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-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ========================================== Frequently Asked Questions for Water Cooled VWs -- General -- ========================================== rec.autos.vw Version: 1 Jan 93 = Inception, more or less. 1 Feb 93 = tool places, other bbs's., Correction on T1/5 cars 1 Mar 93 = Updated recall info 1 Apr 93 = New categorization. 1 May 93 = Updated VIN, Platform types, edits. 1 Jun 93 = Music, GTI origins. 1 Jul 93 = Edits, half hearted index. 1 Aug 93 = Edits, new VIN categorization. 1 Sep 93 = More recall info. 1 Oct 93 = Edits. 1 Nov 93 = VIN # adjustments. Recall info updates. Edits. 1 Dec 93 = Edits. Diesel stuff added. 1 Jan 94 = Tom C's edits/cleanup, Updated recall info. 1 Feb 94 = Copyright BS, purpose, organization, added, more product addresses More club infos. 1 Mar 94 = Edits 15Mar 94 = Additions to VW family. 1 Apr 94 = Product # updated, new archives (Solid_Shifter, Vanagon Syncro alignment) 1 May 94 = Vanagon list server change. 1 Jun 94 = Edits. Translation table of technical terms (HELP!) 15Jun 94 = CD changer info, translation update 1 Jul 94 = Edits, updated archive stuff 15Jul 94 = CA diesel fuel prob. 1 Aug 94 = Some edits 15Aug 94 = WWW access, updated recall list (P & EV). 15Sep 94 = List servers updated, French additions, reorg of archives 1 Oct 94 = Edits, Corrado TSB added, Diesel reimbursement 1 Nov 94 = Edits 15Nov 94 = German corrections, updated VW history. 1 Dec 94 = Edits 15Dec 94 = BMW WWW FAQ URL added. 1 Jan 95 = ECs, VWTrends, Funkengroovin email/URL added. 15Jan 95 = Jetta /// TSBs added, magazine info updates, Online TSBs through WWW, rear wheel lifts, update CA diesel claims. 1 Feb 95 = Name, G60 & VR6 history, faq.vw.* submitted to news/rec. answers for official archival, updated Corrado mailing list info. 15Feb 95 = Archive updates, WWW for AMSOIL, some recommendations added 1 Mar 95 = Updated where VWs are made 15Mar 95 = VW's URL added, Updated Corrado, G60 & VR6 origins, added "IT'S A FEATURE", Approval received for *.answers & archival @ MIT 1 Apr 95 = URL updates 15Apr 95 = JT Update, update EC index 1 May 95 = Creation of INFO - FAQ: How to access the archives & info 15May 95 = Info FAQ established, duplicate info removed. 15Jun 95 = Reorged the tuner section, added some info on tools. Jens Knickmeyer updates on rattles, ABUS & Polos. 1 Jul 95 = Lots of additions by Jens Knickmeyer, Trying to sort out Tuners/Parts/Manufacturers... 15Jul 95 = Still trying to sort out Tuners/Parts/Manufacturers classification 15Aug 95 = Edits, Jud Main's addition of more part places 1 Sep 95 = Start of cross post to rec.autos.makers.vw.watercooled 1 Oct 95 = Minor edits if any. 15Oct 95 = Updated Corrado Common Problems. 15Nov 95 = Translation updates by Sven, Historicaql corrections, periodocal/book updates by David Pipes 1 Dec 95 = VR6 TJ Recall. 1 Feb 96 = Edits 15Mar 96 = Edits 1 Jun 96 = Address corrections 15Jul 96 = South African production added (A1's produced till 94). Initiator's Note: Please feel free to submit any additional info. Jan Vandenbrande email@example.com (new address) firstname.lastname@example.org (school address, works) See also the list of contributors at the end. Familiar with: 78R, 81S, 84S, 86GTI, 90G60, 92SLC, 92P --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Copyright Notice (c) -- 1993 - 1996: All Rights Reserved The information contained here is collectively copyrighted by the authors. The right to reproduce this is hereby given, provided it is copied intact, with the copyright notice inclusive. However, the authors explicitly prohibit selling this document, any of its parts, or any document which contains parts of this document. (Inspired from faq.audio ;->) --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Index ===== General (VIN #, Part/Perf places) Common Problems (Recall info, common VW ailments, Resetting oxy sensor) Interchanging Parts/Tools (substituting parts & tools) Fuel Injection (Types used by VW) Recommendations (people's opinions on VWs over the years) VW Types (The VW Family) =============================================================================== ORGANIZATION: ============= This FAQ is divided into a preamble and a list of subjects. Each subject is described by a list of questions and answers. This FAQ is split into four individual postings: Info FAQ General FAQ <=== You are reading this file Technical FAQ Performance FAQs This FAQ handles mostly general questions regarding Water Cooled VWs, while the Technical FAQ focusses mostly on the technical aspects, procedures and tools for water cooled VWs. Whereas the technical FAQ deals mostly with maintaining the status quo with your car, the fourth FAQ deals with improving upon the stock design and performance. The Info FAQ describes where to obtain additional information, where the archives sites are, and other related WWW/URL sites. Due to its origin, the FAQs are mostly geared towards the US Market, where cars based on the Jetta/Golf/Rabbit platforms of all three generations are the most prevelent. As a consequence, the focus is mostly on fuel injected cars with emmission control devices. PURPOSE: ======== The purpose of this FAQ is to address frequently-asked questions as a whole, so that rec.autos.vw volume can be reduced. Towards this end, we assembled a list of common questions, and some general answers to these questions. Most answers are assumed to be correct to some degree, but there is absolutely no guarantee that anything is correct. Product information is supplied for your convenience, but any product mention is not intended as an endorsement or an advertisement. In addition, products change, quality may improve or degrade, new ones may supersede existing ones, and therefore all the data here is to be taken as transient. What is considered the best oil today may be the worst tomorrow. ============================================================================== GENERAL ======= Q: Where can I retrieve these FAQs, where can I obtain the VW archives and other related information? A: See the VW Info FAQ. Q: What does [W] and [A] mean in the UseNet posting headers? A: [W] = Watercooled subjects. [A] = Aircooled subjects. Please use this to allow people to filter out irrelevant articles. Q: What are the best manuals for my car? A: Robert Bentley Manuals: "Official Factory Manuals" series. Available from the publisher 1000 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 (800) 423-4595, (216) 572-0725 (?) (617) 547-4170 VW & other US mailorder houses. Currently NOT available outside North America. Covers ONLY cars sold in the US & Canada. NOTE according to (rgolen@UMASSD.EDU) there are TWO types of Bentley manuals: VW Service Manual= Aimed for amateurs (us!) VW Repair Manual = Geared for experienced/professionals Bentley is setting up a home page. Domain name: RB.com Some reference #s: Corrado Manual: Bentley Stock No. VC94, ISBN 0-8376-0387-0, VW Part No. LPV 800 300 John Muir: "Complete Idiot Guide to keep your water cooled VW alive". John Muir Publications Inc., Box 613, Santa Fe, NM 87504 (800) 888 9079 (?) (800) 888-7504 (?) or try Classic Motorbooks 1-800-826-6600, or KdF Enterprises? (Rumored to be out of print, A-1 cars only, but has lots of advice/procedures that are still valid today) Greg Raven: "Volkswagen Water-Cooled, Front-Drive Performance Book" Available from US mailorder houses. email@example.com http://www.kaiwan.com/~greg.ihr [Vack] Peter Vack, The Volkswagen Buyer's Guide. 1-800-826-6600 (Motorbooks International), $16.95. Discusses the VW models and VW's technology (i.e., VR6 & G60) over the years (up to the Corrado). It claims that: "Overall, the Corrado had a classical shape that harked back to the old Ferrari 275 GTB/4 and is appreciated by enthusiasts." In general, an interesting book. Haynes: "Modify Your Golf/GTI" (available from Rapid Parts) "VW Service Manual". Also available outside North America. Chiltons: Chilton Way, Radnor PA 19089 (800) 695 12 14, (215) 964 40 00, (215) 964 47 45 "Front Wheel Drive VW(?), 1974-1990", Item # 6962 The main problem with Chilton is that it contains ALL FWD VWs from 1974-1990 in one small paper back book, using fuzzy pictures, and even pictures from *other* car makes. Chilton is generally not the preferred book to buy, but in some cases there may be no alternative. Caveat: For regular service, my personal [jan] preference goes to Bentley (old style), Muir (A1 cars), Bentley (new style). For newer cars, I look in the older books which gives detailed instructions, than turn to the new style Bentleys and try to figure out what to do there. Back issues of EuroCar/VW&P & ?? (=British car mag) also contain detailed tech procedures that may be of use. I have both Haynes and Chiltons, and find them entertaining but never use them. Naturally, your preferences may vary. Bentley: "Bosch Fuel Injection and Engine Management", Charles Probst, available from Classic Motorbooks, Bentley and others. This "Bosch Bible" fully explains the theory, troubleshooting, and service of all Bosch systems from D-Jetronic through the latest Motronics. Sftbd., 8" X 10", 192 pgs., 475 ill. More of a specialized book. Auto-Bound at (800) 523-5833 has been quoted a couple of times as a good supplier for some of these books. From VW's Technical Literature: VR6 engine WSP 521-402-00 1992 model change info WSP 521-404-00 The new Corrado (1990) WSP 521-202-00 Q: Any interesting books? A: From David Pipes: "Golf GTI - First and finest of the hot hatches" by Ian Wagstaff published 1992 by Windrow & Greene ISBN 1 87200 446 6 143 pages, lots of photos, some colour, includes chapter on USA scene "Classics in Colour - VW Golf GTI" by Ian Wagstaff published 1992 by Windrow & Greene ISBN 1 87200 486 5 96 pages, all colour, includes VR6 etc. "VW Power and Style" by Ian Kuah published 1991by Motor Racing Publications ISBN 0 947981 49 7 192 pages, full of photos, some colour, includes Scirocco, Corrado etc. USA/Canada distributor: Motorbooks Int. Publishers & Wholesalers Inc., Osceola, Wisconsin 54020 "VW Golf and derivatives - a collector's guide" by John Blunsden published 1992 by Motor racing Publications ISBN 0 947981 63 2 128 pages, many photos mainly black and white, mostly VW press pics. Full of UK spec. changes, includes Corrado, VR6 etc. USA/Canada distributor: Motorbooks Int. Publishers & Wholesalers Inc., Osceola, Wisconsin 54020 Q: Can I get VW Service Bulletins? A: YES, and you can get the index for free! Pick a flyer from your VW dealer or call: (800) 544 80 21 The bulletins are referred to by a "V" group number - year - index e.g., V13-91-06 The actual bulletins cost $4.00 for the first, US$2.00 for each subsequent one. You can also order a yearly subscription, in which case they also send you a library of all microfilmed repair manuals. Some car stores, such as SuperTrak in LA, have a computer with a CDROM with all these bulletins, and allow you to scan through this data base for free. There is now also an online site that provides access (for a fee). See the VW Info FAQ. Q: What periodicals are worth reading and are relevant to VW? A: US: --- European Car (formerly VW & Porsche): Argus Publishers Corp, P.O. Box 452, Mt. Morris, IL 61054-0452 800-877-5602. Editor: Greg Brown, e-mail (expirmental): EditBrown@aol.com Article Submissions: EditMax@aol.com (Victor Max) Greg Raven: firstname.lastname@example.org Freelance technical writer for European Car magazine PO Box 10024, Costa Mesa, CA 92627 Another person you may see mentions there is James Sly: email@example.com Most relevant mag in US, [W-VWs & other European cars] Addressed from here on as [EC]. Hot VWs [A some W] VW Trends, McMullen Publishing, P.O. Box 70015, Anaheim, CA 92825-0015 (714) 635-9040, $18.95 US/year, [A some W] firstname.lastname@example.org (EditorDan, aka Dan Leadbetter, Editor, VW TRENDS) email@example.com, until 19950401, then VWTMag@aol.com EuroSport Car, McMullen Publishing, 774 S. Placentia Ave, Placentia, CA 92670, (714) 572 22 55, fax (714) 572 1864. New magazine. First issue published in fall 93, published quarterly. A direct, though less refined (busty babes), competitor of [EC]. Many articles are almost direct duplicates of what appeared in [EC]. Addressed from here on as [ESC]. Some Grass roots publications: FUNKENGROOVIN - The Vee Dub Chronicles P.O. Box 233, Trout Lake, WA 98650 UNITED STATES Phone: (509) 395-2648 Fax: (509) 395-2529 Internet: VWGroovin@aol.com WWW: http://www.vwgroovin.com/groovin/ "An International Network Of Volkswagen Enthusiasts" Published quarterly, this magazine is "A Highly Participatory, Grass Roots, Reader Written Zine." Share your thoughts, insights, tricks, hints, art work, photography, dreams, and adventures. This is YOUR magazine. We'll publish whatever you send our way. Plus, you'll find Unclassified Ads, a Schedule of Events, contests and prizes, and much more. German Air Sucker Society/927 Liberty Street/Salem, OH 44460. Contact Troy Heizenrater at (216) 332-1865 $26 (new price) for 12 issues Mary Smith: "The best source for up-coming events!" UK: --- VW Motoring, Stoke Orchard, Cheltenham, GL52 4SX. UK. [A & W] Annual subscription (twelve issues) World (airmail) 43.00 UK pounds Warners Group Distribution, The Maltings, West Street, Bourne, Lincs, PE10 9PH, U.K. Tel: ++ 44 1778 391153 Volkswagen Audi Car, - strictly water cooled. VW, Audi and SEAT. Annual subscription (twelve issues) World (airmail) 55.00 UK pounds Autometrix Publications, Market Chambers, High Street, Toddington, Beds, LU5 6BY, U.K. Tel: ++ 44 1525 874019 The Golf - what it says! new magazine (October '95), issue one at 2.50 UK pounds Link House Magazines Ltd, Dingwall Avenue, Croydon, CR9 2TA, U.K. Tel: ++ 44 0181 686 2599 technik - German cars new magazine (Nov/Dec '95), issue one at 2.50 UK pounds Myatt McFarlane Publishing Ltd, Trident House, Heath Road, Hale, Ches, WA14 2UJ, U.K. Tel: ++ 44 161 928 3480 D: -- Auto Motor und Sport, DPV, Postfach 10 16 02, 2000 Hamburg 1, Germany, --general info but great...if you know German Gute Fahrt 100% VW, some air cooled, text in German, good for keeping up with latest news from Wolfsburg Annual subscription (twelve issues) World DM65 Klasing + Co GmbH, Postfach 10 16 71, 33516 Bielefeld, Germany Tel: ++ 49 421 55 92 89 AUS: ---- ????, GPO Box 257c, Melbourne, Vic. 3001, Australia SF: --- Kupla (for Tom's sake ;->, probably Finnish, this list is world wide) Q: Is there an index of articles of the above. A: NewDimensions has the index retrievable from their BBS. A:QDEXEURO.ZIP 25600 08-14-94 Eurocar Index Database for Filemaker, Mac or Windows Here are a few relevant ones (mostly tech procedures or product reviews) in no particular order from [EC]: Proportioning Valve - Aug 88, pp 16 Scirocco Suspension - Aug 88, pp 23 Scirocco - Aug 88, pp 43 GTI Tuning Advice - Jun 88, pp 18 Lower Stress Bar - Jun 88, pp 26 Heads - Jun 88, pp 34 Brakes - Dec 88, pp 32 GTI Idle Speed Reg - Jan 89, pp 12 GTI Shifter - Jan 89, pp 14 Knock Sensor - Jan 89, pp 6 & 32 Exhausts - Jan 89, pp 35 Camshafts - Apr 89, pp 7 & 32 Tranny Grind - Apr 89, pp 16 Paint - Jun 89, pp 88 Heads - Jun 89, pp 68 Clutch - Aug 89, pp 40 Brakes - Aug 89, pp 48 Bearings - Feb 90, pp 38 Proportioning Valve - Feb 90, pp 33 Camsaver - Feb 90, pp 46 Shocks - Apr 90, pp 4 Trannys - Apr 90, pp 50 Springs - Jun 90, pp 4 Radiators - Jun 90, pp 42 Race Tires - Sep 93 Performance Tires - Jul 93 Tires Tech Talk - Jun 93 VR6 Perf Mods - Sep 93 Alignmemt - Jan 93 Strut Bushing - May 93 Variable Timing Cam - May 93 Wax - Sep 92 Alpine 8040 Alarm - Apr 93 Alpine 8035 Alarm - Nov 93 Oil Analysis - Nov 93 VW Engine Build 3 - Jul 92 (A1 GTI) Hella FF Lights - Jul 92 Drilled Rotors - Aug 93 VR6 P-Chip - Aug 93 CV Joint Repair - Jan 94 16V Techtonics Exh - Oct 93 16V Pchip - Oct 93 Colors (?) - Jan 93 Accumat - Dec 93 [ESC]: Indexing Sparkplugs - Fall 93 A2 Perf Mods - Spring 94 Suspension Tech - Spring 94 Q: Are there any VW clubs? A: Yes. Here's the address: Volkswagen Club of America, Inc. P.O. Box 154, Dept. P North Aurora, IL 60542-0154, USA President: Shell Tomlin, 1554 Roanoke Ave., Aurora, IL 60506, 708 896-2803 Vice Pres: Phil Williame, 4442 N. McVicker, Chicago, IL 60630 312 283-7323 Secretary: Barbara Boltz, 11007 S. Harding, Chicago, IL 60655 312 239-2685 Membership: Lynida Tomlin 1554 Roanoke