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Volkswagen Jetta, Biodiesel, Diesel, Sedan
#4139 of 4747 Re: How much work is a diesel [jawf3]
Jul 05, 2010 (5:58 pm)
I have a 2009 Jetta TDI with just shy of 50K miles. To date the car has been flawless. The only service required has been oil changes every 10K miles as prescribed.
I have the 6 speed standard tranny and the car is fun to drive. Mileage is approx 39 or 40 mpg and I dont baby the car to get that. On long trips it can jump up to 47 mpg or more.
The fit and trim are good however I think VW could have spent a couple of more bucks on the finish items. The buttons and switches are a little on the flimsy side in my opinion, then again the car is in the sub 25K catagory and I guess that is what you can expect.
Good luck on your choice. I would recommend this car.
#4140 of 4747 Re: How much work is a diesel [jawf3]
Jul 06, 2010 (6:30 am)
I have my TDI for about 1 year and just turn 20K. IT is a fanstastic ride and the fuel pefromance is better than the sticker. I am getting 30 city and mid 40s highway. I got 48 the other day coming Vermnont to NJ. I had a couple of electrical kinks in early days but was able to get that cleared up and no trouble since.
The dealer I bought the car from had some issues but that was under that cash for Clucker program which was poorly administered by the gov, so I dont hold VW accountable on that. At a different dealer for service I had to return to dealer 2 sometimes 3 times to get it fixed properly.
All in all, I love the car. Everyone that i talk to on the road that has them love them as well.
#4141 of 4747 Re: How much work is a diesel [m6user]
Jul 06, 2010 (8:01 pm)
For me, I've noticed that it does take longer for the TDI to warm up than my previous gas vehicles (Intrepid and Grand Prix), up to about 50% longer time wise. The defroster has been very quick to clear the windows, and the heated mirrors are fairly quick as well. I'm not a fan of where the control is located, you have to turn the mirror adjustment knob around to activate the heated mirrors, and it is very easy to accidentally move the mirrors out of alignment.
One time when the temp was around 0 and I stopped at a traffic light, the engine temp dropped about 40-50 degrees, and I started to lose heat inside the car As long as you are moving at a decent speed at low temps it will stay warm enough. I don't drive much in stop and go traffic which Chicago can have quite a lot of, so I can imagine that it may take some effort to keep it warm.
#4142 of 4747 Re: How much work is a diesel [shrifty]
Jul 07, 2010 (5:18 am)
I have never lost heat in my TDI while idling. Once the temp guage starts to move, it keeps moving till it hits 190.
#4143 of 4747 Re: How much work is a diesel [shrifty]
Jul 07, 2010 (6:04 am)
I have noticed it takes a longer time for the cabin to heat up as well although I never saw a drop of of engine temp. In stop and go traffic I have felt uncomfortable fluxuations in cabin temp.
#4144 of 4747 Re: How much work is a diesel [ndmike88]
Jul 07, 2010 (9:00 am)
How much zero degree weather do you get in TN?
#4145 of 4747 Re: How much work is a diesel [shrifty]
Jul 07, 2010 (9:04 am)
Thanks for the info. My wife is very sensitive to the cold and that kind of information is very useful when considering a car purchase. You're right, we can get a lot of stop and go especially in winter storms where the temps can drop to minus -10 to -20 degrees F and that's not wind chill.
#4146 of 4747 Re: How much work is a diesel [jawf3]
Jul 07, 2010 (11:55 am)
No extra work at all, except maybe looking a little harder for station with a diesel pump. We've had VWs for 23 years and have had exceptional dependability plus the fun of driving that German cars offer. We bought a JSW TDI in April and have had no issues, plus it's a ball to drive. We had a '99 Jetta and liked it very much, but the new one is much more car. The JSW replaced an Audi A6 biturbo, and we don't feel at all deprived. We average 33-35 MPG in town and near 40 highway at 75-80 MPH with AC on. Having put several hundred thousand miles on MB diesels, I think the TDI performance is spectacular. The engine pulls like a small V8, and the DSG trans is superb.
I believe that the web car forums have to taken with a grain of salt because they act as concentrators for negative comments, and are often heavy with condescending comments from hyper-whiney anal types who check their tire pressure every day and expect their VW to be a BMW. I don't think you can generalize on dealers; some econo car dealers are fantastic, some lux car dealers are lousy.
My sole complaint is that the std radio FM has terrible audio quality, but is pretty good on all other functions. The ability to play from a 16G SD card makes the CD player and iPod connector essentially redundant AFAIC.
#4147 of 4747 Re: How much work is a diesel [m6user]
Jul 07, 2010 (12:44 pm)
Good point; I'd wager zero is probably near the record low, and I doubt they get a whole lot below freezing (32F) on average.
That said... I haven't heard of anyone else mentioning a loss of heat even if they do live in a very cold climate?
#4148 of 4747 Re: How much work is a diesel [colin_l]
Jul 07, 2010 (1:02 pm)
I have felt it. Takes longer to warm up. I have had it up in Vermont sub zero..it warms up but it takes some time