TDI Message entries from May 1, 1998 to August 31, 1998:


08/31/98 20:08:25
Name: Peter Cheuk My Email: Email Me
City: San Francisco Province/State: CA Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: '98 Jetta TDI

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Concerning the first oil change, I read on a newsgroup somewhere (sorry, but I can't remember where) that VW originally had the first oil change listed at 10,000 miles. It was changed to 7500 miles after owners complained. More complaining resulted in t e current 5000 mile change. Apparently, VW uses a special fill oil for the breakin that helps the motor break in. Changing this with regular oil will slow the process down. The rationale behind not changing it out early is that if VW is willing to warr nty their engines for 100,000 miles, they must be confident that their engines will make it with the maintainance schedule that they've set up for these cars. Are we smarter than the engineers who designed these engines and setup the maintainance schedul s? I'm not. Is VW playing games with us, the consumer, in an effort to make an engine/maintainance program that will last just past the 100,000 mile warranty? I hope not. Concerning Synthetic oils, it isn't recommended to use it with an engine that ha less than 20,000 miles on it to ensure that the engine is well broken in. The theory is that synthetics work so good that a 'green' engine will not break in properly if synthetic oil is put in too early in the engine's life.



08/31/98 18:40:22
Name: Espen Jargren
My Email: Email Me City: Oslo
Country: Norway Your VW/Audi: 94 Passat CL TDi

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Hello Im rather satisfied with my Passat. It runs at 4.9 l/100 km, driving pretty hard.... It bugs me though that I have to replace a speed sensor to make tke A/C and stereo work - it cost an arm and a leg (not the sensor, but the work money). Right now I am looking for a repair manual - anyone got a tip? Drive safely now, y'all!



08/31/98 16:49:59
Name: Mike Skonicki My Email: Email Me
City: Orland Hills Province/State: Illinois Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 1998 TDI Jetta, 86 Golf

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Bite Yourself Al: While I agree that doing 5 MPH on an expressway is a bad thing along with serious environmental problems, most EPA concerns are created or over exagerated by environmental Wackos or government bureaucrats protecting their job. Most peo le now know that the Gaia (Mother earth) Hypothesis suggests that the atmosphere is relatively unaffected by man and his grime. So I am sure the planet, and man, will survive the advent of the "TDI". ....Mike...out..



08/31/98 14:47:01
Name: Luis Velez My Email: Email Me
City: Royal Palm Beach Province/State: Florida Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: New Beetle

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Got a Black with Custom Tan Leather, Black Tints, Mirror and Front Bra.



08/31/98 14:00:25
Name: Byron My Email: Email Me
City: columbus Province/State: OH Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 96 Jetta TDI

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Re:importing of vehicles from Canada. As a Canadian who relocated to the US in 94 I can confirm the previous message that all you require is a note from the manufacturer that the vehicle meets both DOT and EPA regulations "in the year it was produced". ou can check under the hood of the car, sometines on the detail info plate it will have the data on it. IF you are importing a new car you will be required to pay duty on the full price. I thought that you did not have to pay duty on used cars, but a re ent action by a custom inspector looking over the identificaton of my old Mercedes makes me wonder if that has changed. A lot matters as to what border and when you cross. I would reccomend Sarnia/Port Huron MI vs Windsor/Detroit(bridge prefered) and es ecially Fort Erie/Buffalo



08/31/98 13:12:58
Name: Jesse Falsone My Email: Email Me
City: Annapolis Province/State: MD Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: '83 Vanagon / possible '96 Passat WGN TDI

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A good friend of ours has offered us his '96 Passat Wagon TDI for "low Blue Book value". We are very interested in the vehicle for family use and the price will undoubdedly be good (probably between $8000-$9000). The car has 75,000 miles, mostly highway However, the owner was not particularly careful with the vehicle and, consequently, it bears some scars. The paint is in disrepair but can be salvaged and the interior is badly stained. I'm uncertain of the maintanance intervals at this time. Can som one tell me what mechanical troubles I should expect with this vehicle and if they will be costly?



08/30/98 14:06:24
Name: claus
My Email: Email Me

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to kent veiner, if the car you want to import into the usa from canada was made by the big 3 it would only take a certificate from the manufacturer that the car meets usa regs... in the case of a vw it depends on what the car has for equipment, some canad an delievered vehicles did not have air bags and had canadian std seat belts, which are not the same as the usa. ( the canadian seat belt standards are better, and i think manditory air bags are for air heads, but lets leave that for another time) c.l



08/30/98 11:27:17
Name: Baumgartner Andreas
City: Weiz Province/State: Steiermark
Country: Austria Your VW/Audi: VW Golf III GTI/TDI Twenty Years Special Edition

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Driving a TDI is voi geil !



08/30/98 03:20:41
Name: Jonathan Bartlett My Email: Email Me
City: Sterling Province/State: MA Country: US
Your VW/Audi: 96Passat TDi sedan

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Gary pointed out one of the differences between the VW TDi in the States and the VW TDi in the UK, or rather the difference between the drivers in the two countries. An even earlier post indicated that the previous (for the US)10,000 mile interval went ag inst what we Americans have had beaten into believing by the quick lube chains. The chains maintain that 3,000 miles is the interval to stop by and have them change our oil and filter, any more than that and the "disastrous results" are our own fault. Of ourse they have reason to have us frequent their establishments, they get more money and more frequently. American drivers apparently believe that the auto manufacturers have their own reason to set a much higher interval for oil changes. "They want the c r to last just past the warranty." This "conspiracy" is designed to allow the auto dealers another chance at our money, either from the repair charges, or from a new sale. It seems as though VW got tired of attempting to reassure its customers in the stat s that 10,000 was a reasonable interval and lowered it to 7500 just to shut up some of us. The FAQ was not meant to be a definitive "official Volkswagen" repository. The information in it comes from us, the contributors to this forum, and from my copy of the owners manual(Feb.96 Passat sedan). As my car was built for and sold in the US, the man al reflects the recommendations at that time for that market. For "official" information, go to the Volkswagen site. For real world conditions, check in here. You can sort out what you believe from what you don't, and form your own opinions. "TORQUE IS CHEAP"



08/30/98 00:20:28
Name: Kent Veiner My Email: Email Me
City: Sunrise Province/State: FL Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: None yet - want Passat TDI Wagon

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Does anyone have very specific information relative to purchasing a vehicle in Canada to bring into the US? My understanding from reading an atricle is that due to the favorable exchange rate with Canadian currency to US dollars; and the "minor" level of modification required to bring a Canadian spec vehicle to US specifications, that thousands can be easily saved in the process. Anyone care to share facts based on experience? Also, as a side note, anyone know of a '96 or '97 Passat Wagon in excellent condition for sale? Thanks to one and all that respond to either issue.



08/29/98 20:55:40
Name: james giannopoulos
My Email: Email Me City: sacramento
Province/State: ca

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I put 300,000 miles on an 81 diesel rabbit. However, I now prefer an automatic. Why doesn't VW make an automatic diesel for babyboomers who are tired of stickshift driving in traffic?



08/29/98 19:07:00
Name: Gene
Province/State: TN Your VW/Audi: '98 Jetta TDI

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I have posted previously with info about clutch/trans problem with my TDI. The dealer kept it all week; first fix per VW hotline was to adjust the "shifter mechanism" that sits on top of the transmission housing. Didn't work; next fix per hotline was to replace shifter mechanism. Didn't work. Then, head mechanic at dealership got someone on the hotline who told him some TDIs were fitted with clutch disks for gas models, which are slightly different. Replaced clutch, noise went away (at least so far).



08/29/98 17:05:19
Name: claus littmann My Email: Email Me
City: s'toon Province/State: sk Country: canada
Your VW/Audi: 5th ave calgary

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Sorry guys, looks like i forgot the address for that site that has more info on the california proposal... so here it is http://www.dieselnet.com/news/9808ema.html and i still think we have to many stupid people, making legislation



08/29/98 15:16:44
Name: Gary

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FAQ - accuracy. 1/ Oil change intervals are 10,000 miles/12 months in the UK, not the max 7500 miles referred to. Skodas with the same diesel engine (naturally aspirated) have 5000 mile oil change intervals by VW. I heard VW said this is because there is no service light indicator in the Skoda and 5000 miles was precautionary thereof. I think the service reminder just works on 10k miles or 12 month basis, unlike some upmarket cars where it depends on use. Go figure... 2/ TDs are not the same as those for turbocharged gas engines - it is the latter which will glow 'red hot', whereas diesel turbos run at lower temperatures. They have other problems though, related to oxidation. The advice to avoid hot shut-downs still stands for TDs, though. As a bonus: 'turbo lag' is a misnomer when applied to TDs - it describes the symptoms (low-rev lethargy), but not the cause.



08/29/98 14:53:24
Name: Gary

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'Cancer causing' agents in diesel? What are they on: there's far, far more benzene in gas for catalysed petrol cars. The 'cancer causing' particulates thesis rests on studies of rats (or mice, cannot remember which) where the animals lungs are overloaded (e.g. so that they bleed). It ain't a realistic model of air pollution imv, and it is not possible to extrapolate between species.



08/29/98 14:37:01
Name: Mike Perry My Email: Email Me
City: Grand Rapids Province/State: MI Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

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A question for some of you more experienced TDI'ers...(I am only at 3,200 mi): It seems I am using considerably more oil (1.5q to date) than with any car I have ever owned! Is this typical with a break in period, or should I start buying oil by the cas ? Taking the good with the bad this is the ONLY thing I am dissappointed with on this car, which is rapidly becoming my favorite to date. Thanks.



08/29/98 13:11:48
Name: Al
Your VW/Audi: 97 Passat TDI

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Re Calif. If the Cal Legislature passes some knee-jerk laws concerning diesel emissions/fuels and the Feds rubberstamp them, politics is all anyone will be talking about here. There are many precedents for Cal passing knee-jerk, stupid laws and many prece ents for the Feds rubberstamping them. No more posts from me on this subject. Thanks Fred for the great page. Here's hoping the 99 Golf TDI is not the last TDI imported into the USA.



08/29/98 04:56:08
Name: Fred Voglmaier My URL: Visit Me My Email: Email Me
City: Maple Ridge Province/State: BC Country: Canada
Your VW/Audi: Golf GL (no TDI:()

Comments:
I'd like to thank everyone for their input on this site. I'm sure many of us have learned a lot from eachother, but please, let's keep the discussions civil. We're hear to talk about the TDI and potentially learn more, not bicker about politics, if this is what you want to do, perhaps there is a newsgroup or web site one can find for this.

Thanks
With that out of the way, I'd like to thank Jon Bartlett for compiling a mini-TDI FAQ. I haven't had a chance to add a link to the page, but you can access it at ( http://users.uniserve.com/~fred_v/mini-faq/TDIFAQ.html).

Fred



08/29/98 02:19:56
Name: claus
My Email: Email Me City: s'toon
Province/State: sk. Country: canada

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check out this site for more info on the B.S. california concept of environment protection, talk about stupid...



08/29/98 01:32:16
Name: Al
My Email: Email Me Your VW/Audi: 97 Passat TDI and a few more

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Re: California and diesel "cancer": Screw California. Those self-rightous bastards should test the air in the four-corners area where they built all those coal-plants to light their cities. They should test the salinity of the Colorado River where it empt es into Mexico and has been destroyed by their irrigation. They should examine the rape of the Sierra Nevada Watershed to supply them with drinking water, water for their damn lawns and their F$%^&ing Golf Courses. It is ironic that a state which ravages he environment so millions of people can live in a desert should try to dictate environmental policy for the whole nation. And their biggest city has virtually no mass-transit system so they all sit in their cars averaging 5 mph and burning fossil fuels w ile going nowhere. They can BITE ME.



08/28/98 22:07:12
Name: Jonathan Bartlett My Email: Email Me
City: Sterling Province/State: MA
Country: US Your VW/Audi: 96 Passat TDi sedan

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CALIFORNIA AGENCY TARGETS DIESEL EXHAUST CHEMICALS Sacramento, Calif-(AP)Aug.28, 1998 A state agency voted unanimously yesterday to regulate cancer-causing chemical particles in diesel exhaust, a move that could force the industry to produce cleaner-burning fuel or engines. The California Air Recources Board had originally considered declaring diesel exhaust in general to be harmful to the public, but amended its action to focus on individual components of the exhaust, a compromise that won industry backing. The 11-member board voted unanimously to declare 40 chemicals found in diesel exhaust -including benzene and dioxin - as toxic air pollutants. That makes California the first state to specifically target these cancer-causing chemicals in diesel exhaust, the board said. (end of article) Is there a site which has the full text of this declaration? How does diesel compare with gasoline as far as amounts and types of "toxic air pollutants"? How about the TDi engines in particular(pun not intended). Do any US states test Diesels for more tha an "opacity (amount of smoke)" test. What are typical TDi emissions? Mass. does not test Diesels at all for emissions. Conn. has an opacity test only. What about others?



08/28/98 16:59:18
Name: D'nardo Colucci My Email: Email Me
City: mpls Province/State: mn Country: usa
Your VW/Audi: jetta; 87, 98 tdi

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Art - this too is my first diesel. I was never a car nut until I discovered this car. It's easily the best car I've owned. It's great stock and with $2-3k worth of aftermarket parts, you can have a car that rivals most $30k cars and still gets 45 mpg! That said, there are a few drawbacks; 1. It is noisey at slow speeds - driving thru my neighborhood, I sound like the mail truck. 2. It does smell - you can smell the exhaust when you first start, esp. if you back out of the driveway. However, it really oesn't smell bad. and 3. You can't get 60/40 split rear seats - This is the biggest drawback of the TDI in my opinion. If anyone knows of a totalled Golf or Jetta (GLS,GLX) with good back seats, please send me email. D'nardo



08/28/98 13:13:56
Name: Scott Farrell My Email: Email Me
City: Buzzards Bay Province/State: MA
Country: USA Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

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Hi, I've never owned a diesel car until now. I love the TDI. I think they are LESS hassle than gas cars. No ignition coil, no distributor, no spark plugs/wires, and no tune-ups. Those are the most maintenance-consuming items on my gas car. The diese eliminates all of them. Just replace the timing belt every 60k. Of course, there's still oil/filter, air filter, fuel filter, etc. The gripes most people have about diesels: "Fuel is hard to find." Not so. When you're looking for it, you'll find it s everywhere! "You have to wait for the glow plugs to warm up." I've owned mine since January and the only time the car wasn't ready to start within 3 seconds was on ONE 15-degree morning... I had to wait 12 seconds. Once the car's been warmed up (lik when you go grocery shopping), the car is ready to start immediately. "Diesels are slow." Definitely not the case with the TDI! The 2-liter gas car has only a 1.5 second advantage in the 0-60. However, since the TDI's 0-40 time is lower, the 2-liter ay be trailing by the time both cars reached 60mph (in a side-by-side test). "Diesels emit smelly smoke." I've had no problems here. It lets out a puff of smoke initially if I really put my foot into it. But that's it! I hope this helps. Of course, mileage is stellar. Best tank is 50.7mpg. Worst is 42mpg (new car with winterize fuel). Lifetime average is 45 mpg (note: most of these miles have been either before the car was broken in, or with the air conditioner on). I expect my numbers will improve this fall when the AC is unnecessary. Take Care, Scott Farrell 98 Jetta TDI w/13000mi



08/28/98 05:08:50

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08/28/98 05:08:22
Name: Art Ringler My Email: Email Me
City: Tukwila Province/State: Washington Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: VW

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Hello out there, I'm looking at purchasing a new Jetta, currently I am on line for one of the new Wolfsburg, gas Jetta's, but I really like the potential for stellar gas mileage with the TDI. Does anyone out there want to speak for their TDI and give me a good idea of what they are like, are they any more trouble than a gas engine and has VW worked out the kinks with this new engine. I have a few friends with gas Jetta's and they tell me the Diesel just isn't worth it. I need the other side of the story. Please E-mail me your response. Art



08/28/98 05:08:13
Name: Art Ringler My Email: Email Me
City: Tukwila Province/State: Washington Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: VW

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Hello out there, I'm looking at purchasing a new Jetta, currently I am on line for one of the new Wolfsburg, gas Jetta's, but I really like the potential for stellar gas mileage with the TDI. Does anyone out there want to speak for their TDI and give me a good idea of what they are like, are they any more trouble than a gas engine and has VW worked out the kinks with this new engine. I have a few friends with gas Jetta's and they tell me the Diesel just isn't worth it. I need the other side of the story. Please E-mail me your response. Art



08/28/98 03:56:34
Name: Jon Bachelder My Email: Email Me
City: South Lake Tahoe Province/State: CA Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 jetta tdi

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Fellow TDI enthusiasts, I am getting a high pitched moan from the front brakes. It was there when I bought the car, I thought it would go away, but after 2500 miles it seems to be getting worse. Has anyone dealt with this? Thanks for any help!! Jon



08/28/98 00:52:17
Name: Tyson Cragg My Email: Email Me
City: Cambridge Province/State: Ontario Country: Canada
Your VW/Audi: 1986 Jetta GL TD

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All this talk about Castrol oil has me puzzled. My '86 Jetta has 546 000 km on it, and I have been using Castrol GTX 15W40 or Syntec 5W50 since new, and the car runs fine, has the original turbo, and still returns fuel economy in the range of 5.0 to 5.8 /100 km. I always use Bosch filters, which are the same ones my local dealer uses. Maybe it's not the oil, but the filter you're using. Ever cut open a Bosch and a Fram (or Pennzoil, Purolator, Quaker State, Canadian Tire) and compare the two? The Bos h filter medium is denser, the casing is thicker, and the Bosch has a drain-back valve that the Fram lacks. For the extra 50 cents, I'll buy the better filter. Provided that you change your oil every 5000 km, use decent, climate-specific oil (i.e., 20W50 conventional in the winter is too thick), and use a high-quality filter, your diesel engine will easily go well over 400 000 km without a rebuild. It's all bout preventative maintenance. Saving $2.00 now only to be forced to spend $2000.00 on engine work later is just plain stupid.



08/27/98 21:30:48
Name: Jerry Pope My URL: Visit Me My Email: Email Me
City: DeSoto Province/State: Georgia Country: U.S.A.
Your VW/Audi: 1998 Jetta Tdi

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ROOF RACKS: I own a TDI and my oldest son owns a 1998 Jetta Wolfburg. We installed a Thule roof rack on his car that was made for the Jetta. It fitted perfect and is very strong. The bike racks were also very good quality. All the locks were keyed alike This rack fits in the factory slots under the rubber rain channels. This rack will not mar the finnish of the car and there are no holes to drill. My TDI just now has 5,000 miles. No Problems. Got 41.5 mpg on a trip to Fla. doing 75 mph down I-75 with FAT FOLKS on board. The 068 115 561D vw oil filter (the big one) is no problem to install.



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08/27/98 18:49:10
Name: Mike Skonicki My Email: Email Me
City: Orland Hills Province/State: Illinois Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 1998 TDI Jetta, 86 Golf

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Did anyone hear anything, (rumor or article), about a new VW Camper Van with a TDI? Since I like camping I think I would buy one today if I could. My TDI jetta convinced me that that would be an awesome combination. VW, are you listening? ....Mike...Ou ...



08/27/98 18:08:26
Name: Frank Marcoux My Email: Email Me
City: San Francisco Province/State: CA
Country: USA Your VW/Audi: 1998 Jetta TDI

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Hi Everyone, I just took my car in for 20,000 miles service. When I asked the service advisor what the service included, she did not mention fuel filter replacement. At my 10,000 miles service, an another VW dealer had photocopied a page out of their maintenace circ lar manual that indicated that Diesel Jettas get a new fuel filter every 20,000 service. When I produced the piece of paper, she mentioned that she forgot it was a Diesel, and it did include a replacement. If anyone wants me to e-mail this, I have scann d it, and saved it as an Adobe Acrobat PDF file, I will gladly e-mail it to you. We all have to stay on top of the VW dealers because sometimes the service can get pretty poor.



08/27/98 17:21:59
Name: D'nardo Colucci My Email: Email Me
City: mpls Province/State: mn Country: usa
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta tdi

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To Brendan .... I just got what I think is the best roof rack made. It's by Saris. It fits great, unlike the Thule that is supposed to be made for Jettas, and the 50" width allows me to hold 2 bikes and a canoe all at once. Also, the two bar locks lock everything you mount so you don't have to have 15 keys or pay for re-keying each new mount's lock. The cheapest place I found was an internet store Aardvark Cycles (www.aardvarkcycles.com/carriers.html). Their package of 2 bike mounts and the roof rack f r $270 can't be beat. Good luck.



08/27/98 16:46:31
Name: mike My Email: Email Me
City: Oxford Province/State: MS Country: US
Your VW/Audi: 96TDI Passat Wgn

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Wanted to get some info/feedback from out learned TDI drivers. Iam considering installing a K&N air filter in my '96TDI wagon. Cost @ $56. for the filter isn't a big concern, however I would appreciate any feedback on the performance/mileage related fac ors to using this filter. Does it make a diffference and is it worth the upgrade? Also what about the longevity of the K&N; how often does it have to be changed? ny input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks



08/27/98 16:46:25
Name: mike My Email: Email Me
City: Oxford Province/State: MS Country: US
Your VW/Audi: 96TDI Passat Wgn

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Wanted to get some info/feedback from out learned TDI drivers. Iam considering installing a K&N air filter in my '96TDI



08/27/98 15:07:41
Name: Brendan Dwan My URL: Visit Me My Email: Email Me
City: Austin Province/State: TX Country: US
Your VW/Audi: White 96 TDI Wagon

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I've just started to look at roof-racks for my Passat Wagon. I may have found cross-bars that hook on to the existing (currently useless) factory rack. Has anyone out there purchased a roof rack they like (used for bikes, kayaks, whatnot)? How much did it cost? Which one did you get? This site is great, I read it daily like the morning paper. (I've only figured my milage once, 46mpg on a hwy road-trip, made me happy). I bought the car about 5mos. ago for $16.9 w/ 30k miles on it. It's been running great. The only problem I have with it is that the front doors are hard to open (something is worn out). It usually gets better with some silicone spray, but that's no answer. Anybody else have this problem?



08/27/98 13:42:20
Name: D'nardo Colucci My Email: Email Me
City: mpls Province/State: mn Country: usa
Your VW/Audi: jetta; 87 & 98 tdi

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I just got my new chip upgrades back from Wetterauer. The smoking has been significantly reduced without much chance in the added power (I can't tell the difference from my smokey chips). There still is a little smoke when I floor it before the turbo ha wound up (<1500 rpm). I just won't do that often. I went two weeks with the stock chips and believe me, I missed the power! Vroooomm...

Speaking of exhuast smoke, I spoke with Phil Carlson of the EPA yesterday (www.epa.gov/omswww/) about diesel vs gas emmissions. He said the variation between cars that pass the CA emmissions standard is insignificant. Old cars and trucks cause 90% of th air pollution. He also confirmed that the amount of CO2 is proportional to the amount of fuel burned. Whether you believe that contributes to global warming or not is up to you. I just kind of miss the days when conservation was considered cool.



08/27/98 01:29:08
Name: Jose Perez My Email: Email Me
City: Radcliff Province/State: KY Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

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I don't know if everyone has had an opportunity to look in the latest issue of Automobile Magazine. There is a simple one page article about the possible emmergance of diesel fuel cars in America. The article briefly explains why todays diesels are nothin like the one I had in my old 81 Jetta Diesel. it tells a bit about the new technology like direct fuel injetion, it tells about what diesel manufacturers are going to have to do to conform to newer even stricter emmisions standars, and even gives a brief mention of the Jetta TDI. While the writer went a long from giving a glowing recommendation of diesel engine cars he does provide a bit of info for the readers of this magazine which just might help to educate all those who sneer or giggle when I tell the that I drive a diesel car. The article itself doesn't justify buying the magazine but the next time you're in Waldenbooks, loiter around the magazine rack long enough to read it. Happy TDI'ing.



08/27/98 01:01:11
Name: Scott
Your VW/Audi: 1992 Jetta TD

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I cannot agree that Castrol oil is somehow responsible for any engine failure. I have used Castrol in a Freightliner FL70 for over 2 years, as well as in my VW's and never have had any problems. Perhaps this is just a rare case?



08/26/98 21:35:39
Name: Maaak
My Email: Email Me Your VW/Audi: NB TDI

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Hear hear Bob. I'd also like to point out that VW makes some fine minivans (Sharan), micro-vans (Golf Estate)and sport-utes (Well, not quite, but synchro is widely available) in Europe, all of them with - you guessed it, and the primary reason we're all here - TDI power ;-) VW, you listening? Maaak



08/26/98 20:55:13
Name: Bob Grant
My Email: Email Me City: Terre Haute
Province/State: IN Country: USA

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Just wanted to ask all of the writers of the most recent comments to relax and be more tolerant. People have many different needs and reasons for buying a particular vehicle. It it serves them well, fine and good. What we all have in common on this sit is an appreciation of the particular virtues of the TDI and of diesels in general. That shouldn't mean that we think that Jetta and Passat TDI's are the only cars to own. Jose, for instance, appears to choose whichever of his three vehicles is appropri te for what he's doing, which makes a lot of sense. Do you think he'd be better of with three jetttas? The Passat TDI with the V6 TDI engine is my dream car, but that doesn't mean I don't appreciate a lot of other cars (including minivans and SUVs. Wha ever our opinion, I don't think we should start throwing any kind of personally judgmental comments around. Just my two bits.



08/26/98 20:40:53
Name: Jose Borja My Email: Email Me
City: Elk Mound Province/State: WI Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

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Dínardo, I agree with what you say. Thatís why I stated to each to make their own conclusions with regard to the crash tests. As far as "you know who", be careful about what you wish. Remember that Diesel owners are a very small minority and could eas ly be regulated out of the highways (majority rules). Someone posted a message indicating that Connecticut unfairly puts a higher tax on Diesel fuel. I wonder why? Could our Diesel cars be next here in Minnesota/Wisconsin? After all, there arenít man of us voters to make a stink about outlawing Diesel Cars or slapping new taxes on Diesel fuel. Thereís a lot more people out there that can complain loudly about Diesel usage by automobiles. Case in point, see whatís happening to jet skies and snowmobi es in Minnesota. Are our "smelly" cars next to offend the sensitivity of others in Minnesota?. Iím starting to get the picture here that most people dislike SUV drivers more than SUV vehicles. Someone posted a message earlier indicating his dislike fo the "attitude" of some SUV drivers. I gather most people SUVs on their daily commute. From that perspective is easy to understand why people find it objectionable to see a solo rider on a 17MPG SUV on his/her way to work (I do feel the same, believe me ). But what you may not know is that the same guy may be using that same SUV to pull his boat to the lake, or to haul a tractor to the shop/job, or to bring a few sheets of plywood or a load of dirt home for a weekend project, or to go four wheeling on lumber trail to a great fishing spot. In other words, commuting may have not been the primary reason the SUV was bought, but the owner is willing to pay the high commuting cost to achieve the primary purpose--that was my case with the Jeep until I could afford to buy the Jetta). The tasks I mentioned are hard to achieve (or impossible) in our Jettas without putting undue wear on the frame, brakes, suspension, drive train, undercarriage, and clutch. Such use can damage the car, reduce its value, and may even create a road hazard. As far as me being unhappy with the TDI, well, not true. I have only driven the Jeep to work three times since I bought the Jetta. Iím quite satisfied with the price I paid for it as well as the util ty value (commuting purposes) that it returns ($20/week saved on fuel costs) My Jeep is now relegated to utility and recreational purposes. As far as the safety issue goes, I did not raise it. I simply added to the thread my point of view. To deny he fact that a smaller car is at a disadvantage in a collision with a larger car is at best disingenuous and overlooks the laws of physics, that is why auto makers try to level the field by designing safer cars, like the case of the New Beetle. Please onít get too passionate or infer too much, condemnation or censure of otherís ideas/views is not the road to an open society (unless you want to ride a bike to work like the Chinese do in Beijing).



08/26/98 17:44:39
Name: Peter Cheuk My Email: Email Me
City: San Francisco Province/State: CA Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: '98 Jetta TDI

Comments:
Jose, I'm just trying to say that while safety is a consideration when buying a vehicle, it seems to me like it's a hang-up with you and that you seem unhappy that you bought a vehicle that seems unsafe. I think that SUV's make excellent vehicles, but, I won't go out of my way to buy one just because some report says that they have a lower highway fatality rate. What the reports say is that in a controlled environment the vehicle will perform a certain way compared to other cars tested in the same way. t doesn't take into account that there will be driver intervention (trying to avoid the collision in the first place) and the yaw or yaw rate of the vehicle. What I'm trying to get at is that the dynamics of an accident are such that the "barrier test" w ll only be reflected in 1/10 of 1% of actual accidents that occur. What that means to me is that unless I'm told that a particular vehicle is UNSAFE that I will buy it without too much fuss about safety and just try to avoid accidents like I should be do ng in the first place. Sound irresponsible? Maybe, but I don't lose sleep over it. By the way, the Jetta is much better at avoiding accidents than a lot of other vehicles out there. That's passive safety that no gov't agency has tested to my knowledge



08/26/98 16:00:11
Name: Jose Borja My Email: Email Me
City: Elk Mound Province/State: WI Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

Comments:
Peter (and Mike, and others who may think the same): in case you have not read earlier messages, I already own a Jeep Cherokee 4X4 for those days when my Jetta TDI wonít make it out of the snow/ice covered driveway and roads to get to town (I live out in he country, not in the city). The Jeep is also useful to haul firewood, building supplies, furniture, etc. or to go hunting and fishing out in the woods where 4 wheel drive and clearance are a must. I bought the Jetta TDI for the same exact reason you g ys did: because the Jetta is fun, efficient and relatively safe (in addition to being cool looking and cheap to operateóI put more miles in it a week than most of you do). If you think it is unreasonable for me to raise the safety issue on the Jetta up f r discussion on this board, then thatís too bad. Please note that Al already contributed a new web address to further look into the Jettaís safety record, while Jonathan posted a good message about green house gases produced by internal combustion engin s. A few others have also posted good messages about chips and cool accessories. If you also think that it is unreasonable for me to raise the issue that vehicles have different purposes and missions (and thus different energy needs), then that is also oo bad. A lot of us have a need for a vehicle, like a Windstar mini-van, than can haul the wife, 3 kids, bikes, the dog, a camper, and luggage across the country, or to simply bring a new bulky purchase home (how many times have you found yourself strug ling to shove stuff into the trunk and or back seat?). I am as much of a Jetta head as anyone else, but I do keep my mind open to my desire (and the desire of others) to own other vehicles that have other features and functions to offer besides MPG or a reen record. If we all agree on every issue, or if we discourage each other from raising controversial issues, then this site can and will become very boring with the exchange of oil recipes and MPG figures (but if thatís what everyone else wants, then I donít want to be the only Black guy in a White manís club). If owning three classes of vehicles (Jeep (SUV), Windstar (min-van), and a Diesel Jetta)) makes me your enemy or socially undesirable in your political view of the world, then thatís too bad. I did not know VW owners could be so intolerant of other peopleís points of view. PS. I refer affectionately (not pejoratively) to my Jetta and most cars in its class as econo-cracker boxes because thatís what they are: Economic to purchase and run, hile they are small and compact like the old tin can cracker boxes of yesterday.



08/26/98 15:26:41
Name: D'nardo Colucci My Email: Email Me
City: mpls Province/State: mn Country: usa
Your VW/Audi: jettas; 87, 98 tdi

Comments:
OK settle down there Jose... I'm checking out the crash test site you gave as I write. The Jetta is rated 3 star in frontal impacts (20-35% chance of life-threatening injury). Your Windstar is 5 stars (<10% chance). But let's look at other minivans and SUVs shall we; Dodge Caravan (3), Chevy Suburban (4), Jeep Grand Cherokee (3), Toyota 4runner (3) and Pontiac Trans Port (3.5). In the 40 mph offset frontal crash tests the Jetta is ranked POOR. Of the 77 cars and trucks tested, 25 others also ranked PO R including the Olds Bravada, Chevy Blazer and GMC Gimmy. What I'm getting at, is that with the exception of your Windstar, most of these heavy, higher fuel consuming vehicles are only marginally safer than our lightweight, fuel efficient Jettas.

What's more, if "you know who" would regulate commuters, limiting them to vehicles weighing less than 2500 lbs., the number of hwy. deaths would decrease significantly, by your own mathematical analysis.

Lastly, while I agree that a Jetta is too small for a family of 5, my 87 with a trailer hitch hauled a 2000 lb trailer full of furniture 400 miles from WI to MN in the rain without a problem. The TDI can do even better. I bought it because I believe it s the best all-around SUV made.

Pollution....Ah'll be back..... D'nardo



08/26/98 15:01:22
Name: Peter Cheuk My Email: Email Me
City: San Francisco Province/State: CA Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: '98 Jetta TDI

Comments:
Jose, just some suggestions... Trade in your TDI for a Ford Explorer or Chevy Tahoe or some other large "safe" and very "efficient for a large vehicle" vehicle and delete this site from your "Favorites" folder. I didn't buy my car because it's the safes vehicle on the road. I didn't buy my car mainly because of it's efficiency. I didn't buy my car to save the world from polution. I bought it because it's a fun, efficient, and relatively safe 4 door 5 passenger vehicle to drive.



08/26/98 14:54:41
Name: Al
Your VW/Audi: Lots

Comments:
Anyone interested in how the Golf/Jetta 3 actually performs in real-world crashes, load this page:http://www.carsafety.org/ddr2.htm Note it protects occupants as well as many much larger cars in both multiple and single car crashes. So everyone driving o e relax unless you want to shell out for a Benz, Volvo or big Audi.



08/26/98 13:58:10
Name: Mike Skonicki My Email: Email Me
City: Orland Hills Province/State: Illinois Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 1998 TDI Jetta, 86 Golf

Comments:
Jose:...Too bad you did'nt know about the Jetta's poor safety and inefficient load record before you made your purchase. Then you could have bought a second Windstar and would be saving all kinds of money now in a safe manner.....Mike.....Out...



08/26/98 13:45:24
Name: Jose Borja My Email: Email Me
City: Elk Mound Province/State: WI Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

Comments:
This thread keeps getting better....Crash Testing. Check this site for additional information http://www.edmunds.com/edweb/crashtst.html You can draw your own conclusions, but keep in mind that the tests performed were done against FIXED bar iers and thus represent the worst case scenario. In real life, objects in a collision are moving and have different weights and directions thus changing the outcome of the results. For example a 40 MPH frontal collision between a Windstar (Rated Good @ 4300 pounds ) and the Jetta (Rated Poor @ 2200 pounds) would most likely result in fatal or near fatal injuries for the Jetta occupants. Itís as simple as that. Also note that safety is not only an issue of size but also of design, as in the case of the New Beetle rated Good!!!; However, I still believe that size and weight shift the advantage to the bigger and heavier vehicle (Check NFL football players). Fuel Efficiency. It is a matter of mission purpose and safety preferences. Would you consider a 400HP CAT Diesel powered semi-truck inefficient at 5 or 6 MPG? Not when its moving 50,000 pounds of cargo from point A to point B, but when the same vehicle is used for solo commuting purposes, then it is highly inefficient. When I vacation with my family, we take the Windstar chockfull of luggage and bicycles as well as a 2000 pound camper trailer and manage to get 18 MPG. Is that efficient? You bet? Tr that in our Jetta TDI!!! The 45 MPG is useless for that type of mission. Now lets look at safety. If the driver is mainly concerned about accident survivability, then commuting with a semi truck or any other very large vehicle is probably his or h r best choice. In a free country like the United States, we are still able to make that choice ourselves without undue expense because fuel and oil costs are not skewed by unreasonable taxation. The same can not be said for the rest of the developed w rld, where that choice is already made by you know who. I remember paying $US5.00 for a quart of oil to top of a rental FIAT I had in Belgium. The same $5 buys me 5 quarts of motor oil to perform a full oil change here at home. And last, if the ultima e concern when it comes to personal transportation is energy conservation, maximum efficiency, and low safety, then I suggest a bicycle. They may have a limited mission and range but still get the best MPG and do not pollute (save for the manufacturing p ocess) I have ever seen. Happy trails. PS. Fuel consumed by an engine does not necessarily translate into more pollution. I have seen one too many small econo-cracker boxes spew gray smoke in large quantities go down the Highway. The funny thing ab ut is that sometimes those cars have "save the earth", "greenpeace", and "Wellstone" stickers on them! You figure it out.



08/26/98 06:13:41
Name: claus littmann My Email: Email Me
City: saskatoon Province/State: sk. Country: canada
Your VW/Audi: 5th avenue autohaus Calgary AB.

Comments:
comment in response to Jonathon Bartlett; first of all lets say that global warming is a theory. It has not been proven, period. In fact there is just as much support for the oppposing viewpoint. One problem that still needs to be addressed is what are we actually measuring and what does it relate to. in the early 70's the big three gave the usa "cleaner engines" but the the fuel consumption went crazy. tell me someone how can the engine be clean r when it takes more fuel to go less distance. My personnel goal is to reduce the total fuel consummed and get the highest overall efficiency at the same time for any give distance traveled... and right now that means diesel and TDI. As for the mini vans, only two manufacturers products actually meet Passenger Vehicle Safety standards to my knowledge; ... Toyota and VW. The rest claim that the mini van is a truck. an so doesn't have to meet passenger vehicle standards. c.l.



08/26/98 05:10:23
Name: Ray Armstrong My Email: Email Me
City: Deptford Province/State: NJ Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 1998 Jetta TDI

Comments:
For those of you looking for information on adding a CD changer to your Jetta you might want to try these two web sites. www.autotoys.com for the changer along with the adapter to go with it, this was mentioned in a earlier post, and www.stinger-aamp.com for information on interfaces or adapters.



08/25/98 16:26:13
Name: Al
My Email: Email Me Your VW/Audi: lots, incl 97 TDI Passat

Comments:
re Jetta 3 safety: In the compilation of actual crash data by the Insurance Institute, the Jetta 3 did very well. This is not the government "drive into a wall test". Airbags in most cars only deploy when the accident occurs at greater than 30 mph and + o - 30 degrees of headon. If you get in a bigone headon, you WANT an airbag.



08/25/98 14:00:24
Name: Jose Borja My Email: Email Me
City: Elk Mound Province/State: WI Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

Comments:
Regarding car crash tests. Recently went by an accident site between a Dodge RAM 1500 and a newer Toyota car. From the looks of it, the Dodge truck could be driven away, but the people in the Toyota were being carted away in an ambulance. Personally my wife was T-boned by a semi-truck at an intersection. The truck hit her For Windstar mini-van at about 30 MPH on the left side. My wife and 2 kids came out without a scratch (other than soiled undergarments). The Windstar wasnít so lucky as it had n ar $10,000 in damage. (NOTE: seatbelts were used and driver /passenger airbags were not deployed) The heavier and beefier vehicle (i.e., SUVs and mini- vans) will most certainly come ahead on a crash collision with most any other vehicle on the road (s ve semi-trucks). Those are two REAL LIFE examples of crashes and not a test by Ralph Nader (remember air bags brought to us by Ralph? As you know, tests, like numbers, can be manipulated to say what you want. Do you think Ralph looses sleep knowing tha he lobbied for a device that has needlessly killed several children?). At any rate, thatís the reason why my Jetta makes me nervous. I definitely donít want to be in the Jetta if I am ever going to be in a collision with another vehicle. Somehow, I d nít feel extremely safe knowing the laws of physics would most certainly go against me in a collision with another vehicle. I checked the safety rating on the Jetta and is not the most stellar. USA Today newspaper had the Jetta rated as MARGINAL and wel behind most other cars in its class! The only good news from VW are the results on the tests performed on the New Beetle, where it reportedly performed extremely well. Mhh! Trade for a NB? Nah, Maybe in a couple of years when the deals are better. Drive careful. Does anyone have the Insurance Institute ratings on the Jetta? I know the Windstar has a 5 star. Drive careful.



08/25/98 07:47:51
Name: james berry
City: edmonton Province/State: ab
Country: canada Your VW/Audi: 1997 jetta TDI

Comments:
Forgot to include the part number for the Mann oil filter--- W 940/25 with reference to the previous entry.



08/25/98 07:41:47
Name: james berry My Email: Email Me
City: edmonton Province/State: ab Country: c eh n eh d eh
Your VW/Audi: 1997 jetta TDI

Comments:
Some things of note that I would like to pass on to every one.Purchased Nov 20(about) now have 42000 km (24000 mi).First tank 120km/hr, 54MPG. It was driven gently with egg-shell acceleration pressure.As the miles came on the low end aver.44mpg and the high about 52mpg.This last week I took off to the coast, topped up in Rocky Mtn. House and made it to Kelowna BC (812 km) on 41 litres aver. 65mph with some very fast transits near 90mph for an our. Coming out of Kelowna there is a hill (9%) for 25 +/- mi. and found I still got 47mpg. What I thought was great was the fact that the cruise was set at 75mph in fifth!!! What torque!! On filling my last tank for home in Kamloops I reached 59.6mpg. You might not think that too great,but I hauled ass on the Coquihala(?)FWY (From the trip down I remembered a laser speed trap when a grosser Mercedes S-Classe went by at over 95mph. By the time I got around the corner he was a-writing.) I've been very impressed with the car, no problems save a timing belt blowing and taking the top end of motor out(valves). You might say that's big stuff, (VW thought so and flew out people from Toronto) but the car runs even stronger now. By the way, M nn oil filters have a unique slot in the bottom of the filter that allows you to "screwdriver" it off. The slot is about 1/4in wide.\ Next on the list is CHIPS!!!!!



08/25/98 05:22:42
Name: Terry My Email: Email Me
City: Milwaukee Province/State: WI Country: usa
Your VW/Audi: 97 TDI Jetta

Comments:
As to a recent comment that SUVs are "safer than diesels" i have to disagree. Recent crash tests which have been well publicized demonstrated that SUVs are quite UNsafe as compared to the average passenger vehicle. I dont disagree over the benefits of the TDI's fuel milaege of course. That is why I traded in my SUV for a TDI. Thanks



08/25/98 05:01:38
Name: bill kaewert
City: Longmont Province/State: CO
Your VW/Audi: 96 pas wag tdi

Comments:
Forgot to mention that my $15K savings calculation was over 200,000 miles of driving. It does not consider difference in maintenance



08/25/98 04:59:40
Name: bill kaewert
My Email: Email Me City: Longmont
Province/State: CO Your VW/Audi: 96 passat tdi

Comments:
RE: Petrol SUVs v. diesel cars: Yes, SUV & vans are safer, and I have no data to discuss the emissions issue. The issue I can't escape is the one of money. I figured I'd save about $15,000 between the TDI and the VR6. Some of this is lower purchase price or TDI, but most of the difference is lower fuel cost. The delta between VR6 and TDI is about 20 MPG. If you added that type of mileage to each car on the road in the country our nation would save literally BILLIONS of dollars on fuel cost. This would be eal savings, too. It might make us less reliant on the Middle East and possibly reduce the temptations for USA to become involved in wars there as well. Before criticizing this concept, just start adding up the numbers. They're really huge and they would ake a difference. (And as for the president's fuel consumption in Air Force 1, it's worse than you think. When at O'Hare a couple of weeks ago I spotted both AF2 and AF2 there. Hillary and Bill each had their own gov't transport to travel to separate fund aisers. Must be nice...)



08/25/98 02:35:48
Name: Jonathan Bartlett My Email: Email Me
City: Sterling Province/State: MA Country: US
Your VW/Audi: 96 Passat TDi

Comments:
Pollution production depends on what is classified as "pollution". The combustion (oxidization) of a hydrocarbon results in the hydrogen-carbon molecule breaking and the pieces joining with oxygen molecules. "Perfect" combustion results in only water (H2O and carbon dioxide (CO2) residue. Since CO2 is not presently classified as a pollutant, the process is considered to be clean. Imperfect combustion creates the carbon monoxide, oxides of nitrogen, and unburned hydro-carbon emissions. A vehicle returning 5 miles to a gallon uses twice the fuel as a vehicle returning 30 MPG, but if the combustion process is correct it can produce less of the measured pollutants. The 15 mpg vehicle will produce twice the CO2 of the 30 MPG vehicle. CO2 is one of the most eff ctive "greenhouse" gasses, which contribute to raising global temperatures. The doubled production of H2O raises the moisture level in the atmosphere too, creating localized hot and humid weather!! ;-) The TDi produces less of the CO2 than typical gasoline fueled vehicles, Thats why "we" are so cool, and "they" are all wet!!



08/24/98 21:27:35
Name: Gene
My Email: Email Me Province/State: TN
Your VW/Audi: '98 Jetta TDI

Comments:
Regarding my previous post re: transaxle problems, the dealer is going to tear into the transaxle tomorrow morning. The car has 7,800 miles on it. The noise is a very fast "tick-a-tick-a-tick" when the car is taken out of gear at a standstill and the clutch is released, such as when stopped for a stop light. Not particularly loud; you have to be beside a wall or something to hear it from inside the car, but it is VERY easy to hear from outside the car. The foreman at the dealer said it is not a noise that he's ever heard before. Any similar experiences?? More to follow when I hear back from the dealer....