Ave., Aurora, IL 60506, 708 896-2803 Second Generation VW Club (Do they still exist?) POBox 383, Cupertino, CA 95015 Pres: Mike Krider (408) 629 30 96 Tech Ed: Tim Hildabrand (408) 980 16 91 Canadian Volkswagen Enthusiasts Association CVEA P.O. Box 2137 Kingston, Ontario K7L 5J9, Canada (613) 544 4412 SCCA, (General Car Club), USA, (800) 255 5550 Northcoast California VW Assoc. P.o. Box 750721 Eureka, CA 94975-0721 Southern CA VW Council P.O. Box 934 Claremont, CA 91711-0934 Stricktly German 755 N Resh Anaheim, CA 92805 (714) 776 43 56 Watercooled VW Newsletter P.O.Box 90515 East Point, GA 30364 (404) 836 14 74 (Bill Staib) Corrado Club of America See http://ug.cs.dal.ca/~gajewski/corrado.html for more info. This club is still in the making (May 95). Q: I am going to Germany, what can I visit that may be of interest? A: While in Wolfsburg, make sure you go to the VW Factory Museum!!! If you have some time before you leave write to: Hans-Jurgen Klar Besucherdienst (Visitors' Bureau) Volkswagen AG D-38436 Wolfsburg (0 53 61) 9-20200 -- drop the first zero if calling from abroad Fax (0 53 61) 92 44 79 Ask them for help, advise, etc. see if they can arrange for your tours of both the museum and the factory. Plant tours are at 1:00 pm and last about 1.5 hrs. Visit the VW museum...open from 9 to 5. When you go to the museum, make sure you have lots of film and lots of money. The museum store (actually three large display cases) has a lot of neat VW stuff! Automotive Museum in Sinsheim (on the autobahn A6 which runs from Mannheim to Heilbron - near Heilbron). There they have a whole museum full of cars - the Blue Flame, a DeLorean, the first Wanklemotor car (rotor engine I think), it's a real treat. Make a trip to the Nrburgring race circuit west of Koblenz off autobahn A48 (south of Kln off autobahn A1) for the driving experience of a lifetime. For about 15DM you can drive a lap of the "Nordschleife" also known as the "green hell" - the original race circuit built in 1927 which snakes for over twelve miles through the forests. If you don't want to drive (anything with wheels is accepted) take a ride in the "Ringtaxi". There is also an excellent motor sport museum, karting (the longest track in Germany) near the Grand Prix circuit (venue for the '95 European Grand Prix). Phone numbers are (from outside Germany): (If phoning from Germany put 0 in front of the 26 and drop the international code) Local tourist office: ++ 49 26 91 92 06 0 Motor sport museum: ++ 49 26 91 3 02 147 Drive yourself: ++ 49 26 91 3 02 144 Karting: ++ 49 26 91 10 48 Ringtaxi: ++ 49 26 91 3 02 179 You're advised to phone to check opening times before making a long journey. If you're in the U.K. in early May, checkout "GTI International", Europe's largest gathering of GTI enthusiasts. Takes place at the Transport Research Laboratory twenty five miles south west of London. '95 saw over 8,000 visitors over two days. Quarter mile sprint, slalom, tyre testing, trade hall, club stands plus some of the very best cars in Europe. Further information from the organizers, Volkswagen Audi Car magazine on++ 44 1525 874019 Q: What's A-1 and the A-2 designations mean I see all the time? A: The A-1 and A-2 designate the platform/generation the car is based upon. A-1 (or Mark-1) were the first generation water cooled VWs such as the Rabbit/Golf I, Jetta I, Cabriolet, and Scirocco I & II. A-2 based VWs are the Golf II, Jetta II, and the Corrado. A-3 is the latest platform, which includes the Golf III, Jetta III/Vento, and the yet to be released new Cabriolet. VWs based on the same platform share many of the same components such as suspension components (rear torsion beam, sway bars). This however does not imply that the engines are the same within one platform. Within one platform, many different engines are available (mostly Europe. The old Golfs came with anything from a 1.1l to an 1.8l, including diesels), and across different platforms you may also find many of same engines (the 2.0l 16V is used in the A2 Golf GTIs and the B3 Passats). Therefore similar engines will share similar parts, and certain improvements from one platform can often be transformed to the other (e.g. exhaust manifolds from an 81 GTI to an 84 S). There's a complete list by Tom H at the end. It includes Euro & US models! Q: What is captured in the US Vehicle Identification Number? A: Sample US V.I.N. : Breakdown of VIN number for Volkswagen Products up to Model Year 1989 (actually later than that (Ed.)) [From: Joe Angerstein, firstname.lastname@example.org] FIELDS IN THE VIN 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 _______________________________________________________________________ |__|__|__| |__|__|__|__|__| |__| |__|__|__|__|__|__|__|__| ----------------------------------------------------------------------- FIELD FIELD FIELD FIELD 1 2 3 4 5 6 _________ _________ ___________ _________ |Manufac'r| |Bodystyle| |Engine Type| |Restraint| | Make | |by Model | ----------- | System --------- --------- --------- ___ Passenger Listed by ___ _ |1VW| US Vehicles increasing |0| Active | |___|Pass.Car ---------- horsepower ___ | ___ ___ available |2| Passive-fixed |- |WVW| Europe |A| 2-dr Economy for each ___ | |___|Pass.Car ___ model |4| Motorized | ___ |B| 2-dr Custom A - lowest ___ |- |WV1| Europe ___ H/P Gas |5| Airbag | |___|Truck |C| 2-dr Deluxe VW-| ___ ___ G - Lowest ___ |- |WV2| Europe |D| 2-dr Sports H/P Diesel |9| Passive | |___|MPV | ___ ___ |- |3VW| Mexico |E| 4-dr Economy | |___|Pass.Car ___ | ___ |F| 4-dr Custom |- |9BW| Brazil ___ |___|Pass.Car |G| 4-dr Delux ___ Audi -|WAU| Europe ___ |___|Pass.Car |H| 16V / Turbo ___ |K| 2-dr Sedan ___ |P| 4-dr Sedan (Base) ___ |R| 4-dr Sedan (Upgrade) ___ |T| 4-dr Sedan (Upgrade) Transporter / Vanagon ___ |U| 2-dr Pickup ___ |V| 3-dr Double Cab Pickup ___ |W| 3-dr Del'y Van ___ |X| 3-dr Window Van ___ |Y| 3-dr Bus ___ |Z| 3-dr Camper ---- FIELD FIELD FIELD FIELD 7 8 9 10 11 _______ _____ _____ ____________ | Model | |Check| |Model| |Plant of | ------- |digit| |Year | |Manufacturer| ____ ----- ----- ------------ |15| VW Cabriolet calculated A=1980 A = Ingolstadt ____ per B=1981 B = Brussels |1G| VW Jetta NHTSA C=1982 E = Emden ____ Code D=1983 G = Gratz |1G| VW Golf(89 1/2 MY) E=1984 H = Hannover ____ VW ex Mexico F=1985 K = Osnabrueck |1H| VW Golf/Jetta(93 MY) G=1986 M = Mexico (inc Mexico?) H=1987 N = Neckarsulm ____ J=1988 P = Brazil |16| VW Jetta(88 MY) K=1989 S = Stuttgart ____ L=1990 V = Westmoreland |17| VW Golf/GTI(88 MY) M=1991 W = Wolfsburg ____ N=1992 Y = Pamplona (Spain) |24| VW Transporter P=1993 (Pickups, Multivan) R=1994 (?) ____ S=1995 |25| VW Transporter (Vans) T=1996 VW Vanagon *5=1975* ____ 6=1976 |30| VW Fox 7=1977 ____ 8=1978 |31| VW Passat 9=1979 ____ |32| VW Quantum ____ |50| VW Corrado ____ |53| VW Scirocco ____ |70| VW Eurovan ____ |43| Audi 5000 / older ____ |44| Audi 5000/100/200/V8 ____ |4A| Audi S4/100CS/V8 ____ |80| Polo (1986->) ____ |81| Audi 4000 ____ |83| Audi 4000 ____ |86| Polo, Polo sedan (->1986) ____ |87| Polo Coupe (->1986) ____ |89| Audi 90 ____ |85| Audi Coupe GT ____ |8A| Audi 90 ____ |8B| Audi Coupe ---- FIELD 12,13,14, 15,16,17 _____________ |Sequential | |Production No| ------------- The old one... Haven't reconciled the two yet: This is obviously one from a '90 German build VW Corrado build at Karmann, with the second strongest engine (G60) and motorized belts. Country of Origin Check Digit / / Model Year / / / W V W D B 4 5 0 8 L K 0 1 2 3 4 5 Digit # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 \ \ Assembly Plant Code Digit #1: Country of Origin Code Model Year 1 United States B 1981 2 Canada C 1982 3 Mexico D 1983 4 United States E 1984 6 Australia F 1985 J Japan G 1986 K Korea H 1987 L Taiwan J 1988 S England K 1989 V France or Yugoslavia L 1990 W Germany M 1991 Y Sweden N 1992 Z Italy P 1993 B Brazil (?) Code Digit #3: Vehicle Type Code Digit #4: Line & Body Tp W Passenger Car A 2 Door 1/2 Truck B Sedan 2 door F Hatch Back 2Dr (?) K Pick Up Code Digit #5: Engine M Sport Truck N Station Wagon X Combi Y Bus Z Camper Code Digit #6: Restraint Type 0 Active 4 Motorized seat belts 9 Passive Code Assembly Plant (Mfg specific) Code Digit #7-8: Car Type K Osnabrueck/Karmann 15 Convertible V Westmoreland 16 Jetta W Wolfsburg 17 Golf II E Emden 53 Scirocco I H Hannover 32 Quantum A Ingolstadt 50 Corrado B Brussels (?) 78 Passat G Graz M Mexico N Neckarsulm P Brazil S Stuttgart Y Spain NOTE: The letters "I" and "O" in the Model Year table above have been skipped, probably to avoid confusion with the digits "1" and "0" respectively. NOTE: Many other nations use the Chassis number only, and they can often be found stamped somewhere on the car's body, usually in the engine compartment. The format is very similar. Example 81 S: W V W Z Z Z 5 3 z B K 0 1 2 3 4 5 "Z" and "z" is used as a filler, there is no special meaning behind it. Q: What does the Karmann badge on some VWs mean? A: Karmann refers to the body builder for VW, which made/makes all Sciroccos/Cabriolets/Corrados. Karmann has been around for a long time. One of the most famous Karmann-VW projects was the Karmann Ghia, which was a pretty thinly disguised Porsche. Ghia is also still around, but now works with Ford. Some of it from [email@example.com]. Q: What are VWs OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturer)? A: VW makes cars, which is an assembly of components, but not all components are made by VW. In fact, VW makes mainly the body and the power train, the rest they buy from elsewhere. The OEM parts can often be had for less than buying the same VW part. Most of the ones listed below will have a VW part number, but are also to be had directly from the OEM w/o the VW part number. For example MANN makes VW filters with the VW label, but the same filter also exists with the MANN label. In other cases, VW uses parts w/o restamping or hiding the OEM name for marketing reasons, e.g., Recaro seats, BBS rims. The OEM suppliers are (not exhaustive, changes frequently): ATE Brake components (master cylinder) BBS Rims, some cars, not restamped Beru Electrical components (rotor, cap) Boge Shocks & components Boka Waterpump, Mexican made VWs Bosch Many of the electronic components (e.g. Alternator) Fuel, other filters, FI, antenna Continental Drive Belts, Tires (note, they also make Uniroyal Semperit, Gislaved and General Tires) FAG Brake components, master cylinders, wheel bearings Fichtel & Sachs Clutches, shocks on some cars Fuba Roof mounted antenna (flexible one) Gillet Exhaust (at least at some point) Girling Front disc brakes < 81, F&R on Passat >8?, Rear 16V GTIs Glazurit/Hoechst/BASF Brand of paint used. Unclear who produces water based paints in newer VWs Golde Sunroof Maker Hella Lights, markers, bulbs Hengst Oil filters VR6 Hirschmann Antennas, some VWs Keiper/Recaro Makers of VW Seats (not *real* Recaros) Kesley-Hayes Front Brake calipers most > 81 cars Leistritz Exhaust (for some--usually VR6 cars) Loebro CV Joints M.A.N.N. Oil & Air Filters Matsushita Heidelberg (VI & others) radios. Motorola Alternator in some US made cars Recaro Seats, some cars, not restamped Ronal Alloy rims some Audis/VWs Sekurit Windshield, windows Sofica Radiators, Heater cores (French), prone to leaks TRW Power steering pumps Teves Rear disc brakes (GTIs, GLIs, Corrado) Note: ATE = Albert Teves, div IT+T VDO,MotoMeter Gauges Wahler Thermostats Q: Where can I get used parts? A: To be added to this list, you must be an established bonafide business or mail order house. Brief user feedback as posted publically may also be added. U S E D P A R T S =================== BMVW (GA): Atlanta 770 969 1729 (new number?) 404-964-1376 (general), 404-969-1729 (recycled) Bug World (CA): Rancho Cordova (near Sacremento) (800) 464 52 84 [W] Used parts. Ask for Jim BW Dismatlers (CA): Roseville, CA (916) 969 1600, (800) 327 0888 VW Used parts. Mailorder. Campbell/Nelson(WA): Auto Wrecking PO Box 220 Edmonds, WA 98020 In state (206) 771-4931 out of state (800) 552-2999 VW-Porsche-Audi-BMW-Saab Coast-to-Coast Parts Locators Send E-Mail listing of the parts with phone and name to firstname.lastname@example.org (Victor E Aldridge) 85 salvage yards across the country participate <No positive or negative comments yet> German Auto Salvage Inc. 1453 4th St., Berkeley, CA. 94710 Ph. 510-525-6000, FAX 510-525-4590, M-F 9-5, Sat 10-3 PDT Don't know much about them, but you can contact G. Larsh at email@example.com about it. Also see note at WolfSport. German Parts and Restoration [GPR] San Luis Osbispo, CA 1-800-321-5432 Sell rubber molding and other body parts. Kohlweiss (CA): 3150 Spring St., Redwood City, CA 94063 They do mailorder (but not their main business) (415) 367 8424 Motech Used Corrado Parts, located in VA 800-4-MOTECH Don't know much about them yet. Recycled VWs (MI): (313) 373-2300, Used VWs only junkyard, H2O VWs mainly Wolf Sport (CA) (Formerly Recycled Rabbit): see PARTS. Q: Where can I get DISCOUNT and PERFORMANCE parts? A: Many of these retailers sell the same OEM parts VW uses anywhere from 10% to 60% less. (See above for the OEM brand names). Always check carefully the brand before buying because some substitutes may be offered by other manufacturers but with lower quality. It's best to stick with OEM or better/performance brands. NOTE: The contents of this list now also includes references of shops that do more than just sell OEM parts. I also included retailers that sell performance parts made by some of the "tuners" and performance manufacturers. To be added to this list, you must be an established bonafide business or mail order house. Brief user feedback as posted publically may also be added. [Still Under Construction...it's a tad confusing] P A R T S ========= Automotive Performance Systems [APS]: see TUNERS & MANUFACTURERS They sell a few OEM parts (e.g., brakes, shocks, thermostats, car covers, ...) and Neuspeed parts AutoTech [AT]: see TUNERS & MANUFACTURERS They sell a few OEM parts (e.g., brakes, shocks, thermostats, ...), AutoTech products, and APE products Beverly Hills Motoring Accessories: (800) 421-0911, (800) 367-2462 (?), CA: (310) 657-4664 Located in CA Sell rare and expensive stuff (bras, zymoel, covers, trinkets) See VW Info FAQ for URL. Classic Motorbooks: Books on cars, Bosch books, etc. 1-800-826-6600 Competition Limited Pinckney, MI (313) 464 14 58 High wattage H1-H4, 9004-9006 lights Crutchfield Aftermarket mail order for electronic equipment (speakers, car stereos) CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (800) 336 55 66 European Import Performance Tuning, Inc. [EIP] "Maryland's VW Connection" Rich Chiavacci (owner) 1532-B LIBERTY RD. ELDERSBURG, MD 21784 "EIP TUNING@aol.com" (email) Info (800) 784-8100, TECH (410) 549-1748 Neuspeed, Autotech, Zender, Eurospec, etc. 4 & 6 Cyl VW Performance Engine builder, custom work, etc. 11 miles outside of the Baltimore beltway (I-695 Exit 18b, on rt 26 near the intersection with 32) They offer their own innovative performance mods in addition to the German-imported ABT/Oettinger/Schrick stuff, plus their prices and service compare quite favourably with most of the competition [UniqueVR6] Euro Tire: Mailorder tires, rims. From NJ: (201) 575-0080, elsewhere (800) 631 00 80 GPR Sells VW Parts 805-549-8525, 800-321-5432, fax: 805-549-8994 New Dimensions [ND]: see TUNERS & MANUFACTURERS Full line of OEM parts, VW Service, Neuspeed, ND TurboSystems, and others. J.C. Whitney (IL): VW Parts, Tools, accessories, etc. 1917-19 Archer Avenue, P.O. Box 8410, Chicago Illinois 60680 (312) 431-6102, (312) 431-5625 fax (Note! Some parts are NOT factory replacements. Catalog prices != Actual, catalogs are free. Quality varies. Be aware of shipping/trucking costs. JV) JT Motorsport 350 Easy St., Building 3 Simi Valley, CA 93065 (805) 579-9123, fax (805) 579-9125 ABT dealer Marin Motorsports (aka WolfSport?) 63 Industrial Way, Greenbrae, CA 94904 (415) 927-7090 Discount Car Parts, VW, Audi Parts Place Inc. OEM VW Parts 2300 N. Opdyke Rd. Auobuorn Hill, MI 48326 (810) 373-2300, (810) 3793-5950 (fax) STILL problematic!!! (horror stories *persist* on the net 12/95). Request the catalog from the Internet and get 15% off. Send email to PartsPlace@aol.com with your Name,phone#, address and type of car. Performance Techniques 108 Otto Circle, Sacramento, CA 95822 Order (916) 422-4222, fax (916) 422-1754 Zendersport dealer PlainWrap Performance: Discount Neuspeed parts (original box, no second rate quality) 7603 Firestone, Downey, CA, (310) 608-1243 (orders) 1111 Walnut Str, Compton (warehouse), CA, (310) 604-0970 *moved?