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Mar 29, 2003 (8:34 pm)
This is the response I received from VWoA when I enquired about the availability of the TDI in the Passat.
"It has recently been announced the Passat TDI will be produced. It is
tentatively scheduled to become available mid to late 2004. No further
information is available at this time. "
For me this is a good thing. I have had a Golf TDI for 3 years now, an loved it. It has been probably the most reliable car I have ever owned, even more the my Maxima SE. Now we have a third child, and my Golf is too small. I am hoping I can hold out on buying a larger car until the Passat arrives.
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Mar 29, 2003 (10:04 pm)
I would be interested in a Passat TDI as well, maybe. Probably will end up with a Passat once my Jetta's paid off in about 4 years or so.
Apr 01, 2003 (2:24 pm)
Late 04/ early 05 should be about the time the next generation Passat will be coming out along with the next gen Golf and Jetta V. I purchased an 03 Jetta TDI wagon (automatic) about 2 weeks ago and love it. These current TDI's will still be desirable when the next generation diesels appear, they are great cars. I will have my eye on the next generation TDI Passat wagon when they appear.
Apr 02, 2003 (11:46 pm)
So ... the 1.9 will be around, but it won't be the "old" TDI like in my beetle, it will be the new technology like in the Passat, correct?
Which means my 1.9lTDI engine IS going away, but the new engines will be avail. in 1.9 and 2.0 liter versions.
What's the story on tuner-mods for the new 2.0tdi?
Apr 07, 2003 (11:01 am)
As popular as these engines are in Europe - I'd bet there are lots of mods available.
May 21, 2003 (5:36 am)
I was told by another TDI owner that the timing belt had to be changed at 40K or the 100K warranty is voided. Does this only apply to the automatics? Are standards good to 60K? I have a 2000 with a 5 speed.
May 21, 2003 (6:44 am)
So what does your owner's manual and the maintenance schedule say?
May 21, 2003 (7:51 am)
the automatics say 40k.
The manual doesn't list anything for the 5-speed manuals. It should be able to last 60k. When doing the change, ask for the revised 2002 belts and idler pulley, good for 80k
May 27, 2003 (11:04 pm)
I had the belt changed on my '98 TDI 5-speed at 60k kms (40k miles), but then was told AFTER (at next oil change) that they changed the rules and the standards could go 96,000 kms (60k miles) between changes.
Almost ready for timing belt #3 in the car.
This change in belts/pulleys in 2002 is interesting. Any idea how much more $$$ to do this compared to replacing with original style?
May 28, 2003 (5:14 am)
If you have a 1998 New Beetle you can use the new 80K/100K mile belt. A kit goes for $170 which includes timing belt, tensioner, camshaft seal, replacement bolts, and serpentine belt. The labor is the same and the parts are the same parts only the belt and tensioner are different so the cost to change to the new belt is nearly identical to the cost of using the old style.
If you have a 1996-1997 Passat TDI or 1997-1998 A3 Body Style Jetta or Golf then there is NO upgraded belt and tensioner available.