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Volkswagen Jetta, Biodiesel, Diesel, Sedan
#56 of 4777 Re: VW Jetta TDI [sebring95]
Nov 18, 2004 (4:04 pm)
Great stuff. Right now my daily driver is a 1995 Ford Taurus SHO. Believe it or not, the thing still can outpace most cars on the road. Of course, the engine and tranny are not Ford but Yamaha. Thing is, the SHO drinks gas pretty heavily. I do 325 clicks on 55 liters. I can hear the TDI people laughing at me as their cars could probably do close to triple the mileage on 55 liters of diesel.
Thanks man. Good post. I'm gonna think it through. Still haven't test driven one. I'm used to fast cars so I'm hoping I'm not overly disappointed. Frankly, as long as the car can do 130 clicks per hour I'm happy. 0-to-60 who cares? My fast and the furious days are behind me.
#57 of 4777 Re: VW Jetta TDI [thepod28]
Nov 19, 2004 (10:31 am)
Well, with some mods you can cut the 0-60 down to reasonable numbers, mid 8 seconds or so. Certainly not fast, but good enough to keep up with traffic. But once rolling, these cars feel very strong, particularly with some simple mods. Mine feels stronger than many V6's out on the highway, particularly because it doesn't need a downshift for very good highway acceleration. Here's a pic to show what available....that's in MPH not KPH!
#58 of 4777 Re: VW Jetta TDI [sebring95]
Nov 19, 2004 (12:50 pm)
That's pretty responsible. I mean I'll give you credit for doing this on an empty road but take it easy on the speed. If you did that in Canada your car would be on the back of a Police tow-truck so fast it would make your head spin. Despite all that, I must say that the ride looks very smooth indeed even at the excessively high rate of speed you are doing. That cup of java doesn't appear to be shaking too much given that you were clocking nerely 210 clicks per hour.
#59 of 4777 Oil Changes for the 2004 Jetta TDI
Nov 19, 2004 (12:56 pm)
One question I actually did have was whether diesels like the TDI have the oil change intervals spread further apart than gasoline engines? I've seen service recommendations for 10,000 miles between oil changes for the TDI Diesels. I mean that's 16,000 clicks in Canadian. If someone told me to run my SHO 16,000 clicks between oil changes I'd be really suspect. Therefore, a) am I correct about the longer intervals between oil changes and b) is it because diesel is really an oil moreso than a gas?
#60 of 4777 Re: Oil Changes for the 2004 Jetta TDI [thepod28]
Nov 19, 2004 (7:46 pm)
A) Yes, you are correct
B) No, It is because todays lubricants are FARRR better than even 10 years ago. The TDI requires special SYNTHETIC oil which has a high TBN (total base number) which reflects an oils' ability to handle acid build-up.
A number of vehicle manufacturers now specify 10K mile change intervals. Besides... when is the last time you heard of an engine WEARING out?
Anyone that changes oil at 3K miles is wasting $$ the envrionment and oil... only the folks that get paid to change the oil are benifeting.
Nov 20, 2004 (5:39 pm)
Great thanks man. Another wonderful post. I guess it's true: today's polished or coated engine walls and cylinder heads are themselves better able to handle low friction applications while the oils themselves are also better. For example, one time I put Mobil 1 [the super expensive fully synthetic stuff in my SHO]. I swear I must of got an extra ten horsepower just by changing the oil. Thing revved much more freely. In closing, its the vehile manufacturer who signs the warrantee on the car so they know when you SHOULD change oil and other fluids. The oil companies [obviously] just want you to keeping on buying oil. Heck, they would love it if you changed your oil bi-weekly.
#62 of 4777 VW Jetta versus Buick Regal
Nov 26, 2004 (6:47 am)
So the other day I started reading up about the Buick Regal LS and GS. Don't ask why. I just did. Well apparently they are GM's best kept secret: fast, comfortable, well made [magine that...a well made GM product...ha...but anyway apparently they last long] and low on insurance. But. And it's a big butt: are they EVER boring to look at. Perhaps this explains the insurance premiums: no thief would ever risk being locked up over jacking a Regal right? So my question is that for the price, which car do you get: a 2002 or 2003 Regal or a Jetta. The two cars represent completely different products but I'd still like some dialog about these two. Gotta say, never was a GM fan, but to be honest, I've yet to see a Buick at the side of the road with the four ways on.
#63 of 4777 Re: VW Jetta versus Buick Regal [thepod28]
Nov 26, 2004 (7:00 am)
I have a friend that sold Buick's for years. He switched to Toyota for a year and went back to the Buick dealership. He told me he had the same customers come into get a new Buick with no hassles. Toyota was a constant hassle with customers. The only downside he has had in the last few years is the service dept. They have a hard time keeping mechanics. There is just not enough work for one person in that dealership. And it is one of the biggest in San Diego. They are good cars if you can get past the looks. Some years looked better than others.
I would buy the Jetta TDI for the mileage and space in the wagon...
#64 of 4777 Re: VW Jetta versus Buick Regal [gagrice]
Nov 26, 2004 (10:46 am)
I hear what you're saying. That 2004 TDI Jetta puts up some impressive fuel consumption figures even if you discount them by 15% as purely advertizing smoke and mirrors. On the other hand, it must be nice having a good quality car, that's fast, is cheap to insurance, handles [relatively well for a boat] and will ALWAYS ALWAYS be there winking at YOU because NO thief will EVER wink at it. My sister has a 2001 Integra. Three times it's been hit. Never hear Buick people saying "Oh god, my car got stolen...again".
I mean I've seen those Supercharged Regals just eat minivans, jettas, civics..even v6 Accords for lunch.
#65 of 4777 Something for VW to be proud of
Nov 30, 2004 (8:20 am)
The sixth annual ranking of certified pre-owned vehicle programs conducted by IntelliChoice reveals manufacturers are responding to consumers' desire for quality pre-owned cars. Overall, Jaguar was judged the best Luxury program and Volkswagen the best Non-Luxury program. Programs are rated according to the inspection lists, warranties, title verification, availability of special financing roadside assistance benefits, and return/exchange policies to determine those that offer the most benefits to the consumer.
In addition to Jaguar and Volkswagen, other notable performances include Cadillac breaking into the top five for the first time ever, coming in second for best overall program in the Luxury class. In Non-Luxury, Mazda moved up to nearly tie Honda for second place.