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MK7 "Random / "Stupid" Questions Thread"

krs

Go Kart Newbie
Location
Idaho
Car(s)
MKVIIS R
I'll be selling my 2018 GTI Autobahn soon - started a new job that provides a company car, so it's time to say goodbye to the best car I've ever had.

It's Unitronic Stage 1+ ECU and TCU tuned, plus I've done a couple small tweaks via OBD11. I think just turning down the soundaktor volume a bit, and turned off auto start/stop.

I'll most likely just sell it to carmax, carvana, or one of those types of services since I don't feel like dealing with private party.

Should I revert to stock, or leave the tune and OBD tweaks? I'm thinking revert to stock, then post my VIN somewhere on this forum, that way if someone wants, I can ship them my unitronic cable and send them my account info, then they can install it on their own.

I once traded in a tuned 99’ Civic Si, supercharged, some other things. I put together a list of what was done, and my email, then stuck that list in the owners manual. I figure most people would grab the manual and flip through it when they buy a new car.

Sure enough, the new owner reached out for more info when he came across my note.

You could maybe try that. Detail what you’ve done, and leave your email tucked away in the owners manual books.
 

cb1111

Newbie
Location
Virginia, USA
Ah yes, time for some sunroof problems...

I have had many issues with my sunroof during my ownership of my gti. I have an issue with the sunroof shade (the mesh) bunching up when I open the shade. It seems like the roller is not doing anything or is just stuck somehow. I was able to close it during the summer and forget about it, still using the sunroof anyways. Now the weather is cooling off and I would like to be able to see out of the glass again. When I operate the shade, in addition to the bunching up of the mesh, the sides of the silver bar can (and do) move at different rates, causing it to get stuck.

I have looked all over to find any owners that have had a similar issue, but I can't find anyone that has the issues, much less a remedy. I have to open the shade with two hands and it often requires you to pull it all the way closed so you can un-stuck it and also feed the mesh screen into the back. :/

There are many posts and videos on how to fix the shade from slowly creeping back and also to remove the squeaks and rattles... which brings me to my next issue(s). I was rear-ended in the springtime and my sunroof was open during the impact. I definitely need to adjust it because it rattles and squeaks. I had already adjusted it because of the obnoxious squeaks it was making before, but this time it seems like it is more than just two screws on the back that need to be redone. Could it just be dried out weather stripping?

I do remember using the sunroof shades in other, brand new, gti's but this seems to have gotten way worse over the past couple of months (now I need to use two hands to operate it).

I still have a couple of questions...

Is the sunroof shade supposed to have tension to make it easier to pull open?
Is there a fix to make the shade work like normal that won't cost hundreds and possibly thousands of dollars?
Is it possible for the mesh to get jammed in a corner, causing lack of tension, causing it to not wind up?
What else could cause the squeaking/rattling?
What should I use to lube the weather strip gaskets?
I have seen TSB's for this type of thing but my car is out of warranty so I am sure it will be out of pocket for me. Are these 'update' TSB's free for out of warranty cars?

Sorry for the overload of disorganized information.
There are multiple types of TSBs (Technical Service Bulletin). In very simple terms, a TSB tells a dealer "hey, we found an issue and here is how to address the issue"

The solution could be "covered by warranty", "covered even outside of warranty, here's how to bill for it" or "it isn't a problem, here's what to tell a customer"

#1 is simple - here's the problem and this is how to fix it
#2 is a bit more difficult - it could affect certain VIN ranges, options or what not. This is often called a "hidden warranty". A close review of the TSB may reveal if it will be paid for by the manufacturer.
#3 is a sticky wicket - it is a perceived problem that isn't a problem and the issue is how to tell the customer. An example is the headlights fogging in humid conditions - normal in many cases and goes away when the headlights are on for a few minutes

If you have a specific TSB, then post it here and we'll chime in.
 

cb1111

Newbie
Location
Virginia, USA
I once traded in a tuned 99’ Civic Si, supercharged, some other things. I put together a list of what was done, and my email, then stuck that list in the owners manual. I figure most people would grab the manual and flip through it when they buy a new car.

Sure enough, the new owner reached out for more info when he came across my note.

You could maybe try that. Detail what you’ve done, and leave your email tucked away in the owners manual books.
Bad, bad idea. If something goes wrong then they'll come looking for you.
 

jimlloyd40

Autocross Champion
Location
Phoenix
Car(s)
2018 SE DSG
Bad, bad idea. If something goes wrong then they'll come looking for you.
Why? They must have appraised the car prior to the trade in. But for an example If he bought a VW and it was tuned and the dealer didn't know or say the customer will be the one who gets screwed. There is a thread recently for that.
 

cb1111

Newbie
Location
Virginia, USA
Thanks for the replies,
I linked the TSB - it is a pdf download.

