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Craig....I think you would be better off trying to find a Mercedes with a good body, rather than trying to fit this rear-drive motor into a front-drive car of a different brand. Not impossible I'm sure, but a major project I would think. Finding a diesel VW would be easier and cheaper. Just my opinion of course. Good luck, though.
Mark M <>
Nova Scotia, Canada - Saturday, December 30, 2000 at 19:42:49 (PST)

I'm still looking for a good, clean 1991 or 1992 Jetta ECOdiesel. If you have one that you might be interested in parting with, please contact me. Must be in good running condition, not wrecked, any known defects noted. Robert
Robert Coyle <>
Houston, TX USA - Saturday, December 30, 2000 at 02:22:18 (PST)

I was wondering if anyone out there knew anything about trying to put a 2.4 L engine from a Mercedes-Benz 240D into a vw car. I want to do the biodiesel stuff and there is a nice running Mercedes that is cheep, but the body is going to rust away soon, so I was hoping to put it into a vw body since I know where I might be able to find some, most likely a rabbit body after that.
Craig Claussen <>
Columbus, Ohio USA - Friday, December 29, 2000 at 13:24:29 (PST)

Hello! I am member of FVWA and have two VW diesel: Caddy 1,6D and Typ-2/T3 1,6TD.
Konsta Heporauta
Finland - Friday, December 29, 2000 at 07:30:13 (PST)

The reason your 2000 TDI is slow to warm up is because it is so thermodynamically efficient it doesn't produce much waste heat. Also, diesels are continuously pumping cold air through themselves even when not burning fuel; for example, when going downhill. I have to drive my Isuzu PUP diesel 20 miles before I get toasty warm inside and I have the radiator about 75 percent blocked off with cardboard. In very cold weather your heater would probably provide about all the cooling your engine needs.
John <>
Austin, TX USA - Wednesday, December 27, 2000 at 06:33:41 (PST)

2000 Jetta TDI won't warm up. New Jetta TDI with 12,000 miles takes 10+ miles to warm up (190 degrees on gauge) driving in below freezing weather. Was in for warranty work and had dealer check it out - said everything normal. I suspect a thermostat not closing completely. Never had this problem on my 81 Rabbit diesel warmed up after 1 city block. Anyone else have this experience? Is there a service bulletin on this? Thanks!!
MM <>
PA USA - Saturday, December 23, 2000 at 19:15:01 (PST)

I have a 1984 Volkswagon jetta turbo deisel with a 5 spd. There is a leak somewhere in the wheatherstripping i think but i cannot find it. and ideas?? Also i would like some information on biodeisel
Clint <>
Garner, IA USA - Friday, December 22, 2000 at 10:45:20 (PST)

My Dad has a 1981 VW Rabbit Diesel for sale. I has been sitting up about 2 years. Body is in good condition, no rust. Has Factory A/C (was working when parked). Interior in fair condition. Great MPGs. Only problem is it needs timing chain replaced. Make offer!
Bob Kicklighter <>
claxton , ga USA - Thursday, December 21, 2000 at 11:42:14 (PST)

Nice to see a whole bunch of VW diesel fanatics....err, enthusiasts all over the world !! I have a late 1990 non-turbo diesel Jetta, and almost immediately had a dis-like for the high-revving 5-speed that was in it (I bought the car used). The transmission worked fine, the ratio's made it rev high at highway speed. I replaced it with a 5 speed from a 1986 gas Golf (1.8L FI motor.). It was much better. Power was a little down at highway speed due to the lower RPM's, but it is MUCH nicer to listen to. Fuel milage didn't really increase much, but I enjoy the car a lot more now. Also, there are a few people looking for some sort of tach for diesels. I used a tach for a boat diesel engine...a marine diesel tach. I chose a 4000 RPM because I don't rev it any higher than that anyway....just seems to make more noise and smoke, and no more power. I hope this may help someone out there wondering the same thing, but was too affraid to try it.
Mark M <>
Nova Scotia, Canada - Tuesday, December 19, 2000 at 18:04:05 (PST)

Can someone tell me ifI am getting a good deal - Volkswagen Jetta 1990, 4dr, 5-spd diesel (turbo), 100,000 miles, original paint. Asking price $4000 Canadian. Thats $6000 US. Any comments appreciated.
canada - Sunday, December 17, 2000 at 08:33:55 (PST)

I am considering buying a deisel NEW BEETLE 1999 with 25,000 miles on it for 13.000. I wonder if that is a good deal. I also wonder what the advantages, disadvantages and worries I might have WITH DEISEL; I have never owned deisel before. PLEASE RESPOND SOON>
sarah Conley <>
bangor, me USA - Friday, December 15, 2000 at 21:28:27 (PST)

I have a 99 JETTA TDI. 40K miles. It exhibits a flat spot on excellration between 3200 and 3400 rpm. Also smokes on a cold start. Is this normal?
mark regenthal <regenthal@aol>
seaside, nj USA - Wednesday, December 13, 2000 at 12:27:56 (PST)

Wanted...Jetta or Rabbit 1983 to 89 1.6L or 1.9L turbo diesel long block, can't find any in Hawaii. E-mail me if you have something. 1st time poster on this board...hope I did it right. Thanks in advance.
Brad Bollinger <>
Kailua-Kona, HI USA - Wednesday, December 13, 2000 at 11:25:44 (PST)

anyone know a source for hardened cylinder sleaves to fix a 2.4l diesel block . it's the same size as a 1.9 and oversize pistons can't be found ?
don <>
ottawa, ont canada - Saturday, December 09, 2000 at 04:46:17 (PST)

Excellent site. A query and an offer. Have heard that there is a man in central Indiana who restores VW diesels "by the score" and sells some of them. Would appreciate info on how to contact him. Also, have a 1983 diesel Rabbit potentially for sale (body fair, excellent mechanical condition, 234,000 miles).
Robert Morris <>
Urbana, IL, USA - Friday, December 08, 2000 at 12:32:28 (PST)

hey vw-dudes. that biodiesel stuff is cool. i work on rebuilding fuel pumps turbos and injectors and own a 80 vw rabbit. Got it for free. just tightened fitting on fuel filter and Vroooom. just need heater fan switch on dash, drivers side door handle, paint job, and lil roll & tuck.
Jason C <Diamonddieselnv@cs>
Sparks, Nv USA - Friday, December 08, 2000 at 09:18:33 (PST)

Diesel Lovers, it's time our voice is heard. All the best technology is in Germany and never makes it to the US. The newest TDI is 150hp 1.9L. VW had to beef up the crank to handle more power. The TDI in Germany comes in 90,100,110,115 and 150hp. Call or write your VW dealer to get more diesels!!! Where are the Passat diesels? Where are the 4 wheel drive VW's? Where are the Gulf stationwagens and the 60-70 mpg VW Lupo TDI's? VW Germany is actually discontueing the 90 hp diesel in favor of the newer, more efficient 100 hp "pump jet" technology, which we should see in this country in about 5 years. From what I hear the oil companies are pressuring congress to raise the standards on diesel emmissions, and that is why so few diesels are imported here. Fight back! Call your dealership!!!!
Pete Rothenbacher <>
KC, MO USA - Thursday, December 07, 2000 at 08:55:26 (PST)

I have a 85 VW Golf Diesel with 2 problems. One the alt light on the dash glows very dim at idle, The alt. is charging and produces 90 amp. at 13.8 volts. Any help. Also when you start the engine you always have to rev the eng a little to get the alt light to go from very bright to off. any help? Also the glow plug relay chatters when you start the engine when the eng is warm for only a few seconds, 3 to 4 sec. any help? All fuses are ok and have replaced the alt and the second wire small produces 7 vots after the alt starts to charge. The lamp still glow dim at idle,??? Thanks for the info. Keep up the good work. Lloyd
Lloyd <>
Packwood, IA USA - Monday, December 04, 2000 at 19:52:03 (PST)

Got 2 turbo diesels, love that smoke....Looking to sell 1 is 2 door Flair2(rare) 2000$ for the deuce
J-Denis <>
Sherbrooke, qc Canada - Monday, December 04, 2000 at 07:30:05 (PST)

I've got a 1979 Rabbit Diesel L with only 250,000...guess I'ts just about broke in now!
Greg Duerr <>
Spokane, WA USA - Saturday, December 02, 2000 at 14:44:58 (PST)

Just bought a 85 VW Golf diesel and love it. Having driven only GM before it's a change that I wish I had made years before. Site has good info keep up the good work.
Lloyd <>
Packwood, IA USA - Saturday, December 02, 2000 at 00:25:54 (PST)

Wanted, VW diesel rabbit pickup or jetta. I only have about $800 to spend. preferably in the Ohio area, but will travil for a good deal.
Craig <>
Columbus, Oh USA - Thursday, November 30, 2000 at 20:45:54 (PST)

Just bought 1981 Calif. Rabbit Diesel truck, Beautiful condition. Have additional 1981 Ohio Diesel Rabbit car.
KD Lingenfelter <>
Austintown, oh USA - Thursday, November 30, 2000 at 16:11:00 (PST)

Some creep stole the fuel cap on my 1984 Jetta (388,000 miles). The replacement cap that VW sells does not fit. Mine had threads. The one in the parts catalog has none. Any idea where to find a replacement?
Wayne <>
MA USA - Monday, November 27, 2000 at 12:55:15 (PST)

Looking for campershell,topper, cab height for my 83 rabbit pickup. e-mail me at
tony <>
sandiego , ca USA - Saturday, November 25, 2000 at 19:35:57 (PST)

I have two fuel pumps neither of which works. One is a '86 and seems impossible to set up properly ie won't idle or idles too fast. I bought a used one ('91 I think)which works well in every way but leaks. Any suggestions?
Mark <>
Nova Scotia, Canada - Friday, November 24, 2000 at 08:30:20 (PST)

Hello diesel lovers! What a great site, eh? I've got an '88 Diesel (NON-TURBO) Jetta with almost 1/4 million kms and get ~ 5.4L/100 kms. I HAVE NO TACH and this is killing me!!! IS THERE ANY **SURE** WAY TO INSTALL A TACH without any major modifications? I already have an '86 Gas Jetta cluster w/tach and similar odometer reading. As well, does anyone know any "QUICK" or "EASY" ways to BOOST fuel economy and/or power? Thanks in advance to one and all who can help! Hopefully someone out there knows and can help me out!! THANK YOU!!!
Tommy <>
Toronto, ON Canada - Friday, November 24, 2000 at 00:06:45 (PST)

