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Volkswagen Jetta, Biodiesel, Diesel, Sedan
#2597 of 4777 Re: best car for high mileage drivers [johngmiller75]
Dec 04, 2008 (6:46 pm)
I am driving a 2002 Jetta TDI wagon w/ automatic. Bought it used in 2003, now have 207K on it. Mostly highway, do 85 miles daily round trip. Have done the maintainance by the book. If you can find a hobby shop you can do the filters, fluids and tire rotations yourself. The only major maintainance that requires a mechanic is changing the timing belt. Book says every 80K, I ran mine past 110K. Have replaced a water pump as a precautionary measure when the belt was done. Wagon is still running strong, expect to get 300K out it. Only complaint is the sun roof which leaks. Not just a VW issue, every sun roof I have had leaked. I'll agree that VW dealers don't know much about TDIs. Which is why I do my own maintainance. Suggest reading the FAQ file on tdiclub.com. Will give you a drivers-eye view of what to expect.
#2598 of 4777 Re: Diesel Additive necessary with ULSD for 2009 TDI? [ruking1]
Dec 05, 2008 (1:34 pm)
the ~300k miles has been on *four* TDIs, and with my ex driving the NB.
so no significant maintenance yet on any of them, except the NB DSG had the transmission service at 40k.
2003 jetta TDI wagon 5-spd, traded for:
2005 passat TDI, sold to pal after it got dimpled-in-hailstorm
2006 NB TDI DSG "hers"
2006 jetta TDI.
the 06 jetta is the only one "remaining", the other 3 and the ex are no longer with me. jetta is set up with blizzaks for skiing/etc, and
lately i'm driving my GTO when the roads are dry or warm - 87 octane fuel is sooooo inexpensive lately!
#2599 of 4777 Re: Diesel Additive necessary with ULSD for 2009 TDI? [elias]
Dec 05, 2008 (3:28 pm)
Yup, ya got to hedge your bets ! We use RUG and PUG also. If the prices keep going as they are, RUG will be like .74 cents a gal !!! Of course it would be way cool if D2 were like .70 cents. I still would like a gasser VW that gets 50 plus mpg AND has the torque of the TDI.
#2600 of 4777 Re: Diesel Additive necessary with ULSD for 2009 TDI? [elias]
Dec 06, 2008 (8:44 am)
What state do you live in? What's your mileage on the 2006 TDI? I don't get the feeling that you use any additives? I'm planning to go to New York for Christmas and the car ('09 TDI) will be parked outside.
#2601 of 4777 Re: Diesel Additive necessary with ULSD for 2009 TDI? [c280]
Dec 06, 2008 (7:37 pm)
Hi C280, I also have an 09 TDI that is always parked outside. I live in Western PA and have not used any additives in my fuel, and the temperatures have been below freezing off and on over the past month. I have not has any issues so far with starting or running the car, just wait for the glow plug light to go out and it starts right up with no trouble. I don't think you will have any issues at all with your car if you don't use any additives, so enjoy your Christmas trip!
#2602 of 4777 diesel price / 06 tdi mpg
Dec 06, 2008 (8:14 pm)
my 06 NH TDI gets zero additives.
45 mpg summer, 41 winter fuel & blizzaks.. mostly highway, 75 mph.
Over 50 mpg on highway if i drive annoyingly slow.
speaking of fuel prices: even though diesel is 60% more than gasoline lately, both are are a bargain now thanks to the Green Depression.
#2603 of 4777 Re: VW Jetta TDI [pat]
Dec 08, 2008 (7:53 am)
Good morning!! I have a 2006 Jetta TDI and absolutely love it!! I wanted a diesel for it's gas mileage mainly as I drive 105 mi./day round trip to work. Even when diesel was at it's highest I still did better than with regular gas. I normally get 44-47 mi/gallon. If I do a lot of in town driving or idling to let it warm up in the mornings it goes down to 37-40 mi/g, still awesome to me!! My favorite things about my Jetta are the heated seats, the comfort driving long distance and the handling on ice and snow. I get to work when most people don't!! A dislike I had was the XM satalite radio as I love Sirius!! Now that they have merged all is well. The stereo has driven me crazy with it's sudden drops in volume with excelerration or when the fan comes on, etc.... I know this is a safety feature for driving but this went beyond that and neither dealerships could determine why. I'll probably never sell it. We drive it for every trip we take. Lots of trunk space!! The spare tire is easily accessed and changed even with the added security features. Oil changes have gotten very pricey so I may look into doing that myself.
Have A Great Day!!
#2604 of 4777 Re: VW Jetta TDI [robin52228]
Dec 08, 2008 (7:56 am)
Forgot another con - the extending armrest/console is an engineering disaster!! Why was this made with all plastic parts?!?!? They should definately be metal!!
#2605 of 4777 Will not excellerate. Will Idle, PND flashing red!!
Dec 08, 2008 (8:43 am)
While driving to work today my car stopped accelerating when I gave it gas. I rolled to the side of the road and was able to put it in park. It will start up and idle as usual. The exhaust system lit up solid yellow and all the gear settings (P N D....) flashed red. I had it towed to the dealership which was ironically 2 blocks away!! Any heads up as to what to expect? I have a 2006 Jetta TDI. 90,000 mi.+/-
#2606 of 4777 2009 TDI - Front Seats [shrifty]
Dec 08, 2008 (4:45 pm)
Shrifty, thanks for the feedback, even though the Eagles whooped the NY Giants on Sunday.
Do you find the driver's seat uncomfortable while wearing a winter coat? All the expert reviews that I have read about the '09 Jetta TDI said the seats are comfortable but not for me while wearing a light winter jacket and I'm small. On Friday, I test drove the new Audi A4 which had bucket seats. Now, I'm thinking that maybe the reason why the Jetta seats feel uncomfortable while wearing a coat is because the seats are not bucket seats. What do you think?