'98 TDI $2500 in St. Louis

AthensSlim

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Jan 14, 2005
Location
Brighton, MI
TDI
TDI: Still looking ('86 Golf Diesel)
Re: \'98 TDI $2500 in St. Louis

I'd personally be worried about being a TDI from someone who says the "ignition" needs fixed....I suppose he's referring to the glow plugs?
 

cscmc1

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Jul 21, 2005
Location
Charleston, IL
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n/a
Re: \'98 TDI $2500 in St. Louis

maybe... but if I were in the area, for $2500, if the dings in the fenders is all that needs fixed, I'd at least look!
 

diggindiesel

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Aug 10, 2005
Location
Fort Collins,CO
TDI
99 Jetta
Re: \'98 TDI $2500 in St. Louis

I talked to him-the headlights and AC only work when you hold the brights switch on! He is the original owner who has done no maintenance except oil changes-sounded like a fixer upper.
 

diggindiesel

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Fort Collins,CO
TDI
99 Jetta
Re: \'98 TDI $2500 in St. Louis

Brights switch-you know, the turn signal that you pull to turn on the highbeams. Might be an easy fix or might be an electrical nightmare. Over 100k and no maintenance-maybe more of a cubic circonium in the rough. He was asking 2900 and dropped, so people weren't fighting over it. I wasn't clear-we traded e-mails-I didn't actually speak to him.
 

sootwagen

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Orange County, New York, USA
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2003 Jetta Wagon, 5 Speed, Indigo Blue, 2013 Audi Q7 TDI, Silver
Re: \'98 TDI $2500 in St. Louis

Sounds like it could be the ignition switch. The ignition switches on these cars were junk. I have a '98 Jetta (gas), and all kinds of strange things were happening, like the brake light coming on by itself, the headlights going out, the AC quitting, etc... I replaced the ignition switch, and all was well. Either switch (ignition or turn signal/high beam) will require pulling the steering wheel, and the sleeve behind it. With the right puller, it's easy. Without it, it's a nightmare. The ignition switch is about $45. If you "jiggle" the ignition switch with the ignition on, and the problem goes away, you've found the problem. This worked for me.

Hope this helps.
 
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