08/24/98 19:52:17
Name: Jose Borja My Email: Email Me
City: Elk Mound Province/State: WI Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

Comments:
Bill, assuming burn efficiency is equal between an SUV and small econo boxes, the emissions then become a function of gas burned per RPM. For example, a 5.7 liter GM engine requires more air/fuel mixture per RPM than a 2.0 liter Honda engine. So assuming a constant cruise at the same RPM for both vehicles, the GM engine will burn 3.7 liters more of air/fuel mixture per RPM than the Honda econo-cracker-box, but when you figure emissions per gallon consumed, they REMAIN relatively the SAME. Conclusion: Ou cracker-boxes burn less fuel per year to cover the same distance as the GM counterpart would do; therefore, it can be said that the smaller displacement engines produce less emissions per RPM (and thus miles traveled). Does that mean that an SUV driver ith 10,000 miles per year is less responsible than a Honda with 30,000 miles per year? Nope, the Honda driver is putting out more emissions than the SUV driver. Personally, I donít really care. I mean, our president burns more fuel flying AF1 to a Cal fornia fund raiser than I will ever burn in my entire life! I like my Jetta TDI it because it allows me to drive a good looking and powerful econo box to make long drives to work easier on my wallet and the body (600+ miles/week). I definitely did not uy the TDI to save the environment. Letís face it, a vehicle is a tool, and in my case, I also like the utility of my Jeep 4X4 Cherokee with its towing capacity and ability to punch through snow drifts. Even my wife has befallen to the SUV bug also aft r driving my Jeep. She will be trading in her 95 Windstar (3.0 L engine) for a new 4X4 Chevy Silverado with the 5.7 Liter engine. I guess she wants to get rid of the Soccer Mom image and gain the assurance that a 4X4 vehicle will give her in the great w ite north. Happy trails.



08/24/98 17:46:47
Name: Frank Marcoux My Email: Email Me
City: San Francisco Province/State: CA
Country: USA Your VW/Audi: 1998 Jetta TDI

Comments:
A few of you have mentioned that you have purchased 1999 Jetta TDI. I thought that the redesigned model of the Jetta (1999) would not be available until January. Are these the new body style or simply a 1998 that they consider a 1999? I am about to tak my car in for the 20,000 miles service, according to a maintenance service schedule I obtained from my dealer, VW is supposed to change the fuel filter at 20,000 miles. For those of you who have had their 20,000 miles checkup, has this been the case? A so, any ideas as to why I average 40-41mpg, I drive 75mph on freeways with approx. 60/40 Hgwy/city driving. Any reccomendations on how I can improve my MPG. Brian Kmetz can you please e-mail me your most recent version of the oil filters that you were c mpiling before.



08/24/98 15:48:50
Name: Jose Borja My Email: Email Me
City: Elk Mound Province/State: WI Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: Jetta 98 TDI

Comments:
Performed the first 5K oil change using a NAPA 1191 filter ($7.65) and Mills Fleet Turbo Diesel 15-40W oil ($1.11/quart). I found this oil at a farmerís superstore in Wisconsin and the label listed the VW rating along with many other manufactures. This s a mineral oil designed specifically for Turbo Diesel engines, but I will switch to synthetic for the winter months as this oil is not recommended for temps below 5 F. Let me tell you: this is the worst car for changing oil. I had to used car ramps to raise the car; otherwise, I would have not been able to remove the plastic undercarriage engine cover (4 bolts and 3 reusable screw-on pressure washers). Getting out the factory oil filter was a real pain in the ass. Thereís hardly any room in there to et an oil filter wrench, so I was forced to pry it loose by driving a screwdriver through it several times (the factory had that filter screwed in really tight). Forget about doing the job yourself unless you have car ramps and a mechanicís crawler. I c n not imagine trying to remove the filter from the top without removing the undercarriage cover (never mind the oil mess you will have on the plastic pan). Overall, I rate this job a 2 beer job (out of six). Next change will go a lot smoother as I learn d from the experience as well as the relocation of two hose clamp nuts to a different angle to allow better clearances.



08/24/98 15:38:57
Name: Goio B.
City: New Haven Province/State: CT
Country: USA Your VW/Audi: 98 NB TDI

Comments:
Did anyone ever remove that access plug in the NB's fromt bumper? I'm wondering if that conceals a hiding-spot for the block heater outlet? More news on my Coolant-light woes: went for my 5k service, and they replaced my entire coolant reservoir tank (w/l vel sensor). Car drove fine for a while, but after a 1-1/2 hr drive to NY, the light / buzzer came-on again. It subsequently came-on every time I drove the car there after. It used to only do it when the car was parked in the hot sun on a humid day---- no it's all the time. The car still drives great, but I'm anxious to fix this. There's a coolant temp. sensor that is on "National backorder", which may be the culprit, but we'll see....



08/24/98 15:21:26
Name: Goio B.
City: New Haven Province/State: CT
Country: USA Your VW/Audi: 98 NB TDI

Comments:
Regarding Dave's question about Passat Wagons, I have seen them here in CT (silver with tint and the A4 1.8t alloys looks awesome) and the dealership I got my NB TDI from has a few, but no V6's yet.



08/24/98 15:04:32
Name: Mike Skonicki My Email: Email Me
City: Orland Hills Province/State: Illinois Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 1998 TDI Jetta, 86 Golf

Comments:
Mileage Report: 3,500 mile trip recorded the following:...65 to 70 MPH --47.4MPG.....75 to 82 MPH ---44.2 MPG. Mike...Out..



08/24/98 01:36:46
Name: digger My Email: Email Me
City: buff Province/State: ny Country: usa
Your VW/Audi: vw

Comments:
is any one out there aware of block heaters? im not sure that the glow plugs will be able to handle the extreme cold of upstate NY. it would give me peace of mind knowing that i could plug it in on a cold winter night.also i think that i will wait until 5 00 to change my oil,its hard for me to even type 5000 because i have always changed my oil every 3000 in my gas cars......



08/24/98 01:21:51
Name: Jerry King My Email: Email Me
City: hagerstown Province/State: Md Country: usa
Your VW/Audi: 96 tdi Passat

Comments:
I ran my last VW jetta 1986 265000 miles on castrol oil . i never had the engine apart or had any oil related problems



08/22/98 19:09:07
Name: greg My Email: Email Me
City: orillia Province/State: on Country: canada
Your VW/Audi: 85 golf

Comments:
I am currently looking at a 96 turbo diesel golf. Do you have any suggestions for me when talking to the sales person about this car.



08/22/98 19:03:26
Name: claus littmann
My Email: Email Me City: s'toon
Province/State: sk Country: canada

Comments:
regarding Gene's comment on engine oil, you should be aware that over the last 15 years many vw owners have experience engine wear particularly camshaft failures, in many cases these have been attributed to the use of castrol oil, the lab test suggested i was missing anti wear properties, i can't say that this is still the case now but i wouldn't use castrol in any engine i own, period. pennzoil seems to be ok, and in a diesel i would seriously consider anthing that large diesel fleet are using, ie caterpiller recommendation etc. i personnel am using petrocan 15w40 CG4, incidently the CH rated oil should be available by early next year so stay away from CF grades. c.l.



08/22/98 18:48:57
Name: Ken Rebers My Email: Email Me
City: Austin Province/State: Texas Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 99 JETTA TDI

Comments:
I just bought a 99 Jetta TDI and from reading all the comments this is what I found. I should wait for 5000 miles before I change my oil the first time because VW has put in a special breakin oil and a special oil filter. I will have to bend the A/C pipe to remove the oil filter the first time. I should try and get the VW oil filter 068115561E. I should use oil rated CF-4/CG-4 like Shell Rotella T 15W-40. I should not trust that the dealer will use the correct oil. Is there a wheel alignment problem with the cars as they come from the factory? I seem to have a slight pull to the right. Will VW cover this? Is there a VW web site that has all the VW facts? I would welcome comments on the above. By the way so far the Jetta TDI is no comparison to the 90 Jetta Diesel I also have.



08/22/98 17:41:15
Name: Gene
My Email: Email Me Province/State: TN
Your VW/Audi: '98 Jetta TDI

Comments:
Anybody had transmission and/or clutch problems? When I take the car out of gear (like at a stop light) and release the clutch, I get a very unpleasant noise coming from the trasaxle. I have an appt. at the dealer Mon. am and will report back with diagn sis. I have approx. 7500 miles on the car. Any information on experiences appreciated.



08/22/98 14:46:38
Name: Rich Strack My Email: Email Me
City: Stroudsburg Province/State: PA Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: Passat TDI

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My 97 Passat TDI has over 30,000 mi. now. Only "mods" over stock are K&N air filter (easier air flow at higher rpms), use of Stanodyne's high performance fuel additive (inc. cetane rating of fuel by 3%, cleans injectors, and lowers pour point to -45 degr es), and VW alloy wheels. I have had zero defects/problems with this car in summer or winter, in any weather or temperature and at any rate of speed. Fuel efficiency for mixed driving began at 42 mpg on first tank to 46-47 mpg at present. Highway drivi g is well over 50 mpg. To address some other questions on this site: I suspect that Castol 20-50 Syntec Blend would be a good oil for the turbo diesls since the synthetics are known to handle higher temps well and are more resistant to breakdown. The TDI engine is supplied with a special heavy -duty filter from factory that is not to be changed for 5000 mi. It is apparantly more effective at picking up particulate matter. Any TDI owner experiencing any smoking should have engine checked by VW dealer. ECM module and/or injector clogging is likely culprit and are covered by 100.000 mi warr. to original owners. I highly recommend the Stanodyne additive and draining fuel-water separator regularly to prevent injector problems. Should be good for over 200,00 mi. if kept clean, even the 5-port multi-injected TDI's. Finally, I am hesitant to mess with the ECM chip in a car that is working so well and is still covered by warranty. I would be concerned about increased turbo wear for one, increased heat dissipation, and possible change in fuel efficiency. I don't know how VW addresses these factors in their 120 HP chip TDI's, but I would want to know that prior to changing only the chip. Happy driving TDI fans. Rich



08/22/98 00:58:38
Name: Ric Woodruff My Email: Email Me
City: Oviedo Province/State: Florida Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: '98 Jetta TDI

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Today I went to my dealer for service for the first time (I now have 20,000 miles). They were about to use 20W-50 Castrol Syntec Blend oil. It is a good thing I brought my own oil with me, because I read the label on a bottle in the Parts Dept. and foun it has absolutely no diesel rating! A subsequent check on Castrol's website also confirmed this. How could an authorized VW dealer be doing this? Also, does anyone know if this oil is indeed adequate for the TDI?



08/21/98 23:49:58
Name: L. Harview My Email: Email Me
City: Gardena Province/State: CA Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

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Hello TDI fans!! Just completed my 5000 Mile service, quite painless. After reading a fan's comment on steering wheel alignment, I noticed mine was a little off and I was expieriencing a slight pull to the right. The dealer said it was a front end alig ment problem and not covered by warranty. I know I didn't jar the front end to this point and probably could of made a stink about it but I went ahead and paid $39.95 and it ended up being 10 deg. off on the right front. I had to pull out the maintenanc book for stamping and reviewes the original stiker I stuffed in the packet and have to tell all that I slightly understated the actual price paid and sticker amount on my earlier comment: I stated I paid $14,100 should of said $14,205. Sticker was $18,30 and I said $18,200. I am still awaiting word on the Garrett performance chip. I emailed superchips somewhere in Florida last week and have not received word back yet. Now I can't get that V6 TDI out of my mind!! Best wishes, LH



08/21/98 21:04:26
Name: Jason Gull My Email: Email Me
City: Chicago Province/State: IL Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

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Digger -- Everyone I've read or spoken to on this issue suggests waiting a while on the first oil change in a TDI. There apparently are factory additives in the oil to aid in properly seating rings, seals, etc. Most people suggest sticking to VW's sched led maintenance at 5K miles. I know that seems like a lot, but everyone assures me this is actually better than meticulously changing your oil every 3K miles. I don't know who's right, but sinced my dealer agrees I should wait (even if it would save him $ and hassle if I didn't wait), I'm going to wait until 5K (and then of course, if he's wrong, I'll have someone to blame.) (Since I'm *not* a dealer, or a mechnic, take my "recommendation" witha grain of salt. I'm just saying what I've heard.) ;->



08/21/98 20:22:18
Name: Dave
My Email: Email Me Province/State: WI
Country: USA Your VW/Audi: Passat

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I am interested in a 1999 TDI Passat wagon. Do you know when they will be available in USA? Price? With all-wheel drive? Anybody have experiences with European version of this vehicle Passat TDI awd? Thanks



08/21/98 19:47:22
Name: digger My Email: Email Me
City: buffalo Province/State: ny Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: vw

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i have herd all kinds if input as to when to change my oil on my new jetta tdi, whats the real deal? i have almost 1000 miles on it and i dont know if i chould have it changed now or wait until 3000 like all of my other gas cars of the past....any input w uld be greatly appreciated............thanks so far i love my tdi



08/21/98 18:54:12
Name: Jason Gull My Email: Email Me
City: Chicago Province/State: IL Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

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To those guys trying to plug their SUVs -- great. There sure are wastefull of gas (in general -- most don't get 20+ mpg). But if that's what you want to do, go ahead. What bugs me is those who drive them, seemingly unaware of the costs they impose on t emselves and others. But rather than drag this into some political thing, i have a real question. One recent poster stated that the emissions from his SUV (that got 20 mpg) were "less than 1% more" than a Honda Accord getting 25 mpg. Similarly, I have eard the claim that the Jetta TDI (or maybe the 1.9 TDI engine in general) has "20% less emissions than a comparable gas engine". What does this mean in either context? Comparing the SUV & Accord, or TDI & gas, does that mean that the engine emits x% mo e per mile, or per gallon? Since the TDI gets twice the mileage, I'd expect emissions to be 50% less per mile, all other things being equal (which they aren't -- diesel fuel is dirtier, is it not?) So, if the SUV getting 20 mpg is emitting the same as t e Honda at 25 mpg, does that mean the SUV engine is actually 20% or so "cleaner"? Anyone know how these stats work?



08/21/98 17:33:39
Name: Jason Gull My Email: Email Me
City: Chicago Province/State: IL Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

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To those guys trying to plug their SUVs -- great. There sure are wastefull of gas (in general -- most don't get 20+ mpg). But if that's what you want to do, go ahead. What bugs me is those who drive them, seemingly unaware of the costs they impose on t emselves and others. But rather than drag this into some political thing, i have a real question. One recent poster stated that the emissions from his SUV (that got 20 mpg) were "less than 1% more" than a Honda Accord getting 25 mpg. Similarly, I have eard the claim that the Jetta TDI (or maybe the 1.9 TDI engine in general) has "20% less emissions than a comparable gas engine". What does this mean in either context? Comparing the SUV & Accord, or TDI & gas, does that mean that the engine emits x% mo e per mile, or per gallon? Since the TDI gets twice the mileage, I'd expect emissions to be 50% less per mile, all other things being equal (which they aren't -- diesel fuel is dirtier, is it not?) So, if the SUV getting 20 mpg is emitting the same as t e Honda at 25 mpg, does that mean the SUV engine is actually 20% or so "cleaner"? Anyone know how these stats work?



08/21/98 17:13:07
Name: Sparky
City: Dallas Province/State: TX
Country: USA Your VW/Audi: 98Jetta TDI/ Ford Explorer

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Bill: I am a TDI'ing fool too. But to knock anyone who drives anything other than your ideal car shows socialistic tendencies. I also have a great American SUV that averages 20MPG. My previous car, Honda Accord, only average 25MPG. What is the big sa ings with having half the weight, half the protection, and only 5MPG difference. Plus, according to the EPA, the emissions from my Explorer were less than 1% greater than the Accord. Please try and use statistical and true data before slamming the reput tion of a quality type of vehicle.



08/21/98 16:33:28
Name: Antoni Klafvo
City: Lansing Province/State: MI
Country: USA Your VW/Audi: Jetta 98 TDI

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Manuel, don't pay attention to Bill. There's a lot of people here in the United States that have sense and still believe in freedom. We will do anything to keep Socialism/Communism out of this last bastion of freedom (I came to the US to escape just tha !!). I definitely love my 4x4 SUV with its 17 MPG abilities, as well as my snowmobiles and Rotax powered airplane. Those two cycle beauties burn unleaded gas loaded with 2 cycle oil at an incredible rate (take that mother earth!) A good day snowmobili g burns 12 gallons, while my plane burns 4 gallons per hour!!! Ahh, the joys of freedom! (thanks to a well thought petrolum policy)! Manuel, there's one thing you will definitely not find in my Jetta TDI, and that will be a bumper sticker sporting GORE 000 for President because I LOVE FREEDOM (although we lost ground to the leftist agenda in the past 25 years, we seem to have gained some victories recently with the defeat of socialized medicine and tobacco taxes). Manuel, in case you don't know who Vic -President Gore is: Think of Carl Marx hell bent on environmental issues.



08/21/98 16:26:56
Name: Fred Voglmaier My URL: Visit Me My Email: Email Me
City: Maple Ridge Province/State: BC Country: Canada
Your VW/Audi: 96 Golf GL

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Just took off the first 4 months and archived them... almost time for the next 4:)



08/21/98 11:49:27
Name: Ric Woodruff My Email: Email Me
City: Oviedo Province/State: FL Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: '98 Jetta TDI

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Regarding CD changers: I noticed that Recoton Corporation has a "universal" 6-CD changer that is supposed to fit "any" car stereo. Nearby (in Lake Mary, FL) they have a factory outlet that sells them for $149. Anyone tried one of these units?



08/21/98 02:46:39
Name: Bill Kaewert My Email: Email Me
City: Longmont Province/State: CO Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 96 Passat wag tdi

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Hi, TDI fans - especially our friend from Ingolstadt! This web site seems to be demonstrating that at least *some* Americans have the good sense not to drive petrol-guzzling SUVs. Rather than turn this into a political discussion about our pi** poor petro eum policy I'd rather say that the car you are driving is the one I *want* badly. If VW import a TDI-V6 Passat into the US I will be first in line for it. How does performance of the V6-TDI compare with the 2.8L 5-V petrol version of the Passat or A6? Thanks for your comments. Please send more info on the V-6 TDI



08/21/98 02:40:07
Name: Andrew Templer My Email: Email Me
City: Windsor Province/State: Ont
Country: Canada Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

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Great page - enjoy it. Two issues raised: re: Tape Deck I have the same irritation with the silence detector that Dnardo mentioned. In my case it is when I use one of those CD players plugged in via a tape cassette adaptor. The machine keeps thinking the tape is done when the CD comes to an end of a track. suppose I should have forked out for the CD player, but a complete unit at around $100 seemed a better idea. Other experiences? re: Wooden Dash Inserts (posting from Dave) I was also very interested in the wood grain inserts because of a couple of older Brit cars (e.g. Mini) on which they look great. I did make some enquiries and found you could get a much cheaper version from a wood grain outfit somewhere in the US much cheaper than the dealer. But, was still very pricey and on careful inspection of the car, I wondered how they could ever make it look like a good fit over the little symbols (e.g. Air flow) on various parts of the dashboard. Also, somehow the austere black seems right for a VW, but perhaps not for an Audi. Any other tryers out there? Andrew Templer



08/21/98 00:26:31
Name: Manuel H. My Email: Email Me
City: Ingolstadt Province/State: Bavaria
Country: Germany Your VW/Audi: A6 2.5 TDI (V6)

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Hi TDI-fans, Greetings from Ingolstadt! I'm wondered that there're so many fans of diesel are located over there in the U.S. In Germany the VW/Audi TDI's are very popular. My TDI is the new 150hp-V6-engine in Audi A6. It's really a great engine in accleration, torque (310Nm from 1500-3200Rpm), milage and noise. I have never seen a more silent diesel than this! Yesterday I came back from holiday in North-Italy. I've driven o motorways all time between 120 and 220km/h, the journey took only 7 hours (inclusive traffic queues), and the V6 needed 7,4 litres (on 100km) totally. That's my new record...



08/20/98 23:23:12
Name: Peter Cheuk My Email: Email Me
City: San Francisco Province/State: CA Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: '98 Jetta TDI

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I keep forgetting to post this so here goes... The gas version of our cars is a little quicker IF the driver winds the motor to redline. That person is taking advantage of the increased horsepower that the gas engine has. We, on the other hand, use our greater torque to accelerate almost as quickly. What this means, TDI fans, is that if you come to a signal light next to a gas Jetta and the other driver wants to race, he has to be willing to wind out his motor to near redline in the first 2-3 gears to e able to beat you. Since most drivers aren't willing to drive their cars that hard, we have a mental advantage in that they just have to shift early and the game's over for them. The only other time the gas cars have an advantage over us is in top spee where horsepower determines absolute terminal velocity. How many times do you drive that fast? When was the last time you drove on the freeways at over 110MPH??? Think about that. I did when I made the decision to buy TDI.



08/20/98 19:13:17
Name: Maaak
My Email: Email Me Your VW/Audi: NB TDI

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Hey Dave. I'd agree that the TDI *feels* faster, but I've seen tests which verify that in overall performance, the gas one is indeed faster. It's just in how you use what you have. The TDI's got more torque so, as you say, once it's spooled up, we're the ones having more fun. Note also that our engine is quieter at highway speed because of our higher gearing. 70mph is pretty easy to reach in 4th. While the fuel economy is good, for the extra money it cost to get the diesel engine, expect to drive it approximately 80k before recouping your investment. Focus on the luxury of not having to stop so often instead, and the added pleasure of the increased torque, and of course the mechanical tappa-tappa weeee! of the engine and the turbo talking to eachother. I'd add that the diesel SOUNDS more like a bug too. And isn't it in the philosophical vein of the car to have an off-beat power source? Kim. One word of advice. Be nice to the engine in the first 1000 miles and stay below 3000rpm. After that you can enjoy pushing the envelope. I've had mine two months today, and I've got almost 4k on the odo. Whoa. Oh, right. Having a BLAST! I've ever thought of so many reasons to just get in the car and drive. 45mpg last tank, with a/c and a pretty even mix of city/hway. Yee-hah. Maaak



08/20/98 17:50:35
Name: Peter Cheuk My Email: Email Me
City: San Francisco Province/State: CA Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: '98 Jetta TDI

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Just some observations about my Jetta. Cruising at 50-70mph, barely using any throttle. Interesting. Must be the boost. Driving my Jetta fast, my wife doesn't notice because I don't have to rev the engine up (can't do that in a Honda!). When I had the dealer loaner ('98 Jetta GL with automatic), I had to rev it to 5000 RPM just to drive at a decent clip and my wife thinks that I'm trying to race the next guy. Definitely much better on the nerves.



08/20/98 17:30:26
Name: Goio B.
City: New Haven Province/State: CT
Country: USA Your VW/Audi: 98 NB TDI

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A few tidbits: 1. The shop that offered me a $239 install on the CD changer / adaptor (complete)is "Starlander-Beck" in Milford, CT (203)877-4651. 2. My A/C smells only when I start to add heat to it, then goes away. It may just be condensation that smells worse with age, but I hope not. 3. Car & Driver (Aug. or Sept. 98) did a "short-take" on the NB TDI, and posted (i think) a (0.2) second slower 0-60, and a (0.1) second slower 1/4 mile VS. the gas. This difference is undetectable in the real world, and when I tested both, the TDI felt m ch stronger around town. The cool noises & mpg sold me... If I wanted to go "really-fast", I'd buy-back my recently-sold '91 Honda CBR600F2 motorcycle.



08/20/98 13:21:21
Name: Gary

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Don't worry about long service intervals (10,000 miles is first TDi service in UK). By the time you reach this mileage, the TDi has drank a crankcase full of oil anyway!



08/20/98 06:56:38
Name: Dave Kim
My Email: Email Me Province/State: CA
Your VW/Audi: 98' Beetle TDI

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I recently purchased a TDI Beetle. Before I made the decision, I test drove the gas version and the diesel version. Some salesmen say that the gas is a little bit slower than the TDI and some say the Diesel is slower. I believe the TDI is faster than the as version. The TDI is fast once the car is moving. When I start off the line, I shift it at 4000RPMS to get the full power of the car. If you go over 4000, you will notice a drop in momentum. While driving on the highway, I hold the throttle about 1/4 wa down for about 3 seconds. This allows the turbo to gain speed. Once it has reached a good speed, step on the gas all the way and the car will accelerate really fast. Even if you do not step on the gas all the way, it still picks up very fast. This is wha makes the car fun to drive. With this method, it climbs hills very quick. I haven't seen a test report on the TDI Beetle, so there are no figures yet. A publication should do a comparison between the Gas and TDI Beetles. I believe the TDI will come out o top. For those of you looking for a new beetle, I suggest you get the Diesel version. However, TDI Beetles are still rare, most people don't even know they exist. I had a hard time finding a TDI Beetle, but once I did find one, I had to drive it. Then I ought it. Call several dealers to see if they have a TDI in stock. Most dealers do not. THe sticker price on the TDI is $17,760. Dealing the price down on the Beetle is a near impossible task, so be warned. It took me two days to deal for my car. Most dea ers put a $2000 markup on the car, but some dealers do not. The TDI Beetle can get about 700 miles to the tank. The gas will get about 400. Get the TDI, it will save you in the long run on fuel cost. Also, the TDI is so fun to drive because you will always hear the turbo whine when the windows are down. If you hav any questions, write me. Dave Kim



08/20/98 00:21:29
Name: Jason Gull My Email: Email Me
City: Chicago Province/State: IL Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

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Ric - I too have noticed a rather stale smell coming from the AC on occasion, and sometimes there are rather weird smells, which I attribute to the fact that I'm more used to a gas engine than a diesel (and that diesel can smell weird to me). So I'm not ure. You can get those filters for the interior air circ system, but I don't know if that would help the smell, or just "clean" the recycled air. Also, I'm wondering -- what, exactly, is a "98 Jetta TDI Sport"? Was there some sort of sport package I wa n't made aware of by my dealer? If so, what's in it? Thanks.



08/19/98 23:24:59
Name: Ric Woodruff My Email: Email Me
City: Oviedo Province/State: FLORIDA Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: '98 Jetta TDI Sport

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I've asked this question before, but got no response: While idling at a red lite, on a hot day, with the A/C on, a strange odor comes out of the vents. To solve the problem, I turn the A/C off until I get moving again. Anyone else with a similar problem Question 2: Does anyone know if turning the temperature dial warmer actually diminishes the A/C output, or does it simply add heat? Thanks, TDI fans.



08/19/98 15:44:06
Name: D'nardo Colucci My Email: Email Me
City: mpls Province/State: mn Country: usa
Your VW/Audi: 98 JETTA TDI

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All this talk about CD changers reminded me about the tape deck. Is anyone else having problems with the Clarion deck and its "BSS" silence skip feature? I have a set of about 10 tapes now where it activates at the beginning tunes. My music may be a bi different but I've had subway sounds, hi-hats, crickets all be detected as silence and skipped over only to have the tune start two seconds later. It's so annoying that I'm having my dealer replace the deck with last year's model (panasonic) out of an o d Passat.



08/19/98 15:11:30
Name: Nathan Tennant My Email: Email Me
City: Statham Province/State: N.H Country: U.S.A.
Your VW/Audi: 1996 VW Passat

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Hello TDIers I just had my timing belt/all other belts plus the idle tensioner pulley replaced at my local dealer. I will have more on pricing later. My dealer has several Passat TDI owners with 1996 TDIs with over 140 Miles. So, far, they all Love their TDI's cant say enough good about them and reliability has been simply amazing. The only maintainance has been to replaced timing belts and change your oil...



08/19/98 14:58:57
Name: Jason Gull My Email: Email Me
City: Chicago Province/State: IL Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

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Jose - re: fog/driving lights I installed some PIAA 1000s on my Jetta, along with the VW "Euro" light switch. They are small lights, and I mounted them on the lower side of the bumper, on the level below where the parking lights are. I put mine toward the outer edge of the center "s ction." There were tiny, removable black plastic panels located there, and I removed the panels and put the lights right in front of where the panels were. Installation was easy, because I got the Euro switch. (Actually, I tried doing it with the PIAA switch, and that was a huge pain -- plus, one of my lights arrived with a broken bulb.) The Euro switch (costs about $70) lets you choose a number of combina ions of fog lights, headlights, parking lights, etc., and you needn't drill through the firewall -- you caN use VW's wiring. I would recommend getting it. Keep in mind that you also need the tiny "plug" that lets you connect the PIAA wiring to the canis er of VW wiring right above the radiator. (It's a tiny sliver of metal, but necessary. You *can* MacGuyver your own by straightening a picture-hanger hook, but I'd suggest the real McCoy instead.) Talk to a VW parts place when you get the Euro switch. While most people think of PIAAs as more at home on a souped-up Acura or something, I really like them. They don't look goofy when they're off, and when they're on, they provide great illumination (They're halfway between driving and fog lights.) I also ot them cheap (because these were discontinued). They still make the 1100x (very bright white), and the 1200 (white or amber, less bright). Mine are basically the 1200s in a slightly larger case. I hear Catz also makes good "mini" lights (XSL, XLO). B th PIAA and Catz can be had for $125-$180 for the models I mentioned. The "factory" Hellas cost about $250 just for the lights, and they're just fogs (i.e. dimmer), but they look "factory" if that matters to you.



08/19/98 14:24:21
Name: Jose Borja My Email: Email Me
City: Elk Mound Province/State: WI Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: Jetta 98 TDI

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I wanted to increase my MPG so I only pumped 5 gallons after 463 miles for a 92.6 MPG average!!! (I only had $5 and change with me, what can I say!). I do suspect the next fill-up is going to bring me back to 23 MPG. You win some, you loose some. Seriously now, does anyone know the product number for the K&N air filter mentioned on earlier posts? (my 2-cycle engines on my boy toys use K&N's for performance). Also, have you mounted driving/fog lights? If so where and what kind/brand? Another issue, my driving is mostly interstate and I get a lot bug guts in the front of my car. Do you have a car bra in your Jetta? If so, please state make and brand. Any objections agains using Mobil 1 5W-30/40 or Mobil Delvac 1? If so, what are they? (The dealer ain't gonna touch my car unless it's really necessary, so I'll skip the maintenance handouts). One more, The CD changer from a autotoys. Will it fit the rectangular plug in the trunk?. This plug is a two row plug with 5 or 6 pins per row measuring about 3/8" high and a little over 1" wide. The connector looks more automotive than hight tech as y u would expect from audio equipment made in the 1990's. Thanks for the input.



08/19/98 14:19:18
Name: Goio B. My Email: Email Me
City: New Haven Province/State: CT Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 NB TDI

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....With regards to CD changers (G.Jablonski's posting), I too was looking for a changer for my NB, and after ordering the Clarion by accident, got the Panasonic Unit from a Mail order house in Brooklyn NYC for $200. I bought an adaptor (Blitzsafe) Starla d & Beck in Milford, CT, and they said they would have sold and installed the whole package for $239. I missed-out, but anyone in the area should consider this option. The only thing I noticed is that this CD player has no random shuffle mode, which the f ctory unit does, but it's not worth $250 extra to me....



08/19/98 12:36:42
Name: Myles
My Email: Email Me City: Harleysville
Province/State: PA Your VW/Audi: 97 Jetta TDI

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I just had the car in to the dealer for its 20,000 mile checkup. Under the maintence program we recieved a new air filter, oil change, and brake system flush. All free of charge. Milage has been 46-48 since new, with a high of 50 and a low of 38. The igh was achieved during a six hour drive through the pouring rain where I could only make 55 mph. The low was probably due to my heavy foot and city driving. I had the car up over 100 mph briefly. I thought that if felt a little light at that speed, alt ough my point of reference is a Corrado VR6 with a sport suspension and a 911. It still had a litttle more left but I ran out of room. The car has been flawless so far with the exception of a hub cap which vanished one day. I'm not sure if it left on i s own or was removed. I now check them every so often and do find them slightly loose. All considered this is a great car, my wife loves it. Fred this is a great site, thanks for providing a forum for us TDI owners to exchange ideas and comments.



08/18/98 22:06:00
Name: Darren A.
Province/State: NC Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

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Brian, will call Beck Arnley to inquire about fuel filters. As for the puralator, try it at your own risk, and don't forget that they also made the K-Mart store brand filters. I suspect that Wix will make one soon, their filter for an older VW diesel is similar, but won't quite work. However modifing the production process should be a simple process, and the filter should be forthcoming. Will advise when I find out.



08/18/98 17:25:06
Name: Ric Woodruff My Email: Email Me
City: Oviedo Province/State: FL Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: '98 TDI jetta

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As far as a fuel filter goes, it is not true that they are ONLY available from a VW dealer. I just bought a Purolator from Discount Auto Parts.



08/18/98 15:07:17
Name: Gary Jablonski My URL: Visit Me My Email: Email Me
City: Sussex Province/State: NJ Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

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If anyone is still looking for an aftermarket CD Changer for their 98 Volkswagon they are now available via the internet. Sound Conceptions in Fort Lee NJ. @ WWW.Autotoys.com, has the adapters for the panasonic cdxp601 CD changer and will sell you a comp ete kit for $285.00. I ordered one via their fax number (saved $5.00, they are running a promotion) on Wensday afternoon and recieved it via UPS on Fri. Not bad... Though I live in the same state. I installed the unit myself... NO PROBLEMS and the syste sounds great. You will need an Adult to accept the deliver from UPS.



08/18/98 14:53:47
Name: Jason Gull My Email: Email Me
City: Chicago Province/State: IL Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

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Jake: I haven't seen too many used TDIs. I was looking at used cars when I bought my (new) Jetta -- including Honda Civics and a used 96 Passat TDI. While I was happy to get the warranty and service that come with a new (vs. used) car, one of the reaso s I went with the new TDI, rather than a used something-else, is that I saved a significant amount of money in financing. (I couldn't afford to buy the car for cash, and my trade was worth less than $1000 -- including my old car, I put down about 20%.) figured that, even at $17K including tax, the TDI would cost less than a 97 Civic that cost 16K incl. tax, because VW was providing 3 year financing at 2.9%. (I financed for 3 years.) For 4-5 years, they offer 3.9% (or were, last I checked). Compared t an 8% bank loan, this saves a great deal of money. The used Passat TDIs I was looking at not only were more expensive than a new Jetta TDI, they would have cost even more because the financing would have been at the higher rate. Anyway, Jake, I don't know if VW is offering the same financing deals in Canada, or if a Canadian citizen could buy through such a deal in Michigan or New York. But if you have the means to buy a recent TDI, I would seriously consider getting a new one i stead, since you're unlikely to save much money in real terms by buying a used 97 or 98 TDI. Good luck.



08/18/98 05:03:56
Name: Brian Kmetz My Email: Email Me
City: Streator Province/State: Illinois Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 97 Passat TDI

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Hi TDI fans! Several months ago when I replaced my fuel filter at 30,000 miles I cut my old one open to see just how dirty it was inside. It was dirty enough. The filter medium is white on a new one. My old one was light gray to black. The fuel filter h s two sections. The top half contains the filter medium and the bottom half of the filter is an empty space for water collection. I check my filter for water every 10,000 miles and I have never drained a drop yet. I was talking to my local VW parts manag r about what some dealers are charging for fuel and oil filters. He told me he would be more than happy to sell some filters through mail order and gave me permission to give out his name. I paid ~$30 USd for my last fuel filter and he is selling "E" type oil filters for ~$12 USd. I just replaced my pollen filter for ~$13 USd. If anyone is interested, send me an e-mail and I will send you the guys name and address. This is for Jake: same dealership has two used Jetta TDIs on the lot. One is a "program car" whatever that means, and the other a local guy traded in on a truck because he bought a boat. These are the only used Jetta TDIs I know of. The dealership is located 60 miles/100 Km southwest of Chicago. Hey Darren, can you find out if Beck-Arnley will arry TDI fuel filters, right now I can only get oil filters from them.



08/18/98 04:18:27
Name: Squire My Email: Email Me
City: portland Province/State: or Country: usa
Your VW/Audi: 1998 Jetta TDI

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Hey just bought a TDI Jetta 98 $18,200 sticker paid $14,700 (not as good as that other guy at 14,100). Love the car feel good about the purchase but are there any major reliablity issues concerning the TDI I should be worried about. Has it fared well so far? Please e-mail me if anyone has any solid info in this regard. Thanks.



08/18/98 00:34:33
Name: Darren A.
Province/State: NC Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDi

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As an executive for the largest automobile aftermarket retail chain in the world, I can tell you that currently, the only available source of the fuel filter is from the dealer. However, if you will notice, the filter is made by the Robert Bosch Corp. (a ong with the alternator, starter, and numerous other parts) who does sell to the automobile aftermarket outside of the dealer distribution network. I recently spoke with a Bosch sales rep who informed me that the filter should become available soon from ources other than the dealer. I will let you know as soon as I know. By the way, Bosch sales reps get a Jetta VR6 as a company car. Not a bad fringe benefit.



08/18/98 00:25:22
Name: Dave My Email: Email Me
City: Concord Province/State: NH Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

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I love my Jetta. Has anyone installed the wood interior trim pieces that can be bought as an accessory? I would ie intereted in hearing how it looked. Thanks.



08/17/98 21:57:50
Name: Bryce Hunt
My Email: Email Me City: Denver
Province/State: CO Your VW/Audi: 96 Passat TDI

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Do you really need to replace the Fuel Filter every 30k miles? If so, does somebody sell one out there for less than Dealer Cost = $42.95 ?



08/17/98 21:21:32
Name: Maaak
My Email: Email Me Your VW/Audi: NB TDI

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Hi all - back again. This time to say that my Beetle got smacked good in the rear Saturday by an inattentive taxi driver in a Caprice. Damage? If you overlook a VERY minor mar on the bumper cap - NONE. FYI, Maaak



08/17/98 17:36:35
Name: Kurt
My Email: Email Me City: Atlanta
Province/State: GA Your VW/Audi: '78 Rabbit

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I'm interested in the types of modifications TDI owners are making to their cars. For example, are you modifing your suspensions to VR6 specs, adding air-to-oil coolers, intercooler upgrades, gauges (boost, fuel pressure, exhaust temp), larger downpipes, ariable boost regulators? What are the hot rodders doing? Where can I get info on these monster race cars? Thanks for the info. Kurt - Holding out for an A4 Golf TDI



08/17/98 11:43:59
Name: Ron J.
City: Silver Spring Province/State: MD
Your VW/Audi: 86 Golf diesel

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Mark from hotlanta, Did you say 42 TDI A4 Golfs for the US? I wanted to make sure that was not a typo. RJ



08/16/98 12:19:50
Name: John Yannalfo
My Email: Email Me City: Haverhill
Province/State: MA Your VW/Audi: 1999 Jetta TDI

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Well, after visiting 3 dealers, I think I came away with a decent price. $16,500 with all options except CD and ABS. (Why is it extra on a German sports sedan when Chevy offers it standard on Cavaliers??) After two weeks and 1200 miles, I am averaging 48 pg-mostly highway. I'm saving $70/month in fuel over my 929, albeit I have a car payment now. The torque in this car is great, press on the pedal in 5th gear on an incline and it's more responsive than my RX7 used to be. I'm crossing my fingers on the uild quality issues I hear about, but if I'm experience problems, I'll just trade it in for another when the warranty expires. It's just too much of a kick getting this gas mileage, even at $1.03/gal.



08/16/98 03:10:03
Name: Jake My Email: Email Me
City: Toronto Province/State: Ontario Country: Canada
Your VW/Audi: Want a TDi

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Hello TDi lovers. I visit this great page at least once a week but cannot add much since I have no TDi-ing experience yet. Boy do I ever want a Jetta TDi. Unfortunately for me I have $$$ constraints, a new Jetta is out of the question. I'm looking around for something us d, and recently I ran into a friend of mine who told me that there are 1997 Jetta TDis out there. He said that he saw one at a car auction that he went to in Michigan. As far as I know, (according to the dealer), the Jetta TDi was not available until 19 8. I have not seen any 1997 TDi Jettas in the local papers her in Toronto. If any one has any info about this please let me know. If I can find a used Jetta soon, I may be TDi-ing before the great Canadian winter hits. P.S. Does any one have any hints on potential problem areas in the TDi that I should keep my eyes open for when looking at a used TDi? I have some tinkering experience (I can change a timing belt or a camshaft) but I have never owned a diesel before. Happy TDi-ing y'all EHHHH!



08/16/98 02:16:18
Name: mike My Email: Email Me
City: Oxford Province/State: MS Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: '96 Passat TDI wagon

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Just got back froma 2 week 3500 mile trip in the TDI. Averaged 42-46 mpg and dsl is .849 @ I-40 in Tennesse- FYI. Also came home to what looks like a recall postcard from VW - anyone know anything re. this? Can't call til Monday, just interested. Changed oil/filter, Tech 2000 15W40, Deutsch D-534 this evening and noticed one tiny crack in one of the ribs in my serpentine belt. Anyone know what the recommended replacement life of the serp or regular belts are on the TDI. Feel that it will go 15-2 K more w/o a problem. Also have 52K miles on the rear Godyear GA's and they look like they could go another 10-15K as well. Had to replace the front one due to sidewall damage - it happens. Test drob\ve a '98 Jetta TDI today in Nashville just to see the power diff in the 2525lb Jetta and my 3200lb Passat wagon. There is a difference, but it wasn't major. Also the Jetta just seems a little less luxo/cheaper then the Passat, too bad they hav n;t seen fir to put the TDI in the Passats... Also in my travels I found dealers in VA-NY-NJ with 20-40 New Beetles (per dealer), guess the scarcity is over...



08/15/98 23:07:05
Name: mark My Email: Email Me
City: hotlanta Province/State: ga Country: usa
Your VW/Audi: '86 diesel golf

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hey! was at jim ellis vw today and they have their first quarter inventory figures. vw is only making 42 a4 tdi golfs in the first quarter of '99 for the us. good luck, i'll wait for the 110 hp tdi in mine.



08/15/98 19:39:12
Name: Leonard Harview My Email: Email Me
City: Gardena Province/State: CA Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 1998 Jetta TDI

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Having a blast going through all the TDI comments. A couple dealers here in the LA area were saying that the TDI's were not taking off here in the USA and therefore a great deal can be had. That was all the ammo I needed so I went hunting. On 5/29/98 I pu chased a Black Jetta TDI with A/C, pwr locks, sun roof, am/fm cass., I paid $14,100.00 + tax & 7.39% APR to boot. Sticker was $18,200.00. What a vehicle! no problemos so far. I now have 4500 miles and avg. between 40-41 mpg in absolutely brutal LA traffic I changed oil @ 700 miles(from the old school on breakin procedures)and have added maybe 2 1/2 qts. since. I expect this to reduce after breakin. I use Chevron Delo-400 15W-40 (ex-long distance tractor trailer driver & thats what I used). I suggest all T I owners be sure that your dealer puts the right oil in on your service visits. I tested my dealer and had them show me what oil they use on TDI changes and to my surprise they produced the Delo-400. I am interested in performance enhancing chips, but I'l wait until the $200 max price comes along. Well, now that I'm hooked, I'll be waiting for all your TDI input and updates. Happy TDI'ing.



08/15/98 15:52:51
Name: D Johnson
My Email: Email Me City: Burlington
Province/State: KY Your VW/Audi: Jetta GL

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Regarding Biodiesel...a few years ago, some of the local buses in my town while I was still in Germany converted to burning only biodiesel. They had big ads on the sides of the buses stating that they were biodiesel buses, pictures of sunflowers and blue kies, and things of that sort so one knew that they were being powered by biodiesel. As far as performance, they drove just as well as regular powered diesels. However, when it came to maintenance, it seems that the rings and seals were in worse shape tha those on regular diesel engines. The school of thought being that something in biodiesel was eating away at the rings/seals. This was about 1 1/2 years ago, so I dont know if any "cure" has been found in the meanwhile, but do look into this before pouri g biodiesel into your TDI. regards,dj



08/15/98 00:03:44
Name: Ron J.
City: Silver Spring Province/State: MD
Your VW/Audi: 86 Golf Diesel

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I live in the D.C.area (north of town) and diesel prices vary from $1.10 to $1.45/gal, often within a few miles! Virginia tends to be cheaper than Maryland. For biodiesel, check dieselnet.com ads or veggievan.org (New College, Sarasota, FL)



08/14/98 18:33:36
Name: Peter Cheuk My Email: Email Me
City: San Francisco Province/State: CA Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: '98 Jetta TDI

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Hey diesel drivers out there! Quit complaining about the fuel prices. Out here in the S. F. Bay area I had to ask my trucker brothers where to get the best price for fuel. Try $1.13/gal. And that's the best price that I've seen within a 50 mile radius It's at a truck stop style gas station by SFO (South San Francisco). The best price for regular unleaded is $1.22/gal. Will I go out of my way to save some money? You bet! I'm fortunate that this place is along my commute. As a side note, my car's in the shop (10k service and fix an oil leak/replace a saturated timing belt) and the dealer gave me a 'rental' Jetta GL with automatic. Boy do I miss my TDI. I think I made a very good purchase decision!



08/14/98 17:50:40
Name: David Sparks My Email: Email Me
City: Dallas Province/State: TX Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

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In response to Mike....out....: Before I became and engineer, I was a master mechanic for Chevrolet. I constantly hear the "SUV" buzz word dashed about like a curse. So, as a result, I contacted Joseph Agpawa of Sector 5, EPA in San Fransisco. I asked about the emissions of the SUV w r. He stated that the emission in 90% of the SUVs on the road are only .5 - 1% great than that of the passenger cars. This is true due to the fact that the Chevys, Fords, Nissans, Toyotas, and Dodges all use the same engine and fuel delivery systems as n the passenger cars. Where the difference is, is with the Suburbans, Tahoes, and Expeditions that are larger SUVs. Even they are only a small % more than the smaller SUVs. Joe also stated that the largest contributors to polution is any car older than 5 years old and not properly maintained. I was amazed how low the emissions were for the "SUVs" and can't believe that you would even consider it a complaint. I just returned from South India and nearly everything that has wheels puffs out blue smoke. he air was so dirty that you could hardly breathe. Our automobile emission standards are just fine. We need to request emission controls in the "third-world-countries". They truely have an unhealthy condition. Happy TDI'ing!



