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I bought a 2001 1.8t... and to be honest its slow as all hell...i was wondering if the turbo piping is known to be loose or any other problem that makes for a lack of power, casue if this is it stock i think im selling it!
 

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It could be a number of things. Tell us more information on thies car. Is it automatic? What kind of gas are you putting in it? When was its last oil change/tune up? The more info you give us, the better we can help.
 

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i run 89 pump gas, oil changed 1 month ago when i bought it, its a 5spd, it has 49,500 miles on it and it feels sluggesh all the time and when the turbo is spooled you cant even tell there was a difference in power...
 

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easiest way to find out is to find another 1.8T owner in your area and have them take it out for a test drive. It's pretty hard to describe power. Or test drive another 1.8T at a dealer. I haven't heard too many people describe them as sluggish, and if they did they were coming from a much more powerful car.
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by rronnicc:
i run 89 pump gas, oil changed 1 month ago when i bought it, its a 5spd, it has 49,500 miles on it and it feels sluggesh all the time and when the turbo is spooled you cant even tell there was a difference in power...<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I would recommend putting at least 92 octain on your car. The 1.8t engine is very smooth linear which explain why you don't feel a big burst of power.. Did you get your coilpack replace?
 

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91 min gas, as stated by VW.
Were you driving a 500hp supra or something before the 1.8t? The 1.8t has been called alot, not many people have said "slugish". Blown turbo mabye (like mine) install a boost guage (valuable tool anyway for any F/I engine)
Chip will give you a big increase, but still even the stock 1.8t once in 2nd gear should pull like a rocket...
 

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Its only a 150HP 1.8T, but it still shouldn't be slow. Make sure you always run premium fuel in it. How many miles are on it, and its bone stock right?
 

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I posted a dyno test of a VR6, which is supposed to ahve at least 91 octane, just like the 1.8T, and it lost over 20HP from running 89 instead of 93. And like Dakoda said, check your boost.
 

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Do me a favor, put some 91 octane gas in there....reasons why it could be slugish

1. Spark PLugs (When was the last time it was changed?)
2. 91 Octane Minimum
3. Check for boost leaks
4. Is the turbo wearing out ?

5. Coilpacks (Go to your dealer, have them check out your coilpacks...VW/AUDI are known to have bad coils....supposely the "L" coils are the resolved ones)

Out of these 5..I would say the gas is the most important..My car last week was SLOW as hell....but when i changed my plugs, it made a hell of a difference...I run copper plugs, so I need to change them often. I gap my plugs at around .34mm stock = .28mm...this helps a lot..try it out


[ March 02, 2004: Message edited by: GTI 1.8T ]
 

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My g/f has a 2001 jetta with the 150 h.p. motor. the cougar that she had before would blow the doors off of the jetta...and cougars aren't that quick. i can hardly feel the turbo pull on her car. i drive a chipped 2001 gti that was 150 h.p. stock and the difference between the two is night and day. the chip really makes a difference for the 150 horse motor. not as much of a difference for the 180 horse motor which was offered 2002+. that 150 horsepower is like driving a chipped 1.8 in limp mode.
 

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You guys must all be driving 400+ hp cars. Even a stock 1.8t is pretty quick, you can def feel the turbo, and it will throw you in your seat. A chipped 1.8t in 2nd gear will pull pretty damn hard...not my car tho
 

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my brother used to drive a 480rwhp supra...
i guess i got used to that
 

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Sounds like someone's gotten use to the 1.8T...

Try this:

1. Drive a Honda.


2. if that's not enough, drive an American sedan.

You'll suddenly realize that the 1.8T really isn't all that slow in the scheme of things.

Of course, if your car isn't running at 100% that could be the cause, and in that case there are some excellent suggestions above.
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Beck:
My g/f has a 2001 jetta with the 150 h.p. motor. the cougar that she had before would blow the doors off of the jetta...and cougars aren't that quick. i can hardly feel the turbo pull on her car. i drive a chipped 2001 gti that was 150 h.p. stock and the difference between the two is night and day. the chip really makes a difference for the 150 horse motor. not as much of a difference for the 180 horse motor which was offered 2002+. that 150 horsepower is like driving a chipped 1.8 in limp mode.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I beg to differ hombre. You can definitely notice a huge difference in any 1.8T after an ecu upgrade. Proof is in the pudding (regardless of whether APR uses crank numbers or not).

More boost is more boost.

Engine ECU Number
91 Octane Chipped 93 Octane Chipped Notes* DirectPort
Available
06A 906 032 CL 196hp/240lb-ft 204hp/242lb-ft AWD 5spd N
06A 906 032 CM 196hp/240lb-ft 204hp/242lb-ft AWD Auto N
06A 906 032 DL 209hp/242lb-ft 215hp/247lb-ft AWW 5spd Y
06A 906 032 DM 209hp/242lb-ft 215hp/247lb-ft AWW Auto N
06A 906 032 GH 209hp/242lb-ft 215hp/247lb-ft Y
06A 906 032 HS 209hp/242lb-ft 215hp/247lb-ft AWP 5spd Y
06A 906 032 HF 209hp/242lb-ft 215hp/247lb-ft AWP 5spd Y
06A 906 032 ML 209hp/242lb-ft 215hp/247lb-ft 337 Y
06A 906 032 LP 209hp/242lb-ft 215hp/247lb-ft Y
06A 906 032 LQ 209hp/242lb-ft 215hp/247lb-ft Y
06A 906 032 PL 209hp/242lb-ft 215hp/247lb-ft 20th Ann Y
06A 906 032 NK 209hp/242lb-ft 215hp/247lb-ft Y
06A 906 032 NL 209hp/242lb-ft 215hp/247lb-ft Y
*Due to many variations, ALWAYS refer to the ECU part number in your car.


As for the original post...if the car feels that slow I would agree with most of the other recommendations and also suggest getting a hold of a Vag Com. Your car could be throwing codes that you don't even know about.

[ March 05, 2004: Message edited by: cyaneye ]
 
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