TDI Message entries from January 1, 1997 to April 30,
Lots of great info. I am anxiously waiting for the new TDI Golf here in
the US. I really would love that Golf Synchro TDI Wagon, but we'll never see
that in this part of the world. Too bad. Great web page. I'll be sure to check
Tony Badalamenti <email@example.com>
holbrook, NY us -
Sunday, January 05, 1997 at 18:18:15 (PST)
Great page - very informative. Like yourself, I am waiting
TDI to touch down here in Canada - and yes, I want
the green one!
I currently own a '90 Golf Diesel, and an '81 Cabrio.
Thanks for the info, and keep up the excellent work!!
Rob Maxwell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
OTTAWA, ON CANADA
- Tuesday, January 07, 1997 at 05:04:10 (PST)
I too, await the premier of VW's Golf TDI GT in this country. With me,
efficiency is king, handling paramount. Will the wait soon be over VW or must I
look to MB for excitation?
Chuck Lothrop <Clot223@ix.netcom.com>
USA - Friday, January 10, 1997 at 05:50:42 (PST)
I'm looking for a TDI Passat wagon in almost any color
black. I can't believe how hard they are to find.
The dealers around
here can find only 2 black wagons in a
500 mile radius. A ship is
supposed to come in in about 2
weeks and may have a wagon on it but
not for sure.
Any ideas on how to find a new wagon??
Rehoboth, MA USA - Tuesday, January 14, 1997 at 04:43:34 (PST)
I used your link to the VW of America page to go there and give
them a piece of my mind regarding the continued delays on delivering
TDI's to the US market. I've had a '68 Bug, '71 Bug, '73 Squareback,
'88 Fox and '91 Jetta GL diesel. The Jetta has 165,000 miles and
is need of a replacement. A dealer near me recently told me
e-mail that the Golf TDIs would indeed be delayed again. He
mentioned 3 Passat TDIs on his lot, but said they were
price for them due to the shortage of TDIs here.
So what they are
saying is... We built up great expectations
with our TDI ads; we
promised '96 delivery of Passats, Jettas
and Golfs; we delivered
Passat TDIs; we are delaying Jetta TDIs
until summer and Golf TDIs
until '98; and we are demanding top
price for the Passat TDIs on the
lot! And VW of America wonders
why their market share is
Marysville, PA USA - Saturday, January 18, 1997 at 19:20:26 (PST)
Great Web Page! This is the most information that I've found anywhere
on the TDI.
Just some added info-I have a request in with a
dealer for a new Jetta TDI. He called me yesterday to let
me know that
he was notified that the Jetta TDI should be going into
the end of February and I should see it around the end
I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
Al Thomas <email@example.com>
Pittsburgh, Pa USA - Tuesday, January 21, 1997 at 21:21:40 (PST)
My father runs a 1996 Passat 1.9TDI and has put over 40000
on the clock and it is a great car - fast,
economical (we have had up
to 60mpg) and is very
comfortable. A pity we can't get the TDI in a
Paul Measday <K956139@kingston.ac.uk>
UK - Thursday, January 23, 1997 at 10:02:09 (PST)
Thanks very much for the great info about the TDI
on your page. I own 2 VW's, a '78 1.6 Dasher wagon
engine) with 155K miles and an '81 Jetta
1.6 diesel with at least
200K miles (the odometer is broken).
I want to buy a new TDI, and
would really like the 5
cylinder TDI engine in the Passat, but
currently it is not
available in the U.S. I'll be checking your page
future for updates!
South River, NJ USA - Thursday, January 23, 1997 at 12:41:26 (PST)
I appreciate the information you've collected on the Jetta TDI - more
comprehensive than any other infomation I've gotten on the topic (VW dealers are
woefully short on information). Are you aware of what quality problems have
caused the production delays?
Oakland, CA USA -
Saturday, January 25, 1997 at 19:35:24 (PST)
I have had a Jetta TDI on order since April 96 and am now told delivery
will be May/June. I am considering waiting until the 98 Passat or 98 Jetta
arrives if they have the 110 HP TDI. Does anybody know anymore on the North
Current Car. 88 Jetta Turbo Diesel 275,000 KM
Grant Lindsay <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Prince George, B.C. Canada - Sunday, January 26, 1997 at 12:11:16
JETTA TDI ON THE WAY!
"Volkswagen of America will launch the turbo diesel Jetta TDI this spring,
but has not decided when or if to bring in the Golf TDI."