08/14/98 17:35:35
Name: Jayn Russell My Email: Email Me
City: Bedford Province/State: Texas Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 1996 TDI Passat Wagon

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Regarding the price of diesel. In the Dallas area I have seen the price range from .92 up to 1.19. Usually diesel is priced above regular unleaded. I lived in Saudi Arabia from Sep 91 to Sep 94. Regular Leaded gas was the equivalent of .33 US cents per gallon. Diesel was the equivalent of .10 cents per gallon.



08/14/98 16:40:21
Name: Ric Woodruff My Email: Email Me
City: Oviedo Province/State: FL Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: '98 Jetta TDI

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Does anybody know where to get Biodiesel in Central Florida?



08/14/98 16:06:08
Name: D'nardo Colucci My Email: Email Me
City: mpls Province/State: mn Country: usa
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

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Some random shots...1. Wetterauer finally responded and said my car shouldn't be smoking as much as it is. They're sending new chips. I'll post the results. 2. I read on the VWVortex site that Mintex Red Box brake pads don't give off as much dust as the stock ones. Anyone know about this? 3. Diesel and Gas prices are cheaper now, in real dollars, than ever before - so much for conservation. I'm thinking about trying Biodiesel (it's a lot more expensive) because it's renewable. Anybody have any experi nce with this? Thanks...D'nardo



08/14/98 15:58:09
Name: Brian Kmetz My Email: Email Me
City: Streator Province/State: Illinois Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 97 Passat TDI

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My farmer friends tell me they are buying off-road red diesel for about $.80 a gallon. At work the same diesel is used for all the on-road trucks, off-road trucks and equipment, and the various diesel powered stationary pumps and generators. When the bul fuel supplier comes around and fills all the storage tanks, he adds the red dye to the off-road tanks and we are billed two separate invoices. The fuel supplier also does our blending for winter. This week I paid $1.02 for the local Citgo diesel and I' 15 miles from the nearest interstate, but my area has a lot of agriculture so all the farmers keep the price competitive. The cut-rate price of 87 octane gasoline is around $.94 this week so diesel is a little more but who cares, the Passat gets twice th mileage than my other car.



08/14/98 15:00:37
Name: Jason Gull My Email: Email Me
City: Chicago Province/State: IL Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: '98 Jetta TDI

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Well, I apologize for steering us off topic. I agree that the govt. probably misspends much of our diesel and gasoline taxes. But the money to fix those roads has got to come from somewhere (though it'd be nice if it were collected and spent more effici ntly). Anyone out there know the differential in price between the dyed home heating oil that several people have mentioned here, and actual on-the-road diesel, which is basically all tax? I think it's $0.20 or so. While it may not be the ideal may to ollect it, it's basically just a road-use tax. Too bad for us that, as diesel drivers, we're lumped in with the big rigs that tear up roads (and thus ought to- and do -- pay a price). But back to the topic of diesel prices -- If you're paying more than or regular unleaded gas, shop around! I have paid $1.40/gal. for diesel (where regular was $1.15), but only because I didn't feel like shopping. Along the Indiana/Michigan border, diesel is $0.88/gal, while unleaded is $1.10. In Chicago, I've seen dies l (and gas for that matter) *much* cheaper along the major highways. Oh, and at many BP stations in western Michigan, one can buy diesel at very normal-looking car pumps, with credit card pay-at-the-pump. Also, note that like your TDI mileage, your dies l price experience will vary -- different states tax different fuels at different rates (e.g. some states tax both at a high rate, others tax diesel high and gas medium, or diesel low and gas high.)



08/13/98 19:59:51
Name: Mike Skonicki My Email: Email Me
City: Orland Hills Province/State: Illinois Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 1998 TDI Jetta, 86, Golf

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Jason, you sound like a real socialist, but I'm gonna go with Doug's impression. Don't kid yourself, the government does mess with fuel taxes to fund programs and other hidden agendas all the time. If Government people like V.P Al Gore are stupid enough to believe that 10-15% of all air polution in this country comes from lawn mowers, there are others who in office who don't think SUV's are any problem at all. I'm not as willing as you to believe that an additional $.50/gal will be effectively utilized b our government on infrastructure and environmental issues. Sorry to be so serious, but we did chose a vehicle with special fuel considerations. In a sense we are a minority among gasoline burners and mindless bureacrats. The concept of the TDI is too uccessful to allow people "in-the-gub'mint to screw-up!! ......Mike.....Out...



08/13/98 17:29:04
Name: Jason Gull My Email: Email Me
City: Chicago Province/State: IL Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: '98 Jetta TDI

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I just couldn't pass up responding to Doug, the blame-it-on-the-gub'mint cynix. Diesel may very well be cheaper to manufacture, but saying "It costs more because Congress wanted more money." doesn't make much sense. In many, if not most, places, diesel s cheaper than gasoline. In my experience, diesel is more expensive than gas in cities and suburbs, where (1) the market for diesel is smaller than on the interstate, and there are fewer competitors, and (2) there is a lot of competition in the gasoline arket. These factors would tend to drive diesel prices up. Now, as for the politics of the matter. I would recommend that before we jump to conclusions about who wields influence over whom, consider that the trucking industry (as well as the construction industry, the Teamsters, and other diesel-intensive indust ies) has a lot of clout in DC and in state legislatures. In the end, there may be more "soccer moms in SUVs", but they may not spread around the cash enough. And besides, if you can afford a Range Rover, then you can afford to get 10 miles to the gallon even if gas is $2/gal. More to the point, I don't think it's too ridiculous to tax diesel at a higher rate. In general, diesel fuel (used primarily in heavy trucks) allows for greater wear and damage to roads, and results in more pollutants in the air than the equivalent amoun of gasoline. And the Europeans, recognizing the externalities of *both* types of fuel, tax both at a high rate. This rate is a closer approximation of the "true cost" that driving has on infrastructure and environment. Now, how those extra dollars get *spent* is another matter ... I'm glad I've got a diesel, but it wouldn't kill me to have to spend an additional $0.50/gal. on fuel -- accounting for inflation, that's about what fuel cost 3 to 5 years ago. (And though it might have a negative effect on some folks, it would have a lo of positive effects too, particularly if the extra revenue were spent addressing things like infrastructure and the environment.) I'm climb down off my soapbox now, and back into my TDI.



08/13/98 15:53:46
Name: Doug
City: Jupiter Province/State: FL
Your VW/Audi: 84 Rabbit GTI, 85 300D

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Diesel fuel costs less to manufacture than gasoline. The reason it costs more is congress wanted more money. The road taxes on diesel are higher than gasoline. When the taxes went up only the trucking industry and the very few diesel car drivers complaine . It is easier to ignore diesel car drivers than every soccer mom with a SUV or minivan. Fuel prices in europe could be as low as the US, but the governments got hooked on the income from their high taxes. Diesel car development in europe is an offshoot of people wanting more efficient cars to avoid paying the high tax penalty. Black smoke means that all of the fuel is not being burned and is turning into soot. On a TDI there is probably more than the CAT can handle at the time. I wish VW Audi would import the A4 2.5 V6 TDI Quattro, or build a Passat 2.5 V6 TDI Syncro. The Eurovan joke pushed me to Dodge a few years back, now the Chrysler Sebring Convertible is looking better every day.



08/13/98 14:55:20
Name: kenny Mohamed
My Email: Email Me City: London
Country: England Your VW/Audi: VW Golf Ecomatic

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Any views on this car as very few were made and you dont hear or see much about them



08/13/98 13:19:36
Name: D'nardo Colucci My Email: Email Me
City: mpls Province/State: mn Country: usa
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI, 87 Jetta

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A little anecdote for you...The other day, my friend and I test drove a 97 Jetta VR6 to compare it against my Wetterauer chipped TDI. I am pleased to report that we had to take the VR6 into the 6000 rpm range to outperform my TDI! In the normal driving pm range (2-4000 rpm) the TDI was clearly equal if not faster than the VR6.

I'm still getting black smoke when I floor it and haven't heard from Wetterauer. Can someone tell me the difference between the white smoke that the stock TDIs belch when shifting and the black smoke I'm belching when flooring it? Is one too much fuel, he other too little? Is my engine burning hotter with the higher turbo boost, hence black smoke? Thanks...D'nardo



08/13/98 01:02:14
Name: Rick My Email: Email Me
City: Trois RiviSres Province/State: Qu,bec Country: Canada
Your VW/Audi: Golf 92 Diesel

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Hi tdi Fans ! About the issue of running out of fuel. I'm used to emptying my fuel tank almost to the last drop and I'v ran out of fuel many times . I never had in 12 years to do any priming or bleeding of the fuel system, just ad some fuel in the tank and crank the en ine till it start. This is valid even in case of a replacement of the fuel filter. I had to change some glow plugs beneath the injection pump and had removed the pipes to the injectors afterward i'v just cranked the engine, no bleeding ! The only engines that were required bleeding & priming were the first ones around 1977 to 1979 . I don't know how come it's different for the TDI, is anything said about it in the owner's manual ? Still Dreaming about a TDI GOLF... if only they would sell it in North America !!



08/12/98 20:56:11
Name: Maaak
My Email: Email Me Your VW/Audi: NB TDI

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Hi Gordon, Sounds like you are taking extraordinary care with your break-in. My understanding was that anything up to 3000 rpm is probably fine for the first 1000 miles, at nothing more than half throttle. I think that's what most people limit themselves to. As ong as there has been some cool down period, say the type of driving you would do between a highway and your driveway, then my policy is to count to 10 or 15, just to make sure the intercooler has had a chance to cycle through once (use this time to shut f all your accessories, admire your new purchase, etc). These engines really are quite sophisticated compared to your dad's older models, and do not require extensive idle time to cool off. As long as your engine isn't bogging down, letting a diesel engine pull at it's lower rpm's should be fine - that's their strong point. Hey, try this. On a straightaway, take your foot off the gas in any gear and leave it off. Guess what. Your engine's "smart" enough to use the fuel injection like cruise control. First gear will move you nicely at 2mph. 2nd at 5mph, 3rd at 10, 4th at 5, and 5th at 20. This is very easy on your clutch in heavy traffic if you select your gears appropriately. Ahhh, engine management modules! Here's to making the best use of all 25 maps! NOTE: get out of 1st and second gear quickly. Third and fourth re loads of fun! My $.02, Maaak



08/12/98 16:30:25
Name: Mike Skonicki My Email: Email Me
City: Orland Hills Province/State: Illinois Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 1998 TDI Jetta, 86 Golf

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To Jim J:....Your right. The average American cares little about fuel economy. Buying SUV's has more to do with social issues than money issues. Americans have always been a crisis orientated society. They wait for Pearl Harbors, Sputnicks, and an en rgy crisis before they get motivated; then respond brilliantly. Those of us TDI people know that there is something good about conserving the environment, energy, and most of all, money. Even though fuel is relatively cheap in the USA I feel I'm acting responsibly. I do not mean to make a big SOCIAL STATEMENT here, just making a commitment to common sense WITHOUT A CRISIS !!!.....Mike ...Out...



08/12/98 15:32:58
Name: Jim Juritsch My Email: Email Me
City: Richmond Province/State: VA Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 96 Passat TDI Wago

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Catalytic Converter Shortage! I have been waiting for a replacement catalytic converter from the dealer since late May for my Passat TDI. I've got the exhaust *rattle* that so many of us TDI owners start experiencing at around 50K. Anyway, the dealer told me today the converters are on a *national backorder*, whatever that means. I'll also at my two cents to the fuel price narrow mindness in the US. It seems many people in the US just don't care about fuel prices, especially the new breed of SUV drivers. I had an SUV once; I couldn't wait to get rid of it. The mileage was terrible It's pathetic to read the car mags and how they frown on fuel economy. Like it's a bad thing. But why diesel is more than regular at the pumps is a mystery. Isn't diesel a few refinement steps BACK from gasoline. Wouldn't that make it cheaper? Enough for now....luv my TDI



08/12/98 14:06:14
Name: Gordon Acorn My Email: Email Me
City: Ottawa Province/State: Ontario Country: Canada
Your VW/Audi: 1999 Jetta TDi

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Hey Diesel Fans! I just picked up my new 1999 Jetta TDi last night! I'm really excited about this car as it's my first new one, and first diesel. My dad has had diesels before and still has his '81 Rabbit D and '87 Nissan Diesel pickup. The Rabbit is ool, but nothing like this car! Mine is silver with options A/C, radio, roof, and comfort group. I got a super deal on it after looking around at a lot of dealers in the NCC region. I got it at Code Motors in Carleton Place, and must say that they were the nicest dealership to deal with in the area. They had my car parked out in front under a car cover to keep it clean before picking it up! Totally painless process, absolutely excellent service, and strongly recommend anyone looking at a TDi or any VW in the NCC region to be sure and check them out. A few questions for people that have had your TDi's for some time: 1). What is your idle speed? Mine is a little below 900 RPM's which is high compared to my old car (Acura Vigor). 2). What engine speeds do most people use for breakin and how low do you find the engine runs ok? I have been keeping my shifts at 2500 max, and varying my engine speed between 1500 and 2500 when running. Is it ok to let the engine pull along at 1500 or even lower? When driv ng through the parking lot at work I use 2nd gear and on the turns I am sometimes only turning 1000 - 1200 RPM's and then lightly let the car pull away. It seems to have no problems with this. 3). How long do people let the car idle after parking? I'm itting about 1 minute after parking to cool down, but haven't been doing any hard driving. Sorry for being long winded, but I want to look after this baby as it's a definite keeper! Thanks in advance!



08/12/98 02:18:10
Name: Tyson Cragg
My Email: Email Me City: Cambridge
Province/State: Ontario Your VW/Audi: 1986 Jetta GL TD

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It's nice to read all the great anecdotes and information posted on this page. I can't believe that there are so many diesel fanactics out there. I think the TDI engine is the best thing to happen to passenger car diesels in a long time. The automotive diesel was in danger of disappearing from the North American market due to the relative high cost of diesel in the U.S., public perception of diesels as smelly and slow, and more stringent emission regulations. In Canada, VW has sold a 1.9l TD version of just about everything since 1993 when the A3 G/J was introduced. This engine was basically a bored-out version of the 1.6 that was used in the A2s. This engine was never offered to our southern neighbours, for emissions reasons, I presume. Without the dvent of the TDI, and the much larger American market to sustain its sales, the VW diesel may have become a thing of the past. The small Canadian market can hardly justify a separate, Canada-only diesel model if the same is not offered south of the borde , in an automotive market that is roughly nine times larger. When you think of it, unless you lie awake at night calculating your car's fuel economy, why, as an American, would you buy a diesel? I regularly travel in the U.S., and am shocked at the pric of diesel in some states (sometimes, more that $0.25 more than gasoline per gallon!) I think, "why would anyone down here buy a car with a diesel engine?" It makes no economic sense! But I guess that there is something to be said for a car that can go 1200 km on a tank of fuel, and blow away most "sporty" cars across an intersection. So to all Americans: keep buying diesels, so that they don't disappear! Every time I read a Car and Driver article about a diesel car, they inevitably dream up witty phr ses like "it idles like a Peterbilt", or "it has a secret feature: a smoke screen!" I get the impression that hawking a diesel in the U. S. of A. is like selling beer in Saudi Arabia. Anyway, I have rambled for too long. Thanks to all those who are mak ng the TDI vehicles a success. You are guaranteeing that when my '86 Jetta TD (543 000 km) finally brathes its last breath, I'll have a brand-new equivalent to replace it with.



08/12/98 01:36:25
Name: digger My Email: Email Me
City: buff Province/State: ny Country: usa
Your VW/Audi: vw

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i just picked up my 98 tdi jetta last night. i already have 355 miles on it and boy does it have ZIP!!! i used to drive a 86 ford taurus and its, night and day compared to what im used to with the ford. i can hear the turbo whine at 50 mph its something t at i will have to get used to, when should i change the oil and also the fuel filter?



08/11/98 19:16:49
Name: Brian Kmetz My Email: Email Me
City: Streator Province/State: Illinois Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 97 Passat TDI

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I was thinking some more about priming the fuel pump if anyone should run their car out of fuel. The fuel filter was half full when the car quit running so I only needed to add about a pint of fuel to prime the fuel pump. The fuel tank still had about hal a gallon of fuel left in it when my car ran out of fuel. It's impossible to run the fuel filter and tank completely dry. The fuel level in the tank got so low that I simply sucked air into the fuel filter. The fuel pump then lost pressure and the engine topped. The clear fuel supply lines still showed fuel in them while all this happened. The car had 800 miles of mostly city driving on that tank so I had to plead mea culpa to one very irate redhead since filling up the cars is my job.



08/11/98 18:40:15
Name: Mike Skonicki My Email: Email Me
City: Orland Hills Province/State: Illinois Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 1998 TDI Jetta, 86 Golf

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I'm always shocked to hear the price of fuel outside the USA. Our TDI friends abroad quickly remind us how lucky we are, (for now). With prices of $3.00/gal in europe it will take a TDI owner far less than 69,000 miles to recover the money spent on the iesel option. Even if we are lucky for the next few years to maintain relatively low fuel prices, I will still be glad to own an efficient automobile. It's makes sense if only for the sake of the environment. So cheer up TDI fans! More than likely you TDI will last beyond 69,000 miles and if another energy crisis should come our way, we will have paid our FUEL INSURANCE......Mike....Out...



08/11/98 16:12:05
Name: Brian Kmetz My Email: Email Me
City: Streator Province/State: Illinois Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 97 Passat TDI

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Hi TDI fans! I just got back from vacation and my wife did manage to run the Passat out of fuel, boy did I catch hell. Priming the fuel pump and injectors is easy. Remove the metal clip off the fuel retrun line and pull the recirculation valve off the fu l filter. I used an old dish soap squirt bottle to fill the fuel filter through the small hole. It can be a little messy. The fuel filter holds about 3/4 of a quart/liter. I also added about a gallon of fuel to the tank. The car had to be cranked over a ew times but it did start right up. My steering wheel has been off center and my local tire gurus swear it's the Goodyear Eagle GAs. The GAs are a loud tire that handles poorly in water and useless in snow. The tire store guys never sell them as replaceme ts unless it involves a warranty claim. Even when I rotated the tires every 5000 miles those suckers never wore evenly and cause the wheel drift. After each tire rotation the wheel would be centered for a few thousand miles and then go off again. I tried several different air pressures and 40 PSI seems to work the best for even tire wear. I have 41,000 miles on the car now and will be replacing the tires by October. Goodbye Goodyears, hello Michelins, Dunlaps, etc. Any high mileage owners out there who du ped their Goodyears and got some real tires on their car, inform us please!



08/11/98 08:30:13
Name: JC My URL: Visit Me
My Email: Email Me Country: Portugal
Your VW/Audi: Seat Tdi

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Still the clutch pedal recovery problem: To all TDI users: The VW Technical Service Bulletin that concerns this problem is: TSB nr. 3097-02 (Oct97) and it applies to all TDI's. JC Happy TD'ing



08/11/98 08:15:54
Name: JC My URL: Visit Me
My Email: Email Me Country: Portugal
Your VW/Audi: Ibiza TDI

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To Jonh in Lousville, Your clutch pedal recovery problem is not a big issue, but you'll have to attend to it asap. It is only the recovery spring that is not strong enough. It has been a TDI problem since ever. Next time you drive by you VW dealer ask them to change it. If they tell you they don't know what you're talking about tell them to look into their TSB's ( Tec nical Service Bulletins ) for that weak spring. It is stated in all the VW factories TGW ( Things Gone Wrong ) books since the begginning of the production of the TDI ( late 1988 ). It takes about one hour and a half to change the spring, so it is not a v ry expensive operation. By the way, if your car is new this should be covered by the warranty. My Seat had this problem and the dealer took care of it and charged me nothing. Happy TD'ing. JC



08/10/98 23:27:56
Name: John
My Email: Email Me City: Louisville
Province/State: KY Your VW/Audi: '98 Jetta TDI

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I've noticed that my clutch pedal keeps creeping closer & closer to the floor with use. Has this happend to anyone else? Shouldn't it be roughly out as far as the brake? If I pull it back with my hand, it will stay back out for a while, but it seems to work its way back towards the floor over time. And when I do pull it back out, I have to get used to an entirely different "feel" when I let it out, as it then "catches" in a different spot. Is this a big deal? I was just going to wait for the 5,000 se vice to have someone look at it, since visiting repair shops isn't a favorite hobby, but I have a fear of it sticking to the floor some day or something.



08/10/98 23:16:05
Name: Maaak
My Email: Email Me Your VW/Audi: NB TDI

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Hey John (08/04), Don't ask me why, but the steering issue has pretty much corrected itself now. Perhaps the tires needed that much (3k miles) to "settle." As for the remote hatch release, it was the actual motor behind the panel, not the button. There's a beige plastic asing on it and the pin that holds it together broke. The service guy mummified it with black plastic tape, and since that should hold it in my natural life, I'm going to leave it. Wandered around a bit this weekend - even at 200 miles on the tank I was still at 3/4 full! Hee hee hee. Even if it takes 80k miles to recoup the extra spent on this engine, it sure feels nice to just drive and drive and never have to stop to tank up! And no, I never tire of people telling me they love my car - just for the record. Maaak



08/10/98 13:12:33
Name: Jon Bachelder My Email: Email Me
City: South Lake Tahoe Province/State: CA Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 jetta tdi :-)

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We bought our tdi last wednesday from Niello in Sacramento, it hit 111 dgrees F during the negotiations!! The car is more powerful than I expected. Having had nothing but 4x4's for the last 15 years, I was also surprized by the good handling. I have a couple questions I hope the tdi gurus can answer for me. 1. What is the procedure for priming the fuel and or injector pumps if you run out of fuel? 2. Can anyone recommend a source for good seat covers reasonably priced? Thanks for any help you can offer. Jon



08/10/98 07:09:41
Name: Rick My Email: Email Me
City: Chalmette Province/State: Louisiana Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

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I just installed a K&N filter on my TDI, and I can honestly say that there has been an increase in power. Not a huge difference, but it is noticable, especially at higher rpm's. There is also a little more noise. When the turbo starts to spool up, there is a whooshing of air. The normal turbo whine is there, but it is almost like a sucking sound. The car drives great, I double checked all of the clamps on the airbox and the tubes going to it. I am going to assume that this noise is due to the increased airflow. If anyone has any comments on this, please reply. The part number for the filter is 33-2069. Modifying this car is quite different from the small block Chevy engines that I am used to.



08/10/98 00:01:04
Name: digger dave My Email: Email Me
City: buffalo Province/State: ny Country: usa
Your VW/Audi: 98 tdi jetta

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has anyone out there had a problem with cold starts? i have been concerned with the upcoming winter,maybe i should install a engine block heater any input would be greatly appreciated



08/09/98 21:49:08
Name: Wikus My Email: Email Me
City: Johannesburg Province/State: Gauteng Country: South Africa
Your VW/Audi: golf bakkie

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Thanks for this page. I really enjou it and learn a lot. I am looking for a 1900TDI golf/'jetta engine for my bakkie. If I get one I will also need technical data. About what are the prices of these engines in different countries. Where will it be the cheapest to buy one. Please help me. I want to get my bakkie runnig again. Thanks Wikus



08/08/98 05:08:38
Name: John My Email: Email Me
City: Lakewood Province/State: CO Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 97 10k mile TDI

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Re. fuel economy. The rate is set at a speed etc. that is comparable to other auto makers. so the buyer can compare. Like they say its just an estimate. I too get 47 miles to the gallon on the interstate and with the air on all the time.



08/07/98 21:05:29
Name: Dick Mc Govern My Email: Email Me
City: St. Paul Province/State: Minnesota Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 VW Jetta TDI

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I purchased my Jetta TDI on July 7, 1998, and with 6,277 miles on it, I brought it to the dealer for the 5,000 mile check-up, on July 29. My dealer is the seventh largest in the country, but they overfilled the oil by 1/4" above the "C" Range and they put in API Service SJ (for gasoline engines), instead of API Service CD or CG4 for diesel engines (re: Owners Manual, p. 126-128). This incompetence concerns me. The SJ quality rated oil will damage the diesel engine, as will the overfill. I insisted they rem ve the SJ oil and install Synthetic 5W-50, API Service CG4. For the first 2 years or 24,000 miles, the VW dealer incurs the cost for all maintenance. New TDI owners beware, unless you change your own oil and filter. For fuel economy, I am averaging about 7 mpg, with no A/C and 95% highway miles, at 70-75 mph. The Jetta TDI EPA highway rating of 49 mpg was calculated at 55 mph, not 70-75 mph, the most likely Interstate posted speed - the VW advertisement is deceiving. Best regards from: mcgov001@metvax.met o.msus.edu.



08/07/98 20:57:41
Name: Dick Mc Govern My Email: Email Me
City: St. Paul Province/State: Minnesota Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 VW Jetta TDI

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I purchased my Jetta TDI on July 7, 1998, and with 6,277 miles on it, I brought it to the dealer for the 5,000 mile check-up, on July 29. My dealer is the seventh largest in the country, but they overfilled the oil by 1/4" above the "C" Range and they put in API Service SJ (for gasoline engines), instead of API Service CD or CG4 for diesel engines (re: Owners Manual, p. 126-128). This incompetence concerns me. The SJ quality rated oil will damage the diesel engine, as will the overfill. I insisted they rem ve the SJ oil and install Synthetic 5W-50, API Service CG4. For the first 2 years or 24,000 miles, the VW dealer incurs the cost for all maintenance. New TDI owners beware, unless you change your own oil and filter. For fuel economy, I am averaging about 7 mpg, with no A/C and 95% highway miles, at 70-75 mph. The Jetta TDI EPA highway rating of 49 mpg was calculated at 55 mph, not 70-75 mph, the most likely Interstate posted speed - the VW advertisement is deceiving. Best regards from: mcgov001@metvax.met o.msus.edu.



08/07/98 18:01:45
Name: Bryce Hunt
My Email: Email Me City: Denver
Province/State: CO Your VW/Audi: 96 Passat TDI

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With my Temperature Control Knob turned all the way counter-clockwise to the Blue dot and the AC button disengaged, I assume that I should be pumping air in that is not more than a couple degrees warmer than the outside air. Rather, I am pumping air in t at is at least 5 - 10 degrees warmer than the outside air. Anyone having a similar experience? I will be receiving my Robert Bentley Manuals in the mail soon, so hopefully they can give me some hints on a remedy. Any suggestions are welcome.



08/07/98 13:08:11
Name: cclaus littmann My Email: Email Me
City: s'toon Province/State: sk. Country: canada
Your VW/Audi: 5th avenue calgary

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the following web site has more info on the high pressure fuel system, basically its' using the camshaft to mechanically drive the injector to its peak pressure, (over 2000 bar) http://www.autobild.de/archiv/ausgaben/1998/06/24/aktuell/index.hbs?refe the local saskatoon dealer says that vw will be selling a tdi passat, and they keep insisting that it will be the 2.5l v6... we'll see



08/06/98 22:44:29
Name: Chip My URL: Visit Me
Province/State: CA Your VW/Audi: pipedream

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Anybody seen the VW Vortex web site? http://www.vwvortex.com/home.html BTW, I'd like to see VW market a diesel-electric car (think Locomotive). VW would have to prove to California it should be exempt because of CA's myopic "zero emissions" rule, but such a car could be awesome. For example, Saturn's EV1 is pretty quick, f nothing else. I read several years ago in Popular Science/Mech. that VW had a diesel-electric test platform that got 300mpg. Wouldn't that be cool? Another thing I'd like to see is the TDi engine (or similar) in a small pick-up available in the U.S. Why not, the big Dodge/Ford diesels are HOT sellers. A TD powered 4x4 Minitruck that got 30mpg and towed 4000 lbs would be fantastic.



08/06/98 21:21:54
Name: Maaak
My Email: Email Me Your VW/Audi: NB TDI

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Hey Harold, Can you say, "sproing!" Have you ever DRIVEN an elastic-drive? Yeesh. Count me out! It feels like the car is always trying to catch up to itself, which in my book rates below a slush-drive. Can you tell I drive a 5 speed? ;) Just my $.02, Maaak



08/06/98 20:56:08
Name: Harold H. My Email: Email Me
City: Fort Worth Province/State: TX Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: None yet

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An esoteric comment. Does anyone realize how near perfect a drive train would result from a TDI engine combined with a computer-controlled continuously variable transmission as is found in the Honda Civic HX? The TDI's flat torque peak from 1,900-4,900 PM's makes it a natural for such a combination. The engine could run at a nearly constant and efficient speed while the car's speed would vary by transmission changes. Perhaps if we begged VW long enough...



08/06/98 20:30:19
Name: Clay Peyton My Email: Email Me
City: Lexington Province/State: Ky Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 97 Jetta TDi

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Hi all. I just got a reply from Garrett. He says he is working on a chip for the TDi & it will be available SOON! He didnt mention price, power improvements, etc.



08/06/98 17:00:04
Name: Don Splaun My Email: Email Me
City: Staunton Province/State: VA Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 1996 Passat TDI

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I just performed the 60,000 mile maintenance on my TDI (this is my fourth VW diesel). I have all of the proper tools from the past timing belt changes but please take note: The pump timing idicator and adapter have changed. The TDI fuel pump now has a l rger diameter hole and the adapter that is used on the dial indicator will no longer work. I had to fabricated my own in the middle of the job which added several hours to the job. It still runs great and I am averaging 44 MPG. I want to drive the NB T I and if it is quiet I might trade or sell the Passat on my own.



08/06/98 11:35:04
Name: D.P. Muir
My Email: Email Me City: Pittsburgh
Province/State: PA Country: USA

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Dear Contributors Has anybody seen any statistics related to the durability of the TDI, especially the turbo? As a former owner of a diesel car, 1981 Audi 5000, I can attest to their durability. But, I was disappointed when the turbo on my 1996 SAAB quit at 120,000 miles I would be interested in seeing any comparison of the TDI, 2.0 liter and V6. I will be buying some version of a VW in the winter. I am holding out for the restyled Jetts/Golf due to the safety features (I have 3 kids, one of which will be driving soon). Has anyone had any problems with the fuel line freezing? Any information is appreciated. Thanks. DPM



08/06/98 08:45:01
Name: JC My URL: Visit Me
My Email: Email Me Country: Portugal

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Concerning the Wetterauer chip... When we have such an elastic engine as the TDI and our last car had a engine that we had to do some revving to really make it work we sure think it's fast. That lasts until the moment we get used to it. Then it's up to the tunning companies to work out so e solutions. Wetterauer only is one of the many hundreds of companies that rebuild the chipping in the TDI! Superchips, one of the oldest also has chips for the TDI - http://www.superchips.co.uk/tdiesfr.htm - , KW Systems, one of the youngest also as chip for the TDI - http://kw-systems.de/ - , PAPMAHL - one of the best - also has terrific chipping but no webpage yet - http://privat.swol.de/MirkoPeichl/papmahl.htm - , OETTINGER also does some chipping and has been working for VW since ... ever.. and they ave built the first GOlf I GTI 16V. They are at http://altern.org/oettinger/ . ABT does a lot of preparations and races them - http://www.autobahnint.com/AIM_store/Html/ABT/ABT.htm - an so do ATD, CESAM, GIWASA and many others. So I think the Wetterauer chip is worth the cash if it is cheaper than the others and does at least the same. Chip Tunning an engine is not only changing some lines of binary code in a EPROM and installing the new chip. Please, rethink air intakes and mai ly the oil quality. Those who have trip computers in their TDI's know that the oil temperature is always high. These are high compression engines and you can easily "cook" the oil if you push to hard a low quality oil. Thank you for those who had the guts to install a chip and TELL US about what was different since then. This is the way we can make tunning our cars a safe action. JC Happy TD'ing.



08/06/98 03:46:13
Name: Kirk Lowrey My Email: Email Me
City: Shawnee Province/State: Oklahoma Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 96 Passat TDI

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The wife and i love our TDI it has 65000 miles today we are shooting for 250,000 we are getting around 45 mpg @ 70+ mph! there is only one thing we dont like how it will start without the clutch pushed down we have a 3yr son who knows how to put the key i . VW did not do there home work on this safety feature???



08/06/98 03:23:05
Name: Brett My URL: Visit Me My Email: Email Me
City: Chatham Province/State: ON Country: Canada
Your VW/Audi: '85 Jetta diesel coupe

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Interesting page. I just started driving an '85 Jetta diesel (338000 kms on it), and I got 1163 kms out of the last 53 litre tank. I hope to buy a Jetta TDI in about two years or so when I'm no longer a student and have a real job.



08/06/98 02:42:49
Name: Jonathan Bartlett My Email: Email Me
City: Sterling Province/State: Mass. Country: US
Your VW/Audi: MAGIC Passat

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I have rechecked and rechecked the odometer and speedo for consistancy. Measured miles for one mile and highway markers for thirty miles. The numbers on the road and in the dash match. No other vehicle that I've owned has come close to the EPA rating. I a using the original type Goodyear Eagle GA tires 195-60-14, not skateboard wheels. My wife got 36 mpg in her Subaru, I'd get 28 in the same car. She gets 34 or so in her current Audi, I get 26 when I have to drive it. She dislikes the Passat, I wonder wha she'd get. I have no idea what the previous owner did, if anything, to the Passat. I use synthetic motor oil exclusively, I try to maintain momentum once rolling, I coast in neutral down the small hills here in New England, I run all 4 tires at 40 psi cold. On the m nus side I use full throttle to get to speed, I almost always drive faster than the posted limit (except school zones), I drive 70 with the AC on in 55 marked interstates, I run studded snows in the winter. I haven't a clue why it is so much higher than t e norm. "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth."



08/06/98 02:27:12
Name: Joel Hembel My Email: Email Me
City: West Bend Province/State: WI Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 1996 Passat TDI

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I've got 75,000 miles and I get 50 mpg regularly from week to week. Sorry if some of you other owners don't believe it. Thats 930+ miles per tank ful. For those of you who have new TDIs- give em a chance to break in. My mileage kept gradually increasing t ll over 25,000 miles. Luv the power and economy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



08/06/98 00:25:03
Name: Clay Peyton My Email: Email Me
City: Lexington Province/State: Ky Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 97 Jetta TDi

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I totaly agree that $600 is a lot for a chip. Wetterauer is new to the American market and hopefully as time goes by & sales go up, their prices will go down. Not very long ago Neuspeed & the other big names were selling chips for the VR6 for $250 for on y a 7 hp increase! But they have gone down to $99. By the way, I was told that Neuspeeds TDI chip has been put on the back burner because they are busy developing all sorts of new products for the New Beetle. I think Garrett is the only other alternative. I e-mailed him last night about TDI chips but havent gotten a response yet. If anyone wants to get in touch with Garrett to express an interest in a TDi chip from him, here is his web site address...(http://www.dvol.com/~users/gal/giac.htm) Hope this help , Clay



08/05/98 22:57:40
Name: Jason Gull My Email: Email Me
City: Chicago Province/State: IL Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

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Clay - The chip *speaks* for itself, too? Maybe it really *is* worth the 600 bucks.... Does anyone have any word on when/if there will be a TDI chip cheaper than the Wetterauer? $600 is an awful lot of money for a little extra horsepower. I know, I know, there are lots of mods that people do, like exhaust systems, that cost as much and ad as little to performance. It's just that with those mods, one can actually see the improvements. They're steel, or aluminum, and they likely add to resale value as well. The chip, on the other hand, not only isn't an outwardly noticeable addition, and probably won't add to the resale value of the car, it doesn't seem like it should cost so much. It costs more than a Pentium II (which is also overpriced). I even understand economies of scale. But it's hard for me to believe that the Wett folks wouldn t sell three times as many chips if they were $200 instead of $600. $200 is *easy* to justify (for me). $600 is way too steep.



08/05/98 22:43:50
Name: Clay Peyton My Email: Email Me
City: Lexington Province/State: Ky Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 97 Jetta TDI

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Me again. Some time ago I mentioned that I would be doing 0-60 chip comparison testing. Well....I have decided against this. It would take 15-20 0-60's to get any useable data for a good comparison. 0-60's are the worst thing anyone can do to a car, and I just dont want to put my car through that type of abuse. Sorry for any disappointments. The chip will speak for itself.



08/05/98 22:12:19
Name: Clay Peyton My Email: Email Me
City: Lexington Province/State: Ky Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 97 Jetta TDi & 95 GTi VR6

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Chip better than sex?........(I'm thinking)....... uh, no. 8) Thanks for your vote at the CVO show D'nardo! I got second place in the A3 Jetta class! I heard some guy was complaining after the show becuase he got beet by a diesel. Hehe. The smoking your experiencing should gradually diminish as time goes by. As long as the car isnt pouring out smoke like it did after the initial installation, things should be ok. It probably will take a month or so for things to get back to the "normal" level.(that was my experience). Also, your car has low miles, (4000?), that 'MIGHT' play a factor as well since it's not qiute roken in. Well, I had a turbo boost & oil pressure guage installed on friday. It looks like maximum boost with the chip is 18-20 PSI. Cruising on the highway I at 70 I see 4-5 PSI and as much as 12-14 going up-hill. I'm going to put the stock chip back i the car this weekend to compare boost levels. I heard maximum boost with the stock chip is around 15-16 PSI. We were surprised to see such high oil pressure. 150 PSI with a cold engine at idle! But it drops to 30-35 with a warm engine at idle & I see 90- 5 PSI at highway speeds. That's all for now blah, blah, blah.



08/05/98 21:47:42
Name: Krosnoff
Province/State: FLORIDA Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 96 Passat TDI

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Well apparently Jonathan Bartlett has a magic 96 Passat TDI that gets more mileage than either the usually optimistic EPA ratings and other Passat owners get. Like I said, to get 50mpg you can hardly leave the highway. Don't tell me you get 52mpg with a mix of city\hwy. That's BS. Maybe you should get your odometer accuracy checked. Be realistic.



08/05/98 19:39:29
Name: Thom Scott My Email: Email Me
City: New Orleans Province/State: La Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 96 tdi Passat

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I love my passat. It gets (using the AC all the time here in the tropics) about 45mpg. The only drawback has been the vibration from the engine. Not noticeable to me inside the car but the cells in my original battery rattled apart and screws in my eyegla ses and camera equipment back themselves out. I just carry jewler's screwdrivers with me. Anyone else have this problem?



08/05/98 18:50:45
Name: Al My Email: Email Me
City: Monona Province/State: WI Country: US
Your VW/Audi: 97 Passat TDI and a few more

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Aaron, as Mike said, the current Jetta TDI is a great deal. The only drawback to the car is a lack of rear legroom if the driver is over 6 feet and regularly transports people in the back seat. I had a 94 Jetta (gas) and traded it for the Passat TDI becau e my 6 year old daughters just did not have enough room. VW Vortex published a news release from VW of NA indicating the 99 Golf will show up with the TDI motor. Who knows when. The Golf 4 has more interior space than the Golf/Jetta 3. I am hoping to repl ce my 88 Golf with a Golf 4 TDI. As far as your current car goes, let er' smoke and save the cash for your TDI. Al



08/05/98 16:11:51
Name: Mike Skonicki My Email: Email Me
City: Orland Hills Province/State: Illinois Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 1998 TDI Jetta, 86 Golf

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Aaron: Waiting for the latest model of anything is not a good idea. They will be in high demand, therefore they will be scarce for a while. Also there will be less bargins due to the car's exclusivity. You can own a jetta NOW for a song. I know the bo y design on the Passat is cool, but to me it's starting to look like all the other cars out there,(melted soap bar lines). The new M.Benz model (forgot model number) looks a lot like a current Jetta, (very european). So a TDI is out there for you now. I m having a blast with mine. I'm not afraid to rev the snot out of it either. A stick shift and 149 lbs/ft. torque can do wonders. So go buy a Jetta now, and stop waiting for the expensive car that will come "someday", and forget the Hyundai repairs (good money after bad).. Mike...Out...



08/05/98 15:50:16
Name: Aaron Malcom
City: Normal Province/State: IL
Country: USA Your VW/Audi: Want a Passat

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Wow! I'd love to know more about the Passat coming stateside as a TDI. VW just last week reassured me that it definitely won't be available in the US this year (but does that include Jan. 1999?). I am just about ready to get a new (partially used engin ) for my Hyundai Sonata V6 ($1600 installed w/12 mo. warranty) because I can't stand the huge clouds of smoke it blows (130,000 miles). I might be willing to not get the engine (yeah, reducing the value of my car) and put that money instead toward a TDI assat. But I don't want to wait to no avail. Otherwise I'll get the engine in two or three weeks and be less eager to get a TDI until I could get it for a great price (sometime into its model year, I'm sure). What would you guys suggest? Oh, and bring that information on!!! Thanks! -- Aaron M.



08/05/98 12:31:30
Name: Ron J.
City: Silver Spring Province/State: MD
Your VW/Audi: 86 Golf Diesel

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Jonathan, I did the math for you. The number of gallons bought is $17.65/($1.039/gallon). Take your mileage and divide by this figure to get fuel economy. I calculate (948.3 miles*$1.039/gal)/$17.65 = 55.82343909348mpg. (Yes, I know about sig figs.) Pretty good mileage! As far as city vs. highway driving goes, my golf gets 48 - 50 mpg with no A/C, or 45 mpg with A/C running in the city (Washington, DC), but on a recent road trip to Pittsburgh it averaged 42 mpg! Go figure. As far as smoke problems go from the new chip go, I recommend directing it at some road-hogging cyclist. ;-) Keep posting info about the new TDI engines, particularly reliability and when/if the new one are coming Stateside (particularly as a Golf!) RJ



08/05/98 09:57:01
Name: Jonathan Bartlett My Email: Email Me
City: Sterling Province/State: MA Country: US
Your VW/Audi: 96 Passat TDI sedan

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I need your help, I don't know how to use a calculator to figure out my mileage. My last fillup on 8/3/98 cost $17.65, at a cost per gallon of $1.039. The trip meter which was reset at the last fillup indicated 948.3 miles had passed. Please figure out my mileage for me as I obviously can't. I think that every one of the stations I have used is cheating me by delivering less than I pay for. WAIT A MINUTE! That means that I am using even LESS fuel! This post marks the begining of my "Don't ask, Don't tell" olicy towards the fuel mileage that I get under my driving conditions in my car, YMMV. If you want the fueling history and the numbers used to calculate the 52+mpg AVERAGE, mail me and I will send you the figures.



08/05/98 00:48:32
Name: Krosnoff
Province/State: FLORIDA Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 96 Passat TDI

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First off, keep your fingers crossed for the new TDI to come stateside. What was said that made you guys think it was coming here? Any word on the realistic timeframe. I want a new car . . got the new car fever but hate to part with my TDI. Second, there would appear to be a lot of people who either can't use a calculator or want to be able to boast about mileage. I've put many a mile on the original TDI and get between 35-49mpg (US). In the city you WILL NOT GET 50mpg. At 95% city driving I get 35mpg. On I75 & I95 from Florida to Rhode Island I get almost 50. When you throw in any city driving it lowers the mileage fast. The Jetta & Beetle have a weight advantage but there are design limitations of engines that cap fuel mileage at a certain oint. Constant 51mpg or other nonsense is not possible unless you live on the interstate (and your car). Happy motoring!!



08/05/98 00:47:54
Name: Al Forte My Email: Email Me
City: Cos Cob Province/State: CT Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

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Just picked up my new black 98 Jetta from Pray Volkswagon in Greenwich. Traded in a '97 SAAB 900S with 16,000 miles. I am about to start a new job (huge promotion) in north Jersey that increases my commute by 50 miles per day. I figured that I needed b tter gas miliage and greater durability to do the commute. The SAAB would cost me a fortune to keep on the road. In any case, I love this TDI Jetta! It is every bit as fast as the 900S without all the sway and oversteer. The positive testamonials on t is page reaffirmed my decision to go with the TDI. Thanks All!



08/04/98 23:14:35
Name: D'nardo Colucci My Email: Email Me
City: mpls Province/State: mn Country: usa
Your VW/Audi: 98 tdi/chipped

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Is my chipped out TDI "better than sex?"... no. But my girlfriend has accused me of loving my car more than her! Clay, what's your opinion?
The cost was $595 and even after driving to Chicago, I couldn't get him (Wetterauer) to knock anything off the price. If American chip makers (I hear Garrett is the best) ever come out with a TDI chip it'll be more like $150 - but none to date have one. The car is great to drive but I still see smoke when I step on it at less than 2000 rpm. I'm going to talk this over with Wetterauer to see if something can't be done about it. I'll post again when I know more. D'nardo



08/04/98 23:06:04
Name: Terry Cain My URL: Visit Me My Email: Email Me
City: Georgetown Province/State: In. Country: US
Your VW/Audi: New Beetle

Comments:
Got one of the first TDI Beetle's. Love it. Has plenty of spunk and get 48 mpg. Great car.



