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Just wondering if anyone out there has trouble with their VW burning an excessive amount of oil? I've had my car about a year and a half, the car itself has 82,000 miles on it, but the engine only has about 30,000. Dealer bought it back and replaced the engine before I owned it. My car burns about 1 quart of oil every 1,500 miles. I asked the guys at the dealer about it a few times; they've told me "that's just how VW's are, they always burn that much oil" I'm starting to think they're feeding a me a line of BS since I'm just some girl walking in there.
Does anyone else have this problem?
 

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are you sure you'r JUST burning oil, or you might have a leak somewhere......its a little unusual to be burnin' a quart every 1500.....
I've had 3 VW's.....golf, 2.0, jetta 2.0 and jetta 2.8 and all of them were fine......
btw my 1st car.....2.0 Turbo AWD Eagle Talon did gulp some oil after extensive beating on it......
 

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They shouldnt be, but for the certain early model mk4's with the issue its normal. The 99's like mine and i think maybe the 2,000's had a problem where the piston rings where installed wrong, maybe upside down or somthing along the line causing the oil to burn at around 1 quart every thousand miles or so. If your still under warranty the dealer should rebuild it as their is a TSB out for it, but its up to the dealer. Mine refused to and my warranty ran out so i was pretty much scumbagged. Just keep throwing that quart in there every thousand or so miles.


Modified by pork at 10:28 PM 12-6-2004
 

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Quote, originally posted by brakedust »
are you sure you'r JUST burning oil, or you might have a leak somewhere......its a little unusual to be burnin' a quart every 1500.....
I've had 3 VW's.....golf, 2.0, jetta 2.0 and jetta 2.8 and all of them were fine......
btw my 1st car.....2.0 Turbo AWD Eagle Talon did gulp some oil after extensive beating on it......

It is normal for the early model MK4's due to what i described above, use the search and read about it before you give others false information. http://****************.com/smile/emthdown.gif
 

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I'm afraid that's gonna be the same situation for me, my warrenty is out so I'm sure they'll tell me to take a hike or to cough up a crap load of money. I know mine isn't leaking, so I bet it could be something similar to what you mentioned. I'll have to ask them about that when I go in this week.
Thanks!
 

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I'm afraid that's gonna be the same situation for me, my warrenty is out so I'm sure they'll tell me to take a hike or to cough up a crap load of money. I know mine isn't leaking, so I bet it could be something similar to what you mentioned. I'll have to ask them about that when I go in this week.
Thanks!

Like I said, they wont do anything since your warranty is dead. Its 100% what i mentioned, this is a well known problem and VW has issues a TSB on it like i said. Not worth shelling out the money unless you have it, since it involves taking apart the engine and whatnot. Best bet is to just keep throwing in that quart of oil every 1000/1500 miles. Its only $2 or so a quart.
 

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Alright, alright,
Let me chime in with some information that is readily available on the vortex.
1. bigred15 you have a 1999 GLS which automatically means you have a 2.0 engine with the AEG engine code. Just like me...
2. It has been determined that certain, not all early 2.0 engines have an oil consumtion problem. The engines that are mainly affected are exactly the AEG engines. Not all of them but some of them.
3. The root of the problem: When making the piston rings, a whole batch of piston rings had their labels "stamped" upside down. As a result of that, the piston rings were installed upside down when the engines were assembled. This results in premature wear around 30K but this depends on how the car is driven and maintained. Further investigaion revelas that it is only cilynder number 2 that has the rings installed upside down. There are actually vortex users that kept the work order from a VW dealership explaining the problem and the work done.
4. Not all AEG engines are affected. For an example, mine has no oil consumption problems after 63K miles on the clock.
5. VWof America, knows about the problem and knows which engines are affected. This can be verified by VIN number of the vehicle. However, VWOA will not issue a recall because it is expensive as a complete engine rebuild is required.
5. VWOfAmerica deals with this problem on a case by case basis. If you still have powertrain warranty remaining (50K) then there is a good chance they will fix it for free.
Side Notes:
* Dealerships will start an oil consumption test trying to determine if there is indeed an oil consumption problem.
* Some dealers will recommend that you use thicker grade oil to minimise the oil consumtion. While this may seem to work for a while, it is definitely not solving the problem. It is only delaying the inevitable.
* Some dealerships will gladly start the oil consumption test, BUT they will intentionally put thicker oil to skew the results.
* Some dealerships will plain and simple lie to you telling you that it is normal for your engine to burn oil.
My advice to you is to call VWOfAmerica with your VIN and ask them if your engine is affected by the oil consumption problem. Ask them to be honest with you (not that makes any diff
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If your engine is affected by this problem and you still have remaining powertrain warranty (50K) then take it for an oil consumption test.
If your engine is affected by this problem BUT you don't have warranty then sell the car and get another one,
If your engine is NOT affected by this problem, you must investigate if you are leaking oil.
One thing is for sure: IT IS NOT NORMAL FOR ANY ENGINE TO BURN THAT MUCH OIL!
Mine and many other AEG engines do not burn a single drop of oil.
Good luck!


