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Hi, I've been reading this forum for about the last 12 hours.... I just bought a 2001 with the 1.8T. I am kinda wandering if I made a bad choice, as all the issues everyone has with theirs on here. Mine runs, and drives great, but wandering what is in store for it. It has 117,978 miles. I have always been a VW fan, my first car was a '73 Super, with factory A/C. This is my first NB, and the 1st VW in 15 years. I paid $3900 for it, so I don't think I got hurt to bad, but really don't hope it turns out to be a lemon...Anyway, thanks for the info, and look forward to spending a lot of time here...-Joshua
 

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Welcome aboard Joshua. Glad to have you along for the thrill ride.

Speaking of thrill, the 1.8t is a thrill of an engine...it relly makes the nB a sleeper. The biggest issue, which is a schelduled maintenance item, is your timing belt. The age and mileage of your bug warrants that if it hasn't been done yet, do it right away. A broken belt or a belt missing teeth, can cost you a 1800.00-3000.00+ top end rebuild. Dont take chances and say I can stretch a few more miles out of it- you'll be playing an expensive game of Russian roulette with your car.

While getting the timing belt done, you're to get the roller and tensioner done, as well as the water pump. The water pumps have plastic impellars that will literally disintergrate.

The other issues you'll face are items that any12-year old car would face. Certain sensors and seals will need replacing.

Your biggest tool is not only posting here and keeping us abreast on your beetle, but an approach of knowing you've purchased a 12-year car, knowing that items eventually wear out; these two things are a big asset to you.

We've seen quite a few who'vr bought their used new beetle uninformed, and caught up in the coolness/cuteness of it, and losing sight that this is a car who's production run has ended, as well as warrnties that for the most part, have long been expired. The new beetle is like any used car. maintenance is needed, and in some cases restoration. I hope you're on the good side of a well kept nB and will have many happy years and miles of beetle driving.

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welcome

Hello and welcome to newbeetle.org These cars do require lots of attention. Hope you have lots of tools and like working on cars every weekend cuase you gonna need that. LOL :p jk jk these are great little cars, enjoy and congrats on your new purchase.
 

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Welcome to the Org! Take Scarabs post to heart. He hit it on the head!
 

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Anyone have an estimate what the VW dealer would/should charge for a timing belt,water pump, and whatever else needs changed while they are there? I'm kinda curious, and am gonna give them a call tomorrow, I'm not very familiar with these yet, and me and zero clearance don't get along well.( 1987 Ford Escort) had the same issue, and I ended up scrapping it.:banghead::
 

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The dealer will charge a lot more, than a reputable VW independent shop would. Look in your area for one, and become friends with them..... :lol:
 

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Do not consider dealer for a timing belt/water pump repair. There is a reason they call them "Stealerships"!

Search around for VW specific repair shops in your area. Also see if they will use your parts or do they have a kit of things they replace. Check out Blauparts.com or ESC Tuning, they both have complete timing belt/water pump kits.

Parts are around $250. I have seen some shops advertise around $550-$600 for the repair if they supply parts.

You need to worry about the engine temp, but hot and cold. Water pumps go bad, thermostats open too soon. You also have to worry about the oil pick up screen plugging up in these engine. The pickup is less than $30, the oil pan is easy to remove and clean out and replace the pick up. Worth looking into before it leaves you hanging.

Also changing the cabin air filter and cleaning out all the leaves that get caught in the cowl on BOTH sides. You need to pull both halves of the front dashboard, not hard, then remove BOTH access panels (driver & passenger side) and clean out all the trash so you do not have water leaking into the cabin. Replace the cabin filter that is likely original while you are at it. You should also pull the wiper arms and the plastic cowl and clean out this side as well.

If you have an automatic transmission change the fluid ASAP. If you have a manual trans, change the fluid.

If you maintain these cars, they do run for a long period.

But with this age and mileage you need a scan tool to read and clear codes otherwise you are guessing all the time.

