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Volkswagen Passat, Diesel, Sedan
#14 of 1046 Passat and TDI
Feb 21, 2003 (8:31 am)
2004 Passat will be same body style as current with newly available 2.0L TDI engine. This is a good thing. Buying a first year entirely new model from VW is just asking for problems and the Passat will be all new in 2005 or 2006 at the latest. The TDI is a great engine and has a good reliability history, so the new 2.0 TDI in the Passat should be an excellent risk.
The 1996 and 1997 Passat diesels still sell for a premium.
Feb 21, 2003 (10:56 am)
the get really good mpg too.
#16 of 1046 Euro-spec diesels
Feb 21, 2003 (2:29 pm)
The Passat 2.5L V-6 TDI has the following official numbers, per VW's British website.
6-speed: 0-62 mph: 9.6s; top speed: 137 mph; 40.4 mpg (combined cycle)
5-sp. auto: 0-62 mph: 10.7s; top speed: 133 mph; 34.9 mpg (combined cycle)
For the 1.9L TDI PD four-cylinder, it's:
6-speed: 0-62 mph: 10.2s; top speed: 125 mph; 47.1 mpg (combined cycle)
5-sp. auto: 0-62 mph: 11.9s; top speed: 122 mph; 38.7 mpg (combined cycle)
The 1.9 TDI PD is also available with a 6-speed and 4Motion (Quattro) AWD, which slows 0-62 mph acceleration to 10.5s, costs 3 mph in top speed, and 4.3 mpg in the combined cycle.
Note that these are official VW test numbers, and acceleration times are 0-100 kph (62 mph); 0-60 mph would be a tick or two quicker.
Feb 21, 2003 (3:57 pm)
they oughta consider revising the gearing a bit, to drop the 0-60, and the top speed....we don't need a diesel commuter car to go 140mph on an autobahn in the US..
40 mpg is killer tho
Feb 21, 2003 (6:50 pm)
Keep in mind that diesels -- especially the modern turbodiesels -- are less about high-end power and dragstrip acceleration times, and more about torque. In normal, low-rpm driving, they're more muscular than a lot of petrol engines with more rated top-end horsepower. The 1.9 TDI PS engine, for example, may have only 130 hp, which seems anemic compared to a lot of 2-2.5L petrol engines, but it has 228 lbs-ft of torque at only 1900 rpm, which is more than many petrol engines of similar displacement EVER develop.
Feb 22, 2003 (7:27 am)
Argent is right. A turbo diesel is very well suited to the general type of driving we do here. It's all about touque and little about horsepower. I don't need a car that will run the quarter mile, but I do want the oomph to get moving smartly while getting very good milage. Diesels are the only way in my mind to get both.
Feb 22, 2003 (1:50 pm)
They sold a handful of 1998 Passats with the TDI engine, you could always try finding a used one
Feb 24, 2003 (5:39 am)
and...you want more torque?
Add a chip or a tuning box (though the tuning box tends to interfere with the MFA a bit)
#22 of 1046 do not get too excited with British MPG
Feb 24, 2003 (8:55 am)
Imperial galon is bigger than US one. Roughly 25%.
PS US and British mile are identical - how come ?
Feb 25, 2003 (6:19 am)
When will the US switch to the metric system, eh?
The end of all conversion problems! US and UK are the only two countries that I know of to persist with the foot/inch/mile system. And they even can't agree on the definition of the gallon