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Feb 14, 2013 (1:18 pm)
What puts a car to rest nowadays is an accident with air bag deployment. That's a total loss.
Engines seem to run forever for the most part.
#8098 of 9297 Re: - [busiris]
Feb 14, 2013 (1:21 pm)
My 19 and 17 year old TLC's with over 200k miles each are examples. They have consistently passed CA "smog only" inspections with "like new" numbers. I suspect and EXPECT the diesel inspections to be passed with no issues, even as the manufacturer's government direction have increase the number of idiot lights than can and do go off.
I have extended "major" tune up intervals from 30,000 miles to 60,000 miles (absolutely no ill effects) and have run 20,000 OCI's since new (again absolutely no ill effects) However with like weights the 3.0 L diesels consume 30 mpg vs 15 mpg. So over 200,000 miles (projected) fuel consumption will be 6,667 gals vs 13,333 gals.
#8099 of 9297 Re: - [busiris]
by steve_ HOST
Feb 14, 2013 (1:55 pm)
Back in the 1960-80's, there was probably some truth to it.
I dunno, and even if it was, what's so great about a running engine in a body with no heat and leaky windshields, that's held together with bailing wire?
Come to think of it, my mom drove an Impala in that kind of shape for several years.
(She used a coat hanger to keep the passenger door closed).
#8101 of 9297 Re: Wild concept [ateixeira]
Feb 14, 2013 (3:41 pm)
They really need to find a brand identity. It feels like they don't know who they are anymore.
#8102 of 9297 Re: - [gimmestdtranny]
Feb 14, 2013 (4:22 pm)
I would not doubt that you have. At the same time a lot of what I have had experiences with are military diesels and for a gaggle of equipment in support of over 3,500 people. So at once it is hard to find an organization that places just a premium on reliability and durability, BUT at the same time almost nobody really CARES and rides everything (to most) and puts it away WET.
Even in light of this past experience, the truth is about the Jetta is I do precious little to it other than keep it clean (try at least) and routinely drive it to ( least) 75% of redline. In that sense I really do not need to run a TDI to have an educated or NON educated opinion for that matter about them. I care because I have this one and two others.
So a 2nd TB/WP change is due 200,000 miles. Given the last one, and how the current one is wearing, I know it would probably not be problematic or catastrophic to go to 225k to 250k. I have yet to decide 210k,225k,250k miles.
I am liking the 30,000 miles OCI's. The engine parts are experiencing (counterintuitively to most folks) less wear than changes 5, 10k intervals. Engine oil consumption 180,000 miles is the same as when new: app 1/4 qt to 1/2 qt per 30,000 miles. My guess is the first down ward plateaus will show up here when it does (more oil consumption).
#8103 of 9297 Re: - [ateixeira]
Feb 14, 2013 (4:19 pm)
"...ruking also, do GTI seats fit in yours?"...
I do not have any PERSONAL experiences, but have been to a few GTG's where you see folk's cars (and vendors) that the adaptation in question has been done. The normal issues are comfort, style, color match and bracketry. Another is the functionality of side air bags. Unless you are really uncomfortable or the seats are worn prematurely, it seems a lot of cash for so little performance.
#8104 of 9297 Re: Wild concept [tifighter]
Feb 14, 2013 (5:46 pm)
Complete identity crisis. They seem to carve out a tiny niche in each class, and no 2 models have the same angle. What do EVO, Mirage, i, and Outlander Sport have in common?
Easy - nothing.
The brand needs a total reboot.
Feb 14, 2013 (5:47 pm)
Does yours have side air bags? I forget when those were phased in.
#8106 of 9297 Re: - [ateixeira]
Feb 14, 2013 (7:09 pm)
While there are different configurations, yes all three have side air bags.