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Volkswagen New Beetle, Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen Jetta, Volkswagen Passat, Diesel, Hatchback, Sedan, Wagon
Dec 05, 2009 (7:50 pm)
Today I drove the Golf TDI wagon, and a Volvo V50. Both nice cars. the tdi had a nice sporty feel to the drive, huge sunroof...(but I can't recall if there's a shade for it...could get hot if there isn't) lots of pep. Strange to get into a car with totally manual seats after all the power ones out there. pretty comfortable though. the one thing that struck me about the dash is that all the knobs and switches felt like really cheap plastic that would break off really easily, and flimsy. Anyone have problems with them?
How is service on VW? I'm told parts are outrageously priced...
In the showroom they had a nicely appointed 09 Passat wagon for the same as the Golf 2010 tdi wagon...hmmm that looked quite nice, but then, no great gas mileage...0% APR on the passat, too.
The v50 was also very nice, great seats, peppy, and very comfortable to drive, but more $$$ and not the great gas mileage....
Monday I drive the Subie legacy sedan, forester, and Ford Escape...then I've got to make some choices.
My buyout on my legacy wagon is 15500 or so, but it's not worth that now. It would be the cheapest solution, but I don't know if I could get them to take less for the buyout.
That would save some hassles....
#2484 of 2551 Re: AMAROK [moparbad]
Dec 08, 2009 (8:06 am)
ot anything new with VW. They were using meteorological terms before Chysler had it's first bankruptcy.
For a while, what is now the Jetta was called the "Bora" here in EU. Yes, it is a wind but the English pronunciation is not something you want to boast about in the pub.
#2486 of 2551 Re: tdi drive [cdndriver]
Oct 16, 2010 (6:14 am)
When you test drive a Forester, take a close look at the cloth seats if cloth is what you're considering. Our Forester's interior was a shambles after three years, with tears and permanent stains in the seats. Even the carpet had worn through around the perimeter of the mats. It's an area where Subaru trims costs. Not saying that Forester is a bad choice, but it's something to be aware of.
Nov 17, 2010 (8:12 am)
A reporter is interested in talking with owners of the VW Golf TDI who are also parents. If you are interested in commenting on your experience, please reply to predmunds.com no later than Saturday, November 20, 2010 and include your city and state of residence, the model year of your vehicle and the age of your child/ren.
#2488 of 2551 Re: crankytdi [bpeebles]
May 01, 2011 (11:30 am)
I am new to these postings, and hope I have found the right section. If not maybe you can re-direct me.
Heres my problem :
Car is a 2000 VW Golf with TDI engine and 5 speed manual trans. Bought it with 63,000 miles. Currently have 181,000 miles on it now.
I had run bio diesel 100% for many trouble free miles. After many miles, the first (orginial) injection pump went out. Had my local shop change out IP and all components related to it, idlers, water pump, etc.
23,000 miles later, rebuilt IP went out, back to the shop for a R & R on IP.
After awhile the check engine light came on PLUS the little curly light on instrument panel flashes.
In the owners manual the cruly light flashing says there is something wrong with the glow plugs and / or bridge wires. Mechanic checked them out and sez all OK there. Code is not in sink with what the curly light is suppose to say. Plugging in my Auto Xray code scanner, trouble code reads : P1562 which says : "Quantity Adjuster Upper Limit Attained".
What the hell is that ???
Had the EGR valve replaced, and there was some build up inside of it. After a $450.00 repair bill, check engine light and curly light still on.
Have been running 100% #2 diesel through it, to purge out the bio diesel, and still no luck.
Recently on my way home, a 35 mile trip, the check engine light and curly light did not come on at all ! I hate these intermintent problems !
Mechanic at my shop I go to, looked further into what problems / solutions / repairs by using Google search engine, and always the last item is "Replace the IP". Right now I am not ready for another $2,500.00 R & R on the IP.
To let you know, the car starts fine, runs fine, with pleanty of power when I need it, and getting between 42 to 48 MPG.
I have heard of this thing called A Vag Com, and wondered if that would dig further into clearing the code for good.
I live in Napa Valley, Calif.
Reluctant to just take it to a VW dealership, as I will most likely hear the same story, as there is nothing to be done except change out the IP. Doubt they have a Vag Com anyway.
I hope I have given enough information, and would really like to see those 2 lights disapere for good.
Thanks for the help,
#2489 of 2551 Re: crankytdi [hydrodiesel]
May 01, 2011 (6:04 pm)
The curly (glowplug) indicator FLASHING is not the same as when it is ON.
ON = there is a problem with the glowplugs. (relatively easy to troubleshoot and fix...there are "kits" available to replace the entire harness if needed.)
Get TDI parts from (where else) ==> http://www.idparts.com/catalog/
FLASHING = (sorry - dont recall but it is NOT telling you about glowplugs) I HIGHLY recommend you visit TDI club website to determine what it means.
BTW - I hope you realize that the reason for all of your IP (Injection Pump) issues is directly tied to your use of BD (BioDiesel)
You should always - ALWAYS add Diesl Fuel conditioner with every fillup. In this way, you are adding the much-needed lubricant that your IP needs to survive. (And bumping up the CETANE value to get better MPG)
#2490 of 2551 Diesel smell
May 06, 2011 (3:23 am)
Was told by a friend who owned a VW diesel that after a while the smell from the fumes becomes unbearable. He also complained about having issues with the smell at the pump.
Is that true for all diesel cars or did he have a unique situation.
#2491 of 2551 Re: Diesel smell [lcw1]
May 06, 2011 (4:25 am)
Diesel smells like diesel. It does not burn your eyes like gasoline. Modern VW TDI engines using ULSD do not put off any odor that I can smell. Unless you stick your nose by the exhaust. If he has an old VW diesel that is burning oil it will smell. Same as a gas car that is worn and using oil.
#2492 of 2551 Re: Diesel smell [lcw1]
May 12, 2011 (4:38 pm)
We've had our 2010 Jetta Sportwagen TDI for a year now and neither my wife nor I have ever smelled diesel within or outside of the car. I wondered about odor before we bought it, as the car is garaged, but there has been none whatsoever. Even when fueling we've never noticed diesel odor, unless I put my nose right at the filler cap just to be sure it's diesel fuel going in the tank.