Problem w/ECM Computer on '01 Jetta?
Hi everyone- Tuckaseegee here. My wife has an '01 Jetta VR6. Great car, but has had some reliability issues over the years. It's started running a bit rough and is kicking out multiple codes on the check engine. The mechanic (who we think is pretty good) has diagnosed it as a bad ECM computer. He says there's no way that as many things are as wrong as the ECM says. I believe they've tried to reset it, and it runs well for a bit, then startes to run badly, and kisks out a bunch of codes again. He's recommending we replace the computer.
He gave me a quote on a new computer of $690 for the part (w/labor on top of that). I suggested we try looking for a used computer, as there are some on ebay for ~$150. He's open to this idea, but says he's heard from some vw folks that we could be risking serious compatibility issues when we try and enter a second VIN # into the used computer. He's looking for a remanufactured ECM, and is still doing some research on the issue.
Since this car has given us some trouble, our goal is to get this problem fixed, spruce up the vehicle and sell it. Thinking of buying a new TDI wagon.
What do you guys think? If your computer was bad, would you replace it with a new one or a used part?
Last edited by tuckaseegee; 08-14-2009 at 02:13 PM.
Reason: Update: 8/14/09