Leaking Injector Pump Cure Most older VW diesels I've seen use the Bosch fuel injection pump, though some use the CAV system. The problems I've seen with the injection pumps is that they begin leaking fuel either from the pulley shaft, throttle shaft, or cold start lever shaft whether caused by high mileage or the low sulphur bilgewater being sold as diesel fuel these days. By far the most common leak (and most damaging)is from the pulley shaft seal. A leak at this point quickly contaminates the rubber drivebelt causing premature failure of the belt which can destroy the motor if not corrected before breakage occurs. On my 1981 Rabbit diesel L, the original fuel pump began leaking badly at the pulley shaft seal. I bought a salvage yard pump which had the same problem, and then another junk pump which did not work at all. Since a new VW pump costs $1,300.00, a rebuilt unit runs in the neighborhood of $400.00, and even a junk yard unit fetches $150.00, I figured that there had to be a better way to fix a simple leak on an otherwise perfectly functioning pump. There is! On the Bosch pumps (at least from 1977 to 1984) the pulley shaft seal measures 28mm OD, 17mm ID and 7mm in width. Take a screwdriver and pop out the old leaking seal taking care not to scratch the shaft or the pump body. Look carefuly for the seal number which needs considerable magnification to read. A typical number will read "Kaco 8 DF17.28.7 VOT". Use this number even if you damaged the seal numbers during removal. No go to a bearing warehouse, or to a rubber and gasket and get a replacement seal. The reference number for this seal is Chicago Rawhide 6610 (metal body) or 6614 (rubber body). Either seal works fine, but make sure the seal lip is rated R, P or V which means the seal will withstand diesel fuel. A typical 6614 replacement seal is "CR 17x28x7 HMS4 R". Using a brass hammer and suitable sized deep well socket, drive the new seal fully into the seat on the pump housing. Put the thing back together and viola!....your pump will work as well as ever while leaking nary a drop of fuel. I had one salvage yard "guru" tell me that the seal would not work since Chicago Rawhide seals are not rated for high pressure. However, the pulley shaft seal is not exposed to high pressure. It is at the low pressure intake end....the high pressure side of the pump is at the outlets on the far end. Trust me.....the fix works. And, all for a paltry $3.95. If your Bosch pump is leaking, try this simple fix, you'll be glad you did! And P.S., if you ever have reason to take the timing belt cover off a VW diesel engine, leave the damn thing off. Since the VW diesel is an interference engine (meaning it self destructs upon belt breakage), you'll want to keep an eye on the condition of the belt without having a piece of tin hiding a future catastrophe from your eyes. A little bit of diesel leakage goes a long way in ruining a rubber drive belt in only a few thousand miles.
Thomas E. Jones <>
Nashville, TN USA - Monday, November 20, 2000 at 18:11:41 (PST)

I own a newer 2000 Golf TDI. WIth an AUTomatic trans I am getting poorer than extpected mileage ~36MPG overall but RUSTY WALLACE dealer service tells me this is expected with new engines. They also tell me the desiel gets better mpg as you put more and more miles on it year after year. I got 16,000 on it now and I'm driving 75% highway @ 75MPH. I had it back the dealer here in Dallas Tx and the hooked Computer up with no problems found. Today I just inflated the tires to 40psi since they are rated to max 44 and I think that will should make some difference in the mileage. The ride is obviously stiffer but still QUITE comfortable. The mfg rating is 35 to 44 mpg city / hwy for the AUTOmatic trans. I'm buying fuel from a truck stop and not driving it hard accelerating. I am considering to get the Standyne Performance formula but I don't expect it to make noticeable improvement. Please email me with your experiances on the mileage experienced with the AUTO TDI's from VW!!!! Tom
Tom Herman <>
Dallas, TX USA - Saturday, November 18, 2000 at 09:16:08 (PST)

Wanted: Passat or Golf TDI, 1996, California model.
Mihai Beffa <>
Cupertino, CA USA - Wednesday, November 15, 2000 at 20:50:53 (PST)

Jetta 91 1.6 turbo, sunroof, 5 speed 2 DOOR!! Bright Red, mags, Flair 2 Model... New exauhst + spare turbo and spare fuel pump, rad, trans etc ... E-mail for more details, probably could send photo........2,500$canadian Or trade on Suzuki Samurai or small pick-up
Sherbrooke, qc Canada - Wednesday, November 15, 2000 at 19:49:01 (PST)

I put the wrong email address. If you have a cylinder head for a 1.5 diesel please let me know.
yuma, az USA - Wednesday, November 15, 2000 at 09:47:26 (PST)

I have a good diesel block, (2) 4 speed trannies, altenator, radiatar, other misc parts from a vw truck and rabbit that I am parting out, make offer and its yours, Located Sheboygan, WI Thanks Mark
Mark <>
Sheboygan, wi USA - Monday, November 13, 2000 at 20:43:04 (PST)

luv vw diesels or any kind for that matter, have vw westy-D, eco-D ,79 rabbit-D 82 Rabbit, D Dodge turbo-D. I desperatly need a good 1.5 D head and will a 1.6 head work on a 1.5.Great site.Oh yeah I need a vanagon top and bottem grill if anyone has some.Thanks
gary <>
yuma, AZ USA - Monday, November 13, 2000 at 11:09:58 (PST)

Now I have found you I'll visit often. I own a Golf Caddy 1588c.c. diesel and my wife drives a VW Caravelle GL 7 seater luxury petrol bus. I think VW's are mechanically way in front for ease of servicing and durability. I am a plumber by trade and the Caddy is fantastic and economical. I have just fitted a five speed gearbox and expect around 60m.p.g.
Derek Hobbs <>
Bexhill on Sea, Great Britain - Sunday, November 12, 2000 at 15:19:25 (PST)

Wanted to buy: 1991 or 1992 Jetta Diesel (or EcoDiesel). Must be in good, driveable condition, not wrecked or abused. US only, not Canadian (sorry). If you have one you wish to part with, please email me at:
Robert L. Coyle, Jr. <>
Houston, TX USA - Saturday, November 11, 2000 at 19:51:54 (PST)

I have a yellow Pickup with The CA Plate "VW KADDY" and wouldn't mind hearing from locals re: tips, tools & tricks. Also VEE-PARTS in SD has new Canadian OEM 1.9's for sale.
Robby Bell <>
Del Mar, California USA - Saturday, November 11, 2000 at 11:20:11 (PST)

My diesel is a 1981 Jetta. It has close to 300,000 miles and is going strong. It friggin' rules.
David S. Illsley <>
Waltham, MA USA - Friday, November 10, 2000 at 20:40:38 (PST)

I've been looking for a page this informative for a year. I bought my '86 Golf diesel for $800 and it's the best car I've ever had. It's leaking quite a bit of hydraullic fluid though. I'm not sure if this is caused by the brakes or the clutch. A friend and I are going to replace the clutch next week and then I should have the hydraullic fault isolated. Any advice would be appreciated
Pete Hall <>
Middletown, DE USA - Friday, November 10, 2000 at 16:58:28 (PST)

We are looking to purchase a PASSAT TDI WAGON. Does anyone out there have one or know of one that is for sale? THanks.
Paula Wehde <>
Plainfield, NH USA - Friday, November 10, 2000 at 10:38:11 (PST)

82 mazda p/u diesel engine for sale,in complete truck, but body shot w/ rust, $450.obo(610)347-2453 11/9/00
Larry <rsthomp@kennettnet>
phila., PA. USA - Thursday, November 09, 2000 at 19:15:48 (PST)

Be aware of Qvint&Hazell QH-parts In 1997 I made fully engine overhaul and there was not anything wrong in clutch. Reason to change the disc was that it is reasonable thing to do when engine is driven 340.000km and already taken out from the car. I made that but shortly after that I noticed that cluch judders slightly. In winter time that is not so harmful because slippery roads smoothen that phenomena anyway. Disc and cluch has now (oct/2000) been used as long as 60.000km. Together with starter renovation I also removed gear box and examined clutch and what did I found was that disc friction pad ring and spring cushioned hub are not centered to each other. That was apparent reason for clutch juddering. In my estimation the poor quality of the disc has compelled me to do extra 6 hours of dismantling and assembling work. When I'm buying reserve parts like the clutch disc to my car I'm waiting at least 250.000 km mileage use with the new disc I'll install to my car. Even from British made parts. QH's Finnish import company ARWIDSON OY did not wanted to discuss about this case as a quarantee case. After that I'll never put any other than GERMAN made (SASCH AG) clutch parts to my VW's. Hannu Siipola Kiiminki Finland
Siipola Hannu <>
Oulu, Fin Finland - Thursday, November 02, 2000 at 06:07:24 (PST)

Wanted vw diesel pu must be in good shape and complete thanks so much Mitch
Mitch Engel <>
spokane , WA USA - Tuesday, October 31, 2000 at 17:26:39 (PST)

Wanted vw diesel pickup must be in good shape. complete must send pics and be in WA or OR thanks, mitch
Mitch Engel <>
spokane, WA USA - Tuesday, October 31, 2000 at 17:19:27 (PST)

wanted: a short block for a 2.4 5 cylinder diesel.
don <>
ottawa, ont canada - Tuesday, October 31, 2000 at 15:15:44 (PST)

Any way to make a '91 EcoDiesel generate more power? Thanks
Vincent <>
Bellingham, Wa USA - Sunday, October 29, 2000 at 18:56:47 (PST)

Are you still looking for a VW Diesel pickup? I have an 1982 with cap, spare engine, tranny, radiators, ect for $700 located in Wisconsin, runs great drivable. Mark
Mark <>
Sheboygan Falls, Wi USA - Sunday, October 29, 2000 at 15:56:09 (PST)

Very nice site!!! I´m very interestet in Caddy´s. I drive a VW Caddy 14D Built 1990 (Jugoslavia).
ENSE, Germany - Friday, October 27, 2000 at 12:42:11 (PDT)

Anyone have advice about 91 Jetta deisel? It is hard to start if it hasn't been run for a while. I assume that it is a leak somewhere in the fuel system or worst senario, a bad injector pump. Does anyone have advice? Also, what is the proper oil pressure at idle?
Neil Hamel <>
Oconto Falls , WI USA - Monday, October 23, 2000 at 10:24:41 (PDT)

Anyone have advice about 91 Jetta deisel. It is hard to start if it hasn't been run for a while. I assume that it is a leak somewhere in the fuel system or worst senario, a bad injector pump. Does anyone have advice? Also, what is the proper oil pressure at idle?
Neil Hamel <>
Oconto Falls , WI USA - Monday, October 23, 2000 at 10:23:52 (PDT)

91' Jetta diesel, 121,000 miles, great body, bright red, engine has fuel related problem, (takes a while to start if not run frequently) $2200 or best offer as is.
Neil Hamel <>
Oconto Falls, WI USA - Monday, October 23, 2000 at 10:19:38 (PDT)

