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Canada Bob

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(Msg. 1) Posted: Mon Sep 25, 2006 1:07 am
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Just bought a Jetta 1.9 TDi, and everything is going well with it,
except that...

There seems to be a gap between where the low beams light up the road
and here the high beams take over.

It's not a lot but I;'ve never seen this on any car before, this being
the 3rd VW
that I've had in the last 5 years with xenons...

It almost looks as though the low beams are too low, and the high beams
are too
high, they seem to light up the trees down the road more than they do
the road
itself Sad

I'd appreciate any comments you guys might have on this, the car has
already been
into the dealership twice in 3 weeks, but they say they can do much as
the beams
move progressively with each other, and they can't get them to merge.

Anyone else seen this problem ? is there a fix for this "feature" ?

Canada Bob.

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(Msg. 2) Posted: Mon Sep 25, 2006 9:28 pm
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"Canada Bob" wrote in message

> Just bought a Jetta 1.9 TDi, and everything is going well with it,
> except that...
>
> There seems to be a gap between where the low beams light up the road
> and here the high beams take over.
>
> It's not a lot but I;'ve never seen this on any car before, this being
> the 3rd VW
> that I've had in the last 5 years with xenons...
>
> It almost looks as though the low beams are too low, and the high beams
> are too
> high, they seem to light up the trees down the road more than they do
> the road
> itself Sad
>
> I'd appreciate any comments you guys might have on this, the car has
> already been
> into the dealership twice in 3 weeks, but they say they can do much as
> the beams
> move progressively with each other, and they can't get them to merge.
>
> Anyone else seen this problem ? is there a fix for this "feature" ?

if the beams are not independently adjustable then you're out of luck.
usually in a case like this where they're combined into the same assembly
they're made so that you aim via the low beam and the high beam is already
made to be aimed correctly when the low beam is correctly aimed.

p.s...if you have a TDI...they're not xenon. xenons are standard on the GLI
and optional on the 2.0T and not available on the 2.5 and TDI.

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(Msg. 3) Posted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 6:31 pm
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Hello Matt

> if the beams are not independently adjustable then you're out of luck.
> usually in a case like this where they're combined into the same assembly
> they're made so that you aim via the low beam and the high beam is already
> made to be aimed correctly when the low beam is correctly aimed.

That's how they are Matt, twinned so to speak, move one you move the
other,
but there shouldn't be a blind spot inbetween the beams, and there
is...

> p.s...if you have a TDI...they're not xenon. xenons are standard on the GLI
> and optional on the 2.0T and not available on the 2.5 and TDI.

Not sure how it works Matt on a country to country basis, this is a
2006 TDi made for the Canadian market {that's where I am}, and when I
ordered the car 3 months back I got all
the bells and whistles added on, including some pack or other with the
xenons on, so they
are xenons I've stood infront of them to get a tan, grin.

Thanks for your comments Matt, appreciated.

Tell you what I like the most though, the 80 MPG that I'm getting, I've
had enough of
gas/petrol engines, even though gas is just 40p a litre here in Canada,
it's a hellish 90p
a litre on average in the UK.

Canada Bob.
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(Msg. 4) Posted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 8:29 pm
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Hi,

> here in the USA they use one bulb and the beams are controlled by a
> "shutter" to make the low & hi beam. There may be a basic setting which the
> dealer should have done by now. Other than that... that's the way they work.

How odd it that, they're all made in Mexico, yet they seem to be
different ?

Bob.
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(Msg. 5) Posted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 8:39 pm
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Hi Mike...

> Canada Bob wrote:
> > Tell you what I like the most though, the 80 MPG that I'm getting

> 80 mpg in an '06 Jetta? What, do you only drive downhill or something?
LOL, be nice if I could, but it would be tough to get home again.

The thing is, I'd got used to seeing 65 MPG plus, but last week on a
drive around
on the back roads, not the highways, I'd been out for about 3 hours,
doing 35-50
MPH, I'd 125 miles on the trip clock since starting out. I glanced down
to see 80.1
MPG, and that was the average MPG not the momentary MPG, that's what
we'd
averaged over a 3 hour drive !!! I was so astonished that I got the
wife to take a
photo of it, let me have an e-mail {any of you} and I'll send you a
copy.

Blew me away that did... but there is a bit of a secret, I had the car
for about a month
just running it in, sort of, and was getting 65 MPG to 70 MPG and was
quiet happy
with that...

Then {as I usually do with cars, snow blowers, lawn mowers, boats etc
etc} I put in some
molybdenum disulphide {I'm a Lubrication Engineer, and I've worked with
this stuff for
around 40 years now}.

A couple of days later the MPG has gone up and around 75 to 80 MPG, I'm
thrilled with that, compares very well with a 2005 93 Saab TDi that I
had doing 65 MPG, but that car was around 300 lbs heavier than the
Jetta.

> What are you going to do once you reach the ocean?
Probably around 14 knots Smile

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(Msg. 6) Posted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 9:33 pm
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here in the USA they use one bulb and the beams are controlled by a
"shutter" to make the low & hi beam. There may be a basic setting which the
dealer should have done by now. Other than that... that's the way they work.