I highly recommend you buy this on for $47 and keep it in the car. Can check and clear airbag errors as well. Only down side, no real time data, that would be another tool.

Amazon.com: Car Code Reader Scanner VW/AUDI SCAN TOOL MAXSCAN VAG405 VAG 405 OBD II OBD 2 EOBD2: Car Electronics
 

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I also just realized there isn't a "Turbo" emblem on the rear deck, and doesn't appear it was ever there. Is this odd? And what is the little round cap in the bottom front passenger side of the bumper.
 

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Hi Josh,

Not odd at all. I think the Turbo S only has a turbo badge. I'm not a 100% on that one. The small cover is for access to the tow hook. The hook should be in the hatch nestled in with the jack in your spare tire.
 

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What oil is recommended, like 5W-30? And not knowing the history of my beetle, would you recommend running some sea foam, or other snake oil in it to knock crusty stuff, and sludge loose before changing oil.
 

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I run Castrol Edge 5w40. Ran it in my 2.0 Beetle and run it now in my 1.8T GTI. Seems to work well. I also run the larger Passat filter. It gets 5qts in the car that way, and extra oil in the system is never bad for the 1.8T.

I would just do a regular change. If there is sludge, you have other problems.
 

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What oil is recommended, like 5W-30? And not knowing the history of my beetle, would you recommend running some sea foam, or other snake oil in it to knock crusty stuff, and sludge loose before changing oil.
You will get a lot of opinions on SeaFoam. Here is what I did on my 1.8t that did have a clogged oil pickup. I put a can of SeaFoam in the oil and left is sit in the crankcase hoping it would help with the clogged oil pickup. But it did not seem to work, but I also had new oil in the crankcase.

I drained the oil when I pulled the oil pan and reused the new oil with SeaFoam for 2500 miles after the oil pickup was changed. No issues what so ever, I just did not run the car hard during this time.

I can say when I changed the oil, the replacement oil stayed MUCH cleaner for a very long period.

So I would not hesitate to run SeaFoam in the crankcase before an oil change. It may helf if the oil pick up is partially clogged.

I also run a Mobil 1 M1-301 filter on the car now as well. Fram PH3569 or Purolator L30257 should also work??

With the larger filter you can put full 5 quarts in the engine.

I would suggest Castrol Syntec or Edge 5W40 as well.
 

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Got my car in for a timing belt, water pump, and all other associated parts change, and will have him change thermostat, this coming Thursday. It's a VW shop, called Little German Village, in Ridgeville Corners OH. He is $250 cheaper on the timing belt kit change over the local VW dealer, and he uses German parts, ( not NAPA) like the other local shop. I am pretty mechanically inclined, as I work on semi's, and at equipment, but since I'm new to the NB, I wanted a VW man to check it out good for any issues. It only needs to last at least another 12 years, then my daughter can do with it whatever she wants:D
 

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Cool deal Joshua! Amazing how the dealerships knife ya with their high costs. Your wallet/budget is 250.00 heavier.

Ya know it would be cool if you, your family and your beetle would join us in May for TOD- the 5th annualTail of the Dragon cruise/weekend. Fellow Ohio orger Jerry/Bugman will be making the trek. I'm sure He'd love to have another beetle join the convoy:)

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Got my car in for a timing belt, water pump, and all other associated parts change, and will have him change thermostat, this coming Thursday. It's a VW shop, called Little German Village, in Ridgeville Corners OH. He is $250 cheaper on the timing belt kit change over the local VW dealer, and he uses German parts, ( not NAPA) like the other local shop. I am pretty mechanically inclined, as I work on semi's, and at equipment, but since I'm new to the NB, I wanted a VW man to check it out good for any issues. It only needs to last at least another 12 years, then my daughter can do with it whatever she wants:D
LOL..looking at the parts on these cars must make you chuckle after working on trucks
 
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