TSB Number:V601605_2043788 Date: May 18, 2016

https://testing-public.carmd.com/Tsb/Download/114621/V601605
Aside from being ancient, the TSB says "1) Vehicle may be outside any Warranty in which case this Technical Bulletin is informational only "

That said - is your car within that VIN range? If so, then you could write a letter (on paper, with a stamp and return receipt requested) to VW to the address in the back of your owners manual saying the follwing:

I have a VW .....
My sunroof blind is stuck
There is a TSB covering my VIN
The problem is caused by faulty parts and production was changed to use different parts
I understand that my car is no longer under under warranty
Due to the fact that this identified problem was caused by faulty parts, I request that the parts be replaced as a goodwill repair

No, "woe, is me, I'll go blind if this isn't fixed..." Just the facts.

Three choices:

They tell you to go away
They fix it on their dime
They split the repair with you - the most common possibility

Why a letter that is return receipt?

Somebody has to sign for it, fill out the green card, slice open the envelope and put it on somebody's desk where it festers like an open sore until it is answered. An email drops off the screen in a few minutes.
 

cb1111

Newbie
Location
Virginia, USA
Why? They must have appraised the car prior to the trade in. But for an example If he bought a VW and it was tuned and the dealer didn't know or say the customer will be the one who gets screwed. There is a thread recently for that.
Do you want some random person to have your personal information? If the mods break something, they'll not only have a claim against the dealer but will at least think about harassing you.. Can they find you anyway? Of course, but that may be lots of work and not worth it, but a message in the glove box just makes it so much easier.

If I buy a car from a dealer and I have an issue, I complain to the dealer and don't even think about going after the prior owner - unless there is a letter in the glove box that says "come after me"
 

jimlloyd40

Autocross Champion
Location
Phoenix
Car(s)
2018 SE DSG
Do you want some random person to have your personal information? If the mods break something, they'll not only have a claim against the dealer but will at least think about harassing you.. Can they find you anyway? Of course, but that may be lots of work and not worth it, but a message in the glove box just makes it so much easier.

If I buy a car from a dealer and I have an issue, I complain to the dealer and don't even think about going after the prior owner - unless there is a letter in the glove box that says "come after me"
It wouldn't bother me that the buyer contacts me about the car. Neither the dealer or buyer has any recourse against me. I would want to be helpful to the buyer. An example is when I traded in the Veloster Turbo a guy who knew me also knew the buyer. After a couple months the guy I knew called me about why the Veloster MPG would suddenly go down drastically. It turned out the buyer didn't know he had to empty the OCC and it was full. Just stuff like that to be helpful to the buyer.
 

KyACRASH

Autocross Newbie
Location
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Car(s)
2015 GTI 6MT, 04 R32
Do you want some random person to have your personal information? If the mods break something, they'll not only have a claim against the dealer but will at least think about harassing you.. Can they find you anyway? Of course, but that may be lots of work and not worth it, but a message in the glove box just makes it so much easier.

If I buy a car from a dealer and I have an issue, I complain to the dealer and don't even think about going after the prior owner - unless there is a letter in the glove box that says "come after me"
It’s just an email address.

if the car is sold/purchased from a dealership then the previous owner is in no way liable if something goes wrong.

it’s a nice gesture to be willing to communicate the mods that were done to the new owner. The dealer won’t be able or willing to help with what kind of tune or fueling is required, only the previous owner will know any of that.
 

krs

Go Kart Newbie
Location
Idaho
Car(s)
MKVIIS R
Do you want some random person to have your personal information? If the mods break something, they'll not only have a claim against the dealer but will at least think about harassing you.. Can they find you anyway? Of course, but that may be lots of work and not worth it, but a message in the glove box just makes it so much easier.

If I buy a car from a dealer and I have an issue, I complain to the dealer and don't even think about going after the prior owner - unless there is a letter in the glove box that says "come after me"

in my case the dealer knew what they were getting.

I don’t see it as a bad, bad idea, and would do it again if I traded in this car.

Its just simply an email, and info, not that big of a deal.
 

Alfaguy

Passed Driver's Ed
Location
Orlando
With my 2015 MK7 getting old I was wondering how to replace the door mechanism. I’ve seen videos on the replacement for a mk6 which involves removing the door skin is that still how to access it? I don’t see the access to the screws in the MK7.
 

RuffledJersey

Passed Driver's Ed
Location
Northern Delawhere
Car(s)
2019 S DSG
It’s just an email address.

if the car is sold/purchased from a dealership then the previous owner is in no way liable if something goes wrong.

it’s a nice gesture to be willing to communicate the mods that were done to the new owner. The dealer won’t be able or willing to help with what kind of tune or fueling is required, only the previous owner will know any of that.
The issue is you never know who’s going to buy the car down the road.

While the previous owner has no liability, nothing will prevent the new owner from making trouble if they’re so inclined. (And while it may be just an email, anyone determined enough has a decent chance of tracking someone down from it.)

Never underestimate the capacity of a random American to be an a-hole given the opportunity.
 

cb1111

Newbie
Location
Virginia, USA
The issue is you never know who’s going to buy the car down the road.

While the previous owner has no liability, nothing will prevent the new owner from making trouble if they’re so inclined. (And while it may be just an email, anyone determined enough has a decent chance of tracking someone down from it.)

Never underestimate the capacity of a random American to be an a-hole given the opportunity.
My point exactly and it gets you nothing - except the possibilty of problems.
 
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