* (Levin Bldg, ask for Greg or Steve) Note: that their actual office is in Compton Note: Check whether their parts carry the original warrantee and wherer it will be honored. Precision Auto Designs Sells P21S wheel cleaner. (800) 222-7253 Rapid Parts (NY): OEM VW Parts New address: 178 RT 59 Monsey, NY 10952, (914)352-1138 Old address: 321 Route 59,P.O. Box 371, Tallman, NY 10982, New phone #: (914) 357-6611 (old #? 914-352-1138) (lots of cheap replacement parts) Store Hours M-S (EST/EDT) 9 am - 6 pm Seems to be one of the favorites. Rally Motorsports Inc. 533 Broadway, Westwood, NJ 07675 (201) 666-4443 VW, Audi and BMW specialists RALLYMSRPT@aol.com Spectra Performance: 5152 Bolsa Ave #109, Huntington Bch, CA 92649 (714) 379 35 60, Fax: (714) 379 35 62 Sells Neuspeed parts & other OEM supplies at a discount I am not sure if they are still in business. Strictly Foreign 5374 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown, PA 18106 Order (800) SPEED 94, In PA (610) 391-1902 Neuspeed, Momo, K&N, etc. Tele Tire: Mailorder tires, rims. Timmons VW: Mailorder VW & Neupseed parts, Transforma Mods, K&N, and "select European parts". Free GROUND shipping CONTINENTAL U.S. with $75+ order. Mention add in EC for 10% discount on some items. 3940 Cherry Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807 (310) 595 46 01, (800) 266 32 47 OEM VW Parts & Neupseed Parts, K&N, etc. Profile: It's a regular dealership that is now specializing more in parts distribution, and has a casual relationship with some of the performance shops like APS. They also deal with the magazines, lending out test cars. Some of the people that work there such as Mike Potter (parts) auto-x their VWs (Scirocco for Mike) and are therefore more "knowledgeable" than the average place. Don't bother Mike too much because he is very buzy. Tire Rack: 771 W Chippewa AVe, South Bend, IN 46614 (800) 428 83 55, (219) 287 2345, fax (219) 236 77 07 Mailorder tires, rims. Robert(ext307) (real name: Bill Ozinga) is an auto-xer and he can be reached at: BOzinga@aol.com or OzCS97@aol.com TR is an official SCCA Solo II sponsor for 95-98. Tire Warehouse: 1-800-374-9876 Ultimate Street Accessories 710 Pressley Rd., Charlotte, NC 28217 Info: (704) 525-4946, Order (800) 258-5269 Suspension, accessories, exhaust, aerodynamics for Euro and Japan cars WholeSale Import Prts (WA): OEM VW Parts (206) 643 33 50 Wolf Sport (CA) (Formerly Recycled Rabbit): 63 Industrial Way, Greenbrae, CA. 94904 (415) 924 83 12 (info), (800) 34-BUNNY (orders) (415) 924 7970 (fax) M-F 9-5 They used to sell used parts only, but now sell new parts at a discount and Neuspeed parts as well! You can also get a list of parts on sale from these guys in conjunction with German Auto Salvage. Send a request to: firstname.lastname@example.org Euro Carparts (UK): +44 81-963-0555 (finally an European entry!) >>>OTHERS/MAILORDER? Q: Who are the VW (performance) tuners? A: This is surprisingly harder to answer than it may seem because it depends on what you mean by a "tuner". For example, Neuspeed is a VW performance brand sold by APS & other retail outlets. APS can give you advice on their parts, but will not install them or do custom work on your car. However, AMS, ND, VWSpecialties, Velocity Tuning and others are "tuners" because they will customize your car using their own products (ND Turbo systems) or other "tuner/manufacturer" products (AT, Neuspeed). This list is mostly geared to USA & Canada. Some German addresses are also mentioned. In the UK & D, see EU_VW_Tuners in the VW archives. To be added to this list, you must be an established bonafide business, tuner or mail order house. Brief user feedback as posted publically may also be added. [Still Under Construction...it's a tad confusing] T U N E R S // P E R F O R M A N C E ==================================== Advanced Motorsport Solutions [AMS]: Advanced Motorsport Solutions 3040 S Robertson Blvd (right off the 10 FWY & National), LA, CA 90034 (310) 559 7764, (310) 838 68 81 Profile: CEO = Marc Kalaydjian (pretty much a car and computer wiz) Sells performance VW products, similar to other tuner's. e-mail: email@example.com Makes custom chips for cars (concentrates on the whole program range). Supposedly initially trained APS on how to make chips. Used to work for Andy King of R&A Applied Arts. Automotive Performance Systems [APS]: 3300 Corte Malpaso, Camarillo, CA 93012 (101 & Dowson, 100 miles N of their old place :-< ) (805) 388 71 71, (800) 423-3623 (orders only) (805) 388 00 30 (fax) Profile: Primary retailer of Neuspeed products and a few OEM parts (brakes, lights, etc). Parts usually fit in stock positions and are usually CA smog legal. Their performance philosophy is: Make it breathe (exhaust) stiffen and lowered suspension (usualy Bilstein). They also sell chips, but some claim that they concentrate mostly on the top end, not the low. Owned by Bill Neuman (who "ruthlessly" runs the place) and aided by his two sons: Aaron and Gary Neuman (who are both very technically capable and nicer then some of the people occasionally answering the phone). Unlike a regular "PARTS" place they can provide advice on how to customize your car with their products, but they will not do any custom work anymore. Pretty much all the parts you buy from them are good quality. Note: Neuspeed products can be bought elsewhere for less (e.g., ND, Plain Wrap, VW Specialties). AutoBahn Designs [ABD]: 2900 Adams Str, Suite B27, Riverside, CA, 92504 (909) 351-9566 Body parts & other AutoTech [AT]: 32240 E Paseo Adelanto, San Juan Capistrano, CA (714) 240-4000 (tech), (800) 553-1055 (Order) Owner: Ron Mozer Talk to Dana Clarck for Corrados. Large variety of VW products. Sells APE chips at a slight discount. They are predominantly a PARTS place, but they can also provide you with some assistance on customizing your car. Like many others they also develop and test some of their own products. AutoThority Performance Engineering [APE]: 3769-B Pickett Rd, Fairfax, VA 22031 (703) 323-0919, (703) 323 73 25 (fax) Profile: Makers of Power Chips for many cars. Claims to work on the whole power band rather than the top end only. See the "Wired" article in the archives. Engineer for Corrado: Mike Kisko (sp?) ext 404 Not all their chips and power upgrades are CA smog legal. Bellevue Motor Sports: 13500 Bel-Red Rd., Bellevue, WA 98005 (206) 747-FAST Drake: Yuma, AZ. Do they still exist? European Inc. Jacksonville, FL Rebuilds G60. Some complaints on the net for incomplete warrantee coverage (eg, G60 rebuilds are not covered for oil leaks). European Import Performance Tuning, Inc. [EIP] "Maryland's VW Connection" Rich Chiavacci (owner) 1532-B LIBERTY RD. ELDERSBURG, MD 21784 "EIP TUNING@aol.com" (email) Info (800) 784-8100, TECH (410) 549-1748 Neuspeed, Autotech, Zender, Eurospec, etc. 4 & 6 Cyl VW Performance Engine builder, custom work, etc. 11 miles outside of the Baltimore beltway (I-695 Exit 18b, on rt 26 near the intersection with 32) They offer their own innovative performance mods in addition to the German-imported ABT/Oettinger/Schrick stuff, plus their prices and service compare quite favourably with most of the competition [comments from UniqueVR6 who had a 3.1l engine built for his C] EuroRace: 190th near Hawthorne Blvd, Redondo Bch, CA (800) 722-8678; (310) 376-0247. NOTE: Occasional troublesome (parts don't fit right, slow responce, mostly geared towards aircooled VWs). EuroSpec: 6205 Engle way Unit H Gilroy California 95020 408-848-4203, FAX 848-2145 See also European Car, May 1995, they sell new taller 2.0l 8V blocks. EuroSport: Moved to APS's former location: 1464 North Hundley Street, Anaheim, CA 92806 (714) 630 1555, (800) 783-3876, (714) 693-0864 (fax) Profile: Owner = Raffi Kazanjian, who has been auto-xing for many years. Currently still does in his modified yellow Rabbit. Sells VW performance mods, some of which parallel APS's line for a lower price. Ask for Raffi Kazanjian. Evolution Tuning (Mexico) Imports Nothelle parts Extrudehone: Corp HQ = Irwin, PA, fax (412) 863 87 59 8800 Somerset Blvd, Paramount, CA 90723 (310) 531 29 76, fax (310) 531 84 03 Abrasive flow machining (porting). Example price: Intake manifold = 700-1000US$ GTA Quebec, Canada Did some work on VR6 and G60 Corrados! Dont bother asking for their Catalog or fax in a request on details as advertised. They rarely respond. Halsey Import Parts: 7721 N.E. Halsey Portland, OR (800) 792-0081 H&H Specialties, Inc. 20 Reid Road, Chelmsford, MA 01824, (508) 256-9465 Fabricators of stabilizer bars since the '70's Andy King prefers these to the Neuspeed. [Jan: See the archive pictures, the may not mount in stock locations] JT Automotive: 350 East St, Building 3, Simi Valley, CA 93065 805-579-9123 or 9124 Sells ABT parts (one of the major VW tuners in Germany. Note ABT parts are also available else where, e.g., ND if demand is high, and make sure you compare prices!). I don't know if they do any custom work. Motor Technik: Maryland Owner: Francis Stepneck, a former partner of EIP, goal: to make his G60 reach 180+ mph. He is also responsible for the bigger valves and thermal barrier coating on the VR6 head. 410-549-0441 New Dimensions [ND]: 2240 De La Cruz Blvd, Santa Clara, CA, 95050 (800) 637-2781, (408)980-1691, (408) 980-1697 (fax) Computer Bulletin Board (408) 980-8830 Specializes in turbo charging VWs. Full service facility, Shop & Parts (Chris Lagatuta = VP, Tim Hildabrand aka Turbo Tim = owner) Also sells performance parts such as Neuspeed, K&N, etc. firstname.lastname@example.org (old address: email@example.com) Web Page (still under construction, but real cool :->): http://www.newdimensions.com/ Nothelle Cacilientstrasse 10-12 4330 Mulheim / Ruhr 1 Germany 011-49-208-42-20-789 011-49-208-42-08-48 Tuner. US Contacts: (800)453-HADE or (310)715-2448 or fax (310)715-2911 Northern Imports: Any experiences with these guys as yet? Oettinger Technik GmbH Max Planck Strasse 36 D-61381 Friedrichsdorf Germany, + (06172) 7053-55, Fax: + (06172) 7056 Newer #s?: 06172-7102-0, fax 06172-710240 OilScan: Kit to perform oil analysis for about US$20. PRECISION Motorsports Limited 31 Elaky Drive Chester NY 10918 phone 914-469-8549 fax 914-469-4855 email Motorsprt1@aol.com Reseller of Autotech, Neuspeed, MOMO, Tire Rack, Discount Tire Direct, PIAA, Eibach, Remus Offers 10% Discount to Corrado club members. Rally Motorsports Inc. 533 Broadway, Westwood, NJ 07675 (201) 666-4443 VW, Audi and BMW specialists RALLYMSRPT@aol.com R&A APPLIED ARTS, INC. 555 GUTHEIL PLACE, LYNDHURST, NJ 07071 CONTACT ANDY KING AT (201) 933-8833 Performance Tuner Racing Wheel Services 140 Bordentown Road, Tullytown, PA 19007 (215) 945-3834 [ Also ref. European Car 10/94 p.50 for write-up ] excellent place for custom wheels, street/rally/race wheels RD Enterprises: Sells shocks. (800) 683-2890, In CA Ron's Parts Inc: #6-#7 1610 Langan Ave, Port Coquitlam, BC V3C 1K6 (604) 944-0494, (604) 944-1797 (fax) Parts & shop. Drops VR6's into Golfs. Dr. Schrick GmbH Dreherstrasse 3-5 D-42899 Remscheid, Germany Makers of Cams. Write for catalog & prices. Buy direct for lower prices. SuperChips Inc: 1958 N. County Rd 427, Longwood FL, 32750, (407) 260-0838, (407) 260-9106 (fax) Sells Power Chips (8V, 16V, VR6). Note: Some claims of less than reputable practices... Tec Auto & Sport (00 49) 72 31-106014 fax (00 49) 72 31-3 26 67 This company specializes in rebuilding G-laders. They offer several mods to increase the G-laders performance and life. If you can't wait for EIP, you may want to give them a call (they are VW factory authorized). [comments from Hulda Jowett] TechTonics (TT): P.O.Box 295, 19592 Southwest TV Tower Road, Sheridan, OR 97378, (503) 843-2700, (503) 843-3933 (fax) Maker of performance parts. Make sure they get the order right. Daryl Vitone. Velocity Sport Tuning: 4613 B Manhatten Beach Bl., Lawndale, CA 90260. (310)643-0005, FAX:(310)643-0006 Ask for Jeremy Wolf: VELOJER@aol.com or MONSTER16V@aol.com or Jeff Moss: VELOJEFF@aol.com; firstname.lastname@example.org Initial feedback seem positive. See also their web page: http://www.velocitysport.com/ VW Motorsport (D): (sister co of VW who makes aftermarket parts for VW). Ikarusallee 7A, D-30179 Hannover, Germany (From the US, dial 011 49 and then delete the first 0 from the number below). 0 511 / 674 94 22 0 511 / 674 94 88 (fax) VW Specialties (Ron Wood): Car service, performance alterations Owner: Ron Wood, pretty much a VW Guru/VW Racer/VW Tuner Sells and installs a variety of parts from different tuners (AST, NS) and has plenty of experience. Last I heard he flipped his Scirocco, end over end. Build a Audi Quatro Coupe with a 300 BHp 16V water cooled intercooler turbo VW Engine. 17682 Gothard Str, Huntington Beach, CA 92647, (714) 848 37 66, (714) 848 43 36 (fax) (714) 848 37 66 (fax?) VW Sport: 4838 Leafdale Royal Oak, MI 48073 (313) 288 51 58 (313) 288 44 12 (Sell VW accessories (BBS, Bosch, VW), TShirts, etc) Zender: 700 Pressley Rd., Charlotte, NC 28217 (704) 525-0539, (800) 832-2411 Body parts & performance parts See also the archive: EU_VW_Tuners for European addresses. Q: What are some of the brand name namufacturer/product addresses? A: It's not always clear where something belongs, e.g., Zender is a product name, and a tuner. Therefore, see also the other lists. There are no strict criteria to be added to this list, and to be listed (or not) is not meant as an endorsement! In addition, most of the product names mentioned are not purely VW related. Alpine: Gramercy Rd, Torrance, CA 90.... (310) 326 8000 Alarms, audio AMSOIL (?): Oil, 1 micron Filters. (715) 393-7101 URL: http://www.xmission.com/~gastown/amsoil/index.html AutoTech [AT]: Makers of AutoTech products. See also AutoTech under TUNERS & PARTS. BBS: Maker of rims 5320 BBS Drive, Braselton, GA 30517 (800) 422 7972, (404) 967 9848, (404) 967 9866 (fax) BF Goodrich Tires: Racing and Marketing Dev't Dept. D/0653, UGB-4 600 S Main Str, Akron, OH 44397-0001 Note BFG is part of Michelin since 1990! New Order Number: (800) 847 8475 (Michelin's #) then punch in RACE BFG at the DEALER ACCOUNT NO PROMPT 8:30-17:00 EST To buy their race tires you need to be a member, which costs nothing. Bilstein: Try Larry? 