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#365 of 608 Re: MB 320 CDI VS. VW Passat TDI [jimlockey]
May 12, 2006 (6:03 am)
the ride of the passat tdi is nowhere near as good as an E320 but i think it is fine even for long drives such as my 7000 mile roundtrip commute last summer and a couple of 3000 roundtrips to Orlando.
the big factor keeping me out of a Benz CDI is the unreliability of MBenz. in my experience and research, the VW TDIs are WAAAAAY more reliable than any Mbenz model. i don't have time to kill half of my workday every few weeks due to some unreliablity/problem with a Benz.
one thing that i really miss on the 2005 E320 CDI compared to Y2k E320 wagon 4matic is the "retained heat" feature.
imho the features of a Benz are mostly unparalleled but more features basically always brings less reliability.
#366 of 608 Re: MB 320 CDI VS. VW Passat TDI [elias]
May 12, 2006 (12:14 pm)
"in my experience and research, the VW TDIs are WAAAAAY more reliable than any Mbenz model." That wasn't my experience with my 2000 GTI GLX (gone and not missed) versus my wife's 2002 C240. The C240 has not been the most reliable car, but it is head and shoulders above my GTI. I got rid of the GTI after 40,000 miles after $2000 repairs in a single month. YMMV.
#367 of 608 Almost new 2005 E320CDI
May 12, 2006 (3:27 pm)
Just picked up this with only 3500 mi. on it and it is LOADED. The usual HK Nav plus lighting, rear seat pkgs,voice command,dynamic seats,panarama roof,electronic trunk,keyless EZ GO,etc.
So far no problems with all the gadgets. Made a fast 700mi. trip and averaged 35.4 mpg.
#368 of 608 Re: MB 320 CDI VS. VW Passat TDI [jimlockey]
May 12, 2006 (5:07 pm)
I have been driving both of 3.2 CDI and 2. TDI for about eight months; the CDI is a fast solid car, except onetime back to the dealer for the transmission leak, with 8.3k miles in the odometer this car is a charm, on the other hand, I got over 13k on the TDI and it went back to the dealer shop one time only for oil change, it is a workhorse. With almost double the TDI price for the CDI, it goes without saying the CDI is much more enjoyable to be on the road, the TDI gives me a decent ride too on the road. If the CDI compares with the A6 3.TDI, the scale may be equal, the result will be easier to judge. As far as the reliability is concerned, I got really a bad taste on VW the Allroad 4.2 and the V10 TDI, both of them had to go back the dealer many times to fix the hard to fixed problems. For the E320 CDI and Passat TDI, I am happy on both cars.
#369 of 608 Re: MB 320 CDI VS. VW Passat TDI [cctdi]
May 12, 2006 (6:06 pm)
cctdi, what a great "comparo" and photo - thanks big-time for posting.
May 18, 2006 (3:52 am)
what ranges is everybody getting?
#371 of 608 2008CDI vs 2005-6
May 21, 2006 (8:41 am)
Anybody who wants to know what the Blueteck 2008 should read the current issue of the STAR------the MB club magazine. After reading this article I am glad to have a 2005,
In order to pass the new emissions there will be an elaborate new exhaust cleaning system that will also be expensive when you buy the car but could also be expensive to maintain. Expect the price for a 2008 to be more expensive. Probably at least a few thousand more than current model.To quote"the differance will be comparable to the current differance for a Hybrid."
If you are REALLY serious about the BLUETECK you need to read this issue of the STAR. Believe that you can buy it by calling the MB club or at their website.
#372 of 608 Re: 2008CDI vs 2005-6 [greasykid1]
May 22, 2006 (1:46 pm)
I seconded your feelings; the well balance inline 3222 cc engine with iron block is built to last up to 500k miles, and I think the engine can be tweak to have more horse and torque when the ULDS is available, the 2987 cc V6 has the curb weight of 3836 Lb, that is not lighter than the inline 6, with about same EPA, I got no interest for the coming Bluetec models unless the 4996 V8 diesel engine is here.
#373 of 608 E320 CDI in California
May 24, 2006 (11:53 am)
Does anyone know the status of the CDI for Califronia?
I'm interested in
1) When new ones will be avalible
2) How I can get a used one?
#374 of 608 cali diesels
May 25, 2006 (5:24 am)
You can buy a diesel in ca if the car has 7500 miles on it. Some vw (MB too?) dealers specialize in bringing in just over 7.5K cars.
If you are a non ca resident and move to ca. you can bring in any diesel.