Please Volkswagen, bring in the European GOLF GT TDI. It is a market
waiting to be tapped!
* The Driver *
Chuck Lothrop <Clot223@aol.com>
Nashua, , NH ! USA ! -
Monday, January 27, 1997 at 19:54:50 (PST)
I know how you feel, waiting for the TDI. I have a deposit on the '98 Beetle
and can only hope that the TDI will be available in it.
Kevin Roberts <email@example.com>
Kanata, ON Canada - Tuesday, January 28, 1997 at 06:03:26 (PST)
Have had my 1996 Passat TDI for 4 months now, 7300 miles. Lowest MPG has been
41.5 / Highest 45.6
Just a super car with plenty of power!
Jack Fleming <firstname.lastname@example.org>
CT USA - Thursday, January 30, 1997 at 13:59:13 (PST)
Took delivery of 97 TDI Passat. Currently 1250 miles. P-chip from Neuspeed
won't fit the 97 and I assume VW has changed the ECU. Have placed Neuspeed
tiebar-nice application. My question is - has any used additives in their fuel.
The arctic grade fuel we get in Fairbanks is cut with jet turbine fuel and is
very dry. Any help would be appreciated. Love the TDI, lots of room, and I hope
the gas mileage will improve as its only getting 33mpg but it's also been
Jeff Duffield <email@example.com>
AK USA - Saturday, February 01, 1997 at 13:05:25 (PST)
Great Web Page! You have more information here then all the dealers I have
spoken with. The local dealer has 2 Passat TDI's in stock and says he is getting
5 more real soon. I test drove one of the cars and am very impressed.
I wish I knew when or if the 110 hp TDI will be coming to the U.S. Thanks
again for a very interesting and informative WEB page. I'll be visiting
John Conley <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Stephenson,, VA. U. S. A. - Saturday, February 01, 1997 at 18:49:35
do you know WHEN is the delivery fot the Jetta TDI 1997 (Canada) ???
is it the same engine in Jetta TDI and Passat TDI ??
Trois-Rivieres, Quebec Canada - Thursday, February 06, 1997 at 06:30:45
Looks great! Nice photo's. For a company that is suppose to be the #1 auto
maker in the world, they sure seem to have more than their fair share of
problems. I have always been a little disappointed with VW's marketing in the
US. It seems like we are the dumping ground rather than a prime market for them.
I have owned 81 Rabbit LS Diesel (just sold it with 199,000 miles and going
strong!), 85 Jetta Diesel later refit with a Turbodiesel (parted out the car
with 256,000 miles on it! Kept the engine & tranny for another car.) 1988
Jetta Carat bought demolished and used 85 parts to fix up. 1991 Jetta ECO
Diesel. Nice car but needs a TDI in a bad way. Could this be done and where
would I find an engine?
Eastlake, OH USA - Saturday, February 08, 1997 at 12:47:38 (PST)
Your experience with placing an advance order and then having to purchase a
compromise vehicle (black GL TD in my case) sounded all too familiar. I'm
surprised to hear of the more powerful European version TDI but notice that it
is not available in the Jetta. Where can I get more info on the A4 body style.
This is also news to me. Does this mean that the 93-97 Jetta is about to be
upgraded. Four years seems a short life for a VW model.
Aylesford, NS Canada - Sunday, February 09, 1997 at 17:21:13 (PST)
TDI is the best. Heard it's gonna be released fall '97.
Rabbit/Diesel driver and I can't wait to get some
power AND fuel
efficiency out of te TDI.
Definitely the best thing that has happened
to cars lately.
Just one idea... Corrado TDI
(140Hp) - the dream machine...
Slaven Karalic <email@example.com>
North Vancouver, BC Canada - Thursday, February 13, 1997 at 13:15:15
Back in December of 1995 my wifes parents had normal Golf diesel, due
to the fact that they didn't have TDI yet. Her parent's were very
interested at the time for this car that could had more power less noise
and more economical. Unfortunatly he had the left with their new Golf
back to their Country. The man left thinking if I had waited a
little longer maybe I could of gotten the so called TDI.
Know it's my turn, and I was thinking TDI, not a problem. Yah...
Think again! I haven't really visited any dealers yet. But I would love
to bring a new Jetta TDI to the front porch of my father.
