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Old 01-23-2007, 12:37 PM   #1
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Out with the old, in with the new... went from this beauty:

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94 Jetta, 5 speed, 2.0. Gets closer to 40 MPG compared to the 24 MPG I seemed to always pull with the Bonneville. And this ones a 5 speed... yay

Bought it with (what we thought) was a REALLY bad F/L wheel bearing. Got it home, dug into a bit. Turns out, you'll have a LOT of play if the axle nut is at 40 ft. lbs. Tightened 'er down to apx. 150 ft lbs and, while it make a little bit of noise (I'm sure something got damaged by her driving it with the nut so loose), it'* actually a safe car to drive now.

First mod: Removed hubcaps.
Second mod: Will remove the GREEN pinstripe as soon as it warms up a bit. I mean, a mint green pinstripe on a white car? Just whose idea WAS that??

Just had to share, it'* dirty because of the snow, but let me know what ya think!
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God help you if you have to replace the clutch in that thing. The drive axles bolt onto flanges instead of slipping into the diff casing, and they use internal hex head bolts....

Definately an aftermarket for it, esp. through Gex. And easy enough to drop the 20V turbo in there
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Clutch was replaced a few thousand miles ago and it has new axles too
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As I say to everyone who learns real cars have three pedals...

Welcome to the five speed
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Why did you remove the hubcaps?

Also, I agree, 3 pedals are better than 2
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Logan: After getting my feet wet in a 95 Talon TSi AWD with a 5 speed, I've wanted another 5 speed for SO LONG. I love getting away from the dark side of the transmission world

Petra: Removed the hubcaps because a white car with tinted windows and black rims looks mean... and because the car was missing one hubcap when I bought it and it was cheaper to remove the other three versus buying a new set of hubcaps
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Nice new ride...Looks good, and always cool to hear you got a better deal over an undertorqued part...lol
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I will have to check tonight but, the axle nut should be ~173ftlb. The wheel bearing is possibly shot. Moving it with the axle nut loose or off normaly kills the bearing.

This is the bible for it.
http://www.bentleypublishers.com/product.htm?code=va35 Factory service manual.
http://www.bentleypublishers.com/product.htm?code=vg99 Home service (not as complete on the diagnostics)


Best scanner under $5000. They also have good pricing on above manuals.
http://www.ross-tech.com/

I have a full set of stock steelies and hub caps.
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I searched vwvortex last night to get the torque spec, but if you could check and let me know for sure (since I'm probably going to have to replace the wheel bearing as a result of her neglegence) that'd be great.

Glad to see I'm not the only one on BC with a VW
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Congrats!!! It seems as if January is new car buying month for many BC'ers

And altough the 5 speed is nice, I hated it on my Eclipse since I commute to work and sit in traffic Then its a PITA!!!
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