91' Jetta diesel, 121,000 miles, great body, bright red, engine has fuel related problem, (takes a while to start if not run frequently) $2200 or best offer as is.
Neil Hamel <>
Oconto Falls, WI USA - Monday, October 23, 2000 at 10:18:13 (PDT)

91' Jetta diesel, 121,000 miles, great body, bright red, engine has fuel related problem, (takes a while to start if not run frequently) $2200 or best offer as is.
Neil Hamel <>
Oconto Falls, WI USA - Monday, October 23, 2000 at 10:18:03 (PDT)

91' Jetta diesel, 121,000 miles, great body, bright red, engine has fuel related problem, (takes a while to start if not run frequently) $2200 or best offer as is.
Neil Hamel <>
Oconto Falls, WI USA - Monday, October 23, 2000 at 10:17:42 (PDT)

I am looking for a 1980's westy deisel in good running order. Perferably standard and body and engine in good shape anything else does not matter. thanks
Mike Mann <>
saskatoon, Canada - Sunday, October 22, 2000 at 23:12:06 (PDT)

A year ago I had to put a rebulit enginr inmy '80 rabbit diesel. It ahs been running well unitl I changed the coolant and found it was full of oil. Where is it coming from and what can be done about it??
Rick Tell <>
eattle, wa USA - Sunday, October 22, 2000 at 20:36:00 (PDT)

i was wondering if anyone knew where to get some good/new fuel injectors for a vw rabbit 81 desiel. to but from anyone or an auto store that may sell them, thanks.
derek <>
corbin, ky USA - Sunday, October 22, 2000 at 17:54:18 (PDT)

damn, my jetta kicks ass......1985, turbo diesal, air conditioning, cruise control, ski comartment,cd player, two 12's in the trunk, four 5's, a 200 watt amp.....and only 177,793 miles...... new clutch, maroon, cool seat covers....if only i could go fast!!!!!! but i get 56 MPG!!!!!!hahahahahahahahaha
LONGVIEW, wa USA - Sunday, October 22, 2000 at 00:39:40 (PDT)

I have a 85 Jetta diesel and am curious if there is any way to improve power. I was told that there is a screw on the injector pump for increasing pump pressure. Are there any harmful effects from playing with this? is there some place to find performance parts for this year engine? any help would gladly be appreciated.
Terry McGregor <>
Nanaimo, BC Canada - Friday, October 20, 2000 at 21:03:03 (PDT)

Wanted to buy: Diesel Rabbit, 4 door, 5 speed. Would pay good money for a clean one. Thanks.
Doug Stephens <>
Greenfield, MA USA - Wednesday, October 18, 2000 at 00:01:31 (PDT)

Anyone have any info or ideas on the concept of taking off the Catalytic converter from my 1991 Jetta Eco Diesel. Are there harms, expected results, or unexpected potential results. Also if anyone knows anything about changing the grill from a standard A2 to the 4 round German look I would like to have more info on that. Thank you and good sight, much to be learned.
Glenn Braman <>
Sunnyside, WA USA - Tuesday, October 17, 2000 at 14:52:21 (PDT)

Run your Diesels off of modified vegetable oil with no engine modifications for 50 cents/gallon. May be mixed in any ratio with regular diesel. Zero pollution, no xtra wear on engine. Possible w/ used fryer oil. Key Advantages of Biodiesel: Biodiesel runs in any conventional, unmodified diesel engine. It can be stored anywhere that petroleum diesel fuel is stored. Biodiesel reduces Carbon Dioxide emissions by up to 100% because it is a renewable fuel. This is very important because as you can see in the chart here, carbon dioxide contributes to 50% of the Greenhouse Effect. Biodiesel can be used alone or mixed in any amount with petroleum diesel fuel. Biodiesel is more lubricating than diesel fuel, so it increases the life of engines. Biodiesel is safe to handle because it is biodegradable and non-toxic. According to Alan Weber of the NAB, "neat biodiesel is as biodegradable as sugar and less toxic than salt." Biodiesel has a high flash point, or ignition temperature, of about 300 F compared to petroleum diesel fuel which has a flash point of 125 F. This means it's safer to transport. Auto ignition, fuel consumption, power output, and engine torque are relatively unaffected by biodiesel. So basically, the engine just runs like normal (except for the smell - exhaust smells like french fries!!). The concept of using vegetable oil as a fuel is nothing new. Dr. Rudolf Diesel first developed the diesel engine in 1895 with the full intention of running it on a variety of fuels, including vegetable oil.
biodiesel <>
USA - Sunday, October 15, 2000 at 17:12:12 (PDT)

I am looking for a Diesel Jetta, under $4,000. Prefer manual transmission, cruise control.
Eli <>
CO USA - Sunday, October 15, 2000 at 16:58:45 (PDT)

i have a 94 transporter diesel with the the 5 cylinder 2.4L. the engine has vibration at different revs above idle. the injectors have been cleaned and shimmed. do pumps sometimes deliver fuel unevenly ? compression is even.head is rebuilt and rings are new. any sujestions???
don <>
ottawa, ont canada - Sunday, October 15, 2000 at 16:16:05 (PDT)

i have a nice clean 86 rabbit cabriolet with 1.6 diesel conversion , runs great and reliable . $2000.00 US.
don <>
ottawa, ont canada - Sunday, October 15, 2000 at 16:08:34 (PDT)

You folks that are landlocked, might want to consider advertising your "bodies". Over here on the coast, we have a problem with salt air. a, most' of the 84s or older are in dire need of skin parts. I could use a couple of fenders for instance for my '81 deisel baby. Love 'er!
khoney <>
bandon, or USA - Thursday, October 12, 2000 at 21:07:16 (PDT)

Wanted - Jetta Diesel in good shape. Anybody have one for sale?
Pieter van Loon <>
Marlboro, VT USA - Thursday, October 12, 2000 at 19:01:48 (PDT)

The right strut tower on my '81 pu has broken its impact, just good old MN [rust?] wear and tear. How does one fix such a thing? Strip it down, bend it back to specs and TIG weld it? Hints? Thanks.
Steve Keplinger <>
St.Paul, MN USA - Wednesday, October 11, 2000 at 12:15:28 (PDT)

Anybody want to buy my 84 Rabbit Diesel? It has 145,000 miles on it and runs pretty good.
R Hall <>
Byron Center, MI USA - Sunday, October 08, 2000 at 13:22:50 (PDT)

have an 86 golf diesel. am looking for the size of the fuel tank. can anyone help me?
michael hart <>
menomonee falls, wi. USA - Saturday, October 07, 2000 at 11:52:40 (PDT)

1998 VW Jetta TDI for Sale. 37K miles, 4Dr, 5Sp, Sunroof, A/C, Pwr locks, AM/FM Cassette, Set of 4 snow tires, Blue & Black, Non-smoker, Well maintained, $14,900 Call 319/285-8208 or e-mail.
Jamie Burt <>
Davenport, IA USA - Friday, October 06, 2000 at 21:34:46 (PDT)

Soon enough I will be the proud owner of an '01 Jetta TDI. Is there a secret or preferred method for breaking it in over its first few weeks on the road? Any tips for a diesel newbie rather than learning things the hard way? Many thanks!
Rolf Lundmark <>
Cheyenne, WY USA - Wednesday, October 04, 2000 at 22:17:06 (PDT)

Info needed. Have 91 Jetta D 170k miles. Runs and looks good.43-47 mpg.Looking for a lower numerical 5th gear set.Need lower revs at highway speeds. My old 86 JettaD with 238K miles got 47-52 mpg!! Any info much apreciated.
W.N. Raymond <>
Anderson , In USA - Wednesday, October 04, 2000 at 19:28:29 (PDT)

WANTED: VW 1.6 turbo diesel motor, looking for a low mile, good running motor near Portland, Oregon, USA
E. Billeci <>
Portland, OR USA - Tuesday, October 03, 2000 at 03:52:10 (PDT)

BLACKPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, October 02, 2000 at 12:20:07 (PDT)

I would like a second hand VW Transporter Diesel 2L 1992 onwards new shape - not fitted out - Price Range under 4,000 pounds stirling
Mr Matthew Cosgrove <>
St. Martin, Jersey, C.I. - Sunday, October 01, 2000 at 11:54:23 (PDT)

I have a Golf 2 td 1990 i have a k&n flat airfilter dous anywone now that an konisch airfilter exist? i want to now the label, and hear you the difference?
Yves <>
Gent, Belguim - Tuesday, September 26, 2000 at 05:14:26 (PDT)

Can anyone tell me of a site that I could sell my 2k VW Jetta?
Justin Davis <>
Silver Spring, MD USA - Sunday, September 24, 2000 at 21:37:04 (PDT)

I just bought a 98 turbo deisel and am eager to make some slight modifications to increase horsepower/torque, any suggestions would be greatly appriatiated
bonz <>
waterloo, ont canada - Saturday, September 23, 2000 at 13:31:05 (PDT)

Great site... lots of info for new and old owners.
Jason <>
Fredericton, NB Canada - Friday, September 22, 2000 at 09:09:52 (PDT)

I have a 1983 VW Rabbit GTI white/blue interior $650. Also a 81 vw diesel for parts. ($350) WOuld like to sell both.
Rob George <>
Muskegon, MI USA - Sunday, September 17, 2000 at 17:25:06 (PDT)

Does anyone know if there is a website where the following can be purchased. I need to replace a timing belt on my 98 New Beetle, and was told I needed these tools. (dial indicator and holder, cam lock plate, injection pump lock pin, and cam belt tensioner wrench). Thanks! PS Excellent site!
David Rowley <>
Bismarck, ND USA - Saturday, September 16, 2000 at 08:27:17 (PDT)

Hi. I'm helping a freind put together a 1983 Rabbit GTI for racing at a local circle track. We heard that we could put a 1.6 gas head onto a 1.6 diesel engine, but so far we have not confirmed this. Does anyone know if this is possible, and also where we can get specs on a 1.6 diesel ( compression ratio, bore/stroke, flat or dished pistons,etc)?
Dwayne <>
Wells, ME USA - Thursday, September 14, 2000 at 04:24:23 (PDT)

1984 VW Jetta Diesel to sell by Sept. 14, 2000. REbuilt engine, excellent body and interior, 40+ mpg, broken air conditioner, need new suspension. $700.
Tom <>
Arlington, VA USA - Sunday, September 10, 2000 at 12:20:10 (PDT)

Anyone know a site where I can put my 2000 Jetta GLS up for sale or does anyone want to buy? It's Silver/Black Leather, V6, manual trans, 6 Disc changer, PERFECT condition. Need to see in the next two weeks.
Justin <>
USA - Saturday, September 09, 2000 at 11:16:17 (PDT)

