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#2522 of 2551 Re: 2012 Volkswagen Golf Wagon 4dr TDI [bpeebles]
Nov 25, 2011 (4:13 pm)
"Do not forget that several BMWs are 'assembled' in USA... but only sold outside USA. (go figure)"
News to me; as far as I know, pretty much every model built in South Carolina is also sold here in the States.
#2523 of 2551 Re: 2012 Volkswagen Golf Wagon 4dr TDI [bpeebles]
Nov 26, 2011 (8:45 am)
Spot on. My Volvo S60, ('06), was assembled in Belgium but the bits came from all over the place. I've had a couple of "Belgian Made" cars in the past, (Opels rebadged as Vauxhall and Right-Hand Drive, of course), and they have been very good cars from a build viewpoint. My Skoda was built in Czech Republic but using lots of VW bits ex-Germany and elsewhere.
Rolls Royce Phantom, the quintessential English motor car, is "Built in UK' but has lots of components shipped in from other countries. The leather all used to come from Sweden and maybe still does, although I heard a reference to Argentina recently. So much for Connolly's finest english leather.
Lots of Toyotas and Nissans built in UK and a friend did have a (disastrously bad) Mercedes ML built in USA - right-hand drive and all. I have to smile when folks proclaim that they only buy British, German or whatever cars. Obviously no idea about globalisation.
#2524 of 2551 Re: 2012 Volkswagen Golf Wagon 4dr TDI [alltorque]
Nov 26, 2011 (12:38 pm)
When the NAV in my 2007 Sequoia died in 2009, it took several months to get a replacement from Denso in New Delhi, India.
I think the TDI engines are all made in Poland. I don't think there is ANY 100% USA made vehicle.
#2525 of 2551 2012 GTI content
Nov 26, 2011 (1:00 pm)
Per the window sticker, our new GTI was built in Wolfsburg, the engine is from Hungary, and the transmission is from Germany. Also per the window sticker, the overall car has a content of 62% Germany and 1% U.S./Canada.
#2526 of 2551 Re: 2012 Volkswagen Golf Wagon 4dr TDI [steven64]
Jan 15, 2012 (4:58 pm)
I just bouht a 2012 Golf TDI 4 door. Engine and transmission are made in Wolfsburg and the vehicle is assembled in Wolfsburg. With a background in manufacturing, I believe that some manufacturing facilities exhibit better quality control than others. I am hoping this is the case with my Wolfsburg Golf. So far, after 750 miles, this car is awesome. Great steering, brakimg, suspension, And "cockpit". Averaging 40.2 mpg.
#2527 of 2551 Re: 2012 Volkswagen Golf Wagon 4dr TDI [jdhtx87]
Jan 15, 2012 (7:52 pm)
Keep us posted on your experience with your TDI. I did not realize they are built in Germany. No wonder they are very popular and hard to get a great deal on.
#2528 of 2551 Re: 2012 Volkswagen Golf Wagon 4dr TDI [jdhtx87]
Jan 16, 2012 (6:02 pm)
A well-broken-in TDI engine can achieve much better than your 40.2MPG you are getting on a new engine.
The TDI engine takes up to 30,000 miles to 'break in'. During that time, if properly managed, you can expect the piston-rings to seat and compression readings to go up and level off.
I was meticulous when I broke-in my TDI. I took measures to ensure the cylinder-walls did not "glaze" before the rings seated. (Once glazed, the rings cannot wear-in to the cylinder-walls and your MPG will not go up any more)
#2529 of 2551 Re: 2012 Volkswagen Golf Wagon 4dr TDI [bpeebles]
Jan 25, 2012 (7:57 pm)
Would you buy this car again? How are the engine noise and road noise?
Does the exhaust smell bad? I had a Ford pickup. Whew!
We'll be using it for city driving mostly.
#2530 of 2551 2003 TDI questions
Jan 26, 2012 (7:02 pm)
Would you buy this car again? Absolutely! Infact, it is my wifes car and she would have nothing else to the point where she decided to invest in it (repair it) because there is nothing comparable on the market.
How are the engine noise and road noise? We have used TDI to make many roadtrips (over 12 hours) Once rolling over 10 MPH along, it is impossible to tell it is a diesel.
Does the exhaust smell bad? I just asked my wife that question... her answer "I dont know, I never really thought about it"
For me personally, I notice the difference in exhaust odor based on what fuel is being run in it. For example, Biodiesel (Corn oil, Peanut oil...etc) smells kinda like popcorn.
I do have to tell you that the engine is SOOOO efficient that it does not produce much heat. In the winter, when ambient temps. are below 10F, Do not expect much heat out of the vents for the first 10 miles of driving. HEATED SEATS ARE A MUST WITH TDI.
#2531 of 2551 Re: 2012 Volkswagen Golf Wagon 4dr TDI [bpeebles]
Mar 27, 2012 (11:25 am)
How do you breach in the TDI, glazing???, just purchased one and love it so far but want to do right by it. Thank you