Carlos Ferreira <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Ontario Canada - Saturday, February 15, 1997 at 04:47:27 (PST)
I must congratulate you on a informative page but I have a few questions
regarding the Volkswagen TDI engine. I have a 1982 diesel golf with the 1.6
engine is the TDI engine based upon the same engine block. The reason that I am
asking is that I am playing with the idea of fitting the 110hp engine into a
mark one golf. If anyone can give me any information I would be very
Nottingham, NG7 4FZ England - Monday, February 17, 1997 at
I wrote to Volkswagen AG in Wolfsburg, Germany and told them I was unable to
obtain any information on the date that I could expect to be able to find a
Jetta or Golf with the TDI engine in my local VW showroom. This is the answer I
Dear Mr. Hearn,
We regret to learn that you are already waiting for a long time for the
release of the Golf and Jetta with the TDI engine. We are sorry that-due to
various reasons-these models have not yet been introduced on the U.S.market.
No doubt, we can well understand your disappointment about this delay and
can only hope that you have patience. We truly regret that we cannot give you a
more favorable reply at present.
The introduction of new models is planned by the respective Importer or
subsidiary. They have all informations regarding versions and equipment.
As all sales and service matters concerning Volkswagen in the United
States are being dealt with by our subsidiary Volkswagen of America, Inc. 3800
Hamlin Road, Auburn Hills, Michigan 48326, and the volkswagen dealers, we kindly
ask you to contact either your dealer or Volkswagen of America for any further
questions you may have regarding the model programme offered in the United
Again, thank you for the interest you show in our make.
Seems like even headquarters is in the dark on this matter!!
Napa, ca usa - Monday, February 17, 1997 at 21:48:30 (PST)
To all prospective TDI customers, please read.
purchased a 1996 Passat TDI, and traded in my 1991 Jetta diesel to take
advantage of the new engine's obvious improvements. Yes, the new motor
has unbelievable horse-power and torque, and for the first 12,000 miles the
fuel economy surpassed the numbers that my past two diesels
generated. Unfortunately, the car has become increasingly
problem-ridden at around the 15,000-mile mark, and I'm beginning to
think that VW has sacrificed the reliability and durability of the
diesel--as well as selling Audis under the Volkswagen brand name.
The electronic control module (ECM) has gone out twice, and the
fuel injection system fails intermittently. The highest level of VW
technical service has checked the car out thoroughly, and has basically
admitted that the problems cannot be traced to any specific problems.
In response to my problems, VW has offered me a new Passat TDI-- but I
have to pay $2,300 for the priviledge.
I am still negotiating the terms of replacing the car, and I will
keep everyone posted. In the meantime, please e-mail me with
similar problems or experiences with TDI-equipped vehicles.
Alan Napier <email@example.com>
Portage, IN USA -
Saturday, February 22, 1997 at 13:20:12 (PST)
Still waiting ...............
Andrew Miller <Milleraw@magpage.com>
USA - Sunday, February 23, 1997 at 13:38:38 (PST)
Good car. Great fuel economy. I got my 96 Passat TDI sedan back in April '96.
I have almost 26,000 TROUBLE-FREE miles on it. I do not follow VW's recommended
maintenance interval. I change the oil every 3750 miles (half of VeeDub's
recommendation). So far, the worst MPG is 38, and the best is 52.
This web site is very informative. You did a very good job.
Michael C. Lalo <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Union, NJ U.S.A. -
Monday, February 24, 1997 at 10:27:27 (PST)
I too had held out for a Jetta TDI but got anxious and bought a Passat
TDI in January 1996. This was the first TDI the dealer had received. It
is "storm gray" with a moonroof and all the standard power accessories. I
now have about 28,000 miles on the car. My best mileage so far has been
50mpg and the worst is 37mpg. Usually, I get about 42-43mpg combined city
and highway. It tops out at 112mph on flat ground though I've had it to
117mph downhill. So far, I am pleased with the car, though it smokes more
now than when it was new. Perhaps this will be corrected with its 30,000
Ken Sovey <email@example.com>
Oregon USA - Tuesday, February 25, 1997 at 12:25:44 (PST)
Well done page. Looks nice, but would like some substance in the "technical
info" page. A couple questions on my mind: what are the max. exhaust gas temps
on the stock VW TDI. Also what is that weird looking tube snaking down from the
intake manifold underneath the blow-off valve. Some sort of emissions device to
blow fresh air to the cat? Also is there any more info available on the 110 hp
TDI's "variable A/R" turbo. Why I'm requesting info why not throw in the turbo's
A/R of the 90 hp TDI.
