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Old 03-14-2004, 10:31 AM
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Diesel VW

Does anyone know the disadvantages to a VW diesel-engined car? We are looking at new vehicles, and are considering a Golf or Jetta with the diesel engine. Around 50 MPG in the city, diesel fuel is cheaper, and ive heard the VW diesels can run over 300,000 miles. So whats the disadvantages?
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Old 03-14-2004, 11:23 AM
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I have owned two of these models, a 87 Turbodiesel and a 91 non-turbo. The newer ones are even better, the new two litre turbo is really nice. I love-em, but make sure you get the turbo. The non turbo's are pathetic on the highway.

Very durable German cars.
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I have a '98 Jetta TDI and LOVE it! The mileage is great, and the power isn't too bad for a small engine. It never will be fast off the line, but it has enough torque to hold its own ate freeway speeds. The one disadvantage is the timing belts. They are scheduled to be replaced every 60,000 miles. If you don't have the skills to tackle it yourself, or have a mechanic that will work on it, it can get spendy. There are a lot of aftermarket places to get your parts, so use them. $22 glow plugs cost $95 at the dealer! The suggest changing the fuel filter every 40,000 miles, Another "disadvantage" is the oil. Full synthetic only, but VW recommends 5,000 between changes so it evens itself out. I planned on switching to synthetic anyway, so that wasn't a concern to me.

When my Jetta hit 90,000 miles, something strange happened. It started running better than it did when new. I guess it finally broke itself in.
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The best part of these cars is a tune up means changing the oil and replacing the air filter, I bought a K@N for mine. I find I need to clean the filter every 4 months or else there is a slight performance loss. The inherent rust protection on the body design means they look like new a lot longer too! Only VW would utilize sacrificial anodes on the chassis and body panel junctions.

Sure wish I could find nice used low mileage TDI, they are the cats meow.

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Old 03-14-2004, 05:48 PM
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I think you guys have me talked into one......
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You know, like Chuck said, they are ultra reliable and very low maintenance...the '91 he mentioned is actually mine and I love it....yeah it's a bit lacking in the balls department, but what it lacks in pick-up in more than makes up for in torque. As for the body looking newer, longer, that's true too, mine is only just now starting to show a little rust near the bottom of the windshield by the wipers, but that's all, and it's not the car that we usually keep garaged.
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