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-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ========================================== Frequently Asked Questions for Water Cooled VWs -- INTRO -- ========================================== rec.autos.vw Version: 15 Apr 95 = Inception, Derived from faq.vw.general. 15 May 95 = First Release 1 Jun 95 = Updates 15 Jun 95 = rtfm alternates 1 Jul 95 = edits 15 Jul 95 = Updated the archive list 1 Sep 95 = Edits, Start of cross post to rec.autos.makers.vw.watercooled 1 Oct 95 = Edits 15 Oct 95 = Added ND & Vel Tuning Home Pages 1 Nov 95 = Updated old digest retrival for corrado-l 1 Feb 96 = Edits 15 Feb 96 = firstname.lastname@example.org demise 15 Mar 96 = See Important NOTE 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. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- NOTE ==== This file will soon be obsoleted & merged with my car Web Page: http://alicudi.usc.edu/~jan/cars.html to cut down on maintenance time. It's just too time consuming to maintain roughly the same info in two different locations. The Web is the way to go! Jan =============================================================================== FOR THE ATTENTION SPAN CHALLENGED ================================= You can find some version of the VW FAQs and the VW archives at: ftp://rtfm.mit.edu/pub/usenet-by-group/ (Usenet archives) http://www.cis.ohio-state.edu/hypertext/faq/usenet/autos/vw/top.html (Mirror of Usenet archives) http://www.metrics.com/vw/vw.html (VW FAQs & Archives) http://www.cee.hw.ac.uk/~ceegha/cars/faq/tech/intro.html (UK version of FAQs & Archives) ftp://ftp.lap.umd.edu/Public/vw_archives/ (VW FAQ & archives) http://alicudi.usc.edu/~jan/cars.html (VW FAQs & Archives) and New Dimension's BBS. In utter emergence contact the archive maintainer: Jan (pronounced "Yahn") email@example.com For more details, and what these funny "http://" means see the rest. Lots of COOL stuff. PURPOSE: ======== The purpose of this Frequently Asked Question [FAQ] file is to provide a *short* summary of the resources available pertaining predominantly to Watercooled [W] VWs, where this information is posted, archived and accessible to you. 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. The intent is to keep this file short to encourage easy distribution (some mailers do not allow files above a certain size to be received) and increase awareness to the VW community of the availability of these resources. This FAQ was derivative from the general watercooled VW FAQ rec.autos.vw volume can be reduced. The FAQs please: ================ Here is a quick summary. Details follow. What I tried to do here is dissasociate information with where it is stored and how it can be accessed. The following types of (electronic) information are available: o The Watercooled VW FAQs: Info FAQ <=== You are reading this file General FAQ Technical FAQ Performance FAQs o The Watercooled VW archives (includes the FAQs) o Other Archives (e.g., Team.Net, New Dimension's [ND], AOL, ...) The originals of these [W] VW FAQs and the [W] VW Archives are being maintained by the author. However, there are now numerous sites available that have a portion or a modified form of these archives available. There are also other archive sites, either on Internet or on other BBSs archives that contain either VW or other car related material. The [W] VW FAQs are also periodically posted on rec.autos.vw, rec.answers, news.answers and automatically updated at the rtfm site at MIT where all the other UseNet FAQs live. The following electronic services are available: To access the info: o File access to retrieve the archives (ftp, gopher, archie, ftp-by-mail) o Hypermedia access to home pages (WWW, URL, xmosaic, netscape, lynx) o Archives on other BBS systems To discuss and distribute info related to VWs/cars: o Usenet (rec.autos.vw) o Mailing lists for discussion of certain topics (e.g., Corrados) o Other BBS's for discussions and accessing archives (e.g., New Dimension's, AOL, ...) Confused? Most of the archives and discussion groups are avaible on the Internet, while a few others require you to log into a BBS system directly with a modem (e.g., New Dimensions). If you have direct Internet access then you can directly transfer files, send mail, read Usenet, or browse home pages with a variety of programs that often come with your System or