Anyways if any of you need some more web browsing material on VW
Turbo-Diesels, my GTD page is at: http://weber.u.washington.edu/~jaker.
'81 VW Rabbit GTD
(Wishing TDI engines were
more available out of wrecking yards :-)
Jake Russell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
WA USA - Tuesday, February 25, 1997 at 22:44:37 (PST)
Last week, on a local radio talk show (toronto), the head of the
automobile protective agency was a guest and someone called in about the TDI.
His responce was to stay clear, unless VW come up with an extended power train
waranty. His reason was that in Canada, diesel fuel was changed a few years ago
to reduce emissions. Since then, VW has had major problems with the reliability
of the existing diesel engine. He recomended buying an older diesel, I think he
said '92 or wait until the problems have been rectified.
Does his comments have any validity?
Mark Irwin <M.Irwin_K.P.Autism@aci.on.ca>
Aurora, Ontario Canada - Wednesday, March 05, 1997 at 08:21:06 (PST)
I own a 1996 Passat TDI station wagon on which I have put about 2500 miles of
which 2000 ae open road, hills, 80 MPH+ driving. Passing capability on hills in
fifth gear is awsome, Must be experienced to be believed. I measured an honest
40 MPG at a constant speed of 80 MPH. Also unbelievable until YOU do it. No
wonder no one will write it up in a automotive Mag. TDI has NO competition!
Pasco, WA USA - Friday, March 07, 1997 at 15:43:32 (PST)
We own a 96 Passat sedan TDI
19K+ miles averaging 40 mpg winter
driving, 44 mpg summer Have observed more than,we think,normal blue-white
smoke This being observed with engine up to temp. highway speed 70
mph let off on it and see smoke trail behind you. Dealer can't find
anything wrong. any comments regards this would be appreciated .
Bob Hufstader <email@example.com>
Canterbury, NH USA - Saturday, March 08, 1997 at 08:05:31 (PST)
I just purchased a new Passat TDI and I am on love with it so far. From
everything I have read it is the car for my wife and me.
Sacramento, CA USA - Saturday, March 08, 1997 at 16:08:02 (PST)
Reports of the Passat TDI have been very good. I may replace my 1991 Jetta
diesel with a 1997 Jetta TDI (A3) when they arrive in summer or wait for a 1998
with the A4 chasis.
Jeff Price <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Middleburry, IN USA - Monday, March 10, 1997 at 09:30:17 (PST)
I have had a Passat TDI for 3 mths and have enjoyed the performance and
handeling. I have 4000 miles on it and have averaged 42.5 miles/gallon. I have
had one major problem. At 4-5 am. on subfreezing mornings. The Second fuse from
the right would blow and the alarm would sound. The car was just sitting in the
driveway. The circuit that blew has the power locks, gagues, interior lights,
and cigarette lighter on it. When the fuse was replaced, it would immediately
blow again. Later in the day when it warmed up outside, a new fuse would hold
and the car would function normally until the next freezing day. This has
happened 4 times. The dealer has replaced the alarm ECM which did not fix the
problem. After 2 weeks in the shop, they claim they found the problem. The rear
interior light was grounding to the frame and causing the short. My question is
if this was the case, why did the circuit not blow when I was driving the car,
and only when it was sitting still, not being vibrated by the road??? Has anyone
else had this problem as well. Drop me a line.
Frustrated VW owner.
bob flowers <email@example.com>
usa - Tuesday, March 11, 1997 at 07:40:55 (PST)
I've been waiting to get my tdi for the same length of time as you. If my
dealer gives me notice that its going to be postponed again, Im going to lose my
mind, and probably buy
a jetta 1.6 td in the meantime!
Walter Cianciusi <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Ontario Canada - Tuesday, March 11, 1997 at 15:27:16 (PST)
Got one Golf TDI Edition (with 110 PS) and I must say that it is
really a great car! In the city you leave many cars with more power
you (up to 70 km/h)
Proud to have one ...
Armin Schreger <email@example.com>
Vienna, Vienna Austria - Friday, March 14, 1997 at 06:24:54 (PST)
What is the difference between the 90hp and the 110hp TDI??
would appreciate any information.
bob flowers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
usa - Wednesday, March 19, 1997 at 14:48:11 (PST)
None yet. Will receive my Passat TDI on 3/24/97. I am very anxious and
excited!!! I look forward to
sharing my experiences both good and bad
with other TDI owners.
