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GlowBugTDI

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2001 Beetle GLS TDI (BIODSL). Glow Bug TDI (sold)
Is it a higher pitch tick coming from the top end?
I had one of my lifter/tappet (whatevers you wants to call em) start making noise at 200k. Had them all replaced and went about as normal. No head rebuild or anything. Cam was good so didn't have that changed either.
Had the timing belt done while they were in there too.
 

John Wesley Hardin

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Rockport Texas
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2003 VW Jetta 1.9 Diesel
Is it a higher pitch tick coming from the top end?
I had one of my lifter/tappet (whatevers you wants to call em) start making noise at 200k. Had them all replaced and went about as normal. No head rebuild or anything. Cam was good so didn't have that changed either.
Had the timing belt done while they were in there too.
No, just clattering slightly when accelerating . oops need my timing belt done also . Good idea . I my just send it to a mechanic
 

GlowBugTDI

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2001 Beetle GLS TDI (BIODSL). Glow Bug TDI (sold)
No, just clattering slightly when accelerating . oops need my timing belt done also . Good idea . I my just send it to a mechanic
You may have something different. Hard to tell without a video. Mine made sound all the time though that doesn't mean it can't be the same.
It was like 950$ so for me at the time with no vcds and not feeling super confident in my skills on my only car it was worth it.
 

GlowBugTDI

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2001 Beetle GLS TDI (BIODSL). Glow Bug TDI (sold)
You should always replace the cam and lifters together on these cars.
Why? If there's no wear to the cam what difference would it make? The cam was in mint condition and the tappet should just mate to the cam lobe. Similar to a piston and cylinder. Though I know thats a bit different
Put on almost another 100k no problem after the change. Sold the car then so who knows now, but it's probably still out there driving.
 
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Mozambiquer

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1998 VW Jetta TDI. 1982 VW Rabbit pickup, 2001 VW Jetta TDI, 2005 VW Passat wagon TDI X3, 2001 VW golf TDI, 1980 VW rabbit pickup,
No, just clattering slightly when accelerating . oops need my timing belt done also . Good idea . I my just send it to a mechanic
I would do some testing, I've seen the acceleration clatter when there is too much backpressure caused by an overboosting or restricted turbo, or if the head has been replaced with a Chinese one, they're bad about that as well.
 

csstevej

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2001 golf tdi 4 door auto now a manual, mine, 2000 golf 2 door M/T son's,daughters 98 NB non-TDI 2.0, 2003 TDI NB for next daughter, head repaired and on road,gluten for punishment got another tdi 2001NB,another yellow tdi NB
Obviously you’ve never owned a Toyota…nor worked on them…..
There isn’t a car out there that doesn’t need periodic maintenance.
 

GlowBugTDI

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We've all been there man. Every car needs maintenance some more then others and part of it is what the most common problems with the model is. My alh has been reliable and I'd trust it to go anywhere. On the other hand i have had to do maintenance. Any car can break down on you. My brother has a camry with 70k (at the time) started it up one morning and walked around the front to see oil spitting out the bottom. His oil pump seal went bad so he had to do a timing belt and oil pump. My dads chevy aveo had the shift linkage fall off the tower one day and limped it home in 3rd his car only had like 115k. Both while needing maintenance have been awesome cars for our family but trust me they still have their own problems. A friend just had to have 3k worth of work done on her 2010 rav4 because timing chain started to clatter amongst other things it needed. Things break and need replacing...fact of life. I have seen lots of 2010+ cars broken down on the road even 2 tesla's (I so wanted to ask if they needes a jump start🤣). Everything has its problems. I've been fed up with my car before, but you put some money and elbow grease into it and keep rolling.
 

03TDICommuter

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So. Cal
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01' NB, 5spd
No, just clattering slightly when accelerating . oops need my timing belt done also . Good idea . I my just send it to a mechanic
Probably not the lifters if it's happening when accelerating. FWIW, my current tank of diesel from a station I don't usually use, is noticeably noisier than what I'm used to hearing. Especially when the car is cold, a lot more clack-itty. Almost time to refuel and I'm hoping the noise is back to normal BUT this tank is also the most # of miles I've ever gotten from a tank. Weird.
 

