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VW MKIV-A4 TDIs (VE and PD) This is a general discussion about A4/MkIV Jetta (99.5-~2005), Golf(99.5-2006), and New Beetle(98-2006). Both VE and PD engines are covered here.

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Old May 4th, 2003, 07:34   #1
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Hoping to get a list of San Diego TDI owners going so that we can swap some ideas. My first priority is to find a good, honest independent mechanic to use as a dealer alternative for some of the major services. I have a 2003 TDI with the 5 speed, only mod being the Upsolute chip. Hope there are a few others here in San Diego.
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Old May 4th, 2003, 08:24   #2
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In Chula Vista. 2002 5spd Golf GL. VAG-COM w/laptop and cables.

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Old May 4th, 2003, 08:41   #3
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I here in Chula Vista also.
I am slowing getting tools for VW.
I have a the rear brake tools and Bentley CD Manuel but it does not cover the new 2003 5 sp trans. that I have code ( EGR )

Dont know any shops- If the Mech. does not own a TDI himself I am not sure I would trust them.
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Old May 4th, 2003, 09:16   #4
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'02 Jetta---In La jolla. Just picked her up on Thursday.
No modifications. No idea where to go for major service. I perform most minor service myself.
Guy
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Old May 4th, 2003, 10:56   #5
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If you guys get really desperate I'm only a few hours away just East of Phoenix- handle timing belts, suspensions, PM etc.
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Old May 4th, 2003, 14:41   #6
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Glad to see there are at least a few guys out here. I'll probably take my car to the dealer for oil changes and such (at $45 including synthetic oil and factory filter, I really won't save much doing it myself.) However, the major services are probably another story. I haven't spent too much time perusing the manual just yet, but it looks like oil changes at 5K and then at 10k intervals starting at 10k. Other than brake fluid at the two year mark, is there a whole lot more to do before the timing belt?
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Old May 4th, 2003, 15:30   #7
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I am in North San Diego, Vista, I have a 2003 Jetta as well as 4 other diesel vehicles and have a good mechanic who is very reasonable locally in Oceanside who also has a 2000 TDI Golf

email me locally
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Old May 4th, 2003, 15:35   #8
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Hi San Diego TDI Fans, Harv is under a 100 miles North of you and I could do all your service and maintenance. I am also a dist. of SpeedTuning USA and can get you chipped for $245. I can also set you up with Kerma PP or Sprint 520 phat injector nozzels. I do demand that these nozzels be set up by Greg of Lube Specialists. I charge $325 including parts for A3/B4 timing belt, tensioner, and drive belts. A4's are $380 including parts and 80K/100K TB and tensioner and new engine mount/FIP bolts along with serp belt. I also keep fuel filters, air filters, pollen filters, oil filters, brake fluid for brake and clutch cylinder fluid flush, Vag-com with all Bentley cd's (except NB), brake jobs. If you contact me with a specific problem, I can order the parts needed in advance and give you a price before commiting. I can also provide you or your family and friends with prime TDI's that are 100% Harvieux certified. I am a CA DMV licensed dealer that specializes in VW TDI's and only VW TDI's. Any questions call (310) 721-4867. Later!
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Old May 5th, 2003, 12:34   #9
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FYI
I would check the dealers Oil brand and type.

I am not the foremost authrority on the matter but you will find a lot if info on the FAQ on this site and
also search the internet. But here is why I do it myself

I have found after calling most of the VW dealers here in SD
The dealers use 5W-40 which is correct , but it is Castrol Syntex ( API-SL and NOT API-CH)and is not really made for diesel engines.

So go to Walmart and get Rotella SYN 5w-40 and make them put that in.
The oil needs to be
(API CH-4) if you are going to do 10000 oil changes due to the diesel fuel putting soot in the oil

If you go every 5000 I dont think it makes a big deal.

I did find out that the VW engine maker uses the Rotella SYN when they build the engines.
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Old May 5th, 2003, 16:16   #10
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Does Poway count as San Diego, 2002 Jetta Wagon auto.
I installed the new Tokico over the weekend, much better ride, I also installed .75" spacers on the struts, so the front ride height is up about an inch.
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Old May 5th, 2003, 16:25   #11
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I'm in northern San Diego County, between Escondido and Valley Center. Just about to reach the 5,000 mile mark and will try the dealer (Classic VW) for the first service. Beyond that,.....?

Oh, BTW it's a red '03 Jetta TDI GLS with extra antenna for Sirius Radio.
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Old May 5th, 2003, 17:08   #12
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I'll be a '03 Golf owner in a week or two, I go in tomorrow to lay the deposit down. I tecnically live... no where, but spend most of my time between mid San Diego and Tustin.

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Old May 7th, 2003, 19:04   #13
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Hi San Diego TDI Fans, Harv is under a 100 miles North of you and I could do all your service and maintenance. I am also a dist. of SpeedTuning USA and can get you chipped for $245. I can also set you up with Kerma PP or Sprint 520 phat injector nozzels. I do demand that these nozzels be set up by Greg of Lube Specialists. I charge $325 including parts for A3/B4 timing belt, tensioner, and drive belts. A4's are $380 including parts and 80K/100K TB and tensioner and new engine mount/FIP bolts along with serp belt. I also keep fuel filters, air filters, pollen filters, oil filters, brake fluid for brake and clutch cylinder fluid flush, Vag-com with all Bentley cd's (except NB), brake jobs. If you contact me with a specific problem, I can order the parts needed in advance and give you a price before commiting. I can also provide you or your family and friends with prime TDI's that are 100% Harvieux certified. I am a CA DMV licensed dealer that specializes in VW TDI's and only VW TDI's. Any questions call (310) 721-4867. Later!
Nice talking to you last week.
Since my car is new it may be a while before I need you.
But when I do, I will call.
With those prices it does not make sense for me to buy all the timing Tools.
When needed, I will leave my TDI with you and go to Disneyland or Knotts Berry Farm. Your only 20 mins from there!!.
Raise your rates $40 on the timing belts and throw in a "FREE" Disneyland pass. ( Its a Joke )

See ya at TBT ( Timing Belt Time) or sooner!
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Old May 11th, 2003, 11:49   #14
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Well hello all,
I'm currently station in Everett, Wa. I just returned from one of the longest Carrier deployments in history “9.5 months” on board the USS Abraham Lincoln CVN-72. I’m on leave at my home in Spring Valley, Ca. with my car still in storage up in Everett, Wa. for the past eleven months. I will be transferring back to San Diego in July of this year and look forward to meeting all San Diego TDI owners. My Jetta is a 2k1 with only 16k miles on it. I have many modes with more to do know that I’m back in the good old USA Lets make sure we all stay in touch for many GTG in the San Diego area.
I will be returning to Everett on the 27 May.
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Old May 12th, 2003, 06:30   #15
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Welcome back, I work just across the street from where you pulled in the other day at North Island. That was a long cruise. Great job you guys did.

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