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Volkswagen Jetta, Biodiesel, Diesel, Sedan
#1 of 4777 VW Jetta TDI
Jun 28, 2004 (2:08 pm)
There is a lot of interest these days in vehicles with diesel engines. We've been talking about the TDI's in the general Jetta discussion, but there are different issues and experiences between them. Let's try a separate discussion to centralize the TDI conversations.
So tell us about your TDI. What made you choose a diesel in the first place? What do you like, what do you not like? How's your mileage compared to the gas-powered version? Are you having any problems? Any regrets?
Let us hear from you!
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#2 of 4777 Love/Hate relationship
Jun 28, 2004 (3:50 pm)
I bought a 2002 Jetta TDI new in June 2002. Traded it in December 2003. In the 18 months I owned it, I had: an air conditioner relay fail, the passenger window fall into the door housing while on an extended trip in January, the clock fail, the steering wheel covering separate from the metal portion, the arm rests on the driver and passenger doors peel, a MAF sensor fail and a transmission interlock fail. All were replaced under warranty, but we lost faith in the car. I loved driving it, and never had an engine problem. I traded it for a 2004 Camry. No problems whatsoever in 17,000 miles. I guess I'm not adventurous anymore. But I sometimes miss driving the TDI.
#3 of 4777 Re: Love/Hate relationship [cwo4 #2]
Jun 28, 2004 (5:04 pm)
Sorry to hear about your problems. I would probably do the same thing with my Prius if it gave me those types of problems. I still think it was a fluke as I have owned a few Audis (same thing really!) and loved them except that they require TLC. They held up pretty well.
#4 of 4777 Re: Love/Hate relationship [cwo4 #2]
Jun 28, 2004 (5:12 pm)
Unfortunate you experienced problems with your TDI. A 2002 Honda Civic Si I owned was a lemon so I got rid of it before it was out of warranty.
Are you the person who had the check engine light and oxygen sensor failure in the first 1500 miles on your new Camry XLE?
I've owned two Jetta TDI Wagons. I also had a couple of minor problems. On the first one (2002) the rear washer nozzle had to be adjusted. That's it, nothing else. On my 2004 the radio was replaced in first week due to poor AM sound reproduction. TDI has been very good to me.
#5 of 4777 MPGs
Jun 28, 2004 (5:14 pm)
Been away from VWs for a few years. What happened to the 42 city/49 highway EPA mpg ratings for the manual diesel?
Jun 28, 2004 (5:22 pm)
VW claimed the new 2004 PD TDI's would obtain better mpg than the previous TDI's prior to the completion of the EPA testing. After EPA testing VW stopped making the claim.
I achieve nearly the same mpg on my 2004 as I did on my 2002. Mixed results with other owners of 2004's. Some are obtaining better mpg with the PD and some worse. High 50's is about the best that has been reported with the PD. Not too bad with diesel at $1.52 and unleaded at $1.93.
#7 of 4777 So I bought a Jetta TDI ...
Jun 28, 2004 (5:28 pm)
I'm like the rest of you. I research the snot of out things until I'm satisfied that I've got all the knowledge that's available, then I pull the trigger. I waited a couple of months for a Prius, but my creaky old '93 Sentra started giving me warning signs, so I went to plan B and bought a Jetta TDI. I'm all about keeping money out of the Saudis' hands, frankly. Something about 15 of the 19 hijackers on 9/11, I suppose. I consider it a key life skill to A: Know who your enemies are, and B: Try not to give them all your money. Call me crazy.
I've got about 100 miles on the odometer at this point. So far, so good. But now I need something else to research. So let's talk about motor oil for the TDI.
My owner's manual seems pretty clear on this question. It's got to conform to VW standard 505.01. Near as I can tell, the only two oils that do that are a Castrol synthetic brand that's only available through the VDub dealer, and a Eurporean brand called Motul Specific that's gettable on the Internet for something $85 for 12 liters.
What's the real skinny here, diesel heads?
#9 of 4777 Re: Motul 505.01 [moparbad #8]
Jun 29, 2004 (4:27 am)
Any advice about where it's available?