Good evening; my first post.
I am "armyRN", and I just bought (with my 17yr old daughter chipping in) a black 2008 VW bug convertible (with the 2.5 and the problematic tiptronic tranny) for her first car as she's getting ready to start college. She's loving it - she's always had a fascination with VW bugs. And my first car (back in 1976) was a 63 bug ($300 back then). so it runs in the family I guess. It looks and runs nice, but of course we have a few issues (and it is missing a few interior knobs/trip pieces and such). Car has 114,000 miles; paid $3700 in case you're wondering.
I bought a Chilton's book at the parts store ($21), and we ordered from Amazon a 2008 owner's manual (with supplements, to include the convertible top booklet) for $90, but I hope she'll be keeping this car for a while. I figure they're an investment. And thank goodness I'm mechanically inclined.
1. The temp light/convertible top light (above the rearview mirror) is blinking with the convertible top picture, and when we take off from a stop, something is alarming for exactly ten seconds (I'm assuming these two are related???). I've read that when the vehicle senses the top is secure, it will show the temp. I know the top is securely up, so what's going on? It seems to go up-and-down ok. What to try first?
2. OBD II code 0411 (secondary air injector flow issue). What's the common cause and cure? I cleared the code; we'll see if it comes back.
3. [P] [R] [N] [D] [S] all lit up - you all know what it is (tiptronic failure). I took the shifter apart - it is missing the large magnet at the end of the rubber strip. Looked all over with a flashlight - couldn't find the magnet. Haven't been able to find one today going to junkyards (or playgrounds as I call them). I did the put it in neutral, shut off engine, restart engine in neutral, start driving - and it only lit up the gear I was in. I don't care right now if we have [P] [R] [N] [D] [S] all lit up - I just want to know - is going to hurt anything driving like this? My daughter is totally not into the paddle shifting feature.
My daughter is loving the car so far. I've still got to replace a headlight bulb and license plate bulb. Hopefully will have the bugs worked out (sorry if that pun gets overused here) soon so she can just enjoy driving it.
Any words of wisdom for a new 2008 Bug convertible owner?