[Vwdiesel] Jetta Weight

Bryan Foust bfoust at ntws.net
Tue Apr 30 02:30:24 EDT 2002

My recommendation.  Spend the $40 bux and get the tow dolly.  You can load a
dead car one one fairly painlessly without winches, tools, or whatever.  How
I do it is to align the tow dolly as closely as possible to dead even with
the car.  Leave yourself a bit of "running room."  Roll window down so that
you will be able to steer if needed, and grab the parking brake.  Build up
as much speed as you can pushing the car from the driver front window.  You
are only looking for enough to get the car at least halfway up the ramps, so
that they don't act like an anchor.  Grab brake set to hold car in
"position" with the parking brake set and in neutral.  Hop into tow vehicle
and back carefully untill the front tires drop into the wells of the tow
dolly.  Secure the car and release the parking brake.  Unloading the car is
even easier.  Undo the straps and set the brake.  Pull forward with the tow
vehicle slowly untill ramps begin to drag on the ground.  Get into dead car
and release the brake.  It'll roll off the rest of the way on its own.


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2002 Saturn SC2

----- Original Message -----
From: "Robert L. Coyle, Jr." <wn5p at yahoo.com>
To: <vwdiesel at vwfans.com>
Sent: Monday, April 29, 2002 8:39 PM
Subject: [Vwdiesel] Jetta Weight

> ** 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?
> Robert
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