08/04/98 22:12:31
Name: Jose Borja My Email: Email Me
City: Elk Mound Province/State: WI Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

Comments:
I hate to rain in your gas mileage parade, but ya'll are assuming that the pumps actually deliver gallons accurately. Rest assured many pumps deliver more/less fuel than the gallons accounted for due to pump variations (errors) and rigging by the station (yes, as in fraud). In my case, I go by how much money I spend a week: My Jeep Cherokee 4X4 costs me about $30/week while the TDI costs me $11/week to operate. That's good enough for me. Sometimes I get 40MPG, sometimes 43MPG. All I know is I'm haul ng ass all the time without regard for the speed laws for less money. I go with the pack and I don't like to follow, so my foot is in and out of the throttle pedal to keep up with my driving preferences--I don't baby my engine and go for the maximum outp t in the least amount of time. Come on guys, there's more to this car than fuel economy!!!! How about some maintenance tips (oil, additives, etc.), modifications (chips, trannys, exhausts, wheels, tires, lights, stereos, speakers), car care (wax, cleani g products, etc.). From now on, let us reserve any measurement activities for the shower room unless you want to report on the effects that a given product is having on your TDI, agreed? D'nardo, how about posting $$$$ for your new chip? Can we get a discount if we all get into the action? I could certainly used the extra speed as I weave my way in and out of traffic. Is it as good as you posted? Let me put it in guy terms: Is it b tter than sex? (excluding sex with the wife, of course) Regards, Jose



08/04/98 20:03:49
Name: John
My Email: Email Me City: Louisville
Province/State: KY

Comments:
Maaak: My steering wheel is a few degrees off-center, too. It has been like that since I bought it. I didn't notice it, but my brother sure did. It doesn't really bother me that much, so I'm not going to get it taken care of until I get the 5,000 mile ervice. When you said your rear remote, are you talking about when you push the button in the console to open the trunk or the keyfob remote? I've noticed that about 25% of the time I push the button in the console, it makes the noise, but it doesn't op n. It always opens the second time I push it. I just thought maybe I wasn't pushing it in far enough, but maybe there is something wrong with it...



08/04/98 18:53:48
Name: Loren Marz My Email: Email Me
City: Clinton Province/State: TN Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

Comments:
Regarding the last post on the next generation of TDI (DJ from KY), a bar is one atmosphere or about 14.7 psi. So 2050 bar would be an injection pressure of about 30,000 psi (if my math is correct). I have read where VW/Bosch were developing an electron c unit injection system and that VW was not pursuing the common rail system. 2050 bar is the highest injection pressure I've heard of so far!



08/04/98 17:18:54
Name: Ben Hendricks My Email: Email Me
City: Bowling Green Province/State: Ohio Country: United States
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

Comments:
Can anyone give me some information on the Wetterauer chip? I have been to the website, but I am looking for more. Like, Toledo(Detroit) area dealers, people (contacts) to ask for, current price, vehicle down-time, installation notes, etc... I am lookin for the best price and if I find it I will most likely purchase before the year is up. any help is greatly appreciated, and keep up the posts, this is a great site. Thanks, Ben Hendricks bhendri@hotmail.com



08/04/98 16:21:50
Name: D. Johnson
My Email: Email Me City: Burlington
Province/State: KY Your VW/Audi: 97 Jetta GL

Comments:
I also have seen an article about the new TDI that JC in Portugal just wrote about. It was in "Auto Bild" magazine about two weeks ago. Dont know if you are able to get hold of German magazines, but if so, get this one. They show an off-yellow Passat hav ng the new engine...sweet! Pretty impressive numbers for the next generation of TDI's. As JC mentioned, each cylinder now gets its own pump, enabling the pressure in each cylinder to jump to 2050 bar, instead of the normal 1000 bar of today's TDI. (Now dont know exactly how to translate bar to psi, but suffice it to say that it will be twice(!) as much pressure.) This system, jointly developed by Bosch and VW, will allow the TDI to be the first diesel engine to offer that type of pressure...and that me ns less pollution, quicker acceleration times, and a projected 46mpg (if my math is correct). This new engine will be offered on the Passat starting in October(one can tell it's a new engine because the *DI* of the TDI is in red on the rear moniker), and little different than JC's info, will be in the new Bora a few weeks later, and will run for only DM1000 (USD570) extra. But regardless, it looks to be promising, and hopefully, we will be able to get them here in the US quickly. chau, dj



08/04/98 13:22:13
Name: D'nardo Colucci My Email: Email Me
City: mpls Province/State: mn Country: usa
Your VW/Audi: Jetta; 87, 98 tdi

Comments:
A report from CVO's Treffen 98;
I made the trek to Chicago on Sunday to see the hundreds of tricked out VW's on display at this year's Treffen. There were rows of Corrados, Golf GTIs and New and old Beetles...
But I really came to see two things; 1.Clay Peyton's TDI (see his posts here) and 2. The Wetterauer booth. I was not disappointed.
Clay's car is sweet. With the Wetterauer chip and Techtonics cat-back exhaust, he's made the two major horsepower revisions I want to do. He's also put some serious effort into wheels/tires, front grill (6 headlights!), and the interior. I voted it Bes of Show.
Ricardo Davis was manning the Wetterauer booth (his Audi A4 1.8l Turbo covered in a banner). I asked him about the chip upgrade and he said "Do you want to try it out, before you buy it?". I said, "Umm... ok." Nathan from WI (who put a turbo on his 91 D esel Jetta), a guy from the CVO and his son and I watched as Ricardo put the new chips in. Piece of cake. Then we piled in for the test drive. WOW!! Four people and a dog in the car and it was a rocket! I think Ricardo knew that I wasn't going to take it out after the test drive.
Anyway, when I got back from the test drive, I complained of the black smoke that came pouring out when I would floor it. Ricardo said it takes a while to break in and Clay was standing there to confirm this. I drove back to MN (6 hrs) and for quite a w ile I was running with 4 black V6 Corrados! I could keep up with them in everyway! Since being home I've noticed only a little black smoke when I floor it, otherwise there's none. The best part is the way the car drives in normal mode. It's much smoot er throughout - no shuttering or heaving. The throttle response is smooth as silk. I would recommend upgrading the chips even if you don't want to keep up with the Corrados. Although, it's nice to know you can. Oh yeah, on the trip home (80 mph avg sp ed, much higher at times) I got roughly 46.10326 mpg!!
D'nardo



08/04/98 08:56:54
Name: JC My URL: Visit Me
My Email: Email Me Country: Portugal
Your VW/Audi: Ibiza TDi

Comments:
Hot news from Wolfsburg... The 115hp TDi has arrived...(check out my 04/28/98 posting in these page)... finally. And it's going to the US & Canada too. The technology differs from the "old" 110hp TDi mainly in the way fuel is injected into the cilinders. The new engine doesn't have a common rail, it has a injector pump for each cilinder. So instead of having a single pump injecting fuel at very high pres ure, it has four, one per cilinder, still working at very high pressure. This is the way VW found to keep the Mercedes, Alfa Romeo, Peugeot and Citroen common rail engines out-of-date. The first car to be equipped with the new engine will be the VW Passat and the first tests show that torque rises from 24kgm to 29kgm ( that's 20% increase!! ) 0 to 60 mph is now done in 10,7 seconds instead of 11,7 and 80kph to 120kph in 5th gear is now done in 10,5 sec instead of 13sec. Fuel consumption remains the same. The secondary goal of VW is polution, after all the main reason the 110hp never went to the US market. The new is car is more silent and has extra power in lower revs. A good change after all. The Passat now has it , the all range of Skoda, Seat, Audi and VW will have it starting 1st of January 1999. So start asking questions to your local VW dealers so that you don't get it last. By the way the price tag has increased in Europe about 1200 USD for the same car with the new engine. Happy TDI'ng



08/03/98 21:08:23
Name: Maaak
My Email: Email Me Your VW/Audi: NB TDI 5sp

Comments:
Hi all, Is anyone else having problems with their steering wheel being poorly alligned? I've had mine in the shop 5 (count 'em) FIVE times trying to get this straightened out. I could go into the details, but it's probably more important just to say that it's t e dealership more than anything. Talk about getting the runaround! Other issues: The rearview mirror vibrated enough to warrant replacement (done so efficiently by a different mechanic at Boston Volkswagen). It's quiet now, but still provides a vibrating image. My rear remote failed. This too was fixed efficiently (with black electrical tape - I don't want a replacement part because I believe the weak point was in the clip that holds the thing together). If this happens, pop off the face plate inside the hatch and look at the power module, it's beige. The "lid" to it will have popped. My stickshift has begun to show a tendancy to vibrate audibly in 3rd and 4th gear at approx 2000 rpm. The jury's out on this - it may go away, so I'm saving judgement until the 5k checkup. The higher vibration level of the TDI may be the problem which I will have to live with, rather than trust a mechanic to mess with my transmission. My oil light blinked and beeped this morning, but otherwise showed no sign of problem - oil's at proper level. If this is starting to sound like it's adding up, that's how I feel. At some level, I can appreciate that a new model will have teething problems. Overall, I still love the car because there's a lot to like about it. Biggest sticking point is how Bosto Volkswagen has been handling this steering wheel issue. It's infuriating. Just thought I'd pass this info along. This site is becoming a regular pitstop for me. P.S. I'm getting 43.2938475673626384364873mpg, no matter how I drive (with a/c). Maaak



08/01/98 21:26:53
Name: Craig My Email: Email Me
City: Vancouver Province/State: B.C. Country: CANADA
Your VW/Audi: 98 NB TDI

Comments:
Hello, Picked up my new NB TDI yesterday evening. What a great little car! The TDI is much quieter than I expected. It's no hotrod but it certainly gets out of its' own way! The power and the sound suit the NB look perfectly. I have to get used to shifting out o 1st gear quickly. I am trying to make 3000 MY redline. I feel the car performs better if I do! Either the gas (oops) diesel gauge is broken or I really am getting great mpg!! I don't think it has moved yet. The NB itself is a neat car to drive. It reall feels like a low-riding minivan. The long dashboard is sort of an optical illusion. I have to trust that the car does end where I think it does. My brain seems to be trying to convince me that the car is much longer!! (does that make sense?) Thank you for your opinions regarding the TDI engine. All of you convinced me that I had nothing to worry about. The VW TDI is NOT the diesel of yesterday. Thanks!



08/01/98 01:59:42
Name: Bob Shope My Email: Email Me
City: Harrisburg Province/State: PA Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 NB tdi

Comments:
Has anyone run Redline Diesel Fuel Catalyst in there tdi? Also I remember a post that said VW was factory filling the 5 speed trans with synthetic gear lube, any truth to this? Back to the Redline it seems to have an oder simular to the Amsoil diesel fuel modifer.



08/01/98 00:59:29
Name: Ric Woodruff My Email: Email Me
City: Oviedo Province/State: FL Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: '98 Jetta TDI

Comments:
Let me just say the LAST word on MPG and oil consumption. After 30 tankfuls (18,000+ miles), my lifetime MPG is 47.9. My highest mileage was my very last, which was 49.5, in which I used "FUEL POWER" fuel additive for the first time. I am hoping this i the start of something good. Previously, I've just finished off a gallon (in 29 tankfuls) of LUCAS Fuel Treatment. I will keep you TDI lovers posted of future fuel consumption results. As far as oil consuption goes, I have added a pint of oil three (3 times in the last 8000 miles (since the last oil change). This works out to be 1 quart in 5400 miles or so. I use a 50-50 blend of Shell Rotella 15W40 and Mobil 1 15W50. Boy, the oil is sure BLACK after 8,000 miles!



07/31/98 22:45:12
Name: Peter Cheuk My Email: Email Me
City: San Francisco Province/State: CA Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: '98 Jetta TDI

Comments:
Just thought I'd throw in my experiences with my car. I've been consistently averaging about 41 mpg irregardless if I'm taking it easy or in a hurry. This concerned me for the first several months of ownership until I realised that my commute has more t do with mileage than any thing else. My commute is 55 miles round trip, 70/30 highway/city, but on the highway, it's go-with-the-flow almost all the way and when I do get a clear road, I try to make up time (I won't incriminate myself here, but let's ju t say that one impatient new M3 owner probably won't believe that my car is a diesel!). Anyway, the San Francisco Bay Area traffic is reminding me more and more of L.A. My driving style is aggressive when I'm by myself and passive with passengers (no us scaring my friends and loved ones) 80/20. I'd probably get better mileage if I can change my commute time to a less congested time and stop picking up my wife and son (takes 20 minutes to drive the 2.5 miles to pick them up and 35 to drive back!). But y old Jetta probably would have gotten low twenties on gas to do my daily grind. That's twice as much money on fuel a week with less performance! Now that's what I bought this car for!



07/31/98 19:38:17
Name: Kevin McDaniel My Email: Email Me
City: Chicago Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta tdi

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Hello all, To add another $.02... For those not getting 50+ mpg, you are not alone. The type of driving determines the mileage. I drive city streets 100% of the time on a normal commute of 18 miles each way. I'm getting about 37 mpg for my first 1000 miles. If you are not driving at constant velocities (ie flat interstate using cruise control with no traffic) you are not going to get 50 mpg. My 37 mpg is double what my legacy wagon gets under the same conditions so I'm thrilled. I'm looking forward to some ro d trips with higher mileage, but for now, I'm happy with 450 miles per tank. BTW, if you let the message form do the word wrapping, you don't loose any characters :-) Later, Kevin.



07/31/98 18:05:02
Name: Mike Skonicki My Email: Email Me
City: Orland Hills Province/State: Illinois Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 1998 TDI Jetta, 86 Golf

Comments:
Relax Mr. 51.959 MPG, It was just a joke! However , If you wait for 50 fill-ups to determine your effective MPH you will have to travel over 36,000 mile to make your determination. It would be bad news to conclude after several years that your fuel mile ge was poor (say 28MPG). That's why a brief simple estimate (2-3 fill-ups without decimal consideration) is acurate enough. By the way, my last 3 fill-ups indicated 42MPG overall. That's good enough for me. Let us know in 3 years how you're doing.....Mike...Out..



07/31/98 16:53:16
Name: Jonathan Bartlett My Email: Email Me
City: Sterling Province/State: MA Country: US
Your VW/Audi: 96 Passat TDI sedan

Comments:
With deference to the good professor, I believe that the averaging of mileage over 50 fillups will reduce the margin of error to permit accuracy to multiple decimal places. The gallons purchaced is based on money spent divided by the cost per gallon. The ost per gallon is in tenths of cents, or thousandths of dollars per gallon. The dollars amount is already to three decimal places. The mileage is measured in tenths of miles, so yes there is room for error of up to 0.05 miles in the readings. The percenta e of error is not per mile but is once per fillup. 0.05 miles error on a trip of 800+ miles is also to three decimal places. I do have a life, and it is not spent calculating mileage. I have created a spreadsheet for myself which does the calculations. I only enter the date, odometer(whole miles)and trip meter(tenths of miles)readings, cost per gallon (tenths of cent per gallon , and money spent(hundredths of dollars). The gallons purchaced, mileage/gallon, and $/mile for that trip, and the new totals of miles, gallons, fuel expenses are updated. The updated mi., gal.,and $ are used to calculate a new average mpg and mp$. This t kes 45 seconds from my life each time I update the figures. Three decimal places a bit anal? Perhaps. I don't care. It's quick, easy and accurate enough for me. If you need more accuracy than that, the numbers work out to 51.95876863073 miles per gallon a erage since July '97. (1 inch=0.0000157 mi.)



07/31/98 16:34:20
Name: D'nardo Colucci My Email: Email Me
City: mpls Province/State: mn Country: usa
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta tdi

Comments:
OK, this is petty but I love adding my $.02
Not only is there the significant digit argument that limits MPG to tenths, but there is also the gas pump shut-off problem. Unless you consistantly top your tank off all the way (which for environmental reasons shouldn't be done), you are filling it to n inexact amount each time. If you fill to within +/- 0.2 gallons out of 14.5 gallons you have a 1.4% error. That translates to 0.6 mpg variation out of a 45 mpg average. In other words, anybody's mpg should probably be averaged to the nearest half mile I love math!
D'nardo



07/31/98 08:05:16
Name: Brian Kmetz My Email: Email Me
City: Streator Province/State: Illinois Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 97 Passat TDI

Comments:
Hi TDI fans! In the name of accuracy let us review some math fundamentals with respect to rounding numbers and significant figures so we all know the proper way to calculate MPG. I quote my old dusty college math books: Numbers based on integers are ex ct, E.G. square root of four is two. Numbers based on measurements are called approximations and are not exact, E.G. 1/3 ~ .333333. The accuracy of an approximate number cannot be greater than the accuracy of any measuring device used to derive it! Sim ly put, the trip odometers on our cars can only discriminate to the tenth (0.0) in miles or Km so that is the limit of accuracy in measuring fuel mileage. It does not matter if the fuel pump at the filling station can discriminate to the hundredth (0.00) or thousandth (0.000) of a gallon or liter. So there is no way anyone can measure the fuel mileage beyond the tenth (0.0) in MPG or L/Km. The only way the fuel mileage could be measured more accurately is if someone had access to one of those computeriz d outrigger fifth wheel timing devices the car magazines use to measure speed and distance. So in the case of an approximation as 50.97456 MPG, the 50.9 is as accurate as this can be. The 50.9 is the significant figures and the 7456 is disregarded. But to be properly rounded the final approximation would be written as 51.0 MPG. So if my car takes 15.596 gallons of fuel I round it off to 15.6 and use that number in calculating my mileage. To carry the extra decimals over into the calculations only mult plies the inaccuracy. I wish to thank my old retired Chemistry 101 instructor who was a strict old German who beat this simple concept into our ignorant little minds. I won't even go into how all that foam at fillup time means we can never really know e actly how much fuel we are putting into the car. It's all relative TDI fans, our cars return excellent fun for the least amount of fuel and that's the bottom line.



07/31/98 01:31:39
Name: Bob Shope My Email: Email Me
City: Harrisburg Province/State: PA Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 New Beetle TDI

Comments:
Just had a little problem with the tdi Beetle, the check engine light came on. Dearler found a bad glow plug relay. Any one else have this problem? The car still started ok. Love the car. My best diesel yet. My comment on oil consumption. The Beetle engin has an upgrade in the ring location, higher up on the piston to cut the dead zone, for better emissions. When Caterpillar did this the oil consumption increased. Also I do not recomend the use of CD oil. cf-4 was developed to cut the amount of carbon tha will be formed at the top ring land. The cd spec is to old. I use synthetic oil only, and I am going to use the new cat oil. It retails for less than Delvac 1. Also I got 50.97456 mpg on a recient trip on the New Beetle that has less than a thousand mile on it. Yes it is exact. I weighed the fuel and checked the specific gravity of the fuel I used. The poor fuel milage some people have been getting my be they are not getting #2 fuel. The less BTU the less mileage you will get. Does anyone have a wear met ls chart for the tdi. The oil lab I have aviable at work would like to know. I took a sample in, and we have no history on this engine to work with. Thanks Bob Shope



07/30/98 21:27:13
Name: wade feider My Email: Email Me
City: spokane Province/State: wa Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98JETTA TDI

Comments:
LISTEN UP ALL YOU POTENTIAL BUYERS OF TDI'S. IJUST BOUGHT A 98 JETTA TDI OUT THE DOOR WITH SHIPPING FOR $14905.00. INCLUDED WAS AIR, AM/FM CASSETE, AND POWER ROOF. IF YOUR LOOKING CALL REY REECES FRIDAY VOLKSWAGEN IN PORTLAND OREGON 1-800-283-0592 ASK FOR STEVE BURKE. I DID THE DEAL ON THE PHONE FROM TWO STATES AWAY FLEW IN AND SPENT NO MORE THAN 20 MINUTES AT THE DEALER BEFORE I WAS ON MY WAY. CAN SOMEONE WITH GOOD TDI EXPERIENCE TELL ME WHAT OIL I MIGHT WANT TO USE. THANKS. WADE



07/30/98 21:19:44
Name: Mike Skonicki My Email: Email Me
City: Orland Hills Province/State: Illinois Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 1998 TDI Jetta, 86 Golf

Comments:
Dear Mr. 51.959 MPG :...Are you sure it's 51.959 or perhaps it may be 51.958? Better check your math, then....Here's hoping you Get a Life!! Mike...Out...



07/30/98 17:08:50
Name: Jonathan Bartlett My Email: Email Me
City: Sterling Province/State: MA Country: US
Your VW/Audi: 96 Passat TDI sedan

Comments:
I have averaged 51.959 mpg in the year that I've owned the car. I have checked the odometer, speedometer and have averaged the fuel use over50 fillups. This includes winter driving on the slightly over size diameter but narrower width snow tires. A measur d mile takes 60 seconds at an indicated 60 mph. The odometer changes 1.0 miles for each mile traveled according to a ten mile average of interstate markers. The snows cover the mile in 57 seconds. The error in that direction means that more actual distanc is being covered than the odo or speedo indicate. Mileage to date; 37301.2 miles, fuel consumed; 717.90 gal(us)., fuel cost; $825.58 (us), I do not generally drive to economize, but the few times that I done so have returned over 1000 miles on one tank at a rate of 59.257 mpg. I will say that the mileage per gallon has been improving since I acquired it used with 16,000+ on the odo. I don't now for certain but it appears that no modifications were done prior to my purchase. Here's hoping my good fortune holds.



07/30/98 12:51:56
Name: Al My Email: Email Me
City: Monona Province/State: WI Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 97 Passat TDI

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Re timing belts: it is a good idea to use a Continental Belt instead of some of the cheap ones available. There is also a heavy duty belt available for Motorsport use on the gas motors. Don't know if it fits diesels. It is also a good idea to change the t nsioner as long as you are in there. The tensioner can freeze up and trash the belt. Re synthetic oil: 5,000 miles between changes is no problem. I have seen oil analysis done on synth oil with almost 10,000 miles on it and the numbers were as good as ne conventional oil.



07/30/98 12:08:40

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germans dont use umlauts now, they must add an e after the first vowl



07/30/98 11:40:59
Name: Dave Schultze My Email: Email Me
City: Jamestown Province/State: PA Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 New Beetle TDI, 89 & 85 Jetta diesels

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Comment on changing the timing belts. I always changed the timing belts on my Jetta's every 60,000 miles, until I had one break at 57,000. A used head, new pistons, new bearings (while they were in there), and 800 dollars later it was fixed (and that wa a bargain. Hoovler Motors in Greenville PA does good work at reasonable prices). The engine had over 200,000 miles on it when it broke. Now I don't know how long I am going to run them till I change them. The one that broke has 30,000 on it now since i was changed. I now have a new TDI Beetle too. I suppose I am going to let the dealer take care of oil changes for the first 2 yrs/24,000 miles since it was included in the warantee, but I am very hesitant to go 5000 to 10,000 miles between changes. I' e always used mineral oil in the Jetta's (10w30 in winter, 20w50 in summer, changed every 4000 miles), but I guess I am going to have to use a synthetic oil to go 10000 miles between changes. I am assuming that is what the dealer uses, but I guess I bett r check on that. Any advice?



07/30/98 02:22:15
Name: Clay Peyton My Email: Email Me
City: Lexington Province/State: Ky Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 97 Jetta TDi

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To Jerry: My car used over a quart between oil changes every 3000 miles. It finally stopped using at 13,000 (I was getting worried). I have 26,000 currently and it uses no more than 1/8th of a quart between changes now. Your oil usage should slow down as he miles increase. Happy TDIing, Clay.



07/29/98 22:26:07
Name: Jerry Manchester My Email: Email Me
City: Towanda Province/State: PA 18848-9649 Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: Jetta TDI

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We purchased our 1998 Jetta TDI in April 1998 and find that it has consumed 3 quarts of oil in the first 5,000 miles. The dealer upon the 5,000 oil change says this problem should resolve itself in 7,000 to 10,0000 miles. Has anyone else had this proble ? Thank you for your reply. Jerry Manchester



07/29/98 21:20:08
Name: Jerry My URL: Visit Me My Email: Email Me
City: DeSoto Province/State: Georgia Country: U.S.A.
Your VW/Audi: 1998 Jetta TDI

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Hi! This message is for Rick from Louisiana. I also have a 1998 Jetta TDI. It now has 3,200 miles on it. I also am not getting these large gas mileage figures either. Mine has averaged 36.1 to 39.25 mpg. I live in Georgia and run my air conditioner al the time. Me and My ol'lady are also FAT. Have you checked your odometer to the mile markers on the side of the hi-way? My car is actually going more miles than the odometer is reading. I wonder if the people with these phenomenal mileage figures are b cause their odometers are reading too optimistically??? This can also be caused by their tires being a smaller diameter. I changed oil at 1,500 miles with Shell Rotella T 15W40 and a VW P/N 068 115 561D ($8.00 us). Has anyone else checked their odomete ? This is the first car I've owned with a digital odometer. All the Honda, Dodge, Buick, and Chevys I have owned have always had a optimistic (makes you feel good) odometers. I have had no problems with this Jetta TDI or the Jetta "Wolfsburg" that my ol est son brought the same day.



07/29/98 21:18:13
Name: Jonathan Bartlett My Email: Email Me
City: Sterling Province/State: MA Country: US
Your VW/Audi: 96 Passat TDI sedan

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My apologies for the incomplete address. The one above should read "jonbonbart@aol.com" I thought that's what I had typed on the previous post. I realize that on occasion letters are skipped but I don't think that the server would delete half of an addres . It must have been my omission. Again, my apologies.



07/29/98 18:17:50
Name: Dan Richman My Email: Email Me
City: Alsea Province/State: OR
Country: USA Your VW/Audi: Maybe a Jetta TDI

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We need to replace my wife's 76 Volvo 245 and were thinking about a Jetta TDI. The question is this; we live at the end ( 2 miles ) of a sunny dirt road deep in bear country. Will the Jetta SURVIVE? Our neighbors had a brand new Honda Accord Wagon. After one year they traded it in on a Toyota Pickup for Mom, because the Accord leaked dust, rattled, and acted like it was going to DIE. I understand that Jeep Cherokees and Land Rovers are sold in Europe with a 2.5 TDI diesel, but not here. I don't like the poor fuel economy from any of the SUV's available here We had a Vanagon, and it seemed to deal OK with the road, but at 170K the engine wore out. Does anyone out there have experience with a Jetta on dirt/gravel roads? Or maybe in snow country where roads get pretty rough?



07/29/98 18:03:57
Name: Jeff Anderson My Email: Email Me
City: Port Washington Province/State: WI Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 1997 Passat tdi

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A few comments: Filled the tdi in Davenport, Iowa at the Flying J 98.9/gal drove home (242 miles), went round trip to Kenosha, WI (126 miles), then down to Henderson Kentucky 92.9/gal (415 miles), and filled up 16.5 gallons for $15.50. Amazing, isn't it. I didn't buy th tdi because of economy, I liked the power over the 4cyl 2.0L gas motor (in a Jetta GT I test drove). The incredible fuel economy is a bonus, 47.5 miles per gallon and not even trying for good fuel economy. As soon (or if) they can be ordered, I will order a Passat V6 tdi wagon. Roll on.



07/29/98 07:27:55
Name: Rick My Email: Email Me
City: Chalmette Province/State: Louisiana Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

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I have put about 1700 miles on my car and my mileage has been anywhere from 34 to 40 mpg. Is something wrong? I am not hard on the car. I don't make abrupt stops and starts. I read about everyone else getting phenomenal mileage and mine sucks. I have the AC on all of the time but that shouldn't make much of a difference. I drive mostly interstate(about 60/40 Hwy/Cty), so what is the deal?



07/29/98 01:25:26
Name: Michelle
My Email: Email Me City: fort worth
Province/State: texas Your VW/Audi: '98 beetle tdi

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This is kinda of a stupid question. Does the car come to the dealer with the oil already in? the reason I ask follows. When I went to the servise department to get an extra quart of oil to top it up when it get low before the first change, I was told a d sold a regular quart of mobil super oil. After doing some further reading, I saw where VW say sto use a API cd or CG-4 (reg. mobil oil is not one of these). I want to make sure the right oil is in my new car, and that the right oil will be put in. Th nk you for your help. Michelle twognl@flash.net



07/29/98 01:07:01
Name: John Pilipenko My Email: Email Me
City: Hackettstown Province/State: New Jersey Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 1996 Passat TDI

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greetings, This message is for Jonathan from MASS. ...sorry your e-mail address is off. I read your note and was suprised you haven't done better. I also own a 96' Passat tdi and just turned 81,000 miles. Two tires were replaced due to road hazards on the walls (hate when that happens). But the other two are originals and both have between 4 and 5 32nds of an inch on the tread. Not bad since new tires come with 11/32 of tread. I think legal bald tires are 2 or 3 32nd's. Just watch your pressure ..I like around 40 psi its very firm and solid around curves. Also rotate at least 7k or 10k.



07/28/98 14:16:59
Name: D'nardo Colucci My Email: Email Me
City: mpls Province/State: mn Country: usa
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta tdi, 87 Jetta

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About towing with the Jetta...

I had a trailer hitch put on my 87 Jetta. Because the hitch is attached to the bumper, not the frame, it's only rated at 1000 lbs towing. That was plenty enough to haul a trailer full of furniture 350 miles across WI. Recently I used the hitch as an an hor for winching 3, 800 lb cement footings up a 7' incline (basement project).
My point is, with any decent after market trailer hitch you should be fine for most towing needs.
D'nardo



07/28/98 04:49:16
Name: JOHN Piliepnko My Email: Email Me
City: Hackettstown Province/State: New Jersey Country: usa
Your VW/Audi: 1996 Passat TDI

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Hello again, It's been awhile since I've been able to drop a line. Glad to hear mostly everyone is happy with there VW's.Just thought I'd give an update on my older unit.I've now passed 81k miles,and it just runs smoother and better with age.the paint has held up well (people still think it's brand new and flip when i say it's going on three years).The brakes are original as are the tires. Every time i ask the service manager how they look he tells me half the meat is still on the brake pads.I had the timi g belt done at 70k miles and yes it runs as good as it did before(even better).there are no oil leaks anywhere.I wish all the same success. One curious thing happened recently on a trip . traveling on a 600 mile trip home, it felt as if i ran over someting in the road and looked out my rearview and saw a huge brown-gray cloud of smoke. never saw it again and ran smooth as silk there after. could i have passed bad fuel or water through the motor ?



07/28/98 04:48:24
Name: JOHN Piliepnko My Email: Email Me
City: Hackettstown Province/State: New Jersey Country: usa
Your VW/Audi: 1996 Passat TDI

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Hello again, It's been awhile since I've been able to drop a line. Glad to hear mostly everyone is happy with there VW's.Just thought I'd give an update on my older unit.I've now passed 81k miles,and it just runs smoother and better with age.the paint has held up well (people still think it's brand new and flip when i say it's going on three years).The brakes are original as are the tires. Every time i ask the service manager how they look he tells me half the meat is still on the brake pads.I had the timi g belt done at 70k miles and yes it runs as good as it did before(even better).there are no oil leaks anywhere.I wish all the same success. One curious thing happened recently on a trip . traveling on a 600 mile trip home, it felt as if i ran over someting in the road and looked out my rearview and saw a huge brown-gray cloud of smoke. never saw it again and ran smooth as silk there after. could i have passed bad fuel or water through the motor ?



07/28/98 04:18:54
Name: Dusty My URL: Visit Me My Email: Email Me
City: northern Province/State: Il Country: Usa
Your VW/Audi: 98 jetta tdi

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I love my jetta tdi. I have power windows, a/c, alloy rims, heated mirrors, sun roof, etc etc that come with that package. the list is 18,900, i paid 17000 out the door. i have had no problems, i also pull a waverunner behind my car. i called the dealer and they said that it should be no problem, just be easy on it. My waverunner weighs aound 500 pounds total.. I can hardly feel it behind me.. i have 5800 miles on it so far. i average around 45 mpg.. it all depends on if i am driving in stop and go or ighway. on the highway i went 330 miles on 6 gallons of fuel.. not too bad.. also i pay 1.03 to 1.09 for fuel that is grade 2.. i love my diesel i will not buy another gas engine as long as i live!!



07/28/98 00:53:55
Name: Clay Peyton My Email: Email Me
City: Lexington Province/State: Ky Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 97 Jetta TDI & 95 GTI VR6

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Hi Jason & Mike. The keyless entry modual should be just above the fuse panel above the pedal cluster. I am almost positive that the keyless entry is not installed at the factory, & most dealers just shove the unit up into a space above the fuse panel. Th t is what the dealer did on my GTI & I did the same when I installed the keyless myself on the Jetta. There should be a little antena (it's basically just a wire) on the keyless entry modual. You'll have to remove the black plastic cover just above the pe al cluster to access the unit. (I dont think it can be reached though the little door on the cover to access the fuses). Reach "up" and "towards you" to get it. It probably isnt anchored down to anything, it might even fall out once the cover is removed. aybe we could get better reception if the antena is routed in a better manner? My problem is that my VW guru & myself cant figure out how to get the keyless entry to work with my turbo timer. At least I can lock the doors & still have the alarm. On a side note: This coming weekend, on Sunday, August 2nd, the 2nd annual "VW Treffen" will be held at Oakton community college in Chicago Illinois. Please visit this site for more info... http://www.chicagovw.org... This will be the largest VW show in the midwest. Wetterauer America will be there doing on-site chip programming & installations. I'll be there with my TDI on display in the vast array of VW's. If any of you TDI'ers are conside ing the chip. I'd be glad to take you for a ride (after the show) to show you the wonders of Wetterauer. Everyone come out & enjoy the fun this Sunday!



07/27/98 23:13:42
Name: Jason Gull My Email: Email Me
City: Chicago Province/State: IL Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

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Mike (from GR) - There was a long thread in rec.autos.makers.vw.watercooled regarding towing with the Jetta TDI. You can check it out for yourself, using Deja News, etc. The gist was that most people think it's fine -- just don't tow something really h avy. (The engine sounds like it can handle it fine, and the Jetta brakes are good, but the tow hitch wouldn't be attached to the frame. Or at least, this is what they were saying.) As for the remote receiver, I haven't found it either. The ability of y Jetta to pick up the remote signal seems to depend a lot on humidity. If it's been raining, I have to be standing right next to the car. I think that the sensor must be in the dash, since hiding it behind sheet metal would kill its range. But OTOH, t e dealer made a big deal about how VW had purposefully shortened the remote range due to problems with high-tech car thieves using a scanner to grab the alarm codes from folks at shopping malls who would use the remote to try to find their car among a sea of Christmas shoppers. (This dealer story should be taken with an entire shaker of salt. My dealer didn't really know what he was talking about when it came to the remote. He kept saying how it was an infra-red remote, rather than an RF remote, because "it's impossible to intercept an infra-red signal and steal it". Whatever the relative merits of IR vs. RF, it's pretty clear that (1) the VW remote is RF, not IR, and (2) one could intercept either an RF or IR signal. Whatever. The only useful informa ion to take from this is that the range of the remote will be adversely affected by things like humidity, water, and metal bits.) My guess for the rmeote sensor is in the dash near the stereo, but I'm not sure.



07/27/98 22:47:24
Name: Dave
My Email: Email Me Province/State: NE
Country: USA Your VW/Audi: 98tdi,86 jetta diesel, 81 vw pu diesel

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I've read several articles with great interest. the question on changing the timing belt, Do it! If you break a belt you'll be replacing the head and possibly pistons, and it will run the same again. Follow VW recommended replacement of the belt. I have o ned many Vw diesels and I can speak from experience. I purchased my TDI on Good Friday of this year and have accumulated 11827 miles so far and I love it. Window sticker was $17700, I purchased for $16250. Many dealers have run special in this area for $1 800.00. If you have a trade in you can't do as well as you can paying cash, avoid purchasing by payments you'll take it inthe shorts in the end. Don't let sales people take control of the sale, do your research on the net first. You can find dealers cost n the car along with they're cost of all options. They want to sell Jetta's asap. Reason: They sell a Jetta they can get a Beatle, It is the third hottest selling car in the US today. This is information the Dealers don't want you to know! Good luck on yo r dealing on a new TDI I love mine.



07/27/98 21:21:15
Name: Mike Perry My Email: Email Me
City: Grand Rapids Province/State: MI Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

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Wonderful site! I am a new TDI owner (+/-700mi) and am having fun with my first vw since my 6 volt beetle. A couple of questions maybe someone could help with... 1) The manual does not recommend towing with the TDI...can anyone explain what harm could c me from towing a 12' aluminum boat with a small outboard?, and 2) Where is the receiver for the remote entry located? Sometimes I can open the car from 20' away, and sometimes I've got to be standing on the car before it opens! (if this is the biggest roblem I've got to face, this is going to be a fun car....



07/27/98 15:42:26
Name: Dov Begun My Email: Email Me
City: Toronto Province/State: Ontario Country: Canada
Your VW/Audi: NB TDI

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I am currently deciding between a NB TDI and a gas. I test drove the TDI and loved it. I was concerned only about noise and smell, and saw that neither was a problem. I loved the pull from each gear in any speed and the lows revs and the highway (and corr sponding great fuel economy) are bonus. Problem, in talking with the dealer, I mentioned that the NB will be a second car and will not see much highway. He mentioned that if I was only going to use the car for stop and go city driving, I was better off wi h the gas as the diesel needs to be "let out" every now and then and only stop and go city would "kill the diesel". Unless I was planning lots of highway and planning on putting 200K - 300K km. on the car, I would be better off with the gas. I have heard his from more than one dealer. I don't think he is trying to smoke me because the TDI actually costs more than the gas (hence more profit for him) and he had an available TDI ready to sell. I am new to the TDI world but have been doing lots of lurking, re ding and research. All comments on the "drive-ability" of a TDI for city occassional use are welcome. TIA.



07/27/98 15:17:52
Name: Goio B. My Email: Email Me
City: Hamden Province/State: CT Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 Beetle TDI

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Coolant light woes, continued...... Well, the dealer did a pressure test last week, and said they had to replace / tighten a loose clamp. No charge. Everything was fine, I drove all day Fri., Sat, (about 100 mi. to NY), then let the car sit for about a day. On Sun., I started it,drove about a mile, then the Coolant light beeped and flashed again. I only had a five minute ride , so I kept going. The light went out after a few minutes anyway. I did what I had to do, then came out, checked the coolant / oil--- both were perfect. Drove back home to New Haven, CT with no problem, and to work on Mon also. Called my dealer, and they said wait till it happens again, then bring it in. Is There no way they can check it out unless the light is on, or are they pulling my chain??? I just feel like I'm gon a be stranded someday--- I never had that feeling with my old Honda.



07/26/98 15:23:21
Name: Ron J.
City: Silver Spring Province/State: MD
Country: USA Your VW/Audi: 86 Golf, want Golf TDI

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Daniel, I think the Huntsville dealer is trying to rip you off, unless the car has some real special options (which you may not want/need). In the D.C. area, Jetta TDI prices seem to range from under $15K to around $20K. I second looking at Edmunds. LOL. RJ



07/26/98 13:36:11
Name: Aaron Malcom
City: Normal Province/State: IL
Country: USA Your VW/Audi: Want a TDI Passat

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Daniel, you have six other VW dealers within a 100 mile radius of Huntsville according to the dealer locator at the VW web site (www3.vw.com/contact). Go to each of them as well and bargin. If you do wind up bargining and buying from another dealer, don t fret. Your local dealer will support you just fine. And there is a $1250 incentive you deserve. Two sites I reference frequently are the Edmunds site (www.edmunds.com) and the Intellichoice site (www.intellichoice.com). You might do best to look at hese and get additional info on costs for the Jetta. It will be well worth your visit. Take care, Aaron.



07/26/98 12:37:09
Name: RJB MAXI TAXI
My Email: Email Me City: london
Country: england Your VW/Audi: VW CARAVELLE

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WANTED:! pictures and infomation on VW caravelle minibuses 1993 onwards many thanks ray b



07/26/98 01:41:08
Name: Al My Email: Email Me
City: Monona Province/State: WI Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 97 Passat TDI, 88 Golf, 84 GTI, 83 GTI track car

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To Mike re: timing belt. VW belts don't break very often. At the worst after lots of neglect they skip a tooth. It is a good idea to change the belt on diesel and gas cars at 60-80k. If the motor is an interference design, the valves and pistons can colli e if the belt breaks. That means big dollars. To Ric re: 13" rims. I think the Jetta TDI has 10.1 inch front brakes. That means 13' rims will not fit. You can get 14 " tires for about the same price as 13 " tires. Check out tirerack.com or buy a copy of one of the car rags: Road and Track or Car and Driver that has a full page Tire Rack ad.



07/26/98 00:09:33
Name: Mike My Email: Email Me
City: Fresno Province/State: CA Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 97 Passat TDI

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Dealer recommends that the timing belt on the TDI gets replaced at 60,000. The TDI engine is the only one that requires it be changed durinhg the life of the car. Q: Has anyone out there had their timing belt replaced at 60,000 for preventative maintenance? Has anyone had their's break? If so, what kind of damage was sustained to the engine? I'm at 56,000 now and I'll be taking it to the shop soon. I hate breaking down the engine just to replace this belt ... It will probably never run the same again. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks.



07/25/98 23:28:38
Name: David My Email: Email Me
City: Charlotte Province/State: NC Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

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sign me up...i just got my tdi...its great...i thank everyone who posts here for your insight and experience..you all helped steer me from a Golf GTI(4cyl) to the Tdi...well to be honest driving the tdi was the big convincer...thanks to all...



07/25/98 19:52:38
Name: Daniel Mikolaschek My Email: Email Me
City: Huntsville Province/State: AL Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: Having problems aquiring a tdi Jetta

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OK so I decided I would go for it. Now my dealer wont come off his $18,000's. This is crazy considering what the invoice is and he will not give me the $1250 rebate. What should I do? Has anyone out there ordered one on line and if so what is involved I would also like to know who I can report my dealer to. He is out of his mind to think that his final offer of $6000 down and a two car trade at $200 a month at a total of close to $20000 is fair. Suggestions needed thanks and Thanks Fred for the gre t page it has already saved me a lot of money.



07/25/98 19:47:45
Name: Ric Woodruff My Email: Email Me
City: Oviedo Province/State: FL Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: '98 Jetta TDI

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I am seriously considering going to a 13" rim when the time comes for new tires. The reason: the so-called "low profile" tires are WAY overpriced. I do not go at speeds of 100+ MPH or go around corners at 40 MPH, so a "cheap" tire would be perfectly sat sfactory. My question: what would be the ideal 13" tire size to maintain the same (or slightly larger} tire outside diameter and have a suitable weight rating?



07/25/98 10:43:53
Name: jonathan bartlett My Email: Email Me
City: sterling Province/State: mass. Country: u.s.
Your VW/Audi: 96 passat sedan

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Is it possible that the stock Goodyear GA tires come from different factories? I have been quite impressed w/ mine. Traction, quietness, tread wear, handling have been far better than some of the posts I've read would suggest. My rears are original w/53k+ The fronts were worn about 1/2 at 50k when a side wall cut prompted replacement. A used pair from the salvage yard is now on front. If anyone wishes to mail me w/ reports on their histories, ( please, no "some guy I heard of..." stories)I'll a tempt to create and post the poll results.



07/25/98 02:45:20
Name: Daniel Mikolaschek My Email: Email Me
City: Huntsville Province/State: AL Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

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I was wondering if any owners out there could give me some info. I am going to buy a new Jetta. While at the dealers my sales person showed me the TDI's. I loved the test drive. Great performance and accel for a deisel. Great handeling for a Jetta. n top of that the warrenty and the 49 mpg sticker really have me loving this car(white AC/roof/am/fm/cass, no ops.) I am the previous owner of a '91 GL Wolfsburg (my first car) and I really appreciate the Jetta. Its a great affordable car or so I thaught My salesperson is a real slick talker and had me beleiving that $18,000 is a steal for this car. Now that I have read through some of these entries I'm not so shure. If I am being jipped then what are my options? What is the invoice cost and are ther really no reabates or incentives on this car? Does VW offer some kind of owner loyalty? Anyway, like I said I really love this car, but it will be my first deisel and I have some questions. If Anyone out there can help I need it now (next weekend is d cision time) Iwould really appreciate it. My questions are what happens after the warranty runs out? does it cost alot to maintain a deisel? And if so, does it have to be done by VW, they always rippd me off on my last car's repairs. My dealer tells me that this is a new engine. Should I wait for the '99's for them to work the bugs out. Are the poblems that the other owners have encountered common? My main question is does the image of a relyable fuel effecient low maintainance car hold true for a pe ny pinching college student hold true? Will she stand up to her 4Kmile promise? P.S. I really love my music and I would like to add the cd changer. Must this be done by VW or do I really have to pay $800 for an Alpine with the letters VW on them? Thanks and I am looking forward to hearing what anyone has to say.



07/24/98 20:33:23
Name: Bob Fox
City: Gloucester Province/State: Va.
Country: USA Your VW/Audi: 96 Passat

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I just want to take the time to list the problems and solutions I have had after 2 years of ownership on a truly good car. I started the car once and the throttle did not respond. Since the car is drive by wire, I restarted the car which reset the compu er and everthing was fine. The door seals leaked water in the car and filled up the footwell when it rained. An afternoon taking the doors apart and a tube of siicone caulk fixed that problem. The ignition switch must of had some corrosion on the conta ts because after I started the car the wipers, ventilation fan, nor the headlights would work. A spray of WD 40 into the switch solved that one. The door glass on the passengers window fell out of the track. Another afternoon taking a door apart fixed it. The original Goodyear tires were awful! Even though they had 20K miles of tread left I replaced them. Car drives great, gives me 52 MPG at 70 MPH with AC running. Love the car but I,m glad I love to tinker with it too.



07/24/98 19:41:30
Name: Grant Freeman My Email: Email Me
City: San Rafael Province/State: CA
Country: USA Your VW/Audi: 98 VWNB TDI

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Love the car, first bug in 20 years. No comparison. Looking for info on the car, no special reason, just out of interest. Thanx - Great Site.