8845 Rehco Rd, San Diego, CA 92121 (619) 453-7723, Steve; (203) 265-2854; (800) 537-1085 Bilstein will revalve any of their shocks to your needs, for a small fee. Blaupunkt (part of the Robert Bosch Corp): 2800 S 25th Ave, Broadview, IL 60153 (800) 323-1943; (312) 865-6444; (312) 865-5488 Boge/Fichtel & Sachs (they merged): Pete Mitchell deals with VW shocks (800) 222 26 43 Bosch (Robert): (708) 865 52 00 Bridgestone Tire: Consumer Tire Marketing POBox 140991 Nashville, TN 37214-0991 (800) 543 75 22 Castrol: Oil Co., (201) 633-2200, Located in NJ Continental Tires/General Tires One General Street, Akron, OH 44329-0001 (800) 338 61 86, Canada (800) 461 43 57 Dunlop Dynamic Control: P.O. Box 15232, Hamilton, OH 45015 (513) 829 32 51, (513) 829 32 61 Makers of Dynamat Sound Deadening material Eibach Springs 15311 Barranca Parkway, Irvine, CA 92718 (714) 727 37 00 Springs, sway bars. Flofit 127 Business Center Drive #B, Corona, CA 91720 Mr FLofit@aol.com, http://www.flofit.com, 1-800-FLO-FITS Aftermarket seats. Note that FloFit changed ownership in 1995, and claim to have improved their quality, using the same mfging processes as Recaro at 1/3 the price. Seats carry a 30 day no fault return policy and a full TWO YEAR WARRANTY. I have no feedback from the web about these reengineered seats. Hella Lights: 201 Kelley Drive P.O.Box 2665 Peachtree City, GA 30269 (404) 631 7500 Hoosiers RICK GENHART, westren us distributor 209-485-4612 Fresno: 800-866-4612, fax 209-485-4632 Kenwood Stereo: 2201 E Domingues, Long Beach, CA 90221 (310) 761 8206 Kano Nashville, TN Makers of Kroil penetrating oil (supposedly good). (615) 833 4101 (615) 833 5790 (fax) K&N Engineering Inc: P.O. Box 1329 or 561 Iowa Ave, Riverside, CA 92502 Makers of K&N air filters Koni (KT) Shocks, Dutch Company Talk to Lesley for a good sense of humor (606) 727-5028 Tech number: 606-727-5011 or (606) 727 5053 Steve Sudler Fax: 606-727-5001 McGard Inc. 3875 California Rd, Orchard Park, NY 14127-4198 P.O. Box 102, Ft. Erie, Ontario L2A 5M6 (800) 444 58 47, (716) 662 9617 Makers of wheel locks. Meguire's 17991 Mitchell S., Irvine, CA 92714 (800) 347-5700 (?), (800) 854-8073. Waxes and polishes: (800) 545-3321 MECA Cooling Company: 255 Route 41 North, Sharon, CT 06069 (203) 364-5130, Fax: (203) 364-0888 Sell propylene glycol & special oil filters. Mintex (BBA Friction): Makers of Brake Pads P.O. Box 18, Hunsworth Lane, Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire England, BD19 3UJ Mobil Oil: (800) 662 4525, located in PA Lubricants, Synthetic oil Neuspeed: Manufacturer of VW Performance parts. For direct retail sales see: APS For all other sales (usually for less than APS) see the PARTS list. New Dimension Products & New Dimension (ND) Turbosystems : See New Dimension under TUNERS. RedLine: 3450 Pancheco Blvd. Martinez, CA 94553 (510) 228-7576, (800) 624-7958 Synthetic Oils Remus: Aftermarket exhaust systems. Expensive but nice. West US: 16200 S Figueroa Str, Gardena, CA 90248 (800) 766 0064 East US: 20 Temple Ave, Hackensack, NJ 07601 (800) 846 1144 Schroth Seat belts/harnesses for racing (303) 447-1700 Fax (303) 447-184 Scosche Industries: 5160 Gabbert Road, P.o.Box 8099, Moorpark, CA 93020 (800) 621 36 95 Makers of Accumat Accoustical insulation (like Dynamat, no smell sticks better) AMT045 (like vinyl tyles, for doors etc), AMT250 (for car floors, is about 1 cm thick with foam), AMT750 (mats for hood). Speedline America Corporation: Bill Hoffman, Operations Manager Speedline Italian Sport Wheels 1177 Sawgrass Corporate Parkway Fort Lauderdale, FL 33323 (305) 846 9234 Makers of rims. OEM on 93 Corrados. Spectro Oil 1-800-2-GET-OIL High quality (synth) oils. Synthoil Corporation: High quality (synth) oils. PO Box 6077 Boise, Idaho 83707 (800) 843-7733 (order), (208) 336-8600 (Tech) Tokico: 1330 Storm Pwy, Torrance, CA 90501-5041 (310) 534 49 34 Shocks. VDO/YAZAKI Co.: 980 Brooke Rd, P.O. Box 2897, Winchester, VA (703) 665-0100 FAX (703) 662-2515 455 Welham Rd, Box 8700, Barrie, Ontario, Canada L4M4V3 (705) 722-6400 FAX (705) 722-4407 Valentine (radar detector & G-Analyst): 1-800-331-3030 for ordering 1-513-984-8900 for questions Yokohama (): (800) 423-4544 Q: Where can I get special VW tools? A: To be added to this list, you must be an established bonafide business, tool maker or mail order house. Brief user feedback as posted publically may also be added. The most often mentioned here are: Sears, Snap-On, and Schley. Assenmacher Specialty Tools: 6440 Odel Place,Boulder CO 80301, (303) 530-2424, toll free (800) 525-2943, fax (303) 530-4720 They sell VW specialty tools. BAUM TOOLS UNLIMITED INC. Dana J. Baum - VP R&D, email@example.com URL:http://www.crl.com/www/~/danabaum (does not work for me) URL:http://www.crl.com:80/www/users/da/danabaum Manufacturers, importers and distributors of VW [A] & [W] special tools HAZET, STAHLWILLE, USAG, MATRA and PEISLER tools available 3922 Murdock Avenue Sarasota FL 34233 1-800-848-6657 Orders (US & Canada), 1-941-927-1414 Office 1-941-927-1612 Fax, catalogs 1-800-848-6657 or WEST COAST WAREHOUSE, 1523 38Th Avenue San Francisco CA 94122-3011 1-415-566-9229 Orders, 1-415-566-0694 Fax, 1-415-298-7831 Mobile Griot's Garage: (800) 345-5789 They sell VW specialty tools. J.C. Whitney (IL): see PARTS Schley Products Inc: 5350 E. Hunter Ave, Anaheim Hills, CA 92807-2053 (714) 693 76 66 They sell VW specialty tools, and have a good reputation. Don't sell directly, you have to go through some distributor like Snap On. Mac Tools: Recommended by some. Same deal as Snap-On, you need to call them. They also have some VW specialty tools. Sears: All over the USA & Canada. Generally good quality (non-professional) handtools. Craftsman brand carries lifetime warrantee. They have some special tools, e.g., 17mm VW tranny drain plug hex wrench Snap-On Tools: 1-800-866-5748 Snap-On customer direct order program Snap On has fewer and fewer warehouses to obtain tools from. Typically, you order a catalog, then call, and then a truck will eventually pull up with the tool you need. Most of their tools are of professional quality. They also have some VW specialty tools (e.g., CV-Joint tool). S&K Tools: Zelinda Machine Tools Corp (NY): 66-02 Austin St, Forest Hills NY 11374, (718) 896 22-88 They sell VW specialty tools. Caveat: Often a suitable replacement for these tools can be easily made. MAILORDER RENTAL ---------------- Recycled VWs (MI): (313) 373-2300 Q: What are VW's related numbers and addresses? A: VWoA = (800) 822 VW US or (800) 822 8987 Note that this number will also provide you with recall info on your car. (800) 544 80 21 for service publications (see above) Pres. Clive Warrilow (new) | 3800 Hamlin Rd VWoA Auburn Hills MI 48326 Pres. Bill Young (old) | 3800 Hamlin Rd VWoA Auburn Hills MI 48326 Dr. Ferd. Piech | Postfach VWAG-TK-24 3180 Wolfsburg I Germany Volkswagen Canada INC 1940 Eglinton Avenue East, Scarborough ON, M1L 2M2, Canada (416) 288-3000, Fax: (416) 288-3298, Telex: 06-963588 Guaranteed Mobility/Roadside Assistance Program, refer to the owners warranty manual for further information Volkswagen: (800) 263-7601 Audi: (800) 461-2834 (USA and Canada only): VW Protection Plus Program (for 93+ VWs): For more info call: (800) DRIVE VW The address of the "VW World" publications/subscription dept. (free for new VW owners, 20US$/7years for others): Volkswagen World Headquarters PO Box 2012 Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303-2012 VW Mobility Access Program (disability): (800) 444-8987 Q: What does 'Fahrvergnuegen' mean (current commercial jingle in NA)? A: Fahrvergnuegen (with ue=u") means 'pleasure of driving', and VW claims it can only be experienced in a VW. I think most of us could find similar pleasure in a 911 Turbo, though :-). Q: Who did the music on the US/Canada VW commercial? A: "Harry's Game" from the album "Anam" on Atlantic Records by the Irish group Clannad. Q: Where did VW car names come from? A: Most of the European names given to VWs came from wind names. In other countries, the same models may bear different names, such as the Golf I called the Rabbit in the US and Caribe (?) in Mexico. More recently, VW started adopting other naming convetions (e.g., Corrado). (Enhanced with Dennis's notes). Scirocco - Hot North African desert wind that blows into Italy Original name was rumored to be Blizzard. Golf - Gulf stream winds (a high altitude North-south 100 mmph wind) Jetta - Jet stream (East/West wind, affecting Pacific air travel) Passat - Trade winds Vento - Blowing/windy (E/I) Polo - ? Santana - Hot desert blast accross the Sea of Cortez. Corrado - Not a wind, it's derived from Spanish Correr which means to run. The original name for the car was Taifun (Typhoon) which means huricane except it was already a registered trade mark for a GM truck. Q: What does GTI, GLI and so on mean? A: L = Luxe (base model) LS = Luxe Special, couple more do-dads GT = Grand Tourisme, better equipped & usually a larger engine than the "L" series GL = Grand Luxe (geared for more luxury), basically == GT GTI/GLI = Originally, the fuel injected version of a GT/GL which means it produced a lot more power. With most cars FI, the GTI/GLI designation means a more powerful engine than a GT/GL model, sometimes also with a better suspension. Note that originally, GLI != Jetta, as the case in the USA. SL = Serie Limite' (limited series), like the Karmann series in US. Really a variation on a GT. GTX = Same as GTI but used in Europe and elsewhere. G40/60 = GT version with VWs G-type supercharger. The number is the width of the G-charger (lader in D) coil in millimeters. For those who aren't aware, the G40 is used on some Polos, the G60 on Passats and Corrados. VR6 = Cars based on the new staggered 6 cylinder engine (in-line-V-6). SLC = Sport Luxury Coupe, the VR6 equipped Corrado in the US. Syncro = VWs version 4WD distributes its torque with a "visco-gear" (It's a special silicone gel that stiffens if the relative motion (shear) increases) VWs 4WD is designed by Steyr-Puch, an Austrian Company and not by Audi. Originally, all European VWs were carbureted, except those with the "I" or "i" and a few rare cases with an "E" for "Einspritzung", designation which had a more powerful fuel injected engine, a "GT" set-up, and some more sporty equipment (suspension, gauges). In the US, VW switched over to FI first with the '76 limited edition Super Scirocco and in 77 to the rest of VW's watercooled cars, and in Europe a bit later (with mono-throttle FI) which meant that all cars really counted as "I" models. GTI/GLI now just means that the car has a more powerful engine and a sportier set-up. Note also that the US, only gets the two top of the line VWs from their larger mass produced series (but not the Polo). Certain special models, such as the Golf G60 Synchro, the US will never see. In Europe, VWs came with anywhere from 1100, 1300 to 2900 cc engines. The US never saw the 1100 & the 1300's and only sees a slightly scaled down version of the 2900. Q: Is VW the inventor of the VR6 and G-charger design? A: No in both cases. Most of the car "novelties" you see now on the road have been invented between 50 and 100 years ago. The reason why you only see these innovations pop up now is because many of these innovations where not economically feasible to be mass produced. For example, the G-charger, was pattented in 1905 [Vack], was to replace the common piston driven steam engine, requires very precise machining that can only be achieved with current day NC machine tools. The VR6 design is modeled after an 18 degree V4 made by Vincenzo Lancia for the Lancia Aprilia [Vack]. ABS is also nothing new, a mechanical version based on centripetal forces was used on German trucks during WWII. Similarly, Turbo chargers were first used on Messerschmidt planes to compensate for thinner air at altitude. However, if there is one thing VW should get credit for is applying some of these innovation and making it economically feasible to produce. Not a simple feat. Q: What is VW's heritage? A: [By Jan & Rauhut]: VW was founded by the controversial Adolf with the goal to make an affordable and reliable car available to everyone. That's also where the name came from, Volkswagen litterally meaning "People's car". There were other similar efforts, such as the "Volks" radio, but only the car remained until now. In May 1938 VW built the first factory nearby Fallersleben, which is now Wolfsburg. Prof. Ferdinand Porsche designed the first Beetle in the thirties. The beetle was presented by the Nazis as "Kraft durch Freude" "Strength through Joy" car, which was a part of the Nazis philosophy. Due to the WWII VW did not sell much beetles until 1945. After WWII VW sold altogether 15.235.200 Beetles. VW produced some other air cooled, rear-wheel drive cars. The VW 1500, VW 1600 were produced from 1961 until 1973. They looked like a long beetle, VW managed to sell 2.583.015 units. The VW 411, VW 412 were produced from 1986 until 1974, 355.200 units were sold. In the late 60s, VW realized it needed to diversify its product line and acquired a number of companies such as NSU (1970) and Audi (1969). Audi (Audi NSU Auto Union) was summary of the companies Audi, part of NSU, DKW and Auto-Union. In the early 80's VW acquired the Spanish SEAT (pronounced Say-Ath), and in the late 80's Skoda after the Berlin wall came tumbling down. NSU had a few interesting products such as the K70 and Ro80. The K 70 was developed by NSU, Neckarsulm, in 1969, and VW sold the K 70 as the VW K70 from 1970 until 1974. Altogether 210.082 units were sold. The K70 was sold with two different engines: 1.6l with 75 hpwr and 1.8l with 100 hpwr. The VW K70, developed by NSU, was the first VW with a water cooled engine and first front-wheel drive car.It resembled a boxy version of the first Jetta. Another one of NSU interesting products was the Ro80, probably the first production car with a Wankel (rotary) engine. The Ro80 was sold from 1967 until 1974, 33910 Units were sold. The Ro80 had a 0.5l(!) engine with 115 hpwr. Its production was stopped due to persistent problems, but was at the time a very innovative and modern looking car. Probably the most lasting influence to the VW product line was made by Audi whose Audi 50 become the start of their new line of cars. The Audi 50 become known as the first VW Polo, and many of the drive train components are shared between VWs and Audis to this date. Q: What's the relationship between VW, Audi and Porsche? A: VW and Audi are under the same company whose name is "Volkswagen Audi Gesellschaft" (VAG). They have separate research departments, separate assembly plants, but do share parts, engines and cars (US VW Quantum == Audi) on occasion. The original version of the Polo were actually made by Audi called the Audi 50. The basic 1500/1600 now 1800 cc block is also from the former Audi 80. In Europe it is not uncommon to have both dealers that sell and service both VWs and Audis (and sometimes also Porsches). In North America the two (three) are usually separate. Regarding VW & Porsche (From Tom H.): There are no ownership arrangements -- the two companies are essentially separate. There is, however, a lot of co-operation, as Porsche does consulting work for VW, and Porsche has some access to the VW parts bins. VW has also built some 914s, 924s and 944s for Porsche, and Porsche is to build the Audi 80 RS2 for VW. And of course Ferdinand Porsche designed the Beetle while running a design office in the 30s -- and Ferdinand Piech, the current CEO of Volkswagen AG, is his grandson. The relationship was much closer yet in the early years of VW and Porsche, when Heinz Nordhoff was running VW: this is when the 914 was conceived as a VW-Porsche. When Nordhoff died (in 12 April 1968), the new CEO (Dr Kurz Lotz, replaced on October 1 1971 by Rudolf Leiding) did not want to honour all of Nordhoff's verbal agreements with Porsche. As a result, the relationship soured somewhat -- and the 914 was significantly more expensive than originally planned. One of the best books relating the VW/Porsche relationship is _Excellence_ _was_Expected_ (which is primarily a Porsche book; alas, it's most certainly not cheap. Q: What do the oval "B", "D" stickers on car's bumpers mean in Europe? A: They stand for the country of origine. I use the same conventions throughout this FAQ: B Belgium CH Confederatie Helvetica (Switzerland) D Deutschland (Germany) F France GB UK I Italia L Luxembourg NL Nederland (Holland) The number plates of all EU states have the same style now and show the country on the plate which makes the sticker superfluous as long as you do not leave the EU. If you travel to other countries you will still need the sticker! Q: What are the racing colors per country? A: B Yellow (bet you didn't know that) D White GB Green (of course) I Red (of course) Q: What is the VW Visa card? A: 5% of your charges, $700 per year up to 3500US$ total can be used towards the purchase of a new VW. Underwritten by MBNA, 16.9 % Annual Percentage Rate NO fee on the GOLD or the REGULAR card. Call 1-800-847-7378 ext.55 in the US Several other major car manufacturers (Ford & GM) have such a program. NOTE: These conditions change periodically. COMMON PROBLEMS & RECALLS ========================= Q: How do I obtain NHTSA (Recall) information (USA)? A: Call (800) 424-9393 (selection menu 1-2-) They have info on: 1) Recall Info on cars 2) Child Safety Seat Recall 3) Crash Test Report 4) Tire Quality Grading 5) Other Safety Info 6) Rear seat retrofit kit 9) Repeat menu Note: The above service is TERRIBLY inefficient...after 3 tries I still have not received the info I requested on my Corrado. I guess the person there can't read or write. A Corrado is not a Cabriolet. Makes you wonder how many other morons work there. [Jan] Q: What are the known defects for the VW product line? A: Following is an unverified and incomplete list. The ????'s indicate unconfirmed or second hand info. Recalls are mostly for the US/Canada. Mostly > 1980 model years are covered. RECALLS: ======== From: firstname.lastname@example.org, additions from "old list" by Jan (still needs a bit of reformatting). Summary of some recall campaigns, service actions, pre delivery campaigns for Volkswagen models. This may not apply to some vehicles in CANADA or the UNITED STATES, as some campaigns are not implemented in the respective countries. This list may NOT be ACCURATE, for the correct information always refer to you local dealer, who will be able to check for any outstanding campaigns for vehicle. Please note, that the biggest problem for any manufacturer is the notification of the owners. Please advise them of the purchase of the vehicle, if the vehicle is used from a non VW dealer or private source and any address changes. Again, your local dealer is more then willing to help you in this matter. NOTE: The * stands for a single charachter Type YY FROM/TO VIN DESCRIPTION CODE DATE ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ FOX ---- Fox 87 9BW**030*HP000001/ Replacement of crankshaft PM 12/87 9BW**030*HP026007 pulley Fox 87-89 9BW*A030*HP000001/ Inst. of steering wheel QD 04/89 9BW*A030*KP009988 spring retainer + lock nut Type YY FROM/TO VIN DESCRIPTION CODE DATE ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ RABBIT ------ Rabb. 81-84 1VW**17*BV000001/ Inspect/replace EGR valve PD 04/87 1VW**17*EV104300 with automatic transmission Type YY FROM/TO VIN DESCRIPTION CODE DATE ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ GOLF ----- Golf 85 1VW**017*FV007583/ Checking dust sleeves NJ 06/85 1VW**O17*FV017394 of front brake caliper Golf 85 1VW**017*FV000001/ Replacing front seat belts MP 05/85 1VW**017*FV003370 Golf 85-87 1VW**017*FV000001/ Inspect/replace EGR valve PD 04/87 1VW**017*HV036149 on vehicles with auto transmisson Golf 86 1VW**017*GV033771/ Replace fuel transfer pump + PC 07/87 1VW**017*GV047000 filter Golf 87 1VW**017*HV032808/ Replace filler neck, sending PA ??