TDI (current)

Last edited by paperthin; April 12th, 2020 at 07:12. Reason: change litres to gallons
paperthin is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
WTB - Jetta TDI Wagon <100k <$15k buttonfly TDI Cars for Sale/Wanted 26 May 4th, 2019 19:13
A3 <--> A4 parts swap/interchangeability (i.e., MKIII <--> MKIV) OllieTDIed VW MKIV-A4 TDIs (VE and PD) 4 March 14th, 2018 07:27
WTB: A3-A4 Jetta or B4 Passat in OK area <$4500 bigred177 TDI Cars for Sale/Wanted 0 September 6th, 2011 06:23
Diff Knock!?!?!?!?!?!??! <<<<< asap plz Lukehmk4 TDI 101 13 February 23rd, 2010 04:27
Wanted: <100K engine for '01 Jetta near LA Solatao Private TDI Items for Sale/Wanted 8 November 11th, 2008 21:57


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 14:25.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright - TDIClub Online LTD - 2017
Contact Us | Privacy Statement | Forum Rules | Disclaimer
TDIClub Online Ltd (TDIClub.com) is not affiliated with the VWoA or VWAG and is supported by contributions from viewers like you.
1996 - 2020, All Rights Reserved
Page generated in 0.20966 seconds with 13 queries
[Output: 124.72 Kb. compressed to 104.38 Kb. by saving 20.34 Kb. (16.31%)]