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Volkswagen New Beetle, Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen Jetta, Volkswagen Passat, Diesel, Hatchback, Sedan, Wagon
#1686 of 2551 Re: Thinking of getting a TDi [jasmith52]
May 03, 2005 (8:44 am)
I can identify with those problems they had with the VW Jetta. I went through hell with a 1964 Toyota Land Cruiser a 1978 Honda Accord and a 1994 Toyota PU truck. No company has a corner on reliability. That is why the surveys vary so much year to year. Surprisingly my most reliable 4 vehicles were all Chevy PU trucks and a Suburban from 1988 to 1999. Go figure.
My wife's 1990 Lexus LS400 was in the shop a lot the first year until they redesigned the suspension.
#1687 of 2551 Re: Wet Spot [lewshel]
May 03, 2005 (1:57 pm)
my fiance and i have a 2002 VW Golf and the same thing happened to her car just this past weekend...she currently only has 29k miles on her car and is a little under 3 years on her 4 year lease...did you have any problems having this covered under your warranty? was it covered under your warranty? please get back to us, asap! we took it to the dealer yesterday, and they are trying to say that it's only covered under the 12k wear and tear warranty...the service consultant questioned us and asked us how often we parked under trees...this took us aback, b/c we never park under any trees, since we live in baltimore city...there aren't many trees at all!
#1688 of 2551 2005 NB TDI
May 07, 2005 (4:52 pm)
I'm considering a 2005 New Beetle TDI for a daily 100 mile round-trip highway commute. Anyone out there know how this vehicle would handle this task? Is the ride and N/V/H tolerable? Is the A/C up to southeast Texas summer heat? Thanks for any help with this purchase decision!
#1689 of 2551 Re: 2005 NB TDI [eman5]
May 08, 2005 (6:07 pm)
The TDI engine really shines out on the open road. (Lets not forget that this is a German roadcar that is DESIGNED for the autobahn and can cruze for hours at 90MPH)
As for the ride quality, that is a personal decesion.
I have never found the AC to not be up to the task.
#1690 of 2551 Re: Wet Spot [md4runner]
May 09, 2005 (1:40 pm)
I found my problem was the drains from the sunroof were obstructed. Cleaned them out and no more leaks. I park under the trees all the time and the pollen is too much too often. Damn cedars and oaks.
#1691 of 2551 winter driving ?
May 10, 2005 (10:00 am)
I am considering a job in seattle that would require a weekly commute through winter mountains on I-90. I would dearly love a TDI engine for the mileage. I am looking at the 700 mile RT weekly commute for the next 5 years. Are their plans for an AWD jetta or a diesel AWD passat ?? Do any of the other cars handle great in the snow/mountains ??
Any help appreciated.
#1692 of 2551 Re: winter driving ? [pottsie]
May 10, 2005 (5:05 pm)
I do not commute that route weekly, but I have driven round trip between Yakima and Seattle several times a year for 25 years, including numerous winter, spring, and fall trips in blizzards. If Snoqualmie Pass is open, a front wheel drive VW with traction control, ESP, and studless snow tires will handle fine. In fact, I have chosen our Passats and FWD Audis over our 4WD SUV's when the pass was really bad. 4WD is great for accelerating and hill climbing in the snow, but I prefer the better braking and cornering provided by FWD when I'm driving on ice and dodging spun-out SUV's. I don't have to worry about the rear end getting too ambitious when it should be just following, and I benefit from the better fuel mileage year-around.
May 10, 2005 (5:11 pm)
....that was my first reaction, as well - AWD is simply not a necessity in Washington. Good winter tires on a FWD car [or frankly, a RWD car, for that matter] will do just fine. Buy your diesel and don't worry about it [no, there are no plans for an AWD diesel in any VW car in this country].
#1694 of 2551 Re: Yes... [jrct9454]
May 10, 2005 (7:00 pm)
I've gotten around quite well in my TDI with a set of Nokian W/R's (not even a full-blown snow tire). You run out of ground clearence if the snow gets too deep, but I'm not sure that's a problem where you're driving. Our roads don't get plowed for quite some time, and my drive is very steep so 4x4 is still a necessity for me. However, unless it's going to really put down the snow, I'll drive the TDI. 4-6" isn't too much of a problem at all.
May 12, 2005 (3:58 pm)
I just picked up my 05 Passat TDI last week. I was wondering if anyone had any opinions on the brands of diesel gas out there. I have a Shell, Sunoco & Exxon diesel gases near my house. Are there any differences or preferences?