/?? 1VW**017*HV054650 unit and gasket Golf 85-86 1VW**017*FV000001/ Replacing fuel tank assembly NV 06/86 Diesel 1VW**017*GV033970 Golf/ 85/86 1VW--017-FV000001/ Replacing fuel tank assembly NV 06/86 GTI GAS? 1VW--017-GV033970 GTI 86 1VW**017*GV000001/ Check torque of rear NZ 10/86 1VW**017*GV074477 axle bracket bolt Golf 88 1VW**017*JV000001/ Installation of starter PV 06/89 Auto MOD 17-63 1VW**017*JV017457 support bracket Golf 88-89 1VW**017*JV000001/ Replacement of coil, plugs, QN 12/89 1VW**017*KV018693 vacuum thermo switch (no 16 V) Golf 89 3VW**01G*KM000001/ Replacement of coil, plugs, QN 12/89 3VW**01G*KM863602 vacuum thermo switch (no 16 V) Golf 90 3VW**01G*LM000001/ Replacement of coil, plugs, QN 12/89 3VW**01G*LM006563 vacuum thermo switch (no 16 V) Golf 91 3VW***1G*MM000001/ Replace knock sensor and QX 05/91 GTI 16V 3VW***1G*MM000747 reroute cables Golf 89-92 3VW***1G*KM000075/ Inspect/replace pwr steering RT 10/91 3VW***1G*NW012208 assembly (CANADA ONLY) Golf 88-89 1VW***1**JV000001/ Install preheating tube RW 09/93 1VW***1**KV999999 support bracket Golf? 88-91 3VW***1**JM000001/ Install preheating tube RW 09/93 3VW***1**MM054357 support bracket Golf 85-89 1VW***1**FV000001/ Replace heat exchanger SD 06/92 1VW***1**KV018693 Golf 89-91 3VW***1G*KM000001/ Replace heat exchanger SD 06/92 3VW***1G*MM023331 Golf 88-92 *VW**01**J*000001/ Replace fuel hose and clamp SK 09/93 *VW**01**N*067742 Cars equipped with Digifant ------------ GTI 90-92 California, Knock sensors SC 16V and/or vacuum ampl. could malfunction A3 VR6 93-95 WVW***??*????????/ Radiator Fan Failure TJ 10/95 WVW***??*???????? results in overheating <*>A3 Golf 95 WVW***??*????????/ Aftermarket Cruise Control ZM ?/95 WVW***??*???????? may not return to idle <*> = New Type YY FROM/TO VIN DESCRIPTION CODE DATE ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ JETTA ------ Jetta 81-87 WVWG**16*BW000001/ Inspect/replace EGR valve PD 04/87 WVWG**16*HW540014 on vehicles with auto transmisson Jetta 83-84 WVW**O16*DW402800/ Checking / replacing front NS 11/85 WVW**016*EW170305 brake hoses Jetta 85-87 WVW**016*FW000001/ Replacing fuel transfer PC 07/87 WVW**016*HW359885 pump and filter Jetta 88 WVW**016*JW700001/ Inspect / replacing QA 11/88 WVW**016*JW734535 brake booster Jetta 88 WVW**016*JW000001/ Replacement of coil, plugs, QN 12/89 WVW**016*JW768209 vacuum thermo switch (no 16 V) Jetta 89 WVW**01G*KW000001/ Replacement of coil, plugs, QN 12/89 WVW**01G*KW864001 vacuum thermo switch (no 16 V) Jetta 88 WVW**016*JW015810/ Inspect/replace right front QP 06/90 16V WVW**016*JW69065 line (Jetta 16v in USA MY 87-89) Jetta 89 WVW**01G*KW000084/ Inspect/replace right front QP 06/90 16V WVW**01G*KW121988 line (Jetta 16v in USA MY 87-89) Jetta 90 WVW**01G*LW106033/ Replacement of PWR steering QR 04/91 16V WVW**01G*LW278931 pump bracket (mod. 1G2 5G4) Jetta 90 WVW**01G*LW000001/ Replace fuel pump QW 05/91 GTX WVW**01G*LW476499 GTX only Jetta 90-91 WVW**01G*LW000001/ Replace Knock sensor and QX 05/91 GTX WVW**01G*MW030623 reroute cables (GTX only) Jetta 90 WVW***1G*LW000001/ Modification to headlight QY 07/91 WVW***1G*LW328840 switch ( CANADA ONLY) Jetta 89-92 WVW***1G*KW267499/ Inspect/replace pwr steering RT 10/92 WVW***1G*NW048596 assembly (CANADA ONLY) Jetta 90-92 *VW**01G*L*000001/ Update engine management RY 03/93 GTX 16V *VW**01G*N*044803 GTX 16V Standart Transmission Jetta 85-90 WVW***1**FW000001/ Replace heat exchanger SD 06/92 WVW***1**LW416005 Jetta 88-92 *VW**01**J*000001/ Replace fuel hose and clamp SK 09/93 *VW**01**N*067742 Cars equipped with Digifant ------------- GLI 90-92 California, Knock sensors SB 16V and/or vacuum ampl. could malfunction A3 VR6 93-95 WVW***??*????????/ Radiator Fan Failure TJ 10/95 WVW***??*???????? results in overheating <*>A3 Golf 95 WVW***??*????????/ Aftermarket Cruise Control ZM ?/95 WVW***??*???????? may not return to idle <*> = New Type YY FROM/TO VIN DESCRIPTION CODE DATE ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ CABRIOLET --------- Cabrio. 85-87 WVWC*015*FK000001/ Replace transfere pump + PC 06/87 WVWC*015*HK008110 filter (supersedes NG) Cabrio. 81-83 WVWCA015*BKOOOOO1/ Inspect/replace EGR valve PD 04/87 WVWCA015*DK999999 with automatic transmission Cabrio. 83-84 WVW**015*DK007549/ Inspect/replace front brake NS 06/87 WVW**015*EK023149 hose Cabrio. 90 WVW**015*LKOOOOO1/ Modification to headlight QY 07/91 WVW**015*LK012443 switch (CANADA ONLY) Cabrio. 90-91 WVW***15*LK000001/ Secure water separator panel RH ??/?? WVW***15*MK010315 (91V162000) Cabrio. 87-90 WVWCA015*HK000001/ Inspect/replace fuel tank RS 02/92 WVWCA015*LK000678 (91V201000) Cabrio. 92 WVW***15*NK007064 Inspect/replace front track RU 02/93 WVW***15*NK010116 control arm Cabrio. 90-92 WVW***15*LK000975/ Replace fuel hose and clamp SA 02/93 WVW***15*NK024047 (92V058000) ------------ 89AUG-90JUL 91V215000 Secure passive restraint wires RN Type YY FROM/TO VIN DESCRIPTION CODE DATE ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ SCIROCCO --------- Scir. 83-84 WVW**053*DK017368/ Checking / replacing front NS 11/85 WVW**053*EK038276 brake hoses Scir. 85-87 WVW**053*FK000001/ Replacing fuel transfer PC 07/87 WVW**053*HK008693 pump and filter (supersedes NQ) Scir. 87-88 WVW**053*HK000001/ Inspect/replace fuel tank RS 02/92 WVW**053*JK009034 Type YY FROM/TO VIN DESCRIPTION CODE DATE ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ CORRADO ------- Corr. 89-92 WVW**50*LK000001/ Inspect/replace pwr sterring RT 10/91 WVW**50*NK000882 rack assembly (CANADA ONLY) Corr. 90 WVW**050*LK000001/ Modification to headlight QY 07/91 WVW**050*LK012147 switch (CANADA ONLY) G60 VR6 90-93 WVW***50*LK000001/ Replace Fuel hose and clamp SH 11/93 WVW***50*PK005031 VR6 92-93 WVW***50*PK000001/ Secure Engine compartment SQ 02/94 WVW***50*PK005031 electrical wiring harness applies US & CANADA ----------- G60 90 91V068000 Replace fuel pump assembly RG VR6 93-95 WVW***??*????????/ Radiator Fan Failure TJ 10/95 WVW***??*???????? results in overheating Type YY FROM/TO VIN DESCRIPTION CODE DATE ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ PASSAT ------ Pass. 89-92 WVW***31*LE000001/ Inspect/replace pwr steering RT 10/91 WVW***31*NE026718 rack assembly (CANADA ONLY) Pass. 90 WVW**031*LE000001/ Modification to headlight QY 07/91 WVW**031*LE123429 switch (CANADA ONLY) Pass. 90-92 WVW**031*LE000001 Update engine management RZ 03/93 Autom. WVW**031*NE408342 automatic transmission (Hesitation during the upshift cycle of transmission.) PASS 90-93 WVW**031*LE000001/ Update engine management RY 03/93 Man. WVW**031*NE407754 manual transmission Pass. 93 WVW***31*PE000001/ Replace fuel hose and clamp SG 11/93 VR6 WVW***31*PE117434 Pass. 93 WVW***31*PE141535/ Replace front strut self- SR 08/93 WVW***31*PE163434 locking nut/washer assembly Pass. 92-93 WVW***31*NE000001/ Replacement of power window- SW 05/94 WVW***31*PE213773 lifter rear VR6 93-95 WVW***??*????????/ Radiator Fan Failure TJ 10/95 WVW***??*???????? results in overheating Type YY FROM/TO VIN DESCRIPTION CODE DATE ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ VANAGON/CAMPERS ---------------- Vana. 81 WV2ZA025*BH003450/ Check / replace fuel MD ??/81 WV2ZA025*BH098864 expansion tank Vana. 81-82 WV2**02**BH143904/ Replacing sliding NC 09/84 WV2**02**CH154356 door lock springs Vana/ 85 WV2*A025*FH000001/ Checking / modify sliding NR 04/86 Camp WV2*A025*FH115553 door striker plate Vana. 86 WV***02**GG000001/ Replace filler neck, PA 11/87 Syncro WV***02**GG118815 sending unit and gasket Vana. 86-87 WV***02**G*000001/ Replace fuel tank, PB 08/87 WV***02**H*064100 main & idle control unit incl. Syncro, see Campaign details Vana. 87 WV**B02**HH036719/ Replace shift lever pawl PG 12/87 autom. WV**B02**HH082874 (automatic transmission) Vana/ 87 WV2**025*HO051294/ Inspect/seal water inlet PL 12/88 Camp WV2**025*H-999999 housing Vana/ 88 WV2**025*JH000001/ Inspect/seal water inlet PL 12/88 Camp MOD 2539 WV2**025*JH003998 housing Vana. 86-89 WV2**02**GH000001/ Replacement of fuel hoses in PW 05/89 WV2**02**KH019148 engine compartment (no Syncro) Vana. 90 WV2**02**LK000001/ Modification to headlight QY 07/91 WV2**02**LK044564 switch (CANADA ONLY) Type YY FROM/TO VIN DESCRIPTION CODE DATE ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ EUROVAN -------- Euro 92-93 WV2***70*NH000001/ Replacement of brake handle ST 05/94 WV2***70*PH089395 spring. Install beading (see circular) Euro 92-93 WV2***70*NH000001 Replacing fuel hose and clamp SX 05/94 WV2***70*PH089395 (see circular also part of ST) Euro 92-93 WV2***70*NE000001/ Replacement of power window- SY 05/94 WV2***70*PH116000 lifter front Euro 92-93 WV2***70*NH000001/ Replacement of steering TA 05/94 WV2***70*PH069881 universal joint bolt Other Known Failures/Technical Service Bulletins: ================================================= This section contains common known failures reported by VW users or VW magazines, and "official" Technical Service Bulletins (TSB) from VW. The TSBs are VWs way to tell all the mechanics: "If you see this problem, do that". That's all. They are NOT recalls, and do not imply any financial comittments. If your car is under warrantee you will not have to pay, if not, you pay. With any problem, you always have to be able to recreate it. However, not all dealers are up to date with their TSBs (:-<) and on some occasions we can use knowledge of these TSBs to point to a potential solution and also point out that your case may not be unique. The TSBs are identified by a number: V35-92-01. See elsewhere in this FAQ on how to obtain them (I have to rearrange things a bit as soon as I have time). 83-86 GTI, GLIs, 84-86 Cabriolets, 83-86 Sciroccos except 16V, 84-86 Cabs: Self Machining Transmission due to lack of snap rings on the differential shafts. See April 1990, EuroCar pp 53, "VW 020 Gearbox Failures: Causes and Cures". Only Close ratio transaxles are affected. Starting at serial number 15102 (built after october 14th 1982). Serial numbers up to 14102, (built up to October 14,1982) are immune. VW part#171-498-088 offers the clips as part of the rebuild kit. (Another sources says: If either rivet has been removed, secure the differential pinion shaft with circlips, Part No. N 042 363 1.) Gear oil leaking under the tranny, or strange noises are first signs, between 50k and 120k miles. NO RECALL! Sue VW. Techtonics Tuning is recommended by VW&P to fix self- machined cases (probably because they wrote the article). See also the archive: Tranny_Clip_Failures 78-8? R/J I: Fuel pump relay recall. Fries itself. FI cars only. Fix = move relay for better cooling. 87-89 Jetta & 84 GTI & 83-84 Scirocco?: Front brake line recall. 85-? Golf & Jetta, GTI/GLI: Heater Core failure. Recall. 85-86 GTI & GLI: Engine hop problems. Requires a hop kit and/or upgraded front engine mount. 89-90? Jetta: RT Recall - Leaking steering rack recall? 85-91 Golf II & Jetta II, GTI/GLI: Rough cold idle & stalling problems. Several causes see the technical FAQ for possible diagnosis. 85-?86 GTI/GLI: Recall RC, Code PC 13: Transfer pump failure. 85-?86 Golf: ?Recall PC?: Clean/replace transfer pump fuel screen. Symptoms: Transfer fuel pump becomes noisy. 85-?86 GTI/GLI/Jettas/Golfs: v13-89-01: connecting rod repair. 85OCT-85DEC and 84OCT-85SEP GTI: NV/NW Recall (86V149000 & 86V029000) - Fuel tank replacement due to non compliance with FMVSS 301. 87-89? Scirocco: Gas tank leaks. Recall. (weren't other cars affected?) 16V Engines: Drive belt failure around 50k miles. Breaks valves! Remedy: Replace belt at 50k miles! 89-92 16V 9A CA: SB Recall - Ca. smogged 9A engines, hanging idle switch. Not officially announced by VW as yet. Non-CA have a less severe problem. Fix: New throttle body assembly. 90-on Corrado V13-91-06 - Abnormal engine noise with warm engine at 1800 to 2500 rpm The connecting rod may float on the crankshaft causing a metallic noise between stated rpm range. In severe cases, instal crankshaft Part No: 026 105 101E 90-91 Corrado G60/Passat: V35-90-01 - Transmission binding in reverse. Replace/lube back up light switch, check shift rod cover (Part 02A 919 835), MoS2 grease on shifter & shift linkage 90-9x? Corrado/Passat/Golf/GTI/Jetta/Cabriolet/Vanagon: V30-93-04: Shifting difficulties - 020, 02A & 025 Manual Transmission Clutch disk binding on spline ==> dragging. Replace clutch with Cadmium coated spline. 90-91 G60: V35-92-01 - Mods on 02A gears and shafts. ???-??-?? - Replace muffler hangers to reduce droning/vibration V13-91-06 - Metallic knocking noise between 1800 and 2500 rpm caused by out of tolerance connecting rod or crankshaft. If severe, replace crankshaft. 90-? Passat/Golf/Jetta/Fox/Corrado: V42-93-01: Rear Tire Wear This Service Bulletin supersedes: V42-92-01 & V42-90-02. Fix: Replace rear stub axles. Note: This problem has been most prevalent on Passats with Continentals. Updated axles are= 357 501 117B (for Passats) 91-94 Corrados, Passat GLX 94 Golf & Jetta III 95 Cabrio V28-94-01 (Aug 1, 94): Sparkplugs listed in the owner's manual and other service literature may not be correct. 90-? Passat: Rear window regulators. Service bulletin exists. See recall SW. 90-? Passat: Mysterious gauge fluctuations on Passats and Foxes... There is a VW service bulletin for the Passat showing a procedure to fix this problem. The voltage regulator is not usually bad, but they frequently is not well soldered. The bulletin explains how to re-solder thge gerulator to the circuit board. Since I mentioned that I knew of this bulletin, my friendly dealer called VW and got the repair authorized under warranty... 90 Passat/Auto: Car won't start: Replace transmission switch. 90-92 Corrado 87-88 Scirocco 88-92 Jetta 88 GTI 90-92 GTI & Passat V28-91-01: No Start/Hard Start/Poor running Problem: High tension arcing on distributor caps resulting in poor starting and poor running. 90-91 Corrado (PG Engine) V28-92-07: Cannot attain High Speed (supersedes V28-91-02) Fix: Check knock sensor & replace if needed 90 Corrado V24-91-01: Engine does not start at first attempt Fix: Cut wire to digifant unit terminal 23 in ECU plug. 91 Corrado SLC/VR6, Passat V34-92-04: 5 Speed Transmission 02A Gearshift Mechanism Modified All transmissions as of 03 09 1 have the new mechanism (which includes the counter weight). Old cars except for the G60 can be upgraded. 