07/24/98 19:16:28
Name: Doug Wittig
My Email: Email Me City: Silver Spring
Province/State: MD Your VW/Audi: 1996 Passat TDI

Comments:
To Jerry in Hagerstown. Also try http://www.chip-tuning.com Wetterauer America home page



07/24/98 10:01:42
Name: JC My URL: Visit Me
My Email: Email Me Country: Portugal
Your VW/Audi: Seat Ibiza TDI

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In response to Jerry in Hagerstown the power box is at http://www.chip-tuning.de/. Happy TD'ing.



07/24/98 03:24:05
Name: Jerry My Email: Email Me
City: Hagerstown Province/State: MD Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 96 passat tdi

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looking for the weblink for power box ,this is a German Chip tuner .I have seen the page but now Can,t find it now



07/23/98 18:27:26
Name: Mike Skonicki My Email: Email Me
City: Orland Hills Province/State: Illinois Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 1998 TDI , 1986 Golf

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To: Goio B. Hang in there. I'm sure the dealer will correct the problem. Your NB is a GREAT (soon to be) classic car. When the bugs are out of the bug you'll be a proud happy camper. The car is worth any small hassle. Good Like Mike!!



07/23/98 16:58:08
Name: Goio B My Email: Email Me
City: Hamden Province/State: CT Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 Silver Beetle TDI 5spd

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Did anyone have this problem???? please let me know: I too, love my diesel NB. It's almost 3 weeks old and I've got over 2000 miles on it. ** One thing happened the other day that I'm having checked-out: After starting the car and driving the car for about a 1/2 mile. I shut it off to go in the bank, then came out, started it up, drove 50 feet and the coolant light beeped, then flashed red on the dash. I stopped the car in the parking lot, then checked th coolant level. It was OK. Then I thought to check the oil level because I've read on "Fred's TDI page" that the TDI motor will use up to 1 qt. of oil in the first 5k miles. The oil level was in the middle of the "safe" zone, but I topped it off anyway. Just to make sure, I called the nearest dealer and took the car in, but when I started the car, it was fine. MAybe the light was just telling me to top-off the oil , but my dealer's gonna check it out to see if it was a fluke. I'll keep you posted. I STILL LOVE MY CAR--- MORE THAN MY OLD HONDA...



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07/22/98 04:34:30
Name: Jon Bachelder My Email: Email Me
City: S. Lake Tahoe Province/State: Ca Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: none yet :-(

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Thanks for all the feedback on purchase strategies! This list is great, thanks Fred!!



07/21/98 20:31:57
Name: Peter Cheuk My Email: Email Me
City: San Francisco Province/State: CA Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: '98 VW Jetta TDI

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Jon in So Lake Tahoe, Keep shopping, though you're close. I got mine in San Jose (1 hour drive for me) after bickering for 5 hours and got mine for just under 16k. (a/c, am/fm cass, metallic paint) and felt I could have done better had my then 11 month o d son hadn't run out of diapers. Also, the 2 year/20k mile free maintainance is, well, FREE and not an addition to the cost of the car. PC out.



07/21/98 16:50:23
Name: Dick Mc Govern My Email: Email Me
City: St. Paul Province/State: Minnesota Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 VW Jetta TDI

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In response to Mike Skonicki, I purchased a 1998 VW Jetta TDI on July 7. With 4,200 miles on it, I am currently on a trip in the Southwest USA. In my travels I have had no problems purchasing diesel fuel on the interstates (I29, I80, I76, I25, I35). There are diesel pumps frequently spaced on the interstates and everyone has more than one diesel pump (green handle). The price per gallon varies; in Nebraska, Colorado, and New Mexico, it was 1.01 to 1.04; and in Arizona, it is higher (1.25-1.35). Be sure you fill at an auto pump, and not a large truck pump; there is a big flow difference. I would recommend filling well before 1/4 full, in case fueling problems to occur. With the higher attitudes and the 75 mph interstate speeds in the Southwest USA, I am averaging 43.61 mpg (1,844 miles/42.28 gals). My average price/gal is $1.18 ($50.01/42.28 gals). My mpg increases as the speed decreases to 55 to 60 mph (50.1 mpg). My TDI is performing very well in the 95-105 degree heat, but I am disappointed in the rear suspension system. On Interstate curves, with posted 75 mph speed limits, the car tends to lose stability, and sometimes I find it necessary to reduce my speed to 0 mph to more safely handle the curve, and that should not be happening. Before the trip, I hand waxed the car five times with Maquaires (spel?) #26 wax, and it has protected the car well from bugs and other. Dick Mc Govern mcgov001@metvax.metro.msus.edu



07/21/98 16:50:12
Name: Dick Mc Govern My Email: Email Me
City: St. Paul Province/State: Minnesota Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 VW Jetta TDI

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In response to Mike Skonicki, I purchased a 1998 VW Jetta TDI on July 7. With 4,200 miles on it, I am currently on a trip in the Southwest USA. In my travels I have had no problems purchasing diesel fuel on the interstates (I29, I80, I76, I25, I35). There are diesel pumps frequently spaced on the interstates and everyone has more than one diesel pump (green handle). The price per gallon varies; in Nebraska, Colorado, and New Mexico, it was 1.01 to 1.04; and in Arizona, it is higher (1.25-1.35). Be sure you fill at an auto pump, and not a large truck pump; there is a big flow difference. I would recommend filling well before 1/4 full, in case fueling problems to occur. With the higher attitudes and the 75 mph interstate speeds in the Southwest USA, I am averaging 43.61 mpg (1,844 miles/42.28 gals). My average price/gal is $1.18 ($50.01/42.28 gals). My mpg increases as the speed decreases to 55 to 60 mph (50.1 mpg). My TDI is performing very well in the 95-105 degree heat, but I am disappointed in the rear suspension system. On Interstate curves, with posted 75 mph speed limits, the car tends to lose stability, and sometimes I find it necessary to reduce my speed to 0 mph to more safely handle the curve, and that should not be happening. Before the trip, I hand waxed the car five times with Maquaires (spel?) #26 wax, and it has protected the car well from bugs and other. Dick Mc Govern mcgov001@metvax.metro.msus.edu



07/21/98 15:27:57
Name: Mike Skonicki My Email: Email Me
City: Orland Hills Province/State: Illinois Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 TDI Jetta, 86 Golf

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I'm going on the American Interstate Highway System soon and I have some questions about buying diesel fuel. #1. Can you buy fuel at the truck pumps? #2. Do the truck pumps fill too fast? #3. If a station offers Diesel at both the truck pumps and the ar pumps, are the truck pumps priced cheaper? Please Help!!! Thanks....Mike...



07/21/98 13:31:11
Name: JC My URL: Visit Me
My Email: Email Me Country: Portugal
Your VW/Audi: Seat TDi

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Ricky H, In Europe we also have the 90HP Tdi but we ALSO have the 110HP that differs from the 90hp mainly in the turbo - wich has a variable geometry closing on lower revs and opening in the higher -, bigger intercooler, and exhaust diameter. The displacement is e actly the same and the turbo boosts more than the 90hp 0,6bar... 1,0 bar to be correct. Check out some mods in www.terravista.pt/bilene/1791/ or Clay Peyton's experience with the Wetterauer chip in these pages, or if you want to, search for ABT , CESAM , APMAHL , POWERBOX , and many other over the whole WWW. Happy TD'ing



07/21/98 06:03:52
Name: Ricky Hebert My Email: Email Me
City: Chalmette Province/State: Louisiana Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

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What is the difference between the TDI sold in America that is rated at 90 HP and the European version that is rated at 110? Is it just more boost? Is the displacement the same? What mods can I do to safely add a few more horses? I am used to working on Chevy V8 engines, so I know zilch about diesel. Any answers greatly appreciated. You just have to love a car that gets mileage this good.



07/21/98 04:17:24
Name: Craig My Email: Email Me
City: Vancouver Province/State: BC Country: CANADA
Your VW/Audi: White NB TDI (soon!)

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Hi Hugh, If the British gallon is the same as a Canadian Imperial gallon then OUCH! Relatively speaking, you are paying almost $8.00 CDN per gallon. That's horrible. No wonder diesels are especially popular in Europe. On a different note, I read somewhere (AUTOCAR magazine?) that there are new sound laws. If true, is this causing any problems for the diesel engine? Thanks.



07/20/98 23:29:12
Name: JC My URL: Visit Me
My Email: Email Me Country: Portugal
Your VW/Audi: Ibiza GT Tdi

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Hello again TDI fans, I was just passing by and remembered to say that my Ibiza TDI has now some 35000km and it is getting better everyday. No faults, no agony until now. Check out some European Tunning on TDI's on www.terravista.pt/bilene/1791 . The text is written in portugu se but the pictures and the figures are universal. Keep on TDI'ing...



07/20/98 22:35:40
Name: John My Email: Email Me
City: Louisville Province/State: KY Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

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I got my '98 Jetta TDI 3 weeks ago. I ended up buying mine from a dealer in Indianapolis, which was an hour-and-a-half away, despite the fact that there are three local VW dealers--One wouldn't get close to giving me either a.) decent price on trade in, r b.) decent sale price on Jetta. Another one only had two TDI's, which were both in the shop--one for a computer problem & another for a paint problem. Despite the fact that I called back inquiring about the cars, that dealer never called back to tell me when they were fixed, as he had promised to do, so I decided they didn't deserve my business, either. The third dealer was of the ilk that added on hundreds of dollars for "paint sealant" and that sort of stuff, including $400 for "detail handling." ven the saleswoman didn't know what that was for--so I stayed away from them like the plague. I had no problem making two trips to Indianapolis, as I saved thousands of dollars. They offered me $2,000 more on trade in and still gave me a better deal on he Jetta than the dealer here! If your dealer seems unwilling to treat you fairly, go elsewhere! Another thing you might want to try is something like those Auto-By-Tel people. My brother had a great experience with them & that's who hooked me up with y dealer. You're supposed to tell them what you want & they find a dealer who has what you want. I still had to haggle, but at least I got a lot closer than I would have in town. While I didn't do quite as good as the guys here, I still got it for unde invoice--I think it was the low 16000 for AC/Sunroof/cassette. Still, I can't feel too bad--I get great satisfaction in knowing that the '97 Cherokee I traded in leaks every time it rains (Jeep tried to fix it five times!) and it has a huge scratch on t e liftgate (someone keyed me) that I had covered with an Ear X-Tacy bumpersticker. I was very upside down on the Jeep, but just wanted to be rid of the beast since I got so mad every time it rained (arbitration failed.) So, I am driving a better car and for $15/mo. less than I was paying before! (One of the local dealers tried to tell me how much I could expect my payments to go up! Ha!) The moral of the story is shop around to get a deal you can live with. You won't regret it!



07/20/98 21:01:11
Name: Clay Peyton My Email: Email Me
City: Lexington Province/State: Ky Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 97 Jetta TDi

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In regards to the Diagnostic tool for VW... Yes. CarComp makes a tool competitive to VAG's 1552-1551 diagnostic tool. Please see the following web site... http://www.carcomp.com/prod01.html... I just hope this tool can be used on the European model VW's???



07/20/98 18:16:51
Name: Byron Hulls My Email: Email Me
City: Columbus Province/State: OH Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 97 Jetta TDI

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Re: $1250 dealer incentive. I was able to find the following list of incentives for VWs on the Edmunds pages. Volkswagen (Effective through: 8/1/98) 1999 Models: Incentive: Notes: Volkswagen Golf $500 Volkswagen Golf GL $500 Volkswagen GTI $500 Volkswagen Jetta TDI $1,250 Volkswagen Jetta WOB $500 Volkswagen Jetta GLX $500 Volkswagen Cabriolet $500 Good luck on the purchase



07/20/98 18:13:18
Name: Jason Gull My Email: Email Me
City: Chicago Province/State: IL Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

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I think 16.8 is a bit high for a 98 TDI equiped as you describe. That's the invoice price, I think. Normally, getting a car at invoice would be great (although not unheard of at the end of the model year). However, VW is offering various incentives to ealers, on the TDIs in particular. I have heard it's 750; I've heard 1250, too. I think it may depend on whether or not you want the 1.9/2.9/4.9% financing. Dealers around here have advertized 98 TDIs w/ a/c, stereo, and sunroof (no comfort package, AB , or side-airbags) in the low 15Ks if you have your own financing, or low 16Ks with VW financing. Other people on this list have reported better deals than that. (Meaning the dealer might have been taking a hit, even *after* the VW rebates.) Your VW dealer may start getting desperate as the 1999 rollout becomes imminent.



07/20/98 15:47:15
Name: Jon Bachelder My Email: Email Me
City: South Lake Tahoe Province/State: Ca Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: jetta tdi wannabe

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Greetings TDI gurus, Regarding the thread on dickering with vw dealers, I offered my closest dealer a low ball price and he contered with 16.8k, for 98, a/c, am/fm cass, and sunroof. He claims no knowlegde of $1250.00 factory rebate, and seems unwilling to go below his original invoice. Where can I find proof of the rebate? The salesman said all scheduled maint. items including oil changes are included in price for the first 2 yrs/24k miles. Is this correct? Thanks for any help you can offer. Jon



07/20/98 08:54:01
Name: Per Soerensen
My Email: Email Me City: Naestved
Country: Denamrk Your VW/Audi: VW Golf III TDI

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Do anybody know, if it is possible to get the service programme for the TDI engine in order to perform some fault finding on our cars. The programme should be in DOS or WIN95 in order to use eg a laptop for this purpose ? Have anybody tried to buy a non VW aircondition system for the GOLF III. ( Easy to install - releiability - price - dealer ) The reason for my question is, that I have to pay more than US$ 3.000 for a VW A/C here in Denmark. Great site Fred



07/20/98 01:56:52
Name: Derek Zeanah My Email: Email Me
City: Atlanta Province/State: GA
Country: USA Your VW/Audi: '98 Jetta TDI

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Anyone have any experiences with bypass oil filters? They seem like a wonderful product, but I'm in doubt as to which manufacturers make decent equipment (does Amsoil?), and whether it's simple enough to do on a TDI engine. Anyone?



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07/19/98 18:49:47
Name: Hugh Matthews
City: Cambridge Country: England
Your VW/Audi: SEAT Cordoba vario TDI

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Craig, I hope that you Canadians also appreciate how cheap your fuel is. In England diesel costs the equivalent of around $4.50 US per US gallon (more than $5.50 per British gallon). About 82% of this is tax! Makes an economical engine like the TDI even more worthwhile!



07/19/98 16:52:46
Name: Jacque Wellmuth My Email: Email Me
City: Milwaukee Province/State: WI
Country: United States Your VW/Audi: NB TDI

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Yesterday I purchased a New Beetle TDI 5-speed. I am looking for advice on the care and feeding of my first ever Diesel. Assume I know nothing and please put it into layman's terms. Any stories (good and bad) on the performance of your New Beetle TDI wou d also be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for all your help.



07/17/98 04:37:04
Name: BrianD. My Email: Email Me
City: Cahokia Province/State: IL Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: Future Jetta TDI owner

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Thanks all for the responses. I am going tomorrow to try some of the other dealers in the area, hopefully my response will be better. Will let y'all know what happens.... >>BrianD.



07/16/98 23:45:32
Name: Clay Peyton My Email: Email Me
City: Lexington Province/State: Ky Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 97 Jetta TDi

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Hello TDi fans! Well, I just want to let everyone know that the 187 hp & 258 lb/ft torque TDI rally golf beat ALL of it's front wheel drive competitors and came in 5th place overall in the Manx Rally! The next front wheel drive car plodded across the finish line in 19th place. Neil Simpson was the driver of the car. Way to go Neil & VW TDI!!! Now, how do I get 187 hp out of my car? hehe.



07/16/98 23:11:15
Name: Craig My Email: Email Me
City: Vancouver Province/State: BC Country: CANADA
Your VW/Audi: 98 Beetle TDI (soon!)

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Thanks Maaak! I appreciate your response to my posting. I just recently placed an order for a white TDI 5-speed. It will have ABS, convenience package, weather package and a cd player. It will not have the sport package but the dealer will replace the ste l wheels with the sport package wheels for $350 Canadian. Pretty good price, I think. The one thing I love about the NB is headroom. I am 6'3" tall and have few cars to choose from. I looked at a Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.9 Limited a few months ago and now ca l it the 5 FOOT 9 limited! I also like the idea that the NB, looks aside, is still a great car. So many nice looking cars sacrifice too much for the sake of design. A side note, I hope you appreciate how cheap your fuel is in the U.S. In Canada diesel is bout $2.50 a gallon. Even with the exchange rate, Canadians pay a lot more then Americans for fuel. Please feel free to e-mail me directly. I would love to know more about your TDI Beetle. Thanks again, Craig



07/16/98 22:18:26
Name: D'nardo Colucci My Email: Email Me
City: mpls Province/State: mn Country: usa
Your VW/Audi: Jetta: 87 gl, 98 tdi

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BrianD:
I don't know why VW allows some dealers to be scheisters like that. I bought mine in mpls w/ a/c, sunroof, and radio (no CD) for $15,840. Not only would I tell your guy to go seek help for his cheating problem, but I'd also report him to VW of America. There is no excuse for that kind of dealer. Email me if you want the mpls dealer's name.
D'nardo



07/16/98 21:24:57
Name: Mike Skonicki My Email: Email Me
City: Orland Hills Province/State: Illinois Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 1998 TDI Jetta

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A 1998 TDI Jetta with Air, AM/FM Tape, CD Changer can be delivered by ANY dealer for a pre-tax price of appx. $ 15,750 delivery included. If your Dealer can't do it you can call mine. I just did it 4 weeks ago. Good Luck...Mike.



07/16/98 21:12:20
Name: BrianD. My Email: Email Me
City: Cahokia Province/State: IL Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: none yet, but would love a jetta TDI

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I went to a local VW dealer yesterday and we sat down and ran some numbers on a 98 Jetta TDI. With a trade in of my 96 Ford Ranger, which I am about even with Blue book on what I owe, the dealer shot me a payment of $398 a month with my trade in!!! They basically wanted me to buy the car for $21,150 with the 5yr/4.9% financing when the sticker was only $18,118!!!! Is this the norm when buying a VW, or did the dealer just take me for a fool? And they were unwilling to come down more than about $10 from his original offer? From my limited experience with the TDI, I love it, but not that much!! What should the going price on a Jetta TDI be, the only options being Air and....I think that's it. Thanks, Really Great site!! >>BrianD.



07/16/98 19:23:12
Name: Maaak
My Email: Email Me City: cambridge
Province/State: ma Your VW/Audi: nB-tdi

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Re: excessive speed. I never intended to suggest that hyper-speeds should be considered the norm! (Eventhough Germany seems to manage this well, putting our highway mortality rates to shame). Stretching a cars legs a bit after the initial break-in period offers an indicatio of an engine's RESERVE power. It's nice to know it's there. It also shows you just how efficient the engine is that it can do this on only 90 horses and still achieve incredible fuel efficiency, AND suggests how hard the engine is working at the normal speed at which you drive - think about it. Who would want a car that always runs flat out at 70mph? Yuck! And yes, in the proper context (on deserted highways with loads of speed scrubbing space and lots of visibility), driving really fast in a composed vehicle just feels nice. I hope I haven't started the endless pissing game on this topic.... that was not my intention. Maaak



07/16/98 02:46:21
Name: Al My Email: Email Me
City: Monona Province/State: WI Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 97Passat TDI

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Why go 120 mph? Because sometimes you get a stretch of deserted interstate and it just feels good. The fact that the Passat can easily push that much air out of the way with only 90 hp is evidence of it's low coefficient of drag. It is a wonderfully balanced car. The steering is perfect with excellent on-center feel, the shock valving and springs are pretty good and it does not float at high speed. All these attributes came about because for decades the Italians and Germans fought it out to see who could build the fastest roadcar. The result has been generations of German cars with fantastic brakes, steering and handling. I have a friend in Europe who travels from Italy to Germany often with 4 people and luggage in a Passat TDI. He averages 38 mpg. He also is often well over 100 mph and crossing mountains. The Passat TDI suspension is tuned to safely travel at those speeds on appropriate roads. That is why it is such a wonderful car at 80 to 90 mph. I have had lots of VWs and this is the best stock suspension they have put on a car. I was thrilled they left the euro setup on it instead of hanging some crappy suspension on it for Americans. Not stretching the Passat once in a while is like keeping a racehorse tied to a post all it's life. Al



07/16/98 02:36:04
Name: Mark Jeffery My Email: Email Me
City: B.B. Province/State: Wa Country: US
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

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This is addressed to Kevin McDaniel, Clay Penton, Bill Kaewert and of course all you other TDI fans. I do thank Fred for this site as I have been reading this site for about 2yrs almost. In Nov.97 I bought my TDI. At 1200mi. the turbo seal went pulled the dipstick no oil on it. From then on the engine has used oil 1 Qt. per 1000 mi. VW at customer relations on the phone and after I wrote a letter to them, VW said that this is NOT to be considered excessive, and a complete engine break-in could take up to 1 ,000 mi. At 12,000 mi. my dealer under pressure from myself rebuilt the motor all cyl's were not seating with the rings. I did not want a rebuilt motor but a total replacment new, I suspect that VW office refused to replace. Everyone speaks very highly of their own TDI I wish I could also. I have had other warr. problems also. I still want a TDI so if the above ones or any one else in Fred's TDI land have an idea as what to do please e-mail me, thanks.



07/16/98 01:52:31
Name: Terry
City: Milwaukee Province/State: WI
Country: USA Your VW/Audi: VW TDI 97

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Excuse me...why would anyone want to go 120 mph??? Its not necessary to prove the value of the automobile by traveling at an insane speed! Yes the VW TDI is a wonderful car. I got 51 mpg my last tank. But is the worth of the car measured by how fast you can "make" it go??? Get real!



07/15/98 19:59:01
Name: Clay Peyton My Email: Email Me
City: Lexington Province/State: Ky Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 97 Jetta TDi

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The fastes I have seen with the chip is 120. That was on a very slight up-hill grade & I probably could have seen 125 but I was running out of road. I think I'm going to have to do another run since I've installed the exhaust system. If anyone decides to install this system, dont be disappointed if you dont see results imediately, it will take a while for it to break-in. Things have noticably improved since the installation friday.



07/15/98 15:38:48
Name: Allen Ruid My Email: Email Me
City: Monona Province/State: WI Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 97 Passat TDI

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My 97 has seen 118mph and it was still pulling, two other people have seen high 120s. I suspect they are limited to 128 because they came with H rated tires. I know they pull the mid-130s in Eurotrim.



07/15/98 14:17:39
Name: ZACH My Email: Email Me
City: englewood Province/State: co Country: usa
Your VW/Audi: 97 tdi

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I have hit 118-119 on flat road at around 65 degrees here in denver. One passenger in the car, and a full tank. That was not full throttle either. So 109 T.S. is B.S. I figure I could hit 125. How fast has Clay Peyton driven with his Wettenaur chip?< >



07/15/98 00:00:00
Name: John
My Email: Email Me City: Louisville
Province/State: KY Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

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Maaack--FYI: Check out the latest Car & Driver (August). They do a little study of the TDI New Beetle. They did the math & decided (at fuel prices) that you'd have to drive 79,000 miles to recoup the $1,200 extra you spent for the TDI, so if you keep i for a while, you will eventually save money. You are right, though, the pleasure of hardly ever fueling up is worth it alone! Automobile magazine had an article a few months back where they drove a gas NB across the country, and they averaged only 23 m g, which I find totally unacceptable for a small car. I've also read that the top speed for the TDI is 109 m.p.h., so the only way you'll see 140 is if you fall off a cliff or do some sort of engine modifications. Enjoy!



07/14/98 23:05:56
Name: Terry My Email: Email Me
City: Spring Province/State: TX Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: '98 Jetta TDI

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I have had my '98 Jetta TDI since October 27, '97. It now has almost 18,000 miles on it. As far as quality is concerned, I have had NO problems due to faulty workmanship or shoddy construction. My mileage has averaged 45 MPG (with the A/C). I live in ouston, and driving on the Houston freeways, you must go 70-75 MPH or get smashed! The best mileage I have ever gotten has been 52 MPG on a trip where I was careful to keep the MPH at 65 or below (I was running the A/C). I have an Excel spreadsheet that details each tank of fuel and the driving conditions. I would be glad to E-mail it to anybody that would like to see it. However, I did have one interesting problem. In the middle of November, I was going to work, and decided to check my oil before starting the car. As I opened the hood, I saw 2 eyes staring back at me. It was a RAT! He didn't want to give up his new fo nd home. In less than 2 hours, he had chewed some of the wiring out of my car. I called VW towing service. They towed the car at no charge to Elvin Hayes VW, where I purchased the car. They fixed the problem for only $67.00! What a relief. They f xed it correctly the first time, and even did some work under warranty because they felt there might have been some slight defect in a wire. This is a great car constructed soundly. I happen to believe our Mexican neighbors do an excellent job. I highly recommend this car. It is not for everybody, though. It does run rougher than a gasoline engine. It sometimes does "acquire" some slight oises, but they seem to stop. I could go on and on, but I'll stop.



07/14/98 20:23:27
Name: Maaak My Email: Email Me
City: Cambridge Province/State: MA Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: Beetle TDI

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Craig, I bought my nB-TDI 5-speed about three weeks ago. First off, let's overlook the fact that the steering needed adjustment (**4** visits to Boston Volkswagon to get it right), the rearview mirror needed tightening to squelch a buzz at 2100rpm (that was fix d in one try), and the rear remote hatch release failed (again, quickly and correctly fixed), the overall experience has been truly fantastic, and hopefully will conform to the opinion expressed by others that once the teething issues (of a new production model) are addressed, the fundamental quality of this car will shine through - the overall impression of this car is one of substance. The best reasons for selecting the TDI over the gas engine are as follow: 1) power/weight ratio - The car weighs 2700lbs and the full thrust of the 149 lbs torch is basically ALWAYS there. The thing screams and hasn't given me less than 45mpg!! This makes for some pretty sunny motoring. 2) While the added cost of the diesel option is not likely to be recouped anytime soon based on fuel consumption alone, there is peace of mind knowing I've got the more robust engine solution, and that I'll *never* have to tune it. Also, if you like things mechanical, the moderate diesel sound, along with the turbo wine sounds cool to me. It actually makes the Beetle sound unique, like the ori inal. 3) Can you say, "Gee, when WAS the last time I stopped for fuel?" I wonder when this feeling will wear off! 4) The TDI is quieter on the highway than the gas engine, has grunt waaay down low in the rpm's (1800) so shifting is often optional, and so far as I've been able to tell, the 140 on the speedometer is, uh, rational. Need I say more? Well, perhaps. As for the basic car, the trunk turns out to be taller than you'd expect, so I'm finding it to be quite adequate for a couple of people doing a weekend somewhere. And speaking of interior space, if you are under 6 feet tall, the back seat is better than any car in it's class. Reason: The car is taller than most, so the seat height is more chair-like. Tall torso's beware though. If your head reaches above the headrest there's no hope. As I've mentioned in an earlier entry, initially I was concerned by the deep dash in terms of outward visibility. Not a problem. VW should put the front seats at their highest position as the default setting. I provides additional room in back and give a very SUV-like command-of-the-road feeling to your view out of the car. The seats were set in their lowest position when I took posession of the car and I though (uh-oh, this ain't pretty. You feel like you've been swallowed by the car!) The stereo is quite good for a standard issue 6-speaker stereo/cassette. Bud vasse makes a groovie pen holder too. The car has a very low center of gravity. This, along with the wheels being out to THERE means you feel very composed even in high speed corners. Don't ask me, I just know. I've got the winter package. The heated seats have five (count 'em, 5) settings - much better than the all-or-nothing variety found in the few cars that offer this feature (none that I know of in this catagory). The laser blue dash lights are not only very cool, they are easy on the eyes and very legible at night. The headlights have a Boxster family resemblance. Basically, I feel as though VW captured the essence of the original and added the kind of details that, like Chrysler, make you delight in the details. Just a comment on the public reaction to this thing. It boarders on a liability. On the one hand, it's great to get so much positive feedback. When you buy a new car, it's great to have so many people agree with your choice. Down side, it gets a weeee it tedious answering questions and hearing other peoples "bug stories" and can be dangerous when people want to talk to you at highway speeds. Well, I better cool it. Bottom line - I love the car.



07/14/98 19:42:09
Name: zach My Email: Email Me
City: englewood Province/State: co Country: usa
Your VW/Audi: 97 tdi

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sorry guys, format problems.... the plug has 3 rows of four pins (almost square) and the 4th row is a single pin centered.



07/14/98 19:39:12
Name: Zach Krapfl My Email: Email Me
City: Englewood Province/State: CO Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 97 Jetta TDI

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Kevin- the pins in my plug look like this and perfectly match my changer . . . . . . . . . . . . . the changer is a clarion pro audio cdc635. On your deck in the car, the door that the cassette tape goes into should have a rib on the left part of it which means that the deck is a clarion. If not, you have a panasonic. It sounds like you have a totally different plug than myself (97 tdi) and my boss (98 tdi 3 weeks old). This is puzzling- perhaps this is why Crutchfield believes you need an adapter. I think VW has put a bunch of different cables in their cars and have no idea which cars need an adapter for cd changers. I actually like Crutchfield and have had good luck with them in general, I was just a bit pissed when I found out that I didn't need anything- just 10- 20 minutes to mount the changer and 10 seconds to plug it in. Even the guy here locally at a place called soundtrack told me I needed the adapter... Maybe the Colorado cars are a wierd bunch? (Kevin's plug is about 1 1/2 inches long and has a completely different pin layout... Sounds like we all have slightly different plugs.)



07/14/98 18:53:26
Name: Mike Skonicki My Email: Email Me
City: Orland Hills Province/State: Illinois Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 1998 TDI Jetta

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I have been a Quality Engineer for both industry and government for over 20 years. Most, if not all, quality problems can be traced to human situations. Poor components or processes are easy to spot if a team-like atmosphere exists within the workplace. While it may be true that the adverse relationship between GM and the UAW displays itself in the form of poor quality stats, that is not true of a Mexican VW worker. Placing target production deadlines (second cause of poor QA)on the new BUG may have ca sed it's new process quality failures. But I don't think it's the fault of the MEXICAN culture. Mike...Out...



07/14/98 18:41:45
Name: Kevin McDaniel
My Email: Email Me City: Chicago
Province/State: IL Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta tdi

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Regarding First Oil Changes: VW uses a special factory fill oil which is designed to help the piston rings and seal break in correctly. The oil must be in for at least 5k miles. Changing the oil early will result in poor ring seals and high oil consump ion for the life of the engine. VW tdi engines are robotically assembles in a clean room environment in Germany and are exceedingly clean from the start. In Europe the first oil change is at 10k miles and it used to be 7500 miles in the US except for to many owners couldn't beleive it and changed the oil too early. Do not believe oil company advertising (jiffy lube especially). New cars do not need an oil change every 3k miles. My tdi will get oil changes as the factory recomends at 5k, 10k, 20k ... ntervals. Happy motoring, Kevin.



07/14/98 15:14:00
Name: Zach Krapfl My Email: Email Me
City: Englewood Province/State: CO Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 97 TDI

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TO JOHN- That cd changer jack in the back will fit a Clarion changer. Don't bother listening to the dealer, or people like mail order Crutchfield who say you need an adaptor in order to fit the clarion. My boss just baught a 98 TDI and his fit the clarion as wel . It takes about 20 minutes to install. The changer cost me 289.



07/14/98 14:34:26
Name: Doug My Email: Email Me
City: Jupiter Province/State: FL Country: US
Your VW/Audi: 84 Rabbit GTI

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There have been a few comments on quality control of German cars compared with Jap cars. Remember thet the Golf/Jetta for NA sales are really MEXICAN cars! I had a 92 Jetta that was always in the dealership for quality control problems, I ended up trading it in for a Dodge. The first NBeetle I saw showed the poor QC from Mexico, it was fallin apart on the showroom floor! That is why I wish VW would import the Passat TDI built in Germany. Of all of the watercooled VWs I have had the German built cars were the best. 77 Dasher SW - Great car I wish I still had it. 78 Rabbit - Fast and easy to work on. Died of cancer years after an accident repair gone bad. 84 Jetta - A reliable fun car. 84 Rabbit GTI - Problems are with the "American" parts, GM headliner trim etc. Poor quality American workers ruin a great design. 92 Jetta - Mexican junk.



07/14/98 12:06:01
Name: Jim Shimshock My Email: Email Me
City: New Salem Province/State: PA Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: None Yet - Jetta soon

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To John, Diesel is more expensive in neighborhoods because a lot of fuel stations market the diesel as "automotive diesel." Truckers are more price sensitive, plus fuel stations on the interstate sell volume to the over the road truckers. Tax exempt fuel is refe red to home heating oil in my state. This is fuel oil which would be used to heat home, space heaters, any application which does not use the roadway and therefore is not subject to the state fuels tax. It is not legal to pump tax exempt fuel oil into y ur tank. Currently, in PA diesel fuel is $1.099 and I think fuel oil is $.599, the difference being the road tax. It is tempting. Oil changes; Your dealer is full of .... Your first oil change is for break-in, to remove metal fragments from the newly machined surfaces. This change should be performed after the first 500 miles. After that I would recommend changing at least every 5000 miles. I go every 5000 in my Cummins diesel and it has an 11 quart capacity. Smaller capacities should be changed more frequently. It also depends on the type of oil. Synthetic oils such as Mobil Delvac 1 can extend oil changes much further. As far as the carpet, I can tell you my dealer said VW revised some interior pieces including the carpet late in the 1998 model year. The model he pointed out to me had the plush carpeting that you talked about. You must have bought an earlier model. Hope this helps.



07/14/98 07:08:47
Name: Derrik Johnson
My Email: Email Me City: Burlington
Province/State: KY Your VW/Audi: 97 Jetta GL

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Pook in Dallas: I also had a range problem with an aftermarket alarm system on my 84 GTI. It would only work a few feet from the car, but somewhere, I heard of this little trick that greatly increases the range, if needed: simply push the remote alarm s itch onto the bottom of your chin as you press the button. This way, your body acts as a type of "transmitting antenna." Dont know if this will help you in your case, but it sure did for me. As far as the reliability of VW's...I'd have to admit...they m y not be as totally trouble free right out of the box as some other cars on the road today seem to be (I've had my shares of VW hiccups), but in the long run, it will be hard to beat a VW. My father has an 81 Vanagon that just passed the 300,000 mile mar . While in Germany, I had an 83 GTD that had 380,000 kms (about 237,000 miles) on it, when it had to be sold to some guy in Turkey because it would no longer pass the German emission test. Both of these vehicles are/were running on their ORIGINAL engines I'd rather put up with a few minor problems here and there and have a car that is a joy to drive and will last a long while, than to have a totally perfect car that I would probably crash anyways, due to falling asleep at the wheel out of total boredom o driving such a ho-hum car. Just my thoughts..... chau, dj



07/14/98 00:54:51
Name: John Boyd My Email: Email Me
City: Louisville Province/State: KY Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

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I've only had this 2 weeks, but I truly love the thing. A few questions--is diesel cheaper at truck stops just for truckers or do we get the same price? The SuperAmerica in my neighborhood sells diesel (and would see no semi-truck traffic) for $1.19--ab ut 10 cents more than they charge for gas, yet at truck stop-type places along the interstate, diesel seems to be cheaper than gasoline. What's up with that? The reason I'm asking is that in Greenwood, IN, where I bought my car (Louisville dealers were oo stupid to deserve my business), I saw one station that had diesel for .89, but had the words "tax exempt" after it. Another station up the road had it for $1.19. So who's tax exempt? The truckers or everyone else? Is that everywhere (a federal law) or does it vary from state to state? Another thing, I have had a heck of a time trying to figure out the maintenance intervals (oil changes) on this thing. The owner's manual doesn't seem to be very clear on the subject. The dealer said the first oil change is at 5,000 miles, the second an 10,000 and the third at 20,000, but I can't find any evidence in the manual of this. Am I just stupid or what? And I read the note that the CD wire just works for the official VW changer. Is that true? Who makes VW's changer? Wouldn't someone sell some sort of adaptor or something? I'd like to get one someday down the line, but I won't be paying $800 for the p easure! That's ridiculous! One last thing--I looked at a Jetta TDI here in town & it had fancy carpet--looped just like they did back in the old days. Although mine is a '98, I think it sat around a while--it has the felt-like pseudo-carpet my '95 Golf had. Also, the one in Louis ille had a different radio in in, even though they were both "premium" AM/FM cassette units. Mine has the same radio as my 1995 Golf had, although it doesn't seem to sound as good. Does anyone know what I'm talking about? Were there some sort of mid-ye r changes on these items? The dealer I bought from acted like he didn't know what I was talking about--I checked their other Jettas & they had the "old style" equipment, also, but I know I didn't imagine this carpet & radio! Thanks a bunch!



07/13/98 21:23:40
Name: Ben Hendricks My Email: Email Me
City: Bowling Green Province/State: Ohio Country: US
Your VW/Audi: 1998 Jetta TDI

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I have been watching this site for about 5 weeks now, and I have to say it is one of the best sites that I visit regularly. My question is about the front passenger door. When driving I can hear a howl from the door, which gets louder as I accelerate. I know this is wind related, but how do I get it to stop, or at least quite it down? Oh yeah, my dealer offers an optional undercoating for the car, has anyone done a similar option to their Jetta? If so, is it more quiet now? Thanks, Ben



07/13/98 14:03:59
Name: Nate Tennant
My Email: Email Me Province/State: Stratham, N.H.
Your VW/Audi: 1996 Passat TDI

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I have seen alot of problems regarding build quality on the Jettas so I thought I would relate to you my expereinces with a 1995 Golf. Yes, a gas engine, but I had alot of quality problems with the car. At 10K the Alarm broke on the car which the dealer fixed at no cost. At 15 K I had several lights burn out in the dash which the dealer replaced. At 38K. the paint started to fad badly. Despite the fact that the car was out of warranty VW had the whole car repainted at no cost to me. At 42K I was still unhappy with the paint job so they repainted it again. This time they did it right. As a matter of fact it was 3 times as good as the factory job. 50K..I had many many rattles which I fixed myself So, this Golf(a Jetta without the trunk) has had its share of build problems, but after they were fixed the car has been great. I now have over 75K on the car and mechanically the vehical has been perfect. German cars are finiky, but once you get the ki ks worked out they will go forever.



07/13/98 13:30:28
Name: Mike Skonicki My Email: Email Me
City: Orland Hills Province/State: Illinois Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 1998 TDI Jetta

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To Pook in Dallas: Being a Toyota/Mazda car owner myself I also find it difficult to get used to these minor quality problems we find in our German VWs. Im told that after they are corrected the cars will be bulletproof and will provide years of reliable service. I believe this statement, for the most part, to be true. As for your alarm's remote range that kind of performance is typical of most systems. For now (break-in) the oil burning is also OK. Just hang in there! When the kinks are out you'll hav a great German car. With or without problems the Jap cars can NEVER be like a VW!!! MIke...Out..



07/13/98 01:41:54
Name: Clay Peyton My Email: Email Me
City: Lexington Province/State: Ky Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 97 Jetta TDi & 95 GTi VR6

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Hi all. Me again. I forgot to mention that I added another few HP to my TDi this weekend. I installed a "Techtonics Tuning" 2.5 inch cat. back exhaust system. This system is for the VR6 engine but it can be used on our cars as well. If you order one, be s re to let them know that it is for a TDi because the pipe that clamps onto the catalitic converter must be tappered down to 50mm to fit. Or, one can cut off the old 2 inch pipe on the cat and have 2.5 welded onto it so one will have 2.5 inch piping all th way back (this is what I did). The system is available in either aluminized piping with a 100% stainless steel Borla muffler or, 100% stainless piping & muffler. I chose the alunimized system to save some money. The alunimized is around $370 & the stainl s is close to $500. The kit is available for the Passat & Jetta and comes with all the necessary clamps & mounting brackets. Our stock exhaust is 2" in diameter & T.T.'s is 2.5. That's a pretty substantial increase and the T.T. resonator is VERY small w th a "staight through" flow as well as the Borla muffler. The power increase is noticeable. It's most noticeable at higher rpm's a full throttle. I think there is better response at low rpm's though. I think it's fair to say I got a 5-10 hp increase. That s not going to win any races or let you get home any faster but it is more power and it's not going to void your warranty. I'm also really suprised and pleased to say that the exhaust system is almost completely silent. There is just a slight bit of noise that can be heard only standing right next to the tail pipe with the car at idel. It can't be heard anywhere else. The phone number for T.T. is (503) 843-2700 PST.



07/13/98 00:27:08
Name: Clay Peyton My Email: Email Me
City: Lexington Province/State: Ky Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 97 Jetta TDi & 95 GTi VR6

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Brian is absolutely right about the Bently manuals being the best. They have helped me a great deal as well with my GTi VR6. The manual for the Jetta TDi was slated to be released sometime this summer, but Bently pushed the release date back to sometime n xt year. Bummer.



07/12/98 22:52:31
Name: Craig My Email: Email Me
City: Vancouver Province/State: BC Country: CANADA
Your VW/Audi: Still waiting for NB

Comments:
Hello. I would greatly appreciate anyone and everyone willing to e-mail me a reason why I should buy a New Beetle TDI. What is good and what is bad about the TDI engine. I can get a TDI Beetle in a few weeks or wait about 6 to 8 months for a gas version. have never owned a diesel anything before and am a little nervous about buying one. Any help would be great. So far it seems as though the only real positive thing about the TDI is the fuel economy. Are there other reasons for choosing the TDI over gas? lease e-mail me with your thoughts. I would would greatly appreciate hearing from you. Thanks to all in advance. Craig



07/12/98 21:38:25
Name: Brian Kmetz My Email: Email Me
City: Streator Province/State: Illinois Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 97 Passat TDI

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Hello TDI fans! My theory on the blue smoke: When my car was new it smoked a little too. It went away by 5,000 miles. So until the piston rings seat, some oil is burning off. It is very common for a new VW TDI engine to use up to a few quarts of oil duri g the break-in period and get the worst fuel mileage. It takes almost 10,000 miles to completely break in the engine so give it some time. As for Jon's theory on when the injectors start, I cannot confirm or deny. The engine has all kinds of electronic se sors and the ECM computer can very well wait until the engine has turned a few times before injecting fuel. Part of VAG's goal was to reduce as much smoke as possible on cold startup and the fuel injection system set up like that would reduce smoke on a c ld start. The Robert Bentley repair manuals are way ahead of the others even though they are the most expensive. Mine has already paid for itself a few times by allowing me to fix some stupid little things myself instead of taking the car in to the dealer The cheapest way to buy one is to get the ISBN number of the manual you want from www.rb.com. Then use the ISBN number to do a search at all the online bookstores. Take care TDI fans.



07/12/98 16:09:26
Name: pook My Email: Email Me
City: dallas Province/State: tx Country: us
Your VW/Audi: 98 jetta tdi ?????????

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I have had my Jetta tdi 3 weeks it has 3,600 miles. The shifter vibrates at 2200 rpm in 4th gear.My alarm can only be turned on a few feet from the car.It has used 1 1/2 quarts of oil so far.I found out that the plug in the trunk will only fit a factory c changer ($800). I don't like the horn honking when I set the alarm, or the daytime running lights.I have a spot on my hood where the paint is comming off. I traded in a accort for this jetta, I don't know if that was good move or not????.On the other si e it gets about 51 mpg,rides and handled good. This is my first German car , have owned hondas and toyotas I have my fingers crossed, ok I am off the soap box.



07/11/98 19:51:23
Name: Chuck Reagan My Email: Email Me
City: Channelview Province/State: TX Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 Beetle TDI

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I have never had a diesel before. Can someone tell were to find some info on the VW TDI. Basic stuff like filter changes, and care of the engine. I have a '98 Beetle, And plan on doing the maintenance on it after the warranty expires. Are the manuals VW o fers worth the money? Thank you Chuck.



07/11/98 04:41:29
Name: Clay Peyton My Email: Email Me
City: Lexington Province/State: Ky Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 97 Jetta TDi & 95 GTi VR6

Comments:
Hey all. Car & Driver does a short road test and review of TDi Beetle in the latest issue (8/98) Check it out.



07/11/98 02:17:04
Name: Jonathan Bartlett My Email: Email Me
City: Sterling Province/State: Massachusetts Country: U.S.A.
Your VW/Audi: 96 Passat TDI sedan

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I was concerned about the BLUE PUFF on start up until I thought of how a diesel works. Please bear with me and tell me I'm full of sh t after I've finished. When any reciprocating four or more cylinder engine is stopped, at least ONE of the four cylinders is in the compression stroke. The partially compressed air leaks out of the cylinder past the piston rings, eventually equalizing with atmospheric pressure, When the engine is re-started, the reduced amount of air remaining in that cylinder can not be com ressed sufficiently to ignite the fuel which is injected at or near the top of the stroke. The unburned fuel is sent down the exhaust system and emerges as THE BLUE PUFF. Now, if someone were to say that the injectors are kept closed until 2 crank rotatio s have been completed, and that this is specifically to prevent the injection of fuel into a partially compressed charge of air, then I will return to the fold of the concerned. for now I'm blissfully ignorant.



07/11/98 01:51:07
Name: Jim Shimshock My Email: Email Me
City: New Salem Province/State: PA Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: None Yet

Comments:
Anyone interested in the North American VW 1999 model line up should take a look at www.vwvortex.com



07/10/98 17:05:13
Name: Fred Voglmaier My URL: Visit Me My Email: Email Me
City: Maple Ridge Province/State: BC Country: Canada
Your VW/Audi: '96 Golf GL

Comments:
Hi All
Well, I got back late last week from my trip to europe, but things were so busy when I got back to work I haven't had a chance to update anything, but I'll just have to make time.:)

Anyways, when I was over there I visited Wolfsburg, and toured th VW plant. It was pretty interesting seeing the cars being made. (First ever visit to a car plant) Wolfsburg is definatly a VW town. At least 8/10 cars were made by the VW group! I definatly recommend visiting Wolfsburg VW plant if you are a VW fan.

