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    Thread: Jetta 2.0 most bulletproof engine??? or a underpowered joke??

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      04-28-2012 03:57 PM #1
      I have a 2011 jetta s. I know its 115 hp but if I didnt tell you, you would know driving it. I see them with 200,000 miles on them all the time. I wonder thought? When driving it always shifts at 4-5 rpms that must be bad. Is the engine really bulletproof like some say or will the high rpms kill it??????

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      04-28-2012 04:00 PM #2
      You should have gotten a manual.

      I love the 2.0 motor...most other owners do as well.

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      04-28-2012 04:06 PM #3
      Yea actually Its my first car I was going to get a manual but kept stalling the trans in it is amazing cant even fell the shift but can hear the engine tho.

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      04-28-2012 04:31 PM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by Ian First Car View Post
      I have a 2011 jetta s. I know its 115 hp but if I didnt tell you, you would know driving it. I see them with 200,000 miles on them all the time. I wonder thought? When driving it always shifts at 4-5 rpms that must be bad. Is the engine really bulletproof like some say or will the high rpms kill it??????
      You sure you driving it right? My automatic never shifts that high.

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      04-28-2012 04:45 PM #5
      Well driving to get up to speed, if you baby it it shifts at 3,000. what does yours shift at

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      04-28-2012 10:33 PM #6
      Im assuming because of the little amount of horsepower, you're trying to give it too much power than it can handle so its shifting at higher RPMs. Ease off the pedal when you are driving. See if that makes a difference. When I test drove a manual 2.0, it was gutless, so I wanted to keep pressing the pedal down more than the car could really handle. Im assuming its the same way with automatic 2.0's.

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      04-28-2012 11:00 PM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by Russell L. View Post
      Im assuming because of the little amount of horsepower, you're trying to give it too much power than it can handle so its shifting at higher RPMs. Ease off the pedal when you are driving. See if that makes a difference. When I test drove a manual 2.0, it was gutless, so I wanted to keep pressing the pedal down more than the car could really handle. Im assuming its the same way with automatic 2.0's.
      Yes, the 2.0 automatic (fun though it may be) pretty much demands pedal through the floorboard driving at times, but I much prefer it to my MkIV VR6 that I never knew what I was going to get when I hit the pedal. I really grew to hate that car.

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      Yes. It's vw's most reliable, underpowered, bulletproof-joke at about 26 pounds per HP.
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      04-29-2012 03:28 PM #9
      It is gutless. This is my 4th 8v vw. The extra weight of the mk6 is especially noticeable. Expect to floor it most of the time.

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      04-29-2012 04:47 PM #10
      I have found since I got it that it tends to hang when it should downshift as well as having a hard shift 2nd to 1st like when coming to a stop. I've mentioned both of these issues to the dealer and they say it's "normal" except my gf who has had two 2.0s has had tranny problems (slipping or not shifting properly) and I'm afraid I will have the same fate.

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      04-29-2012 04:52 PM #11
      My 2000 2.slow was always at 4000 rpm and it is still going strong with 190K

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      04-29-2012 08:34 PM #12
      The 2.0 is absolutely bulletproof. That particular engine architecture dates back to the first watercooled VW motors. By today's standards it isnt considered a performance motor but its been raced countless times. It sure is bulletproof, so enjoy it and dont worry about it

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      04-29-2012 08:39 PM #13
      At first dealers had at least a few 2.0s at a time now have a hard time finding one!!!! Its a well priced car with an engine that gets 200k miles!! Plus if you ask me with some decent rims it can be a pretty sexy car

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      04-29-2012 08:45 PM #14
      My 2.0 (mk3) has 291K and still going every day!

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      04-29-2012 08:48 PM #15
      Two Jetta s. Mine is the candy white on 17inch GLI rims.

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      04-29-2012 09:21 PM #17
      The 2.5L 5 Cyl
      Isn't much better on Automatic mode. If i try to make it go faster it will shift at 4000-5000k.
      Aka i am trying to out press the RPM limiter and Acceleration lag I will shift at 4-5k rpms.
      Given mine is a lot peppier than my friends 2.0 Slow, And my car really goes when it does shift after all its Eco and safe consumption Lag, where as the 2.0 does not.

      Now if i drive normal like a civilized person it shifts at 2-3k rpm.

      Dump my Automatic into S mode, my entire RPM band now idles almost 1k higher than normal.
      And Taking of the line is quite event full.

      Then I always have the Tipronic mode to play with Launching at 1st gear makes tires chirp LOL
      Wonder if EPS switch works on automatic.

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      04-29-2012 10:04 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by Cillie View Post
      The 2.5L 5 Cyl
      Isn't much better on Automatic mode. If i try to make it go faster it will shift at 4000-5000k.
      Aka i am trying to out press the RPM limiter and Acceleration lag I will shift at 4-5k rpms.
      Given mine is a lot peppier than my friends 2.0 Slow, And my car really goes when it does shift after all its Eco and safe consumption Lag, where as the 2.0 does not.

      Now if i drive normal like a civilized person it shifts at 2-3k rpm.

      Dump my Automatic into S mode, my entire RPM band now idles almost 1k higher than normal.
      And Taking of the line is quite event full.