Modified by vasillalov at 11:41 PM 12-6-2004
 

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When I had my 2.0 2000 Jetta, I would burn a quart every 1,000 miles. When they did the piston ring recall, they found that some of my rod bearings came oversized and some didnt. So... they gave me a short block out of it.
 

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Angela,
Since your car has 82,000 miles, we know that you are out of the powertrain coverage. VW will not fix it for you, but there are some things you can do to keep the burning under control.
First of all, check for leaks under your car. If you have to, put a piece of old carpet, cloth, or tshirts under the oil pan. See what's there the next morning.
1) VW engines are geared differently, and spin mad fast even in higher gears. I've noticed that my car starts burning when I go 75mph+ (3500 rpm+) for a long period of time. Keep it around 60-65 most of the time unless you need to pass.
2) Put a good quality, heavy synthetic oil in when you change. My car would burn almost as bad as yours on Mobil 1 5W-30. I switched to Mobil 1 0W-40 and it's doing much better. Some guys have gone as far as 15W-50 to keep it under wraps. You could also look into additives to stop it from burning. I know that VW doesn't recommend it, but there are some good products out there that work wonders.
Feel free to PM me on here or IM over AIM.
late,
-CJ
 

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I'm not sure synthetic oil is a good advice. It's molecular properties allow oil to leak through high mileage gaskets that mineral oil could not. That means it will leak more through piston rings as well. I'd too suggest trying heavier oil. Don't use additives, with few exceptions they're a myth. Nothing left to do but check oil every couple weeks.


Modified by ryccki jetta at 7:35 AM 12-7-2004
 

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well what was the FALSE information. mr PORK ......mr. i know all......i just tried to help
 

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easy there, your post makes no sense, try reading it to yourself.
and then explain, why does she need to change her oil every 1k? she needs to check it's level and add if necessary.
it's not normal for cars to burn so much oil. just because it is a known problem doesn't make it normal, it's just there is nothing she can do about it without spending big amount money...
and it's very possible there is a leak somewhere (oil pan gasket for example, rear crank seal, etc.), which would be a first thing to check since it would be possible correct the problem for cheap.
 

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thx ryccki! Hence the suggestion.
Check if there are any oil spots, where you park your car normally and go from there. If you don't want to spend the money for a repair, might as well invest it towards a new car!!
 

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Question.... is there a way to tell from the VIN# whether a 2000 Jetta I'm considering purchasing has the defective piston rings (upside down installation) ?
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Looks like I'm going in to get my oil consumption checked. Mine isn't that bad, 1500-2000 miles for a quart.
 

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My 2001 GLS 2.0 burns oil as well and has since I got it 6 months ago. If I have the oil treatment added when I get an oil change then it doesn't burn oil. I should start going to a cheaper place though since Mr Lube costs me approx $50 with the treatment
 

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My 2001 GLS burnt a little oil when I first bought it used (~800ml/5000km), but have since switched to Elf semi-synthetic. Since then, oil consumption has decreased noticably. You're burning about that much in half the distance tho, which would kinda bother me... you could have either the dealer or, my preference, a private VW specialist look at. But the cost of truly resolving the issue is usually prohibitive...
 
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