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    OT: Good place for VW care?

    Calling for the wisdom of South Bayers. Warranty expired on my '06 GTI and typical dealership spots proven to be on the priciest side of the car-care.

    What the recommendation?

    Thanks.
    I used to run tubes like you are, but then I got thorn in my wheel.

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    Sell it.
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    Community Garage on Monterey just north of Morgan Hill is good. They won't fix anything that's not broken. Not the easiest place to get to/from though. If you bring your bike the 68 bus to light rail isn't far away.

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    Not exactly South Bay, but I have to give a plug for Brian at Hayes European here in Santa Cruz.

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    My husband takes his to Fred's Garage in Redwood city - we find them to be reasonable, honest & knowledgeable.

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    Thanks folks, seems I gonna give Fred's Garage a try, since it's not far from my work.

    To Zorg, sure I'll sell it next spring, the car that gonna replace it just not in production yet
    I used to run tubes like you are, but then I got thorn in my wheel.

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    I second Fred's Garage. I took my wifes Jetta there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zorg
    Sell it.
    Agreed. The best place to service a VW is at the BMW trade-in office.

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    Hey, watch it with the VW bashing ya chuckle heads.

    Another great option is Streetwerke in Palo Alto.

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    Two other places to consider taking your veedub.

    (1) TST-Tomas Sport Tuning. Tim will take great care of your car. He is all the way up in Berkeley but has owned and serviced every type of VW there is. In fact, he has an 06 gti like yours.

    (2) DSR-Dynospot Racing. Dick is local in San Jose and has modified his share of VWs.

    Watch out for the modification bug that these guys can infect you with.

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    I've owned and work on all my vw's, be it aircooled or watercooled, but there are only two shops that I would ever allow to touch my cars. Tomas Sport Tuning which are now in Berkeley and Streetwerke which is in Palo Alto from what I remember.

    I've known Tim for about 8 years now and he's been working on vw's for about 25. Then there's Aaron over at Streetwerke who is very good as well.

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    Back in the late 1980s I used to go to Bugformance on El Camino Real in Sunnyvale. I honestly have no idea if they’re still around though.
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    Bugformance is now in San Jose off of Capitol and Alum Rock, but they mainly focus on aircooled stuff and aren't necessarily the best to go to, but they're still good. I trust the shop owners, but I only buy parts there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by motorbacon
    I've owned and work on all my vw's, be it aircooled or watercooled, but there are only two shops that I would ever allow to touch my cars. Tomas Sport Tuning which are now in Berkeley and Streetwerke which is in Palo Alto from what I remember.

    I've known Tim for about 8 years now and he's been working on vw's for about 25. Then there's Aaron over at Streetwerke who is very good as well.

    I endorse this statement.

    TST and Streetwerkes are two standup shops. You really cannot go wrong with either of them. you can rest assured that your car will be in good hands.

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    I'm getting ready to buy a Golf TDI. 230 ft/lbs of torque and up to 47 mpg highway.



    Any intel from the haters out there?

    world car of the year!


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    Daddy want.

    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    I'm getting ready to buy a Golf TDI. 230 ft/lbs of torque and up to 47 mpg highway.



    Any intel from the haters out there?

    world car of the year!


    fc
    I'm hoping the A4 diesel comes out here with a stick and quattro! .... then wait 10 years until I can afford one used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    I'm getting ready to buy a Golf TDI. 230 ft/lbs of torque and up to 47 mpg highway.


    Any intel from the haters out there?
    I've got 150K on my 2002 Beetle TDI, great engine, ^%$#^%$#^% electronics.

    _ Booker C. Bense

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    Quote Originally Posted by pimpbot
    I'm hoping the A4 diesel comes out here with a stick and quattro! .... then wait 10 years until I can afford one used.

    I'm going to have to sell my mini pooper so it's a big move. or a little move

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    I'm going to have to sell my mini pooper so it's a big move. or a little move

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    Interesting. I'm trying to sell our Mini as well. So far, I'm thinking about a loaded Mazda3. I like the Golf, but the prices are a bit too steep to my taste, and the warranty not long enough.
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    Gotta give a shout out for my long time mechanic. Tony from Old Volks Home, on Soquel Dr. in Santa Cruz.

    Going there for 15 years.

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    ...3 currently in the stable.

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    another vote for fred's garage

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    I drive my R32 all the way down from Tahoe to take it to Streetwerke...


    "Originally Posted by francois
    I'm getting ready to buy a Golf TDI. 230 ft/lbs of torque and up to 47 mpg highway
    ."

    That will be sweet. I'll be building my own Golf TDI over the winter... syncro AWD and locking differentials ought to get me to most trailheads:

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    Tony & Brothers Auto Repair
    281 N Fairoaks Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94085
    (408) 738-3340

    Not exactly South Bay but... We have taken several Audis / VWs there over the years. Good guys.
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    Fix it yourself!

    http://www.amazon.com/Keep-Volkswage.../dp/1566913101

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    No haters FC, but VS quality still have to prove itself worthy. Even with '06 supposedly improved, I had to take it 4 times for warranty repair and 3 times for recall. I need to fix second airbag that failed (first was covered by warranty) and engine light goes on/off who know's how many times.

    It's very probable I gonna give it a try with their upscale devision and wait for new A3 TDI, or just would be done with German engineering all together and get Lexus CT200h. Let's see which car would come out earlier and more affordable.
    I used to run tubes like you are, but then I got thorn in my wheel.

