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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,300 miles

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta exhaust system problems

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #1

May 272005

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 47,300 miles


Car stared putting out alot of blue smoke from tail pipe on start up and gas milage was dropping 5-6 mpg and I thought that was alot for a diesel engine. Car lost power at freeway speeds and would barely run. Entire intake system to the head was full black sticky carbon choking the engine for clean air. Intake system had to be completly disassembled (maniflod, egr vavle, ccv tube) and cleaned of carbon, which by searching the internet is a very common problem with VW tdi 1.9 engine.

- Flushing, MI, USA

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