School me on TDI MK4 - Looking to purchase

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Re: School me on TDI MK4 - Looking to purchase

Postby Roadhog on Feb Wed 05, 2014 12:21 am

I would go with an 04-05 just so you can get the BEW engine. It makes more power than an alh stock, and will make a lot more power from a simple tune. A stage 2 bew with just a tune will make 140 hp. On an alh you can only make 110hp with only a tune and no engine mods.
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Re: School me on TDI MK4 - Looking to purchase

Postby kevin286 on Feb Tue 11, 2014 11:32 am

Going to look at with intention of purchasing this guy.
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It's spent all its life in texas. no wrecks, clean vin check, not molested inside. leather, moonroof. 197k.
Two issues with the car. 1) scrape/cut in the ps front bumper cover/trim right by the marker light. Looks like someone scraped a wall or car when backing out because they cranked the wheel too soon.
2) abs light is blinking. not sure what this is about. sales guy at the dealer isnt a car guy at all.

:nod: crossing fingers that it pans out.
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School me on TDI MK4 - Looking to purchase

Postby YASHA7FOLD on Feb Tue 11, 2014 1:26 pm

With that fender I'd say it was in a wreck of some sort. Do they have a service log for it?


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Re: School me on TDI MK4 - Looking to purchase

Postby kevin286 on Feb Thu 13, 2014 11:47 am

Well I ended up picking this one up. A few things wrong that will need addressing. Airbag light is on, ASR light is on, needs a windshield, fix the bumper, do a timing belt job, de-carbon the intake, and adjust the shifter. It's got a short throw kit on it from dieselgeeks and its not adjusted quite right. Also has a burly ass skid plate. Is that stock? looks like about 1/4" aluminum thats been shaped in a brake.
Overall though, I think this will polish up nicely. I only had one full tank on the trip and got 40mpg with it on cruise at 75mph.
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Re: School me on TDI MK4 - Looking to purchase

Postby Mikewire on Feb Thu 13, 2014 12:04 pm

Good buy! Score on the DG parts - the skid plate is probably dieselgeek as well.

Grab VCDS, clear the codes from each module and address what comes back. There's bound to be quite a few stored and active codes.

Airbag could be the connector under the seat (there's a TSB, or viewtopic.php?f=55&t=3374).

ASR could be sensors.

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Re: School me on TDI MK4 - Looking to purchase

Postby kevin286 on Feb Fri 14, 2014 1:53 pm

hey thanks. I'm pretty stoked. Coming from my rolled, beat to sh*t, 2wd nissan pickup this is a huge upgrade for me.
This VCDS, looks like there's a couple different license options. To view and clear codes will I be needing the free or the expensive option :) ?
Ordered up the timing belt kit and the metal nerd tools. Gosh, if I'd known DG was in san antonio I would have picked them up there. That's where I got the car from. <face palm>
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Re: School me on TDI MK4 - Looking to purchase

Postby kevin286 on Feb Fri 14, 2014 2:16 pm

Ah ha! I've found tdiclub.com. and they have a sticky. Looks like http://store.ross-tech.com/shop/VCKII.html this product is the correct item. Eek 250$ Time to browse the FS section and see if I can find a previously owned version.
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Re: School me on TDI MK4 - Looking to purchase

Postby Rennwagen1 on Feb Sat 15, 2014 10:20 am

If you make it to Missoula, I have a fully licensed Hex-Can VCDS cable.
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Re: School me on TDI MK4 - Looking to purchase

Postby TDI in MT on Feb Sat 15, 2014 8:49 pm

kevin286 wrote:Ah ha! I've found tdiclub.com. and they have a sticky. Looks like http://store.ross-tech.com/shop/VCKII.html this product is the correct item. Eek 250$ Time to browse the FS section and see if I can find a previously owned version.


http://www.myturbodiesel.com is also a good site, but doesn't have nearly as many users as TDIClub.

I have VCDS if you happen to be near Helena someday.
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Re: School me on TDI MK4 - Looking to purchase

Postby chrishoward406 on Jun Mon 30, 2014 9:35 pm

Rennwagen1

Are you in missoula? I am in Hamilton. Have you ever done a TDI ALH timing belt job?

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