93-94: Jetta /// GL Moonroof rattle. There is a TSB out on this. CA DIESEL FUEL: The environmentally friendly diesel fuel being sold in CA since Oct 93 is rumored to destroy the injector pump seals. Call: Califronia Trucking Association, Mike Thomas, (916) 373-3534 who is collecting claims. California Air Resources Board 1-800-952-5588 leave your name address, etc and a complaint about what happened to your vehicle. Gov. Wilson's office (916) 445-2841 In California, I've just read that Univ of Dayton (Ohio) scientist has finally figured out what went wrong with the Low-Aromatics-Diesel introduced in California. Apparently the lack of armomatics and sulfur allowed oxidation of the fuel (when meeting up with heat and oxygen) to form peroxide. This peroxide wasn't detected in the fuel, but was found on the damaged oil rings. All major refiners in Calif. are now blending anti-oxidant additives. (per U.S. Oil Week 6/06/94) Today's newspaper (9/3/94) reported that legislation to repay those of us who have lost diesel injector pumps from the 'new and improved' diesel fuel, has been signed by Gov Re_Pete Wilson. Reimbursment of up to $450 bucks for cars and $550 bucks for trucks will be alloted to those who have suffered damages. Details on how to get reimbusrsed will be published in the newspapers later this year. The Senate and Assembly passed the bill in August. March 1, 1995 is the deadline for filing a claim with the State of California for replacement or reimbursement for damages to your diesel pumps. Trucks are entitled up to $1,000, cars are $450. Call 1-800-272-2667 to get a form sent to you. TSB ACCESS ========== The Technical Service Bulletins are now to be had ONLINE for a small fee from ALLDATA: /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ For FREE trial access to the World's Largest Database of Vehicle Repair and Maintenance Information, including detailed information about any of the above bulletins, visit ALLDATA at: WWW : http://www.alldata.tsb.com GOPHER: gopher.alldata.tsb.com or e-mail Theresa@alldata.com for more information. \/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/ NOTE that some car parts supermarkets allow you to retrieve and print out this data for free as well. Here is a sample of the free index available through WWW: JETTA /// TSB ------------- [email@example.com] Year: 1994 Make: Volkswagen Model: Jetta III Engine: 4-1984cc 2.0L SOHC JAN 94 1. OBD BASIC ENGINE SETTING AFTER DISCONNECTING BATTERY JAN 94 2. POOR DRIVEABILITY DEC 93 3. FRONT AND REAR VW EMBLEMS-REPLACING DEC 93 4. WINTER TIRES/SNOW CHAINS DEC 93 5. VACUUM DOOR LOCKS NOV 93 6. AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION 096, VALVE BODY REPLACEMENT NOV 93 7. HORN PAD REMOVAL NOV 93 8. INDUSTRIAL FALLOUT, REPAIRING PAINT FINISH NOV 93 9. GOLD PLATED TERMINAL REPLACEMENT NOV 93 10. CLEANER FOR INTERIOR SURFACES NOV 93 11. ENGINE COOLANT TEMPERATURE SENSOR (ECT) REPLACEMENT NOV 93 12. IDLE SPEED HUNTS WHEN COLD NOV 93 13. REAR TIRE WEAR NOV 93 14. TROUBLE CODES 00533 & 2231 (ISC NOISE DAMPER CLOGGED) NOV 93 15. WATER LEAK AT ENGINE BULKHEAD SEALING PROCEDURE NOV 93 16. GUIDELINES FOR WARRANTY REPAIRS NOV 93 17. AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION REPAIR OCT 93 18. LOANER CAR CHARGES FOR PAINT/CORROSION WARRANTY REPAIRS OCT 93 19. M.Y. 1994 WARRANTY COVERAGE INFORMATION OCT 93 20. NEW 16-PIN DATA LINK CONNECTOR - ACCESSING/CONNECTING SEP 93 21. RADIO SECURITY CODE STICKER, NEW LOCATION SEP 93 22. 1,000-MILE CONSULTATION PROCEDURES FOR 1994 MODELS SEP 93 23. 1994 PDI PROCEDURE AND MAINTENANCE/LUBRICATION SCHEDULES >>>>MORE???? Pls provide recall campaign & number & a 1 line description Q: I heard there is a recall on my Golf/Jetta/GTI heater core. What do I do? A: The recall affects only '85-'90 cars of the above models, although older A1 VWs have had heater cores fail also. For some time, VW was replacing cores under a 'goodwill program', and now the recall is official. VW recommends that if you are experiencing any of the typical symptoms, take your car to the nearest authorized VW dealer. If you paid to have the work before, AND you can prove it, they will reimburse you. Q: What are the symptoms of a leaky/bad heater core? A: A smell of coolant coming from your vents when the heater is on, an unusual amount of fogging of the windshield, and in some extreme cases, coolant leaking into the inside of the car, burning the occupants. There are many cases in which the front passenger or the driver himself were hurt. First known cases in Japan, VW recalled the questionable cars (only in Japan!). Later many cases in Germany, too, but VW waited with a recall since Feb. (?) 1996. Q: My A/C is smelly after use, especially during humid summer months? A: A kit to alleviate this from (313)-774-4300, which removes mildew from evaporators. Of course first you should try spraying 1/4 can of Lysol down the fresh air entry vent, WITH THE DOORS AND WINDOWS OPEN!! Q: My radio keeps on playing when the car is turned off? A: This is normal. Most VWs sold up to 1992 will play with the car turned off. You can change that by using the switched power wire instead of the "always hot" wire. Newer VWs have found a compromise: The radio will play after the car is shut off as long as the key remains in the ignition. NOTE however...this will probably NOT work with coded radios. Q: My oxygen sensor light has come on. What am I supposed to do? A: Change the oxygen sensor (aka Lambda Sensor), and reset the oxygen sensor light. Oxygen sensors are to be changed every 30k/60k miles depending on your car. Many claim that the newer heated 3 wire ox. sensor can last a lot longer than the designated 30/60 k miles. This is probably true, but when it does go, your car will run very rich! Some have reported poor running conditions, rough idle and significant loss of power as well (recent news thread on r.a.t). A bad O2 sensor will increase the catalytic converter temperature significantly and could lead the substrate to loosen from the casing (happened to me). You will hear a distinct rattling from your exhaust, and eventually clog the exhaust system. Note, engine temp will also increase, risking engine damage and possible fire. This increases back pressure and decreases the car's power to the point where it may not sustain highway speeds. Again depending on your model, a cat. conv. can be very expensive (US$400- US$800 in my case), while the ox. sensor is about US$100. If you decide not to replace the sensor, do follow Bentley's procedure periodically to check whether it's still ok! Note from M Sirota: I found a 16V converter at Wolf Sport for $365. I've actually found a new 16V converter at Techtonics for only $125, but they say it sucks. Q: How do I reset the oxygen sensor light? A: The oxygen sensor light is attached to a small odometer which trips a switch every 30/60k miles. To turn the oxy light off, you have to reset that odometer. VW has two locations for this unit: Either somewhere along the speedometer cable, or as part of the instrument cluster. A2 Jettas & Golfs: Remove the coolant reservoir to locate the box with the white recessed switch. Push it in far until you hear a satisfying click. You should only need to push once. The "box" is black, and the speedometer cable passes through it. Q: I have a Clock, not a tach, can I get a "new" instrument cluster? [firstname.lastname@example.org] A: Yes! Any cluster from just about any late VW (Golf/Jetta2/Sirocco2), will work with any other cluster. There were a few changes through the years, but the speedo, tach, temp, fuel, and warning lights (ex. Upshift, and OXS) will work. I installed a cluster from an 85 Golf in my 89 and it works just fine. A "new" used unit can be installed in a Golf/Jetta in about 45 min, with minimal hand tools. The new gauge cluster will plug right into the existing hardware. It might make life a bit easier if you remove the steering wheel, however, its not necessary. While it *might* seem simple to just replace the clock with a tach, its not, this is fairly complex, and time consuming. I know you will "loose" your original mileage with the "new" used speedo, but trust me, its just simpler to do. Q: What's a good car cover for my car? Will it scratch or dull my paint? A: Generally you are looking for a cover which is soft where it contacts the car paint, resists water from penetrating, breathes (trapped moisture dulls paint), and is mold resistant. Car covers made out of "Evolution 3" made by Kimberly Clark, or Technalon material seem to be the current favorites and satisfy the above. They do get wet with heavy rain or when the water repellent stuff wears off after a couple of washes. (For a sample call in the US (800) 424 80 00, code= 44-12-36). They are also pretty bulky, and if wet, heavy. I hose my covers down every couple of months and occasionally wash them in an industrial washer. Apply Scotch Guard to make it somewhat water repellent again. Nylon covers are next to worthless. To minimize paint scratches, keep your car clean, keep the cover clean, and "roll" rather than slide the cover on. I have also found that rolling it on and of is by far the easiest way to cover the car. Install from the front. Get a lock, and the cover then serves as reasonable theft deterrent as well. Q: Whenever it rains, the carpet in my VW gets wet? A: There are two sources of this problem: The front of the car, and the rear. Front: Rust around windshield, antenna wire or other holes not plugged right. Better fix this because if it leaks at the driver's side it may short out your fuse box. Also check all the rubber grommets that plug the holes. [email@example.com] There are 2 water drain holes in the area just below the hood vents forward of the windshield which tend to get clogged with leaves. Make sure these are clear. If the water doesn't drain fast enough it will come through the vent air intake. [From firstname.lastname@example.org:] A break in the plastic drip shield which runs across the top of the firewall under the hood can allow copious amounts of water to flow into the fresh air intake vent. Replace the shield. Rear: Water leaks resulting in large puddles in the rear seat footwells are generally caused by poor seals against the door windows, and broken seal on the door liners. The window seals are easily replaceable. To replace the seal inside the door, you have to remove the inner door panel, which is quite easy as well. Glue a thick sheet of plastic between the door frame and the door panel. See tech tips for more detail From Jens Knickmeyer: Every time I found water puddling in the car just in front of the drivers seat, the seals inside the door were defective. I had this problem on several cars (3 Polos, 1 Audi 80, 2 Golf). Thank heaven only the Polos were my cars! Q: My back up lights don't work anymore, but the bulbs are ok! A: Most likely your back up light switch in the transmission is broken. In some cars it will also disable the upshift indicator. According to email@example.com, short shift kits reduce the longevity of these switches to 3-4 months. IT'S A FEATURE NOT A BUG! ========================= Q: During hard cornering my inner rear wheel lifts. What's wrong? Is this bad? A: This is normal behavior in all A-type (and probably other) VW's, and for that matter many other cars as well. VW dials in a lot of rear roll stiffness to reduce understeer. This with the limited rear wheel shock/spring travel distance causes the rear inner wheel to be lifted during hard cornering. It does not reduce performance much because the inner rear wheel has very little load at that point. Many other cars have the same feature to some degree or another. If you think a Porsche 911 will fix the problem, look closely, they lift their inner front wheel during hard cornering. Q: My VR6 equiped VW (Corrado, Passats) rattles in idle, but the sound <SOUND> goes away when I push in the clutch! Q: My VR6 equiped VW (Corrado, Passats) rattles when I take off <SOUND> It sounds like "Krrrrrrr" A: They all do that. According to Jens Knickmeyer: This problem is well known at VW. The reason is the gear-box. The tooth wheels (a pair for each gear) have too much space between the teeth which results in the rattle. Nothing to worry about, there are other cars with the same symptom (Polo-G40, Audi 100, VW LT28, ...) Some reported similar problems with a heat shield ratteling but in that case the sound will be independent of whether you push the clutch in. Q: The AC comes on when I turn on the defroster. What's wrong? A: Sigh! Does anyone read the User's Manual anymore? The AC comes on to eliminate moisture. Works real well too! INTERCHANGING PARTS & TOOLS =========================== Q: What VW parts are interchangeable between models & years? (This is for all you junk-yard cats). Created on a suggestion by [firstname.lastname@example.org (Dan)] A: General Rule: All cars based on the same platform are mechanically similar. When the engine is mostly the same, it'll share engine parts, exhaust, suspension, transmission, brakes, rear axle beam, most electrical components, sway bars. Different years may have different components, but the rule is usually that G & J are about the same in one year while the S's and Corrados are usually a bit ahead and occasionally share components found in the next platform (e.g., The A2 based Corrados VR6/SLC have the A+ suspension found on A3 GTIs). Note that in Europe the engine range is much larger than in NA, but mechanically things are similar within the same engine range. Throughout this document you will find other hints of interchangeabilities, for example, look at the part numbers: S's have a lot of part numbers from R/Gs (the second and third set of numbers are important), see also the list of rims and wheels for interchangability. GTI/GLI rims are a nice upgrade for most G & Js. However the opposite is true as well...The same model of the same year may have slightly different components. Essentially VW builds cars until they run out of a particular batch of parts, or they make them for one region but then send them elsewhere (e.g., Corrados sold with heated seats in Southern California). Another example of this are radiators, don't ask what radiator is supposed to be in your car because no one really knows... A1: R=G I=Conv/S I & II/J I are all similar. Bodywise & interiorwise, the J & R are most similar, except for the rear trunk, rear seats, & muffler. J's used to have thicker sway bars, a good upgrade for an S & R. Final exhaust sections also different. S's are bodywise & interiorwise different, struts are different (?), mechanically things are laid out a tad different (air filter). Convertibles share most with the R/G I, but later models have similarities with S's (exhaust). The Passat I/Dasher shares some mechanical parts with the other A1 cars (e.g., 1600 engine), but otherwise shares more with the old Audi 80/Audi Fox (NA). Note that the reverse is also true, some Audi 80/100 (4000/5000) parts will fit in A1 VWs (e.g., the windshield washer canisters of a 5000 = S). In Europe, the low end Audis share more mechanically with the high end VWs, because they basically use the same engine block (1600/1800). There are also some parts shared with Porsches, most notable the 924 & 944 series (locks, rack, steering (?)). A2: G II/ J II/Corrado. The G & J are most similar, except for the obvious differences. The dashes are very similar but there are some nuances like the trim which is bolted in for J but snapped in on early US made Gs. Corrados 16V (Europe) share the most with GTIs, but the G60s only share some suspension components (rear axle beam). The SLC/VR6s don't share much mechanical with other VWs but share a lot with the other C's (brakes, interior & body). VR6 rims will not fit a G60. Please add specific contributions: Brakes: Most >81 A1/A2 VWs can be upgraded to newer calipers & rotors be it in some cases with some additional modifications (VW&P/EuroCar has had a bunch of article on that). The biggest right now are those on the Corrados. Cylinder Heads: Cylinder heads on 1.7 l A-1 cars from US '82.5 thru '84 are interchangeable with earlier A-1 engines except a different tool must be used to depress the lifters. GTI cylinder heads are incompatible. [email@example.com] Struts: R/G=J Interior pieces: A lot will be interchangeable (R/G=J) but be careful a lot of piece will look the same but won't fit. Steering wheels are interchangeable up to 8/88? when they switched to a finer spline. An adaptor is used to make the wheels fit, so you can use any old wheel on a newer car if you purchase this adaptor. Alternators: Almost all are interchangeable, but some may require a different harness. Usually go to a higher amperage, never lower. The 90A are the current "hot ticket". Starters are the same on the engines of one model of the A1/A2 cars. Electrically no problems, just look at the mechanical requirements before you go to the junk yard. Q: Will Rabbit seats fit in a Scirocco? A: Rabbit