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#8716 of 11692 Re: price update [ruking1]
Apr 01, 2013 (8:36 am)
Any of those prices sound pretty good to me. RUG is varying within a cent or two of $4 here, with diesel at $4.40.
#8717 of 11692 Re: GLK diesel. [gagrice]
Apr 01, 2013 (1:43 pm)
Just to let you know the rating for the GLK diesel highway is 5.9l/100km or basically 40 mpg, city is 8.9 or27 mpg. So pretty good around for a 4x4 CUV
Apr 01, 2013 (6:14 pm)
the camshaft problems on the VW diesel PD motor?
#8719 of 11692 Re: Did they ever fix... [Mr_Shiftright]
Apr 02, 2013 (8:43 am)
I think it depends by what is meant by "FIX". Were there part/s redesign/s and recall/s? No, there hasn't been, to my knowledge.
(high friction load onto very small areas of the camshaft; causing faster and more wear on camshafts) ( best fix being: spread the higher friction loads over greater areas of the camshaft combined with a greater viscosity oil like 5w40)
I have heard of a few cases where VW would either pick up the tab (rare) or if they even did that, a portion. The population was fairly small (but with some significance, so the practical fix was to get the cam R/R'd and use a "non specified" 5w40 oil like Mobil One TDT, or another oil (available Walmart). I have read in such cases the reliability has been very good.
#8720 of 11692 When a company offers diesel,
Apr 02, 2013 (11:59 am)
people will buy them.
The Chattanooga-built Passat continued to deliver strong results with 9,521 units sold and best year-to-date with 25,909 units delivered. In March, 34 percent of the Passatís sold were diesel.
Audi did well with diesel:
Sales mix for Audi TDI clean diesel models finish the month at 23% for the A3 TDI and 26% for Q7 TDI.
#8721 of 11692 Re: When a company offers diesel, [gagrice]
Apr 02, 2013 (11:58 am)
It might be an anomaly due to the end of model year production, but my dealer sold the other diesels within a few weeks of mine, and hasn't received any others. Gassers continue to come and go.
#8722 of 11692 Re: When a company offers diesel, [gagrice]
Apr 02, 2013 (12:11 pm)
VW now has least 5 models that sell a greater minority percentage of diesels. Passat, Jetta, JSW, (station wagon) Golf, Touareg.
It is a bit of a mystery to me why BMW (whille buidling the X 5 and others for WW consumption and the 35D (other diesels also) for the US consumption IN the USA) does not mention the diesel percentage much at all.
#8723 of 11692 Re: When a company offers diesel, [ruking1]
Apr 02, 2013 (12:06 pm)
That was why I asked the BMW salesman about it. He was very straight forward saying the X5D easily outsells the gasser.
#8724 of 11692 Re: Did they ever fix... [ruking1]
Apr 02, 2013 (12:37 pm)
When I was running my old, (2004), 1.9 TDi PD 130bhp engine the oil specified was to VW 505 01 spec.................no other. major problem, (as outlined to me by an automotive lubricants research colleague), was that failure to use that spec would ultimately lead to camshaft problems, regardless of viscosity or other "suitable for use in........" claims. From vague memory it was more a corrosion/wear problem than simple mechanical wear.
Very few of the oil majors had oils to that spec on retail sale in Europe, (and probably even fewer in USA), so it was a case of buying the odd litre for top-up from VW/Audi/Skoda/SEAT dealers. Not the cheapest but certainly the most cost-effective.
Later TDis used later specs but it was, and still is, a case of the right horse for the right course.
Just my two penn'orth of knowledge/personal experience.
#8725 of 11692 Re: Did they ever fix... [alltorque]
Apr 02, 2013 (4:40 pm)
I will of course have to differ to the "broader" European experience, as the US was far more focused/narrowed and with a way smaller percentage. I suspect the US markets also got the "Mr. Hyde version", the European version being more the Dr. Jekyll like. I personally had/still have the 03 TDI or NON PD. It has been the proverbial trooper. So as you can see I have no skin in that game. . Most of what I know about it has either been through reading web sites and talking to 3/4 TDI guru's. They actually do /still do 04 R/R camshaft's. They actually do recommend the use of Mobil One TDI 5w40 oils.