be bought for a small sum. Internet is now also available through third party services such as AOL, Compuserve and others, and they may or may not provide all the standard Internet services mentioned here. ============================================================================== ELECTRONIC INFORMATION ============================================================================== THE V-FILES (aka The Archives) ============================== This is the original list of archives I am currently maintaining. Some of these files are not mine but useful copies from other sites (Those labeled with [ND] are copies from the ND BBS). These archives live on several sites, and can be accessed in several different formats. More on that later. Directory of Archives --------------------- Body Body & Interior, Crashtest, locks, gauges, wax Brakes Rotors, Pads, Tools Electrical Lights, Audio Engine Engine & Assecories, ECU, liquids FAQs All FAQs & General Info Other Tools, How to use Pictures GIFs, JPEGs (subject to space) PowerUpgrades Mods to increase power Suspension Suspension mods, alignment, steering, bearings Transmission Linkages, Fluids, clutch CVJoints WheelsTires Tire Impressions (see also faqs) Body ==== A3_CrashTest = Notes on A3 Crash tests (Europe) Detailing = Reynolds' Car Care Specialties Notes Heated_Mirrors = When they are heated. Instrument_Lights = Experiences on changing them in A2 Jetta Rebuilding_Ignition_Switch= Info on how to rebuild ignition switches SLC_G60_Grill = How to retrofit a G60 with an SLC grill SeatBelt_Retrofit = How to retrofit 2-point belts with 3-point belts. Steering = Email on 3rd party steering wheels Stuck_Door_Locks = How to unstuck stuck door locks Sunroof = Notes on Sunroof woos Swap_Lock_Tumblers = How to swap lock tumblers Wiper = How to fix ineffective wiper problems central-lock.repair fan = Problems with resistor pack/fixes gauges = How to install leaks = Water leaking into cars (Jettas/Others) speedo.fix = How to fix broken gear wax = Stuff on wax impressions Brakes ====== Braided = Some notes on Braided lines Brake_Upgrades = How to upgrade to bigger brakes Brake_Pads = Comparison of pads (Repco, Mintex, Stock, others) Rear_Brakes_Tool = Tool required to replace rear pads on newer VWs Repco_MetalMasters = see Brake_Pads Electrical ========== Battery = Email on leak free batteries Coding_Radios = How to code Heidelberg Radios DRL_Removal = Notes on how to disable DRL (ND) Ground = How to analyze and retrofit a new ground (ND) Lights = Info on improving VW lighting Radar_Frequencies = Radar frequencies US & Europe Rear_light_wiring = How to wire up the rear fogs on US Corrados Spark_Plugs = Non VW notes, splitfire plugs VW_Audio = Stuff on VW Audio issues antenna = Problem fixes for Fuba antenna fog_driv_lights = Notes on fog/driving/H4 A2 retrofit lights mfa.test = Additional functions of the Multi-Function Analyzer Engine ====== 16V_Idle_Probs = ND write up on solving 16V idle problems A1_Idle_Probs = ND write up on solving A1 idle problems A2_Idle_Probs = How to diagnose/solve some idle probs A2_Starer_Removal = Starter Removal procedure Adj_cam_sprocket = Peter T's report on his adjustable timing sprocket Anti_Freeze = r.a posting on coolant. What it is etc. Camshaft_Notes = Notes on camshaft replacement Carb_Tuning = Old fashioned method of tuning a carb Carb_to_FI = How to convert to FI Changing_Belts = Info on swapping Timing Belts Corrado_HP_Comparison EngineSwaps = Info on swapping engines (inc. VR6) ExhaustAnalyzer = How to make an Exhaust analyzer with an O2 sensor Exhausts = Notes on exhausts (Gill, Leis, Stock, SuperT, etc) G60_Service = Some notes HopKits = Notes on Hop Kits (engine shake on uneven roads) IdleStabilizer = See A2_Idle_Probs KN_Filters = Comments on K&N Filters Octane_Ratings = Octane ratings US vs Rest of World Replacing_Fuel_Filters= For an A-2 car. Replacing_Points = Throttle_Switch = Notes on Throttle Switches VANAGON_Stall = Vanagon stalling problems a2-cam-follow = How to fix valve ticking in GTIs heater_core = Problems, recall info knock_sensor = Knock sensor probs oil = Problems/causes of low oil pressure buzzer warnings oil_filter_vw = Dissection of VW vs FRAM oil filter, Mecca filters oilpressure = How to measure, known problems oxysensor = How to reset light splash = How to fix belt squeal on later models FAQs ==== EU_VW_Tuners = VW tuners in the UK & Germany Nomenclature = Official Name for things Slick50 = Renamed faq.oil.slick50 VW_Mechanics = People's opinions on VW Mechanics in the US faq.bus = Stuff on what bus/vanagon to buy. faq.oil = All you wanted to know about oil/synthetics faq.oil.2 = Some notes on M1 & Syntex faq.oil.slick50 = Articles on PTFE (Teflon tm) oil additives faq.ra.1 = Usenet rec.auto.