There were also many interesting cars available there (besides VW). The Ford KA was an interesting little car. Diesels are also very common in not just smaller cars, but in Jeep Cherokee's & Chrysler Mini Vans, which seem to be increasing numbers. Luck ly I only saw 2 neons there during my whole trip.
I did get to drive a VW there, not the fastest though ('98 VW Golf Wagon, w/ 75hp 1.6l engine), but it could still travel. (Traveled a sustained topspeed of 180km/h for over 5 min, what a rush):)
Anyways, gota go now, but will post some more info and p ctures like the Golf country, etc when I get a chance.

Fred



07/10/98 15:35:52
Name: Mike Skonicki My Email: Email Me
City: Orland Hills Province/State: Illinois Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 1998 TDI Jetta

Comments:
The Puff of blue smoke is normal. You are burning a tye of fuel oil and when the engine is cold the computer tweaks in a different aif/fuel combustion formula until it warms up. It's a little less efficient for a while to support cold operations, hence, the blue puff of smoke. I had what I thought was a central dashboard rattle. I was the gearshift handle vibrating a a certain RPM. Don't be so sure it will get worse. Reonant oscilations (rattles) can be funny things. They can WEAR themselves out of scilation frequency and cease to exist. Until then happy hunting with pushing panels and bending wires until you find the demon. (Hate those little devils myself) Mike...Out...



07/10/98 14:38:25
Name: D'nardo Colucci My Email: Email Me
City: mpls Province/State: mn Country: usa
Your VW/Audi: Jettas; 87 & 98 tdi

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I like to see TDI fans getting all riled up over the comment that we're "jerks"! My "not even a high performance vehicle" just took me 105 mph before I backed off the pedal (I didn't want to go over 4000 rpm) on the farm roads of SW Minnesota. Oh, by th way, did I mention that I averaged 43 mpg on this trip?
I do have some concerns though. When I start the car after sitting overnight I usually get a big puff of blue smoke. Others here have mentioned this and said it will go away after a while. I'm still taking it back to the dealer - 2 year warranty y'know Also, there's a slight rattle in the dash after only 2k miles. I bet this is going to be annoying after 50k miles. My $0.02....
D'nardo



07/10/98 13:31:41
Name: Mike Skonicki My Email: Email Me
City: Orland Hills Province/State: Illinois Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 1998 TDI Jetta

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Thanks for the support and defense our VW's. You're right about the SUV illusion. Now there's a good idea. Let's spend big bucks to buy a big vehicle that wastes lots of fuel, has a lot of interior noise, transmits a rough ride, pulls heavy 4WD hardwar around everywhere to use on a flat surface (only 11% of the USA population lives in mountains)and try to convince ourselves that we are getting back to nature every time we go for a ride. Give me a break, that's crazy. For me I'll stick with my fuel si ping TDI. Mike...Out..



07/10/98 10:20:01
Name: Brian Kmetz My Email: Email Me
City: Streator Province/State: Illinois Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 97 Passat TDI

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Hi TDI fans. I totally agree with Al. This is the most fun I ever had with owning a car. I have had more fun in a car, but that's a different story and we won't go there... Don't ever let anyone tell you that our cars are not high performance. Any en ine that can extract this much power on so little fuel is absolutely a high performance engine. High efficiency is high performance, pure and simple. Using more energy than what is needed to perform some work is called inefficient and low performance. ntentionally using more energy than needed is wasteful. This simple concept is totally lost in America. The downside of owning a VW TDI is looking at all the people driving pick-up trucks, minivans, and SUVs and realizing how much money and energy these people are wasting. I've have better things to do with my money than spend it on unneeded fuel. Have a good weekend TDI fans.



07/09/98 17:48:34
Name: Allen Ruid My Email: Email Me
City: Monona Province/State: WI Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 97 Passat TDI, 84 GTI, 83 GTI, 88 Golf

Comments:
Sorry about the double post. Don't know why. I logged back on and the original message had been posted twice



07/09/98 17:07:52
Name: Allen Ruid My Email: Email Me
City: Monona Province/State: WI Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 97 Passat TDI, 84 GTI, 83 GTI, 88 Golf

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Hi Mike, Regarding your "friend". No, we are not crazy. Diesels are unknown in this country and there needs to be a place to exchange information. Fred's site is the best for that. And as far as a TDI being "just a car", there is nothing else which combines the economy, interior room and performance of the Passat and Jetta TDIs. German cars inspire passion because they are not "just cars". German Drivers care about how they get there as much as getting there. Driving is a passion for some people and some people just don't get it. That is why mind-numbing major appliances like the Taurus and Accord top the sales chart. What kind of SUV does your friend drive?



07/09/98 17:07:45
Name: Allen Ruid My Email: Email Me
City: Monona Province/State: WI Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 97 Passat TDI, 84 GTI, 83 GTI, 88 Golf

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Hi Mike, Regarding your "friend". No, we are not crazy. Diesels are unknown in this country and there needs to be a place to exchange information. Fred's site is the best for that. And as far as a TDI being "just a car", there is nothing else which combines the economy, interior room and performance of the Passat and Jetta TDIs. German cars inspire passion because they are not "just cars". German Drivers care about how they get there as much as getting there. Driving is a passion for some people and some people just don't get it. That is why mind-numbing major appliances like the Taurus and Accord top the sales chart. What kind of SUV does your friend drive?



07/09/98 15:47:56
Name: Mike Skonicki My Email: Email Me
City: Orland Hills Province/State: Illinois Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 1998 TDI Jetta

Comments:
I thought I would share with you the comments of a close friend of mine. I was telling him how much I like my car and led him to my E-MAIL terminal to view some of the messages on this WEB site. After reading a few he made the following comments: "You g ys are jerks, making a hobby out of burning fuel oil. Get a life will you !! It's just a car, not even a high performance vehicle. Don't you have anything better to do?" I did'nt like what he said but he is a good friend. Any comments out there...are e crazy? Mike Out...



07/08/98 20:52:55
Name: Mark R. Edwards My Email: Email Me
City: Grapevine Province/State: Texas Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 1996 Passat TDI

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After I drive my Passat for approx. 15-20 Min. in hot weather I find that the hyd. clutch will be twice as hard to push in and this condition will be intermittent. I have also heard a noise on two seperate occasions (depressing the clutch with the engine off) which appears to be coming from the slave cylinder. Has anyone else experienced this? Please help.



07/08/98 20:06:48
Name: Jim Shimshock My Email: Email Me
City: New Salem Province/State: PA Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: None Yet

Comments:
Love the site Fred, but please update (come home from Europe). I just ordered a new 98 Jetta TDI. However my dealer could not locate one. Anyway my dealer informed me to wait another week and a 99 Jetta TDI will be arriving! He stated he already had 9 gas Jetta's. Pricing will be only a few more hundred dollars. However, he said VW is carrying over the 98 body due to demand. If anyone could clarify this by all means, please do. In addition, there is supposed to be a higher hp TDI in the works. I' l keep everyone informed as to what I finally end up with and any new information on the 99's. Later.



07/08/98 15:32:02
Name: D'nardo Colucci My Email: Email Me
City: mpls Province/State: mn Country: usa
Your VW/Audi: Jettas, 87 and 98 TDI

Comments:
More comments on the hybrid cars. Hybrids are out there, but they have years to go before the public will by them (The Toyota car outputs about 24 hp).
I bet that by the time these hybrids become a factor, fuel cell technology will be a viable alternative. In 10 years we'll start seeing fuel cell c rs w/ >75 hp and zero emissions. I expect my Jetta TDI to last at least that long. That's why I bet my next car will be fuel cell powered. Ballard Power Systems has a good site; www.ballard.com
D'nardo



07/08/98 13:07:54
Name: Allen Ruid My Email: Email Me
City: Monona Province/State: WI Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 97 Passat TDI

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I would like to add my thoughts to the VW "quality" discussion. I presently have 4 VWs: a mint 84 GTI(150,000 mi), an 83 GTI track car, an 88 Golf (141,000 brutal city miles and some tracktime) and the 97 TDI Passat. I have also had two Toyotas. It is true the initial quality of VWs is not as good as the average Japanese Car. That means a couple trips to the dealer for adjustments might be necessary. Depending on the competence of the dealer, this can be routine or annoying. Once the VW is sorted, they are incredibly durable and absolutely bulletproof. The drivetrains and tubs last forever. They are also safer than Japanese Cars because they handle better (active safety) and are more crash worthy (passive safety). They are also easier to work on and parts are inexpensive due to a huge aftermarket that has developed around VW Motorsports activites. My Golf has been MUCH less expensive to drive 140,000 miles than my Corolla was. Now I am hoping VW will send over the Golf 4, Synchro TDI. That is the 130 HP diesel Rally Car they sell in Europe. We will never see it here :-(



07/08/98 05:20:11
Name: Brian Kmetz My Email: Email Me
City: Streator Province/State: Illinois Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 97 Passat TDI

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Hi TDI fans, lots of questions on several posts here so I'll just add what I can. Audi is testing a TDI/electric hybred in Europe. It was featured in Car & Driver magazine some time ago but I forgot which issue. Almost every major European make has a TDI engine option in Europe including Ford and GM. Detroit Diesel has several small TDI engines for the car market that could easily be made available over here. Most TDI engines in Europe are using a more advanced fuel injection system that what VAG is using and the mileage numbers should continue to go up as the technology improves. It is very interesting to notice that diesel and gasoline technologies are crossing over to each other with DI for gasoline engines and common rail fuel injection for diesel engi es. Each is a borrowed technology from the other. Cheap efficient battery and motor technology is still a long way off so the hybred cars will not take over yet. Toyota is selling its hybred cars at a huge loss to gain market share. We should be able to e joy our cars for many years. The diesel engine is still the most efficient internal combustion engine for its size. A DI gasoline engine can have very high mileage numbers, but will never be able to do the work that a diesel can. The TDI diesel still has a future. Spread the word TDI fans.



07/08/98 02:06:06
Name: Jonathan Bartlett My Email: Email Me
City: Sterling Province/State: Massachusetts Country: U.S.
Your VW/Audi: 96 Passat tdi sedan

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How about a hybrid with a tdi powered recharger/generator? Consider the mileage and range of a 600 c.c. diesel running at a constant speed and tuned for minimal emissions at that speed. The battery pack could be used alone in urban areas.The fossil fueled power plant would only need to be large enough to recharge the amount of current consumed during constant, non-accelerating driving, plus a minor amount for a/c, seat heaters, 600 watt stereo, and such. The batteries would be an energy accumulator with re enerative charging on the down hills to put back some of what was used going up. AS IF!... VW won't even bring into the states the new Passat with the TDI, so don't hold your breath waiting. If you want a diesel/electric hybrid today, buy a railroad locomotive. I'm waiting to see the space packaging of two complete drive units in the Toyota. As long as gasoline stays $1/gal. I don't expect too many converts out of their S.U.V.s and into a Prius. I also didn't think I'd be in a diesel, so that is what my opinion s worth.



07/07/98 18:43:38
Name: Mike Skonicki My Email: Email Me
City: Orland Hills Province/State: Illinois Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 1998 TDI Jetta

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In answer to your PRO's and CON's ALmost all PRO when you consider a VW Diesel. For me the shortcomings were in non-engine areas. I've been a Jap car owner for decades and it's pretty hard to beat their Quality record. My complaints from delivery were: Back-up light failure, steering w eel not centered, and minor vibrations. All of this delivered to me with a post card on the dash signed by VW Mexico's Quality manager(s) Gomez and Hernandez. This would not happen at a Jap plant. Still, all that aside, it's still worth it. BUY THIS CAR!!!! Mike...Out...



07/07/98 18:07:25
Name: clay My Email: Email Me
City: boulder Province/State: co Country: 80303
Your VW/Audi: 98 tdi

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i've been looking at a 98 tdi and was wondering what other 98 tdi owners could tell me about the car, pros and cons. any help would be greatly appreciated. thanks clay



07/07/98 17:30:30
Name: Bob Grant My Email: Email Me
City: Terre Haute Province/State: IN Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: TDI Passat (when it arrives)

Comments:
Does anyone know if any other manufacturer other than VW might be bringing in a TDI engine for 1999? I know that Mitsubishi and Toyota both make them for other markets (including a very nice 6 cylinder in the Land Cruiser). I was wondering if there were any other options if VW decides not to bring in the TDI passat (the Jetta is too small for my needs). You can reply by either e-mail or (preferably) by posting a message here.



07/07/98 16:47:05
Name: Derek Zeanah My Email: Email Me
City: Roswell Province/State: GA
Country: USA Your VW/Audi: '98 Jetta TDI

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Another oil comment: when I bought my Jetta it was getting somewhere around 46mpg. I've changed the oil once since then, and I've found that since that point I've been getting between 35 and 38 mpg. I'm guessing the cause is the oil: I've got Rotella-T n there now (15-40) because it was the only conventional oil I could find that met API CD. I'm _really_ tempted to buy some Mobil Delvac-1 (5-40)and give that a shot once my 5,000 mi service comes up. Comments? Anyone have any experience with this oil or Mobil 1? Anyone think it's too early to switch to a synthetic?



07/07/98 16:13:24
Name: Mike Skonicki My Email: Email Me
City: Orland Hills Province/State: Illinois Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 1998 Jetta TDI

Comments:
TDI...Great for now. I've been looking at all the positive comments about the TDI diesel and it's great mileage; however, there is a limit to our grandeur. In the next 3 to 5 years advances in gasoline engines will seriously compete with current diesel technology. Toyota wi l release (late 99) in the USA the first production HYBRID. This 70 mpg car, with 1/10 the emissions of today's fleet, is now offered in Japan. Popular Science praised this car for it's power and got 69 mpg to boot. Other car companies will follow with advances and other HYBRIDS. So I will enjoy the uniqueness as long as I can, but I know full well, all glory is fleeting. Mike....Out...



07/07/98 11:03:19
Name: Gary
My Email: Email Me Country: U.K.
Your VW/Audi: Ibiza TDi

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Why don't VW allow me to use a 0W oil such as Mobil 1 (Turbo Diesel)? The manual approves synthetics of various grades including 5W-30 and 5W-40 but not 0W-40 (or 0W anything). I'd prefer a 0W oil because of the extended warm up time of this fuel efficient engine. My only guess could be it is to do with additives that improve the viscosity range of the oil which are bad for diesel engines, even though there should be less of these in a synthetic formulation.



07/07/98 08:42:23
Name: willy My Email: Email Me
City: abbotsford Province/State: b.c. Country: canada
Your VW/Audi: 91 jetta tdi

Comments:
great car for commuting i have 300k already, how long does the diesel last?



07/07/98 08:39:55
Name: willy My Email: Email Me
City: abbotsford Province/State: b.c. Country: canada
Your VW/Audi: 91 jetta tdi

Comments:
great car for commuting i have 300k already, how long does the deisel last?



07/06/98 22:09:53
Name: Barry Hertz My Email: Email Me
City: Saskatoon Province/State: Saskatchewan (SK) Country: Canada
Your VW/Audi: 98 NewBeetle TDI

Comments:
Have put over 9000 km on my 98 NewBeetle TDI. Am averaging 4.7-5.6 L/100 km, 50-60 MPG(IMP) or 40-50 MPG(US)at 110-120 km/h. Engine oil consumption on this all-new diesel is 200 ml/ 5000 km, using CH-4 Essolube XD-3 15W-40. Canadian NB TDI is rated at 90 HP@3750 rpm, non catalist while US version is 90 HP@4000 rpm. Had check engine light come on when glow plug relay failed at 8000 km. Very pleased with acceleration and top speed. I highly recommend this 1.9 TDI



07/06/98 19:51:21
Name: Mike Skonicki My Email: Email Me
City: Orland Hills Province/State: Illinois Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 1998 Jetta TDI

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Just picked up my 1998 VW Jetta TDI on 5/22/98. I did'nt care if the 1999 Jetta is expecting a facelift, (loooking like all the other melted soap bar cars). I like the 1998 lines...very european. Besides, I got the car under invoice, and as far as I'm concerned, the 98 VW Jetta is the biggest bang for your car buck around. I'm getting 43 MPG (combined) now with only 1200 miles logged. I expect it will get a little better. My advice; Go get a 9 TDI before they get expensive and start to enjoy the "DRIVE".



07/06/98 11:22:56
Name: Markus Kr,mer My URL: Visit Me My Email: Email Me
City: Daun Province/State: Rheinland / Pfalz Country: Germany
Your VW/Audi: Golf III TDI, 90hp (66kw)

Comments:
Hello friends, I'm impressed by your super homesite Markus



07/06/98 06:14:14
Name: Brian Kmetz My Email: Email Me
City: Streator Province/State: Illinois Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 97 Passat TDI

Comments:
Hi TDI fans. I quote the Robert Bentley manual about the fuel recriculation valve on the fuel filter: full open below 60F and full closed above 80F. This means nothing as far as helping the car to start in subzero temperatures as there is no heat to recir ulate until the engine is running. The filling stations are suppose to blend the fuel to the local climate and most do a very good job. Happy driving TDI fans.



07/04/98 01:08:58
Name: Clay Peyton My Email: Email Me
City: Lexington Province/State: Ky Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 97 Jetta TDi & 95 GTi VR6

Comments:
Hi TDi fan's! I just wanted to let you all know that in the latest issue of "European Car" magazine, there is a very good article which takes the reader inside the New Beetle. The article goes over the safty systems, suspension, etc.... It also gives a ni e cut-away view of a TDi beetle engine with a HP & torque power curve graph & it also lists changes made to the TDi engine. The power is the same but the engine gets a new magnisium cylinder head cover & a cartridge-type oil filter mounted on the top of t e engine (just to name a few). No messy oil changes for you TDi beetle drivers out there... simply unscrew the cartridge housing, remove the old cartridge and put in a new one. The only down side to the cartridge type filters is that it may be a very long time before anyone offers a replacement filter except for the dealer. I'm going to assume that the changes will carry over into the Jetta as well. On a side note, I've drive 5000 miles with the Wetterauer chip since installation. I'm very plesaed with it. I've been getting MPG's in the low 40's with the A/C on. About 60/40 highway/city travel at 70/75 mph. I plan to do an all highway test with the A/C on sometime in the future to see what happens with mileage. Bye.



07/03/98 13:07:38
Name: Joey Z My Email: Email Me
City: Austin Province/State: Texas Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: None Yet

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I am convinced that my next car will be a TDI. However, I concerned my short drive to work may have an adverse effect on engine longevity. My round trip drive each day is only 6 miles. Most weekend trips are more than 200 miles. Do you think the short daily commute will damage the TDI engine over time?



07/02/98 19:12:00
Name: maaak
My Email: Email Me
Your VW/Audi: Beetle TDI 5sp

Comments:
Well, first off - na na-na na naa naaaa! So far, I am very impressed with the power and the mechanical mutterings of the diesel cum turbo whine. As a former Saab owner, this car pushes all the right buttons - it's beefy, has proper door handles, swing style mirrors, low center of gravity, lots f safety equipment, and believe it or not it's easy to see out of! No one told me the shape of the side windows allowed you to look so far forward (due to the curvature of the window itself, not just the shape of the opening). It handles very well (whee s are waaay to the corners), a nod to Chrysler. We'll see what the gas milage turns out to be. First tank is looking like 600 miles. Only gripe: the steering wheel is twisted to one side and the dealer is being a pain about fixing it.



07/02/98 16:50:06
Name: David Sparks My Email: Email Me
City: Double Oak Province/State: TX Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta

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I was wondering if anyone else has noticed a considerable increase in engine noise as well as a harmonic type vibration around 67 MPH or 2300 RPMs? If so, have you brought it in yet, and what did the dealership replace? Please email me back directly. I do not get to visit this homepage very often. Thanks,



07/02/98 13:47:38
Name: Aaron Malcom
City: Normal Province/State: IL
Country: USA Your VW/Audi: Want a Passat TDI

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John, I might be able to help a little. There is an Audi A3 which I believe is a hatchback sold in Europe. It is a small car, but probably uses a Golf modification of some sort. About the A2, I am aware of an even smaller car that they are looking at t at might only hold two people and use an even smaller engine in an effort to raise milage beyond 70 mpg. This might be that one.



07/02/98 00:34:54
Name: Jonathan Bartlett My Email: Email Me
City: Sterling Province/State: Mass. Country: USoA
Your VW/Audi: 96 Passat TDI sedan

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Q&A time! First the "A" to Darren A. of N.C., The fuel filter is heated by the recirculation of the fuel returned from the injectors. There is a temperature controlled valve (similar to a coolant thermostat) which sends the excess fuel which has been warm d by the proximity to the running engine back through the filter and then back to the injectors. Only the addional amount of fuel actually injected needs to be added from the tank. Once the fuel is at a sufficient temperature to prevent gelling, the temp valve opens to return the fuel to the tank and prevents excessive heating of the fuel prior to being injected. I discovered this when I changed my filter this past winter and couldn't get the new, empty filter to prime. It simply kept recirculating the co d air. Now my "Q". How are the different VW and Audi body styles identified? I have seen references to an "A2" and "A3", which I believe are different years of the Rabbit/Golf bodies. Is the Passat the "B" body? How will the newest Golf (A4) keep an identity se arate from the Audi A4? The European Audi A3 seems similar to the Golf "A4". The Passat "B" body is quite similar to the Audi A6. Is the Audi A6 also a "B" body? Can some one help me lift my veil of ignorance regarding this?



07/02/98 00:25:58
Name: Jonathan Bartlett My Email: Email Me
City: Sterling Province/State: Mass. Country: USoA
Your VW/Audi: 96 Passat TDI sedan

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Q&A time! First the "A" to Darren A. of N.C., The fuel filter is heated by the recirculation of the fuel returned from the injectors. There is a temperature controlled valve (similar to a coolant thermostat) which sends the excess fuel which has been warm d by the proximity to the running engine back through the filter and then back to the injectors. Only the addional amount of fuel actually injected needs to be added from the tank. Once the fuel is at a sufficient temperature to prevent gelling, the temp valve opens to return the fuel to the tank and prevents excessive heating of the fuel prior to being injected. I discovered this when I changed my filter this past winter and couldn't get the new, empty filter to prime. It simply kept recirculating the co d air. Now my "Q". How are the different VW and Audi body styles identified? I have seen references to an "A2" and "A3", which I believe are different years of the Rabbit/Golf bodies. Is the Passat the "B" body? How will the newest Golf (A4) keep an identity se arate from the Audi A4? The European Audi A3 seems similar to the Golf "A4". The Passat "B" body is quite similar to the Audi A6. Is the Audi A6 also a "B" body? Can some one help me lift my veil of ignorance regarding this?



07/01/98 21:52:58
Name: Krosnoff
My Email: Email Me Province/State: FLORIDA
Country: USA Your VW/Audi: 96 Passat TDI

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LONG LIVE THE PASSAT TDI!!! If its any comfort to those that wish the tdi model would come back, remember, they still make & sell them in Europe. At least we know they exist - its just a matter of these idiots at VW releasing they let a lot of enthusia ts down. On another note, I drove a VW Beetle TDI yesterday. Made me realize how zippy a Golf\Beetle & TDI engine combo is. I was also suprised that the TDI seemed quieter in the Beetle than my Passat. Nice to see that you order "sport" package and al options with the diesel this time around. I'd rather my Passat TDI had alloy rims and the trip computer.



07/01/98 14:07:01
Name: Aaron Malcom
City: Normal Province/State: IL
Country: USA Your VW/Audi: Would like a VW Passat TDI

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Hi guys! I have bad news. I decided to call the VW Info. Center and I found out that a memo handed out last week stated that no TDI of the Passat would be available for North America in the '99 model year. It didn't meet the "business objectives" for t e country. She did mention that the '99 version of the Jetta would not become available until January at a auto show unveiling. I guess that they will continue to make the older model until that becomes available. Another note: VW is hiring tons of peo le at all of their plants to churn out existing models. Their financials are looking great! The demand is too much for them to meet as it is and I think this helps keep the TDI models from coming out. Maybe we should be happy because the TDI is sure to improve between now and then!



07/01/98 02:17:28
Name: Darren A.
Province/State: NC
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta

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I love my TDI, but cannot figure out if the fuel filter is really heated. I have seen info saying it is, but there are no wires. What's the deal? Is it or not?



07/01/98 02:16:00
Name: Darren A.
Province/State: NC
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta

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07/01/98 00:27:11
Name: claus littmann My Email: Email Me
City: saskatoon Province/State: sk. Country: canada
Your VW/Audi: 5th avenue calagry

Comments:
just got a answer back from vw regarding the passat tdi's, they claim that the tdi passat does not fit in vw's N.A. plans, an there will be none for the 99 my. dealer in s'toon claims we will get v6tdi passat as 99my after new year, anyone got more info? c.l.



06/30/98 23:58:37
Name: Kevin Sellitti My Email: Email Me
City: Sarasota Province/State: Fl Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta

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Has anyone put one of the six speed transmissions into their TDI???? I have seen them advertised in the VW mags. It would seem to me that the 6 speed was made for a TDI. If one was to use really tall gearing for the 6th gear that would drop the RPMS way d wn on highway cruises. I figure it would definatley improve the mileage. I have seen kits for $395.00 and complete transmissions for $1250.00 exchange. Anyone have any info or has done this to their TDI. Your thoughts please. I think I might do it the Jet a once it hits 20k or so.



06/30/98 23:50:07
Name: Kevin Sellitti My Email: Email Me
City: Sarasota Province/State: Fl Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta

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I have seen some posts about a way (or if a switch is available to turn off the daytime running light. I don't know about anyone else but, on my car the running lights shut off when I pull up on the parking brake.



06/30/98 16:33:18
Name: Nathan Tennant My Email: Email Me
City: Stratham Province/State: N.H. Country: U.S.A.
Your VW/Audi: 1996 Passat TDI

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TDI Fans, The only way we can assure that VW continues to bring in the TDI is to continually bombard them with e-mails and letters in support of the TDI. The only reason that VW decided to actually develop the bug was because of the over 30,000 positive responses that they received urging the company to make the concept car a reality. If you have a spare moment Bombard VW @ VW.com with your support of the TDI Nate Tennant 1996 VW Passat TDI



06/30/98 03:49:22
Name: Greg
My Email: Email Me City: Atlanta
Province/State: GA Your VW/Audi: NB TDI (soon!)

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I will be picking up a Beetle TDI sometime next month. I have driven one and I love the way it drives, but one problem appeared. I like to drive beyond legal speeds, and I noticed that I could not have attracted more attention if I had the Dallas Cowboy c eerleaders buck naked and painted silver and blue sitting on top of the car. I will be getting tickets, I can tell.



06/29/98 04:02:45
Name: Mike My Email: Email Me
City: Fresno Province/State: CA Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 97 Passat TDI

Comments:
This is ther first VW I've owned. I did a lot of research before I made the switch from a family of Fords for 20 years to a VW. I drive 120 miles a day and was looking for a car with great gas mileage but with room for my family. I found it in the Passat DI. A couple of things I've noticed that annoy me are: 1. The brake pads wore way too quick (25,000 miles) with extreme wear to the rotor which warranted replacement. I'm used to my Fords where my freeway driving would allow me to change the pads at 60,000 miles with virtually no rotor wear. 2. Vibration. I noticed a few writers have heard a noise at 20 - 25,000 RPM. Mine is at 12,500. It's vibration of the heat shield near the exhaust. I also get vibration inside the car on the rear view mirror. I adjust it until the noise goes away. I also et excessive vibration at idle. I've crawled under the car and examined it several times. The heat shield is poorly mounted and required two to three more anchor bolts to stop the vibration. However, you can't stop all the noise. If anyone has observed the exhaust system under reving .. you'll see why. I think it's just typical of a diesel to move so much ... thus, a lot of vibration. If anyone wants to purchase a Passat TDI, the TDI engine is the strongest part of the car ... the rest isn't that impressive. I have 52,000 miles on mine in 15 months. No engine problems to speak of. I can't say that for the rest of the car.



06/26/98 20:36:48
Name: Jorgen
City: UMEA Country: SWEDEN
Your VW/Audi: Golf GTD -83

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06/26/98 15:58:57
Name: Derrik J
My Email: Email Me City: Burlington
Province/State: KY Your VW/Audi: 97 Jetta GL

Comments:
I've found a few sites on the Net dealing with the importation of non US standard automoblies...it seems that it can be done, but it will be VERY expensive, depending on how close the imported car's safety equipment is to what is required to legally drive it here. One of the sites is the NHTSA, and they can be found under: http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/rules/import/ Here, the NHTSA gives a quick overview of the requirements, and even gives a listing of several regestired importers that do such work. One of these RI's has their own web site listed, and under this site, you can garnish much information as to what exactly must be done, and all the little details needed to satisfy NTSHA and EPA requirements. This site can be found under http://www.wallacel b.com It seems that the closer the car being imported is to the car already being sold in the US, the less that has to be changed. In this case, a German Passat should not be TOO far different from the US model. Sure, small things like headlights, fog ights, the "Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear" sign, all have to be modified. But what really discourages importing a car is the bond required. Who can afford paying 1 1/2 times the value of the car for bond?? Perhaps we should change our thinking, and not try to import cars. I just had an idea: why not buy a 98 Jetta TDI and a 98 Passat 1.8 and just swap the engines? Ha Ha. Then we can sell the Jetta with the 1.8 later. I just wish VW would stop toying with their customers here in the S, and introduce the Passat TDI.....but anyways, dreaming aside, perhaps some of you will look into these 2 sites and give us your opinions?



06/25/98 14:05:58
Name: Aaron Malcom
City: Normal Province/State: IL
Country: USA Your VW/Audi: Would like a TDI Passat Synchro

Comments:
VW may be having trouble meeting the next level of emissions for California that go into effect in a year or two. Three areas of concern are particulates, NOx, and sulphur and no diesel engine meets what is needed yet even with catalysts and particulate raps (in part because the stipulation in California requires that the emissions equipment last double the current lifetime, and the high sulphur content in current fuels eats the catalysts away). VW might also consider the diesel customer an "economy dri en" person who is less likely to buy a more expensive car (notice the manual transmission in the TDI's now, and the announced unavailability of Synchro and five speed auto transmission in the future Passat). It all just seems a shame.



06/25/98 13:08:05
Name: D'nardo Colucci My Email: Email Me
City: mpls Province/State: mn Country: usa
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta tdi, 87 Jetta

Comments:
In response to Derrick's post;

I specifically asked VW Germany whether I could import a Jetta/Vento from Europe, since I wanted the 110 hp engine. They wrote back saying;
"Regrettably, we have to inform you that the so-called Tourist Delivery Program has been dicontinued and it is therefore not possible to purchase a vehicle with US specifications in Europe.
In addition - due to the strict registration regulations of the US-authorities- it is extremely difficult to have a vehicle with European specifications registered in the United States"

Bummer......



06/25/98 03:45:20
Name: Bill Kaewert
My Email: Email Me City: Longmont
Province/State: CO Your VW/Audi: Passat wag. 96 TDI

Comments:
Derrick, I don't know about Germany, but several European countries levy a "car tax" and then VAT on top of that (currently 17.5% in most EU countries). When you export the car you should pay none of these. Beware gray market imported cars, however - US laws and the US dealers effectively put an end to these in the '80s. Local dealers might not warrant them. Beware the NHTSA safety regulations on everything from door beams to the type of glass in the windshi ld to headlights and rear foglights. The emissions is probably the least of your worries. It's a shame that VW pulled out of the TDI market, but write them!



06/25/98 01:33:49
Name: Kevin Sellitti My Email: Email Me
City: Sarasota Province/State: Fl Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta

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I just got an email from someone who what i posted 2 weeks after I bought my car. They wanted to know if I stil recommend it. I thought i would share my reply with everyone: I SURE DO!!! As you read in my post I bought my Jetta on May 6th. Well tomorrow it goes in for it's 5,000 mile service(I hit 5k this morning.). As you can see I drive the Bejesus out it. It is still the best car I have ever bought. I c n commute 600 miles a week on one tank. It is a pleasure to drive lot's of power, pickup and no smoke or stink. I have had several people who have ridden in it tell me that if I hadn't told them it was a diesel they wouldn't have known. The trunk is Massi e the seats are Comfortable on the hour drive(which says alot I am a big guy 6' 4" 230lbs). The only advice I can give you is don't let the dealer jab you on the price. I got a screaming deal on mine(way below invoice) Right now with the new models coming out and the diesel's not so popular(I can't understand why) They are cutting the prices. Make sure you get below invoice before the $1250.00 Factory rebate.



06/24/98 22:58:49
Name: Walt Trask My Email: Email Me
City: Pasco Province/State: WA Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: '96 Passat Wagon TDI

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Rear wheel alignment difficult but worth 4mpg in my case. Increase in tire pressure to 40 psi gives another 3mpg. Notwithstanding prestigeous commentary to the contrary, the 90 hp. Passat TDI wagon (3240 lbs scale wt) is TOO powerful, TOO good, and TOO di ruptive of the status quo. Thus its unfortunate banishment from the US auto market!!!!! Why settle for 50 mpg when, for another ten grand, you can get 26.



06/24/98 22:06:13
Name: D. Allen
Province/State: NC Your VW/Audi: 98 TDI

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Have you ever seen the inner workings of a Puralator filter? Best bet, stick with the NAPA 1191, it has more pleats, and therefore more filter media. In essence, it traps more dirt and restricts oil flow less.



06/24/98 15:50:03
Name: Derrik Johnson
My Email: Email Me City: Burlington
Province/State: KY Your VW/Audi: 97 Jetta GL

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I dont know how one goes about importing a car from Germany to the US, but it can be done, as either BMW or Mercedes (can't remember which one) has a program, where one purchases a car from the factory, drives it around the Autobahn for a few spins, and t en has it shipped back home. I read somewhere that this adds about $1,000 to the final cost. Unfortunately, I dont think that VW has such a program, so if you would want to purchase a car over there and have it shipped here, you would more or less have to do everyting on your own. I'm not too sure what has to be altered on an european VW to make it conform to US emission and safety standards, but I dont think it's too much; the cars should be more or less the same. Having lived in Germany for 5 years, I ca tell you, for example, that many Germans fly over to the US to purchase a Golf, have it sent back to Germany, and the only thing that has to be changed to meet German standards are the headlights (headlights are designed to bend the light away from oncom ng traffic, and even though they are more or less the same headlights as the ones here, nevertheless, they must be replaced with German ones). One major obstacle would be the price; cars over there are so darn expensive. That's why so many Germans come o er here to purchase their VW's. They can pay for their airline tickts, 4 weeks of vacation here in the US, a new VW Golf, the shipping back home, and any import taxes, and all of these costs added together would still be cheaper than had they purchased a new VW from their local dealer. I have also been thinking of flying over there and getting a new Passat TDI...but the prices..ouch! I work at the airport here in Cincinnati and get all kinds of German newspapers and magazines off of our international fli hts. In the classified sections, it seems that the going rate for a used Passat TDI, not necessarily the newer model, is between $20,000 and $25,000 at the current exchange rate. A brand new Passat TDI in Germany will generally run around $30,000 to $35,0 0 or so....(I'm spouting these numbers off the top of my head- I'd have to grab a paper to see the exact cost). Granted, as a US citizen you would be able to get part, if not all, of the 15% MWST (sales tax) back, but even then, with the freight costs to have it shipped back to the US, any and all US import taxes, and any modifications needed to bring it inline with US standards... it could be a pretty penny. On the other hand, VW doesnt leave us much choice. I first saw the newly designed Passat on the German roads way back in '96, and have been waiting ever since. But, alas, I now live in the US again and thus am not considered worthy enough to purchase the Passat TDI. I'll keep checking the German papers and as soon as I see a good price for a used ca , I just may be tempted to buy it.



06/24/98 13:35:08
Name: Doug My Email: Email Me
City: Jupiter Province/State: FL Country: US
Your VW/Audi: 84 Rabbit GTI

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I got an E-Mail from VW yesterday. The Passat TDI does not fit within the marketing plans for North America and will not be offered in 99. Does anyone have any info on importing european cars?



06/24/98 11:26:40
Name: Tom My Email: Email Me
City: Cape Charles Province/State: VA Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 1987 Jetta GLi

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Does anyone have info on arival of 99s. Anyone know details about the changes for 99? I'm interested in a TDI.



06/24/98 06:07:33
Name: Lisa My Email: Email Me
City: Bland Province/State: Virginia Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 1985 Golf Diesel

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This is a great site I can't wait to tell my dad about it! For anyone living in Virginia near the Richmond or Fredericksburg area Stuart Broaddus is the VW diesel mechanic of the hour and he's is as patient as Job! His business name is Broaddus Automoti e and its located in Partlow Virginia phone # 804-448-2093. In my book he is the best mechanic I've ever run across. I now live in the Southwestern part of Va. I will drive 4 hours for him to take care of my car! My dad lives in Fla. and still takes his ar Jetta 90 diesel to him! He is selling used VW's and Audi's. I bought my golf off of my dad and it now has 312 thousand miles on it. Getting about 40mpg with the head gasket leaking quite a bit, not to shabby! I've got a VW TDI Vanagon on my wish list for the future!



06/23/98 23:22:49
Name: Ric Woodruff My Email: Email Me
City: Oviedo Province/State: FL Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: '98 Jetta TDI

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On a hot day, with the air conditioner on, while waiting at a red light, a funny smell comes out of the a/c vents. The smell disappears shortly after getting back up to speed. Anyone with a similar problem or ideas?



06/23/98 23:17:19
Name: Ric Woodruff My Email: Email Me
City: Oviedo Province/State: FL Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: '98 Jetta TDI

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Correction: p/n 20252. Sorry!



06/23/98 23:08:35
Name: Ric Woodruff My Email: Email Me
City: Oviedo Province/State: Florida Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: '98 Jetta TDI

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Here is the final word on an oil filter for the TDI: Purolator PureONE p/n PL20202. They run only about $5.00, have an anti-drainback valve, and have a smaller diameter for ease of installation/ removal.



06/23/98 21:38:23
Name: Aaron Malcom
City: Normal Province/State: IL
Country: USA Your VW/Audi: Looking to TDI Passat

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I just visited the Mitsubishi web site to read about their GDI engine. Yep, that's Gasoline Direct Injection, and it rates out better overall than even our TDI can. Europe and Japan both have it, and the US is slated for it by the end of next year. Fue consumption is between 20-35% better than current FI engines and torque is between 10-55% higher output (55% on the European version with two-phase injection). Air-fuel ratios get as high as 50:1. If VW doesn't come out with some options, we have anoth r recourse. Of course, I'd rather not wait. Oh, and the reason the US doesn't have this yet is because the sulpher content is generally too high and would corrode the catalysts used to further reduce the emissions. (It meets the Euro 3 spec already!)



06/23/98 19:25:39
Name: Scott A. Farrell My Email: Email Me
City: Buzzards Bay Province/State: MA
Country: USA Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

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Someone earlier asked, "Can the typical quikstop oil-change guys do the job successfully?" Like Brian said, most quikstops don't carry our oil filters. If they do, they want an arm and a leg for them... $31.95 to change the oil at the nearby Jiffy Lube. N thanks! Plus, TDIs are not common. Chances are they have not done many of our cars... if any! I wouldn't trust them. I've heard enough stories about them messing up everyday cars. No way I'll give them something extraordinary like a TDI... especially whe the local dealership will change the oil for $17.95. As far as a large oil filter wrench goes, my dealer doesn't use one. All the mechs there have ex-large channel locks that the use to REMOVE the oil filters. It doesn't seem smart on the surface, but ou filters are very heavy-gauge. I suppose as long as you don't use too much pressure and bend something it may be safe enough. What do you think, Brian? Others?



06/23/98 15:50:03
Name: mike My Email: Email Me
City: Oxford Province/State: MS Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 96 TDI Wagon

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Lately I've read quite a bit re. the oil/filter changing process in the TDI. Just thought I would throw in my .02 re. something I found at a K-Mart last year that has been very useful. I purchased an oil petcock drain valve that I have used to replace t e drain bolt on the oil pan. Every 3K all I do is remove the protector pan under the engine and open the petcock valve into a container. After about 15 mins. I close the valve and then move on to the filter. I've been using Deutsch D-534 filters since got my TDI and at 47K haven't had one problem. Now if VW would only put their TDI engine's in their new Passat's we could spread the word...



06/23/98 01:45:31
Name: Brian Kmetz My Email: Email Me
City: Streator Province/State: Illinois Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 97 Passat TDI

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I posted a message back on 10-16-97. Oil filters are hard to find sometimes. The plastic pan is held on by three 10mm bolts and 4 Torx screws size 25. The drain plug is 19mm. The hardest part is figuring how to get a filter wrench up in there. I use a met l strap type with a flexable handle. The metal strap type without the handle works well, it's the type that has a square hole for a 3/8" extension. If you do not overtighten the drain plug, the copper washer can be reused several times. I also remove the lastic cover off the oil pan. It is held on with one 13mm bolt. Oil tends to drip into the cover and collect. Later it begins to leak and you might think you have an oil leak somewhere. It takes me about an hour to change oil. I bought some cheap car ramp from Kmart so I can get under the car. It's the only way to get the plastic pan off the bottom. The correct NAPA oil filter for the VW 1.9 TDI engine is part number 1191, upgraded from the old filter number 1452. A lot of oil filters use the same mounting plate and will screw on just fine but the internal specifications are different, so I can't say if another oil filter number is an acceptable substitute. There is a lot of oil filter information in some earlier posts. The API diesel oil ratings are arcane, CF is not the proper oil rating for the VW TDI engine or a step up from CD. CF rated oil is for IDI and off road diesels that burn high sulfur fuel and have a lower combustion temperatures. There is also a CF-II rati g for two stroke diesels. The proper API grade oil for the VW TDI is CF-4/CG-4. Next year the new API CH-4 rating will come out which is meant to be equal to all the international grades of diesel oil and will end a lot of cunfusion about the proper grade of oil to use. VW still says to use API CD because way back when the VW 505.00 specification was first written, API CD was the closest API rating to VW 505.00. Quick lube places can change oil in just about anything, but most will not carry the correct oil filter. The correct oil filter should have a bypass valve set for at least 30 PSI and an anti-drainback valve. The quick lube places use the cheapest oil filt rs made and do not usually have these features. Take care TDI fans.



06/22/98 22:44:18
Name: D. Allen
Province/State: NC Your VW/Audi: 1998 Jetta TDI

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I have done some research into the oil change specifics for the Jetta TDI, and would like to pass along some information. First, the owner's manual calls for an oil which meets API specifications CD. I have found one such oil that does and is turbo appr ved, Valvoline 20W50 Racing oil. However, I suspect, as is true with gasoline engines, a motor oil meeting CF already meets and exceeds CD requirements. I am still doing some research into this and will advise of results. As far as the filter is concer ed, NAPA does offer a filter for the TDI (part # 1752, I think). This filter complies with all manufacturer warranties and is also the filter used on the Dodge V10.



06/22/98 20:06:14
Name: Andrew Templer My Email: Email Me
City: Windsor Province/State: Ont. Country: Canada
Your VW/Audi: Jetta TDI 98

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A few weeks earlier someone asked about home-changing the oil and whether the plastic shroud under the engine had to be removed using a hoist. I haven't seen any reply to this. I am sure others would like to hear from anyone who has actually changed the r oil. One other question: Can the typical quikstop oil-change guys do the job successfully?



06/22/98 13:04:44
Name: D. FABRY My Email: Email Me
City: Atlantic City Province/State: NJ Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 96 passat TDI sedan

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I have 96' passat for sale. It is green with beige interior with a sunroof. It has 26000 mile on it. The price is $16,700 and is negotiable. I live in the Phila area and commute to Atlantic city each day. My phone number is work 609-485-5526 and home 610-667-9231. If interested please call me, send a message back or provide me with your phone and I will call you.



06/21/98 02:42:06
Name: Doug Wittig My Email: Email Me
City: Silver Spring Province/State: MD Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 1996 Passat TDI Sedan

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Great site. Just happened upon it while working late. I've only got 31,000 miles on it. The only problem so far has been smoking which was eventually(5 trips to the dealer)corrected under warranty. I read with interest the letters regarding the chip up rades, but am concerned about reliabilty. Does anyone know if a conversion to a 110bhp TDI is feasible? Would this conversion be blessed by VW? Thanks and happy motoring.



