SOLD: Katelyn’s 2001 VW Jetta TDI and a family weekend

Posted By on March 3, 2014

The snow has returned again to stretch out this already long and cold winter. March has always been one of those questionable months, but one K_2001VWJettaTDI140302I generally associate with “spring” … so far not this year.

Katelyn and Drew were home for the weekend and we had a great time together as usual. Besides talking about moving (they move to Minneapolis this summer), we congratulated Katelyn on accepting a position with a practice in Wayzetta, MN. Very exciting.

Another topic that came up is that of selling her beloved 2001 Volkswagen Jetta TDI. As much as she loves the only car she has ever owned (learn to drive on it), the cold winters of Minneapolis and new job makes for an appropriate time for her to replace it (dad is no long within a fix-it drive away). Too bad in December 2013 she put a new “dealer installed ($$$)” alternator and battery in – someone else’s gain!

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I mentioned her car to family and on our local TDIClub’s CinciTDI group list before going public and have already received a few inquiries … yes these older little diesels are still in demand. Below is a snippet of an email I sent to a friend who sent me an inquiry:

… the car isn’t perfect as it has a few points of maintenance that I’m more than happy to point out to a CinciTDI member. The front fender has the normal Jetta cancer (rust) just above the wheel arch and the squeaky struts will bug you until they are serviced … bushings would help, but if I were keeping it, doing the struts would make the most sense. I’ve replaced the brakes/rotors a couple times, but assume pads are probably needed sometime this year. Our CinciTDI gurus have used her car for a few workshop videos and we’ve improved a couple items under the hood. There have been performance tweaks Rocketchip, Kerma 520 fuel injectors, glowplugs, aluminum CCV, intake manifold cleanings, MAF replacement and different CAT fuel filter improvements … although I think we’re back to stock fuel filters again? The 2001 Jetta TDI is a 5-speed manual, has black leather seats, an after market upgraded radio with mp3, upgraded taillights, sunroof, winter floor mats and an aluminum Panzer skidplate underneath …

If interested, let me know.

Totally off subject, but here’s a question regarding Amazon Prime memberships.
Do any of you “share the ordering” of gifts on one account in order to maintain free shipping? A family who all travel in order to be together over Christmas ordered from a shared Amazon Wish List and had all the gifts shipped “free” to one location where they all travel. Neat idea … especially when using a 30-day free membership.


  • Tammy Selleck

    Rich: I been using Prime for a couple years and order for my parent. I put the alternative address in the ship to box and my parents credit card on my account. There has never been a problem in getting them free shipping.

    • Thanks Tammy. I think my daughter and husband use Prime, but I don’t buy enough from Amazon to justify the yearly cost. If I took advantage of everything they sold instead of shopping it around for better deals … then it would probably be worthwhile. Still … signing up in November and using it for 30 days FREE until all the Christmas shopping is done before canceling might be a frugal strategy.

  • Jacob E

    Rich, I think it’s a great move to lose the TDI for the MN winters. Mine has been sitting stranded in the garage and then towed to a mechanic, only to have it fail to start again after purging the lines and filling with #1 and heavily treatment. That all started in say early December and it’s now March. I’m wondering at this point if it’s not something causing a loss of vacuum in the lines that fuel isn’t getting to the injectors. Needless to say, I’m going to get it running this spring/summer and let someone else have her. Not sure what I’ll get next as I only have a 3 mile commute. Might as well get an electric golf cart if it wasn’t for the sub 0 months we have here. Considering the Volt as it’s electric the first 35 +/- miles but for the price point I could buy a less expensive car and a lot of fuel for the same $.

    • Hello Jacob. Great to hear from you. I’ll start with my buddy has a Volt and I had a great time driving it … although I didn’t see it as a family hauler kind of car. It is perfect for around town when you can charge in the garage and I would consider it for my wife who commutes the perfect distance IF we had the tax incentives and perks in Ohio as they do in other states (check out how well a lease for a Nissan Leaf works out in Georgia! almost like driving a free car.)

      As for the TDI issue, make sure the pickup tube/screen in the tank is not restricting the flow … but yes a slight air leak can make for very hard starts. Might want to look at the bubbles in the clear line under the hood after the fuel filter to see if it is very bubbly indicating air is leaking in between tank/filter/injector pump. (do this while idling)

      We’re excited for Katelyn and Drew and are looking forward to visiting them in Minneapolis … beside she deserves a new car after all her hard work.

      • Jacob E

        I’m starting to think that there’s a leak between the filter and the injector, the injector itself or downstream. It doesn’t look like there’s any fuel in the clear lines anymore after a couple weeks but I need to take a closer look to be sure. The hunt continues.

        Enjoyed my first 60 degree day and tonight it’s back to more snow again.

        I thought about the Volt because my commute is about 3 miles each way and I make that trip twice so it’s about 12 miles a day. At that point I’d never use gas except for in the cold temps we have it runs the engine to warm up the batteries (<25 I believe). So I might be burning fuel not for mileage which kinda stinks.

        It's nice that Katelyn lives in a hub city. Direct flights there are easy to come by and hopefully not too expensive. Go visit in the spring or fall when it's nice and the heat/humidity is less.

        • Visiting will be fun. We’re in a new phase of our family life. 🙂

  • Well the Amazon price increase today will keep me shopping around.

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