* series/policies (Richard Welty) faq.ra.2 = Automotive Mailing Lists (Richard Welty) faq.ra.3 = Automotive Articles Archive Server (Richard Welty) faq.ra.4 = General Driving/Car FAQs (Richard Welty) faq.ra.5 = General Driving/Car FAQs (Richard Welty) faq.ra.6 = Setting up mailservers (Richard Welty) faq.radar = FAQ on radar detectors and the like. faq.tires.sizes = General info on tires (sizes mostly) faq.tires.survey = General info on tires (net survey & summary) faq.tires.winter = Most recent reviews on winter/snow tires from Norway faq.vw.air = Aircooled faq. I know, it doesn't belong here, but... faq.vw.general = This file faq.vw.perf.txt = The performance VW faq faq.vw.tech = The technical VW faq Other ==== 1990_Corrado.TSB = Copy of AllDate TSB index 1992_Corrado.TSB = Copy of AllDate TSB index Tools = How to make manifold clamp removal tool TorquingBolts = How to toque bolts (or how not to). Pictures ======== A2W1.TIF = NDs Turbo watercooling routing (N/A) A2W2.TIF = NDs Turbo watercooling routing 2 (N/A) BRAKE01.GIF = NDs Installing larger calipers ELEIGN1.GIF = NDs Installing Electrical ignition (N/A) ELEIGN2.GIF = NDs Installing Electrical ignition (N/A) RELAY1.GIF = NDs Facts about relays (N/A) VR6VSR2.JPG = NDs Picture of VR6 Variable Intake Manifold VSR01.GIF = NDs Picture of VR6 Variable Intake Manifold corrado.GIF = Red Corrado in the clouds (N/A) vwcorrado.gif = Yellow Corrado (N/A) N/A = not available from Inet Archives. PowerUpgrades ============= A1_Audi_Tbody = See A1_Power_Upgrades A1_Power_Upgrades = Audi TBodys, cams, etc A2_Power_Upgrades = ECU changes, cams A3_Power_Upgrades = Chips, cams Fox_Performance = How to boost performance on a Fox. G60_Chip_Specs = G60 ECU EPROM Specs. G60_Power_Upgrades = Summary of available G60 Power Upgrades GTI_Power_Upgrades = see A2_Power_Upgrades & A3_Power_Upgrades Intake_Mods = Airbox modifications for more power, sewerpipe Power_Corrections = Notes on calculating power Splitfire_Plugs VR6_Power_Upgrades = Summary of available VR6 Power Upgrades VR6_Variable_Intake = Description of the VR6 variable intake manifold. VR6_Variable_Intake_MH= Impressions VW_Perf_Times = Timing results for performance mods (Cabby, G60, SLC) Wired_Hotrod = Wired article on performance chips (AT & APS etc) collins_1 = R.Collins (ex Drake employee) on VW performance collins_2 (mostly A1 & A2 GTIs) collins_3 collins_4 collins_5 collins_misc1 = Misc. R.Collins communications. collins_misc2 Suspension ========== Boge_probs = Problem with rear Boge shocks Changing_Shocks = Procedures for A1 & A2 cars Front_Stress_Bars = Notes on Stressbars Rear_Stress_Bars = Notes on Stressbars Springs = General info on springs by APS Suspension_Mods = Experiences & explanations. TieRod_Replacement = Symptoms & solutions. Van_Syn_Alignment = Vanagon Syncro Alignment Specs (BOOK WRONG) a1-mounts = Changing A1 motor mounts a1.struts = See Changing_Shocks alignment = Shade tree alignment notes bearings = Analyzing and fixing wheel bearing problems shocks_jan = See Changing_Shocks shocks_mark = See Changing_Shocks Transmission ============ 02A_Problems = Problems with G60/SLC/VR6 C & P GLX XMissions Adjust_Linkages = Notes on adjusting shift linkages Bearing_Replacement = How to replace wheel bearings G60_Xmission_Mods = How to improve shifting in Corrado G60s (weight) Short_Shift_Kit = How to make your own short shift kit Solid_Shifter = Make your own shifter counter weight TrannySwaps Tranny_Clip_Failure = Failures of 020 Xmissions Tranny_Rebuild_Tips = Bunch of tips, oil to use. Tranny_Specs = Specs of trannys from 78-85 clutch cv_joints = Notes on removing CV Joints specs = see Tranny_Specs tranny.lube = Choices and recommendations upshift.light = How to fix WheelsTires =========== BFG_R1_Tires = Description of BFG R1 Tires (Racing) CAR_Corrado_Tire_Test = Summary of CAR's tire test on Corrado tire_size.c = c program to calcuate tire sizes ============================================================================== DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION RETRIEVAL ============================================================================== THE WORLD WIDE WEB ================== This is the most convenient and most modern way to access the archives, text, graphics, sounds, movies that is becoming increasingly available. Here is a list of VW and other car related sites. Some of these sites offer duplicates of the [W] Archives, or variations thereof. To access these sites you'll need programs such as mosaic or xmosaic of NTSA, Unix lynx, netscape or similar. The "http://some.address/subdirs/filename" is called the Universal Resource Locator [URL] and tells those programs where that file is located and how it should be accessed. Filenames with a ".html" extensions (for HyperText Markup Language) contain formatting instruction and links to other sites that are interpreted by the above programs. A tip from Kenneth Finnegan: Some browsers puke if you don't put a trailing / on the address.For example: http://ug.cs.dal.ca/~gajewski/corrado.html/ VW Related Sites: ----------------- Name: VW AG home page, in German URL: http://www.vw.iplus.com/ Keeper: VAG Name: VW of America home page URL: http://www.vw.com/ Keeper: VWoA, Andy Wagner, andy@PS.NET, 810-340-5755 Name: VW FAQs & Archives URL: http://www.metrics.com/vw/vw.html Keeper: Tom Haapanen -- firstname.lastname@example.org Name: UK version of VW FAQs & Archives URL: http://www.cee.hw.ac.uk/~ceegha/cars/faq/tech/intro.html Keeper: Gregor Anderson -- email@example.com Name: VW FAQs & Archives URL: ftp://ftp.lap.umd.edu/Public/vw_archives/ gopher://gopher.lap.umd.edu/11ftp%3aPublic%3avw_archives%3a Keeper: sobiloff@lap.UMD.EDU (Blake Sobiloff), 301/405-5936 (Voice) New address: firstname.lastname@example.org Name: VW FAQs & Archives URL: http://weber.u.washington.edu/~hornung http://weber.u.washington.edu/~hornung/vwfaq.html Keeper: Michael S. Hornung -- email@example.com Name: Corrado Home Page (including some of the VW FAQs & archives) URL: http://ug.cs.dal.ca/~gajewski http://ug.cs.dal.ca/~gajewski/corrado.html Keeper: Andy (firstname.lastname@example.org,email@example.com) Name: New Dimensions Home Page URL: http://www.megamed.com:80/newdimensions/ Keeper: firstname.lastname@example.org Name: Velocity Tuning Home Page URL: http://www.velocitysport.com/ Keeper: email@example.com Name: Popular Mechanics Reviews (VW Page & Jetta /// review) URL: http://popularmechanics.com/popmech/auto/1MAKE.html#Volkswagen http://popularmechanics.com/popmech/auto/2V_JETA.html Keeper: Popular Mechanics Name: Dealer Net URL: http://www.dealernet.com/vw/vw.html http://www.dealernet.com/cgi-bin/texdnv?file=/cars/95/vw/vw.htm Name: Funkengroovin Magazine URL: http://www.vwgroovin.com/groovin/ Keeper: VWGroovin@aol.com Other VW & Car Related tid bits: -------------------------------- Name: Audi, VW's luxury line URL: http://ursa12.cs.utah.edu:5000/ http://starfleet.itc.snetlink.com/audi/audi.html Name: Porsche, where it all started URL: http://tta.com/Porschephiles/home.html Name: BMW, it's German URL: http://cbsgi1.bu.edu/bmw/bmw.html Name: Lots of interesting technical goodies URL: gopher://tamscc.tamu.edu Keeper: Wally Strzelec firstname.lastname@example.org Name: Other Car Page URL: http://ganglion.anes.med.umich.edu/NSX/misc/other-pages.html Name: Goodyear URL: http://www.goodyear.com/ Name: Team.Net: Auto-X Home Page URL: http://www.team.net/ Name: Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) URL: http://www.balltown.cma.com/scca/SCCAToC.html Name: Tech Service Bulletin Info URL: http://www.alldata.tsb.com GOPHER: gopher.alldata.tsb.com gopher://184.108.40.206:70/11c:/year Keeper: Theresa@alldata.com for more information. Name: Valvoline URL: http://www.valvoline.com/ Name: Edmunds Car Prices URL: gopher://gopher.enews.com:2100/11/showroom/edmunds Name: CARS Net Auto Swapmeet URL: http://www2.connectnet.com:80/users/CARS/ Name: Classic Cars URL: http://www.primenet.com/~komet/classic/clascars.html Name: Beverly Hills Mototing Accessories URL: http://www.shopping2000.com/shopping2000/bev-hills/ Comments Sells all kinds of (expensive) car goodies Name: VW Pages at Yahoo URL: http://www.yahoo.com/Entertainment/Automobiles/Volkswagen/ Name: Gasoline FAQ URL: http://ram.chem.tulane.edu:8080/f-body/trivia/gasoline.html Name: PTFE (SnakeOil) FAQ URL: http://ram.chem.tulane.edu:8080/f-body/trivia/snakeoil.html