06/21/98 00:51:57
Name: Brian Kmetz My Email: Email Me
City: Streator Province/State: Illinois Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 97 Passat TDI

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Volkswagen's oil specification for its diesel engines is called VW 505.00. Very few motor oils in North America carry the VW 505.00 rating. Volkswagen calls for API CD rated oil for the North American market. The problem is that API CD is so out of date that the API forbids the CD rating from being used. Volkswagen has not been quick to upgrade its oil specification because of a new rating system being developed by ACEA in Europe. Volkswagen has now upgraded its oil for diesel engines and aligned it to the new European specs. The old VW 505.00 specification never had a direct crossover to any API oil ratings. With Volkswagen's new upgraded diesel oil specification with a direct ACEA rating, there will now be a direct crossover to an API oil rating. It will be at least a year before the new ACEA B4-98 will have an API equivalent, probably API CH-4. The following article can be found at www.lubrizol.com in the June Newsline. ACEA Issues New Engine Oil Specifications Test protocols include new and updated tests. ACEA has issued upgrades to its specifications for gasoline and diesel passenger car engine oils, and heavy-duty diesel engine oils. First allowable use of the sequences was March 1, 1998. By March 1, 1999, all new claims to meet ACEA sequences must conform to the 1998 issue. Claims against ACEA 96 sequences will not be permitted after March 1, 2000. The specifications include both increased test severity and updated technical requirements with no intent to increase severity. An example of this latter change is the replacement of the OM 364A engine test with the OM 364LA. This engine, which is the int rcooled/low emissions version of the OM 364 engine, is used to evaluate bore polish and piston deposits. For passenger car diesel engine oils, the following changes were made: B1-98 - Additional parameters were added to the OM 602A test, and the M111E fuel-economy test was added. B2-98 and B3-98 - Additional parameters were added to the OM 602A test. B4-98 - This is a new category for oils used in direct injection diesel engines requiring special quality oils. The category includes a new engine test, the VW TDI. This four-cylinder , 1.9 liter direct-injection diesel engine is turbocharged and intercooled.



06/20/98 22:32:35
Name: Jonathan Bartlett My Email: Email Me
City: Sterling Province/State: Mass. Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 96 Passat tdi

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Wonderful site! A lot of information floating around. I purchased mine used from a VW dealer last July. 16287 miles on it then, 51128 as of the last fill up. 34839.0 miles on 673.49 gal.(u.s.) at a cost of $778.26. That is an average of 51.729 mpg at 2.23 cents per mile for fuel. Best was 59.26, worst was 41.92 mpg. That 42 was pulling my sailboat to Florida at 80/90 mph for hours on end. I've gone as long as 1060.7 miles between re fueling stops. I do a lot of highway travel for work and the mileage fact r was a major reason for chosing the TDI. I did bide my time for almost 18 months waiting for a Passat. I like the roominess better than the Jettas that were available new. I've read back through some of the correspondence and can add these tidbits of info: regarding glow plug indicators, I had an experience with the indicator coming on after 4 to 5 hours of non-stop highway travel. Switching the engine off then on would cle r the indication for another 4 or so hours. The dealer changed a module under warranty and the problem has not reoccurred. The mileage has improved slightly since then, but there is now a jerky motion when the engine is cold at a rpm just over idle. No p oblem when warm or at 1700 rpm or more. I'll live with that as a mileage trade off. re: oil filter access, I have bent the radiator fan motor support enough to permit the filter to be removed from above. The radiator hose also needs to be slipped out of the support and pushed towards the engine block. (why is the pan's drain on the rear f the pan instead of visible on the front?) The modification to the fan support may be valid for only the pre'98 Passat. re: home heating oil as Diesel fuel, In the States it is not legal and heavy fines are levied for avoidance of the motor fuel tax. The fuel which is not taxed is dyed with a concentrate that shows up even in minute ratios. I used heating oil to prime the fuel filter and the quantity returned to the tank was enough to dye the next three fill ups. re: noise at 2500 or so rpm, Mine has just started doing the same. It sounded like a wheel bearing going bad, but only at that speed. I didn't think to check if it was related to road speed or engine speed. I, too still have the Goodyear GA tires. They we e rotated front to rear prior to this noise. Coincidence? On a recent job in Juarez, Mexico, I saw a number of VW Derby sedans. Is this the new Jetta body style? Nice looking car.



06/20/98 06:23:21
Name: Joe Corken My Email: Email Me
City: Raphine Province/State: Virginia Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI...SOON!

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I test drove a Jetta TDI today, and fell in love with it! After reading the year's comments, I have a couple of questions, if someone would care to respond: 1. What in the world is a "glow plug light?" 2. What does this light indicate? 3. I've hear that diesel engines have high maintenance costs, is this true? 4. What about freezing weather--how does this affect diesel engines? As you can probably see, this will be my first diesel powered vehicle, and my first unused vehicle, as well. I hope that someone has the kindness to respond. Excellent forum!



06/20/98 02:47:49
Name: Scott A. Farrell My Email: Email Me
City: Buzzards Bay Province/State: MA
Country: USA Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

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I've seen a lot of posts about the expensive VW oil filters. I understand that there is now a smaller filter that costs a lot. I went to the dealer today and inquired about a filter for my car, a 98 Jetta TDI. The parts guy pulled the large 068115561B out MSRP of $7.95, sells for $5.95. I watched the service center do my car's first oil change, for a tour of my car's underside. I watched every step. The technician showed me how tight (impossible) the fit is for the large oil filter. He also showed me that they bend (flex is more the word) the piece of plumbing that blocks the filter(AC, I think) just a hair, then the large filter slides right through. One flex is all it takes. After that, all future filters fit right through. I would imagine that pipe woul have to be flexed to get the factory filter out. If so, why would a smaller, more expensive filter need to go back in? Just my $0.02. --Scott, w/9600mi



06/19/98 16:08:21
Name: Richard Mc Govern My Email: Email Me
City: St. Paul Province/State: Minnesota Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI, maybe

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To Jason Gull: Thank you for your feedback on your 98 Jetta TDI. The difference between your Camry MPG and mine is most likely auto vs. manual transmission and wagon vs. sedan. To all: I am looking for long-term experience with the Jetta TDI (since 1996) r with other Jetta units. Are these reliable cars? Your comments are most appreciated.



06/19/98 16:08:04
Name: Richard Mc Govern My Email: Email Me
City: St. Paul Province/State: Minnesota Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI, maybe

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To Jason Gull: Thank you for your feedback on your 98 Jetta TDI. The difference between your Camry MPG and mine is most likely auto vs. manual transmission and wagon vs. sedan. To all: I am looking for long-term experience with the Jetta TDI (since 1996) r with other Jetta units. Are these reliable cars? Your comments are most appreciated.



06/19/98 13:18:26
Name: MATT TRIKONES
My Email: Email Me City: KNOXVILLE
Province/State: TN Your VW/Audi: 96 PASSAT TDI

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96 PASSAT TDI for sale. Black, sunroof, power wiindows and locks, 67,000 mostly highway miles, all maintenance done at dealer with all records. This was my work car, I'm in Industrial sales. I used to get a car allowance, but my company went to a fleet lease program. I got a 98 Dodge Interpid. It's a nice car, but it's not the Passat. The Passat TDI was the best car I ever owned. Never got under 40mpg. I've also got an Explorer Limited, I'd rather drive the Passat. I'm currently interveiwing potent al drivers for my Passat. E-mail me if interested. Asking $14,500.



06/19/98 12:25:19
Name: Regis Mackrell My Email: Email Me
City: Boerne Province/State: Texas Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 2000 Passat TDI

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I sent an email to VOA inquiring about the availability of the TDI in the Passat for 1999. This is the response provided "Thank you for stopping by the Volkswagen Web site. We appreciate your comments and interest in the Passat. Unfortunately, the TDI wi l not be offered in the 1999 Passat. It will be offered in the Jetta and New Beetle. The 1999 product spec's are not yet available. Please stay tuned to this site late summer/early fall for exciting updates..." I still waiting for a hew TDI Passat.



06/19/98 03:46:01
Name: John Kraft
City: Thunder Bay Province/State: Ontario
Country: Canada Your VW/Audi: 1998 Jetta TDI

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We just picked up a '99 production run (made in may) red TDI last monday. I am so impressed with its power, the Jetta's dead-on steering, comfortable seats, driving position . . and the list goes on and on. It's a fantastic car, and i couldn't imagine b ying any other. As far as breaking in the engine goes, just don't apply full-throttle (as tempting as it may seem), make smooth crisp shifts. . . keep speeds below 135 km/h . . try to upshift close to 2000 rpm. . . because of the turbo charger and direct injection, the T I produces fabulous low-end torque (150ft-lb @ 1900 rpm).. . this is why you don't have to go much higher than 2000 . . . it also gives you max. fuel economy. overall, during break-in take it easy on the engine for the first 1600 or so km . . definetel keep revs below 3000. i find that this is an engine that gives you impressive acceleration.in any gear, so you rarely have to downshift for hills... there is so much torque!!! So far, with 550km on the odometer, the oil level remains constant, shifting is smooth, and even with quite a bit of city driving it looks like we'll be getting close to 800 km for this tank. oh yeah, the 0-60 acceleration times Fred has posted seem way too high for the TDI, Car and Driver tested a Passat TDI a while ago and got it to 60 in 11 seconds! i figure the jetta TDI could do it in ten! or less . . .????



06/18/98 21:42:06
Name: Mike Lalo My Email: Email Me
City: Parsippany Province/State: NJ
Your VW/Audi: 96 Passat TDI

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K & N air filter works great! I had this since 30K miles. I now have +75K on mine. Throttle response is a lot better than stock AF. The difference in more evident in the High-RPM range (>3000). With the stock AF, I noticed the engine running out of a r in about 3900 rpm. But with K&N, it can still breath freely to the redline. I do not recommend the P-Flow or Cone type, though because of too much intake noise. I experimented with my air box by taking out the front snorkel and/or back springed door Without the front snorkel but with the back door, there's more noise than with it, but its tolerable (for me anyway). Without the back door but with the snorkel, there is to much noise (I cannot tolerate it). Without them both is the worst. But I p t them both back. As you could see from my AOL screen name, I love my TDI. I bought it new in April 1996.



06/18/98 18:07:52
Name: Zach Krapfl
My Email: Email Me City: Englewood
Province/State: CO Your VW/Audi: 97 Jetta tdi

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Both Napa and Checker have oil filters for tdi Engines. Checker has a Fram filter for $3.59 part number PH3569. Napa has a better filter- supposedly- made by WIX for $7.49. Much better than the VW price list...



06/18/98 16:04:53
Name: Jason Gull My Email: Email Me
City: Chicago Province/State: IL Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

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To Richard McGovern - I just traded in my 88 Camry (w/171K miles) for a 98 Jetta TDI. I really did like the Camry, though I only got around 35 mpg hwy, tops (it was an auto, wagon). I think you'll be quite happy with the Jetta TDI, though I've only put 00 miles on mine so far. To all -- I do have a query regarding "break in" of the engine, and noise. The engine seems quite a bit noisier at idle that it did during my test drive. I'm only at 150 miles. Test drive was at 50. Is this normal? Will it quiet down as the engine "b eaks in"? I realize that diesels tend to be loud, and recognize the reasons for this. But the TDI impressed me when I checked it out at the dealer because it *was* so quiet. Any thoughts?



06/18/98 14:43:41
Name: Richard Mc Govern My Email: Email Me
City: St. Paul Province/State: Minnesota Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 1998 VW Jetta TDI

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I am in the process of searching for an economical and reliable car. I currently own a 1987 Toyota Camry, 5 spd, 4 cyl. - purchased new in March 1987 - now with 384,000 miles. I was attracted to the VW Jetta TDI because of its high MPG claims. At the mome t, my concern with the Jetta TDI is reliability, longevity, and maintenance cost. My Toyota gets 35-40 MPG and has a $.10 per mile operating cost; $.12 with vehicle purchase cost. My research has been extensive, but your Website has been most helpful, and I thank you. Stayed tuned - I will keep you posted on my new car purchase decision. I have ruled out the Toyota Camry and Corolla and the Honda Accord and Civic for either cost, M G, or exterior or interior design refinements reasons.



06/18/98 03:14:55
Name: Al Thomas My Email: Email Me
City: Pittsburgh Province/State: Pa. Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 97 Jetta TDI & GL

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This is a comment to those who have disconnected or are considering disconnecting their alarm horn to eliminate the "chirp" when they lock the car. When you lock the car and hear the "chirp" that tells you the car IS locked. If a door, hood or trunk was n t completely latched you would not hear the "chirp". Its just a varification that everything IS locked. If you disconnect the horn you loose that verification.



06/18/98 03:00:42
Name: Al Thomas My Email: Email Me
City: Pittsburgh Province/State: Pa. Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 97 Jetta TDI & GL

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This is in reply to a message from J. Gull. I purchased two K&N Air Filters for my Jettas from Diesel Injection Service located in Texas. Their web site is www.dieselpage.com. They also sell Stanadyne diesel fuel additives at a reasonable price. I paid ab ut $36.00 each for my K&N air filters. They also sell the air filter cleaning soap and oil to reoil your air filter. Pay them a visit.



06/18/98 02:32:22
Name: Derek Zeanah My Email: Email Me
City: Atlanta Province/State: GA Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: '98 Jetta TDI

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Anyone care to fill me in on oil change info? It was easy enough to drain the oil, but I could _not_ figure out how to access the oil filter. Does one _need_ to remove the plastic plate covering the bottom of the engine (I would think so)? If so, where are the points where it can be disconnected. Dealer tried to tell me the plate wouldn't "unhinge" unless the car was raised -- I hope this isn't really the case. TIA.



06/18/98 01:31:11
Name: Jay Wassall My Email: Email Me
City: West Chester Province/State: PA Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

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The Philadelphia paper has a 96 Passat TDI wagon in it for $17,999 with CD player, 38k miles, and sunroof. I know nothing about the owner or this car, just passing the info on as they are hard to find. The number is (302)737-3917.



06/17/98 21:07:53
Name: Charles Deters
My Email: Email Me City: Mascoutah
Province/State: Ill Country: USA

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I recently read an article from the "Heartland Farmer" regarding premium deisel fuel. It stated that very soon there will be standards for premiuim deisel fuel. The proposed specifications establishes performance limits in five areas: energy content, cet ne number, low temperature operability, thermal stability and fuel injector cleanliness. A fuel meeting two of these five criteria will be able to be labeled "premium". Presently the additive package in FS Dieselex addresses all five. Since this arti le was in a farm magazine, I am certain they were addressing the farm community, but hopefully we will see premium deisel fuel for autos.



06/17/98 18:59:18
Name: bob norris My Email: Email Me
City: Seattle Province/State: WA Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: Looking forward to TDI Jetta

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Thanks to all for the great info, I hope to join the ranks of the TDI owners soon. I'd like to hear your experiences with how the Jetta TDI handles rough and steep roads. I do a lot of hiking and subject my "wheels" to potholes/washboards/steep grades on Forest service roads fairly often during the summer (though I try to be careful). The huge amount of low-end torque would seem to be ideal for this type of driving. I know the Jetta isn't an SUV (I don't want one), but if it can handle stretches of washboard road with aplomb it would make it even easier for me to bring one home. Thanks!



06/17/98 16:13:21
Name: Jason Gull My Email: Email Me
City: Chicago Province/State: IL Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

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I find the little "chirp" when locking the Jetta to be an annoyance, too. And I've only had the car a few days. I'd love to know how you disconnected it. The ability to turn off the day-time running lights would be nice, too, although everything I have read about them, and my own personal experience has been that they really do make people more aware of your car (and thus, they seem to promote safety). But I'm a little concerned that fiddling wit the Jetta's electrical system will lead to trouble. I'v heard that, like an old Volvo I once had, the Jetta has a Jungian electrical system -- every component has a shared consciousness, so don't even think about pulling the fuse for the cigarette lighter, or the windhshield washers will know (and retaliate). An unrealted question for people: What do people think about aftermarket air filters? Specifically, I'm think of the K&N. I know this has been discussed in the past. Any follow-ups? Was it worth it to spend $55 on an air filter? (Also, I'd be intere ted in whether the K&N's are available for less than that. That was the price I was quoted for a filter -- which the computer said was for a '97 TDI -- from MacNeil Auto www.macneilauto.com).



06/17/98 12:21:34
Name: D'nardo Colucci My Email: Email Me
City: mpls Province/State: mn Country: usa
Your VW/Audi: 87 Jetta, 98 Jetta TDI

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Thanks to Jose Borja and this website, I got a great deal on my now 1 week old TDI. On day 2 I took it on a 700 mile journey into northern WI. What a pleasure to drive! I got around 40 mpg on the first tank but I'm guessing on the second tank I'm in th mid-thirties. This may be due to buying the fuel at a VERY small station in the middle of nowhere WI (winter fuel blended?). Anyway, I love the power and economy.
I do have a problem with some of the features and could use some help. I hate hearing the car honk everytime I lock it, so I disconnected the alarm horn (email me if you want to know how). The solution I'm really looking for is just not having it sound hen I lock my car. Any ideas on whether this is possible?
Other changes; I am replacing the trunk lock with one from 1997 that can stay in the unlocked position. European headlight switch. Thinking about custom building an access hole in the back seat like my 87 has. Has anyone attemted this?
Thanks
D'nardo



06/17/98 02:40:27
Name: Henri Casanova My Email: Email Me
City: Fairfax Province/State: Virginia Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: Jetta TDi

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Just purchased a 1998 Jetta TDI, and I am not getting the advertized 45/50MPG. I am averaging 25MPG. The car is two weeks old and was told by the dealer that it is normal during the break-in period. I do not believe that. They are now calling VW?. Any id as would be appreciated. My day tel# is 703-771-5498. Tks!!.



06/16/98 22:00:30
Name: Clay Peyton My Email: Email Me
City: Lexington Province/State: Ky Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 97 Jetta TDi

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Regarding oil filters: Timmons VW in Long Beach, CA. sells them for $9.95. These are O.E. filters & they are the "E" type. Timmons also gives free UPS shipping for all orders over $75. I just ordered 10 last month. This is the best price I have been able o find on O.E. filters. Here is the phone # for Timmons VW...(800)-266-3247. On a side note: All is still well with the car & chip. I did find however that driving aggressively in the city (WITH A/C) reeeeeeeally hurts the mileage. I just filled up today. ....only 38.91 MPG. I've seen worse with the stock chip, but I was kind of surprised with this. I've never used the A/C before (stock or chipped) so I dont have anything to compare this too. Maybe it's not all that bad....I did have a rather heavy foot la t week. I drove about 60% highway at 75 MPH & the remaining 40% in the city....passing everyone.



06/16/98 16:14:22
Name: Dave Campbell My Email: Email Me
City: Scituate Province/State: RI Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 1998 newbeetle

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have had many vw diesels since 1977 first tdi...and seems very peppy...but miss the old diesel smell....used mobil 1 in last jetta turbo diesel and had over 200k on engine until we hit a deer...engine was as strong as new....but love this new beetle



06/16/98 13:28:53
Name: Shawn Wical My Email: Email Me
City: Culpeper Province/State: VA Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 84 Rabbit, 84+85 Jetta TD, 98 Jetta TDI

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Greetings All: Does anyone know where to get oil filters for the 98 Jetta TDI other than the dealer? The oil filter on the 98 Jetta TDI (VW# 068-115-561E) is significantly smaller in diameter the those used in earlier models (VW# 068-115-561B). The VW dealer will goug you for roughly $18 for the new smaller diameter filter!!! The old style filter is allegedly adequate spec wise, but YOU CANNOT get the filter through the openings that are available. I am going to do an all out search to find the E type filter from a aftermarket supplier. I will post the results of my search I change my oil and filter fairly frequently, and if I have to pay $18 for an oil filter, my fuel cost savings are wasted on oil filter costs!!! BTW, I have 6K miles on the 98 TDI with no problems whatsoever.



06/15/98 22:33:03
Name: Jose Borja My Email: Email Me
City: Elk Mound Province/State: WI Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

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When changing tire/wheel size combinations, you must strive to maintain the same tire diameter to keep the odometer clicking at the right pace (unless you can change the speedo gear to have a different number of teeth). The stock 195/60/14 tire has a diameter of 23.21 inches. The formula is as follows D= Wheel size + 2 * (width * Profile% / 25.4). In this example, D= 14"+ 2 * (195 *.6 / 25.4) or 23.21 inches. Switching to a 205/50/15 would have a diameter of 15+2* 205*.5/25.4) or 23.07. As you can see, switching to a 205/55 tire size on a 15" wheel would allow you to keep almost the same diameter (speedo and odometer would be truer). Remember that changing the width will increase the footprint (friction) a d profile (drag), this may have a negative/positive impact on the mpg average. I've read that staying within an inch is somewhat acceptable to most people when changing tire/wheel combination. My favorite combo for the jetta would be Dunlop D60/A2 20 /50/15 (23.07 inches or .6% difference), but the gusto would be 225/50/16 (24.85 inches or 7% error) , provided they clear the wells (up/down body motion).



06/15/98 20:26:01
Name: Dave Gruber
My Email: Email Me Province/State: NJ
Country: USA Your VW/Audi: New Beetle TDI

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I get 50+ mpg on every tank of fuel - except for the very first (a dismal 49 mpg). Love the TDI. I added a TDI badge from a Jetta since VW forgot to designate this awesome engine on the New Beetle. One question: Is the TDI turbine water or oil cooled? I've heard the cooldown isn't really necessary because the TDI's produce very little waste heat and generally run very cool. Also, has anyone had problems with low oil pressure warnings? I've gotten a few when starting a cold engine. Had in the dealer who kept it for 2 days but found nothing. Anyone else?



06/15/98 15:29:46
Name: Kent Veiner
My Email: Email Me City: Sunrise
Province/State: Florida Your VW/Audi: none

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I am looking for a '96 or '97 Passat TDI Wagon in excellent condition. Any leads? Help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks - Kent. Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.



06/15/98 15:25:58
Name: Kent Veiner
My Email: Email Me City: Sunrise
Province/State: Florida Your VW/Audi: None

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I'm writing to provide some requested pricing information on new 1998 Jetta TDI models. I will use a format as follows: Invoice / Retail (MSRP). The base car: 14,522 / 15,770; destination is 500. A/C: 750/860; AM/FM Cassette: 423/485;Comfort Group: 590 675; Moon Roof: 516/590; Anti Lock Brakes: 727/775 (I have NOT seen any Jettas with this option); Side Air Bags: 369/395 (NOT seen); Upgraded paint: 153/175. The VW holdback is calculated as 2% of retail less destination. The current dealer incentive is $1,250. As a typical example, take a standard color (no upgrade) with A/C, Radio, Comfort Group, & Moon Roof: Invoice total is 17,301 less holdback of 367.60 and incentive of 1,250. Adjusted cost of this vehicle to the dealer is 15,683.40. My local dealer in F rt Lauderdale Folrida - Gunther VW - (954) 797-1660; is reluctantly willing to sell this vehicle for $700 over cost. They currently have two white w/ black interiors; 2 green/tan; and one black/black equipped as above. In addition, they have a white/t n, black/tan and blue/tan units without the moonroof or comfort group. If anyone would like to reach me, I can be contacted at (800) 676-0004 Ext. 1652 M-F 9-6 EST. My e-mail address at home is kveiner@bellsouth.net. Good luck to all readers that find his information usefull. Kent Veiner - Fort Lauderdale, Florida.



06/15/98 15:25:06
Name: Jason Gull My Email: Email Me
City: Chicago Province/State: IL Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: '98 Jetta TDI

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Thanks for the info Ben. While you are probably right that I paid too much for the warranty, one difference is the deductible, which appears to be zero on most everything. (Again, I really need to review the terms in detail, and I have 60 days in which o do that, without paying anything.) Assuming most repairs are in the $250-$600 range, after two or three repairs, I'd have broken even on this warranty, while the break-even point on the one you were offered would be four or five (or more, if the repair were of the $200-$300 variety that most often plagued my old Toyota). Also, this warranty is transferable if I sell the Jetta. If you were buying a used TDI, would that make a difference to you (and I'm directing that question to everyone out there, no just Ben)? Unfortunately, the pirce -- $28.xx/month for 3 years, tacked on to my payments -- is just low enough to make me think twice about cancelling it. Also, thanks to those who responded to my query about larger wheels/tires. I have to say, I'm a little puzzled by the post by Jesus of Whoopee, Iowa. 13" wheels? It's a thought -- at least then I could say I had a full-size spare...



06/15/98 12:30:17
Name: Ben Hendricks My Email: Email Me
City: Bowling Green Province/State: Ohio Country: United States
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

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Jason- I think you paid too much for that warranty. The dealership that I purchased my Jetta from offered me two different warranty programs. One from Fidelity and one from Chrystler, they went to 6 years (I think) and had full coverage with a $250 deductable I could get the dealer down to $620. I did not purchase though because I wanted o wait the majority of the 2 year factory warranty to see what problems if any came up, and then decide if it would be worth the purchase. Ben



06/15/98 06:31:02
Name: Pookey My Email: Email Me
City: dallas Province/State: tx Country: us
Your VW/Audi: 98 jetta tdi

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Got my 98 jetta tdi on 6/12/98 in two days I have put 1000 miles. I checked my mileage I got 51.2 and 51.6 About how many miles does it take to get it broken in ? I always let it idle a few seconds after driving (to cool the turbo) is this necessary? What is the best mileage anyone has got from a 98 model tdi jetta? What weight oil do they come with from the factory, I wonder if I can get any better mileage? I am suprised the power this thing has. I have a 1986 isuzu trooper with a turbo diesel it is real s-l-o-w-!!!!!!!. Thanks



06/14/98 22:59:52
Name: Michelle Nelson My Email: Email Me
City: Ft. Worth Province/State: TX Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: new beetle

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I will be getting my first TDI this week, the new beetle. I'm looking forward to the TDI. I have a few questions. I frequently drive near "trucker gas stations" and I was wondering is there a difference in diesel fuel? I plan to switch to synthetic oi , but when should I make the change over? Thank you. Michelle



06/14/98 20:09:20
Name: Jesus Smith
City: Whoopee Province/State: IA

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Larger wheels??? They are too large as it is! A compact car (like the Jetta) should have 13" wheels, a mid-size car should have 14" wheels, and a full-size car should have 15" wheels. What happens is you are forced into paying for over-priced "low profile tires. Replacement tires end up being in the whopping $50 range each for a SMALL tire. Not long ago, I paid $4.50 per tire for brand new 13", standard profile tires for my Escort. The balancing, mounting, tax, disposal fee, etc. was actually more than he tires themselves!!! They turned out to be good tires. Buying expensive tires is ridiculous. Tires, like wine, the cheaper the better!



06/14/98 17:40:53
Name: Jason Gull My Email: Email Me
City: Chicago Province/State: IL Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: '98 Jetta TDI

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Sorry to be so verbose this morning, but I just bought a new car -- please humor me. I'm a bit disappointed that the JEtta TDI -- even if one purchases the "comfort package" only comes with 14" wheels and adequate, though not racy, tires. Has anyone ret ofit their TDI with larger wheels? (My mother's old Volvo has certainly benefited form a set of larger ones, particularly in winter driving.) I'm not interested in getting big wheels to make my car look better, and I'm not really looking to improve perfo mance in the sense of fancy handling, but I'd like to get better winter traction. Have people out there added big wheels? Which ones? Is there something about the TDI that would make people hesitate to add bigger wheels? I can't see how this would adv rsely affect the car, and it seems like the TDI engine can handle them without missing a beat, but then, I'm not exactly a car guy. (I was told that physically, the Jetta could accomodate 17" wheels at 7" wide, or 16" at 7.25 or 7.5. But whether this is dvisable is of course, another matter.) Any info would be appreciated.



06/14/98 17:33:18
Name: Jason Gull My Email: Email Me
City: Chicago Province/State: IL Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: '98 Jetta TDI

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Question RE: Extended Warranties Offered By VW Dealers When I purchased my JEtta yesterday, I was offered an extended warranty (6 yrs, 75K miles) that covers everything except for certain named problems. Anyway, since the guy came down on price, and the contract says I can get out of it for free within 60 da s, I took the deal. But I'm wondering if other people have been offered such warranties, whether they took them, and what their opinions are regarding the value of these warranties. The one I was offered was a "Platinum" warranty, through Fireman's Fund It costs $1050. Doing a very rough actuarial caluclation, it seems like it would be worth it if my car turns out to be a lemon, or suffers from the electrical problems I've heard plague some Jettas, but otherwise, it's not such a great deal. ($1050 wi l buy a lot of repairs, as long as they aren't major.) Thought? Comments? Thanks.



06/14/98 17:28:29
Name: Jason Gull My Email: Email Me
City: Chicago Province/State: IL Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: '98 Jetta TDI

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After searching for a Passat TDI wagon, and finding a couple, I ended up going with the Jetta, since (1) the voluminous trunk can still hold most of what I want to carry , (2) I've heard mixed reports about the pre-'98 Passats in general (and a nice TDI e gine wouldn't make up for other systems being fickle, e.g. electrical), (3) I think the deal I got on the Jetta was quite good, and (4) I've never bought a new car, so I figured it was about time. As for the previous post about the "deals" VW may be offering dealers, it appears that there are some. For example, two dealers in my area were offering Jetta TDIs in the mid-15s, with AC and sunroof. However, this price includes the $750 factory cash, hich is an either/or with the special financing VW is offering. If you want 1.9 APR for 2 years, the prices are in the low 16s. This is still was below invoice, so VW appears to be offering some incentives to dealers -- my dealer told me it was some sor of VW program to advertise and draw people to showrooms -- though with the demand for the 98 Bettles and Passats, I don't know why this would be an issue right now. I've read of someone on this list getting a 98 Jetta TDI loaded (w/o ABS) for $16.3. That's by far the lowest I've seen, and suggest VW is doing something to move out the 98 TDIs. On the other hand, the dealer was unwilling to budge on the much-higher p ices for other TDIs on the lot. The "special" pricing at my dealer applied only to the middle-range Jetta that I got (i.e., it had AC, sunroof, but no comfort package). The base model, w/o sunroof, was actually much more expensive, as was the other car hat included the comfort package. Anyway, I think you can get a dealer to go far below invoice on at least some new Jetta TDIs, if you bug them enough for them to go pester VW to give them extra incentives.



06/14/98 15:26:32
Name: Jon Bachelder My Email: Email Me
City: South Lake Tahoe Province/State: Calif Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: jetta tdi wannabee

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I am negotiating on a 98 jetta tdi. It has a/c and a sunroof as the only options. Does anyone have any advice on getting the best deal? Is VW offering rebates that the dealer may be reluctant to pass along? If anyone has knowledge on what the bottom l ne on this car is I would be very grateful!! This is a great site and thanks to Fred for his time in maintaining it. Jon



06/13/98 12:21:28
Name: James Chien My Email: Email Me
City: Sugar Land Province/State: TX Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 New Beetle TDI

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The blinking glow plug light was fixed. First they told me might be caused by a bad fuel that they put in the tank upon delivery. After checking, it was an open circuit that caused the trouble. Was fixed under warranty. This time drove off from dealer wit odometer reading 100. Hope this was the one and only problem.



06/11/98 23:59:24
Name: Krosnoff
My Email: Email Me Province/State: FLORIDA
Country: USA Your VW/Audi: 96 Passat TDI

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To everyone waiting or curious about a new Passat TDI I would suggest you don't lose faith. There has been so much ignorance displayed by VWoA & VW dealerships that I would not put much stock in what they say. Half the time they tell you something is no available or doesn't exist then you see it on the lot the next day. There is NO communication between VWoA and the dealers PLUS the VWoA you get email or phone calls from is just the customer reps . . a useless bunch. I live in FLorida and as such I ha e seen many pre-production VW's doing their hot weather testing in USA spec. I saw the new Beetle months before the trade mag's showed spy shots. Then I saw a 1998+ Passat V6 Synchro wagon before any dealer even admitted they "might" make one. Lately I have seen a few packs (4-5 cars) of Passat's without trim or badging doing run's on our highways. This means PRODUCT TESTING. The GLX is already here, the wagon is here, what does that leave ?????? TDI maybe?



06/11/98 23:45:29
Name: Mary Shiner My Email: Email Me
City: Baltimore Province/State: MD Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 96 Passat TDI Wagon

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Great site. I have learned a lot from other's messages. I do have a question re. a resonation in the exhaust I have noticed recently. At about 22.5 rpm's, there is a muffled roaring sound heard. Has anyone else experienced this? Any suggestions? Tha ks.



06/11/98 20:32:33
Name: Bob Grant My Email: Email Me
City: Terre Haute Province/State: IN Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: Passat TDI when it gets here

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I also e-mailed VWoA regarding the Passat TDI. They basically indicated that VW has no plans to import a Passat with a diesel engine. This message was gotten from them earlier this week. I need more room than the Jetta offers (3 teenagers) so if there i n't a Passat TDI for the 1999 model year I will probably look for a used Mercedes diesel.



06/11/98 14:00:51
Name: Doug My Email: Email Me
City: Jupiter Province/State: FL Country: US
Your VW/Audi: 84 Rabbit GTI

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I E-mailed germany with questions about the Passat TDI, they passed it on to VW USA and they called me. They said the Passat TDI MAY come to the US as a 1999 model. The 2.5l V6 TDI engine will NOT be offered. They didn't say what the engine would be. Syn ro will only be available with the V6 gas engine. I think the TDI may be put on the back burner again because they can't build the GLS fast enough to keep up with demand.



06/10/98 15:56:59
Name: Zach Krapfl
My Email: Email Me City: Englewood
Province/State: CO Your VW/Audi: 97 Jetta TDI

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Ben- Your first tank should be a bit lower- like in the low 40's. The dealer does a bunch of tests on the car that require running the engine for about two hours. This will obviously pull some diesel out of your tank. Also, for the first thousand mil s, you are still breaking the engine in. I bought my car in October, and have never had milleage under 44. My best so far was around 51.5, and that was all on mountain roads. I also drive over 75 for most of the time.... If you aren't getting more than 40 on your next tank, take it it and have the dealer do some tests... ZK



06/10/98 14:42:11
Name: Ben Hendricks My Email: Email Me
City: Bowling Green Province/State: Ohio Country: United States
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

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Since my purchase I have noticed that the milage is not above 39 miles per gallon. I drive 80% highway and 20% city, and I don't drive over 75 miles per hour on the highway. Any ideas as to why the low milage. The car is almost at 1000 miles on the odometer. I also had a question about the CD change (again). I have a rectangular connection on my wiring harness, does this fit any aftermarket changers or adapters? Thanks for your thoughts.



06/09/98 22:36:34
Name: Clay Peyton My Email: Email Me
City: Lexington Province/State: Ky Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 97 Jetta TDi

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Hi all. I just wanted to say all is well with the Wetterauer chip. I've had it in the car for about 3500 miles now. I've used 4 tanks of fuel since the last report on 5/22. The best MPG out of the 4 was 48.12 & the worst was 42.55. The worst tank was driven at 75-80 mph on the highway with quite a bit o city travel, probably about 60% highway, 40% city. I've been out looking for a good place to do the 0-60 testing, but I cant seem to find a long, flat, straight, SAFE road to do any testing. I will post the results as soon as I have them available though Thanks



06/09/98 22:27:09
Name: Paolo Marchetto My Email: Email Me
City: Casier(TV) Province/State: Veneto Country: Italia
Your VW/Audi: Golf GT/TDI 110hp

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Fantastic car!!!!!!!! If you drive slowly, you can make 25 km/l! But if you want to run..... 203 km/h is the speed. NB: the last version of TDI engine for the race has 210(!!!)hp. The only problem: too much torque!



06/09/98 19:47:14
Name: Andrew Templer My Email: Email Me
City: Windsor Province/State: Ont
Country: Canada Your VW/Audi: Jetta TDI

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I have just returned from a two week trip to England. I was interested to notice a few things that are rather different from the scene in North America: 1. People MUCH prefer hatchbacks to sedans. I must have seen about 25 Golfs or Polo's for every Jetta (oddly enough is called the Vento over there). Estates (wagons) are also much more popular than here. 2. The TDI is clearly a very popular engine over there and is found in what we consider to be quite upmarket cars over here. e.g. Several Audi models. 3. I test drove a new Golf (to be honest, not all that much different from the Golf 3 over here). Everyone was most jealous that we already had the new Beatle over here. Thanks for a great page. Andrew



06/09/98 03:07:33
Name: Al Thomas My Email: Email Me
City: Pittsburgh Province/State: Pa Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 1997 Jettas TDI & GL

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Two days ago a gentleman made reference to a car wax by the name of MALMS. If anyone is interested they have a web site. It is www.malms.com. It has some interesting information about car care and detailing your car.



06/08/98 15:55:31
Name: Brian Kmetz My Email: Email Me
City: Streator Province/State: Illinois Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 97 Passat TDI

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Hi TDI fans. I hope I can help with a few problems here. An engine that revs itself means the fuel pump is getting an incorrect signal. The accelerator pedal has an electronic sensor on it and it plugs into the wiring harness. That sensor is what sends t e signal to the fuel pump. Our TDIs use a completely electronic system for fuel management. There is no throttle cable to the fuel pump. The TDI ECM/computer has a chip on it for glow plug control. Any time the glow plug light blinks after the car is runn ng means the computer has detected a problem somewhere. The dealer will have to hook up the diagnostic computer to find out the fault code that is triggering the light. It does not mean the glow plugs are on. The car is safe to drive but it should be take to the dealer as soon as possible. Happy driving TDI fans.



06/07/98 20:29:22
Name: Nuno Mourao My Email: Email Me
City: Porto Province/State: Porto Country: PORTUGAL
Your VW/Audi: Vw Golf II GTD Intercooler

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I would like to get some help, if possible, because i wont the tdi engine in my car. I need some informations to now if the engine feets in my car. Can you help me please.....???? Sorry for my English....!!!



06/07/98 01:43:44
Name: James Russell My Email: Email Me
City: Bellaire Province/State: Ohio Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

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I have over 12,000 miles on my TDI everything was fine untill today. I was wondering if anyone else had the same problem. Went I started up this morning the engine raced an the tac wnt to over 3000, and smoke cme out of the back? When i drove it the Turbo never kicked in. It felt like the power was gone. This is saturday and there is no body at the dealer ship to ask.



06/06/98 20:48:04
Name: Bill Kaewert
My Email: Email Me Province/State: CO
Your VW/Audi: 96 Passat TDI wag

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Ron, The met. paint is pretty good, and doesn't seem to craze like the junk domestic paint did a few years ago. I sold a ten year old Jetta I had since new, and the paint looked like new. I did the following: kept the car out of the sun as much as possible, wa ed with a good carnuaba was 2X per year, kept it reasonably clean (often went more than a month between washing) and cleaned bird dropping off it immediately. The only damage after ten years was stone damage on the front and "fat-lady-in-Cadillac-at-parki g-lot" door dings. If you have to buff out any problems in the finish use "ultra-fine polishing compound" rather than the rough stuff found in the local auto supply store. I bought mine, along with wax, mail order from a firm called "Malm's" in Pound Ridg , NY. Let me know if you're interested in the address. As for "paint protectant", I've never heard anything good about the stuff, and it's very costly.



06/06/98 10:55:17
Name: James Chien My Email: Email Me
City: Sugar Land Province/State: TX Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 Black New Beetle TDI

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I was not as happy as I thought. The glow plug indication light was blinking before I got home. The odometer reading was only 20. Not able to contact anybody at the dealership due to Friday evening. Hopefully, this is just a minor problem, not a lemon. Ca 't believe this is happening to me. Does any of you experiencing this? Thanks.



06/05/98 12:26:17
Name: James Chien My Email: Email Me
City: Sugar Land Province/State: TX Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 1998 New Beetle TDI

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Yesterday at the dealer, my beetle TDI just got off the truck. Still in paper wrap. It is going to be on my drive way today. I'll be a very happy man today. Finally, a long wait will be ended, this is my first TDI. Thanks Fred for this wonderful web site. p>



06/05/98 03:16:18
Name: Ron Spencer My Email: Email Me
City: Guelph Province/State: Ontario
Country: Canada Your VW/Audi: '98 Jetta TDI

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Couple of questions from a 1 day old owner: Any suggestions for care of the metallic paint? Seems a little louder (more diesel-like) than on my initial test drive (pre-PDI). Would any PDI tuning be responsible for this subtle but noticable change? Anyone tried the slick-50 paint protectant?



06/04/98 16:16:33
Name: Ben Hendricks My Email: Email Me
City: Bowling Green Province/State: Ohio Country: United States
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

Comments:
Thanks for the tips guys. This site is great for information and tips.



06/04/98 01:36:52
Name: Ron Thompson My Email: Email Me
City: Point of Rocks Province/State: Maryland Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

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I love it. More power than I thought and 50+ mpg



06/04/98 00:56:43
Name: tom City: charleston
Province/State: sc Country: usa
Your VW/Audi: 91 jetta gl; 98 jetta tdi

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The rectangular CD changer plug goes to a Panasonic 6-CD changer. I don't know the model; it just says "Matsushita" on it. The Panasonic radio is alright, but I think I'd rather have the Clarion.

The CD changer cord can be found in the trunk under the carpet by the left taillight. It goes forward under the carpet, so if you don't find it just keep lifting up the carpet until you find it. But VW puts a retainer clip on the rear edge of the trunk, s you shouldn't have any problem finding it.

tg.



06/03/98 17:50:58
Name: Patrice Munger My Email: Email Me
City: Gatineau Province/State: QC Country: CAN
Your VW/Audi: Jetta GLS 97

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Hi, I have the opportunity to give my jetta GLS 97 for a 97 Passat wagon TDI. Does anybody had problem with this kind of car? Is it the case that it cost a lot to maintain a Passat? Also, can we use the oil used for an oil furnace in a diesel car? Please e-mail: mungpat@statcan.ca Thanks. Patrice.



06/03/98 17:23:05
Name: Ben Hendricks My Email: Email Me
City: Bowling Green Province/State: Ohio Country: United States
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

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I just purchased my Jetta and have 350 miles on it so far. I am wondering where the wires are located for the cd changer, and if anyone has a problem with the trunk latch being tempermental. It seems that when I slam it sometimes it does not like to latch and I have to close it a few times to get it to atch. Any Clues? I am extremely pleased with the Jetta TDI and brag about the benefits to diesel to anyone who will listen. When I was looking at the Jetta a salesman told me there is a Government credit offered because of the purchase of a diesel, is his true?, or was he just blowing air.



06/02/98 03:42:56
Name: Jose Borja My Email: Email Me
City: Elk Mound Province/State: WI Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

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In regards to my note about CD changers, you may want to check the URL listed at the very end of this message. I had to cancel my order because I do not have the round adapter that fits the CDC635, bummer!!! My jetta comes with the rectangular adapter, nd according to the URL, there's no commercial device available (other than the dealer's, I suspect!) http://www.crutchfield.com/cgi- in/S-C6WWMFBTSHZ/blockpub.exe?bid=863&store=2



06/02/98 03:22:50
Name: Jose Borja My Email: Email Me
City: Elk Mound Province/State: WI Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

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I read several messages about CD changers recommending the Clarion CDC635 for use in our VW's with the premium sound option (Clarion Radio). Crutchfield (www.cructchfield.com) was cited as a possible source for US$279.00 plus S&H. Another option, if you are a member of AOL (America On Line) is the AOL Shoppers Advantage club. I just purchased the CDC635 unit from the club for US$211.00 including shipping and handling. You may want to check it out. I believe non AOL subscribers can have access to this lub via the Gold Advantage Shopper club. I'll let you know how well the installation goes.



06/01/98 18:37:45
Name: Steven Williams
My Email: Email Me City: North Wales
Province/State: PA Country: USA

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I test drove a Jetta TDI, great car almost. I need a wagon or hatch for work. Why can't VW import the entire line. In Switzerland I saw a TDI Golf wagon with the Syncro option. I would buy one if I could.



06/01/98 01:10:24
Name: Casey Vanlandingham My Email: Email Me
City: Ames Province/State: IA
Country: USA Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI (soon)

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I am a big fan of this site... Anyway, my question: I will be getting a 98 Jetta TDI this fall (in september) My dealer tells me that by then, Jetta's will be Wolfsburg Jettas (includes a CD-Changer, sportier seats, and other junk)... He does not know i this applies to TDIs... Does anyone here know if TDI Jettas will be Wolfsburg editions also? Thanks for any information!



05/31/98 17:41:10
Name: Ric Woodruff My Email: Email Me
City: Oviedo Province/State: FL Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: '98 Jetta TDI

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As far as diesel fuel foaming (while filling tank) goes, my TDI foams the least of all the diesels I have owned. My hat is off to Volkswagen for an excellent fueling/vent system. I have owned an '84 Isuzu, a 85 Olds 4.3L V-6, an '81 VW Dasher, an '85 Fo d Escort (2.0L Mazda Diesel), and an '84 Rabbit. My Escort was the worst; I could slowly add 3 additional gallons after pump automatically shuts off. My TDI takes only 0.5 gallons after pump shutoff. Happy TDIing!



05/31/98 04:30:29
Name: Ron Spencer My Email: Email Me
City: Guelph Province/State: ON
Country: Canada Your VW/Audi: '98 Jetta TDI in 1-2 wks.

Comments:
Just wondering if anyone can give me feedback about Canadian/Ontario pricing and options. I have looked at a few sites including this great one and I'm guessing that the Comfort Group includes allow wheels (as stated in Carpoint) for the U.S. market but includes heated seats for the Canadian market which would explain why I'm always seeing them as an 800.00 dealer upgrade. Would appreciate feedback from anyone who has purchased recently in the Ontario region regarding pricing and options.



05/29/98 18:00:36
Name: Scott A. Farrell My Email: Email Me
City: Buzzards Bay Province/State: MA
Country: USA Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

Comments:
Hi, 1) Just checked on the fuel flap to see if it locks with the doors... no joy! VW must've discontinued that with the 98s, or the TDI. 2) The little fuel filler vent switch is still present, although I've never noticed it before. I'll try using it when I f ll up this weekend. 3) The The Clarion CDC635 is a direct plugin for the CD Changer (so I'm told) and it costs less (AND the mounting hardware is included... unlike the factory CDC). Scott w/8900mi



05/29/98 03:17:11
Name: Bill Kaewert My Email: Email Me
City: Longmont Province/State: CO Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 96 Passat TDI wagon

Comments:
Stan, Regarding rental cars in Europe: when living in England I found that the best place to rent was at car dealers. I rented several VWs at my local VW dealer. This is a very different custom from what's done in USA, but the cost is far lower than airport or ther type of rental, and the selection is far greater. You are more likely to find a TDI from a dealer than from anywhere else. You might try contacting the VW sales organization in the country you will be visiting to get a list of dealers, then contact t em directly. Good luck!



