spyder

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Question Answered: Wiper Problems
February 18, 2009, 01:04 PM
The wiper relay for the intermittent function and/or the wiper switch are known issues. Of course wiring and connections need to be confirmed ........
Question Answered: quits running
February 18, 2009, 01:01 PM
If the immobilizer logo , a beetle in silhouette at the instrument cluster , is flashing while the the engine is running the immobilizer is indeed activated and will need attention.
Question Answered: How to change a speedometer for a 2002 beetle?
February 18, 2009, 12:50 PM
As I recall the speedo can be removed without disturbing the dash itself. The instrument cluster has two (?) attaching screws at its base and can be removed as a unit. You may or may not have to recode the speedo and/or the immobilizer. Once you install the speedo if the engine starts and the speedo is accurate your probably done.....
Question Answered: Maybe a fuse has blown?
February 18, 2009, 12:41 PM
The electrical portion of the ignition switch could be failing. Not at all uncommon.......
Question Answered: battery light on
February 18, 2009, 12:39 PM
Check the wiring and connections at the battery and alternator. It is not uncommon for them to be loose. If all else is ok your alternator could be failing.....
Question Answered: oil in coolant system
February 18, 2009, 12:37 PM
The oil will float on the coolant in the reservoir. Use a suction bulb such as a Turkey Baster to suck it off the top of the liquid in the reservoir. If you have driven the vehicle it has mixed with the coolant so you may have to repeat the process after letting the vehicle sit awhile , i.e. overnight.
Question Answered: Car will not start
February 18, 2009, 12:24 PM
If I recall correctly the key remote simply locks/unlocks the doors. No start could be the usual suspects starting with fuel pressure , no spark mechanical issues and so on. Start with basic diagnosis........
Question Answered: cruise control light
February 11, 2009, 02:33 PM
Are you sure the Check Engine Light , amber light with an electric spark logo , is not on? It sounds like you are experiencing a misfire which would trigger the Check Engine Light display. If so you need to use a scan tool to determine needed repairs. Typical failures include coil packs. The scan tool will specify the cylinder(s) involved. The cruise light says "cruise" in , I believe , amber letters. If the cruise light is indeed on you should still scan the vehicle to see what's what.
Question Answered: turbo give out
February 11, 2009, 12:51 PM
Is your Passat equipped with the 1.8 Turbo motor ? If so check your oil level and oil pressure. An engine with low oil pressure becomes "loud" and may seize. It may restart , however the turbo itself could expire , causing a "no pick up" sensation. The reason I mention this is it is not an uncommon failure in this motor. The root problem revolves around the oil supply pick up becoming blocked with sludge.
Question Answered: blinkers four way flashers
February 10, 2009, 10:27 PM
Are you sure the parking lamps are not on ? Does everything work normally , headlamps/blinkers with the ignition on ?
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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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