seats won't fit, the legs on the seat are too high. Try a junk yard seat, or weld the adjusting mechanism to a height suitable to you. Q: I need tool VW #xyz. Is there a suitable replacement? A: Often yes. Here are some: Remove grease cap from rear axle tool: Adjustable pliers, screwdriver Timing belt tensioner pulley tightening tool: Bend a section of coat hanger into a U shape of the proper size for the holes in the pulley. or (lousier) two nails & a screw driver. Upper strut bolt tool: Air impact wrench, or grab a socket with a vise grip with the allen key through the top. From [Ken_Tsai@qmgate.arc.nasa.gov]: The Oxygen Sensor Socket from Lisle will work. The socket has a hex at the top so you can use a combination wrench to loosen the strut nut while holding the center rod stationary with a 6 or 7 mm allen wrench. Spring Compressor: ALL SUBSTITUTES ARE DANGEROUS! Buy the real thing for ~US$40. Remove radio tool: use a coat hanger, make 4 cuts, so each piece is a "U". Stick them in the holes, and move the hanger pieces "out" to the left and right, while pulling the radio out by the tape entrance. Remove Valve Adjustment Shims: For changing valve shims, a valve depressor is necessary, but the funny special pliers are not. All that is needed is a small "jeweler's" screwdriver. File the blade until it is narrow enough to fit flat into the slot in the shim bucket. Then file it until there is a nice knife edge on it. Depress the valve, and stick the screwdriver through the slot on the bucket and under the shim at the same time. It will just pop right out, though oftentimes it helps to wiggle the valve depressor around to help out. [Borowski] Pin Wrench: From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Ted Crum): A pin wrench (pin spanner) is needed change strut cartridges, adjust [W] cam belts, etc. I've used this trick from Popular Science for years: Make a pin wrench from an adjustable ("Crescent") wrench with two holes drilled into the sides of the jaws, near the tips. With pins placed in these holes, it is a strong adjustable pin wrench. A second set of bigger holes can go a little down from the tips and further from the nut-turning faces: __ / o | / | / | |______| Timing plug removal tool: Use the handle of a stubby craftsmen slot screwdriver (or the lug wrench from an old Bug). Transmission plug tool: I use a 17mm wheel lug bolt... They're plentiful: if you don't have any spares, [some] bone-yard will be more than happy to let you paw around their wrecks and carry away as many as you can hold. You can either snap a pair of vice-grips onto the bolt's shaft (tightly, mind you- those plugs can be VERY tight...) or do what I did, and weld a nut onto the end of the bolt. This allows you to use a socket and breaker bar or flex handle to loosen the plug, then switch to a ratchet to spin it off. It also allows you to use a torque wrench to re-install the plug to manufacturer's torque specs. [David M. Duma]: Go to the section of the hardware store where they sell angle iron and threaded rod. Buy a "coupling nut" for the threaded rod (basically a very long hex nut). I found that the nut for 1/2" rod was 11/16" across the flats, which is about 17.5mm . Walk over to the tools aisle and check the coupling nut with a 17mm wrench to be sure. This fits my car's transmission plug perfectly. If yours is snug a few minutes with a coarse abrasive stone should produce a custom fit. You can then put the coupling nut into a socket or box end wrench whenever you need it. The same principle allows you to buy some of those power screwdriver bits and put them into a 1/4" socket to use with your ratchet handle. I'm still looking for a BIG nut to fit into the timing mark hole plug on the transaxle. >>>COME ON, THERE MUST BE PLENTY MORE Q: My factory VW radio is CD changer ready. What unit other than the VW one can I use? A: The ones that can control a CD changer are made by Panasonic for VW. The VW changer is also made by Panasonic for VW. The head unit will only control the VW changer -- it won't control other Panasonic changers. In other words, you are stuck with VWs changer. FUEL INJECTION ============== Q: What are the FI types used by VW? A: [From TomH] First, let's remember that "CIS" is really Bosch K-Jetronic, and "CIS-E" is KE-Jetronic. Now, as for the US GTI/GLI injection systems: 83-84 8V K-Jetronic 85-87 8V KE-Jetronic 87-89 16V KE-Jetronic 88-92 8V Digifant II 90-92 16V Motronic KE-Jetronic is basically a K-Jetronic with ignition control and a knock sensor, while Motronic has full engine management capabilities. Note that the above data is for the US GTI/GLI series cars. The US GT/GL models for example in 85-87 use CIS [email@example.com]. Digifant is a pulsed injection system (rather than continuous, like the Bosch K series), which is in principle better. I'm no big fan of (at least the early versions of) Digifant, I don't think it has horrible reliability problems, either. You *will* need to run injector cleaner through the engine more frequently, though, or performance and mpg will drop right off the scale. [From Jens Knickmeyer]: The Digifant was developped by VW because the Bosch L-jetronic had too small arrays, in VWs opinion. So they made their own system and included the Dignition which lead to the motormanagement system Digifant. I do not know for other contries, but here in Germany the system has a communication bus called ABUS (Automubile, Bitserielle Universelle Schnittstelle - automobile bitserial universal interface). It is used to connect the diagnostic computer to the Digifant which has a built-in automatic error detection (can detect defective temp. sensor and knock sensor. If the latter is detected, the Digifant will cut off fuel at high loads approx. every 5 secs.). The Digifant uses ABUS also to exchange data with DIGIFIZ and maybe other future components. Polo injection systems: Engine ID l kW / hp build FI-system AAK 1.05 33 / 45 11/89- 7/90 Bosch Monojetronic AAU 1.05 33 / 45 10/90- Bosch Monomotronic NZ 1.3 40 / 55 2/87-12/90 VW Digijet AAV 1.3 40 / 55 1/91- Bosch Monomotronic 3F 1.3 55 / 75 10/89- 9/90 Digifant (MAF) 3F 1.3 55 / 75 10/90- Digifant (MAF) PY 1.3 85 /115 3/87- 7/90 Digifant (MAP) PY 1.3 83 /113 1/91- 8/94 Digifant (MAP)+knock sensor RECOMMENDATIONS =============== Q: How do I take care of my car to make it last long? A: Here are a couple of one liners, some of which are explained in more detail elsewhere? - Check fluids often (oil, coolant, PS fluid, brake fluid, battery) - Follow recommended maintenance Change oil & filter 3000 miles/5000km or 7500mi/12000km with synthetic oil Use the correct weight of oil for the climat Change coolant when it looks dirty (or every 2-4 years) and use phophate free coolant mixed with distilled water Bleed brakes yearly. Use Dot 3/4, Dot 4 or Super Dot 4 fluid Change fuel filter (at least every 30k miles or 50k km) - Use OEM, MANN or Bosch filters. - Change the oxy-sensor at the recommended interval (if you don't you may burn your cat. converter which is A LOT more expensive to replace) - Reset mechanical trip odometers when the car is stationary - Warm up your car by driving gently until your oil temp is 80C - Check your CV boots for breaks often and replace as soon as they crack (this will prevent having to replace the whole joint) - Use fuel injector cleaner every couple months - Check tire pressures periodically. It's better to over inflate than to underinflate (I run 40 psi on my G60 with little effect on wear) - Garage the car, leave it out of the sun - Replace all gaskets and seals if you take something appart. It's a small cost in comparison to the cost and time to take something appart - Cars with solid lifters: Adjust valve clearances as recommended (if you don't, you may burn your valves). - Replace all belts every ~60k miles/100k kms - Replace all hoses every ~100k miles/160k kms - Replace vacuum hoses as they get stiff and brittle - Learn how to rev-shift to save clutch wear - Check transmission level periodically. Familiarize yourself first what that level should be for you car. - Stay away from low quality parts, especially for CVJoints and axles Do not use remanufactured parts, only OEM - Run your AC at least once a month for a couple of minutes to lubricate the bearings and prevent the seals from drying out Q: Should I warm up my VW? A: General recommendation is: - Let it idle for a bit (couple secs, 1/2 minute) - Then drive the car easily, rpm < 3000 or so. - When the car is up to operating temp (80C oil or water needle 1/2 way) you can increase rpm. Why? Part of the reason is lubrication. Cold oil is not as viscous. Oil pumps are constant volume pumps (at a specific rpm) and therefore may produce excessive pressures when cold. The second reason is thermal expansion. An engine is made to be driven at operating temperature, and therefore things will not fit or seal as well when cold. In addition, engine components expand at different rates (e.g., cast iron vs aluminum, small vs large volumes) and the slower this process occurs the smaller the expansion differences. Idling your engine may warm up the engine too fast, driving hard immediately will produce reduced lubrication and excessive pressure. Q: Which is better High or Low revs when driving? Will either one damage the engine? A: The answer is to avoid extreme stress on the engine, neither excessive high or low revs are advised. Low Revs: You are putting a lot of torque on the engine with a low oil volume & pressure. This can lead to damage. Generally stay above 1500 or 2000 rpms. High Revs: VW engines are rather comfortable in the higher ranges. However, at high revs you have a lot of (transient) thermal effects taking place which are not always healthy (valves, head) in addition to certain harmonic vibrations in all the shafts that spin, sometimes also the pistons (motorcycles tend to have that problem more). So far I have found VW engines to hold up well. These cars were designed to sustain fairly high speeds in Germany. However I have also found that the periphery does not always hold up: Waterpumps tend to leak a lot quicker when you rev high. Now what's high? Generally near redline is high, and it's not advised to go over, or stay there for long. Normal non-aggressive driving should be done between ~2000rpms & max torque which is usually around 4000 rpms, resulting in "normal" wear. Q: How do you break into all A1 & A2 VWs (exc. Corrado, Passats, A3) w/o breaking glass in under 10 secs? (Verified by Jan, in a junk yard of course). A: This has received some protest, but I decided to post it anyway to make people aware of the ease with which one can break into a VW, and because advertisements for the deterrent actually has a picture on how to do it. Punch a small hole with a screwdriver directly underneath the doorhandle (underneath the lock) and move screwdriver up and down to unlock. ADP armor door plates are the only safeguard. (800) ADP-LOCK, about $50 per pair. Install in 5 minutes with just a screwdriver. Other brands exist. Stay away from flimsier products though. An alarm with engine lockout is also HIGHLY recommended. Newer VWs come with such an alarm! Apparently very effective. Q: What gas (petrol) should I use? A: Very tough to answer! Generally stick with the better brands because they take better care of the quality of the gas, keep their tanks cleaner, etc. Note however that many brands share gas in rural areas to reduce transportation costs (though they may add different additives). It's also recommended to stick with one brand. Apparently the additives are not always compatible (varnish). Convenience stores switch brands often to reduce cost ==> not recommended. I have a VW brochure from '87? that recommends Shell, Chevron & AMOCO BY NAME (Publication W42-002-920-0). Texaco seems ok too (IMHO). That brochure talks about additives that reduce carbon build-up. I have had rough idle problems with ARCO EC gas in CA. Whether you need "super" or high octane gas remains debatable. Some brands add more detergent in their high octane gasses which will keep your engine cleaner. Gas formulas change over time and per geographic region. In the winter a more volatile gas, or oxygenated gas is sold to improve cold starting and reduce emissions (which may increase gas consumption between 3% and 15%). Cars with knocks sensors can derive more power with higher octane gas. And, yes, all watercooled VWs can run on unleaded fuel. Basically, if your car runs well with the brand you are using, stick to it. Q: When/how often should I get an alignment done? A: Cars generally stay aligned unless one of the components wears out (e.g., spring sag, upper bearings stretch), you hit something hard or you replaced shocks and springs. If you notice any form of uneven wear, e.g., feathering, more wear on one side than the other, it is time for an alignment. However, it's a good idea to first replace the worn out part before you do the alignment, and with the high cost of tires, it may be a good idea to check things out then. You can do some primitive alignment checks yourself to see whether the car is at least in the right ball park. See the alignment archive and faq.vw.perf for more details. Choosing an alignment shop is a different issue. Having computer equipment means nothing. The place I visit uses merely hand tools with his expertiese and I trust him alot more than the majority of alignment places that just blindly punch in some numbers and align two arrows on the computer. Ask around. To avoid the BS they may give you, on most A* VWs, only the front camber and toe-in are adjustable. Caster is not. The rear is even easier, nothing is adjustable without either bending the rear axle arms or by adding shims behind the axle stubs. In general, the rear is not adjusted. Some shops will want to do a "four wheel alignment" to determine the "thrust angle". It's ok to check things out but in general I would only trust a specialist to touch my rear wheel alignment and I would only pay a small amount over a front end alignment rather than double to have the rears checked. Q: Good and bad VW years? Impressions? A: >>>Need help with this one!!! General: (From M.Sirota) US [made] VWs, unfortunately, suck after lots of mileage. Most notably, they rattle like the dickens. (??-'88 Rabbit, Golf, GTI, base Jetta). Jetta GL's and GLI's and Carats and the like were made in Germany during this period. [From Jan:] Do not mistake bad service with the quality of the car. In the US, most VW service is at best second class. Older VWs (A1) are also more prone to rust, esp. around the wheel arches due to the absence of the plastic protectors. Newer VWs are much better protected, up to the point of using galvanized sheet metal on some panels in Corrados. [From Dan Simoes:] as far as quality goes, it seems to follow the pattern: (best-->worst) German-built, Mexican-built, US-built although there are certainly enough exceptions to this rule. VW recognizes the quality problems with the Mexican cars, and feels that they will be fixed by the time we get the A3 cars. 81 Scirocco: Made by Karmann, European Market! Major Problems: 2B5 Zenith Carb, electrical problems (easy to fix, hard to find), motor mount, 2nd gear wears out after 100-some k miles. Impressions: Noisy. With modified suspension a fantastic handler. A car with an incredible portion of fun, though engine a bit underpowered (86 HP). 79.5 (?) - 84 Rabbit Diesel (US-built models): (firstname.lastname@example.org) Major problems: For some reason extremely hard on starters and alternators. Heavy vibration when cold reduces life of some parts. Even more prone to engine mount woes than gas models. Impressions: The car that wouldn't die. Consistently run 300,000+ miles. Anywhere from 30 - 55 mpg. Horribly underpowered (52 HP). Emissions exempt in some states, which is a good thing. Regular oil filter & fuel filter changes even more important than most. You either love them or you hate them. At 300,000 miles things that were supposed to last "the life of the car" start to break. 