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VW TDI (Green Diesel Technology)

Post in 'The Green Room' started by myzamboni, Apr 3, 2010.

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  1. myzamboni

    myzamboni Minister of Fire

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    Anyone own one? I'm seriously considering. Plenty of power, less emissions than a gas engine and 30/42 MPG claims.

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  2. webie

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    I have a 2005 VW golf TDI bought new now has 77000 miles on it . My life time milage is close to 48 MPG . I have kept track of every gallon that has gone in it . About my worse milage has been 45 to a high of 54 . Most of my driveing is rural 55 mph . It is very slow to warm up . Dont buy one unless it has the winter pkg on it so as to get heated seats . Not sure if you are looking at the jetta but they had a winter pkg on some that included an electric heater . Power is decent I have had mine up to 140 MPH . When it is warmed up I dont baby it at all I beat it like a red headed step child .
    http://www.tdiclub.com/
    This is a great forum by some very enthsiastic guys

    Any other questions just ask . I have had my share of recalls , I think six so far but the car has never left me down either . No matter that it is a new diesel it still has all the diesel traits and the car much prefers longer drive times so as to get fully warmed up . I use to drive nearly 30 miles one way to work which was perfect Now I only drive 6 thats to short of a drive for the car it would be better suited for like 20 miles on up , at least 30 minutes of run time I would say .

    Webie
  3. EatenByLimestone

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    I looked seriously at buying a jetta. The standard transmission will get you above 50mpg. The golf/rabbit should get you more.

    Matt
  4. Wallyworld

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    Less emissions than a gas engine? Can you buy a new one in California? I didn't think they met emission standards. We follow California standards in Maine and last I knew you couldn't buy a new one here, ok to buy a used one though?
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    last I knew VW dealers were retitling the new TDIs as used so they could sell them up here in ME.
  6. BucksCoBernie

    BucksCoBernie New Member

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    I was looking at them a few years ago. great on gas. I wish I still had my 82 Mercedes 300D turbo. That car got 30mpg and had a big tank.....I'd fill up every 550 miles or so.
  7. northwinds

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    I have a 2005 Golf TDI with 94K miles. I've been mostly happy with it. Service and parts are more expensive than
    similar gas vehicles that I've used. But the car has excellent power and is fun to drive. I even put a hitch on mine
    and can pull a small trailer with firewood. My neighbor kids me that I should have truck plates for all of the wood
    I've moved.

    Fuel is a bigger concern. There are gas stations that I won't go to because of poor fuel reports. I had a really nasty
    problem with water in my fuel two years ago. Froze up twice. My local mechanic ended up replacing the fuel filter and
    then on the second failure draining the fuel tank. They set the drained fuel out overnight, and it pretty much turned
    solid in zero temps. No problems with fuel since, but my fuel pump did prematurely die. Timing belts on the Golf are a
    major expense. Recommended replacement is at 80k miles.
  8. myzamboni

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    @webie: I'm on TDI Club and have been doing my research.
    @Wallyworld: yes, 2010 are 50 state legal. 140hp/ 246 lb/ft torque.

    I think I am gonna pull the trigger.
  9. Wallyworld

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    Cool, my dad had a Diesel Rabbit, 1984. That thing had some issues but it got a steady 50 MPG. I'd want a standard and not an automatic. It wasn't the fastest thing in the world but if you kept it in the right gear it was fine. It used to shake the alternator off, break the ears on the alteranator right off. Not really a big deal, a new alternator wasn't that much, think it happened twice in 150,000 miles. I'm sure the new ones are much nicer as far as noise and vibration are concerned.
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    2009-2010 diesel VW's 50 state compliant if you can get one
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    I am sure you know about the tax credit
    What are you looking at the golf or the Jetta , auto or stick ?
    Oh and by the way I can usualy pull 800 miles + on a tank of fuel . Its great last long trip I had I live up here close to Green bay WI made it to Oaklahoma city before I had to stop for fuel .
  12. myzamboni

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    Golf with the DSG (comes with the shft paddles behind the wheel). $1700 tax crredit!!
  13. velvetfoot

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    I put 225,000 miles on a 2000 Beetle TDI. It was great.
    Mine had a distributor pump. Then they went to unit pumps for a while. Now they're common rail, I believe.
    A Jetta wagon would be awesome.

    BTW, I went to a bunch of TDIFests.
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    Yes you are correct they are now common rail . They had to to meet emissions . To bad they had to put the rest of the crap on the exhaust otherwise these guys would be pulling some really high MPG's. Mine actually has 6 pumps on it . One in the tank the distribution pump and then one each on the cylinders
  15. webie

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    You will like the golf . I call it my cargo bus . DSG must be a 6 speed . Whats the sticker at on something like this ?
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    I have both a 98 Jetta TDI and 96 passat TDI station wagon. They are great vehicles. Just keep up on maint. and watch out for rust. Rust will be the death of my Jetta.
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    does the TDi also have the direct injection into the cylinder, this can cause oil dilution problems unless you stay on top of oil changes, the multiple pumps points that direction, as the fuel has to go in a very high pressure.
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    My daughter (19) has a 2005 Diesel Jetta and gets about 45mpg. She has had to relace the clutch twice. Not sure about the quality of the first repair (she was on a road trip). Second repair was from our trusted mechanic and should last a while. Otherwise she is very satisfied with it. She passed a Smart Car yesterday that had vanity plates 41MPG, 4mpg less than the Jetta and two less seats!
  19. webie

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    Yeppers they do have direct injection thats y they call them TDI ( Turbo direct Injection ) oh yes they can dilute the oil thats how a lot of wanta bee's wrecked there fords chevies and dodges . They wanted to play with the big rig boys and let there trucks run for hours out by the bar thinking it was doing a good thing in reality all it did was make them junk . Dont let a new diesel idle at all for a prolong time it will all be fine . the reason for fuel in the crankcase is it runs down the cylindar bores at idle when the engine is cooling for a long period of time .
    Ideal thing to do with a new diesel is warm it up a bit and then beat the snot out of it , give it a couple of minutes cool down and shut down ........ It will run a long time like this .
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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think this size VW TDI requires any urea canister changes like other green diesels.
  21. webie

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    correct
  22. myzamboni

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    It has a DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) Regen. Every ~400 miles the soot in the filter is combusted without any human intervention.
  23. Reggie Dunlap

    Reggie Dunlap Feeling the Heat

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    No TDI experience but I've had a few Duramax diesels and do not like the DPF exhaust that all diesels are now required to have. In my truck it robs around 3 MPG. I also don't like the thought of going into limp mode if the exhaust gases don't get hot enough to burn off the soot. That shouldn't be a problem for most people but with all the dirt roads here I don't get above 30 MPH for a few days sometimes.

    If I were looking for a car I'd seriously consider a TDI, but I'd want a pre-DPF model.
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    The VWs don't go into limp mode. it can even do the regen while the car is stopped at a traffic light. The idle will jump up a little but it will start the regen. process.
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    Burn-1 Feeling the Heat

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    I've had three Passat TDIs, one 96 and two 97s. Those were great cars, plenty of room, and great mileage, ~42-44 mpg on winter fuel and close to 50 on summer fuel. I chipped and upgraded the clutch on my last 97 and it was fun to drive and still got close to 800 miles per tank. I would get another VW diesel in a heartbeat but we need the extra space for the kids and their friends and the Touareg TDI is still a bit out of my price range.
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