[Vwdiesel] low rad temp

Patrick Dolan pmdolan at sasktel.net
Sun Dec 7 06:56:16 PST 2008

I have to comment that of all of the cars I have driven (with water cooling), my wife's '03 Variant TDI is by far the worst for winter heating - which is so amazing since her last A2 Jetta sedan TD was the BEST!!!

To make this thing bearable (hardly good, definitely no where near great), we use a 1,100 watt circulating heater when parked, a 92C thermostat (NAPA), a winter front (dealer gets them made somewhere, very nice part) and it is still bloody cold.  VW just plain screwed up (again).


----- Original Message -----
From: Justin Bennett <lug1970 at yahoo.com>
Date: Saturday, December 6, 2008 10:02 pm
Subject: Re: [Vwdiesel] low rad temp

> Well I done some experimenting and have must now modify my theory 
> on the low temp issue with my tdi Jetta.  I messed around with 
> heater settings and did notice that there is an almost immediate 
> change in the temp gauge needle position.  Now that I think about 
> it my observation about coming up to temp after working on the ip 
> corresponded with another experiment I was doing with using a 
> lower heater setting to keep the windshield cooler so that when I 
> parked the snow would not melt and then refreeze.
> Justin
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