Got the ignition coil recall notice ...

Or more formally, "Voluntary Emissions Service Action 28F3/P1."
No specifics about what models or engines are covered, just "some
Volkswagen vehicles."
Someone asked earlier about reimbursement to people who had already suffered coil failure and paid for replacement; there's a "Customer Campaign Reimbursement Claim Form" included, although they don't make any mention of it in the cover letter.
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So far it seems only the 1.8T coils have had the letter sent. Check the coil and if it is not one of a certain group of OK coils, replace it

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Wow, so this isn't a flashback to 2002!
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LG wrote:

Reading through Volkswagen forums on www.vwvortex.com, someone posted the following URL: http://www.vwcoils.com That's a site that Volkswagen created for information about the ignition coil recall. There's an option on the left that says "Is My Vehicle Affected?", and for models with the 2.5L engine, it lists the notification date as March 2010 - August 2010.
For cars that have a potentially significant problem, that seems like a long wait for a notification letter and fix. VW has said that there is a shortage of new ignition coils; however, since VW has known about this problem for quite a while, I'd think they would be more prepared for it.
I'd think that a car company would want to fix serious issues like this quickly, but 2001-2007 is quite a while - That implies that VW has sold quite a few cars that might have this ignition coil issue.
I always used to hear that VWs were known for reliability, and I own a VW myself (a 2009 Rabbit), so it's disappointing to think that they've had a problem like this for so long.
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When / where did you use to hear THAT? : )
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In2hoppn wrote:

From many different people, including people who owned VWs, in the 80s through mid 90s or so. :)
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Nah, the 80's weren't any good either. I only got 18 years and 314,000 miles on my '83 GTI before I sold it (with the original engine) ... and bought my '01 Jetta TDI which now has 200,000 miles on it. :-)

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Erik Dillenkofer wrote:

"Only" 314,000 miles and 18 years? I'd say that's pretty good. :) I knew someone who had a 1980 Scirocco that he eventually sold after about 18 years and more than 200,000 miles - and it still had the original engine, and even the original clutch.
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I had to replace the clutch at 162,000 miles ... of course I read electric meters at the time and drove from house to house to house all day long.
You'd think the clutch would last longer than that ... doggone unreliable cars!

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Nah, they ain't good for nothin'...
Two VW's sacrificed themselves for my family and I... The '80 Rabbit went 19 years and 175K before I had to put it down because of a tear in the pan under the seat... The '81 pickup survived a slew of butthead owners before I rescued it... Still have it. The '88 Golf just went to a friend's son at 237K... The '99 Jetta has been astoundingly reliable, even with a supercharger The '00 Golf is happily transporting my spouse around, with nary a peep.
Guess I'll have to invest in some Detroit, er, Washington DC iron next NOT!!
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Which Supercharger did you go with on the '99? I am still running my '83 GTi engine but I want a little more pep OR a lot more pep. <g>
Ign Coils had issues starting with the VR6 engines and the 2.0 engines. So why not the 1.8t. lol Usually they can be repaired/resealed with a little time and a little money.
Knock on my wood, my '97 1.8t engine probably still has the original ign. coils and they are doing well along with that ign module. BTW I only own one VW, a '70 Beetle, but I do own a couple of Audis (1983 & 1997). <g>
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wrote:

