TDI message entries from September 1, 1996 to December 31, 1996:
Thanks for info, drove a tdi in april just plan unreal
Brammer 111 <bbram123>
Wheeling, WV USA
- Tuesday, September 10, 1996 at 19:39:01 (PDT)
Really great page. Just took delivery of a Passat TDI Wagon six days and
about 450 miles ago. Well worth the very long wait. Still getting to know it,
but it is FUN.
Brad Zuke <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Lake Oswego, Oregon
U.S.A. - Tuesday, September 17, 1996 at 23:06:09 (PDT)
Cool page. TDI is the best. (nothing more to say)
Canada - Friday, September 20, 1996 at 16:51:26 (PDT)
Very god information, we all love Golf Diesel,
Father have a Golf
Variant TDI 1996
i have a Golf II GDT 1988
Mother Golf I
Sister Golf I GLD 1981
My brother are looking at
a Van TDI, he have a Volvo 855.
best.. from Erik Husberg and
Åsa, Sweden - Monday, September 23, 1996 at 04:22:50 (PDT)
83 Rabbit diesel-the best car I ever owned. 291,000 miles and still going
strong. Looking to buy a Golf TDI, this technology sounds almost too good to be
true. Thanks for the great web page!!
Mike Belknap <email@example.com>
Broad Run, VA
USA - Monday, September 30, 1996 at 01:02:54 (PDT)
Thank you much for the informative web page. Having owned a diesel Rabbit
with 300,000 miles, I am interested in another diesel. However, this time it
must be an automatic. A Passat TDI automatic would be perfect but I would settle
for a Jetta TDI automatic. I guess I will either have to wait or buy another
James Giannopoulos <Mokelumne@AOL.com>
Clements, CA USA -
Thursday, October 03, 1996 at 21:14:23 (PDT)
Ive been driving a Golf GT TDI for 2.5 years and I´m quite satisfied about
this car. Found your TDI-page very interesting!
My Golf GT TDI was
delivered in April 1994, and it has taken me safely to a total distance of 40000
kms by now. The average in fuel consumption is a little less than 6 liters for
100 kms, that means 40 miles per US-gallon. And because there's no general speed
limit on German highways, I usually drive quite fast. I think that's a great
fuel efficiency for non-economic driving! By the way, my personal speed record
was 205 kms per hour.
Apart from minor difficulties within the first
couple of weeks, which were solved by the VW dealer free of charge, I had no
problems with this car. According to the VW manual, the car must have
maintainnance every 15000 kms, and that's it.
maintainnance at VW workshops is cheap in comparision to Japanese car, for
example. I've had a Honda Civic 1.5i before and I had to pay about 75% more for
more frequent pit stops. And Diesel fuel is much cheaper than regular unleaded
over here, so my car really saves money - since I 've got it, of course, for VW
or other domestic cars are more expensive than import cars of the same class and
size. The only disadvantage is the German car tax which is extremly higher on
Diesel cars, but that's nothing VW is to blame for. But the money you spend on
this tax is less than the mony you save on Diesel prices and reduced fuel
When the car was new, many of my friends were quite
surprised when I told them that there were actually driven in a Diesel powered
car. I think the TDI engine combines the agility of a "normal" engine with the
endurance and economy that Diesel cars are known for.
To cut a long
story short: My Golf TDI is the best car I ever had. The GT version makes the
car more sportive, but that's not the point. I'm sure I'll stick to TDIs for the
next couple of years, to my mind there's no better engine available.
My dream car is the new Audi A3 with the more sophisticated 110 hp TDI
engine. But this is unlikely to turn into reality, just watch the price list
Everswinkel, Germany - Sunday, October 06, 1996 at 03:46:07 (PDT)
You have put together a nice page. I found information here that has helped
me and has slowed me down. I wnat the passat wagon but now find out there is a
golf TDI wagon. it probably won't come to america so I will get the passat.
Thanks again for your page.
Rick Moore <Roderick_moore@www.msn.com>
Frederick, MD USA - Sunday, October 06, 1996 at 18:09:30 (PDT)
Interesting to read about this TDI engine. In Sweden, where I live, diesel
cars are very rare. Because off the environmental effect off the nitrogenoxide-
gas in the dieselexhausts we have to pay a punishment-tax (about 500-700
dollar/year depending on car size) for driving a diesel-car newer than 1993
model. But dieselfuel is cheap and this VW-TDI seems to be stingy with fuel so
if you drive a lot..... And if you do not, why should not a diesel be worth a
bit more money to drive? Real men smells diesel........and women smells
fish..... ...here and there......no they are not, sorry.
Uppsala, Sweden - Tuesday, October 15, 1996 at 14:20:13 (PDT)
Your page is a godsend!