"Canada Bob" wrote in message

> Just bought a Jetta 1.9 TDi, and everything is going well with it,
> except that...
>
> There seems to be a gap between where the low beams light up the road
> and here the high beams take over.
>
> It's not a lot but I;'ve never seen this on any car before, this being
> the 3rd VW
> that I've had in the last 5 years with xenons...
>
> It almost looks as though the low beams are too low, and the high beams
> are too
> high, they seem to light up the trees down the road more than they do
> the road
> itself Sad
>
> I'd appreciate any comments you guys might have on this, the car has
> already been
> into the dealership twice in 3 weeks, but they say they can do much as
> the beams
> move progressively with each other, and they can't get them to merge.
>
> Anyone else seen this problem ? is there a fix for this "feature" ?
>
> Canada Bob.
>
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(Msg. 7) Posted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 10:03 pm
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Canada Bob wrote:
>
> Tell you what I like the most though, the 80 MPG that I'm getting

80 mpg in an '06 Jetta? What, do you only drive downhill or something?
What are you going to do once you reach the ocean?

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(Msg. 8) Posted: Wed Sep 27, 2006 2:37 am
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"Canada Bob" wrote in message

> That's how they are Matt, twinned so to speak, move one you move the
> other, but there shouldn't be a blind spot inbetween the beams, and there
> is...

But if the lamp is designed that way (whether intentional or not...as long
as it meets Canadian MVSS 108...it's legal) and isn't adjustable, there
isn't anything that can really be done about it.

> Not sure how it works Matt on a country to country basis, this is a
> 2006 TDi made for the Canadian market {that's where I am}, and when I
> ordered the car 3 months back I got all
> the bells and whistles added on, including some pack or other with the
> xenons on, so they
> are xenons I've stood infront of them to get a tan, grin.

Must have been different equipment in canada then I guess.
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(Msg. 9) Posted: Wed Sep 27, 2006 2:38 am
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"Mike Smith" wrote in message

> Canada Bob wrote:
>>
>> Tell you what I like the most though, the 80 MPG that I'm getting
>
> 80 mpg in an '06 Jetta? What, do you only drive downhill or something?
> What are you going to do once you reach the ocean?

if he's in canada though he might be converting to imperial gallons...which
would stands a better chance of getting 80mpg because imperial gallons are
larger than US gallons.
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(Msg. 10) Posted: Wed Sep 27, 2006 4:37 am
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Canada Bob wrote:
> Hi Mike...
>
>> Canada Bob wrote:
>>> Tell you what I like the most though, the 80 MPG that I'm getting
>
>> 80 mpg in an '06 Jetta? What, do you only drive downhill or something?
> LOL, be nice if I could, but it would be tough to get home again.
>
> The thing is, I'd got used to seeing 65 MPG plus, but last week on a
> drive around
> on the back roads, not the highways, I'd been out for about 3 hours,
> doing 35-50
> MPH, I'd 125 miles on the trip clock since starting out. I glanced down
> to see 80.1
> MPG, and that was the average MPG not the momentary MPG, that's what
> we'd
> averaged over a 3 hour drive !!! I was so astonished that I got the
> wife to take a
> photo of it, let me have an e-mail {any of you} and I'll send you a
> copy.

Um, are these Imperial gallons by chance?

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(Msg. 11) Posted: Wed Sep 27, 2006 5:19 pm
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Matt B. wrote:
> "Mike Smith" wrote in message
>
>> Canada Bob wrote:
>>> Tell you what I like the most though, the 80 MPG that I'm getting
>> 80 mpg in an '06 Jetta? What, do you only drive downhill or something?
>> What are you going to do once you reach the ocean?
>
> if he's in canada though he might be converting to imperial gallons...which
> would stands a better chance of getting 80mpg because imperial gallons are
> larger than US gallons.

I suppose, but that would still be 64 mpg US.

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(Msg. 12) Posted: Fri Sep 29, 2006 1:45 am
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Hello Mike...

>Mike Smith wrote:
> Um, are these Imperial gallons by chance?
Yep, IMP's it is Mike...

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(Msg. 13) Posted: Fri Sep 29, 2006 1:49 am
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Hello Matt...

> > That's how they are Matt, twinned so to speak, move one you move the
> > other, but there shouldn't be a blind spot inbetween the beams, and there
> > is...

> But if the lamp is designed that way (whether intentional or not...as long
> as it meets Canadian MVSS 108...it's legal) and isn't adjustable, there
> isn't anything that can really be done about it.

Don't I know it, it's a pain in the *ss... add to that there's lots of
things that
"should" meet Canadian standards but they don't... yet I feel I have a
duff set
of lights, I'm sure they should "overlap" and not leave a blind/dak
spot on the
road...

Canada Bob.
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(Msg. 14) Posted: Fri Sep 29, 2006 1:52 am
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Me again...

> if he's in canada though he might be converting to imperial gallons...which
> would stands a better chance of getting 80mpg because imperial gallons are
> larger than US gallons.

20% more Matt, 3.6 litres vs 4.5 litres, US Gallon to a Cnd Gallon.

Paying $4 Cnd a gallon for diesel right now...

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(Msg. 15) Posted: Fri Sep 29, 2006 1:53 am
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Me again...

> if he's in canada though he might be converting to imperial gallons...which
> would stands a better chance of getting 80mpg because imperial gallons are
> larger than US gallons.

20% more Matt, 3.6 litres vs 4.5 litres, US Gallon to a Cnd Gallon.

Paying $4 Cnd a gallon for diesel right now...

Canada Bob.
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