We bought a 2000 Jetta TDI and are only getting about 35 - 37 mpg and are wondering what others are avereaging? Did we get a lemon or does it just not get the advertised mpg. Even on a long road trip - all hwy, it only got 39.
Carol <>
USA - Saturday, September 09, 2000 at 07:51:32 (PDT)

My 1989 Jetta diesel with 195K miles got totaled while sitting in a parking lot. The engine was not damaged but the insurance company will not pay enough to fixup the car. So I am in search of a newer (1990-1992) diesel car plus what to do with good diesel engine with a rebuilt head that has less than 2K miles on it.
Harold <>
Dayton, OH USA - Friday, September 08, 2000 at 20:31:27 (PDT)

I have a 1981 Rabbit convertiable. I recently got into a rec and am needing some parts. If you have any information on where i can get parts for this car let me know
Jaime Rishel <>
Garden City, KS USA - Friday, September 08, 2000 at 13:44:23 (PDT)

looking for 81 vw desiel pickup running or not have 81 rabbit with + miles on it still going
bubba <>
decatur, tex USA - Tuesday, September 05, 2000 at 17:05:08 (PDT)

any harm in recycling used engine oil through the fuel system on a diesel jetta , like a gallon per tank ?
don <>
ottawa, on canada - Saturday, September 02, 2000 at 19:19:03 (PDT)

LANCS, UK - Friday, September 01, 2000 at 16:03:01 (PDT)

Just bought my first rabbit pickup its a 1980 was lucky enough to find another the same day for parts but i still am going to replace the windsheild. also does anyone know where a good source is for carpet kits
Tom <>
Myrtle Creek, Or USA - Thursday, August 31, 2000 at 19:23:10 (PDT)

own vw diesel 1983
jack orsborn <>
salem, or USA - Thursday, August 31, 2000 at 10:33:42 (PDT)

Just got into VW World by buying a '88 Golf 1.6 GTD, but it came without service manual.Where can i get one (preferebly online). also would like to get info on intercooler installation (if it is advisible or not, and how to). Even though it´s not new it still is a great car, and i would like to now how to keep it in max power shape... Please help?!?!?!?!
Cesar Fernandes <;>
Portimão, Portugal - Thursday, August 31, 2000 at 09:27:17 (PDT)

have rabbit 80'81'82 parts for sale or trade
bubba <>
decatur, tex USA - Monday, August 28, 2000 at 18:57:05 (PDT)

have rabbit 80'81'82 parts for sale or trade
bubba <>
decatur, tex USA - Monday, August 28, 2000 at 18:56:48 (PDT)

have rabbit 80'81'82 parts for sale or trade
bubba <rabbitman81>
decatur, tex USA - Monday, August 28, 2000 at 18:56:13 (PDT)

have 80! 81! 82! rabbit parts priced right or trade
bubba <rabbitman 81>
dallas, tex USA - Monday, August 28, 2000 at 18:53:28 (PDT)

I have a '94 Jetta turbodiesel with only 130 000 kms. The car has never been garaged during the winter (-25 C.) and has always started. It isn't even plugged in. I have changed the the rad and exhaust system from the catalytic converter back. The ac blows cold but the cruise does not function. The dealer has not been able to find a long term cure for the cruise. The timing belt was changed at 100000 km and the horn has also needed replacement. It is the original clutch and on its second set of front discs. Rear drums and shoes have not needed replacement. Question: What can I expect to go wrong in the near future?
Maki Kaklamanos <>
Montreal, qc canada - Saturday, August 26, 2000 at 14:23:00 (PDT)

Hi All, Had a ball at the meet. Hope that more will come in November. Lewis
Lewis Grimes <>
San Jose, Ca USA - Friday, August 25, 2000 at 23:42:55 (PDT)

Hi fellow VWers. I have a 1.9 TD Passat that I love and which has just developed a slight glitch. The thing just wont start. There is plenty of juice in the battery, there seems to be plenty of activity in the cellanoid but for some reason fuel is not getting through to fire. The RAC and a local garage have been stumped. Has anyone else had similar experiences and if so could you shed some light for me. Many thanks chaps and chapesses.
Mikey C <>
New Inn, UK - Friday, August 25, 2000 at 15:11:38 (PDT)

Help ! I have a 1988 VW Jetta Diesel. Engine No. JP 635250. I removed the cam sprocket to replace the oil seal and then found the sprocket has no keyway or obvious means of re-alignment. Can anybody out there tell me how to correctly align the sprocket onto the cam taper.
John Dalziel <>
Harare, Zimbabwe - Friday, August 25, 2000 at 05:19:08 (PDT)

I love my VW Golf 93 TurboDiesel but what can you do to gain more preformance? Is their a web site or information inregards to this? If so email me a responce or if you know anything that you might have tryed message me. Thanks!
Dan <>
Brampton, Ont Canada - Thursday, August 24, 2000 at 19:25:40 (PDT)

Compression Ratio's are advertized as the same I don't think that is where your problem lies . Have you checked radiator flow ? Both coolant and air flow restriction,Timing? Exaust restriction? Is this a repower , or is it a problem that developed with a stock installation ? I hope that some of these questions may give you another avenue to check. Good luck with the overheating problem.
John McLaughlin <>
Alamogordo, NM USA - Monday, August 21, 2000 at 21:18:00 (PDT)

Can anybody help with information on differences in Cylinder head spec., Piston type (volume in crown) and general Compression Ratio on VW 1.6 Diesel and 1.6 Turbodiesel? Are the pre-ignition chambers in the head with same capacity on Diesels and Turbo-diesels? Any info on the differences would mean a lot since we are stuck with an overheating problem. Thank you in advance.
Alex <>
USA - Monday, August 21, 2000 at 12:16:40 (PDT)

i just had a 1980 rabbit diesel given to me by my grandma and i need help with what it can and cant do. i am rebuilding and restoring everything i can.
Terry Yarbor <>
Odessa, TX USA - Sunday, August 20, 2000 at 16:26:20 (PDT)

I bought my 81 diesel pickup with 60,000 mls eight years ago in Springfield Oregon for $2,000. I now live in Anchorage Ak. and she has 165,000 mls, very happy with the OL WAGON!!!
Surge Amundson <>
Anchorage, Ak USA - Friday, August 18, 2000 at 15:08:28 (PDT)

Greetings fellow VW Dieselers. In April of this year (2000), I purchased a 1982 VW Rabbit Diesel Pickup. I am using biodiesel in it and it runs very well. (the tailpipe smells like barbecue. 8-) Right now I am looking for a second VW diesel - (Jetta?) that I can afford. If anyone is selling an early 90's Jetta or Golf (diesel), and is not too far away, I would be interested in knowing about it. Regards, James Jackson
James Jackson <>
San Antonio, TX USA - Friday, August 18, 2000 at 13:14:08 (PDT)

Anyone ever replaced the front right (passenger) motor mount on a 1981 VW Rabbit diesel? Can you give me blow by blow instructions....
Bernard Crumbacker, Sr. <>
Sykesville, MD USA - Thursday, August 17, 2000 at 19:05:06 (PDT)

Free 1980 dasher diesel engine with extra head. Sat for the last 10 years in the corner of the garage. also some glow plugs, ect. in massachusetts.
Mike Aitken <>
USA - Thursday, August 17, 2000 at 19:00:33 (PDT)

Bought my 1980 Diesel Rabbit in 1994 for my newly licensed son to drive. He hated it. So I drove it, I loved it! Lent it to my daughter for a couple of years, she loved it but abused the hell out of it. Now I have it back. I love it! Have just put a new head, water pump, and radiator on and intend to keep working on it. Great little car. Hard to explain why I like it so much... I just do.
Tim Harris <>
Petaluma, CA USA - Wednesday, August 16, 2000 at 19:20:19 (PDT)

I'm interested in buying a new diesel VW Golf. Does anyone know when they will be available again at the dealers? Also, what about reliability of Golfs in general? I know the Jettas don't fare well.
Bill Savage <>
Farmington Hills, MI 48334 - Tuesday, August 15, 2000 at 08:04:35 (PDT)

1980 Rabbit PU, 1900 Turbo diesel, 5 Speed . Really nice sight, lots of interesting info and links
John McLaughlin <>
Alamogordo, NM USA - Monday, August 14, 2000 at 21:09:07 (PDT)

I'm looking to get a mid 80's to mid 90's Jetta for my daughter. Having had Mercedes diesels for many, many years I am sold on all aspects of diesel klatta klatta-ing. I would like to find out the general tribal knowledge of any Jetta owners...which ones to look for, which ones to steer clear of...first of diesels then of more broad Jetta stuff. Thanks in advance. Bob
Bob Rentfro <>
Goodyear, AZ USA - Monday, August 14, 2000 at 08:35:42 (PDT)

Have recently purchased a 1981 Rabbit L Diesel. Am replacing/repairing everything I can. All brake parts have been replaced. Noticed that the braking was hard (like power brakes without the power). Found out that this diesel has a vaccum pump that has a bad diaphram. I found a repair kit for it. Only had a few parts. After installing the kit, I put it back on the engine. Didn't notice any change in braking. (Still no power assist). Took hose off (while engine running) to the power brake booster, noticed "no" vaccum at all. Did I do something wrong. I am pretty sure that I put the pump back together correctly. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated....
Bernard Crumbacker, Sr. <>
Sykesville, MD USA - Sunday, August 13, 2000 at 19:59:13 (PDT)

HY From prodeisal engineering service any body need generator of 1KVA to 1300 KVA contact us and also diesal Engine Spare parts thanks
Tariq Javaid <>
lahore, punjab Pakistan - Saturday, August 12, 2000 at 23:58:04 (PDT)

My 96 Golf Diesel uses a litre of oil every 5000km (3000 mi.) Although I'm doing 200 km (120 mi) everyday strictly highway at 125 km/hr, it seems a little excessive to me. Any opinions? Also the belts vibrate when idling, making the engine noisy. Is this normal? Loving the fuel economy and the low cost of diesel here in Ontario.
Al Sommer <>
Waterloo, ON Canada - Saturday, August 12, 2000 at 19:10:12 (PDT)

85 jetta turbo diesel,just turned 530000 km engine has never been touched,55 mpg all I do is change oil every 5000km
Steve Maniuk
london, on canada - Thursday, August 10, 2000 at 18:15:18 (PDT)

just purashed a honda insight and need to get rid of my vw babitt pu. it is nice and clean had motor redone and now has 8000 miles.. if interested call 573-222-7244 or e-mail
berley duncan <>
wappapello, mo USA - Tuesday, August 08, 2000 at 12:16:39 (PDT)