Hey Dave,
After doing most of the other stuff to the '99 2.0L, (exhaust, chip, brakes, suspension) I opted for the NS supercharger. Took a while to get it all dialed in; not that it ran bad, just after some fine tuning, it is very happy. Went with the 2.6'' pulley and the TT cam that is the equivalent of the one in the Corrado. What amazed me was the highway MPG went up after the blower went on. All I could figure is the flow, even w/o boost, was better. One issue I did run into was some pinging even on 93 octane in hot conditions. Took a crack at it with the evoheatshield phenolic spacers on the intake - pinging gone for good. Had to fabricate a new LH top mount for the blower, but was it worth it! You have to listen real close to tell it has a blower at idle, but open the throttle and there is a very satisfying whine. She'll eat a 4.6L mustang for lunch most any day - have shutdown a few of those. You should see the look on their faces when a stock looking VW comes screaming out of the hole and zips right by 'em.
The blower isn't for everyone; a turbo has it's own benefits and lower cost. But the blower gives instantaneous grunt, even at low rpm. While I love wringing it out getting on a interstate - 85 in third, 105 in fourth easy, and when she gets the bit in her mouth in fifth, she just motors her way around most everything; the ability to just stomp on the throttle in 5th and GO! always makes me smile.
If you go for it, might I suggest bigger sway bars, sport springs and struts, braided brake lines with great pads, and slotted/drilled rotors? Going fast requires better handling, and the ability to stop quick too.
HTH
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Your setup makes me smile too HTH! <g>
Yeah I dream a lot about boosting the power on my '83 GTi engine ('83 Audi 4000s), so I like to hear what others have done to their VW based engines. I thought about the Corrado engine and installing it complete or the Supercharger setup. Some Audi 4000 cars had the 5 cylinder engines and some 5 cylinder engines had turbos. SOOO a lot of possibilities are out there for me depending on the amount of work I care to do. ;-) I do have the 1.8t in my '97 Audi A4 and it has very nice power, but it makes me desire more out of my old 4000s. <g>
So in your case did you upgrade to the VR6 components, Brakes/Suspension etc. to make your '99 more balanced but stock? I like "bolt-on" stock components that are readily and inexpensively obtained.
thanks for the receipe since this will probably always be a dream for me! ;-) later, One out of many daves
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Hey Dave,
After doing most of the other stuff to the '99 2.0L, (exhaust, chip, brakes, suspension) I opted for the NS supercharger. Took a while to get it all dialed in; not that it ran bad, just after some fine tuning, it is very happy. Went with the 2.6'' pulley and the TT cam that is the equivalent of the one in the Corrado. What amazed me was the highway MPG went up after the blower went on. All I could figure is the flow, even w/o boost, was better. One issue I did run into was some pinging even on 93 octane in hot conditions. Took a crack at it with the evoheatshield phenolic spacers on the intake - pinging gone for good. Had to fabricate a new LH top mount for the blower, but was it worth it! You have to listen real close to tell it has a blower at idle, but open the throttle and there is a very satisfying whine. She'll eat a 4.6L mustang for lunch most any day - have shutdown a few of those. You should see the look on their faces when a stock looking VW comes screaming out of the hole and zips right by 'em.
The blower isn't for everyone; a turbo has it's own benefits and lower cost. But the blower gives instantaneous grunt, even at low rpm. While I love wringing it out getting on a interstate - 85 in third, 105 in fourth easy, and when she gets the bit in her mouth in fifth, she just motors her way around most everything; the ability to just stomp on the throttle in 5th and GO! always makes me smile.
If you go for it, might I suggest bigger sway bars, sport springs and struts, braided brake lines with great pads, and slotted/drilled rotors? Going fast requires better handling, and the ability to stop quick too.
HTH
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Hey Dave,
First, just FYI, the HTH was the "hope that helps" :-) I'm Mike...
I lucked out; the '99 Wolfsburg Edition came with a boatload of goodies, not the least of which was the "plus" suspension, and most of the options from the A3 line other than leather seats and the VR6. I walked into the dealer to see what was available and bought the Jetta WE. They were the last of the A3s to come off the line. Some might have been disappointed to get the A3 instead of the A4, but I'm very pleased with her. She earned her keep as my "service" vehicle as a support engineer for 7.5 years - always got pleasant reviews from customers who rode to lunch, etc... Now she's "semi-retired".
The NS supercharger is designed around the crossflow head from the ABA and AEG engines. I'm not familar with the Audi engines enough to know if you have a crossflow head. I suppose you could put an ABA head on it if necessary. If I ever get the head off mine, it's getting a port and polish to flow better.
You could put the euro-G grind cam in yours, I suppose. Find a used NS big bore throttle body, maybe? Get a 4 into 2 exhaust manifold and a TT catback exhaust? I'm sure there are several options! Plan your upgrades well in advance and just slog your way through collecting them.
Good luck with your project! Currently I'm working on restoring the '81 pickup.
Best Regards, JPZ
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lol Thanks Mike, I have a buddy who recently restored his Pickup using the Passat 16V engine and wheels. It is gorgeous!!! Good luck with your project too!
With my '83 Audi 4000s, I could install most of the VW engines, ABA, AEG, etc. if I can get the correct oil pump & pan to fit above my subframe. Audi did make a 2.0l engine but without the crossflow head. That would be an easy upgrade for mine and those engines can be found cheaply now. IF I ever find the bolt-on Supercharger that were built for the Rabbits, I would try that on mine first. That is a project waaaaay back on the stove not even over a burner. lol
I am glad that others have sooo much fun modifying theirs, loving them more and telling the stories to entertain people like me. ;-) later, One out of many daves
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Hey Dave,
First, just FYI, the HTH was the "hope that helps" :-) I'm Mike...
I lucked out; the '99 Wolfsburg Edition came with a boatload of goodies, not the least of which was the "plus" suspension, and most of the options from the A3 line other than leather seats and the VR6. I walked into the dealer to see what was available and bought the Jetta WE. They were the last of the A3s to come off the line. Some might have been disappointed to get the A3 instead of the A4, but I'm very pleased with her. She earned her keep as my "service" vehicle as a support engineer for 7.5 years - always got pleasant reviews from customers who rode to lunch, etc... Now she's "semi-retired".
The NS supercharger is designed around the crossflow head from the ABA and AEG engines. I'm not familar with the Audi engines enough to know if you have a crossflow head. I suppose you could put an ABA head on it if necessary. If I ever get the head off mine, it's getting a port and polish to flow better.
You could put the euro-G grind cam in yours, I suppose. Find a used NS big bore throttle body, maybe? Get a 4 into 2 exhaust manifold and a TT catback exhaust? I'm sure there are several options! Plan your upgrades well in advance and just slog your way through collecting them.
Good luck with your project! Currently I'm working on restoring the '81 pickup.
Best Regards, JPZ
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The mailings will be done in batches and so far the ones released seem to be only for the 1.8T

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In wrote: > there's a "Customer Campaign Reimbursement Claim Form" included,

Umm... well... it's on the back.
The front looked rather complete, so I never bothered to turn it over.
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