      Then I always have the Tipronic mode to play with Launching at 1st gear makes tires chirp LOL
      Wonder if EPS switch works on automatic.
      It does work (ESP) have it since I made my harness
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      04-30-2012 12:33 AM #19
      As slow and raspy as the engine is... it's really not that bad. I just commute to school and work, and it does the job (5spd definitely helps). The car looks good, I installed a great sound system, and am getting some alloys this weekend. Not to mention ~27mpg for 75% city driving.

      I usually shift ~3k though. I never rev it that high!

      Also just a side note... i just did my own oil change today and removed the FACTORY OIL FILTER at 15000 miles!!! wtf mate? and yes i have only had it serviced by a dealership up until this point.

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      04-30-2012 12:02 PM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by Ian First Car View Post
      I have a 2011 jetta s. I know its 115 hp but if I didnt tell you, you would know driving it. I see them with 200,000 miles on them all the time. I wonder thought? When driving it always shifts at 4-5 rpms that must be bad. Is the engine really bulletproof like some say or will the high rpms kill it??????

      Like others have said, you may be gassing it a bit too hard, but you shouldn't be hurting it; the engine is very reliable. Your biggest risk is getting poor gas mileage. Check to see that you're not in Sport Mode. That would make your shift points higher.

      But what's far worse than 4-5k shifts is shifting at like 2-2.5k. Some early 2.0L's with autos (think early MkIII) were programmed to go into overdrive too soon for MPG purposes, but this runs the risk of ruining the bearings; my sister's '95 Golf would run in overdrive going uphill at 25 mph... not good for longevity. But, despite that, most of those engines lasted forever, so yours should be good to go.
      Last edited by mediumbluemetalic; 04-30-2012 at 12:12 PM.

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      04-30-2012 12:11 PM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by Verebs1 View Post
      I have found since I got it that it tends to hang when it should downshift as well as having a hard shift 2nd to 1st like when coming to a stop. I've mentioned both of these issues to the dealer and they say it's "normal" except my gf who has had two 2.0s has had tranny problems (slipping or not shifting properly) and I'm afraid I will have the same fate.
      The Jetta VI has a totally different automatic transmission than any generation before it. The MkIV and MkIII 2.0L cars had a 4-speed auto. The MkVI Jetta has a 6-speed auto. Any problems your GF experienced in the past are totally unrelated. In general, VW has very good luck with their transmissions--far, far better longevity than Honda.

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      04-30-2012 06:31 PM #23
      I actually have never seen such a problem free motor.

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      04-30-2012 10:26 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by therockdrummer View Post
      I love the 2.0 motor...most other owners do as well.
      2.0L 8V auto here. Tiptronic mode is a glorious thing. Love it.

      Quote Originally Posted by ric7744 View Post
      I actually have never seen such a problem free motor.
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      04-30-2012 11:18 PM #25
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      Quote Originally Posted by ric7744 View Post
      I actually have never seen such a problem free motor.
      the 8v paired with a 5 speed is a timeless combo.

      I've actually never had a 2.0 8v only 1.8 8v's and when I sold my first MKII it had 240k on the clock, still ran like a champion; only real issue was oil consumption.

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      ive owned plenty of 8v engines and ive also owned 5 cylinder engines in audis and quantems this 2.0 8v 6 speed auto mkvi jetta s is the greatest car ive owned and i get 25 to 27mpg on the street and highway mix driving mostly street. if you do drive it hard the 4 to 5th gear shift is somewhere in the 4500 to 5000rpm area on the highway at full throttle it does the samething needless to say it pulls the gear that hard due to 115hp engine maxes out at 5200 but the torque curve is at 125ftlbs @4000 but what people dont see is the 6 speed gearing and final drive is what the this lil engine needs!!! true fact is 2.SLO 8V engines will always be awesome in my book
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      01-27-2013 09:52 AM #29
      I have a 2.0 Manuel and I also get that hard shift from 2nd to first. I thought it was only my car. I only have about a thousand miles on it so far but I am planning on keeping it for a while. I wonder if this will create a future problem. Hopefully only a shift linkage and not something big. As for the engine and transmission, it's a really good combination. It doesn't have a lot of power but enough to do what I need. It's obviously not a performance car but does the job for

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      01-27-2013 10:23 AM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by passatstationwagon View Post
      I have a 2.0 Manuel and I also get that hard shift from 2nd to first. I thought it was only my car. I only have about a thousand miles on it so far but I am planning on keeping it for a while. I wonder if this will create a future problem. Hopefully only a shift linkage and not something big. As for the engine and transmission, it's a really good combination. It doesn't have a lot of power but enough to do what I need. It's obviously not a performance car but does the job for
      Nearly all cars have the same harder shift from 1-2 ... especially when cold.

      A change of trans lube might help.

      The least expensive fix is to try double clutch shifts until the car is warmed up.

    31. 01-27-2013 10:45 AM #31
      Quote Originally Posted by ric7744 View Post
      My 2000 2.slow was always at 4000 rpm and it is still going strong with 190K
      Same here. I left my Jetta 03 2.slow at 240k and had it for about 10 years. I used to give it oil changes every 8-9000 miles and it was still going strong when i left it!

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