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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-26-2018, 10:24 PM Thread Starter
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Front Wheel Spinning Jetta SE

Is it just me, or is it just really easy to break the front end loose when accelerating from a full stop? My 2010 GTI never did that..and had what I felt was superior traction. I know the Jetta SE is not a performance car, but wheel spin just too easy to obtain. Thoughts from the Members?
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-27-2018, 10:34 AM
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This is a common complaint on the new Passat GT as well. For whatever reason it seems like VW may have cut costs on the factory rubber for some of their new models. Have you tried messing around with traction control?
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post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-27-2018, 01:09 PM Thread Starter
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This is a common complaint on the new Passat GT as well. For whatever reason it seems like VW may have cut costs on the factory rubber for some of their new models. Have you tried messing around with traction control?
Have not, but will give that a try. I'm so used to my previous Tiguan 4Motion and my current Dodge Durango GT AWD (with the same Ecopia Tires)...never spinning, even in rain...just spoiled, I guess. Bought this Jetta for commuting, which it does admirably and with great gas mileage...75 miles per day.
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For the most part these tires seem to provide decent grip in various conditions, so this must be an issue with how the Jetta puts power down on the low end. They do claim to increase fuel economy by up to 3mpg over comparable brands.
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For the most part these tires seem to provide decent grip in various conditions, so this must be an issue with how the Jetta puts power down on the low end. They do claim to increase fuel economy by up to 3mpg over comparable brands.
Well, perhaps. Mine (Bridgestone Ecopia 422 Plus) will spin after taking off from a stop if I give it just enough gas...not flooring it, either. Dry, flat pavement, 80 degrees outside...from a stop light. Wonder if VW will flash to fix it if enough complain? Have not driven in the rain yet...but I am sure it is worse. Other than getting new tires, something like Michelin Pilot Sport A/S3+ to replace the Bridgestones, perhaps a 225 width instead of 205, keeping the 16 inch rims...might fix it...but not in the mood to spend money on a new car.
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post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-29-2018, 10:45 AM
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Sounds like there may be a bit too much torque for the factory tires they equipped on this model. I wouldn't want to drop additional money on something that VW should have fine tweaked either.
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I wonder if playing with tire pressure will help because it does in many other situations (ex. more pressure for better traction in winter).
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post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-06-2018, 01:07 PM Thread Starter
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I wonder if playing with tire pressure will help because it does in many other situations (ex. more pressure for better traction in winter).
So, air them down a bit? How much...**** things are nitrogen filled
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Lol I wouldn't bother fiddling with the air pressure if you're running nitrogen. If anything the ECU needs a bit of a detune to bring down the wheel torque. Just keep your fingers crossed that this issue becomes common and it becomes a part of future updates.
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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-20-2018, 05:03 PM
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So, air them down a bit? How much...**** things are nitrogen filled
ah right, forget they are filled with nitrogen. I have seen some people get rid of nitrogen for regular air for obvious reasons
down the road if you get tired of nitrogen then that might be a direction to consider.
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