J_dude

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Just a word of advice, don’t come to a vehicle-specific forum and talk trash about the vehicles we drive and expect to get much help... I can think of one person in particular who is no longer here because of that.
If you want to drive some noisy tin box that has no soul go ahead, I’ll take the way my car runs drives and handles over a Toyota any day.
I get that these cars aren’t for everyone, (I don’t recommend them to anyone that doesn’t understand German cars and enjoy working on their own vehicles) but like I said, don’t expect to make any friends here with that attitude towards our cars.
 

GlowBugTDI

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Just a word of advice, don’t come to a vehicle-specific forum and talk trash about the vehicles we drive and expect to get much help... I can think of one person in particular who is no longer here because of that.
If you want to drive some noisy tin box that has no soul go ahead, I’ll take the way my car runs drives and handles over a Toyota any day.
I get that these cars aren’t for everyone, (I don’t recommend them to anyone that doesn’t understand German cars and enjoy working on their own vehicles) but like I said, don’t expect to make any friends here with that attitude towards our cars.
I have to say though. The toyotas are pretty nice. My brothers 97 camry is great. Its super quiet on the hwy, gets about 30mpg, and does ebrakendrifts like a dream. I love toyotas amongst others. That being said they are definitely different then our tdi's.
 

csstevej

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Location
north nj
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2001 golf tdi 4 door auto now a manual, mine, 2000 golf 2 door M/T son's,daughters 98 NB non-TDI 2.0, 2003 TDI NB for next daughter, head repaired and on road,gluten for punishment got another tdi 2001NB,another yellow tdi NB
The older ones yes…..the newer ones……well let’s just say I’ve had some severe issues with them since they’ve been made in the US…..T 100’s , headsgaskets , tundras ,Frame , sienna’s, transmission, sliding door cables , cracking door hinges and sliding door opening mechanism and Camry , severe wheel arc rust with very low milage car that was bought new…that’s my experience…others may be different.
 

John Wesley Hardin

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Location
Rockport Texas
TDI
2003 VW Jetta 1.9 Diesel
We've all been there man. Every car needs maintenance some more then others and part of it is what the most common problems with the model is. My alh has been reliable and I'd trust it to go anywhere. On the other hand i have had to do maintenance. Any car can break down on you. My brother has a camry with 70k (at the time) started it up one morning and walked around the front to see oil spitting out the bottom. His oil pump seal went bad so he had to do a timing belt and oil pump. My dads chevy aveo had the shift linkage fall off the tower one day and limped it home in 3rd his car only had like 115k. Both while needing maintenance have been awesome cars for our family but trust me they still have their own problems. A friend just had to have 3k worth of work done on her 2010 rav4 because timing chain started to clatter amongst other things it needed. Things break and need replacing...fact of life. I have seen lots of 2010+ cars broken down on the road even 2 tesla's (I so wanted to ask if they needes a jump start🤣). Everything has its problems. I've been fed up with my car before, but you put some money and elbow grease into it and keep rolling.
I digress . Love my 2003 Jetta TDI and had many trouble free miles. Im a TDI Lifer. So yes I agree with you on all and really enjoy the Forum
 

John Wesley Hardin

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Location
Rockport Texas
TDI
2003 VW Jetta 1.9 Diesel
The older ones yes…..the newer ones……well let’s just say I’ve had some severe issues with them since they’ve been made in the US…..T 100’s , headsgaskets , tundras ,Frame , sienna’s, transmission, sliding door cables , cracking door hinges and sliding door opening mechanism and Camry , severe wheel arc rust with very low milage car that was bought new…that’s my experience…others may be different.
Just a joke just a joke about the Toyota. Would rather have my Diesel Jetta TDI . It has held up quite well considering its 20 years old ! Im a TDI lifer
 

John Wesley Hardin

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Rockport Texas
TDI
2003 VW Jetta 1.9 Diesel
Probably not the lifters if it's happening when accelerating. FWIW, my current tank of diesel from a station I don't usually use, is noticeably noisier than what I'm used to hearing. Especially when the car is cold, a lot more clack-itty. Almost time to refuel and I'm hoping the noise is back to normal BUT this tank is also the most # of miles I've ever gotten from a tank. Weird.
Hmmh... Supposedly the Bio- Diesel we get at the pump has less lubricating qualities . I usually add Lucas fuel treatment to offset this, but havent lately. Will have to look into that. Thanks
 
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