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#141 of 2551 New owner's impression...
Jul 13, 2002 (6:52 pm)
I just took delivery of a '02 Golf GLS TDi at a great price. So far, I love it! Can't believe how much torque it has... definately feels more powerful than I would have expected. Built quality and features are superb. Never had a diesel before but thought that my 100 mile/day commute warrants one. Comparing this to my 2002 Accord, I prefer the Golf--much more fun to drive. It also turns more heads than my Accord ever did.
While I have to get used to new maintenance procedures and must establish overall reliability over time, I'd have to say to anyone considering a TDi, "Go for it!" Even more so with the current special offers from VW.
Jul 16, 2002 (11:46 am)
I have been doing some unscientific research, and have found ways to maximize the AC (thanks to all of the advice from this forum and the dealer). The air is blowing out at 5oC (40oF) which is within the normal range. So, I have done a few things to help it cool the car's interior:
1. Bought a sunscreen for the windshield. This keeps out a significant amount of sun and allows the black dash to be cool enough to touch (in direct sun, it gets hot enough to deliver a burn to the skin). I figure it will also keep the AC duct work cooler, so more of the cold air reaches the interior and is not first consumed to warm the pipes.
2. I bought the side window deflectors from the VW drivergear site. This allows me to leave the windows cracked on a hot day without fearing the sudden thunderstorm and an open sunroof. Cracked windows allow some of the hotter air to escape.
3. On entering the car, use the 'all windows down feature' to allow the superheated air to be replaced by normal hot air (every bit helps). Open the sunroof to allow for more venting.
4. With windows open, run the AC on 'vent' until the inside air is about equal to the outside air temperature. Then close the windows and switch to 'recirc' until a comfortable temperature is achieved. After that, 'vent' mode will keep the interior cool and provide fresh air to breathe.
This may seem like a lot to do or an over analysis of a simple concern, but this is the first car I have owned with AC and I want to be comfortable!
BTW, this is also my first diesel and I love it. Toss away all of the old reasons not to buy a diesel car because they don't apply to the VW engine. Buy one and enjoy the savings on fuel. I get over 600 miles per tank, which means a trip to the station every 3 weeks or so. The maintenance is spelled out in the booklet and is not really that different. Plus, the sales people at the dealership gave me a wonderful orientation to the car and answered every question. They know this car and the specifics of the diesel engine.
#143 of 2551 Planning to buy...TDi
Jul 23, 2002 (3:46 pm)
I am soon to become a TDi owner and would like to hear from other TDi owners out there.
We are getting a sedan 1.9 automatic. What are your likes and dislikes? Are there any problems so far?
#145 of 2551 48,000 miles later
Jul 27, 2002 (6:48 pm)
I'm new to this list. I've read comments off and on for a long time. I am indebted to those who have written their stories. Now it is time to tell mine.
OWNING THE CAR
I've had my 2000 Golf GLS TDI 5 spd for just over two years and still marvel over it. I have a daily country commute of about 80 miles round trip, so when gas hit 2 bucks a gallon (here in Indiana) a couple of years ago, I started looking for a less expensive alternative to my other vehicle which was averaging 15 mpg.
HOW I FOUND A DIESEL
I started with the EPA's web site that ranked cars in order of fuel economy. I was not looking or considering diesels, VWs, etc., at that time. The Jetta & the Golf (from 1999) were ranked #1 & #2. The Beetle was too new, and the offerings from Honda & Toyota had yet to hit the market. However, I also read the comments posted here and was amazed at the difference between those about the Jetta, versus those posted for the Golf. Needless to say your comments led me to go look for a Golf.
HOW I BECAME A GOLF GLS TDI OWNER
I had no trouble finding diesel Jettas. My work takes afield to cities such as Cincinnati, Toledo, Chicago & everywhere in between. Golf GLS TDIs were a rare commodity here in the midwest. I was test driving one In Toledo, I thought I was going to buy, only to find out it had been sold while I was on the road. So again, I went on-line for help. Using the VW dealer web site, I was able to locate a GLS TDI in Alexandria, VA. The trip to go get it, after buying it long distance, was an adventure in itself, but that's another story. I focused on a 4 door because the 2 door did not come std with cruise control.