Does anyone in or around Austin, TX need a good VW diesel engine. I recently bought a 1982 Audi 4000S with a 1.6 nonturbo mechanical diesel and five speed. The engine is excellent with 113,000 miles but the car has myriad electrical problems that I don't want to spend time on. Can hear engine run and buy the whole car cheap. Car actually is drivable and seems to have good chassis and running gear and could be fixed up into a utility or commuter car. If interested email me.
John Gray <>
Austin, TX USA - Tuesday, August 08, 2000 at 06:41:58 (PDT)

HELP !!!!!!! I have a 95 TD Passat and the sun roof and passenger window electrics stopped working from their independent switches and the door lock. Is there a link????
Brian Pritchard <>
UK - Monday, August 07, 2000 at 12:26:16 (PDT)

angi <>
pa USA - Monday, August 07, 2000 at 10:38:11 (PDT)

Need a 1.5L diesel cylinder head!
gerry <>
Pontiac, MI USA - Friday, August 04, 2000 at 03:46:00 (PDT)

i go a 82 westy 1.6td and a 80 rabbit picp-up 1.6td
david kwee
anaheim, ca USA - Thursday, August 03, 2000 at 00:11:55 (PDT)

hi i have a 87 1.6 petrol scirroco and want to fit a 1.6td passat 87 motor anyone know if it will fit the gearbox? help!
jim <>
uk - Wednesday, August 02, 2000 at 15:26:31 (PDT)

Help my 1987 1600cc golf deisel has gone phut I can find a 1998 1.9 turbo deisel motor can any one tell me if it will fit? and if so are there many alterations to do
Bill Richards <>
USA - Tuesday, August 01, 2000 at 03:08:50 (PDT)

hello out there, I am defecting from the diesel vw life. i must admit i love these automobiles. want to sell all i have.79 rabbit runs really great, 81 vw pickup just put in strong used motor in it. both are inspected and licensed. also have the complete motor out of the pickup, it ran but started hard and smoked at first. also two 79 rabbits for parts have injector pumps and blocks. sell all for 2500.00 lindy sanders 573-238-3409
lindy sanders <>
millersville, mo USA - Sunday, July 30, 2000 at 12:46:06 (PDT)

Love my diesels: rabbit (85) and jetta (90)! My elderly ladies need a good mechanic with an EAR for diesel engines (in the New York area). Has anyone shipped a senior jetta to Wolfsburg for a major overhaul? Also looking for a good dealer(NY area)for a NEW BEETLE,JETTA or AUDI D I E S E L. (Koeppel and Potamkin DON'T fit the bill!)Thanks,
lulu <>
USA - Saturday, July 29, 2000 at 15:44:56 (PDT)

I just looked at a 1991 diesel Jetta. I really liked. The only trouble is that my parents spotted a small leak in the engine. I was wondering if anyone else has ever seen this, and if it caused any major problems? Thank you so much for your help.
Kara <>
Torrington, ct USA - Saturday, July 29, 2000 at 14:22:52 (PDT)

Well done site. Have recently accuired a '82 Audi 4000 Diesel. Needs some work but it will fill the bill for some good basic transportation that may well last longer than me. Thanks for all the good engine info, I can really use the help in getting some of the problems fixed. Most of which I am going to have to do myself since there are few people in this area that are trained in Auto Diesel mechanics.
Drew <>
Newark , De USA - Saturday, July 29, 2000 at 08:10:46 (PDT)

Got a new 2000 Jetta d with auto. Really great. Time to let go of the 91 diesel with air. Only 216k miles, barely broken in. Interested?
charles bruchler <>
Pittsburgh, PA USA - Thursday, July 27, 2000 at 20:02:30 (PDT)

We just bought a 2000 Jetta TDI and love it. Am disappointed though, to find that oil filters cost about $12.95. Does anyone know of a source for less expensive filters?
Charlie <>
MI USA - Thursday, July 27, 2000 at 05:27:58 (PDT)

I have a 91 jetta with air condish and I can get a belt to last on the alternator any help??? I may have to shoot it and bring back the 84 from the apple orchard
mike micklich <>
USA - Wednesday, July 26, 2000 at 19:33:55 (PDT)

I have just bought a 1997 VW Golf (TDI) 110bhp with about 85000 miles. The clutch seems to be at the top of the Pedal and I was wondering can this be adjusted down or will I need a new clutch fitted. I think that it is worked by hydraulics and not a Cable.
Ivan Moore <>
Ireland - Tuesday, July 25, 2000 at 16:22:34 (PDT)

Looking for a used or new 1.9 Diesel Engine. If it is used, looking for low miles on engine. Complete Engine is nessary.
Michael Sheldon <>
Petersburg, AK USA - Sunday, July 23, 2000 at 00:10:36 (PDT)

Looking for a used or new 1.9 Diesel Engine. If it used looking for low miles on engine. Complete Engine is nessary.
Michael Sheldon <>
Petersburg, AK USA - Sunday, July 23, 2000 at 00:09:48 (PDT)

newly acquired 84 rabbit diesel, will not crank for ten or fifteen minutes after it has sat a few hours. Was told its the glowplugs also told its not???
A.P. Black <>
Leesburg, Fl USA - Saturday, July 22, 2000 at 12:12:10 (PDT)

Greetings from Germany!! Caddy is the best!I`searching of a caddy-model from siku or revell.PHere in Germany i don´t can buy it
dirk <>
germany - Saturday, July 22, 2000 at 11:25:31 (PDT)

have clean diesel cabriolet 1986 for sale has nicely intalled 1.6 golf engine. $2000.00 US o.b.o
don <>
ottawa, ont canada - Tuesday, July 18, 2000 at 15:27:55 (PDT)

Whew!!...Finally found a decent affordable Jetta -been looking all year. Used VW diesels are selling like hot pancakes here in oil-rich (but high-gas-price whining) Alberta -so if you have any to sell.....! Have found an 1989 Jetta TDI, 233905 Km., 5-spd, with just standard basic options -a little surface rust. Asking $4000. Have to travel to see & test-drive & have inspected (Come from a line of gas compacts -Ford Fiesta, Suzuki Forsa, Geo Metro (the Geo mileing-out & falling apart as we speak, at less than 160000 km!).) ...Any comments, suggestions, concerns most welcome. Thanks!
Barb <>
AB Canada - Sunday, July 16, 2000 at 15:19:09 (PDT)

I'm back. Found this site again and it still is great. I'm in the middle of rebuilding my 85 turbo diesel again, vavle timing was off and caused the pistons to smash into the valves. It took some looking around and some luck to find pistons that are original and not after market. With any luck and time I will have my baby running again.
David Mageary <>
Flagstall, Az USA - Friday, July 14, 2000 at 02:48:07 (PDT)

81 Rabbit Diesel LS 4-door 4-speed. Excellent condition (driving, body, and interior). No rust. Meticulously maintained. All service records. 4 extra rims mounted with studded snow tires. White with navy interior. Includes Bentley's manual. Much loved; would like to find it a good home. 165,000 miles.
Amy Russian <>
Lander, WY USA - Monday, July 10, 2000 at 09:40:06 (PDT)

Seriously Seeking: 1980 DASHER Diesel, Wagon, White, Good Body. Engine doesn't matter. Please email, or call (707) 573-1133.
Gayla Yates <>
Santa Rosa, CA USA - Saturday, July 08, 2000 at 21:59:13 (PDT)

Looking for TDI new preference for year or color....but do need automatic....please e-mail if anyone has anything for sale.... ?????
Jay Cole <>
Surfside Beach, SC USA - Saturday, July 08, 2000 at 15:46:18 (PDT)

Hello, I have a 1997 Jetta Turbo Diesel. Does anyone know the fuel efficiency of these cars? Please specify the units (i.e imperial Gallons, U.S. gallons or L/100km) thanx in advance vas
vasilis papanikolaou <>
toronto, ON Canada - Tuesday, July 04, 2000 at 14:09:58 (PDT)

Excellent website, very detailed, thoughtful and classy.
Mike Reyna <>
Houston, Tx USA - Saturday, July 01, 2000 at 08:24:54 (PDT)

My 81 Rabbit Diesel has never let me down. Does anyone know how to puchase inexpensive rims, it doesn't look like she is going to quit anytime soon so I am thinking about really fixing her up.
Matt Hubert <>
Hamilton, Canada - Thursday, June 29, 2000 at 05:53:31 (PDT)

Just love those VW diesels, even more so with regular gas at $1.65 a gallon. I get diesel for $1.50/gal. I've never seen a more dependable, economical mode of transportation. At 220,000 miles on the my '85 Jetta Turbo Diesel I still get 48 MPG, and the A/C still works too. I feel kind of sorry for those folks with the (gas) Surburbans and Blazers!!
Nate Wall <>
Springfield, VA USA - Thursday, June 29, 2000 at 05:47:29 (PDT)

maher f. qadi <>
alduhlil, zarqa jordan - Thursday, June 29, 2000 at 04:31:13 (PDT)

ihave a vw car 1987 golf deisel engine i like to have the technical manual for all parts of my golf where i can find dood
maher f. qadi <>
alduhlil, zaaaz jordan - Thursday, June 29, 2000 at 04:18:49 (PDT)

I've got a huge problem! My `98 VW Beetle was stolen and returned and upon inspection it's been found to need an intercooler(this car is a turbo-diesel).Big problem is that with all these Beetles being manufactured,there are no intercoolers in the U.S. So five weeks ago one was ordered from Germany,checking on it today,they now tell me it's on back order! Can someone please explain how there are no intercoolers available ?
Mike Ballerini <>
Emmett, mi USA - Monday, June 19, 2000 at 16:18:32 (PDT)

I want to know if the diesel VW is a good engine? My hubby has a cumming diesel, and let me tell you with 180, ooo mi & still going strong I am in the market for a diesel engine! I am con vinced that diesels are the only answer for my car dealings!But, I really would want the turbo VW , just don't of anyone that has one. I also cannot find one I want, not any available!!!!! I want a full pkg with leather seats, any help on where to get this one?? I am in the buying mood NOW! Any suggestions.
Linda Shearman <>
Heneritta, Tx USA - Saturday, June 10, 2000 at 09:52:26 (PDT)

Seriously looking for an automatic transmission vw diesel. Must be in good condition, condition more important than newness. Recent year preferred.Have disabled left leg, clutch use smetimes difficult.
Dave <>
monterey bay, ca USA - Tuesday, June 06, 2000 at 21:25:24 (PDT)

Seriously looking for an automatic transmission vw diesel. Must be in good condition, condition more important than newness. Recent year preferred.Have disabled left leg, clutch use smetimes difficult.
Dave <>
monterey bay, ca USA - Tuesday, June 06, 2000 at 21:01:27 (PDT)