Arthur J. Brestlin <email@example.com>
Staten Island, New
York USA - Wednesday, March 19, 1997 at 17:16:16 (PST)
As a young family with three kids (12,10 &5) We have needed to
upgrade cars. I have given lots of thought and analysis to this (for
major decision. I am convinced that the VW TDI option
is one to give serious thought to. We might want to go with a
However as you found Fred the scarcity is a
major problem. I called University VW in Seattle today. They did a
search in the whole of the US in the Western half of the US there
were 4 Passat TDI Wagons. (Costing about $21,000US)
to me a very expensive option taking into account exchange, ?duty,
shipping ...etc So I guess we just have to wait. In fact we got a
Nissan Axxess to tide us over.
Hope you're enjoying your black
Peter Biggs <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Westminster, BC Canada - Thursday, March 20, 1997 at 23:19:36 (PST)
Just got my 1997 Passat TDI sedan yesterday-the most
silver!! I also have a 1989 Jetta diesel with 152,000 miles-no problems. I'm
anxious to see what kind
of mpg's I get with this. Wanted a wagon-NA.
Love everything so far.
Great page! -it's part of what convinced me
to go into debt.
Louanne Courtright <email@example.com>
Greenville, MI USA -
Saturday, March 22, 1997 at 14:58:22 (PST)
ATTN: Did I buy a lemon?
I recently purchased a brand new 1996 Passat TDI wagon, and have driven
5,100 with no problems and really loved the car! However, last week I
experienced a major problem with my car. Apparently,the VW service dept claims
they found water and sludge in the fuel tank therby causing damage to my
vehicle. Instead of standing behind their product, VW took the low road and
claims it's ultimately my fault and it's not covered under the new car warranty!
What kind of bull is this? I'm pissed off and have filed complaints against VW,
diesel fuel supplier (Texaco) and have submitted claim under consumer fraud-NY
State Lemon Law Bill of Rights. Has any 1996 Passat TDI wagon customer had
similar problems with potential contaminated diesel fuel causing damage to their
car? If so, please contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
anybody know if the fuel in Europe and Canada is higher quality than USA? Does
my car have a water separater filter? If so, is there an indicator lamp or guage
in the cockpit that warns me? Other diesel fuel manufacturer's, Ford's new
diesel truck, has this diesel fuel water contamination guage?
florian menninger <email@example.com>
new city , ny usa -
Monday, March 24, 1997 at 13:05:50 (PST)
TDI is here!
Just talked to my dealer a few days ago and he said
TDI Golfs and Jetta's are going to be here in 2-3 weeks!
The long wait is over. Now all I have to do is find $20,000
I hope my dealer wasn't lying :)
Is there any chance of imporing a TDI Golf GT (110hp)from
Germany? Do they have any Syncro models of the TDI Golf?
I'm expecting to see some TDI's on the street
Slaven Karalic <firstname.lastname@example.org>
North Vancouver, BC
Canada - Tuesday, March 25, 1997 at 12:45:25 (PST)
Fantastic Page! Thanks for the service!!
My own VW experience has
been dismal as of late.
Purchased new 92 Jetta Ecodiesel in June of 92. Everything was
fine until the warranty ran out.
1) AC bracket broke at 34,000
miles...fixed under warranty
2) AC bracket breaks again at 50,000
miles...VW says tough luck
(purchased junk AC for $120)
AC works for 2 months. Purchase new AC from dealer
New air conditioner breaks 12,000 miles later, fortunately
squeezes it under warranty
5) Alternator breaks at 64,000 miles
6) Front bumper falls off while cruising at 80 mph at
7) Water pump goes out at 73,000 miles.
Dealer replaced timing belt
at the same time.
8) Front bumper falls off again at 78,000 miles.
9) Clutch goes out at 83,000 miles
at 86,000 miles...distinctly heard a loud rapping noise
under the engine as the new owner drove away.
I refuse to return his
phone calls. Let him deal with VOA!
After all that...I can't wait for my new Passat TDI Wagon to
Bob Blencowe <email@example.com>
Columbia, SC USA -
Wednesday, March 26, 1997 at 07:46:01 (PST)
Greetings from Finland.
