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Volkswagen New Beetle, Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen Jetta, Volkswagen Passat, Diesel, Hatchback, Sedan, Wagon
May 24, 2004 (1:26 pm)
First half of 05 will be same TDI Passat and Jetta as the 04 TDI Passat and Jetta. Will be mid-year intro. for the new body styles and VW is famous for delaying it's change overs. All new body style Jetta will be assembled in Mexico including the Bora. GTI 2 door and 4 door Jetta Sedan are the initial products and the 4 door Golf and Jetta Wagon are not even confirmed for 2006.
Bottom line, if you desire a Jetta Wagon or Passat TDI don't wait until calendar year 05.
#1157 of 2551 Re: 05 TDI [moparbad #1156]
May 24, 2004 (9:01 pm)
Thanks. I prefer to buy one made in German, and will comaper with 05 Legacy before make decision.
May 25, 2004 (6:17 am)
Thanks, I can always count on one of you guys to give me a thorough answer. I have a question... I would love to have a turbodiesel vehicle that is a family style van/suv crossover (larger than a regular SUV but styled like one) With today's high gas prices, I think it would sell like hotcakes. I'm wondering if the Volkswagon engineers are working on something like that. I know they make the Taureg (spelling?)but is that seating only 5? And if it's not a diesel, it sucks gas. Does anybody know about any large diesel vehicles that get over 30mpg with the ability to tow med boats and carry seven adults?
#1159 of 2551 Re: Thanks Ruking 1 [lifelover #1158]
May 25, 2004 (6:52 am)
I'm not aware of anything that meets all those requirements.
A sprinter van might come close, depending on what you call a medium boat. Throw the style thing out the window.
I've seen excursions get mid 20's in fuel. Lots of room and i'm sure would pull a medium boat, regardless of your definition;)
I have a Tahoe for very similar duty. The 5.3L V8 typically gets 20mpg, sometimes better on highway trips. Towing drops it down around 14mpg. I'm sure I could have done better with an excursion as far as fuel is concerned, but was not impressed with the ride/handling/etc. on it.
The only good news I have is that I've heard that VW is bringing an extended length Touareg later this year which will have a 3rd row. I don't know how well it will haul seven adults, but it has possibilities at least. That's probably the only vehicle on my radar that I'd consider trading for the Tahoe. Probably still won't get 30mpg, but towing/hauling/mpg is a tough nut to crack.
May 25, 2004 (7:46 am)
Actually Sebring95 hit some of the diesel alternatives on the head. I have done road trips (in my Toyota) Landcruiser and friends with Ford 250 turbo diesel and/or Excursion Turbo diesel. Both seem to get mid 20's max. I have for a long time wanted a turbo diesel Toyota Landcruiser that is available on the world wide market but banned and or not imported to the USA. I also would give serious thought to the Tahoe/Suburban class turbo diesel if they hit the market with it.
The Touareg does come in a turbo diesel 333 hp/553 torque. But as you have indicated would only carry 7 adults if two of them were strapped to the roof rack Again, information indicates mid 20's mpg.
I know for a fact it is not available in 5 states for the 2004 model year(CA,NY,ME,MA, 4/5 as I recall)
#1161 of 2551 Touran or Sharan
May 25, 2004 (9:36 am)
VW TDI Touran or Sharan would fit the van/crossover type market and obtain 30 mpg. Neither are offered in North America.
Dodge Sprinter is only diesel that will seat seven, obtain 30 mpg and tow a boat. It will not obtain 30 mpg with seven people and tow a boat all at the same time though.
May 27, 2004 (7:25 pm)
Hey folks got a 2003 TDI.....love the gas milage..especially these days! Is there anyway to have all door locks automatically unlock when the driver door is opened or when the parking brake is engaged? Keep trying to open the back door and looking like a fool when nothing happens as I fumble for my transmitter.
#1163 of 2551 Re: Lock Questions [since1993 #1162]
May 28, 2004 (6:39 am)
They can be programmed to unlock all doors when you remove the key from the ignition. A dealer can program it for you, or anyone with the VAG program. I have the program, email me (in my profile) and I'll get you to a list of folks that have the program. Not sure if a dealer would charge you or not.
#1164 of 2551 Re: Enough Already [crankytdi #824]
May 28, 2004 (12:51 pm)
WOW! That is amazing. I have had a '98 Beetle TDI, a 2000 Beetle TDI, a 2002 Beetle TDI and now a 2004 Passat TDI and not had a single problem of that type and very few of any kind. The only repairs that I have had is on the '98 the air bag light came on requiring some kind of electrical part replacement twice (warrantee) and on the 2002 the electrical window regulators had to be replaced (warrantee) and a headlight had to be replaced (warrantee). That's it! Maybe you got a proverbial "lemon".
#1165 of 2551 Changing the hatch locking feature
Jun 02, 2004 (2:34 pm)
I have the Jetta TDI Wagon, and for the most part I really like it. One feature I can't stand though is the way the hatch locks every time I close it. So if I am putting something in and close it, and then decide to open it again, I have to either get the key or go to the hatch release lever in the driver's door. Is there a way to change this setting? I would like to set it up so once it is unlocked it remains unlocked until I lock it or until it automatically locks with the other doors (when the car moves).