Which year Jetta is Best to Buy???

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  1. fasteddie

    fasteddie Member

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    Hi, Had a 06 Jetta TDI lined up to purchase, however it was just sold. Looking for a manual transmission for the best MPG. Now just reading about the cam wear and transmission issues. I am thinking 2003 to 2004. What is your opinion? Love this site!!! Great people involved here!!!
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  2. chittychittybangbang

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    If you're thinking 2003 or 2004, get the 2003. The engine is a little simpler and gets better mpg. And you don't have to worry about camshaft issues at all. Unless you happen to just have a worn camshaft :) The 2004-2006 mk4 cars were also pumpe duse. However, I like the newer style cars more because they have more features.
  3. 50mpg

    50mpg New Member

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    Get a new one :) More power, bigger, cleaner, and the new body style will hold its value well. 2002-2003 are about the same but they have their own list of problems like falling windows due to bad regulators, bad flywheels too. Avoid the automatic transmission for longevity.
  4. fasteddie

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    Called on two 2003 Jettas today, one wagon, one sedan BOTH were sold today! I will keep shopping.
    Thank you for your input!!!
  5. fasteddie

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    Just found a 2006 with package #2, auto, 93k miles. All of the goodies on it. I do like the goodies, I have been driving a Caddy since 1990. Comparing $14k at 93k miles vs. a 93 TDI Manual with no goodies and 165k miles. I am leaning towards the 06 with the goodies. What expenses on PM would be expected at 93k miles?
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  6. chittychittybangbang

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    Camshaft and flywheel are probably bad but there is a chance they could be OK too. The timing belt will definitely need to be done so the camshaft will only be a little more work. I have a 2006 package 2, you will like it :) The only thing better is the 2005.5 package 2.
  7. fasteddie

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    So do ALL of the 2006 TDIs need camshaft replacement and flywheel replacement? Do the repairs correct the problem or is it reoccuring? What is the frequency of the failures? I see cam shaft kits are about $800. What is the cost of the flywheel replacement at a dealer?
    Thanks
  8. chittychittybangbang

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    No, I did a TB on a 2006 which was fine at 100k. Mine was worn. Using thicker oil should help prevent it, there's a guy called franko6 who modifies the bearing caps to increase oiling and uses a lower torque on the rocker bolts. It's a good theory but only time will tell if it's a permanent fix. Nobody really knows the real rate of failure because if a car comes in with a problem it's normally because it has wear. Some believe all will have this failure sooner or later. Flywheel replacement would probably be around $1000-1200 as a total guess. Parts+labor are more expensive at dealer.

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