Name: Coolant Numbers URL: http://ram.chem.tulane.edu:8080/f-body/trivia/coolant.html Name: Oxysensor Info URL: http://ram.chem.tulane.edu:8080/f-body/trivia/o2sensor.html Name: Break in Info URL: http://ram.chem.tulane.edu:8080/f-body/trivia/breakin.html Name: Tire Info URL: http://ram.chem.tulane.edu:8080/f-body/trivia/tires.html Name: Lots of other Links URL: http://mtmis1.mis.semi.harris.com/autos.html Name: Synthetic Oils URL: http://mtmis1.mis.semi.harris.com/syn_oil.html Name: Amsoil URL: http://www.xmission.com/~gastown/amsoil/index.html Name: Speedtrap Registry URL: http://www.nashville.net/speedtrap/ Name: Car Care (Catalog & Tips) URL: http://www.crocker.com:80/finline/ http://www.crocker.com:80/finline/washing.html http://www.crocker.com:80/finline/prewax.html http://www.crocker.com:80/finline/waxing.html http://www.crocker.com:80/finline/wheel.html http://www.crocker.com:80/finline/tires.html http://www.crocker.com:80/finline/leather.html http://www.crocker.com:80/finline/vinyl.html THE ARCHIVES SITES ================== These methods will allow you to retrieve archives and other information in a more manual way. Pictures, movies, etc are usually first compressed and converted to an ASCII format (uuencode, BinHex, etc) before sent to you through the net. ACCESS BY FTP: -------------- FTP (for File Transfer Protocol) is one of the older methods to exchange files between machines on the internet. If you have a Unix or VMS system hooked up to Internet the following commands should work for you. If however you are accessing Internet through a MacIntosh/Finder, IBM-type machine, or are accessing Usenet/News or Internet indirectly through AOL/CompuServe/Others, the procedure may be different or access may not exist. However, before contacting either Jan, Blake or Dan, please try to find out the capabilities of your service first to try to access those files directly. If neither methods listed work, as a last resort, contact one of us and explicitely say that you tried but failed. Note that the server is sometimes down, or time-outs occur due to net traffic, so please try a couple times before complaining. We cannot provide you with any help setting up access to Internet, ftp, or alternate access methods (because we simple don't know either). A typical ftp session works as follows from the command line (Unix/VMS). Substitute all items in <> with strings: ftp <address, e.g. ftp.lap.umd.edu> Login as: anonymous Passwd: <your-email-addres, for me = email@example.com> cd <the directory to go to, e.g., pub or vw_archives> ls get <file> .... bye The Sites --------- Name: [W] VW Archives Mirror Adress: ftp.lap.umd.edu (220.127.116.11) Directory: /Public/vw-archives Keeper: Blake Sobiloff, firstname.lastname@example.org New address: email@example.com Name: Official USENET FAQ-Maintainer archive site Adress: rtfm.mit.edu Directory: pub/usenet-by-group/rec.autos.vw Keeper: FAQ Maintainers Note rtfm is often flooded. Try one of the mirror sites: North America: ftp.uu.net /usenet/news.answers mirrors.aol.com /pub/rtfm/usenet Europe: ftp.uni-paderborn.de /pub/FAQ ftp.Germany.EU.net /pub/newsarchive/news.answers ftp.univ-lyon1.fr /pub/faq ftp.sunet.se /pub/usenet Asia: nctuccca.edu.tw /USENET/FAQ hwarang.postech.ac.kr /pub/usenet/news.answers ftp.hk.super.net /mirror/faqs Name: General, Auto-x related and technical archives (see URL) Adress: ftp.tamu.edu Directory: /pub/Autox Keeper: Maintained by Wally Strzelec firstname.lastname@example.org Name: Pictures of VWs: Adress: techie.phys.sfu.ca Keeper: Unknown Name: Pictures of VWs: Adress: ftp.funet.fi == nic.funet.fi (18.104.22.168) Directory: /pub/pics/vehicles/cars/VW (login:pictures, pass:anonymous) /pub/pics/gifs/pics/machines/cars/VW Keeper: Unknown Name: Pictures of VWs: Adress: wuarchive.wustl.edu Directory: /graphics/gif Keeper: Unknown Name: Pictures of VWs: Adress: ftp.uhb.fr (22.214.171.124) Directory: /transfert Keeper: email@example.com (Jeff (aka gigi) rivalin) NOTE: For more info on pictures, formats, etc, check out the FAQ in any of the UseNet *.graphics.* or *.pictures.