VW Jetta 1.8T ?

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  1. StealthMode

    StealthMode Active Member

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    I just totaled my car out sunday morning, (hydroplaned into the center median, flipped the car end over end kitty-corner and rolled it a couple more times) needless to say I need to start looking for a new car sooner than I wanted. I've been thinking about getting a VW Jetta 1.8T, or even a Golf GTi.
    I can afford pretty much anything around $10k, ideally less since I want to keep my payments around $200 a month. So I'd be looking at a 99.5 Jetta, so I was wondering how the 1.8T was. Someone told me once if you chip it you can pull off 200hp easily enough, this true? Is it a good car, how moddable is the engine for more power, what upgrades would you recomend, etc.? (Same questions on the Golf too)
    My dad bought my mom an 04 Jetta TDI, (I've ridden in it ...twice now :p) last fall, and he loves it, and so he's pushen me towards a Jetta as well, (as if I needed any pushing, been looking at Jetta's for awhile now) So this summer before classes start up again I'll be buying, and I just wanted som feedback on what to look for, what to avoid and what not.

    Ideally, I want a Jetta 1.8T with manual :bigthumb: Thanks for the help!


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    Being the proud owner of many dubs including a 1.8T, I can say for sure by chipping [APR ;)] getting a new wastegate and a rear sway bar, she will be a great handeling rocket!!! If you need some information, please drop me an e-mail.
     
  3. StealthMode

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    Thanx! APR I'm guessing is the brand, ooor...? And a rear sway bar is a must :big grin: Will deffinetly be quick upgrade.


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    great car
     
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    My ex just had her's sent to apr and came back with a dual stage 93/100 octane kit. Went to the dyno w/ 93 and came out at 217hp!!!
     
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    There are tons of mods available for veedubs, especially with the 1.8T. You can get 300 hp with a big turbo kit too.

    APR (audi performance and racing) www.goapr.com
     
  7. flip2jetta

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    it's a good daily driver that you can definately mod easily, and it won't cost too much to pull power out of it since it already has a turbo. Just make sure to check all the service records and have any known issues fixed if it's still under warranty. It's a great car I know I love mine.
     
  8. Dr. Woo

    Dr. Woo Guns don't kill people

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    GTI is lighter and quicker, but I personally prefer the practicality of four doors.
     
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    Also, if you like the front end of the GTI, all you have to do is find some one with the same color and it is a 3hr swap. Cool mod and very cheap!!!
     
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    Swap the GTI front onto a Jetta? What do you mean?


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  11. Dr. Woo

    Dr. Woo Guns don't kill people

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    Hmm...never heard of this. Of course, I'm more an Audi-phile than a VW-phile.

    You mean just swap everything body-wise from the quarter panels-forward? Or more?
     
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    phill Jesus Christ Monkey Balls

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    I've got a 2003 Jetta 1.8t with the 5 speed tip

    great car and great power from a small motor. The 1.8t has unbelievable potential, and with as little as $300-400 you can seriously increase your horsepower and low end torque.

    It is fun to drive, and I have never had any maintenence problems

    One thing I wish I could change would be the transmission. The tip is fun, but I would like to have a manual (it has more potential for withstanding higher torque and horsepower than the auto)

    good luck!
     
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    watch out for reliability problems
     
  15. haqh0re

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    hey if you get a 1.8 go with a GIAC chip, exhaust, and intake. check out vwvortex.com for more info. i had a 1.8T A4 before my R32 and i had an APR exhaust and chip. had a few problems with them and i recomend GIAC. You going to be around 210hp and 245 ft-lb. Well worth the money for the chip wouldnt drive the car with out it. if you need some more info on this shit PM me
     
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    Dr. Woo Guns don't kill people

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    Shut the fuck up.
     
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    Dr. Woo Guns don't kill people

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    :ugh: Hey, he's absolutely right. VW is almost bottom of the barrel for reliability these days.
     
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    Mine's a 2k and I have had not one problem yet. I do need a new clutch, but that's because she is at 71K miles. The conversion causes no problems and with the same paint color swap, VW will still warranty it for the 10yr, 100K mile program.
     
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    Drive a GM, Anything Korean, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Lambo, or a Lotus for a few days and get back to me.
     
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    Meekrob ANI-MAHRU !!!

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    haha.... VW owners and "The Chip" .....
     
  22. Johnny*MacBlayze

    Johnny*MacBlayze wassup? shut up!

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    how is the chip installed? can u do it urself or u gotta pay someone to install it?
     
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    agreeded on that
    :)

    And "The Chip" is what takes it from US standards to a Euro Brain and adds the power from there. Do you really think we get our cars just the same as our European counterparts. PEON :squint:
     
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    It is soldered on to your stock ecu. Usually it is included with the cost of the chip. You send them (say for instance APR) your ecu and then they solder the chip on and send it back. You are only out a car for a couple days. Or you could always buy another ecu and have a stock one as a backup.
     
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    Make sure you get a company that flashes the chip onto the board instead of soldering!!! That way, the VW dealer won't notice the modification and you'll keep your warranty.
     

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