[Vwdiesel] Found 1989 Diesel Jetta

Erik Lane eriklane at gmail.com
Fri Jun 11 19:39:31 PDT 2010

But shouldn't it only be beeping if the door is open and the keys are
still in the ignition? That's the way my A1 is, anyway. It's hard to
tell from what Doyt said what exactly is going on. If it's constantly
beeping then try jiggling around the switch, sometimes the little
lever thing that lets it know that a key is in can get stuck in the up


On Fri, Jun 11, 2010 at 6:47 PM, Matt Alkire <matt_lisa at sprynet.com> wrote:
> The alert is the 'your door is open' alarm.  It actually was working properly.  I know in the mk3, it sounds like a mexican ambulance or something.  Not sure about the mk2.
> That thing sounds like a time capsule!  I'm glad it went to you instead of someone who would mod it and make it useless.
> -Matt
> On Jun 11, 2010, at 6:43 PM, Doyt W. Echelberger wrote:
>> Yesterday I brought home a 1989 Jetta n.a. diesel 5 speed, showing 99k
>> miles. The owner decided to sell his house and most of his belongings and
>> go live in Arizona in his motor home, so he bought a new Ford Focus to pull
>> behind the motor home, and sold me the Jetta that the Focus replaced.  I
>> think he wanted a car with a new air conditioning system, to survive the
>> Arizona summers.
>> In the glove box I found the entire maintenance record with dealer stamps
>> going back to 1989. It went 20k in 1989-90 and then went to Florida and did
>> 2 or 3k per year down there until 2002. Then it came back to Ohio and
>> became a spare car that they towed behind a big motor home. Still has the
>> towing fittings and electrical connections in the front bumper (Not pretty,
>> but professionally done).
>> Runs good, nothing wrong with it except AC isn't very chilly. Original
>> Heidelberg radio with cassette player. Interior, headliners and seats are
>> like new, door cards, steering wheel and dash flawless, the grey paint is
>> shiny, and the PO put new tires, brakes and exhaust system on it about a
>> year or two ago. Doesn't have a sun roof.
>> The underside of the car has zero rust. It looks new. To a guy like me who
>> lives in Ohio (heart of the rust belt) this is amazing in a 21 year old
>> car. The color coat is in good shape, and seems to be applied over a very
>> thick undercoat of what looks like white epoxy. I'm just guessing at the
>> epoxy part, but I never noticed such thick armor plate paint on any of my
>> other VWs. Probably a millimeter thick.
>> I'm cleaning it up and checking every detail in the process, by touching
>> everything, and so far have discovered an unsettling feature....when I open
>> the driver door, a relay on the fuse board plays an alert that doesn't stop
>> until I close the door. I think it is associated with a seat belt buckle-up
>> warning, but I think in theory it should be quiet when there is no weight
>> in the seat. Gotta trace that down. To stop the annoyance, I just unplugged
>> the relay.
>> PO said he got 40-50 miles per gallon, and the speedometer is 10 mph
>> slow....he checked it against a GPS. Starts easily, no smoke, certainly not
>> a hot rod, but I'm having lots of fun puttering around with my new toy. It
>> replaces my 1985 Jetta TD, which I parked last fall when it developed an
>> exhaust gas leak into the coolant.
>> So, now I can consider the 85 a parts car. Anybody know of any
>> incompatibilities between 85 and 89, other than hydraulic lifters vs
>> solid?  Do the door handles swap? I think the 85 has front vent windows and
>> the 89 doesn't.
>> I may even swap the turbo and exhaust from the 85 to the n.a. 89, and put
>> in an exhaust gas temperature sensor like Loren mentioned earlier.  I would
>> have to swap the air intake components also, because the 89 has the air
>> filter above the valve cover, and the turbo has it very close to the
>> passenger headlight. And I think the oil filter assembly and the oil pan
>> also have to be swapped. Loren mentioned I could probably get by using the
>> N.A. injection pump, with some fine tuning.
>> So, I'm sort of excited about diesels again.
>> Doyt Echelberger
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