I've been pestering VW dealers for more
than a year. Now I can just check on your great page! I would love to see more
TDI owner reports from Europe. I am also curious on reliability reports on the
Golf/Jetta (III) that are not TDI. My diesel experience was a M-B 300D I had for
seven years. Keep up the great work.
Chris Ralph <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Orleans, USofA - Wednesday, October 16, 1996 at 14:43:28 (PDT)
Recently bought a Passat TDI. Hate to admit it but I traded in my 1994
Corvette on it. Actually quite fun to drive and my WORST tank has been 41.5 mpg
(US). That gives almost almost a range of 700 miles or 1100Km per tank. My best
tank has been 53 mpg. That is amazing considering when I'm on the highway I
cruise at about 80 mph or 130KmH. The acceleration as improved greatly with
time. It now clocks 0-100 KmH in 11.2 seconds. That is with a very gentle launch
I like the car so much I am going to buy a wagon to
complement my sedan. I can't see buying the Golf or Jetta since the performance
improvement doesn't seem to be that great and the Passat has tons of room. I was
going to wait for the Golf but after driving the Passat I had to get one
I had the original Rabbit (Golf) diesel in 1977. I hope this one
lasts as long as the Mercedes 300SD I bought in 1980. I put over 497,000 miles
in and was still driving it till last year (1995) when someone stole it . It was
on its original turbo engine, transmission but second differential.
GA USA - Wednesday, October 16, 1996 at 17:33:01 (PDT)
Have a 96 Passat Wagon. Got it on 5.16.96, it already has 13000 miles on it.
Overall mileage about 41. Expect better mileage now that cooler weather is here.
Want to get a Jetta TDI for myself, Passat is the wife's car. What is the holdup
on the Jettas?
Richard Coffman <email@example.com>
Everett, WA USA -
Tuesday, October 22, 1996 at 15:09:00 (PDT)
I am a first timer with diesel. My first car was a 1988 jetta gli. With the
16 vavles and dual over head cam and red lining at about 6500rpm it was fast.
When I first looked at the 1996 passat tdi I questioned it's power. With only
red lining at 4700rpm how fast could those longed stroked pistons run. That
question was easily answered by a simple question,"Would you like to take it for
a spin?" After the first test drive I was sold. I went back to the dealer the
next day and picked her up. I have owned my passat tdi for about four month. I
am in love with this car. The gas mileage is unreal, 38-40 city and 48-50
highway!!! With the swirl ports and turbo charger is has plenty of "get up and
go" for me. I love my passat tdi and plan on keeping her for a long time. The
tdi page was wonderfuly designed and plenty of information was given.
ARLINGTON HTS, IL USA - Tuesday, October 22,
1996 at 18:34:13 (PDT)
Drove the Passat Wagon TDI last week - amazing!
Hope to get a Jetta TDI in a few years once my current '85 gets tired.
Now at 360K & still running strong!
Shawn Wright <VWnut@smus.bc.ca>
Shawnigan Lake, BC
Canada - Sunday, November 03, 1996 at 15:27:58 (PST)
What can I tell you Fred. The last Diesel I owned was a 1983 Audi 5000 Turbo
Diesel. It was a great car, but its technology is archaic when put next to the
TDI. I was one of the fortunate people who bought a Passat TDI as soon as they
came off the boat from the fatherland.
It has been nothing less than
Awesome! Great power, acceleration, and unbelievable gas mileage. I have been
consistantly averaging 50 MPG with the Passat! Not exactly a small car. This is
in very mixed driving. I can't wait to see how the golfs perform.
is also very easy to work on if you like to do that. Most component are very
accesible although the ignition system is a little more complex than past
Have you heard how these are selling in the U.S.A. From most
of the dealer I talk with Sales have been brisk.
Nathan Tennant <Ntennant@Ctron.com>
U.S.A. - Monday, November 04, 1996 at 09:58:34 (PST)
Can't wait for the golf tdi. I look for a good car and I fallow the golf tdi
since it was annonce last year. Thank you for your page.
Montreal, PQ Canada - Thursday, November 07, 1996 at 04:35:46 (PST)
have driven all versions of tdi//cant wait for usa version jetta or golf//any
price information released???
G. Flood <firstname.lastname@example.org>
oak park, mi usa - Friday, November 08, 1996 at 09:15:31 (PST)
I have an '84 Jetta diesel that I love. Would like to buy the new jetta tdi
but am getting impatient with dealers. I called VW the other day and was told it
will be in showrooms in late January, early February. Can anyone confirm/deny
Dan Van Luvender <Jedan@worldnet.att.net>
Stanhope, NJ US - Wednesday, November 13, 1996 at 03:10:53 (PST)
I'm am the owner of a VW GOLF III GT TDI (110 BHP) I'm convinced that you
can have as much fun driving this car as can have with a VR6 model. Especially
when you look at the figures ! It can drive real fast (200 KM/H) and it consumes
half of what a VR6 model does....