I recently bought a '85 Jetta Diesel. The cold start lever on it is stuck in the out postion and i'm worried that if i keep driving it something that i don't want to happen will happen. Any suggestions on how to get it to go back in? any feedback is greatly apprectiated......
Andrew <>
Columbia, MD USA - Sunday, June 04, 2000 at 16:16:56 (PDT)

I have a 1991 VW Jetta Turbo Diesel for sale. It has 316000 miles on it. However, the engine was rebuilt less than 40000 miles ago and the turbo was replaced with a brand new one less than 34000 miles ago. Has a great stereo system and two sets of rims and tires. Also, many other parts are new or hardly broken in yet. Price $4,500 or a deal can probably be made.
todd <>
wi USA - Thursday, June 01, 2000 at 20:12:52 (PDT)

I am looking for some pictures of VW rally cars online, I would like to use them as wallpaper for my computer. Can anyone help me, I've been looking but all the pic's I find are copywrited and I don't want to get in trouble with law. Any and all pic's would be awsome. Thank you.
russ <>
salem, or USA - Sunday, May 28, 2000 at 21:43:11 (PDT)

looking for a good 1989 vw diesel cyl head
Tim Feeney <>
New Hampton, NY USA - Friday, May 26, 2000 at 18:53:20 (PDT)

looking for a workshop manuel for my 1998 vw. transporter 1.9 turbo diesel anyone know who publishes them thanks g. hemmingway
darlington, durham uk - Thursday, May 25, 2000 at 10:44:57 (PDT)

I have a 84 vw diesel qumtum A/T car. The car will not shift out of 2 gear. Can anyone help me. The car runs good just will not shift.
Mark Krauss <>
Nottingham, PA USA - Monday, May 22, 2000 at 18:05:36 (PDT)

Does anyone know the singer/band or the song that played in the Volkswagon Vapor commercial? Please e-mail me if you have any idea. Thanks.
Shirley <>
New York, NY USA - Sunday, May 21, 2000 at 19:51:57 (PDT)

I have a 99 tdi jetta and love it, looking for aftermarket items,(turbo boost gauge, oil tempature gauge, etc..)
c hansen <>
crete, il USA - Wednesday, May 17, 2000 at 12:26:33 (PDT)

1984 Jetta Turbo diesel (rare),143K, southern car, very little rust. Tight engine. Needs-wheel bearing, master cylinder, clutch is marginal but still ok. A/C needs some tweaking. Worked last summer. New-tires, front struts, timing belt,left CV shaft, head gasket, shift bushings. Sell for $1500 or best reasonable offer. Just bought new car. Located near Syracuse NY. e-mail me.
Gerald Kahn <>
Pennellville, NY USA - Monday, May 08, 2000 at 04:50:56 (PDT)

81 lx pickup with turbo diesel 5 speed a/c runs great whats it worth ??
ron falstad <>
hot sprimgs, ar. USA - Saturday, May 06, 2000 at 17:26:36 (PDT)

RE: Final drive ratios and gear sets........ Are the ring and pinion gears interchangable between transmissions. I would like to have a 4.25 (AVX)final drive ratio with the gears sets from a; ABG,AGB,2Y,2H, or FK trans. Looking for the .91 ratio in 5th gear. Again thanks for any help here. Tars
Tars Campbell <>
Portland, OR USA - Tuesday, May 02, 2000 at 22:31:19 (PDT)

REF: Chiltons Manual # (8663) 70400, Volkswagen Front Wheel Drive 1974-89 Repair Manual To all; According to a spec sheet in the Chiltons manual, for 79 to 89 front wheel drive VW's, the "JK" 83-84 normally aspirated diesel has 52 hp and 97 lbs of torque. The "CR" has 52 hp and 72 lbs of torque. What makes the torque so much better on the "JK" engine? I thought up till reading this all normaly aspirated motor had the same torque values.. It seems the JK model would be the model to add a turbo and intercooler to. Is there a opportunity here for some real hp and torque improvment on the JK vs the CR engines? Thanks to those that responded to my last post. Tars
Tars Campbell <>
Portland, or USA - Tuesday, May 02, 2000 at 22:15:35 (PDT)

REF: Chiltons Manual # (8663) 70400, Volkswagen Front Wheel Drive 1974-89 Repair Manual To all; According to a spec sheet in the Chiltons manual, for 79 to 89 front wheel drive VW's, the "JK" 83-84 normally aspirated diesel has 52 hp and 97 lbs of torque. The "CR" has 52 hp and 72 lbs of torque. What makes the torque so much better on the "JK" engine? I thought up till reading this all normaly aspirated motor had the same torque values.. It seems the JK model would be the model to add a turbo and intercooler to. Is there a opportunity here for some real hp and torque improvment on the JK vs the CR engines? Thanks to those that responded to my last post. Tars
Tars Campbell <>
Portland, or USA - Tuesday, May 02, 2000 at 22:15:16 (PDT)

Hello fellow Diesel nuts. I am a mechanic from the St Louis area. I have a 1991 Jetta GL Diesel with 260,000 miles on it--no rebuilds. I am hoping Volkswagen will import a TDI Passat Wagon in the near future, as my growing family is outgrowing the Jetta. My car gets an oil and filter change every 5000 miles. I use Castrol 15W40, and German Mahle or Mann oil filters. The air filter and fuel filter get changed every 15000 miles, again only the good German stuff. T-belt replaced every 60000, religiously. I believe this engine can be made to run forever if it is maintained properly. I would appreciate any E-mails regarding any Volkswagens. I have a 1975,1979 Busses, 2 1974 412s, a 1986 Vokswagen Turbodiesel powered Volvo 740GLE, and (as if anyone here cares) a 1987 Mazda B2000 pickup with 365000 miles on it. Take care, and long live the Oil Hammer!
Brian Johnston <>
Union, MO USA - Tuesday, May 02, 2000 at 16:42:05 (PDT)

Recently divorced, had spouse and VW deisel, sure miss that deisel. Looking for a reliable one, VW deisel that is let me know.
DTA <">>
Brunswick, GA USA - Sunday, April 30, 2000 at 11:21:07 (PDT)

for sale: 1986 cabriolet diesel.has 90 golf 1.6, 92 interior euro bumpers , hella 4 headlight set up, scirroco shifter and lower strut brace, gets great mileage! 3500.00 cdn or best offer 613 487 3998
don <>
ottawa, ont canada - Saturday, April 29, 2000 at 08:20:48 (PDT)

Re. the diesel that won't start when it's warmed up. Happened to me once. Took it to a starter shop and it tested out ok. Turns out the starter can check out ok, when in fact it is bad. Get a used starter from the junk yard.
Ed <>
Coupeville, wa USA - Sunday, April 23, 2000 at 19:39:56 (PDT)

I've got an 87 Golf Diesel (non-turbo) and I am trying to find a way of getting some more power out of it... As far as I know it's rated at 52-53HP, I am just curious if it is at all possible...
Tom Kalinowski <>
Brossard, QC Canada - Saturday, April 22, 2000 at 16:56:05 (PDT)

I have a 1980 Diesel rabbit, mileage unknown. It starts no mater what when cold doesn't matter what the temperature is. After normal driving and shut off and waiting about 15 minutes you can't start it (it will not start when hot). No abnormal oil burn or other unusual operating conditions. The car is in very good condition for its age. The consensus of the mechanics that have looked at it is "it's not supposed to do that" Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks
Eric <>
USA - Friday, April 21, 2000 at 04:59:48 (PDT)

My 86 Golf diesel has a situation I have not been able to pin down. Coolant will be lost through the plastic reservoir at different times. I do not lose hardly any coolant when driving speed is kept under 55 mph. Mostly it happens on the highway. I can go 70 to 80 miles @ 65 mph and have no problems but when I stop to pay a toll immediately after taking off again, the fluid drops below the sensor in the reservoir and signals the warning light on the dashboard. Occasionally on a cold engine run in the morning and the fluid is topped off I can travel only 15 miles and will lose enough coolant so that it signals the warning lamp. · Parts replaced no more than 1 month ago: Radiator (copper core exact fit replacement), water pump OEM, lower hose-bypass-6” bypass off water pump-feed to heater core, new 20lb tank cap, radiator fan switch OEM. · Removed 5/8 metal bypass tube and flushed, flushed heater core. However the heater still does not heat the car, as it should! · Have replaced coolant with phosphate free type, even added stop-leak to the system. · The injector pump has been re-timed @ the dealer set it to spec. I’ve heard of head gasket problems on the early rabbit diesel and I have assurance that this one is OK. I have never had any problems like this until all this work was done to it. The only thing is I had a slow leak at the water pump and used to keep the cap cracked slightly on the reservoir. Are there any other particulars that I don’t know about the golf diesels that you could fill me in on? What should be the next thing to check and how?
Thomas Tyburski <>
USA - Thursday, April 20, 2000 at 14:12:31 (PDT)

Got vw s for sale. have a 81 VW Pickup Gas; 82 VW Rabbitt diesel call at 573 222-7244
Berly Duncan <>
Lake Wappapello, Mo. USA - Thursday, April 20, 2000 at 08:08:04 (PDT)

Got vw s for sale
Berly Duncan <>
Lake Wappapello, Mo. USA - Thursday, April 20, 2000 at 08:05:52 (PDT)

I am looking to buy a 2000 Jetta TDI. However I have heard that TDI's aren't really suppose to be driven in the city, because of some "carbonizing". Since the main use of this car will be the city, is it wise to buy it? Please help!!!
Margie <>
USA - Wednesday, April 19, 2000 at 19:21:23 (PDT)

Is there any performance parts, I.E. stroker kits or ported and polished heads, or torque enhanced cams available for the 1.6 VW diesel? Would like to get about 90 hp and 120 lbs or torque. I have turbos from a renault and peugeot and an intercooler from an renault, I estimate about 75hp and 100 lbs of torque with the turbo and an intercooler. Any ideas/
Tars Campbell <>
Portland, Or USA - Tuesday, April 18, 2000 at 21:50:15 (PDT)

I have a 1982 (B) VW Transporter with a 1600 diesel engine. I cannot seem to get a diesel engine manual for it, but I am told a 1600 diesel MK1 golf is the same engine. I have renewed the cylinder head gasket but now have the timing belt setting out somewhere ? I have piston 1 at TDC with both valves closed the cam lobes facing upwards ie on full compression. The mark on the injector pump sprocket alined with the mark on the case also at TDC, but still cannot get it to fire. any ideas? (please help)
Owen Baldwin <>
Scarborough, United Kingdom - Monday, April 17, 2000 at 13:32:43 (PDT)

