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Old 01-09-11, 12:06 PM   #1
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Recall issued 2004 for VW part -- can I still get it replaced?

My girlfriend's 2000 Jetta has encountered a problem with the blinker and hazard lights. I know that the relay/flasher unit is at fault here, and it looks like VW did a recall in 2004 for this very issue.
Given that the recall was announced in 2004, will it still be honored if I took her car to a VW dealership?
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in my experience manufactures have to honor safety recalls despite the car's age or number of owners.
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Great. Thanks.
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it worked for more than 6 years despite the recall?
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it worked for more than 6 years despite the recall?
the acceptable failure rate for safety recalls is generally much lower than functional recalls. if it was a power window regulator there probably wouldnt have been a recall.
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the acceptable failure rate for safety recalls is generally much lower than functional recalls. if it was a power window regulator there probably wouldnt have been a recall.
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As an aside, has anybody replaced the spark plugs on this vehicle? I just bought 4 replacements, standard 12mm thread, and found that cylinder #2 has a 14mm thread. Surely this can't be normal; somebody must have cross threaded or something and required chasing to a larger size, right?
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As an aside, has anybody replaced the spark plugs on this vehicle?
Not me. I don't even know your girl.
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Is this a 2.slow or a 1.8T ?
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As an aside, has anybody replaced the spark plugs on this vehicle? I just bought 4 replacements, standard 12mm thread, and found that cylinder #2 has a 14mm thread. Surely this can't be normal; somebody must have cross threaded or something and required chasing to a larger size, right?
That would be my guess.
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Is this a 2.slow or a 1.8T ?
lol it's a 2.slow. She's been driving with the check engine light on for 2 years. I brought the car to autozone; it had 10 codes
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Really established great quality since VW moved a large portion of production to Mexico.
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VWs used to have good engineering, especially their diesels, but I keep hearing a lot of complaints about the vehicles.

My feeling is, if you are buying a subcompact or a compact, go with something reliable. No matter what model you get, one cannot go wrong with a Honda.
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+1 for Hondas; my 93 accord has 292k miles and is going strong. Original clutch somehow. I hope the newer Hondas are made just as well.

I went to Autozone and Advanced Auto yesterday, bought parts at both stores, and both cashiers laughed when I said I was looking for Jetta parts.

To be fair, this car has been very poorly maintained. Several of the codes were probably related to the same problem. 4 of them were random misfires for each cylinder, with an extra problem relating to the cylinder I found with tape holding the plug wire together . I found three different brands of spark plugs in the cylinders, two of which I believe to be original, and all whose electrodes have been worn so much that the gap was twice as large as the newer one (with the larger thread).

It gave a the code corresponding to the last O2 sensor detecting dirty exhaust, and suggests the catalytic converter or O2 sensor(s) have crapped out. Probably both. I think the car is running rich because I can smell unburnt fuel coming from the exhaust even when the engine is warm, probably from the failed O2 sensor.

They just replaced the battery, but only when it was so old and decrepit that it wouldn't hold a charge enough to jump the car after sitting for just 4 hours.
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