SO what else does one need
Steven Temmerman <Steven.Temmerman@ping.be>
O/D Bos, Brabant Belgium - Wednesday, November 13, 1996 at 16:18:09 (PST)
Just bought a new '96 Passat wagon. Love the ride and the fuel consumption is
better than 45 mpg. Look forward to talking to other TDI owners.
Robert J. Summerhill <email@example.com>
Edgewood, new mex. u.s.a - Sunday, November 17, 1996 at 05:28:20 (PST)
Anyone interested in Vanagon engine conversion into TDI? This modification
will use the AUDI 5 Cyl. engine and it will fit the size of the Vanagon's engine
compartment. But this conversion is a little bit difficult.
Helmut Zeidler <Helmut.Zeidler@ntc.nokia.com>
Dusseldorf, Germany - Thursday, November 28, 1996 at 09:41:35 (PST)
Excellent car (Golf CL TDi 110hp), top speed iss 120mph+ with two people in
the car. Accelerating up hills at 105 is easy.
Excellent web page,
some of the pro's should take a look!
Matt Harris <firstname.lastname@example.org>
UK - Thursday, November 28, 1996 at 16:49:59 (PST)
I drove a passat wagon tonight, and will be purchasing
the tdi in the future. The local dealer gave me a brochure with the U.S. specs
on the car. Selling for $20,800. Your page is excellent.
G. A. CARPER
VIRGINIA U.S.A. - Saturday, October 12, 1996 at 19:43:00 (PDT)
Donald C. Hildesheim <mailto:%email@example.com>
Fl.32804 - Sunday, October 13, 1996 at 16:43:52 (PDT)
Hello, Over the last few years, I've had two 1982, yellow, diesel, vanagon
campers. I am lucky enough to now be buying my 3rd. 1982, yellow, vanagon,
diesel, camper. 70,000 miles, 1800 on a Canadian vw factory long block engine.
What I am trying to find is "how to get more power". Turbocharging or
supercharging the engine that's in it. Any other modifications I can do.
Exchanging diesel for gas. New idea,( perhaps you can help) the DTI engine and
installing it in the vanagon.... Any Ideas?
Best, Tom Conn
Tom Conn <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sandpoint, Idaho USA - Monday, October 14, 1996 at 18:51:43 (PDT)
Have a 96 Passat wagon with TDI, love it. Overall mileage about 41. Better
now with cooler weather and no a/c on.
Richard Coffman <email@example.com>
Everett, WA USA -
Tuesday, October 22, 1996 at 15:05:04 (PDT)
For those people out there who are worried about the TDI's performance in the
Well, don't worry. I live in one of the coldest climates in
the U.S.A.. Unless it is -40 your TDI will start without a problem and if it is
-40 your gas engine won't start either.
Nate Tennant <Ntennant@Ctron.com>
Nasua, NH USA -
Monday, November 04, 1996 at 10:11:00 (PST)
Thanks for the information. I've been driving VW diesels since 1982 and
wouldn't own anything else. This new TDI is great news. I can finally move out
of the 80s once it gets here. I've had three Rabbits with diesel engines, one
turbo diesel Quantum, one turbo diesel Jetta and one diesel Jetta. I'm not sure
I'm ready to spend $20k on a car though. However, this does give me something to
start saving for.
Olga V. Maddox <firstname.lastname@example.org>
McLean, VA USA
- Friday, November 08, 1996 at 09:10:15 (PST)
just came back from germany i've seen just about every model on tthe road
sporting the tdi insignia, i find it hard to believe that the german car driver
is not as finicky as their american drivers in their complaints to vw if there
are any? i think that this issue maybe somewhat of a red herring if you want to
really sell autos ,tdi, keep delaying the product to build up demand then a full
blitzkrieg to the sales force and then to the drooling public . you asked for an
opinion ortherwise keep up the good work!!
a k detwiller <email@example.com>
emerald isle, n.c. 28594 - Tuesday, November 12, 1996 at 12:18:32
What an accomplishment! Thank you for finding, organizing, and publishing all
of this online. Great work!
