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Thursday, October 15th, 2009
5:46 pm
[ritzcrackerman]
I hate Herzog
The VW dealer network here in Portland sucks so bad.


This wasn't a catastrophe - but it's a pretty good glimpse into how Herzog & Ray Reece operate. I've had this same type of scenario happen enough times now, I think I've learned my lesson.Collapse )
*sigh* I feel a little better. Again - this is only a small thing. But this is how these guys operate, and it makes me so upset because every visit is some type of drama like this. I will not be going back to this dealer again. Lord knows how it would be if my car were under warranty and I had to deal with this s*** all the time...
Monday, August 31st, 2009
8:59 pm
[ritzcrackerman]
VW cooling fan fuse
Got my Jetta back from the shop a couple of weeks ago - it was a big job, unfortunately ($1200 worth).

Rene at Hillside Imports mentioned he had seen a lot of issues with Mark IV-era Jettas and Beetles - the cooling fan fuse overheated and melted, which led to a series of overheating problems and part failures - thermostat, thermostat housing, hoses, etc. etc.

The heat wave/Sunpocalypse 2009 in July in the great Pacific NW was most likely a culprit. Most cars were probably running low on cooling liquids anyways. My car runs better in cold weather anyways... He recommended that anyone I knew driving a VW from that era to check it out and make sure the cooling system was in good working order. He said he had never before heard of a fan fuse melting, until he had more than a dozen instances through the month of July and August alone.

Word to the wise...
Tuesday, April 15th, 2008
7:50 pm
[zind4gi]
BioDiesel
Hello,
I've got a 2003 VW Golf TDI. So, with the insanely high prices for diesel in Oregon (worst case $0.80/gal more than regular), have any of you converted to BioDiesel? If so, do you make your own, have a reliable supplier, or go to a place that offers it to the general public like Sequential BioFuels? If you have a reliable supplier, how much are you paying? Could you give me the name of your reliable supplier? If you are going to a place like Sequential BioFuels, how much are they charging and is it B20/B99 or some other combination? Finally, if you have switched over to BioD have you had any problems with your car other than having to change out the fuel filter? Thanks in advance.
Monday, April 14th, 2008
5:55 pm
[ritzcrackerman]
new addition to the family
Jack,




Meet Jill.




The wife named the Jetta "Jack" because I refused to allow her to name our first son "Jack." Jill joined us on Saturday, and we are super-thrilled. Got her from a private seller in Portland, for far below KBB value. GLS package, TDI engine, 2004. She is currently being admired by the neighbors.

Current Mood: thrilled to no end
Sunday, April 13th, 2008
3:05 pm
[ritzcrackerman]
Welcome!
Welcome to VW Portland! I created this community with the VW enthusiast and casual owner in mind. Feel free to share anecdotes, post pictures, and troubleshoot openly on this community. One of my goals is that users will be able to trade/swap/sell used items openly in this community as well, so that it may be a resource to you if you need.

Feel free to e-mail me directly if you have questions, but above all, post and comment on subsequent members' postings.

Regards,

James

1999 Jetta VR6
2004 TDI Beetle GLS

Current Mood: welcoming
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