Thanks for a great page, not many have strories & pictures of TDIs
Me myself have a VW Passat TDI -96 model, it's the best buy
that I've made ever.
Helsinki, FINLAND - Thursday, March 27, 1997 at 03:39:59 (PST)
As I said in my first comment, I would be back here to tell you of my
experiences both good and bad. I picked up my new '97 TDI on 3/26/97. I
love driving it!! So far, that's all the good. When I arrived home
and began reading the manuals, I discovered that the radio manual did not
contain the serial # or the code for the head unit. What do I do now???
The dealer says he doesn't have it either. Today as the odometer
turned 403 miles the "check engine light" turned on. Needless to say, i
am less than thrilled with my long awaited aquisition. Any help or
comments would be appreciated
Arthur Brestlin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Staten Island, NY
USA - Wednesday, April 02, 1997 at 19:12:42 (PST)
I'm interested in long term experience with the TDI (ie over 20k) as some of
the comments that have been appearing are beginning to cast a dark cloud over
the reliabilty of this engine in NA. A friend in the service department of a
local VW dealership mentioned that there are problems with the turbo unit that
lead to smoking and loss of performance. Can anyone echo that experience? Also,
should we be concerned that the Jetta are Mexican built?
Brian Cherry <email@example.com>
Scarborough, ON Canada - Friday, April 04, 1997 at 09:00:49 (PST)
I'm an aspiring auto designer and am currently
using vw's tdi engine in a project
David Erdner <firstname.lastname@example.org>
bridgeport, ct usa - Friday, April 04, 1997 at 19:56:25 (PST)
Our brand new Passat TDI sedan has been working out great!
wife, who was at first quite skeptical, now wants to buy a Jetta TDI to
replace her '87 Hond Civic, as soon as they become available in the US.
We are told we don't have to worry that the Jettas will be "hechto en
Mexico", but we are extremely wary about this situation. In Texas, we
have a lot of access to Mexican made goods and have noted the poor
quality in virtually everything made there. We hope Volkswagen will
demand unusually strict quality controls to maintain its reputation.
Jim Anderson <email@example.com>
Austin, TX USA - Monday, April 07, 1997 at 10:54:30 (PDT)
Returnrd my '97 Passat TDI to the dealer on thursday
evening with the reported two problems. Picked up same on saturday AM.
Pleased to announce the following:
By pulling the radio head
unit, they were able to retrieve both the serial number and the security
code from VWoA. The on board diagnostic system warned of a problem
with the EGR valve which upon inspection, showed partial blockage with
metal particles. The valve was replaced and the "check engine light"
went out. Put 310 miles on over the weekend with good performance
and no problems!!!
Arthur Brestlin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Staten Island , NY
USA - Monday, April 07, 1997 at 15:09:33 (PDT)
I like your VW page.
I am the lucky driver of a Golf TDI since
March 26. Up to now very pleased with it.
Check this site www.chip-tuning.de
Frits de Groot <`email@example.com>
Netherlands - Tuesday, April 08, 1997 at 09:11:05 (PDT)
It's been two weeks since picking up and returning and
picking up again my new TDI. It appears to be running smoother and
somewhat more responsive than prior to replacing the malfunctioning EGR
While at the dealership, my salesman told me that he
would now have great difficulty in locating another TDI of any
description. He says that Passat wagons are now unavailable on the east
coast and sedans are very rare indeed. So much so, that other dealers
are unwilling to make swaps! Maybe he was trying to lift my
spirits after my initial dissapointment. Just passing it along
Arthur Brestlin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Staten Island, NY
USA - Tuesday, April 08, 1997 at 14:45:58 (PDT)
I test drove a Passat TDI here in Dallas yesterday. I was quite surprise by
the power and feel of the car. The dealer indicated that he was to receive 4
more TDIs. He said that Volkswagen is to take out a selected group of dealers to
Arizona this July or August for a test run on the new Passat. A dealer in San
Antonio indicated that he was to receive 4 TDIs also.
Texas USA - Wednesday, April 09, 1997 at 07:55:36 (PDT)
I have been driving a '96 Passat TDI since 5/96. No problems and great
mileage (45-47mpg). I have 30k miles and am starting to see blue smoke when
changing gears. Should I be worried...I hope not, this is my first VW after ten
years of staying away from the brand. If you have any info on the "blue smoke"
problem, please E-mail me.
