VW Winter Front Now Available for A4's!!

spicy_red

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Good news, saw an A4 in the show room with a good looking VW winter front! After years of VW saying that winter fronts shouldn't be used I found that kind of odd. Checked in with the parts dep't and sure enough it is now offered by VW. Unfortunately they are out of stock so I ordered one up. If anyone's interested the part number is ZVW193898 and I was told it costs about CDN$40.
It appears to be a decent vinyl-type material, it covers the top grill pretty much completely, and wraps around the 2 fins of the bottom grill, leaving some air flow space.
 

dieseldorf

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Good find, Spicy!

IMPEX shows it for $29.

Can you do a few pictures when you have it in place?

HNY !
 

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dieseldorf said:
IMPEX shows it for $29.

Can you do a few pictures when you have it in place?

HNY !
That would be CDN$33, plus S&H, plus GST and maybe any customs and duties when it arrives in Canada. Unfortunately free trade seem to go only in one direction... LOL

I might try get some pics of the dealership vehicle when I go pick up my car...
 

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Went to pick up my car... not ready.... :mad:

Anyways, here's the top of the new cover (fit and finish seem quite good):



And here's the bottom (will probably continue using pipe insulation instead):

 

dieseldorf

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Spicy, very nice! And I am admiring the nice gloss on the Spicy Red-mobile - - it makes a lot of sense to maintain cars as special and unique as these TDIs!
 

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Dana Bartholomew said:
Seems superficial to me. $$$ down the drain. Just put cardboard over the radiator. ;)
More than superficial it is actually essential in the climate I live in. The $$$ are steep for the amount of material you're getting... but
I've tried to make my own, using various materials and mounting techniques and none worked out as good as this top cover. I think I spent less $$$ covering the entire top and bottom on my F250 with similar materials (http://www.gofia.com./index.cfm?pageID=23). I'll be sticking with the pipe insulation on the bottom.
Cheers
 

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Spicy, how 'bout a status update on this OE upgrade. Can you tell if the car warms up more quickly?

Thx.
 

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Ah yes, was meaning to write. After over 3000kms since install the front has performed great. The car does warm up quite a bit quicker. I wouldn't say twice as quick but it wouldn't be that far off.
We have actually had a ridiculously "warm" winter so the other tidbit of good news is that with "warm" weather driving the needle does not move upwards whatsoever. I've been over in the BC mountains, through some harsh road slush, snow and even rainy conditions, the front has not moved at all. I'm only using the top grill cover so far, not cold enough.
All in all I am happy with the purchase and think it is an essential item for cold winter driving.
 

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bumped for our cold weather friends. Oh, and I ordered one since my commute is so short.
 

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My car wears a bra regular..support issues. No really I commute 240 km/day. I just shoved some cut up old rain coat behind the bra. Does wonders and cost me nothing!
 

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Looks really nice. I wonder if it would help the painfully slow warm-up we experience leaving ski areas, where the early part of the drive typically is downhill.
 

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IndigoBlueWagon said:
Looks really nice. I wonder if it would help the painfully slow warm-up we experience leaving ski areas, where the early part of the drive typically is downhill.
It could being the glorified air compressor it is when doing so. Even compressing air generates heat.

If it is a automatic keeping the torque convertor unlocked would help also.
 

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That's exactly what it is. Engine braking, over 1200 RPM. No fuel for much of the first 5 miles, especially when leaving Killington.
 

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Spicy, thanks for the update - - glad to hear it's working well.
 

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peteman said:
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Peteman - didn't you live in High Level?? Man you're hitting all the sweet spots!! :D
 

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Looks good on the red Jetta! :)

Just placed an order for one for myself from Impex. Needed to get the 20k maint items soon, so figured now is a good time to save a bit on shipping ;)

Cold days are sure to stay here in western NY. It's been way too warm for the past few months, I'm sure we're gonna freeze our butts off the next 2 months.
 

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Feb is gonna be a tough month - - the party is just about over.
 

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Peteman has settled out of the oil industry and into a more important, demanding and less paying job...teaching. Bought some property in the absolutely insane housing market in Lloyd. Here to stay!
 

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I'm a newb to the forums, but not to TDIs. I used to have an 01 sedan that I traded last year for a v6 passat wagon... I am waiting for the 06 Jetta TDI wagon to get here from Calgary so I can get both my stick and my TDI back!

Anyways, The only problems I ever had with my sedan was that at -40 it could take 20-40 seconds of activating the glow-plugs before it turned over. What benefit would the rad blocker actually give? Especially since here in Edmonton we've lost our identity as a winter city for cripes sake!?!
 

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ShinyOwen said:
I'm a newb to the forums, but not to TDIs. I used to have an 01 sedan that I traded last year for a v6 passat wagon... I am waiting for the 06 Jetta TDI wagon to get here from Calgary so I can get both my stick and my TDI back!

Anyways, The only problems I ever had with my sedan was that at -40 it could take 20-40 seconds of activating the glow-plugs before it turned over. What benefit would the rad blocker actually give? Especially since here in Edmonton we've lost our identity as a winter city for cripes sake!?!
The front should help while you're driving to keep some of the air from entering the engine compartment and robbing heat.
 

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Damn.... That just may be what the doctor ordered.

You pick that up from Norden? I've kept telling myself that if this winter hadn't been so mild, I would have installed a TDIHeater type coolant heater already. If we head towards a cold snap, this just may be the ticket.
 
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