Thus far I've had two air bag "failures." The first was repaired under warranty, with VWoA giving me a free rental for 3 days while a new module was air freighted in from Wolfsburg. The 2nd time was probably due to the technician not connecting a wire tight enough from the first failure. That failure wasn't under warranty. I've also had two headlight failures, both with the left regular/low beam. After paying $30 for the first bulb, I found a pair of Xenons on Ebay for $15. The blue light is too cool.
As for A/C issues, mine blows very cold. I have a black exterior with tan interior. I've had the rear windows "dark" tinted, while the front sides are legal. I will "vent" the car on hot days, but today with the outside temp at 88, I ran with it on the vent mode and on the first fan speed,
I'm averaging 44.74 mpg, but that's because I have a bit of a lead foot. My favorite accessory is my radar detector. It has saved my butt innumerable times, not because I was doing 20+ over the limit, but rather because the Ohio State Patrol will pull you over if you're more than 5 MPH (except on the interstates) over the posted limit.
I'm looking into the vegetable oil conversion. Thanks for the links to the biodiesel web sites, the comments about the warranty being void, etc., etc. One site that got me looking was sent to me by my daughter: www.greasecar.com I would recommend the car to anyone in a heartbeat. It is a tight (as in screwed together well), quick, very manuverable automobile, the easiest shifting car I have ever owned. The gauges are the best I've ever seen, particularly at night with the red on the blue. The Golf's trunk is large enough to hold my other "golf" stuff, including my clubs, walking cart, and bag.
Thanks again for your thoughts, comments and insights.
#148 of 2551 Some TDI news
Jul 29, 2002 (8:35 am)
Jon Hamilton & Ken Sabo captured third place this weekend in production class at the Maine Forest Rally. They would have gotten first if not for the flat tire.
But they are in first place overall in Production class.
#149 of 2551 Few TDI Questions
Jul 31, 2002 (9:32 am)
Hello, TDI owners, I have just joined your ranks and have a few questions. I previously owned a 2000 1.8T, great car, unfortunately I wrecked and totalled it. After reading so many positives about the TDI engine, I decided what the heck, even though I only have a 5 mile commute to work. Anyhow, since my used TDI did not come with an owner's manual (I'm working on getting one), I have a few quick questions for you guys, I would appreciate your feeback.
1) Fuses - Which fuse slots should be empty? I want to make sure the dealer did not remove any of them because of a problem.
2) Is the antenna a simple screw on/off type?? This one was completely broken off and although I think it is screw on/off, it is hard to tell because of the remaining piece in the hole.
3) Any general advice that I may not think of (I've already been told to use synthetic oil only, and to use a mid-grade diesel fuel), anything else out there?
One last thing, should there be a diesel smell at all in the car? There is a slight smell in mine, don't know if thats just the way it is or if there is something more to it than that.
#150 of 2551 A Few Answers
Jul 31, 2002 (11:39 am)
Hi gwd, congrats on the new car! I have no idea about your first two questions, but I can help you with some advice.
You have it right about the synthetic oil, the best stuff for this engine is Mobil Delvac1, but its kind of hard to find sometimes. For the fuel you would do best to look out for Amoco or Hess stations, depending on where you live. Around Mass there are no Amoco stations, so I always use Hess. You can use other brands, but they seem to not run as smoothly. The only time I ever get a diesel smell (I assume you mean exhaust) is when I am backing up with open windows and a cold engine. Even then its a faint smell.
Did you buy the car used? If so I would find out if the timing belt was replaced, and make sure to check the maintenance schedule for you car when you get the manual. It is crucial that it be replaced on time. If you have any more questions, feel free to email me. Good luck!