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    I was fixing my cars 10-15 years ago. Today the amount of specialized equipment to read all computer codes and so on just make it not worthy. Given the fact that Japanese cars I had/have didn't required any repair at all, I have better options to get my hands dirty.
    I used to run tubes like you are, but then I got thorn in my wheel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stalk
    ...and engine light goes on/off who know's how many times.

    ....
    That's just the heartbeat of a VW

    fc

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    We get to test this car next week.

    https://www.autoblog.com/2010/06/15/...di-cup-review/



    damn.

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    Nice!

    Quote Originally Posted by gruppe_a
    I drive my R32 all the way down from Tahoe to take it to Streetwerke...


    "Originally Posted by francois
    I'm getting ready to buy a Golf TDI. 230 ft/lbs of torque and up to 47 mpg highway
    ."

    That will be sweet. I'll be building my own Golf TDI over the winter... syncro AWD and locking differentials ought to get me to most trailheads:
    There was some guy on VWVortex who got his hands on an Audi TT quattro rear end and a Golf Syncro tranny from the UK with a propeller shaft and gas tank (I guess the gas tank has a bit of a relief to let the propeller shaft go under, or something). IIRC, he had to do some fabricating to get it to go, but he's got one of a very few Golf Syncros in this country. IIRC, he also needed the computer for the center Haldex diff control and wiring harness.

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    What, you don't have $15?

    Quote Originally Posted by Stalk
    I was fixing my cars 10-15 years ago. Today the amount of specialized equipment to read all computer codes and so on just make it not worthy. Given the fact that Japanese cars I had/have didn't required any repair at all, I have better options to get my hands dirty.
    You can get the VAG compatible interface and software for $15 that gets you all but the deepest of the dealer kinda functions.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/USB-V...ht_3938wt_1165

    Heck, its cheaper than an OBD2 scanner.

    I've used mine to reprogram regional settings and diagnose an ABS issue with my old GTi. It's cool. The software even lets you monitor and graph engine and ABS functions as you drive.

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    Thanks, I bought it just for fun. $10 including shipping with only risk of running shareware.
    I used to run tubes like you are, but then I got thorn in my wheel.

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    Seriously Pimp, thanks. Going to order it myself for the newer fleet of Jeeps and Mini's


    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    I'm going to have to sell my mini pooper so it's a big move. or a little move

    fc
    Didn't I just pick something like that out of my cat's litter box?

    As far as TDIs go, I am lovin' my Jetta Sportwagen TDI (2010). Zoom-zoom.

    Avoid the Audi, why pay more for a bit more flare when the bones are still the same.

    -j

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    FC, Cup edition all the way. The mild price premium is way worth all the goodies you get. Those seats are awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markj2k4
    I endorse this statement.

    TST and Streetwerkes are two standup shops. You really cannot go wrong with either of them. you can rest assured that your car will be in good hands.

    MARK! Hi Mark

    -matias

    Quote Originally Posted by pimpbot
    There was some guy on VWVortex who got his hands on an Audi TT quattro rear end and a Golf Syncro tranny from the UK with a propeller shaft and gas tank (I guess the gas tank has a bit of a relief to let the propeller shaft go under, or something). IIRC, he had to do some fabricating to get it to go, but he's got one of a very few Golf Syncros in this country. IIRC, he also needed the computer for the center Haldex diff control and wiring harness.

    negative ghost rider. you can just run a plain jane passat syncro setup (buy in canadia) and fab up mounts. The tank is different, but there are ways to get around that issue. You'd be amazed how many syncro golfs, rallyes, passats and golf limited's there are in the US.

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    Oreely?

    Quote Originally Posted by motorbacon
    MARK! Hi Mark

    -matias




    negative ghost rider. you can just run a plain jane passat syncro setup (buy in canadia) and fab up mounts. The tank is different, but there are ways to get around that issue. You'd be amazed how many syncro golfs, rallyes, passats and golf limited's there are in the US.
    I'm sure it would have to be a B4 (or earlier) or B6 Passat with the traverse engine. The Audi A4 based B5 and B5.5 Passats have longitudinally mounted engines.

    I hear older Audi TTs are showing up in junk yards in reasonable quantities. All the parts are there, FWIU.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pimpbot
    I'm sure it would have to be a B4 (or earlier) or B6 Passat with the traverse engine. The Audi A4 based B5 and B5.5 Passats have longitudinally mounted engines.

    I hear older Audi TTs are showing up in junk yards in reasonable quantities. All the parts are there, FWIU.

    Yep, B3 Passat g60 syncros.


    tt's at the yard

    Time to find me a mk2 shell to play with.

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    Yeah, the car is here. It is devastatingly economical. I drove from Sunnyvale to Milpitas and got 47 mpg.

    And then I drove up Sierra Road then through Calaveras Road. The car is a rocket when under 50 mph. At higher speeds, it doesn't go that hard.

    Handling on this version is awesome!!! Brakes are sweet!.

    Price is 24k
    body kit $2500
    DSG Auto $1100
    Sunroof $1100

    out the door is around $31k

    This is going to be my next car. But I need the hatchback so maybe golf tdi.

    From 2010-09-07


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    Quote Originally Posted by motorbacon
    MARK! Hi Mark

    -matias

    Well hello Matias, how is it?

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    Fred's Garage in San Carlos. Excellent for oil changes. Cheaper than you can do yourself.

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    OBD2 sucks

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    car obd2 scanners from scannerobd2.com:
    You need VAG compatibility to do anything really useful.... spammer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pimpbot View Post
    You need VAG
    Spoken like a true expert.

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