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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 December 19th, 2017, 14:03   #16
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When the 02A shifter is working properly it's not bad. Not as precise as the later ones, but I wouldn't upgrade one that's working right. I think some of the parts for it are NLA, however.
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Old December 19th, 2017, 14:19   #17
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At least it runs and the engine and wheels rotate, so you are ahead me on the last one I saved.
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Old December 19th, 2017, 14:20   #18
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I have got to upgrade the gearshifter though.... man this one is awful.
I've heard the new ones are better, but I never had any complaints. The shift lever and the shift actuator both broke a long time ago. Reinstalled the lever without the weight.
I could really use that car.
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Old December 19th, 2017, 16:01   #19
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Nice colour, didn't even know they existed this side of the pond!
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Old December 19th, 2017, 16:15   #20
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Nice color and nice car!

Speaking of door lock modules, my 2005 Jetta TDI has two that are Kaput, and one is a rear door location.
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Old December 20th, 2017, 03:48   #21
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When the 02A shifter is working properly it's not bad. Not as precise as the later ones, but I wouldn't upgrade one that's working right. I think some of the parts for it are NLA, however.
This one is pretty bad. I think there are pieces missing in the shifter box. Under the hood it is all there, but worn.

My 2000 Golf's shifter is better after 530k miles than my 1998 Jetta's shifter was after 50k I remember in that car, when it was in 5th gear for a while, it would have this little rattle that would start in the shifter, that seemed to be worst right at about 75 MPH. Drove me crazy, crazy enough that on long trips I would stuff a pillow next to it to stop it. When I put the exhaust on it, I dropped the box to find the little end bushings were loose in the cable ends. This was LONG before dieselgeek came up with his replacement bushings. I ended up making some from an old 020 shifter bushing kit and some washers.

I think if you are used to the early shifter, and it is all in good working order, you are fine with it. But I can tell the difference right away, and now since most of these cars have lots of use on them it has only gotten worse.

That 20k mile '98 Beetle I had in here recently didn't shift too bad though. Yet.
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Old December 20th, 2017, 05:07   #22
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I'm back and forth between my B4, the '99.5 Golf, and IBW. Oh, and my '15 GSW. Of the four of them IBW is clearly my favorite for shifting, although it's starting to suffer some transmission wear after 360,000 hard miles. The B4 is next: throws are long, but the shifter is precise and very easy to operate. Never heard any rattles. The '99.5 has gotten a lot better with lubrication and adjustment, but I may upgrade it at some point. And I'm not in love with VW's 6-speeds. I think the 5-speeds shift better.
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Old December 20th, 2017, 05:18   #23
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I have a shifter box and cables from a 2001 that I can send you for the shipping cost if you want, I had it for my son's 99.5 jetta that he sold before I got it changed out. I realize you may have a pile of these laying around though. Congrats on the acquisition of that beauty.
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I have a shifter box and cables from a 2001 that I can send you for the shipping cost if you want, I had it for my son's 99.5 jetta that he sold before I got it changed out. I realize you may have a pile of these laying around though. Congrats on the acquisition of that beauty.
That would be awesome, thank you! Do you have the shift tower (the part that goes in the transmission) too?
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That would be awesome, thank you! Do you have the shift tower (the part that goes in the transmission) too?
Sorry I do not have a tower, I was still searching for one when he sold the car. PM me the address where you want it shipped to if you still want it. I have a picture of it somewhere.
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Old December 23rd, 2017, 21:37   #26
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Nice looking Golf! What is the color code and name?
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I like that color. Great find, it couldn’t be in more capable hands.
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Old December 24th, 2017, 06:31   #28
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Saw a Beamer on US131 that was simliar in color the other day, looked good. Matches Blauparts struts and shocks. Roll up windows, yeah. Tell me it doesn't have lights and door locks with their own brain and I will be extremely jealous
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Saw a Beamer on US131 that was simliar in color the other day, looked good. Matches Blauparts struts and shocks. Roll up windows, yeah. Tell me it doesn't have lights and door locks with their own brain and I will be extremely jealous

It’s kinda funny most people, want so many gizmos on their car it makes their head spin and they forget what half of them do. I think simple mechanical has its merits.

My daughter calls me at 11:30 last night. “Dad my car alarm keeps going off”. Apparently a Christmas gremlin snuck into her 01 Beetle sometime yesterday. I’m guessing she’ll need me to sort that out, and serve his eviction papers.
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I love my "manual" windows, never a single problem and such a clever mechanism to take the crank off if needed.
Had several people that were puzzled as to how the windows go down without a button! Muhahahaa
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