spyder

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Question Answered: Starts and runs for about 2 mins. then stalls.
February 10, 2009, 10:20 PM
Considering the work done it could be a lot of things. Check basics with a scan tool , confirm fuel pressure and spark as well. Did you replace the ECM ? If so the immobilizer will need attention. I would double check the wiring , especially the ground connections.
Question Answered: Bad clunking sound when I turn the wheel
February 10, 2009, 10:14 PM
the strut bearings can "bind" , the steering rack can loosen at it's mountings ..... open the hood , have someone turn the steering wheel as you describe and take a careful look before going any further.
Question Answered: radio
February 06, 2009, 11:30 PM
The radio display is normal. After reconnecting the radio to power the security code needs to be entered via the radio panel , see your owners manual. As far as not starting that is a differnt problem. Did it run OK before replacing the batterry? I would rescan the vehicle and deal with any engine related faults. As a minimum perform a Throttle Adaption" via an appropriate scan tool..........
Question Answered: Drivers door handle
February 04, 2009, 01:39 PM
That price may well include the door latch. Perhaps they are considering the possibility a binding/stiff latch caused the cable to break.
Question Answered: this is a lemon car?
February 04, 2009, 01:31 PM
Brake wear is strongly influenced by your driving habits , but are basically a wear item like tires. Window regulators are a known issue with these cars but the repair kits include upgraded components. As far as electrical issues basics need to be checked first , i.e. ground connections , charging system and battery etc. Incorrect diagnosis can cause more problems than you fix......
Question Answered: why my car have too many electricalproblems?
February 04, 2009, 01:23 PM
Sometimes something as simple as a poor ground connection at the area under the battery can cause seemingly constant or bizarre problems. If you are so inclined clean and secure every connection particularly ground connections ( usually solid brown color wires ) you can get at under the hood , particularly at and under the battery. I have resolved many ongoing stories like yours this way. An additional thought would be to make sure any accessible electrical connectors are clean and tight !
Question Answered: brake warning light
February 04, 2009, 01:12 PM
If you have access to a scan tool check for fault codes in the ABS. You may well retrieve codes relating to "no communication with instrument cluster". This is very commonly due to problems in the ABS control module. Additionally the scan tool may not communicate with other vehicle systems unless you unplug the ABS module , or won't communicate with ABS at all. In either case the ABS control module is probably defective. A new or rebuilt ABS module is called for. This is a very common failure.
Question Answered: I got oil in my over flow from the raidiator
February 04, 2009, 01:03 PM
Your describing the symptoms of a failed oil cooler. The oil cooler itself should be replaced and the cooling system drained and refilled after being thoroughly flushed before going any further.
Question Answered: hey autotechpat
February 04, 2009, 12:59 PM
Your describing the oil cooler. A common failure within the oil cooler structure allows oil and coolant to mix. The oil cooler itself should be replaced and the cooling system drained and refilled after being thoroughly flushed before going any further.
Question Answered: hey autotechpat
February 04, 2009, 12:59 PM
Your describing the oil cooler. A common failure within the oil cooler structure allows oil and coolant to mix. The oil cooler itself should be replaced and the cooling system drained and refilled after being thoroughly flushed before going any further.
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Car Review: 2001 Volkswagen EuroVan
October 17, 2008, 02:47 PM
I've not actually owned a Eurovan but I've worked on them for years and years as a technician at the VW dealer.The majority of the issues are maintenance items such as brake pad and rotor replacement , some coolant leaks and occasional electrical issues including check engine lights. Nothing really dificult to resolve. The owners love these cars for their utility , and space.I see them used for camping trips , day to day family "shuttle" and all around city vehicle. They are large vehicles and most of the wear and tear is related to that. Just my impressions as a non-owner......
Car Review: 2003 Volkswagen Beetle
October 08, 2008, 01:45 PM
I've enjoyed the beetle since new.Stylish in it's own way.It grows on you.Simple 2.0 Liter engine runs and runs. I wore out the clutch at 50,000 miles , replaced brakes now and than. I drive hard , the car does well.
Car Review: 2001 Volkswagen Passat
October 08, 2008, 12:42 PM
Compared to the Audi A4 this a lot of car for the money.A few electrical problems...the flashers quit , door remote problem.The check engine light came on twice.Replaced coolant sensor and a spark plug wire to fix.Brakes have been replaced front and rear. Mechanically other than maintenance I've done the axle boots. Very comfortable around town and on the road.OK by me.
Car Review: 1993 Porsche 968
October 06, 2008, 02:22 PM
A real nice car.Easy to drive fast.No drama.Stick shift coupe was hard to find.Most are convertibles with automatic transmissions.A real classy ride.A little spendy to keep up at times , but not bad. Red with Black leather interior is it.
Car Review: 2000 Audi TT
October 06, 2008, 02:11 PM
This has been a fun car.Not super fast , it handles well though.Maintenance cost are so-so.A few water leaks in the rain.All OK now.Had to fix a few things in the suspension....creaking noise.Brakes needed a few times as well.
Car Review: 2002 Audi Allroad Quattro
October 06, 2008, 02:02 PM
For the right owner these can be great cars.Not an SUV and not an avant this is the right mix of both.Somewhat high maintenance , a great performer and stylish.The proven Quattro four wheel drive system works well with the air suspension.A real joy is the V-8 with the manual transmission.Hard to find though. Many very high mileage daily drivers on the road still.A sought after choice in the used car market attest to their popularity.
Car Review: 1990 Volkswagen Jetta
October 03, 2008, 02:07 PM
This has a pretty good bread and butter sort of car.Not exciting at all , but it runs and runs.Fairly comfortable , not a great performer , but easy enough to keep up.The interior shows its age , I put tires on it now and again.Biggest expense has been timing belt and water pump replacement.A/C went south awhole back but still a good daily driver.
Car Review: 1990 Porsche 911
October 03, 2008, 01:58 PM
A real success story for Porsche.The 911 line up seemed to get better with each year.This is the "real" Porsche design philosophy...rear engine , air cooled.A great performer , the engine is as strong as they come.Service cost can be high.For example valves require manual adjustment , dual ignition has twelve spark plugs...every 15,000 mile service.Plus twelve quarts of synthetic oil every 7,500 miles.Unfortunately deferred maintenance will cost in the long run.A few oil leaks remain to be fixed , but thats on the list. All in all a real tour de force from concept to build.
Car Review: 1991 Porsche 928
October 03, 2008, 01:44 PM
A great car for around town or trips to L.A.Generally people love the styling , though some hate it!By contemporary standards this a real eye catcher.Anyhow , a bit of a chore to keep up with service needs.Engine is a great performer but tempermental at times.For a large car the handlig is great.If you like going fast , tire life can be disappointing.Very comfortable for two , climate control is fully up to the task.Sort of an overlooked gem in its time.They can be a great buy today.Buy the latest model you can , problems were resolved in the later years of production.A real joy to own.
Car Review: 1990 Porsche 944
October 03, 2008, 01:31 PM
As an affordable entry into owning a Porsche this has been a great car.Parts are pretty affordable ,a little tricky to work on.but basic stuff like brakes and oil change no problem ,if your set up.I am at 145,00 miles now , after nearly 80,000 of ownership.No real failures at all.Replaced timing belt twice as needed and replaced the water pump once.Brakes are really good , replaced pads & rotors awhile back , pad life more than reasonable.A good first , modern Porsche.
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