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Looking for a second opinion
That certainly sounds like a clutch. Your clutch should last 150,000 miles and is not common for a 2 year old car to need a replacement. The only way I would figure your clutch could wear that fast is if...
Headlights not turning on
If both headlamps are not working and the bulbs are in good condition, I suspect the head lamp switch is faulty. The head lamp switch on your vehicle houses several other functions like the turn signals and the cruise control...
Door lock not working well
When you say "not working well", it sounds to me as though the actuator could be getting weak, since this door gets locked, and unlocked the most. I recommend having the lock actuator replaced, after it is checked. I recommend...
All my exterior lights work (brake, signal, hazard, reverse, etc.) EXCEPT running tail lights
If you are certain all fuses are good/tight, grounds are good and all bulbs are correct in voltage for the vehicle, I have a suggestion from personal experience with a MK 5 Jetta sitting right outside. Make sure the front...
New Aftermarket clutch works well and gets into gears smoothly but 1st and reverse gears makes my engine shutter like no other.
The shuddering you feel may be a warped or contaminated pressure plate/flywheel. I normally send the flywheel to a machine shop to have it resurfaced when I install a new clutch. This helps prevent the shuddering you described. Contamination from...
Interior lights wont turn off button is broke
It sounds like your interior lights would not turn off, then in trying to turn them off with the dome light switch, you broke the dome light switch. If that's the case, then besides the broken dome light switch, you...
Cost of replacing a engine on a 2009 GTI volkswagen?
That is not an unreasonable price for a L4-2.0 L turbo engine. It would be much more elsewhere. Be sure the turbo charger is thoroughly inspected. If the engine failed due to an oil/lubrication issue, it would not be surprising...
What type of fuel am I okay using?
An 89 octane fuel should work fine, granted a 91 octane is recommended. With having a turbo engine you may have harmful effects using a lower grade fuel due to what they call pre-detonation. This can occur under higher loads...
Prnds flashing lights anb p0777 code
Hello. For this vehicle, it appears that the solenoids are located inside the transmission. For many vehicles the transmission control solenoids are bolted to the exterior of the transmission, however for this vehicle the solenoids are part of the transmission...
What can I expect from my car as far as reliability goes?
Hi there. Buying a used car isn't as easy as it used to be - especially with Volkswagen Turbo's made over the past seven years. In regards to reliability and the important issues you're looking for, the VW GTI Turbo...
Every time I drive the epc light goes on and it's says check engine service now and sometimes it just cuts off while driving
Hello. If your warning lights are on then the first thing I would do is retrieve the trouble codes, as they will likely reveal some insight on what the issue may be. Warning lights and stalling can be caused by...
Cheap sports car
The Miata is a good choice. They are fun to drive, there are many clubs for them and performance upgrades are readily available. Their small size makes them easy to work on; they are quite simple. The Eclipse is...
Oil pressure light and the engine's max speed is 4000 rpm. After 2 days the car isn't starting anymore.
You have several problems and this makes things considerably more confusing. Jetta's are known for having challenges with their oil pressure light switches. The important thing to determine is that your motor has good oil pressure. The surest way to...
Car won't start, interior & warning lights flash & loud noises
Hello. It sounds like you either have a battery problem or you have a connection issue at the battery. I typically load test the battery first to see if it is failing. If the battery is fine then the battery...
Metal-on-metal sound in wheels
Hi there. It sounds like you may be on the right track. It may be a bad caliper or worn out brake pads. I would remove the rear wheels and check the brakes. Your GTI may need new brake pads...
Hatchback needs sway bar replaced
Hello. There is only one front sway bar on the vehicle. The sway bar is connected on both ends with link pins. There are two of those so that may be what he is talking about. They should always be...
Can't find shop who will replace timing belt on foreign car
Hello. It is very hard to say when a timing belt will break as some fail before the required mileage and some go way beyond the recommended period. Either way you need to have this done as soon as you...
Hatchback has vibrations with no ECU errors
Hello. Most of the time it is caused by an out of balance tire. I would start by having the tires balanced. If that does not solve it then it may be a bad engine mount or a failing axle...
Camshaft failed two months after timing belt replacement
Although it is not extremely common for a camshaft to fail within the 100k mile range, it is not impossible. If indeed the camshaft has snapped or potentially has a bad bearing, this can in fact cause an enormous vibration....

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