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Hello,

I just bought a used 06 Jetta TDI, 5 speed, from a local VW dealership. Overall the car is in excellent condition and only has 56 000 kms (35 000 miles) on it. Option-wise it has a sunroof, leather, and alloys. There was one issue I noticed when test driving it and then one issue I noticed on the way home after I bought it. They agreed to take care of the issues but I don't trust them since they have lead me to believe that I was given such an amazing deal as it was. They talked about it how it has been fully inspected and everything is in top condition, etc.

First issue: The car does not go well into first gear. The shifter feels stiff going into first and sometimes I have to move it over and go again. If I push it firmly to the left and then up, it will go in okay. It is not my imagination as I drove a few other examples and the shifting was not like that at all. My first thought is that it has something to do with the clutch? The shifting just doesn't feel quite right. I think the sales guys think it is a powertrain thing so they think it will be covered under the power train warranty. However, if it is the clutch, I'm sure there will be a fight. Any thoughts?


Second issue: When driving in a straight line, the wheel is off to the right about an inch or two. There is a slight pull to the right but not terrible. The tires seem fine and the pressue is good. Everything feels solid and the car handle well. Would this just be an alignment problem? Could it be anything else? I am calling them on this because they told me the car did not need anything. Again, I am hoping they will not attempt to charge me to fix it.

Other than these 2 problems, the car seems great. It runs great, drives well, and seems very well taken care of. I regret not having the problems taken care of before buying the vehicle. I have bought enough cars to know better but I got caught in the moment.

I also received the pressure about getting the extended warranty. They wanted $2400 for 4 years / 80 000 kms. I believe there is an option to get 1600-1800 back if you don't use it. I turned it down but with these issues I am having, maybe I should get it?

Thanks for any advice or insight you may have. This is a great site by the way. I just stumbled across it and have been reading through it for the last couple of hours.

Mike
 

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Adjust the shifter: http://www.myturbodiesel.com/1000q/multi/shifter-adjust-VW-Audi.htm . The clutch fluid could need bleeding too. There's a TSB about the sachs clutches blowing up. With your low mileage, maybe it never had the chance to come up. IMHO, if you get a replacement clutch, go with a G60 flywheel too.

The slight pull is alignment or suspension problems. With that low mileage, unless the car jumped a curb it shouldn't have enough suspension wear to effect alignment. Or maybe the road you were driving on was really crowned?

And make sure you use only 5w-40 to avoid cam wear or at least delay it!

Tell them to reduce the price by 1600-1800 off the bat or else don't buy it :)
 

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The clutch could also be a bad flywheel. The car sounds like a package 2 but with that low mileage, I'll bet the price wasn't too far off a lightly used 2009.
 

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Thanks for the replies.

I guess I will let them take a look. I am hoping it is not part of the clutch. Either way, I hope they will take care of it as they promised. I have an appointment on Tuesday and will update the thread when I find out.
 

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Thought I would an update. The dealer "fixed" the 2 problems. They did an alignment so that part is okay.

They said one of the shifter cables was too tight so they loosened it off and adjusted the cables. They told me when they test drove it, it shifted great. I am not so sure. Having driven other 06 tdi 5 speeds, I would say that mine does not shift as well. It is still a little stiff going into 1st and overall does not feel great going through the gears.

Anyway, I am not sure if I will take it back in or not. I may get a different VW mechanic to try and it and see what they think.
 
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