Excellent! The Vortex is another site for VW owners, most are not NB owners, but there is a lot of good tech information over there also. As with all forums there's good information and there is bad. Many here also are members there. This is just a much more active site and much more social. Every VW model, including those not found on this side of the pond are on that site. Here you might get an answer in minutes, there it may take days, or longer.the thickest orange tube in that picture has a hole about the size of a pencil tip in it, thinking that could be the cause of the first code. and googled how to replace front o2 sensor and found a walkthrough on this website called vwvortex
With a little help from here on the Org, most things are quite do-able. Lots of How-tos and DIYs in that section, have you been there? Also the advanced thread search works great, you just have to play around with the words you search. It doesn't recognize 3 letters. And join up over on the Vortex, most of us usee the same User ID, so you'll see us over there. Sounds like your on the right track. When it comes to buying parts ask around also. I have a list of about 20 or so online resources. VW Dealer Parts and VW Parts Resellers. You have to do a lot of shopping, parts will vary from part to part by as miuch as double for the same part.lol m. i actually started buying everything to get it to pass inspection as of right now (have rear rotors and break pads sitting in back seat because grandfather seems to think it will be to difficult for me to do it myself) wanna do a full tune up also, including turbo oil.....i will be able to start getting the necessities done if my grandfather didnt think i had a pallet of cash in my closet to pay a mechanic and just let me do it myself.
I just did the brakes (Rotors and Pads) all around. The front ones are pretty easy but the rear rotors were a bit of a challenge. You need a special caliper tool to push in and turn/rotate the calipers at the same time. I did buy a special caliper tool from Harbor Freight which made the installation a lot easier. You can also try to push in the caliper a little then try and rotate it manually but it is a pita doing it that way. If you just try and push those calipers in without rotating them you can permanently damage them. Also I recommend bleeding your system and replacing the brake fluid while you do the brakes. I had mine flushed and fluid replaced by a Euro shop in my area and it made a big difference.lol m. i actually started buying everything to get it to pass inspection as of right now (have rear rotors and break pads sitting in back seat because grandfather seems to think it will be to difficult for me to do it myself) wanna do a full tune up also, including turbo oil.....i will be able to start getting the necessities done if my grandfather didnt think i had a pallet of cash in my closet to pay a mechanic and just let me do it myself.
The brakes aren't really that bad. Not any worse than any other cars. Just remember the rear caliper tool that rotates the caliper piston while pushing it in. That is the hardest part. Replacing the rotors and pads is pretty easy. I put EBC rotors and pads all around. If you get OEM VW rear pads they come with new clips and bolts. The EBC didn't. I just cleaned up the clips and reused the rear bolts with a little loctite thrown in. Brakes work like a charm. Took me about 2 hours per axle and that included cleaning the calipers and painting them.timing belt was done around 100k, not sure about water pump. i now have about 178k (somewhere around mid to high 170's). seems like alot is overdue and thats how i just recently received the vehicle. i am probably going to sneak my way into doing some maintenance to it. maybe not the brakes (i can understand why my grandfather doesnt want me to) but definitely a full tune up. he says brakes the brakes on the NB are the hardest ones he has ever seen......find that a bit peculiar tbh