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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 November 13th, 2000, 20:20   #1
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Default Autotracker-keeps track of maintenance on your computer

Are you anal about maintenance and would like a nice way to track it on your computer? Check this out from Pennzoil then. (I wouldn't gunk up my engine with their oil, but this little piece of software is nice!) You have to answer a few questions first, but after you hit the register button, the program will start to download. I think it took about 15 minutes or so for me. For some reason, when I tried downloading this a year or so ago, with Netscape, it wouldn't work. Now I've got Internet Explorer, and it worked just fine.

Anyway, here's the link: (my apologies if I screw this up, first time I've tried a link)
http://www.pennzoil.com/carcare/auto...r/register.asp
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Old November 13th, 2000, 21:00   #2
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Thanks! I really AM that anal, so I'll definitely d/l it.

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Old November 14th, 2000, 06:42   #3
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Netscape still didn't work . . . wow

I'll try it in IE next. . .
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Old November 14th, 2000, 08:29   #4
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Hi,

I used Autotracker for quite some time. After a few database dumps, the inability to archive and restore lost files, and the hassle with backdating certain items, I decided to create a spreadsheet that does the same thing. I got a little help from friends and eventually refined it into a pretty cool document. Of course, if you don't have Excel then it's worthless to you. But give it a look. Perhaps you'll like it and be able to modify it for your own use. Click here to see it.

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Old November 14th, 2000, 08:55   #5
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Well I took a look and well it turns out to be exactly what I have done with excel.

I'll put my file up soon. Mine actually tracks fuel mileage graphically, every fueling, cost per mile, cost per trip to work, total fuel consumed, total price paid, avg mileage, costs for vehicle (not fuel related), insurance, loan payment, fuel and accesory costs per mile, total costs per mile - costs regardless of mileage
All on an excel sheet.

Running a fantasy cycling league helped me learn about using excel to keep track of lots of numbers (points) and different variables.

It was your sheet I think scott - or someone elses - that prompted me to start my own.

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One thing I don't like about this Autotracker is that it defaults to a 3,000 mile/3 month oil change . . . big thumbs down for that. . .
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Old November 14th, 2000, 11:29   #6
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Now..if they only had it for Palm OS!

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Old November 15th, 2000, 00:56   #7
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I am outa the loop on hand held PCs but isn't there an Excel that runs under Windows CE?

Seems simple enough? Right?

I don't have hand held devices - don't have much use for them yet or the funds to create a use if you know what I mean . . . this does sound like a good use though

of course my laptop that is waiting for a VAG-CAM cable might just get the stuff and start keeping all that stuff on it. . .

just looking through my new www.iGO.com paper catalog at the power inverters for the computer . . .
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Old November 16th, 2000, 00:37   #8
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GeWilli- Autotracker does default to the 3,000mi.-3 mo oil change interval but you can delete that and put your own in. I,ve changed mine to 5,000 mi-5 mo.

One of the things I like about Autotracker is that it,s simple enough for a relatively software challenged individual like myself to master. It will track maintenance on your vehicle(s), sort it by mileage, add up the total costs, and remind you when maintenance is due. It will also keep info on ins. policies, has an address book for dealers, shops or whatever, and another area for a to-do list. So far, for the price($0.00), it works well enough for me.

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Old November 16th, 2000, 05:15   #9
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Dan:
I downloaded Autotracker and installed it. I expected to see a table of maintenance intervals like on the VW tech site. All that comes up are blank sheets. I was expecting to see some examples on how to use it. Are there instructions somewhere? How have you set up your log?
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45 second download. I love my T1! Its almost as fast as the Bad Bora.
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Old November 16th, 2000, 19:44   #11
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RES,

I'm not familiar with the setup on the VW tech site, and it's been some time since I've installed Autotracker.

While I don't think there are any specific instructions per se, it's pretty self-explanatory. (Maybe something didn't set-up correctly on your computer)

I believe it started by asking basic info. about your vehicle(s)-when they were purchased, how many miles per year you drive, make,model, etc. Each vehicle is then broken down into four diff. icons-maintenance,basic information,loan-lease, and business use. Maintenance is divided by tabs into a schedule and a log. The maint. schedule is fairly basic, what you'd expect for most cars. I deleted all of mine, checked the VW manual and set my own up. I counted 21 different "items" I've listed on the schedule that need to be performed at various intervals. As far as the log goes, it's filled in when you perform these maint. items or any other unscheduled maint. that you can simply add to the log.

Hope it will work for you.
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