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#131 of 418 VW Golf TDI
Jul 18, 2000 (3:00 am)
2000 VW Golf GLS TDI with automatic transmission.
Purchased new in Feb- 8500 miles,so far no problems. Test drove 2 new Golf's, a gas burner identical to mine, and a diesel with a 5 speed. Chose the TDI because I thought it ran better than the gas burner. That extra torque from the diesel makes a difference with A/C and auto transmission.
Worst mileage 38 mpg
Best mileage 45 mpg- 75 MPH on interstate with A/C on.
Average around 41 mpg.
#132 of 418 Diesel vs Hybride
Jul 23, 2000 (8:02 pm)
I've heard that anything turbo-charged can be a mechanical nightmare with the increased pressures, needing to let the turbo spin down, water separators, radiator treatments etc. Is this true on a diesel or is it designed with these things in mind ? Wonder if my next purchase should be one of the new hybrides or a diesel.
Rob Fruth - Houston, Tx
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#133 of 418 Drove an automatic TDI
Jul 24, 2000 (2:41 pm)
I test drove an automatic Jetta GL TDI the other day for the first time. What a smooth engine for a diesel! I fell in love with it! It's so quiet and has enough power for highway cruising (had it up to 90) and passing as well, even with the AC on full blast. Definitely a surprise.
Aug 05, 2000 (5:31 pm)
Yeh it's a pretty impressive engine with enough guts to keep up with traffic and sitll delivers insane fuel economy. We have a revie of it at www.automotive-review.com and will have the GTI 1.8T next week and the 225TT after that. As far as I know the TDI engine should outlast the rest of the car - though it is important to be diligent about replacing the fuel filter.
#135 of 418 TDI Reliability
Aug 05, 2000 (5:58 pm)
I'm considering buying a new Golf TDI. Does anyone have any comments on reliabilty of these cars with higher mileage?
Aug 05, 2000 (8:57 pm)
The very concept of owning a diesel is that you drive so much that the higher purchase cost is retrieved by puting huge mileage on the car. VW are notorious for electrical glitches but i know several people that literally drove VWs into the ground with over 200,000 miles on them.
#137 of 418 hi mpg vs. hi maintenance
Aug 08, 2000 (4:46 am)
tdi engine drives great, gets great milage. but doesn't the maintenance cost overcome fuel savings? timing belt change w/auto tranny every
40,000 miles?!! more frequent fuel filters, synthetic oil, turbo worries. is it worth it?
#138 of 418 costs
Aug 08, 2000 (3:27 pm)
I wouldn't buy a TDI for saving -money- on fuel. It's a wash at best. I bought mine because I loved the way it drove, and I thought it would be more responsible to drive a car with great mileage. Besides, there is something to be said about the fun of only having to fill up every 500+ miles or so.
I haven't had any second thoughts.
#139 of 418 Real World TDI Fuel Economy
Aug 08, 2000 (7:39 pm)
I have had my 1998 Jetta TDI for over 2 1/2 years and nearly 80,000 miles. The average fuel economy I have be getting since brand new 'til now has been 52.0 MPG. Any claims of MPGs in the 30's are completely bogus.
#140 of 418 How to buy a TDI at MSRP?
Aug 11, 2000 (7:59 am)
Tried to lease a Golf TDI auto today at Desert VW here in Las Vegas. The lowest they would go was 2k over msrp. They said people are buying them for that much and that they are hard to come by. However the Golf TDI in the showroom had 250 miles on it and the Jetta TDI I test drove had 350 miles. Seems like people are interested in the car but not in padding the dealers wallets. Anyone know where I could find one for MSRP?