* groups. (warning, these files take up A LOT of space): ACCESS BY MAIL: --------------- Send mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, a one line message: `help' (no quotes of course). No subject... just the one word. You'll get a large message in reply, describing exactly how to get files from FTP archives, via e-mail. New Dimension's BBS ------------------- An older copy of all the archives are available on ND's BBS. See further on how to access this BBS. Note: NewDimension's BBS has its own set of archives and a bunch of pictures! Other (e-mail, non-automated): ------------------------------ email@example.com has all/most of the originals Send e-mail & specify the filenames in the body of the message. Note that we do NOT have an automatic mailer, this is all done manually and should be used only as a last resort! Please specify the files EXACTLY as they are spelled, and give your full e-mail address (it sometimes gets corrupted). Additional contributions are welcome. We will be publishing these tips on a regular basis, and welcome any additions or edits. Note that this list does not reflect frequent edits. *name = has been superseeded by another file ============================================================================== DISCUSSION GROUPS ============================================================================== USENET ====== Usenet is one of the largest, world wide set of discussion groups. There are a variety of car related groups, the most relevant here is: rec.autos.vw (Being obsoleted and replaced by the two below) rec.autos.makers.vw.watercooled rec.autos.makers.vw.aircooled The FAQs are periodically posted on this group. There are many programs that provide access to UseNet. On VMS there is News, Unix: rn, xrn, gnus, through the WWW, and there are readers for Macs, PCs, etc. AOL, CompuServe and other providers also provide access to UseNet in some form or another. Q: How do I post on rec.autos.vw if you do not have usenet access but do have internet e-mail access? A: Send your posting to firstname.lastname@example.org (126.96.36.199) Note replacement of '.'s with '-'s in group name. This works for other groups as well. Q: Where can I get "general" info on cars? A: See Richard Welty's FAQ postings in rec.autos.* first, or in the archives mentioned above. Q: Is VW monitoring UseNet? Who else is monitoring UseNet or one of the mail list servers? A: VW does have a web page, but that does not mean they monitor any of the groups or mail list servers. However, several of the tuners (ND, AMS, VT, ???) and car magazine authors/editors (EC, VWT, Greg Raven) are currently monitoring and participating on either UseNet or one of the Mail List discussion groups using either their real name or an alias. I personally welcome their presence, but please do not expect them to provide you with answers to any of your questions. They are all busy people, and they may have certain reasons why they may not want to answer any of your questions (liability). On the other hand, be also aware of the reverse, that one tuner may put down an other's products. MAIL SERVERS ============ A mail server is a centralized site where all mail messages received are retransmitted to all the subscribers. To become member of such a mail server, you typically have to send a message to either a person or the mail server. The following is taken from Richard Welty's Automobile Mailing List FAQ: ---- Text from Richard --- There are a number of electronic mailing lists on the network devoted to various special automotive topics. Some of these are very specialized, and at the end of this posting I list a number that are focused on the activities of specific localized clubs. The list of available sites is available at: ftp://ftp.balltown.cma.com/pub/misc/Autos/ or at the rtfm.mit.edu site with all the rec.autos.* groups. It is maintained by Richard Welty (email@example.com). Most mailing lists provide separate addresses for administrative queries and for general mail; where separate administrative addresses exist, I have listed those below, as the general addresses are not appropriate for inquirys and requests. Listserv, listproc & majordomo: these are the three most common automatic list handlers. Listserv and listproc take similar commands; majordomo is subtly different. commands for all three should be in the body of the mail message. a listserv/listproc request to join the honda list should look like the following: sub HONDA-L Joe. W. Newbie note the real name. listserv/listproc will get the email address from the message header. a majordomo request to join the italian cars list should look like subscribe italian-cars