84 US Rabbit: another car that won't die. Mechanically excellent--I have 177k miles and it runs like new, though I've had to make one major repair (cylinder head). Interior doesn't hold up as well--I've replaced the carpet and the headliner fell off the ceiling. Outside body/paint still excellent. I want something fancier but I can't justify it since it's worthless as a used car. All rattles disappeared when I replaced the infamous right hand engine mount. You do need to stick on anti-sway bars for decent handling. [email@example.com] 85-87 8V GTI-US: US made, US market. Major problems: Rough Idle, switches, seat bolsters ripping, some (85-86) been released with mismatched wristpins. Engines usually seem to last long. Cat converter usually dies between 80-120k miles. Some batches have paint problems. Older cars develop alot of little leaks (oil, gas pump housing along the seam). Impressions: Lots of low end torque, good handler, great around-the-town- car, and good low speed (<80 mph) cruiser. Good mileage (~30 mpg or better). High end lacking. Very practical. 88->90 GTI/Golf: Mexican made, US market. Major problems: Same as above. Quality of cars varies a lot between batches. Impressions: Reduced low end torque, higher seats. 90-> Passat: Made in Germany. Major problems: Early production had many quality problems all over. Later models seem to fare better. Common problems: See the recall list, rear window regulator, rear stub axles causing uneven tire wear. Impressions: 4 cyl version underpowered especially in automatic version. VR6 equipped car is quieter and more powerful. Lots of room. Good handling. 90-92 Corrado G60: Made by Karmann, US market. Major problems: Generally fairly reliable. First cold start sometimes fails. Second start usually ok. Notchy transmission/Linkage/Reverse binding, many had their 2nd gear syncro die, most G60s do not have the clutch with Cd or Ni plated splines exasterbating shifting problems. Common problems: exhaust hangers go bad (it's a heavy exhaust), auto belts malfunctioning (really, starter switch), windshield wipers miss a few areas, vibration damper gets loose on driver's side axle, supercharger dies between 50-?k miles (no corrolation found with those using AST or Neuspeeds smaller pulleys), sunroof dies after a couple of years, foglights don not crack as easily as the SLCs. Impressions: Low end lacking, notchy shifter, but otherwise a nice, sturdy, and practical car. Good handling, bad rear visibility. The usual rattles but better then other A2s or A1s. Lots of aftermarket parts available to improve power and handling. 92-> Corrado VR6/SLC: Made by Karmann, US market. Major problems: Transmission Linkage binding, increasing notchiness. Several had their ABS system go bad, many had their 2nd gear syncro die older VR6s (92) do not have the clutch with Cd or Ni plated splines exasterbating shifting problems. Common problems: Windshield wipers miss a few areas, sunroof dies after a couple of years, foglights crack due to heat. Impressions: Great car, better than the G60 version in virtually all respects. Quiet. [Tom H] From what the service people at my dealer (whom I have a lot of confidence in) say, a partial quality/reliability ranking might be something like: Corrado > Golf/Jetta A3 > Golf/Jetta A2 > old Passat (Karmann) (Puebla) (Westmoreland) (Emden) The Mexican-built A2s appear to have had very uneven build quality, with some highly trouble-free (like mine) and others complete disasters. [From Jens]: Worst case on European market: VWs built 1984. VW used sheetmetal from the GDR and it was so bad (state and metal :-) ... ) that you cannot paint as quickly as new rust arises! These cars rust on the hood and on the roof, not only in critical areas. About VW's batteries: They last roughly 2 years or 50k miles, almost to the nose. If they die, they die very suddenly, one start works perfectly, next start, nothing, and really *nothing*. Speculated failure mode due to internal shorting. Get a replacement when you are near that limit. TRANSLATIONS ============ Ok, don't laugh, I know I mispelled alot, it's hard to keep track of four languages at once. German and French are probably the most relevant, Dutch to a lesser extent ;->. Please feel free to complete the list. If you want to add another language, please create a second table. [Jan] English/UK German French Dutch --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Accelerator Gaspedal acce'le'rateur Gaspedaal Airfilter Luftfilter Filtre a air Luchtfilter Alternator Lichtmaschine alternateur Alternator Bumper Stossstange pare-choc Bumper Brakes Bremsen Freins Remmen Caliper Bremssaettel Etrier Remklauw Clutch Kupplung embrayage Koppeling Color Farbe Couleur Kleur CV Joints Gleichlaufgelenk Joint Homokinetique Homokinetische koppeling Distributor Verteiler distributeur Stroom Verdeler Disc brakes Scheibenbremsen Freins a disque Schijfremmen Drum brakes Trommelbremsen freins a` tambours Trommelremmen Engine Motor Moteur Motor Exhaust Auspuf Echappement Uitlaat Filter Filter Filter Filter Fog Nebel brouillard Nevel/Mist Foglights Nebelscheinwerfer anti-brouillards Mist lampen Fog tail light Nebelschlussleuchtefeux anti-brouillards arrie`res Mistlamp Gas/Petrol Benzin Essence Benzine Grease Fett graisse Vet Headlights Scheinwerfer Phares Koplampen Horn Hupe Claxon Toeter Horsepower Pferdestaerke Chevaux Paardekracht Hood/Bonnet Motorhaube Capot Motorkap Ignition Zuendung allumage Ontsteking Ignition Coil Zuendspule Bobine Bobine Intake/Inlet Saugrohr admission Inlaat Oil Oel Huile Olie Paint Lack peinture Verf/lak Powersteering Servolenkung direction assiste'e Servostuur Radiator Kuehler Radiateur Radiator Resistor Widerstand Resistance Weerstand Rims Felgen Jauntes Velgen Rotor Verteilerfinger rotor Rotor Screwdriver Schraubenzieher Tournevis Schroevendraaier Shim/Tappet Shockabsorber Stossdaempfer amortisseur Shokdemper Socket (tool) Douille Dop sleutel Sparkplugs Zuendkerzen Bougies Bougies Speed Geschwindigkeit Vitesse Snelheid Spring Feder ressort Veer Steeringwheel Lenkrad Volant Stuur Stress Bar Querstrebe Sway Bar Stabilisator Stabilisator Taillights Schlussleuchten feux arrie`re Achterlichten Tires/Tyres Reifen Pneus Banden Throttle Drosselklappe Gasklep Transmission Getriebe transmission Versnellingsbak Trunk/Boot Kofferraum coffre Koffer Tubes Rohr tuyau Buizen Valves Ventile Soupapes Kleppen Upper Stress Bar Domstrebe Windshield Windschutzscheibe pare-brise Voorruit Wiper Scheibenwischer essuie-glace Ruitenwisser CURRENT VW TYPES: ================= A01: 1975-1980 Polo, Derby A small car with a transverse FWD layout. Derby is a sedan version of the Polo; both available with 2 doors only. A02: 1981- Polo, Polo Coupe, Derby/Polo Sedan A small car with a transverse FWD layout. Derby later renamed Polo Sedan. Base Polo has almost vertical hatchback, while Coupe is sportier looking. All are available with 2 doors only. Facelifted for 1991. Jens Knickmeyer: New engines since 1984/85: [kw/hp]: [33/45], [40/55], [56/75], [83/113]. The latter one uses the G-supercharger G40, therfore the car is called Polo-G40. At first only 200 cars were built for motorsports (Polo-Cup in Germany und UK), then a second series of about 500 and a third of 500 cars were produced. 1992-1994 the new Polo-G40 has been produced regularly. VERY expensive insurance for that car. A1: 1974-1984 (in some cases, e.g., Cabriolet: 1993) Golf/Rabbit/Caribe, Jetta/Atlantic, Scirocco I & II, Cabriolet, Pickup/Caddy. Compact cars with transverse FWD engine. Jetta has a trunk, while Scirocco (2-door only) is a sportier design by Giorgio Giugiaro (S I only). Rabbit/Golf was face-lifted in 1980 (1981 in the US). Golf/Rabbit GTI production 1979 (US: 83) through 1984. A1 Scirocco I production ended in 1982 followed by the Scirocco II until 1990 (1988 for USA), while Cabriolet (->93) and Caddy (Pickup) continue to be based on the A1 chassis. US and Mexican production continued until 1984 for the Rabbit. Sciroccos and Cabbis were always made in Germany at Karmann. NOTE: A1 Golfs were continued to be produced in South Africa until 1994? The Citi Golf is a budget car in a sense. The 1300 base model competes with the ford and mazda variants (also old models kept alive, but VW started it in 1985/6 when the A2 was introduced) on a montlhy basis to see who can sell it for less than the competitors !!!! This is because cars are exponentially more expensive in SA than for instance in the USA. A2: 1984-1991 Golf, Golf GTI, Golf Country, Jetta, Jetta GLI, Corrado (continued until 95) Compact cars with transverse FWD. Jetta has a trunk, while Corrado (2-door only) is a sporty version allegedly inspired on a Ferrari 275 GTB/4 [Vack]. US production of Golfs & GTIs continued until 1988 then switched to Mexican production (with Jettas and GLIs) until 1992 for the American market (this is in parallel to German and other location production). Note that the (US) Mexican 16V versions of these cars had German made engines, and some of the (US) special editions such as the Wolfsburg and Carat Jetta editions were German made as well. Corrado is made by Karmann. Synchro AWD and/or G60 available in some countries. NOTE: A2 Golfs were continued to be produced in South Africa until 1993. The MK I, A2 and the A3 was build simultaneously for about 6 months or so. Apparently the only VW factory to have done so. A3: 1992- Golf ///, Vento/Jetta ///, Golf GTI & VR6, Jetta/Vento GLX/VR6, Cabrio (95->). Compact cars with transverse FWD. Vento/Jetta has a trunk. US production started in 1993/4 from Mexico except initial batch of VR6 cars that came from Germany. Cabrio is made at Karmann. B1: 1973-1979 Passat/Dasher, Passat Variant Mid-sized cars with longitudinal FWD. The original fastback design with a separate trunk was changed to a hatchback in 1976. B2: 1980-1987 Passat, Santana/Quantum, Passat Variant/Quantum Wagon Mid-sized cars with longitudinal FWD. Base version a hatchback, with Santana/Quantum a sedan version. 4-door only. Apparently also a 2 door version available in Europe. Syncro AWD available. Production continues in China. B3: 1988- Passat, Passat Variant/Passat Wagon. Mid-sized cars with transverse FWD. 4-door only. Syncro AWD available. Corrections from JWALKER@UA1VM.UA.EDU: T1: 1949 - 1966 (European model years; - 1967 U.S. Model years) Station Wagon/Transporter (Micro-bus, Bus, Camper, Kombi, Pickup Truck, Double Cab Pickup Truck, Panel Van) A utility vehicle/truck with rear air-cooled engine (Type I engine) T2: 1967 - 1970 (Eur. mod. yrs; 1968 - 1971 U.S. Mod. yrs) <same as above T1> A utility vehicle/truck with rear air-cooled engine (Type I engine). T2: 1971 - 1978 (e.m.yrs; 1972 - 1979 U.S. m.yrs) <same as above T1> A utility vehicle/truck with rear air-cooled engine (Type IV engine). Same engine as Porsche 914 and VW 411/412. T3: 1979 - 1982 (e.m.yrs; 1980 - 1983+1/2 U.S.m.yrs) <same as above T1> A utility vehicle/truck with rear engine: either air-cooled boxer (Type IV engine), water-cooled boxer (Type IV-based) or water-cooled diesel inline 4 (Golf). Availability of engines overlapped. 1980 - 1991 (e.m.yrs; sold in U.S. only 1981 - 1983 U.S. model years) <same as above T1> except only Vanagon/Vanagon Camper were sold in U.S. A utility vehicle/truck with rear water-cooled Rabbit Diesel engine. <was still offered in Europe until introduction of T4 bus. Most of the T3 sold in Europe were Diesel or Turbo-Diesel powered> T3: 1983 - 1991 (e.m.yrs; 1983+1/2 - 1991 U.S.m.yrs) <same as above T1> A utility vehicle/truck with rear water-cooled engine (Type ? engine) (engine is basically the same Type IV, but with water-cooled heads. Engine size is much different, however: shorter in length and width) <no other VW used this engine; however, Subaru made an engine very similar for use in their cars, front wheel drive, no less> Syncro models available in Europe until 1993 model year. T4: 1992 - <same as above T1> Transporter, Bus/EuroVan, Camper A utility vehicle/truck with transverse FWD. <there are two gasoline engines and one diesel (does Turbo count as 2nd engine?) engine available in Europe: Two of each: 2.0L and 2.5L. Only one gas engine in U.S.> LT1: 1975- LT light and medium-duty utility vehicles/trucks. CURRENT AUDI TYPES: A01: 1974-1978 Audi 50 The twin to VW Polo, introduced before its sibling. 2-door hatchback only. B1: 1973-1979 (81?) Audi 80/Fox, Audi Fox Wagon Mid-sized car with longitudinal FWD. First only with 2-door, but later available as 4-door as well. Wagon only available in North America. B2: 1980 (81?)-1987 Audi 80, 90, 4000, Coupe, Quattro Mid-sized car with longitudinal FWD or AWD. 2-door and 4-door versions available (except Coupe and Quattro 2-door only). 90 was a 5-cylinder version of 80; quattro AWD available for all models. B3: 1988-1991 Audi 80, 90, Coupe, S2 Mid-sized car with longitudinal FWD or AWD. 4-door only. Quattro AWD available for all models. B4: 1992- Audi 80, Coupe, S2 Mid-sized car with longitudinal FWD or AWD. 4-door only. Quattro AWD available for all models. S2 is a high-performance version of the Coupe. mild revision of B3 chassis. C1: 1969-1976 Audi 100, 100 Coupe Large car with longitudinal FWD. 4-door only, except Coupe as 2-door only. C2: 1977-1982 Audi 100, 200, 5000, Avant Large car with longitudinal FWD. 4-door only. 200 has turbocharged engine (similar to 5000 Turbo). Avant is a wagon version. Quattro AWD available. C3: 1983-1991 Audi 100, 200, 5000, Avant Large car with longitudinal FWD. 4-door only. 200 has turbocharged engine (similar to 5000 Turbo). Avant is a wagon version. Quattro AWD available. 5000 renamed to 100/200 in North America after 1988. C4: 1992- Audi 100, Avant, S4 Large car with longitudinal FWD. 4-door only. Quattro AWD available for all models. S4 is a high-performance version using a turbocharged 5-cylinder engine. A moderate revision of C3 chassis. D1: 1990-1994 Audi V8 Large car with longitudinal AWD. 4-door only. D2: 1994- Audi A8 Large car with longitudinal Quattro AWD. Based on the ASF prototype, the body and chassis of the car are in aluminum, making it up to 40% lighter than a comparable car in steel. Introduced in March 94. At first available with 2.8 V6 and 4.2 V8, a V8 TDI with 200 HP may follow if there is interest. CURRENT SEAT TYPES: (NOTE: SEAT is a Spanish Co. started by Fiat and bought by VW in 1990) A01: 1994- (?) Marbella A very small car with transverse FWD. Based on some Polo components. [Current Marbella is not VW-based or derived.] A1: 1993- (?) Ibiza A compact car, something between a VW Polo and a VW Golf, with transverse FWD. Presented in May 1993. Designed by Giugaro. It is an evolution of VW's A2 platform. The car is a hatchback (3 or 5 doors). Since most parts in the car originate from VW, it certainly feels like a VW. The interior of the car just looks like a new version of the Golf (maybe the Golf II-and-a-half :-). Anyone who knows the A3 car will recognize the handles, the instruments, the side mirrors, etc. All engines available are VW engines; there is a 1.0 (45HP), 1.3 (55HP), 1.6 (75HP), 1.8 (90HP), a GTI with the 2.0 (115HP). Diesels: 1.9D and 1.9Turbo D Cat. Still to come: the top version with VW's world famous 1.8 16v (130HP). Cordoba: An evolution of the Ibiza, 10cm longer than a Golf III. Presented in September 1993. Looks like a hatchback, but it is really a sedan. Available with VW's 1.4 (60HP), 1.6, 1.8, 2.0 and 1.9(T)D. Introduced in March 94: the 1.8 16v. B1: 1991- Toledo Presented in 1991. Looks somewhat like the Vento/Jetta III. Looks like a sedan, but it is really a hatchback with an enormous trunk. Available with the 1.8, 2.0 and 1.9(T)D. Still to come: the top version with the 2.0 16v (150HP). [as far as I know, a Toledo VR6 does not exist]. OLD VW TYPES: Type I: 1938- Beetle, Cabriolet, Karmann Ghia, 181/Thing A small car with an upright air-cooled engine. Type II: 1950- Transporter, Bus, Camper A utility vehicle (truck) with either an upright (early) air-cooled, pancake (middle) air-cooled engine, or a pancake (late) water-cooled engine. See also T1 through T4. Type III: 1962-1973 Sedan/Notchback, Coupe/Fastback, Variant/Squareback, Karmann Ghia A mid-sized car with a pancake engine. Type IV: 1968-1974 Sedan (2/4-door), Variant A large car with a pancake engine. OTHERS: [Anyone know whether these fit at all into the VW nomenclature?] VW-Porsche 914: 1970-1976 Coupe A mid-engine coupe designed by Porsche and built by Volkswagen. K70: 1971-1975 Sedan A large car (but smaller than a Passat) with a watercooled inline 4. Iltis: 1982- Convertible A four-wheel drive utility vehicle designed largely for military use, using both Beetle and Golf components. Fox/Voyage: A small car with a longitudinal FWD layout. 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