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Volkswagen Jetta, Biodiesel, Diesel, Sedan
#3176 of 4777 Re: Who is getting close to TMV on TDI Loyal Edition? [gfr1]
Jul 27, 2009 (7:04 am)
So if I did my math correctly, you got app 41 mpg.? (1,200 miles/29 gal=)
As a comparo I ran a 1970 VW Beetle (leaded regular) and got 32/34 mpg on the highway. 80 mph was like right on the edge and 85 mph you were fighting. I once read a book going from the San Francisco Bay Area to Riverside, CA 70 mph. (don't try this home folks)
Looking back on it it seems every time I turned around I was doing an oil change 1,500 to 3,000 per OCI? The oil change was no big deal, it was those 6/8 nuts I for some reason was compelled to R/R each time holding the oil screen in place that were a pain.
In some ways we have come a very very LONG way and in others, app running in place.
Fast forward to 2009, 2003 Jetta TDI. If I had to stick one mpg number, 50 mpg. Range on a 14.5 gal tank is 700 miles (.5 gal gives you 25 miles to look for a truck stop). Oil changes are at 25,000 miles and the evacuation unit takes all of 5/7 mins to evacuate the oil and manually pour the new back in. It takes me 10 mins more to clean up the mess and try to remember for next year what I could have done better this year, but I promptly forget about it for next year until the cycle repeats itself.... 120,000 miles, it feels nicely broken in.
#3177 of 4777 VW Carefree Maintenance Service
Jul 29, 2009 (2:09 pm)
Has anyone here from the US personally had any experience with the Carefree Maintenance service being performed in Canada? My next service might be due when I am up there for a week, and I would rather have the service done as close to the interval as possible instead of waiting until I returned home. I saw in one of the manuals that it can be done, but not too clear on the details. Any advice would greatly be appreciated.
Also, are there any issues/concerns in finding diesel in Canada?
#3178 of 4777 Re: VW Carefree Maintenance Service [shrifty]
Jul 29, 2009 (2:37 pm)
I am not sure about the care free maintenance being performed in a foreign country. I would wait. It is truly no big deal. However, you could call a close VW dealer in the (CN) area you will be and see what they say.
There are absolutely no issues/concerns in finding diesel in CN. It is as you are well aware, sold by the liter and is much more than the US prices (per gal converted)
I hope you have a great trip !!
Jul 29, 2009 (2:53 pm)
I bought my Jetta TDI thinking I would save money on gas, I own a 2006 Altima that gets almost 30 miles to the gallon. It is comfortable and spacious. I absolutely love the engine and handling of the Jetta. What I did not realize was that the "leather" seats were plastic and that the dummy foot pedal on the left side took up half the floor. When I tried to move the seat back to adjust for the foot pedal, the steering column was then too short to reach my hands. In addition, unlike Japanese cars, the steering column protrudes under the dash against my legs. Not to mention that the seat cushion is harder than rocks, with sides that dig into my hips. By the way (I am a size 10 5'8"). The car does have an amazing engine, is extremely agile but if I ride in it more than 20 minutes it is a torture chamber. What were the engineers' thinking? I don't think comfort, aesthetics, or roominess, was part of their design vision. More importantly, what was I thinking when I was trying to be green?
#3180 of 4777 Re: VW Carefree Maintenance Service [shrifty]
Jul 29, 2009 (3:05 pm)
The CDN Jettas' are being sold with a "Carefree Maintence" deal, i.e. oil and filter changes for the 3 year warranty period.
Not sure if the U.S. Jetta's have the same deal, but if they didn't promote it when you bought your U.S. vehicle, it's unlikely your Jetta would get a free oil change in Canada.
On your other concern, ULSD is on tap everywhere in Canada, the truck stops have gone over to it totally, and I don't know of any regular 'self serve' in Alberta that has anything but ULSD.
Calculating in your dollar exchange, you would be getting ULSD for $2.69 a U.S. gallon right now.
Regular unleaded gas would cost you $3.16.
Where I live, VW TDI's are everywhere. (except on the VW dealers lots, they are pretty much sold out with no more 09's on the way)
#3181 of 4777 Re: VW Carefree Maintenance Service [ruking1]
Jul 29, 2009 (3:16 pm)
Thanks, I'm sure the trip will be excellent! I've got about 3 - 4 weeks before I go, I'm not too fond of letting the service interval extend too far (paranoia on my part I'm sure). I see two dealerships in Manitoba to choose from, Auto Haus and St. James.
From my previous trips to our Northern neighbor I've seen that fuel is quite expensive compared to here, I'll try to fill up in the US, a tankfull should last the entire time until I return. When coming back here I can help but appreciate how "low" our fuel prices are.
#3182 of 4777 Re: Miserable with regret [retrnofthejeta]
Jul 29, 2009 (3:17 pm)
The ergonomics, while a science, still is intensely personal. It is really a shame you were not able to stay in the vehicle the length of time needed to flesh out issues. While VW has both the angle tilt and telescoping (? I think that is what they call it) steering wheel, right now, adjustable foot pedals would provide almost a custom fit.
In the same .02 cent vein, I have come to dislike leather for any number of reasons. So I am glad the VW Jetta TDI comes with the perforated vinyl. (or what ever it is or what they call it)
As for saving on fuel costs, even at 48-52, 39-45 mpg (03 Jetta/09 Jetta TDI's) If I started with the 06 Altima, I would have still kept it 30 mpg. Indeed we still have a 04 Civic that puts up 38-42 mpg. The other two drivers do NOT miss an opportunity to drive the 09 TDI however !!!
#3183 of 4777 Re: Miserable with regret [retrnofthejeta]
Jul 29, 2009 (3:17 pm)
Dear Miserable, if you are 5' 8" and your "arms won't reach the steering wheel", undo the little latch under the steering column and pull the wheel back out until it does.
#3184 of 4777 Re: VW Carefree Maintenance Service [longo2]
Jul 29, 2009 (3:23 pm)
In the US, it is 36K/3 years for the "carefree maintenance" deal, and the book vaguely mentions that the service may/may not be free in Canada. It also mentions that if you have to pay for the service, that you somehow could submit the paperwork to a US dealership for reimbursement, but not too clear on the details.
As for the fuel price, I think right now here in western PA I'm paying around $2.59, so not much difference in fuel prices. RUG would be much more expensive by comparison.
#3185 of 4777 Re: Miserable with regret [retrnofthejeta]
Jul 29, 2009 (3:27 pm)
Not to be mean but why didn't you take the car on a long enough test drive to figure out the ergonomics don't work for you? If the dealer wouldn't let you take a car overnight then go to another dealer that will. I always offer overnight test drives to people. If the dealer wouldn't let you take a TDI overnight because they don't' have many ask to take a regular Jetta just to see how the cabin works for your body.