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Nov 11, 2002 (6:56 am)
Folks over at TDIClub tend to prefer PowerService. In the winter, get the white bottle (if you live in cold climates).
American diesel fuel is filthy (at least until mid-2006), so a cetane boost is a good thing. Or try to find local biodiesel and burn the best fuel available in North America. More info at www.biodieselnow.com.
BTW, I'm probably going to sell my Passat TDI and get a 2003 Golf GL TDI!
Nov 11, 2002 (8:14 am)
Chuck: You shouldn't have to deal with that, so if your dealer won't help you under warranty, find another one in your area, see if they can fix it for you.
Nate: Selling the Passat!?!? :-0
Nov 12, 2002 (6:17 am)
Perhaps, perhaps, perrrrrrrrrrrrrhapsssssss. (Sorry, Cake flashback). Yeah, if I can get a decent price for it, I'm going to sell it and get a brand spankin' new Golf GL TDI.
#382 of 418 Anyone know about relaibility
Nov 14, 2002 (7:27 am)
I've heard some really horrible stuff about Jetta's and reliability (multiple window repairs, replace O2 sensors very frequently, multiple brake replacement, door handles/locks, tie rods, power steering, etc...). I've also read some of the same concerns for the Golf. Actually had a sister-n-brother-in-law got rid of a jetta (late 90's I think) after sinking a few G into it in just a few months. I LOVE the idea of 50 mpg (REALLY LOVE IT - 90 mile trip one way to work, West Michigan - plenty of snow) not to mention really digging the car itself, but I don't want the savings in fuel to be spent fixing the car. If seems like a good used car buy...I think.
I haven't been able to find Golf TDI reliability information becuase there aren't that many on the road (and even fewer reviews/comments of them). I have seen Jetta TDI, Beetle TDI and Golf Gasoline reviews, but how do they compare to the Golf TDI? Is the Golf TDI basically a Beetle TDI with different sheetmetal, or is it more like a Jetta TDI?
I'm looking to buy used ($9-$11K; probably 2000ish), which means I'm looking at a vehicle with some milage. I'm cool with the milage, as long as the bad boy is going to last 200K+ miles like I've heard diesels can. Can anybody comment on TDI Golf (TDI!) reliablilty. I've heard great things about Beetle reliability but not so great things about Golf. Enough of the rambling, can anybody offer some experience based advise?
#383 of 418 Re #374 - BEWARE
Nov 22, 2002 (7:25 am)
You are suffering an autoignition problem, which is very, very bad a problem for Diesel engines. The symptom of it is too much oil. It will go and burn along with the fuel. Many Diesel engines here break precisely because of that. The engine would be overreving for some time then die. Solution? Engage a gear and press the brake pedal until it stops... And then go to your dealer and ask for a full injection system checkup/cleaning. Costs much, but it will be worth it in the long term...
#384 of 418 Question for Moparbad
Dec 06, 2002 (8:05 pm)
You posted this on 09/12/02...
#337 of 383 GTI or 50 mpg TDI re mpg5 by moparbad Sep 12, 2002 (07:29 am)
Get the TDI Golf and chip it. Golf is built in Brazil and GTI is built in Brazil. Brazil, Mexico, Germany you are going to get the same quality in a VW. The problems that VW experience are component problems and not build quality problems (New Beetle excluded). With the warranty now at 5 years and the window regulator problem fixed it is a good time to get a Golf or GTI.
Could you please tell me if New Beetle TDI is poorly made since you said New Beetle is excluded? I am looking to purhcase a New Beetle GLS TDI, but I've heard some bad things about its quality... which the repairs can be quite expensive.
Is it true?
#385 of 418 Devar...
Dec 09, 2002 (8:47 am)
New Beetles seem to have alot of electrical problems, from what I have heard. Maybe that's what Mopar meant.
#386 of 418 Dealer recommendations/warnings in Portland, OR?
Feb 06, 2003 (10:49 pm)
I am researching buying a Jetta TDI in the next few months. I am on the westside of the greater Portland, OR area, and I am interested in anyone's experiences with dealers in Oregon/SW Washington. I am willing to go further away to purchase, but would like to have something closer for service.
From what I read on these forums, it's very important to find a good dealer w/ a good service reputation who really knows these cars.
Any input (thumbs up or down) on dealers/salespeople, and service would be much appreciated.
Also, heads-up on any other local resources (e.g., TDI mechanics, chip/parts sources, people w/ VAG-COM, etc.) would also be very appreciated!
I hope to buy in the next couple of months and become a more active member here!
Feb 07, 2003 (7:54 am)
Email me offline and I'll point you in the right direction.
#388 of 418 TDI Emissions vs milage
Mar 21, 2003 (6:44 pm)
The EPA website ranks the TDI a 1 out of 10, 1 being the worst. I was planning on trading in my 98 Passat tomorrow for the Jetta TDI wagon but now concearned, does anyone have any information on emissions/gas milage, which is worse, higher emissions or better gas milage? http://epa.gov/greenvehicles/wgn-03.htm