Brian Tallmadge <email@example.com>
Sturgis, MI USA -
Wednesday, April 09, 1997 at 18:49:35 (PDT)
Thanks for deciphering metrics for us Americans!! We just bought, but
have not yet picked up, a Passat TDI Sedan. I'm drooling at the
anticapted fuel efficiency and minimal maintenence. So much so, that I'm
hoping the TDI will we available in the USA Cabrio when I'm ready to get
it in 2 yrs. You really love VW, hey?!
Mari D'Anne & Max Geffon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Woodlands, TX USA - Wednesday, April 09, 1997 at 20:48:50 (PDT)
To all who are observing excessive smoke from their TDI's:
Check out the Diesel tech tips page at
They have tips on black and white smoke.
Let us know if you solve the problem
Glenn "no tdi yet" Griffin
Glenn Griffin <email@example.com>
Germantown, MD USA - Friday, April 11, 1997 at 06:01:40 (PDT)
I have been waiting for tdi golf dealers just keep saying soon for
last year or so so to hold me off for awhile I bought a 73 tii 2002 bmw
nice car but still want one of those tdi for my daily driver
James Peracca <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Petaluma, Ca. us - Sunday, April 13, 1997 at 07:55:52 (PDT)
After evaluating virtually all of the "sport sedans" available in the USA, I
decided on the Passat TDI. I prefer it even to the BMW 318i. It has best
combination of performance, safety, and efficiency that I have seen. I fell in
love with the car the first time I drove one. I have my Passat TDI for two weeks
now and still find myself taking the long way home. Thanks for the interesting
Rich Strack <email@example.com>
Stroudsburg, PA USA -
Wednesday, April 16, 1997 at 20:27:29 (PDT)
I want to buy a VW Golf TDI so if you got one mail me.
Sara Almen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Vetlanda, Sweden - Friday, April 18, 1997 at 04:52:43 (PDT)
I have seen your TDI Homepage and just want to send you
Some Facts at your European Special TDI
Vehicles - Side are not correct or missing.
Compression Rate 20,0:1
Golf 1.9 TDI (110hp)
Consumption rate l/100km (90/120/city)
Golf 1.9 TDI (90hp)
Consumption rate l/100km (90/120/city)
Passat 1.9 TDI (90hp)
Consumption rate l/100km
OK thats it!
Have you heard something about an racing Golf TDI (1.9
170hp 300Nm)from VW in Germany ?
It was nice to have a look at your TDI-Page!
Maybe I find some
new Informations for you the next
Thomas Gann <email@example.com>
Böblingen, Germany - Saturday, April 19, 1997 at 10:47:20 (PDT)
Look at this page.......... (only in swedish).
Your page is very nice, lots of good stuff. I have a Passat
Wagon -95 80000 km and it´s perfect.....
VW TEAM TELGE <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Sunday, April 20, 1997 at 00:04:52 (PDT)
Also waiting for the Golf TDI : |
New York, - Sunday, April 20, 1997 at 13:48:03 (PDT)
Looking real hard at one. Hope to find more info here to help decision.
Dallas, Tx US - Sunday, April 20, 1997 at 18:30:02 (PDT)
How may I buy one?
alex caltabiano <email@example.com>
April 20, 1997 at 22:34:16 (PDT)
My Passat TDI now has 1160 miles on the odometer and
I am pleased to report that all is well. There has been no reoccurance
of the "check engine" light and the performance has been flawless and
impressive! I have not yet clocked exact mileage figures since I
have not yet filled the tank. I have been waiting for the sweeter
(unwinterized) diesel to be available in my area. I hear May 1st is the
date to expect it. Does anyone know if VWoA offers a factory fog
light kit for Passats not equipped with same? Would appreciate
hearing from anyone with that info. This is a great page; Lets share our
Arthur Brestlin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Staten Island, NY
USA - Monday, April 21, 1997 at 17:08:34 (PDT)
can I buy one through Canada? How do I do it?
alex caltabiano <email@example.com>
CA usa - Monday, April 21, 1997 at 20:09:26 (PDT)
I've been told that the Jetta TDIs are in production finally but that
the Golfs are on hold. It seems that the Golfs are not a good money
maker. The only good thing about waiting for the release of the Jetta is
that I have been able to accumulate more discount credit on my MBNA "VW"
VISA towards the purchase of a new Jetta when they finally do
arrive. I was disappointed to hear that the option of electric windows
is not available on the TDI Jetta, they are really handy on the tollway.
