[Vwdiesel] Jetta Weight

Doyt W. Echelberger Doyt at NWOnline.Net
Mon Apr 29 23:53:45 EDT 2002

My 85 Jetta TD manual is 3,252 pounds with a full tank, driver, 4
passengers and their luggage.

You will be running a car WITHOUT driver and passengers, so you can
subtract 145# times 5 = 725#.     3252-725 = 2,527#  and you then can take
off whatever weight of fuel you don't have in the tank, and whatever weight
of luggage your passengers aren't packing.

In my opinion, you can easily adjust the weight of the car to about 2,300 #
by using the above information. You say your upper limit on the trailer is
2,950#, which gives a safety margin of 650#, approx.   That is a
considerable margin for error.

Your car's weight is based on the gross vehicle loaded weight number
stamped on a plate on the driver door pillar. Look on the specific car you
are talking about, and go from there, subtracting whatever isn't present.

Doyt Echelberger

At 06:39 PM 4/29/2002 -0700, you wrote:
>** Proprietary **
>I have a dead A2 Jetta on my hands, and it died in
>South Houston, some 25 miles from my VW mechanic. I've
>spoken to some wrecker drivers, and they tell me that
>it will cost about a hundred dollars to haul it over
>there. Since I don't have a high opinion of wrecker
>drivers (or wreckers), it is against my religion to
>monetarily enrich them. Therefore, I'm looking at
>options to get it over there myself.
>One such option is renting a U-Haul to take it over
>there. They have trailers specifically for this
>purpose, however they want $40 for the tow dolly (tows
>both front tires above the ground), and a full vehicle
>trailer (you drive the entire car on it) for $50.
>However, they also have a 6x12 open trailer for $25.
>My thought is to place the entire vehicle on it, and
>move it that way. I told them I planned to haul an
>entire load of appliances, totaling over 2,000 pounds.
>They said that was fine, as long as the weight didn't
>exceed the total trailer capacity of 2,950 pounds. So
>my question is this: how much does a 1985 Jetta 1.9 TD
>automatic weigh, approximately?
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