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#93 of 102 VW Golf TDI
Jan 17, 2000 (7:58 pm)
Krazy driver, the name of this forum is VW Golf TDI. The Golf in TDI clothing gets:
42/49 mpg - 5sp. 90hP, 155 Ft-Lbs torque.
34/45 mpg - auto 90hP 155 Ft-Lbs
As far as performance IMO it outperforms the 2.0 gas engine in ALL respects.
Jan 17, 2000 (11:49 pm)
Yeah, you're right. I'm in the wrong section.
#95 of 102 TDI after 3 months
Jan 18, 2000 (11:51 pm)
Read some of the naysayers above, felt I had to check in. Go for a test drive and you will be sold.
Just past 5000 miles on my 2000 Golf GL TDI ($16,000 + tax/license). No problems at all and averaged 47 mpg (while playing speed racer) with higher mpg each tankful. Zero problems / complaints.
I'm in love.
I had an awesome 89 CRX hf for 10 years and as fun and cheap as it was it is no comparison to a TDI. Checked out focus and civics before deciding - no contest once you feel the difference behind the wheel.
The TDI drives like a V6 and the fit/finish is impecable (interior and controls are Audi-like).
I look forward to any chance to get out and drive in my TDI.
www.tdiclub.com is full of combative realists that can answer any question you may have - once you get a TDI you are stuck on them forever. Sounds cultish, yes it is.
#96 of 102 Thanks, ertzog,
Jan 20, 2000 (4:33 am)
for your post and the website. It's true I'm leaning away from the Golf TDI, but it's posts like yours that keep it on my list. Hope you keep lovin' yours.
#97 of 102 VW Diesel after 20 years
Jan 21, 2000 (10:48 pm)
I have VW golf with diesel engine in my home country. It was 16 years old and had 380000 km on it when a friend of mine donated it to me. I've been driving it in mountains, at seaside, in hot, in frost and never ever had any problem. Despite the far less figure of horsepower the car has excellent acceleration, On traffic light stars it was beating many other cars with more powerful gas engines. And what a fantastic fuel economy! I really missing her, especially when driving my terrible Ford Taurus.
#98 of 102 Break in period.
Jan 23, 2000 (7:55 am)
I'm looking to buy my first new car, and the Golf TDI has most of my attention. Not that this will sway what I end up purchasing (that'll wait for the test drive), but as someone who's never bought a new car, not to mention a Diesel, and as someone who would like their car to last, I'm curious: what sort of break in should one do with their TDI? How long would this last? What have you found with your TDI's in their infancy?
Of course, I could ask a dealer, or read the manual (which, if I buy, I will do), but this might even prove entertaining. So what do you have to say?
#99 of 102 '00 Golf GLS
Jan 24, 2000 (1:53 am)
I'm the happy owner of a new Golf GLS TDI with the automatic. Just picked it up last Friday. Am starting a new job tomorrow AM so needed an efficient commuter and to date there's nothing better than a diesel, although the Ballard fuel cell is coming to a manufacturer near you soon. I would have preferred a Beetle TDI, but couldn't find a used with an automatic. Where I live there are lots of used '98 and '99 Beetles with very low mileage which would prompt one to ask why by new? A visit to a very knowledgeable dealer explained all. In Canada, Beetles are priced quite high to take advantage of the Boomer desire for nostalgia. The Golf was about $500.00 more than the similarly equipped Beetle and $1200.00 cheaper than a Jetta. This dealer had my car on the lot equipped as I wanted. To top it off, it's made in Germany. This is a one year thing, as VW screwed up their production numbers. Seems they wanted to build many Jettas and Beetles for North America. Unfortunately, the Beetles aren't selling as well as they had been hoped. They forgot about the lowly Golf over here. To pick up the slack, they are importing a few thousand from Deutschland. In 2001 they are coming from Brazil, much to the shagrin of dealers. Mine said, to paraphrase, it too Mexico 10 years to get it right. How long will it take Brazil? Apparently they are 2 platform generations behind Germany/Mexico. So if you want a Golf, get 'em while their good.
Have a bad thing to report, though. When driving it for the first time at night, coudn't see the speed or the engine RPM. Seems the illumination for the speedo and tach pointers isn't working. Shit happens even to the best of them. As far as driving goes, our other vehicle is a Voyager. You can imagine the difference! It does take a bit for the turbo to kick in, though. But again, it's brand new. I'll keep you all posted on how it works in traffic.
By the way, dealer tells me timing belt needs changing at 92 KM (55000 Miles) and costs under $300 Canadian (about $0.50 USF). The housing is external and can even be seen without removing the shroud. Oil changes are 8000 KM (5000 mi). I always change oil at 5000 KM anyway, good habit and cheap warranty. Glow plugs are $15.00 and installation costs the same for 1 or 4. If needed ever, would not be for about 200K KM (120K mi)
#100 of 102 So that's why
Jan 26, 2000 (4:20 pm)
the Golf's are from Germany.. How abundant are the 2000 Golf TDI's in Canada (Van,BC) ? I hardly see TDI's to begin with, as much as people here like them, so I can't see them filling the dealer lots.
To think that this is the only year they're coming from Wolfsburg is a bummer..I'm inline to get a car, but not just yet..damn
#101 of 102 Golf TDI acceleration?
Jan 27, 2000 (3:42 am)
did any one tested tdi's acceleration?
what is the difference between 1.9tdi and 2.0 gas engine ?
Jan 28, 2000 (9:21 pm)
VW golf gl tdi 2000
is it built in germany or mexico?
did anyone said that next year models will be comming from brasil?
how about other vw's models (gti,jetta,passat),where are those made?