firstname.lastname@example.org note the email address and lack of real name. the email address is optional; if omitted, majordomo will extract the real name from the message header (this is often the best way to handle this.) ---- End Text from Richard --- A quick summary (some from Richard's List): Audi (send requests to email@example.com, command is subscribe quattro) Porsches (send requests to firstname.lastname@example.org) Vintage VW (Aircooled): listserv @ sjsuvm1.sjsu.edu (to subscribe) vintagvw @ sjsuvm1.sjsu.edu (to post) sroka @ sjsuvm1.sjsu.edu (questions) To subscribe to the vintage vw mailing list, send a post to: LISTSERV@SJSUVM1.sjsu.edu, with `subscribe VINTAGVW Your Name' in the BODY of the message. Much talk about bugs, some of it even mechanical/ technical in nature. All types of air cooled vw stuff. To subscribe to the vanagon mailing list, send a post to: email@example.com with `subscribe vanagon Your Name' in the BODY. all type of bricks from 1956 (oldest)-1995....Don't know why we spend so much time talking about old songs, though....... A NEW one! The THING registry! Unfortunately, I don't know *ANYTHING AT ALL* about this list, (It's NOT a mailing list, I'm told.) But it's an active list of owners, for whatever reason such a list would be kept for, I suppose.....it's: THINGfirstname.lastname@example.org with `subscribe thing' in the body. This list was started 2 Apr 1994 and is run by Gerald Skerbitz email@example.com ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Jetta gli 8V, 1985-87 firstname.lastname@example.org subscribe gli | subscribe info gli | info about the list email@example.com | to send message to the list firstname.lastname@example.org | Owner ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Corrado mailing list (Owner: Kurt Wiedenhoeft email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, automated Majordomo): Send a message to subscribe: subscribe corrado-l email@example.com To subscribe to the digest form (Digests are sent out at 1am or when more than 40k has accumulated.) Send a message to subscribe: to: firstname.lastname@example.org subscribe corrado-l-digest unsubscribe corrado-l To post a message, just send it to: email@example.com If you ever want to remove yourself from this mailing list, you can send mail to "Majordomo@teleport.com" with the following command in the body of your email message: unsubscribe corrado-l Your Name <e-mail address> If you didn't know you could get the back digests, here's what you do: send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org with the text "index corrado-l" or "index corrado-l-digest" depending on which list you're subscribed to. It'll send back a list of them all, and you can then send "get corrado-l(-digest) v01.n201" or "get corrado-l(-digest) v01.n001.Z" or whatever number you may want (use corrado-l or corrado-l-digest depending on your subscription). ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Other BBS's/SERVICES ==================== o New Dimension's Computer Bulletin Board: (408) 980-8830 Standard Modem settings. I use 9600bps. o PRODIGY: [JUMP]:VW (? never checked this) o CompuServe: GO VW (? never checked this) Access to Internet/Usenet exists Note from Cont Tim Hogard: GO VW will just tell you all about what VW America wants you to know and you can't leave messages to people in the know. It is not worth the time. o AOL: A discussion group exists, access to Internet/Usenet exists ============================================================================== Contributors (not exhaustive): ------------------------------ Note: Quoted contributions imply possible conflicting pieces of advise with other contributors. See faq.vw.general Mike (email@example.com) Kurt Wiedenhoeft (firstname.lastname@example.org) Richard Welty (indirectly) email@example.com (Gerhard Pirker) Kenneth.Finnegan@nrlssc.navy.mil Fred_V@direct.ca (Fred Voglmaier) -------------------------------------------------------------------- Disclaimer: My employer has nothing to do with this. Use any info in this posting at your OWN risk. This is public information and should not be dissiminated for profit. -- o ___|___ [\\] | Jan Vandenbrande firstname.lastname@example.org __0 /\0/ /-------\ _ | http://alicudi.usc.edu:80/~jan/ \<,_ O \\ (_________) .#/_\_. | If you are still in control, you are (_)/ (_) // [_] [_] |_(_)_| | not going fast enough.