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Volkswagen Jetta, Biodiesel, Diesel, Sedan
#4632 of 4777 Re: Fog lights [bpeebles]
Jan 02, 2012 (2:16 pm)
The SportWagen's stock lower side plastic grills that are replaced when front fog lights are installed are solid without any vent openings. No air passes through these grills. None. Nada. Zilch. Zero. The replacement plastic grills installed with fog lights are vented. I suggest you look at the stock lower grills on a U.S. version Jetta that was built after 2004 and research how Jettas are equipped with fog lights around the world at this link:
#4633 of 4777 Re: Nearly Time for New Tires [rrollntdi]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jan 02, 2012 (2:33 pm)
Ah, those are the same tires you get OEM on a Camry 4 cylinder, so you KNOW that sporty driving is not in the mix here. Based on my friend's experience (I know, it's just a database of one), the Turanzas haven't been very sturdy against road hazard. I have never seen 4 flats on a car with 8300 miles on it before, of which 2 were utterly blameless to the tires, but of the other two---one other having a bead issue and the 4th a mysterious cut in the *inside* of the tire. (rock? defect? nobody knows).
I am *very* pleased with my new Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sports on my MINI--it transformed the car for me---smoother ride, good grip indeed. Can't say about the mileage but the tires are only a little more than the Turanzas. I think Turanzas from Tirerack are $116, plus tax, shipping, mounting, blah blah. So probably same-o same-o with the 760s.
PS: I don't need anything for winter driving, so if you do, the Potenza Sport might not be your baby.
#4634 of 4777 Re: Might be the wrong topic, time, place, but.... [ruking1]
Mar 26, 2012 (9:59 pm)
Your question is the heart of the matter, namely--Can I pass the slow guy in front of me and live? Two summers ago, four teenagers in a Dodge Neon passed a car on a two-lane road, swerved back into the right lane, lost control, then hit the oncoming pickup truck head-on with the right side of their car, splitting it, killing two of the four kids and critically injuring the other two (who may have died later, too.) Two days ago, kids of the friends of a friend died. This time, three teenagers in a Chevy Aveo tried to pass their teenage friends in a Pontiac Grand Prix and swerved into the left front of the Grand Prix to avoid oncoming traffic. Both cars went off the road, killing two of the three in the Aveo and major injuries to the third in the Aveo, with the Grand Prix riders mostly fine. Both cars were speeding.
I see a lack of education (and MAJOR lack of judgment) in these areas:
1. Understanding acceleration and total time and distance to pass
2. Knowing one's specific vehicle's ability to pass.
3. Knowing how much the extra weight in the car reduces its acceleration
4. Knowing how much the extra weight in the car reduces handling to swerve back out of oncoming traffic
5. Judging to know if you've actually passed the other car using mirror, window, etc.
6. Knowing whether the other car is even passable
7. Knowing to start accelerating much sooner before entering the passing lane to have a jump on the speed
8. Knowing even published data and tests are likely using new cars with professional drivers with red-line RPM and pedal to metal acceleration.
9. Knowing decent horse-power and decent torque may be cancelled by fixed gear ratios.
11. Knowing some slow drivers are jerks and will speed up to keep you from passing, so knowing when to cancel the pass and fall back.
But it all boils down to total time and distance, and judging how far away is that oncoming traffic. I'm working out the calculations that ignore #11.
#4635 of 4777 Re: Might be the wrong topic, time, place, but.... [faastuff]
Mar 27, 2012 (6:26 am)
UPSHOT: Absolutely ! IF (that is a BIG if) you know what you are doing, seamless or like butter.
In a gallows sense of humor mode, passing on a two lane blacktop can almost qualify as "DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME OR IN THE REAL WORLD" warning. There are a host of reasons for this, but as you imply, the stakes are EXTREMELY high. Knowledge and experience can literally be a life and death proposition and/ or result in night of the living dead experiences.
I personally love the New Mexico desert, etc. As you probably know, most of the roads there ARE two lane black tops. The ante is ALWAYS (JACKED AND WAY...) upped when an approaching car is trying to pass, as ...YOU are trying to pass.
There has evolved a custom of putting (normally white) crosses where there have been fatalities. In NM, those crosses seem to be located in (some to MANY) VERY illogical places.
#4636 of 4777 2012 Jetta TDI - Installing LED Angel Eyes
Mar 27, 2012 (7:29 am)
#4637 of 4777 2012 Jetta TDI - Installing LED Angel Eyes
Mar 27, 2012 (7:29 am)
Need a 12v source near the headlamps (12v when ignition on). Any help will be appreciated.
Currently I can get 12v from running lights and a separate 12v for low/hib beams. Need 12v that will work for when either one are on (running/low/high).
#4638 of 4777 Re: Nearly Time for New Tires [ruking1]
Mar 31, 2012 (6:14 pm)
Get a set of Nokian Entyre there great ,but if you got ice and snow go with the WR by Nokian.
#4639 of 4777 Re: Is the 2011/12 Jetta TDI Sportswagen more reliable than before? [roccus]
Mar 31, 2012 (6:29 pm)
I owned a Toy Station wgn 1970 and 1980. Then Dodge Vista after got 1989
Oldsmobile Station Wgn ,then 99 a Buick Park Ultra now a 2010 VW Jetta Diesel. You cannot see the exhaust or smell it there is fine dust on the tailgate and have the dust on the door threshold. The TDI roars uphill using very little fuel. The Buick would roars uphill getting 9 mpg. I can pack it my
5 passenger with plenty of room
#4640 of 4777 Re: 2012 Jetta TDI - Installing LED Angel Eyes [elaine51]
Apr 01, 2012 (4:24 pm)
I cannot help you with the +12 with ign. on up near the lights... However: I will remind you to be careful to NOT block the air-intake for the intercooler with your new lights.
#4641 of 4777 Jetta Hood Guard
Apr 21, 2012 (9:30 am)
I drive on roads that are a mix of broken pavement, left over salt and sand, rocks and mud from rig moves and farmers dragging dirty ecquipment from one field to another, and the front of my (formerly) mint Jetta looks like a moonscape from all the rock marks and dings.
For some reason I can't find a front hood guard in any of the usual places..Google search, eBay
or even on this forum...anyone have any thoughts?