I own a 91 Jetta GL diesel, the eletrical system has a mind of its own. If anyone can offer adivse other than get rid of the car, I would be appreciative. Thanks
Tim Van Wert <>
Pine City, NY USA - Monday, April 17, 2000 at 08:28:19 (PDT)

Dear Guys, ?'m lookng urgently for a diesel motor for toyota land cruiser truck, model 1990 and its final price and condition my email for reply is
jean <>
berut, lebanon - Sunday, April 16, 2000 at 14:06:28 (PDT)

Where are the Dashers? I'm on my second 80 Dasher diesel 4 door. My first was a wagon diesel. Any thoughts as to why my alternator light stays dimmly lit on the instrument gage. The alternator diodes check out ok. I've replaced the 4 speed trans with one from an 82 Audi 4000 5 speed. Runs great on the freeway now. 65-70mph no problem with room to go! Feel free to respond.
Craig Schill <>
long beach, ca usa - Sunday, April 16, 2000 at 09:27:54 (PDT)

Graet Site. I have an 82 VW Diesel Pickup. It has had a Turbo added, a 25 Gallon fuel tank, and Lowered suspension. I recently replaced the stock steering wheel with one from a 77 Wolfsburg Edition wheel. I have also replaced the 82 stock grill with an 84 GTI grill. More Modifications to come!
Ron Palmer <>
Alameda, Ca USA - Saturday, April 15, 2000 at 11:01:38 (PDT)

Just surfed into the comments section and do I wish I found this site sooner!!! I have an 81 Rabbit Diesel my fater-in-law from Chicago gave me. I've had it worked on it for the past 5 years and boy what damage the Chicago winters can do to a car. I will say, that in light of the fact the body looks like Swiss chese in places, the rest of the car runs good, but with continued upkeep. Engine needs Front and Rear Oil seals, and the front end and wheel bearings need work/replacement. I've enjoyed most of the time with this car and I've definitely learned a few tricks on little diesels. Used to work on industrial and main propulsion diesels for the US Navy. What a difference. Well anyway, the Rabbit still gets great mileage at 40 to 43 mpg, and I just bought a 98 Jetta TDI with 16k miles on it to replace the Rabbit. Anyone in the local area wanting a Rabbit Diesel in running order with some maintenance needed, drop me an offer and we'll talk!!! Craig
Craig <>
Long Beach, CA USA - Tuesday, April 11, 2000 at 21:36:33 (PDT)

Want to swap a 1.9td not tdi into 86 golf diesel. Does anyone have a procedure written or list of parts required for this swap. Shouldn't be to much but I hate to reinvent a process already in place.
Terry <>
LaCenter, WA USA - Sunday, April 09, 2000 at 10:36:57 (PDT)

I have a 85 Volvo 765 powered by a VW built 6 cyl 2.4L Turbo Diesel whose tachometer ceased operation at 215K. Information on these is more scarce than the cars themselves here. It is probably wiring if history repeats, can anyone help me with info or pointers to info on troubleshooting this please?
Bill Reilly <>
Danvers, MA USA - Friday, April 07, 2000 at 08:05:45 (PDT)

Have 1980 pickup with can top diesel 4 spd have a 5 speed extra, also a 81 rabbit diesel for parts[good body] many extra parts best offer around $800.00 but will talk
bee <>
northville, mi USA - Saturday, April 01, 2000 at 17:39:12 (PST)

I am looking for a Volkswagon, Cabriolet, and am having no luck. I would like it to be in between the year of 1995-2000. Price range between $10,000-$15,000. If anyone hears of one for sale, please inform me. I will drive wherever to purchase it. PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!
Marlo Little <>
fredericton, New Brunswick Canada - Friday, March 31, 2000 at 13:46:51 (PST)

I have recently disassembled my 81 rabbit diesel head and I am looking for a some cheap parts; gasket set, new valves, etc. If any of you have any recommendations I would be glad to hear it. Thank you.
paul b <>
Bedford, PA USA - Thursday, March 30, 2000 at 08:05:36 (PST)

I have a question. How many DIN-hp. do a 1.3 l. WV-diesel in a 1984 Passat have? Great site by the way.
Niels Hansen <>
Dk - Wednesday, March 29, 2000 at 02:57:12 (PST)

Just got an 81 diesel PU, What year GTI suspension is a direct bolt in. Thanks for any help.Stu
Stu Oates <>
Harrisburg, OR USA - Tuesday, March 28, 2000 at 21:33:42 (PST)

I recently bought an 81 Rabbit with 100K on it. I love it, but it has backpressure in the cooling system. Can anyone help?????Thanks
Matthew Grubb <>
Kensington, OH USA - Monday, March 27, 2000 at 06:47:26 (PST)

looking for sliding door for a eurovan with a window to stick in a 94 transporter diesel. any one have a TDI engine for sale? i've got an 86' diesel cabriolet for sale if anyones interested!
don <>
ontario, canada - Friday, March 24, 2000 at 06:46:20 (PST)

Nice site!
Mr.Greg <>
Surrey, B.C Canada - Wednesday, March 22, 2000 at 20:32:34 (PST)

HELP! I opened the front left triangular window in my husband's 81 diesel pickup truck while riding down the road (I never drive his picup as I have my own diesel rabbit, with no little windows in the front) and it fell OUT and broke into a million pieces. Needless to say I am in BIG trouble. The pickup is an LXI, so if anyone knows where to get a window, please e-mail me and get me out of trouble! Thanks!
L Nelson <>
Missoula, MT USA - Wednesday, March 22, 2000 at 10:41:32 (PST)

Im looking for a VW diesel truck or diesel VW Rabbit to purchase I live in Solano County. Between Sacramento and San Francisco
Clark Aurea <>
Napa, ca USA - Tuesday, March 21, 2000 at 13:47:59 (PST)

Im looking for a VW diesel truck to purchase I live in Solano County. Between Sacramento and San Francisco
Clark Aurea <>
Napa, ca USA - Tuesday, March 21, 2000 at 13:37:09 (PST)

Since I cannot buy a 2000 turbo diesel 4wd Jetta in the US, does any one know if they are available in Canada?
Randy Cooper <>
allegan, mi USA - Sunday, March 19, 2000 at 19:57:24 (PST)

Does anybody know who sings the song in the cabrio commercial with the full moon?
Karen <>
PA USA - Sunday, March 19, 2000 at 19:19:09 (PST)

Does anybody know who sings the song in the cabrio commercial with the full moon?
Karen <k_bearballs>
PA USA - Sunday, March 19, 2000 at 19:18:28 (PST)

Hi Caddy-Fans!Does anyone know where i could find a Caddy_modelcar in Scala1/18 or 1/43 or other Greetings from Germany!Caddy the Best!
Dirk Büermann <>
Germany - Friday, March 17, 2000 at 11:40:22 (PST)

joe clark <>
ga USA - Wednesday, March 15, 2000 at 13:09:20 (PST)

joe clark <>
ga USA - Wednesday, March 15, 2000 at 13:09:08 (PST)

Anyone know where I can find a 454 gas engine for my '83 Chevy Blazer 6.2L Deisel, model:Silverado Please email me
Anthony <>
grand rapids, mi USA - Tuesday, March 14, 2000 at 22:42:06 (PST)

I have a 1979 rabbit diesel 2 door I want to sell cheap. miliage is 160,000. pump was done 68,000 ago. runs fine room , just want a quick sell $350.00, either drive as is or makes a great parts car.chris 516 676 8982
chris <>
locust valley, ny USA - Monday, March 13, 2000 at 14:19:18 (PST)

Where I can find manual on the WEB for GOLF GTD 1,6 '85.
Zoran <>
Zagreb, Croatia - Monday, March 13, 2000 at 04:08:27 (PST)

This is a great site. I was wondering if they had Passat TDI's. I have a 1998 Jetta TDI and boy does it go. I think my next car will be a Passat TDI Wagon. I saw someone asking about buying one and that was that. Thanks
Matthew R Ellis <>
Port Orchard, WA USA - Friday, March 10, 2000 at 21:23:04 (PST)

I have an 85 Quantum (remember those) turbo-deisel with a foctory replacement engine. Only 20,000 miles on the engine. Body is junk, engine is fantastic. I want $600.00 for the whole thing. Come and get it!
Toby <>
Angwin, california USA - Friday, March 10, 2000 at 20:29:42 (PST)

Looking for a 1980 solid body pickup truck, I currently have one with rust problems, but a good running diesel. Please HELP
Robert Dagenais <>
Marquette, MI USA - Friday, March 10, 2000 at 17:53:13 (PST)

Looking for a 1996 or 1997 Passat TDI. Preferably a wagon. Tel. 651-646-3072
Pasi Kaskinen <>
Minneapolis, MN USA - Friday, March 10, 2000 at 10:18:52 (PST)

KAMLOOPS, BC CANADA - Tuesday, March 07, 2000 at 20:20:17 (PST)

KAMLOOPS, BC CANADA - Tuesday, March 07, 2000 at 20:15:54 (PST)

i have 81 diesel pickup. want to contact others in my area.
carl asaro <>
middletown, USA - Tuesday, March 07, 2000 at 17:34:19 (PST)

I recently read a auto magazine that mainly does high end cars, but this time they had pic's from the Detroit auto show in it. As I opened the mag and thumbed through the pic's, lowe and behold there was a VW truck, not a small one mind you but a full size king cab with four doors, wooden trim inside, a six speed tranny, and guess what, it had a 10 cylinder diesel engine with a claimed 450 hp and 550 torque rating! The only problem is that it is a concept, but they said that VW might produce it! I don't remember what magazine I saw this out of but I would like to have more information. Does anyone out there know anything about it?
Russ <>
Salem, Or USA - Tuesday, March 07, 2000 at 16:36:18 (PST)

1981 vw rabbit pickup 1.6 l d great web page very informative.
pat shanahan <>
fremont, oh USA - Tuesday, March 07, 2000 at 13:09:36 (PST)

82 Rabbit L Diesel 4dr. 73 SuperBeetle 84 Rabbit L Diesel 2dr w/ Sunroof. 85 Jetta GL 87 Jetta 95 Jetta GL 84 GTI 84 GTI 84 Volvo 760 VW I-6 Diesel
Peter W O'Dwyer <>
Rensselaer, NY USA - Monday, March 06, 2000 at 11:40:00 (PST)

Yoshi-Tuning ...Der VW Club e.V. wishes a good saison 2000 to all vw-drivers over the world! Visit us under :!
Yoshi <>
Göppingen, GermanyUSA - Monday, March 06, 2000 at 08:28:23 (PST)

CHATTANOOGA, TN USA - Sunday, March 05, 2000 at 19:44:38 (PST)

