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#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
#389 of 418 TDI and environment
Mar 22, 2003 (7:38 am)
TDI is recognized as a "Green" vehicle in Europe as it produces less CO2 than gasoline powered vehicles and consumes less fuel. Diesel is a renewable fuel as it can be manufactured from plant oils and animal fats.
The negative aspects of diesel are NOx and particulates. Why? Diesel fuel in US has up to 500 ppm sulfur. US diesel is of the poorest quality in the world. You can thank the EPA for this as they regulate fuel quality. In 2006 diesel fuel will be required to have lower sulfur content.
If you care about the environment the TDI is a good choice. It is a technology that works today.
The EPA and CARB present a negative analysis of TDI and diesel that is based on political goals and fails to incorporate a balanced approach to conserving resources and reducing greenhouse gases.
Mar 23, 2003 (4:02 pm)
If you really want to lower emissions, go with a biodiesel blend. Right now, Biodiesel is about 3 cents higher than conventional diesel (according to a truck driver in my church). Make the investment and run up to 20 to 50 percent in your tank. You will not be sorry. Biodiesel is what makes the TDI an environmental choice. I hear that B20 will be sold in much the same way that ethenol is sold now. Look around, you might be near a truck stop that already offers it.
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Mar 24, 2003 (9:10 am)
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