I also heard that the TDI Jetta was held up because of a vibration
problem that could be felt through the steering wheel.
My compliments on the excellent job on your TDI Page.
USA - Tuesday, April 22, 1997 at 20:52:52 (PDT)
i think it's great,but you could give more pictures
novi sad, yu yu
- Thursday, April 24, 1997 at 04:58:23 (PDT)
I bought a gasoline Passat in March. My local dealer said then that there
would be no TDI Jetta's or Golf's imported to the United States because their
structure could not be made as solid as the larger Passat vehicles.
I fear that will be the end of the TDI line for the USA.
Fort Worth, TX USA - Thursday, April 24, 1997 at 07:30:08 (PDT)
Harold Herbert of Fortworth, Tx.
Your VW salesman is full of it and obviously has 0 knowledge of his own
product line. VW has been producting the Jetta TDI for almost three years
know in Germany, known there as the Vento. TDI models made in
Mexico are arriving here in the U.S. as we speak. And given the success
of the Passat TDI, I don't foresee VW droping this line in the U.S.
96 Passat TDI
26K on it..
Kirk Tennant <firstname.lastname@example.org>
U.S.A. - Thursday, April 24, 1997 at 13:05:43 (PDT)
Now have 700 miles on 97 TDI Black Metallic/factory leather/sunroof/cd etc--
even fully loaded absolutely the best value for the dollar out there--great fun
to drive and gobs of room. Like the 45 miles/gallon on first refill of fuel last
night. Zero defects til I screwed up the trunk locks this afternoon (don't push
and turn at the same time, even with guaranteed mobility.....) So far its great
My first VW and my first diesel--talk about taking the plunge. Its incredibly
fun to drive though, a real blast, and its great not seeing yourself coming and
going (I travel a lot through the northwest and I've seen only two or three
other TDI's in the past couple of months). Awesome technology!
Kirkland, WA USA - Thursday, April 24, 1997 at 16:35:04 (PDT)
To Bob Grant and all other responders:
Thank you for your comments
and ideas; I am, however,dissapointed to announce that today with
1193 miles on the odometer that the "check engine" light is once
again illuminated. This is very frustrating!! What am I to do? The video
which the dealer provides says not to worry it is only anindication of
an emission problem. Who wants emission problems? TDI's are
supposed to run cleaner than gasoline counterparts!! Should I ignore the
light and hope that it goes out? My dealer is fourty minutes and
seven toll dollars away; it is inconvenient at the very least!!
Any and all comments greatly appreciated. The car is a joy to
drive and a thrill to own. I am perplexed!!
Arthur Brestlin <email@example.com>
Staten Island, NY
USA - Monday, April 28, 1997 at 15:14:49 (PDT)
Love my 97 Passat sedan, but I wish it would make smoke out the back like my
84 Jetta did!
It used to be that driving a diesel meant you thumbed your nose at people
who passed you because you were getting twice their mileage at less cost per
gallon. Now you can thumb your nose at everyone and pass them too!
Good page, Fred. Maybe more technical stuff?
Jack Kaiser <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Norristown, PA USA
- Monday, April 28, 1997 at 16:23:08 (PDT)
Here is an update on my TDI experience. I bought mine in January, 1996
and now have 29,000 miles. On March 1, 1997 I was rearended by a 1977 GMC
pickup truck. The resulting damage cost $6,200 to repair. (State Farm
paid. They were very cooperative.)After 6 weeks I got the car back.
trunk doesn't line up; it sits about 1/8" higher than the
rear quarter panels. I am still waiting for a new trunk latch, a
"PASSAT TDI" emblem and some miscellaneous trim pieces which were
overlooked in the repairs. The driver's seat now wiggles. I have taken it
out and tried to fix it myself, to no avail. After the crash, I found
myself reclined at 45 degrees and the headrest collapsed. BE
WARNED, you will suffer whiplash if rearended at any moderate speed.
Luckily, I recovered, but was in was in notable pain for 3-4 days which
subsided after 3-4 weeks. Other than this unfortunate experience, I
had no mechanical problems with this car. I use Chevron
Delo 400 15W-40 oil (suitable for western Oregon) and wonder what
others are using. Would there be any benefit to using a synthetic? I plan
to drive it till it drops.
Ken S. <email@example.com>
Portland, OR USA - Monday, April 28, 1997 at 18:33:48 (PDT)
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