John Saporta <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Bensenville, IL USA - Sunday, November 17, 1996 at 08:37:41 (PST)
please watch out for cheapo diesel, i.e. 5 or 7 cents
cheaper than at the major oil companies as the electronic fuel injection module
is easily tricked by the low cetane levels and you will have a big time smoking
howell williams <email@example.com>
canada - Saturday, November 23, 1996 at 13:41:47 (PST)
Have test driven TDI twice, once to check out and a
second time to see if I was dreaming. 97 Wagon on order/locate since I want
black interior which I hope will look better after the 10 or 15 years I plan to
keep this car. Dealer told me this could take several weeks or so. Anyone out
there have a car with black interior? All TDI's I've seen so far have the beige
Walter Phelps <Phelps@jupitr.enet.qntm.com>
Merrimack, NH USA - Monday, November 25, 1996 at 19:28:11 (PST)
I like your web page. I'm planning on buying a 1997 Passat TDI, and would
like to get information on longterm use. Consumer Reports says VW still has
reliability problems. The nearest VW dealer is about 100 miles away. If you have
information on longterm (10yrs or more) reliablity, let me know thanks Mike
Michael F Neale <firstname.lastname@example.org>
USA - Tuesday, November 26, 1996 at 12:11:06 (PST)
I own a 96 Passat TDI and I love it! I am looking for acessories, please let
me know of any after market parts available if possible. Great info. The van is
my next vehicle.
MATT TRIKONES <email@example.com>
TN - Tuesday, November 26, 1996 at 19:30:16 (PST)
I have test driven the Passat TDI and was favorably impressed by its
performance and responsiveness. Having owned two Jettas in the past I would very
much like to drive the Jetta TDI, but Volkswagen STILL hasn't seen fit to bring
it to North America. They're really beginning to agravate me.
Bremerton, WA USA - Monday, December 02, 1996 at 21:14:09 (PST)
Nice, very nice! You know more about the tdi than most of the men in my shop!
Although all the hipe about the tdi is positive, unless VOA markets the product
correctly markets the product correctly it will be a flop. Too many "non-VW"
diesel owners are fearfull of a diesel vehicle. They relate the car as noisey,
smokes, and lack of power. Voa has a real stock in this car however, with the
tdi and concept 1 (beetle), voa wants an 25% increase in units sold over 96. you
should expect the tdi in dealer showrooms spring of 97.
Rose Toon <RToon @aol>
alexandria, va usa - Tuesday,
December 03, 1996 at 18:00:59 (PST)
Interested to see your page. I have a new Passat TDI.
don't seem to be bringing in any more TDIs for 1997.
Apparently they are using the engines in the Sharan.
loves our TDI because she can go on long trips
without worrying about
stopping for fuel.
On a recent trip we stopped to fuel-up, and as
approached the diesel pump, and attendant shock his head,
gesturing at the diesel sign. We persuaded him to give
diesel, and a few minutes later his boss, a Sikh
running from the office, mustache and arms
waving, concerned that we
were putting the wrong fuel
in our vehicle.
--Paul S. Boyer
Paul S. Boyer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
USA - Friday, December 06, 1996 at 10:18:08 (PST) Very nicely done.My TDI just
went over 10K.What a difference from my 81 diesel pickup(which I still
Jim Rossi <JRossi4976@aol,com>
durham, ct usa -
Sunday, December 08, 1996 at 18:06:05 (PST)
I just got a Passat TDI, and I love it. Over 47 MPG and more acceleration
than one would expect from 90 hp. Has anyone tried the Neuspeed P-chip?
"European Car" magazine loved it.
Mike Adragna <email@example.com>
Orchard Park, NY
USA - Tuesday, December 10, 1996 at 17:07:09 (PST)
Very nice! Looks like proffesional.
The 110hp diesel is a monster
I would like some more pics of tunned VW TDi's or
just ordinary TDI's i diffrent poses.
You got that thing
Borgholm, - Sweden - Friday, December 13, 1996 at 01:33:56 (PST)
Pity poor Volkswagen of America. Their marketing department couldn't have
better designed a product launch more frustrating to it's loyal customers than
the launch of the Jetta and Golf TDI. Press releases, point of sale brochures
and web sites all laud the economy, power and technology of the TDI Jetta/Golf.
I'd like to buy one but they aren't available. Why does VoA persist in marketing
air? A quick read of Fred's fabulous web site will show the aggrevation that's
building among VW enthusiasts. Personally, I've heard from my local VW dealer
that availability is "a few months away" for the past year and a half. This web
site says December. Though literally not so, "I'm from Missouri!"
Minneapolis, MN U.S.A. - Saturday, December 14, 1996 at 17:14:15 (PST)
Good info. I understand we can get the Audi chip in the US to boost the HP up
to 110. Any truth?
Jim Colburn <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Park City, ut
usa - Sunday, December 15, 1996 at 19:02:02 (PST)
I was wandering if anyone has purchased the NEUSPEED p-chip
adds 12 more hp to the tdi. and if it really does make a
in the power without effecting the milage rating?
Thanks for any
Bill Hayes <email@example.com>
Tampa, FL usa -
Friday, December 20, 1996 at 23:31:17 (PST)
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