TDIClub is a website
dedicated to the VW TDI (Turbo Direct Injection Diesel) engine. Most
of the action is in the discussion area
(also called forums), and much of the information learned there has been
summarized in the "Frequently Asked Questions (or TDIFAQ) for short. Also many members have compiled
"How to..." and other helpful items in the "Articles"
Many members who have
met originally online, often meet in person at regional
GTGs for short). There is also a yearly GTG called TDIFest. This years
TDIFest 2013 will be held held at the Sunday River Ski Resort in Bethel, Maine on the Labour Day Weekend (August 30th to September 1st, 2013)
Previous years it has been held in
Ypsilanti (Ypsi), MI (TDIFest 2012)
Lexington, KY (TDIFest 2011)
Portland, OR (TDIFest 2010),
Canada (TDIFest 2007),
Pennsylvania (TDIFest 2006), Lake
Mills, Wisconsin (TDIFest 2005), New
England (TDIFest 2004),
Toronto (TDIFest 2003),
Rapids, Michigan (TDIFest 2002),
Park City, Utah (TDIFest 2001)
and the first one was in Wilmington, NC (TDIFest
To join TDIClub is a very informal
process. Just go to the Forums
and register for an account.
Once your account has been activated you will be a member and can join in
the discussions or just 'lurk'. It is recommended that you sign-up for
an account as it brings a lot of extra features to you even if you are not
involved in daily discussions. You can also meet members at various
GTGs that may
be held near you.
While diesel cars are available in many countries around the world, Volkswagen
has been the only manufacturer selling diesel cars in Canada or the US
(other than the Mercedes E320 CDI starting at $52,000US). Sometimes
the TDI is considered a "niche"
product and I've venture to guess that is one reason there is such a unique
crowd of members. Where else can you say economy and performance in
the same sentence? With this economy, one can also get great range.
While not typical, here is an example of someone getting
1400 miles (2254km) on one tank of diesel.
There are three main generations of TDI's found in North America. The first generation was available
till 2004 used a distributor-type fuel pump and are designated VE engines
and were 1.9l in size. After that VW introduced the Pumpe-Düse (unit injector) engines (PD for short)
that were sold in Canada and the US from 2004 till 2006. The third and
latest generation of TDI engines which finally arrived in 2008 are common
rail and call a 'Clean Diesel'. As you can see there was a bit of a
hiatus on the avialability of TDI's during 2007 which was due to changes in
US and Canadian emission regulations.
The VE engines were found in A3 Jettas,
B4 Passats (1995/1996), New Beetles (till the end of 2003), Jetta IV (till
the end of 2003), and Golfs (till the end of 2003). The VE engine
found in the A3 Jettas and B4 Passats were rated at 90hp and 149ft.lbs of
torque. The A4 Jetta, New Beetle, and A4 Golf were rated at 90hp and
The PD version were available in New
Beetles (2004 - 2006), Jettas (2004 -2006), Jetta Wagons (2004 - 2006), Golfs (2004
B5 Passat (2004 and 2005), and the 2005 V10 Toureg. The PD found in the
New Beetles, Jettas, and Golfs are rated at 100hp and 177ft.lbs torque from
a 1.9l engine. The B5 Passat with it's 2.0l TDI pumped out 134 hp and
247 ft.lbs of torque. The king of power is the 5.0l 310HP V10 Touareg that puts out 553 ft.lbs
As for the Clean Diesel Common Rail
engines they became available in late 2008 for the Jetta wagon and sedan.
The engine displacement is slightly larger at 2.0l vs the previous 1.9l, but
power jumps to 140hp @ 4000rpm and torque is 236 lbs-ft between 1750 and
2000 rpm. Shortly after the 3.0l V6 version rated at 221hp@ 4000rm and
407 lbs-ft between 1,750 and 2,750 rpms became available for the Toureg 2.
VW has also announce that the 2.0l TDI will be available for the next
version of the Golf in early 2010.
Demand for TDIs is extremely high.
An example is in 2005 Canadian sales of TDIs accounted for over 50% of models where a TDI was an option.
Another example is in
2006 the Jetta wagon was ONLY available as a TDI, they didn't even bother
with other engine types.
In Europe the selection
is much more advanced from the 1.2l Lupo that gets 2.9l/100km (81USmpg [97
Imp mpg]) up to the 313hp V10 TDI with 553 lbs of torque and everything in