About setting the pump timing: Preloading the gauge refers to pushing the gauge in until you get a reading on the needle of the gauge - - in other words, you don't just stick it in blindly and hope the gauge is contacting. The difference between "check" and "adjust" is: If your readings fall into the "check" range, no adjustment is necessary. If your readings are outside the "check" range, you then "adjust" to the more precise setting given in the book. Hope this helps!
Gary <>
Goldfield, NV USA - Sunday, March 05, 2000 at 07:46:38 (PST)

Looking to buy 1992 or newer V.W diesel 5sp with a bad motor or other mechanicle promblems.have a nice day!Q
m.p <>
mi USA - Saturday, March 04, 2000 at 20:16:02 (PST)

looking to buy vw diesel 1992 or newer with mechanicle promblems. prefer 5 speed.
m.p <parpung @ hot>
mi USA - Saturday, March 04, 2000 at 20:09:34 (PST)

looking to buy vw diesel 1992 or newer with mechanicle promblems. prefer 5 speed.
m.p <parpung @ hot>
mi USA - Saturday, March 04, 2000 at 20:05:13 (PST)

Help! I'm in the final stages of putting my 1997 1.9 TDI diesel engine back together after breaking a timing belt. I just do not fully understand the process for setting injector pump timing. I have the dial indicator and the adaptor to hold it. I have read the procedure in the Bentley manual. I have read, read, and read. But I dont get it! What is "pre-loading" the gauge? What is the difference between the "check" and "adjusting" settings? If anyone can explain the process in simple, layman terms it would be greatly appreciated. This is a great site. Thanks for any help.
bhowe <>
Fremont, ca USA - Wednesday, March 01, 2000 at 20:33:17 (PST)

hello im looking for a job in houston texas around october i'll be moving down there around october and need to know what shops a hiring and if i could get there e-mail adress so i could write them and get info on their company and what type of equipment they work on
robert m rehberg jr <>
oregon city , or USA - Tuesday, February 29, 2000 at 19:00:35 (PST)

Nice page I have a 86 dsl Golf 225k and still ticking. I got some good info from your page. Some I had learned the hard way while working on my 'beast' over the past four years. Keep it up!
Andrew Voigt <>
Pittsburgh, PA USA - Sunday, February 27, 2000 at 14:59:19 (PST)

Great site and I have gained good info here. Thanks. I have a 2000 Beetle TDI ( love the engine in this car!!!), an 83 Pickup ( gas, sniff sniff, sorry ) and a 73 412. I appreciate any leads on info or parts of the 412 or the pickup anyone can give me.
Matt Brickell <>
Olathe, KS USA - Tuesday, February 22, 2000 at 03:45:23 (PST)

Wow, this site is great. I have never seen so many other sick people like me. I own three VW Jettas. One turbo diesel and the other two non turbo. What a difference a turbo makes! My idea for a real, sick, dimited, twisted car is to install a 1.9 TDI into an A2 jetta. If anybody has a place where I can get good cheap parts for this project e-mail me.
David Mageary <>
Flagstaff, az USA - Wednesday, February 09, 2000 at 21:53:31 (PST)

Congratulation on your nice site.I personally own a 1981 Rabbit pick-up diesel 5 speed i really would appreciate for any good links anybody can send me for customising parts and infos... Thanks in advance... Keep up the good work!
Paul-Christian Desautels <>
Terrebonne, Québec Canada - Tuesday, February 08, 2000 at 14:29:22 (PST)

mustapha amine <>
casablanca, USA - Wednesday, February 02, 2000 at 06:34:44 (PST)

Ipurchased a brand new 1997 VW Jetta w/ a TDI turbo diesel. This has been one of the best vehicles I have ever owned. Not only am I consistently seeing 52 to 54 MPG @ Freeway speeds (60 to 65 mph), I can do it in a vehicle that has power,room, and comfort. This car has become a real member of our family, BUT !!! I BLEW IT !!!! I committed the worst possible automotive sin! I neglected my TIMING BELT MAINTENANCE. Yes, at 75,000 miles my timing belt slipped at about 45 mph. Why didnt I do the 60k warranty maintenance, (timing belt replacement)? Probably the most common excuse, " I couldnt afford the 500.00 cost".....Well, now I will pay. The local VW dealer says 4,500. to 6,500. for engine replacement. Does anyone out there know if these engines are available on the west coast? Looking to find a re-built exchange. CHECK YOUR TIMING BELTS....DONT BE A FOOL LIKE ME. It is heartbreaking to see our baby sitting in the driveway dead.
Bill Howard <>
Concord, CA USA - Tuesday, February 01, 2000 at 20:54:20 (PST)

Great site for us "Diesel Dudes" I have this info for your hard starting( long cranking) problems. The fuel injection pump will loose its prime with hi milege due to worn shaft bearing letting air in so the fuel runs back to the fuel tank.I installed a check valve between pump and fuel filter. The valve was a type for use in a gas car vaccum line to a vaccum reserve tank for when the motor was not running( power brake boost reserve)Auto supply has such on "vaccum air fittings display rack or equivalent" Worked fine for me .My car,1981 Rabbit Diesel~189,000 mi + (Odometer broke )Still strong 50 mpg
Doug < >
Commack, NY USA - Monday, January 31, 2000 at 12:05:58 (PST)

just got to this web site, have had vw diesels for years since 1978 my first, now driving an 81 pick-up, like reading the comments, anyone close to me here in reno leave me some email,,,, thanks and a great site mike
mike <>
reno , nev USA - Wednesday, January 26, 2000 at 12:15:03 (PST)

I am looking for a reason why any VW diesel engine is unavailable in California. Does anyone know? Dealerships in California are full of excuses, delays, and rhetoric. Also, I am willing to buy out of state (Yellow or Blue Beetle GLS TDI with luxury pkg). Has anyone had any experience with this? Thanks For The Help.:-) PS: great guestbook!!
Sean Mills <>
USA - Friday, January 21, 2000 at 13:24:38 (PST)

Matt, you have a very informative site. Having owned several VW diesels and turbodiesels, and one Audi diesel, I'll tell any VW diesel owner to do whatever they must to find a 1.6 VW turbodiesel engine in a boneyard for a relatively easy transplant. I did that engine swap on an '82 VW Rabbit p.u. (5-speed) with amazing results. The re-engined truck (with oversized tires) pulled hard right up to 85 mph. Not only that it still averaged 43-44 mpg on warm summer days without the air running. The most amazing thing about the little truck was it's ability tow. Living here in Cleveland I found a diesel Vanagon (with blown engine) in Philadelphia about 500 miles away. Not having the money to rent a rig to tow it back I foolishly rented a towbar instead, hooked up an aftermarket oilcooler and used the p.u. to tow the van. The interstate is quite hilly, and I had to stop about every 30 miles on the tow to let the engine cool down, but the p.u. made it back without incident. Soon after that I sold it to another happy owner. These engines are truly remarkable. I figured the weight of the pick-up at 2,000 lbs. and the weight of the van at 3,500 lbs., and all being towed by a 68 hp turbo-diesel engine. I have since embarked on my 2nd 1.6 turbo-diesel Vanagon (the original was totalled in a rear-ender) and can attest that the Van had acceptable acceleration and still was able to attain 36 mpg at an average of 65 mph on the interstate. Once again if you own a 1.6na diesel rabbit, jetta, caddy, swap in a 1.6td you won't be dissappointed.
Mark Thoma <>
Cleveland, OH USA - Sunday, January 16, 2000 at 16:52:31 (PST)

GREAT SITE!!! Recently purchased a 1980 Rabbit Diesel (only 49K miles) and love it. I had a project car ('81 Rabbit Diesel with 67k) but progress was too slow so when I found the "cherry" I couldn't resist. The only thing I need now is a 5 speed transmission (it has an "economy" 4spd). Anyone out there have a "spare" 5 spd in good shape they want to move? Just give me a "jingle" e-mail:
Danny Benefield <>
New Orleans, LA USA - Sunday, January 16, 2000 at 11:19:20 (PST)

Having previously owned and loved a Peugeot 505s turbodiesel I am quite interested to learn more about the VW 1.9 liter TDI engine. Specifically it's suitabilty to colsd weather climate such as Minnesota. Previous TD ownership took place in warmer climate. How long has this engine been in production and what kind of reliability has been experienced. I imagine the europeans are big consumers of such an engine and would have more info???
George Hess <>
Minneapolis , mn USA - Saturday, January 15, 2000 at 14:40:26 (PST)

I find your web page facinating. I have an '82 Jetta diesel that I've just did some work on, and am interested in a digital tach. However the description, and explantion seems a bit over my head. Iguess as I get better at working on this car it may come to me. My wife thinks I'm crazy for buying and working on the car, but I don't care; I love working on it. So anybody who can help me customize the car has my interest. Thanks
Paul Jackson <>
Whitfield , Ms USA - Friday, January 14, 2000 at 15:42:53 (PST)

I got an 86 jetta diesel from a local junk yard. The owner drove it in on 3 cylinders. I spent a few hours and a couple of bucks and the thing runs great. I am using the engine to power a 10k generator. I have the whole thing mounted on a 3 x 4 foot trailer. The rest of the car is in pretty good shape, if any one needs spare parts.
Dave Banno <>
caledonia, MI USA - Thursday, January 13, 2000 at 19:54:48 (PST)

I love your site. I have four diesel VW (1) A 1983 Automatic Jetta w 1.6 turbo, (2) 1981 4 doors Rabbit 5 speed, (3) 1984 two door Rabbit 4 Speed & love it (4) 1985 Jetta 1.6 turbo w 5 speed.
Jose A. Hernandez <>
Jamestown, NC USA - Thursday, January 13, 2000 at 04:53:22 (PST)

I am upset because VW does not sell the Eurovans diesel in the US.The market segment of mid-size diesel commercial vehicles and diesel MPVs (=low fuel consumption+low emissions) is totally ignored by manufacturers and importers in the US. Do I have to go to Europe or Australia to get an VW Eurovan diesel with catalytic converter ? (or a Mercedes van, Fiat, Peugeot, Ford Transits... ) Or shall I buy one of these 15mpg polluting dinosaur-vans that Dodge, Ford and Chevrolet are still proudly throwing down the throat of the american consumer ? I am really upset.
susan. <>
CA USA - Monday, January 10, 2000 at 23:19:17 (PST)

Really nice work on the site Roger. Thanks for all the tips and info- going to have to build the tach- great idea. All the other stuff is a real goldmine too- did the wheel well thing to my 82 A1 Jetta and it also saves on belts immensely as they're not always getting slopped full of mud and snow (not usually at the same time:) See ya-James
James Hansen <>
Ebenezer, Sk Canada - Friday, January 07, 2000 at 01:03:21 (PST)

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