05/29/98 03:14:56
Name: Bill Kaewert My Email: Email Me
City: Longmont Province/State: CO Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 96 Passat TDI wagon

Comments:
Stan, Regarding rental cars in Europe: when living in England I found that the best place to rent was at car dealers. I rented several VWs at my local VW dealer. This is a very different custom from what's done in USA, but the cost is far lower than airport or ther type of rental, and the selection is far greater. You are more likely to find a TDI from a dealer than from anywhere else. You might try contacting the VW sales organization in the country you will be visiting to get a list of dealers, then contact t em directly. Good luck!



05/28/98 17:54:36
Name: Francis W. Ng My URL: Visit Me My Email: Email Me
City: Oakland Province/State: CA 94621 Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 81 Rabbit; 85 Vanagon; 92 Fox; 97 TDI Jetta

Comments:
This is a good web site that people of the same interest can share vital information. Thanks



05/28/98 15:46:38
Name: Philip Rose My Email: Email Me
City: South Easton Province/State: MA Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

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A good trick for filling your Jetta TDI tank is to fill it slowly, and when fuel (foam) appears in the filler neck, there is a small switch on the lefthand side that activates a vent. Pushing this switch in (I use the filler nozzle) really clears the fill r neck quickly and allows you to quickly fill the tank completely. I have no problem finding Diesel and am averaging about 45Mpg in a 1/3 to 2/3 mix of highway to city driving.



05/28/98 07:06:38
Name: RJ My Email: Email Me
City: ROCHESTER Province/State: MN Country: OLMSTED
Your VW/Audi: 98 JETTA TDI

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I was wondering if anyone has knowledge about what cd changer I can use with the factory cable supplied with the car. I have the newer styled plug which is rectangular shaped (car purchased on 5/8/98). Also, I was told by my vw parts guy that my fuel door should lock when I activate my central locks. I found this to be not true, is my system broke or ?. The parts guy did tell me that a locking gas cap is $25. One more ?, I purchased the vw/trek( "velotech" I think makes it) bike rack system for my TDI from my VW dealer and I want to know if a Thule or Yakima wind fairing will adapt to it to cut down on wind noise. This is a great site! One of the main reasons I bought a VW let alone a TDI at that !! Thanks for any and all responses!



05/28/98 06:58:37
Name: Brian Kmetz My Email: Email Me
City: Streator Province/State: Illinois Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 97 Passat TDI

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Hi TDI fans. I have never had any problems with the large fuel nozzles at truck stops. As we all should know by now diesel fuel tends to foam up when agitated, like during a fill-up. This is only a problem with the narrow filler necks most cars have. So use common sense and fill a little slower when I'm near that last gallon/liter. The fuel tanks on our TDIs have an odd looking extension that goes up the side of the inner fender, this is for the foam to collect so the fuel tank can be completely filled. I have never had a problem finding diesel fuel. As was said in an earlier post, most people don't use it so they don't notice it. I have had a few attendants walk sheepishly out to my car while I'm filling up and say, "Oh sir, do you know you're putting d esel fuel in your car?" I just give them a big smile and say my budget sure does. Regarding oil change intervals, the official VWoA recommendation is 7,500 miles/10,000 KM as quoted from the Bentley manual. The only TDI owners I know of who wait that long are the ones using synthetic oil. Most of us change oil between 2,000 and 5,000 miles, that's as close as a recommendation I can give. My fuel mileage varies by as much as five MPG, usually 42 to 47. Most of this is due to who refined the fuel. I was talk ng to a local bulk fuel supplier and he said some fuel terminals are sitting on a large inventory of winter blended diesel because of the warm winter we had. As this fuel is slowly blended into the summer diesel we can expect some variation in mileage, es ecially in the north. Take care and happy driving TDI fans.



05/28/98 01:09:14
Name: Ron J. My Email: Email Me
City: Silver Spring Province/State: MD Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 86 Golf

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My Golf diesel has about 150K miles. Here's a funny one: I used to get 42 mpg. Ever since I've been driving to work through D.C., my mileage (city stop'n'go) has gone UP to 48-50 mpg. Do you TDI owners experience this? Thanx



05/28/98 01:06:01
Name: Ron J. My Email: Email Me
City: Silver Spring Province/State: MD Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 86 Golf

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I have never had trouble filling my car at a truck stop, even with the wide nozzles. As for availability of diesel fuel, even if some fewer stations sell it, who cares when you get 450+ miles between fill up? D'Nardo, another biodiesel site to check is www.veggievan.org. Interesting stuff.



05/28/98 00:59:00
Name: Rick Busch
My Email: Email Me City: Sacramento
Province/State: CA Your VW/Audi: 97 Passat TDI

Comments:
Scott, the gas cover locks when the doors lock. When the doors are unlocked you or anyone can also open the gas cover. My question is how often to change the oil. My dealer recommends 10k mile intervals. A more knowledgable than me friend suggested 5k intervals. I have so much fun driving that I want to be sure it lasts forever, so how often should I change the oil?< >



05/28/98 00:29:00
Name: Kevin Sellitti My Email: Email Me
City: Sarasota Province/State: Fl Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta

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Since purchasing my Jetta I have had to listen to many comments based on the myth's that Americans have about Diesels. Let me dispell a couple of those. 1) "You will never find a Gas Station that sells Diesel" FACT: I have counted no less than 6 diesel pumps within a 2 mile radius of my home. On the 60 mile drive to work I pass no less than 12 pumps. The simple fact of the matter is that gas users don't even notice that most gas stations have a Diesel pump. Th y don't need it so they don't notice it. I love to pull into a station that has a 2 car wait for a Petrol pump and just zip right up to the lonley little noticed diesel pump. 2) "Diesel is more expensive" FACT: Diesel usually runs the same price as Unleaded. If you look you can usually find it for ten cents less. (Usually at interstate truck stops.) 3) "Diesels are stinky and smokey" FACT: Most Diesel trucks and busses are. The TDI however, NOT! 4) "Diesel's are slow and sluggish" FACT: TDI = NOT! 5) "Diesels require more maintinance" FACT: NOT! they have the same service intervals as their gas powered counter parts. Actually less because there are no plugs to change. And HEY with my new Jetta I don't paty squat for maintinance for 24,000 miles. 6) "Diesel's don't last as long as Gas engines" FACT: Any engine that is not maintained will succome to an early demise. The thing that kills more diesels here in the U.S. is that Americans cannot get it into their heads to check the oil at regular intervals. This is not so bad for a gas motor. Diesel eed that extra 2 minutes at each fillup because they like a little crank case oil chaser with their fuel. Nothing kills diesels like oil starvation. Nothing cracks me up more to explain to someone that I get 51mpg with my car and they say "Wow That's Great" and then I mention that it is a Diesel and you can just see the "Oooh Yuck" look on their face. They don't have to say a word. Wake up America!!!! Diesel aint what it was in 1984!!!!!!



05/27/98 21:40:15
Name: Scott A. Farrell My Email: Email Me
City: Buzzards Bay Province/State: MA
Country: USA Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

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In regards to filling up at truck stops, I'm not sure if it will work. The pumps at true truck stops are designed for high flow rates to fill those 200 gallon tanks faster. I don't think our TDIs can handle that kind of flow (eventhough the filler spout is not restricted like gas cars'). A trucker friend of mine says it's pretty funny to watch diesel car owners try to fill their cars at truck stops because it just doesn't work. Any comments? Also, one surprise to me is that my gas cap/door does not lo k. I'm sure no one is going to steal diesel fuel, but I'm concerned about vandalism (sugar, coffee, etc). Any ideas/leads about locking that gas tank? Scott (8900mi)



05/27/98 21:02:45
Name: Frank Marcoux My Email: Email Me
City: San Francisco Province/State: CA Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

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I have seen some posts re:70-80mpg for the TDI. I have a feeling that many people are seeing adds for Imperial Gallons MPG. My TDI has 15,000miles on it and I average about 44-45mpg driving at approximately 70-75mpg. I have never had a tank above 45mpg



05/27/98 14:39:02
Name: Loren Marz My Email: Email Me
City: Clinton Province/State: TN Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

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Perhaps the reference about the 80 mpg TDI came from a report (http://www.ai-online.com/articles/3engtrend.htm) which includes a statement that "...In Europe, small DI turbodiesels such as VW/Audi's 1.4L 70-hp 3-cylinder, fitted to lightweight aluminum-in ensive city cars, are the most likely vehicles to meet the European Union's benchmark 3.0L/100 km (78.4 mpg) fuel consumption bogey, albeit without certain efficiency-robbing accessories such as air-conditioning..." It looks like this is a three cylinder version of the TDI being used in North America. This report contains a lot of good information on the diesel R&D currently t king place.



05/27/98 04:10:31
Name: Jon My Email: Email Me
City: Albany Province/State: NY Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: Not yet

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I am interested in the TDi - good performance and reliable along with great economy. However, I just wanted to ask you TDi owners how easy it is to find diesel? I'm from England, where there seem to be almost as many diesel pumps as petrol - but its a different story over here (states). Any trouble? Ever find yourself looking for Truck stops to fill up? Thanks.



05/27/98 02:37:04
Name: Chris Warth My Email: Email Me
City: Wilmington Province/State: Delaware Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 1996 VW Passat TDI

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Need to sell my 1996 VW Passat TDI Wagon; like new condition; 37,000 miles; sunroof; CD Changer; Asking $19,000/offer. What does anyone think? Anyone interested? Are there other ways to sell it on the Internet? Thanks, Chris 302-737-3917



05/26/98 21:57:06
Name: Jose Borja My Email: Email Me
City: Elk Mound Province/State: WI Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: Jetta 98 TDI

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I Just bought a new 98 Jetta TDI over the weekend (spur of the moment). I found this page today and the messages here confirm I made the right decision! After reading an article on the TDI last Thursday I decided to go tire kicking to a local dealer in Minneapolis, MN, USA. After a 20+ mile test drive (solo w/o a salesman) I decided the Jetta TDI would definitely fit my driving style and commute needs of 600+ miles/week. After the test drive, the Sales Manager asked me if I was interested in buying the car for invoice price with additional credit for the $750 dealer incentive. I said I would think about it. Next evening the Sales Manager called me and said an additional $500 dollars were made available by VW and that he would increase the discount to $1250 under invoice! I bought the TDI that same evening. Net outlay: $16,351 for a Jetta TDI Silver Arrow with the works in options (excluding ABS brakes-original MSRP $19055). I truly believe VW is trying to move and sell as many 98's as they can before the 99 model. In my case the $2750 savings over MSRP w re enough to convince me that the 98 is just as good as the 99! So if you are sitting on the fence about that new Jetta TDI, you may want to try and make a good deal on a 98 model!!! It seems to me that this is a great time to get one because this was the easiest car I ever bought as I did not even have to make an of er at all!!!. By the way, I did try to make a deal on the TDI beetle, but the price is pretty much set at MSRP or better. I look forward to many happy miles, Cheers, Jose



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05/26/98 13:53:17
Name: D'nardo Colucci My URL: Visit Me My Email: Email Me
City: mpls Province/State: mn Country: usa
Your VW/Audi: 87 jetta

Comments:
Thanks Scott Ferrell

Because of your post, I looked up biodiesel fuel on the web and found a very good site. It's;
http://www.biodiesel.org/
They are basically self promoting, but they do have a right to brag. Here is an excerpt from the site;
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To fulfill the requirements relating to the characterization of exhaust emissions, the biodiesel industry tested an unmodified 1997 Cummins N14 engine at Southwest Research Institute. Several significant conclusions can be made from the biodiesel test results when compared with petrodiesel.
The Ozone Forming Potential of the speciated hydrocarbon emissions were nearly 50 percent less than that measured for 2D fuel.
The neat biodiesel fuel resulted in large decreases in all of the target PAH and NPAH compounds, as compared to 2D fuel. Most PAH compounds were reduced by 75 percent to 85 percent. The target NPAH compounds also were reduced dramatically with neat biodiesel fuel, with 2-nitrofluorene and 1-nitropyrene reduced by 90 percent, and the rest of the NPAH compounds reduced to only trace levels.
Aldehyde emissions were reduced by nearly 50 percent with neat biodiesel.
Carbon monoxide emissions were reduced by 50 percent with neat biodiesel.
Particulate emissions with neat biodiesel were 30 percent of those found in diesel.
Nitrogen oxide emissions were about 13 percent higher with neat biodiesel.
Sulfate emissions were essentially eliminated with neat biodiesel.
Alcohol emissions were non-existent with neat biodiesel.
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I'm impressed. As far as 80 mpg in a TDI goes...BS and I emphasize the S!
D'nardo



05/26/98 13:40:50
Name: Bob Chambers My URL: Visit Me My Email: Email Me
City: Grosse Ile Province/State: MI Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 1998 New Beetle

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Just finished 1st week with this great car. TDI/5 spd is great fun, sounds and drives like the old air cooled boxer. Beetle is a mix of nostalga and cutting edge, and a great value. Anyone know how durable the TDI is? What is the life of a turbo charg r?



05/26/98 01:50:05
Name: Fred Voglmaier My URL: Visit Me My Email: Email Me
City: Maple Ridge Province/State: BC Country: Canada
Your VW/Audi: 96 Golf GL

Comments:
Stan
The New Bettle is not available in Europe until next year I believe. As for finding a TDI vehicle in Europe, I didn't have much luck, but then I didn't want to spend an insane amount. I'm renting a Golf (or similar:() at the end of June in Germany ($250 CDN with full insurance) through autoeurope. Most places seem to always say "or similar", but maybe talk to the companies (on this page there are my book marks and there are some links there.)

Have fun, and see you all back in July.

Fred



05/25/98 23:42:29
Name: Scott A. Farrell My Email: Email Me
City: Buzzards Bay Province/State: MA
Country: USA Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI

Comments:
Hi, I read a post on the VW NG about biodiesel fuel (a mix of diesel and veggie oil thats earth-friendly). The person who posted it claimed to have seen a report about a Golf TDI testing biodiesel and achieving 80+mpg using it. Another person and myself p sted questions asking whether the TDI was modified for this outrageous mileage figure (although it supposedly needs no mods to burn biodiesel). Until I read this myself, it's VERY hard to believe. Anyone out there ever read or heard of this report? Any co ments about biodiesel as an alternative fuel for TDI's?



05/25/98 23:00:35
Name: Kevin Sellitti My Email: Email Me
City: Sarasota Province/State: Fla Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta

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I have just put the 5th tank of fuel in my Jetta since new. So far my average milage has been 51mpg. I drive @ 70-75 with cruise on over Flat roadways (Hey this is Florida no hills and Valleys). 99% percent of my driving is highway not much city. I commut 120 miles a day and I would guess that 105 of that is Highway at 70mph. I love thye TDI. The best car I have ever owned. I bought it on May 6th and have already got 1700 miles on it. No problems what so ever. I used 1/2 a quart of oil in the first 1000 m les. Last week a freind of mine that has a GTI 16V drove it and was very impressed. Well anyway that's my $0.02.



05/25/98 21:36:52
Name: Stan My Email: Email Me
City: Malibu Province/State: CA Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: Westfalia Diesel

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Beetle tdi in Germany....Does anyone know if a tdi Beetle is available for rental for a 6 week period in Frankfurt (or near) Starting in the end of July '98? We are planning a trip through Europe and would like to rent anything with a tdi. I heard the N w Beetle would not be available in Germany until later so we might consider buying one here (with km/hr--liters Mexico gauges?), having it shipped over and selling it in Germany/Italy/? (any Europeans interested?) after our trip. Does anyone have any sug estions? Does anyone know of rental companies that carry tdi cars if the Beetle option does not exist? Thanks, Stan.---please post or E-mail p.s. how long before the 110(115?)hp tdi Beetle is available?





05/23/98 12:59:40
Name: James Chien My Email: Email Me
City: Sugar Land Province/State: TX Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: Waiting for NB TDI 1998

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I am patiently (almost) waiting for the 5 spd New Beetle TDI to arrive. Was going to order one NB TDI automatic for my wife. Sad to know from VW sales rep. that the automatic for TDI was cancelled. Now I have to either not order the NB or talk her into dr ving 5 spd. It is going to be hard either way.



05/22/98 22:42:27
Name: Nick Ballard My Email: Email Me
City: Ramsbury Province/State: Wiltshire Country: United Kingdom
Your VW/Audi: Audi 80 TDi Estate

Comments:
Hi there from sunny England - good site if a little focussed!! tomorrow I am picking up my new car a five year old Audi 80 Estate 1.9 TDi with 50k on the clock and I can't wait..... I have been admiring these cars for years and at last I will be able to sample the superb build and driving qualities of this German machine - and of course the performance and economy of the TDi engine. I am paying o8,500 which is just over half the pri e it cost new - not bad 50% loss (or is it gain) in five years not many cars can boast this kind of residuals!! I am planning to put on another 50-100k over the next 4 or 5 years. Just for interest I drove a Golf CL 1.9 TDi estate yesterd and was fairly unimpressed - while the driving was fine the car seemed drab and uninspiring - sorry all you Golf lovers! Best wishes from blighty...... Nick



05/22/98 21:44:38
Name: Clay Peyton My Email: Email Me
City: Lexington Province/State: Ky Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 97 Jetta TDi

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Hello all. Yet another mileage report. All conditions were the same as the previous tests except for the follwing... Driving style: Cruise set at 65mph in a 65 zone, 60 in a 55 zone, "GWTF" city... Outside temperature: High in the mid to upper 80's (excep for today,low 70's), lows in the mid 60's. I forgot to mention earlier that no accessories were used during any of the tests, (i.e. air conditioning)... Breakdown of time spent in speed zones (highway only): Aproximately 90% in a 65 zone, the remaining 1 % in a 55 zone... Breakdown of miles traveled: 80% highway, 20% city... Test results: Miles traveled, 666.7... Gallons used: 13.201 (give or take 1/4), which equals 50.503 MPG. Hmmm... I was expecting more, at least 52 mpg. I dont know what happened. I wa a bit friskier at times during this test & there was more city driving than the previous test, as well as less "continuious cruising" on the highway. (The higway miles traveled in this test were relatively short distances combined together for the 80% hi hway miles figure). I suppose all this could account for it. There are no "real" complaints from me get 50.5 mpg with 115 hp & 185 lb/ft torque though. For the next test...I "might" be doing the 0-60 & 50-70 testing on Sunday. I'll keep everyone posted wi h the results when I have them.



05/22/98 19:01:27
Name: Alex Sammut My URL: Visit Me My Email: Email Me
City: Ann Arbor Province/State: MI Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: Hybrid Prototype

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HELP!.. We are designing a hybrid electric vehicle with the TDI engine and jsut physically upgraded the older version to the newer engine version with the VNT.. We do not however have a vacume or wiring diagram to hook up the new turbo and bypass the wire elements such as the clutch..



05/21/98 16:20:25
Name: Nathan Tennant My Email: Email Me
City: Stratham Province/State: NH Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 1996 Passat TDI

Comments:
If you are in this site, chances are you are a diesel lover. The only way to ensure that VW gets the message that yes, there are diesel buyers in the USA and Canada is to write to them relentlessly. Go to their Web site...e-mail your comments. Tell them you want to see more diesels.. Write to VW of Germany......... It was the 35,000 USA inquiries that ultimately drove VW to continue development of the new bug. Nate Tennant 1996 Passat TDI



05/21/98 15:48:27
Name: Shawn Wical My Email: Email Me
City: Culpeper Province/State: VA Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta Tdi

Comments:
Greetings All: Texaco recently began marketing a "premium" diesel fuel. It has a minimum cetane rating of 45. I spoke with a Texaco rep while he was putting the cetane rating label of the diesel pump, and the man said that the reformulated diesel actually had a etane rating of about 50, but is publically rated at 45 just in case some yee-haw tests it and finds it rated at 48 and sues Texaco in typical American fashion...Typical cetane content in diesel is around 40. I filled up my old Rabbit diesel, and it did smoke less. Anyone have more info on this fuel? I hit Texaco's web site and they did not have any info regarding this "premium" fuel



05/21/98 06:26:12
Name: claus littmann My Email: Email Me
City: saskatoon Province/State: sk. Country: canada
Your VW/Audi: 5TH AVENUE CALGARY

Comments:
Like AARON I want a PASSAT TDI, however i want the 4 cyl version, i'm sure everyone has recognized that what the vendors claim for mileage is, just that... a claim, however with the vw passat tdi, i have a test article done in britian by Diesel Car & 4x4 agazine where they pitted the best in encomy driving in a gas engine passat(98) against a 110hp tdi. the guy in the gas engine was good, over everyday roads, traveling between 55 and 65 mph he got 49.9 mpg (imp), the guy driving the tdi got 80 mpg (imp) i any wants to see the article i may be nice and scan it, let me know... so in the real world the tdi's can deliver great performance and fabulous economy. i suspect that vw doesn't give a hoot about what a few strange north americans want in engines, they can sell just about every 4cyl tdi in europe that they build right now, over there fuel is running roughly twice what we pay in canada, and so the europea s don't give a s... about 0-60 times, they just want great economy, hence its a good bet we will see v6 tdis, with automatics, so ma & pa can drive it, sure it will get better milage than a v6 gas, I was informed that in canada they cancelled in the order of 75 to 100 orders for the 90hp tdi in january after the decision was made not to bring them in, so my question is, does anyone have a pipeline to dr. piech so we can get the cars we really want? c.l.



05/20/98 14:07:32
Name: Aaron Malcom
City: Normal Province/State: IL
Country: USA Your VW/Audi: I want a new diesel Passat

Comments:
Let me further back up my claim of 30-35 from the V6. There is a review of the European Audi A6 diesel V6-the same engine that we are to get it would seem-at: http://www.automotive.co.uk/fleetnews/PAGES-2/TESTS/S-00031.HTM. In imperial gallons it averag d 40.9 mpg (city/hwy). If my conversion of imperial gallons to U.S. gallons is correct (83% I've been told), that comes out to just under 35 mpg--which is still very respectable. Gosh, it seems a shame that an engine that powerful and economical won't b available with all-wheel drive. You talk about a dream car!!!



05/20/98 13:54:35
Name: Aaron Malcom
City: Normal Province/State: IL
Country: USA Your VW/Audi: Want a new diesel Passat

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I left a comment on the European VW web site that got forwarded to the US VW marketing department. The letter I received stated that only one new engine choice was being considered (apparently the V6) and that the Synchro transmission would not be availa le with it. The guy did say that he was passing my desire onto the Audi group--if I want both a great diesel and all-wheel drive, it looks like the only potential is with Audi. About the incredible milage figures of over 70 mpg on the V6, where is that coming from? Aside from this forum, I've never heard anything that corroborates that from any 4 or 6 cyl. diesel engine ever available to consumers. It would be great if that co ld be achieved from this new V6, but it's much more likely that an average of 30-35 mpg would be the norm. Please verify your sources!!



05/20/98 02:19:44
Name: Rich Strack My Email: Email Me
City: Stroudsburg Province/State: PA Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 97 Passat TDI

Comments:
I just passed the 25,000mi mark with my 97 Passat TDI. It continues to be the best car I have owned. I have had virtually no defects or problems over the past year. No smoking, studdering, or problems starting in freezing weather. It always idles at 8 0 rpm at any temperature, and never hesitates. Efficiency has averaged around 45 mpg in combination town and highway driving with lowest tank at 42 (first tank). The only changes I have made are K&N high flow air filter and the use of Stanodyne's Perfor ance Formula fuel additive(increases cetane rating, cleans injectors, and lowers pour point to -45 degrees F). So far this car is as quiet and solid as the day I first drove it. Thanks Fred for continuing with this site. It was a welcome source of info mation when I first made my purchase last year.



05/20/98 00:46:59
Name: Claus Littmann My Email: Email Me
City: saskatoon Province/State: sk. Country: canada
Your VW/Audi: 5th avenue, Calgary

Comments:
just a quick comment on the v6 tdi, it was originally produced to power the audi a6 and a8, it is designed only for a longitudinal install, which means vw passat only, no way in jetta, unless they rearange the whole front end of the jetta. in the audi a4 (yes it is sold in the a4 in europe) it only gets about 52mpg (imp) so this engine would be loafing in a passat, worse, it would only need the output of 4 cyls to keep things moving quite nicely, and the other 2 are allong for the ride sucking back the fuel. it has 2 benefits over the 90 hp tdi we got in NA. 1, accelleration in the order of 0-60 in under 9 secs, and smooth quite operation. one can expect a hefty price premium as well. ~ $3000.00 best guess so far, this new engine is not cheap. c.l. our only hope is to pressure vw to ship us 4cyl versions as well c.l.



05/18/98 12:48:02
Name: Nathan Tennant My Email: Email Me
City: Stratham Province/State: NH Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 1996 Passat TDI

Comments:
I have heard the same story as Clay regarding the 1999 Passat TDI. It is supposed to have the new 6 Banger TDI Engine that was just developed a year ago. Apparently the mileage is about 73 MPG at 60MPH and I guess it is a real screamer...Because of its incredible torque it will smoke the VR6.. This information is not verifiable, but it does come from my local dealer Berranger VW in Rochester, N.H. These guys are true Germans, and have only sold VWs for the past 30 years and they Loooove Diesels...



05/18/98 03:12:28
Name: Clay Peyton My Email: Email Me
City: Lexington Province/State: Ky Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 97 Jetta TDi

Comments:
Hello TDi fans! Well I've been doing allot of driving over this weekend & I've already used up the entire tank since thursday evening. I have received a new chip from Wetterauer & it has corrected the 'shuddering' problem I had earlier with the first chi . The new chip has been in the car for the duration of this test except for the first 17 miles. All of the conditions for this test were the same as the previous test with the exception for the following..... Outside temperature: Highs in the mid to upper 80's, lows in the mid 60's. Almost all driving done during the warmest part of the day....Driving style: Cruise set at 70 in a 65 zone, 65 in a 55 zone, & "go with the flow" city... Breakdown of time spent in (highway only) speed zones: Approximately 65% n a 65 zone & 35% in a 55 zone... Breakdown of miles traveled: Approximately 90% highway, 10% city...Here are the astounding test results...Miles traveled: 641.0... Gallons used: 13.095 which equals 48.949 MPG!!!!!!!!! Previously, I mentioned my driving style may have changed in the city & on entrance ramps, etc...Well, I am certain it has. I know I am taking it easier than I would have in the past. I personally no longer feel it necessary to accelerate or apply as much trottle as I did prior to the chip. With all the extra power under my foot waiting to be used, I know I can drive in a more relaxed manner,(not a slow-poke by any reasonable means), but still have PLENTY of power available to get me out of sticky situatio s if needed. I believe this to be the biggest reason for the dramatic improvement in my mileage & since I have never traveled at 70/65 in the past, that would be a big factor as well & lets not forget the warmer weather as too. Just one more thing...since the first chip wasnt funtioning properly, that could have had an effect on mileage too. I have noticed that the new chip doesnt produce as much smoke, it's now the same as with the stock chip once the engine has adapted. It does appear that one can still etain highway mileage with the chip. Results WILL vary. For the next test, I'll be driving at 65mph in a 65 zone, & 60mph in a 55 zone. 48.9 MPG & beyond happy!



05/18/98 01:46:23
Name: Ric Woodruff My Email: Email Me
City: Oviedo Province/State: FL Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: '98 Jetta Turbo Direct Injection

Comments:
For an oil filter, I found the Purolator PureONE PL20252 most suitable. I discovered that other brands except the original (and expensive) VW filter have a larger diameter, making removal and installation quite difficult.



05/17/98 00:51:05
Name: Brian Kmetz My Email: Email Me
City: Streator Province/State: Illinois Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 97 Passat TDI

Comments:
To chip or not to chip? There is no clear answer and there never will be, just as there is no clear answer as to whether Teflon type oil additives really work. There will only be spirited debate and opinion. I think the goal of this site is to educate eve yone as much as possible so owners can make informed decisions about their cars. Most people bought their TDIs for long term economy so chipping seems to go against what the car was bought for. On the other hand, who here wouldn't mind an easy extra 25HP? Any performance modification has its risks. As long as the risks and limits are well known and the owners understand what they are doing, then I think everyone can do anything they want to their cars. And I want the results posted! Over the years I have t ied Slick 50, Valvoline's TM-8, and other oil additives. I even bought one of Fram's new oil filters with the Teflon already in it for my wife's car once. I still have no idea if any of these products ever did anything for my cars. I do know that Teflon i not pushed much into the diesel market because the high soot level in the oil interferes with the Teflon's ability to bond with the metal. The Teflon bonding will still occur in a diesel but not as much as in a gasoline engine. I saw some Greasedlighteni g in my local Kmart last week and I had a chance to look the label over. The product carries an oil rating of API SJ and CG-4. So this product can be used in any gasoline or diesel engine. But this rating only refers to the carrier oil and has nothing to o with how well the Teflon will bond in a diesel engine. So to each his/her own and caveat emptor! Enough soap box and down to business: The June issue of "Automobile Magazine" page 72 has a little blurb about the next generation Jetta. The VWVortex site as some good pictues of the car. Of the pending engine choices listed is a 1.9L 115HP TDI and the possibility of the 2.5L 150HP V6! I think Fred better bring back some information about all this. A while ago I said I would post some info about what kind o oil and filters we use. Well, I didn't get very many responses. But in talking to the many TDI contacts I have made from this site over the last year I can say about 2/3 of us are using synthetic oil and 1/3 are using diesel synthetic oil. When it comes o oil filters, half of us are using VW "E" oil filters and the other half whatever we can get. For the more rural TDI owner who does not have large-chain discount type autoparts stores around (that's me) I found a very good brand of oil filter with Baldw n, look for part B-114. The Baldwin B-114 covers ALL VW diesels. I called Baldwin and checked. Baldwin is a very big name in the heavy duty truck and farm market and is usually sold in farm and truck supply stores. The discount price is about ~$6 to $8 US . Keep the TDI faith everybody and to Fred, have a good safe trip.



05/16/98 00:25:08
Name: Ric Woodruff My Email: Email Me
City: Oviedo Province/State: Sunny Florida Country: U.S.A. (RULES!)
Your VW/Audi: '98 Jetta TDI

Comments:
Regarding recent 76.3 MPG comment: NO WAY, not possible!!! Regarding the lifetime MPG average and MPG with "power chip" of 43.6: Have you considered having your car checked out by the dealer? My lowest over 10K miles (which was the very first tankful) was 46.1. Your highest doesn't even come close to my lowest! Regarding engine stress resulting from use of a power chip: I fully agree. I have extensive experience in product LIFE TESTING. It is a fact that product failure rates increase EXPONENTIALL with added stress. For example, 25% added stress increases failure rates by over 56%! Conversely, driving moderately conservatively significantly INCREASES engine life. In conclusion, over-powering an engine wastes money, voids warranties, wastes fuel decreases tire, brake, and engine life, pollutes the atmosphere, and likely increases accidents and fatalities. It's not worth it!!!



05/15/98 23:20:25
Name: Fred Voglmaier My URL: Visit Me My Email: Email Me
City: Maple Ridge Province/State: BC Country: Canada
Your VW/Audi: '96 Golf GL

Comments:

Hi everyone.
I figured this is the best place to inform everyone to a few tidbits of information regarding the status of the page.
I am hopeing to do a total revamping of the page this summer, but I'm just too busy getting ready for a trip to Europe for 5 Weeks.< r> I'll see what I info and other stuff I can come up with over there. This also means I won't be able to reply to email any time soon:(, not that I'm very good at it as it stands at the moment. (Yes, I've gotten all that email from you all, I haven't d leted it, I'm unfortunatly very busy and slow at responding):(.


Anyways I'll be back in July.

Have a good summer fellow TDI lovers



05/15/98 16:15:19
Name: Steven Vickerman My URL: Visit Me My Email: Email Me
City: Breckenridge Province/State: MN Country: usa
Your VW/Audi: 86 Jetta

Comments:
I was told by a dealer that the 1999 TDI Passat will be a six cylinder. Has anyone heard any more about the 99 passat diesel? I did read earlier this winter that the next TDI will get 76.3 mpg at 56 mph.



05/15/98 08:32:27
Name: Jorgen Kvamme My URL: Visit Me My Email: Email Me
City: Bergen Province/State: Hordaland Country: Norway
Your VW/Audi: Golf 1,8 TDK 94-mod

Comments:
Nice page, but does anyone know of it is possible to rechip my 75hp 1,8 TDK engine? I am really interested in this feature. As for Golf TDI, type III og IV, it has been for sale in Norway since 1996 I think, 1,9 90hp version. I think TDK is short for Turb Diesel Katalysator, or something lik that. Katalysing the fuel on it's way into the cylinders. Take Care! Drive Nice! Look out for pedestrians! Don't hit a moose!



05/15/98 01:49:45
Name: Clay Peyton My Email: Email Me
City: Lexington Province/State: Ky Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 97 Jetta TDi

Comments:
Hello TDi fans! Well, I've driven the first full tank with the Wetterauer chip, I am very surprised. Here's all the info... Vehicle: 1997 Jetta TDi with Ram-Air filter, Wetterauer chip & 18,864 miles to date currently using Mobil 1 synthetic 15w50... Vehi le weight: 2980 lbs with a full tank of fuel & driver in the car, ( I weigh 180)... Wheels & tires: 15x7 alloy wheels with 205/50-ZR15 size tires inflated to 42 psi front, & 40 psi rear-(tires are warm when taking pressure)... Outside temperatures: 70's & 80's for highs, 50's & 60's for lows... Driving style for this test: Cruise control set at 75 mph on the highway, "go with the flow" in the city, occasional full throttle bursts for passing, merging, etc... Breakdown of miles of miles traveled: Approximat ly 80% highway, 20% city... Mileage history proir to chip: Worst-39 mpg, best-43.8 mpg... Test results: Miles traveld, 567.8... Gallons used: 13.046 (give or take 1/4 gallon) which equals 43.523 MPG! Personally, I'm very pleased & surprised to see mileag this high with the chip. I do however credit the warm weather for this. My car has never seen temp's this high before. Also, I probably was going easy (regarding acceleration) on entrance ramps & at stoplights. I do find myself applying much less throttl to accelerate, but it really doesn't FEEL like I'm accelerating any slower, so I might be taking it easy on ramps & at stoplights, but it really doesn't seem that way (IMO). At this point, I am led to believe that despite the power increase, the greatly improved throttle response will allow minimal compromises in MPG (IMO). For the next test, I'll be driving the same except I'll be doing 70 mph on the highway with the cruise control. 43.5 MPG & happy.



05/14/98 22:05:44
Name: D'nardo Colucci My Email: Email Me
City: mpls Province/State: mn Country: usa
Your VW/Audi: 87 jetta

Comments:
I'm reposting the 1997 tdi emissions in a more readable format. Fred told me to use html code so here goes...

CAR HC-total HC-nm CO NOx PM
97 Jetta TDI 0.10 0.09 0.4 0.6 0.04
Honda Accord 0.18 0.15 1.1 0.1 n/a
EPA max value ? 0.25 3.4 0.4 0.13

The HCs are hydrocarbons, CO is carbon monoxide, NOx are nitrogen oxides and PM is particulate matter.
Hope this works!



05/14/98 04:22:23
Name: Bill Kaewert
My Email: Email Me City: Longmont
Province/State: CO Your VW/Audi: 96 Passat TDI

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Regarding dealers honoring the engine warranty: please don't be surprised that there is hesitation. The dealer's or VW aren't trying to shaft anyone. Like any manufacturer VW build a product with certain tolerances. They are relatively certain that their tandard engine will live for the warranted life. In fact, they've probably built enough margin into the design so that *most* engines will survive the extra stress that the modified ECU imposes with no problem. At the weak end of the bell curve, however, ome engines may not, even though they'd have worked fine if never modified. Since there's no way outside the factory to separate the "better" from the "worse" production units the factory really shouldn't honor warranty of a modified unit. (I don't work f r VW, or a dealer, or a car company - really!) It's just good engineering common sense that anything loaded beyond its original design is *more* likely to fail than if it were not.



05/14/98 02:43:41
Name: Clay Peyton My Email: Email Me
City: Lexington Province/State: Ky Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 97 Jetta TDi & 95 GTi VR6

Comments:
Hello TDi fans! This post is not TDi specific, but it is an issue that many who are concidering a performance chip are concerned about...the 10/100,000 warranty. I'll try to be as helpful as I can. SEMA, (specialty equipment market association) has a web site that everyone who is concidering a chip shou d take a look at. http://www.sema.org/consumer/alert/warranties.html Basically it says that if the dealer refuses to honnor a warranty claim, they must prove that the modification caused the problem in question. Wetterauer told me that the chip does void the warranty for the ECU , which I can understand, but most dealers ( ike mine) will say "no warranty at all" & walk away. So if I developed an oil leak, I would probably have to take them to court to get them to fix the leak under warranty, since there is no way they can prove the chip caused an oil leak in a court of law, but I would be sp nding more money on legal fee's than I would if I just paid for the repair out of my own pocket. There is rarely any winning with the "evil" dealers. There are some "chip friendly" dealers out there though. "Timmons VW" in the L.A. California & "Sunnyval VW" in the S.F. Bay area actually sell & install Neuspeed chips to their customers. Too bad all the dealers cant be this way. For those considering a chip, it would probably be a good idea to make an anonymous call to your service advisor to see what he/ he say's about chips so you'll know what your up against. I cant make any promises as to what your experiences will be with chips, but I can tell you that I have had a total of 5 different chips in my GTi VR6 over the past 3 1/2 years & I havent had one problem ar ise because of them.(2 of the chips were high power experimental programs that couldnt be used because of drivability problems). I do have a "shuddering" problem in the TDi at the moment, but Wetterauer is sending a new program, hopefully it will fix the roblem. I will be back tomorrow with a full mileage report. Oh....here's a little fact some of you may or may not know....Back in 1980, VW set a world speed record of 217.24 mph in an aerodynamic research vehicle...which was powered by a 2.4 litter flat- turbo diesel! pretty cool!



05/13/98 14:18:47
Name: D'nardo Colucci My Email: Email Me
City: mpls Province/State: mn Country: usa
Your VW/Audi: 87 Jetta

Comments:
This is in response to a previous post: "... neither gasoline nor diesel should contribute to global climate change (due to CO2, H2O, or anything else) as that global warming, if it exists, is caused by natural cycles, not anything an-made (I work for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, so I know what is faked.) All that other stuff is a hoax." To be blunt, I disagree. With the hundreds of millions of barrels of fuel burned world wide each day, the amount of CO2 introduced into the atmosphere *will* affect the climate. Is is the only source for CO2? No, it is not even the major source(animals reathe too). But concern over engine emissions is not a hoax. That said, here is a summary of the 97 Jetta TDI emissions vs the 97 Honda Accord: Car HC HC-NM CO NOx PM 1.9l TDI 0.10 0.09 0.4 0.6 0.04 2.2l Accord 0.18 0.15 1.1 0.1 1990 EPA Regs. ? 0.25 3.4 0.4 0.13* The measures I believe are all grams/mile. In 2004, the EPA regs will be cut in half. * This is some German (Klaus Toepfer) standard (0.08 g/km) of particulate matter. This is the stuff that causes respitory diseases. Here are 3 good websites for emissions information www.epa.gov/omswww/ www.epa.gov/ncea/diesel.htm www.arb.ca.gov/toxics/diesel/dieselex.htm One last thing, new diesel fuel regulations are helping control emissions as well. Take care. D'nardo



05/13/98 13:58:25
Name: D'nardo Colucci My Email: Email Me
City: mpls Province/State: mn Country: usa
Your VW/Audi: 87 Jetta

Comments:
This is in response to a previous post: "... neither gasoline nor diesel should contribute to global climate change (due to CO2, H2O, or anything else) as that global warming, if it exists, is caused by natural cycles, not anything an-made (I work for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, so I know what is faked.) All that other stuff is a hoax." To be blunt, I disagree. With the hundreds of millions of barrels of fuel burned world wide each day, the amount of CO2 introduced into the atmosphere *will* affect the climate. Is is the only source for CO2? No, it is not even the major source(animals reathe too). But concern over engine emissions is not a hoax.



05/13/98 13:58:24
Name: D'nardo Colucci My Email: Email Me
City: mpls Province/State: mn Country: usa
Your VW/Audi: 87 Jetta

Comments:
This is in response to a previous post: "... neither gasoline nor diesel should contribute to global climate change (due to CO2, H2O, or anything else) as that global warming, if it exists, is caused by natural cycles, not anything an-made (I work for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, so I know what is faked.) All that other stuff is a hoax." To be blunt, I disagree. With the hundreds of millions of barrels of fuel burned world wide each day, the amount of CO2 introduced into the atmosphere *will* affect the climate. Is is the only source for CO2? No, it is not even the major source(animals reathe too). But concern over engine emissions is not a hoax.



05/13/98 05:30:36
Name: Andrey
My Email: Email Me City: Los Angeles
Country: Latvia-originally Your VW/Audi: Don't have yet, but need one

Comments:
Drivers Wanted!



05/13/98 03:02:48
Name: Bill Kaewert My Email: Email Me
City: Longmont Province/State: CO Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 96 Passat TDI

Comments:
Ward, I use four Blizzak snow tires on my car in the winter, and they work superbly. My '87 Jetta 16V, however, was worse, but I never bothered to get snows. I believe that if I'd used true winter tires I'd not have had any problems. Most of the pileups, arguments with trees, etc. here are caused by SUV drivers who think they're invincible. They seem to forget that *everyone* has four wheel brakes... Good luck!



05/12/98 18:19:11
Name: Jim Juritsch My URL: Visit Me My Email: Email Me
City: Richmond Province/State: VA Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 1996 Passat TDI Wagon

Comments:
Love my TDI, but I can't seem to identify an exhaust rattle. It's most noticable and loud between 65-70 mph in 5th gear. If I rev the motor from an idle it will rattle as it's coming down. Anybody else? I visually checked the exhaust hangers; they look ok I can reproduce the sound by knocking on the exhaust system. Pretty weird. Anyway, I just bought a case of Shell Rotella T and probably will install a CD player. I don't miss my '90 Jetta GLI 16V at all. I love the TDI!



05/12/98 17:42:29
Name: Ward My Email: Email Me
City: Putney Province/State: VT Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: '91 Vanagon

Comments:
I have been considering a Jetta TDI, an acquaintance has a gas Jetta and stated that it was terrible in the snow, even with studded snow tires. Can any of you snow country owners speak to this? Thanks.



05/11/98 22:36:50
Name: Clay Peyton My Email: Email Me
City: Lexington Province/State: Ky Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 97 Jetta TDi & 95 GTi VR6

Comments:
Hello all! First...Let me say thanks to everyone who has responded both publicly & privately showing interest & support for the TDi chip project I am doing. Well....the car has about 350 miles on this tank of fuel. Things seem to be within normal usage as far as fuel consumption goes, there's probably a little bit more consumption, but the car is producing more power after all. I should have a full report of mileage towards the end of the week. Since it finally stopped raining.....I have noticed there is no smoke under normal driving conditions or start-up. There is the usual at full throttle/high RPM's, probably more than usual, but more power = more smoke I figure Also, I've noticed my car produces more black smoke when I use Mobil 1 synthetic 15w50 compared to Mobil's Delvac 1 5w40. I'm currently using 15w50 for the warmer weather, so that definitely is a factor in the smoke issue. Throttle response has improved reatly since the initial istallation. I barely have to press down on the pedal to get moving...(it's almost to sensitive, but I'm adapting). Full throttle acceleration from a dead stop is just....... great! Power is improvred everywhere. Up hill accelerat on at highway speeds has improved dramatically...I think it's the best feature of the chip. On the down side... I have noticed somthing that I can only describe as a "shuddering" in 5th gear at very, very light throttle. Only in 5th gear, only at light throttle usually at low RPM's (1500 or so). Basically, the car just shakes when it occurs (not all the time) & if I tap the throttle, it goes away. I have contacted Wetterauer, & their talking to Germany to see what they can find out. This issue will not be ignore . Currently, I am driving at my usual pace of 75 mph on the interstates and "go with the flow" in the city. For my next tank of fuel, I will drive at 70 (with cruise control; I use it whenever I can) & GWTF in the city. Then, 65 on the highway etc, e c. Thats all for now. I should be back by the end of the week.



05/11/98 21:33:55
Name: Clay Peyton My Email: Email Me
City: Lexington Province/State: Ky Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 97 Jetta TDi & 95 GTi VR6

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05/11/98 18:00:31
Name: Bob Grant My Email: Email Me
City: Terre Haute Province/State: IN Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: tdi passat wagon (whenever they start importing them).

Comments:
To Scott Farrell and whoever else was offended by the fellow who wrote the nasty post: he was not a member and he knew he was being a jerk-that is why he had a faked name and address. Let's just hope he doesn't have any more comments to ruin the page. B the way Fred, a great page and I drop by frequently. Hope to get my tdi whenever they bring in the passat wagon.



05/11/98 17:06:12
Name: Richard My Email: Email Me
City: Trois Rivieres Province/State: Quebec Country: Canada
Your VW/Audi: 92 VW Golf Diesel

Comments:
Hi Folks ! Any news on when the TDI Golf will be available in North America ? i've seen some Jetta's on the VW dealer but no Golf in sight ! I am waiting for 1r year now to buy one . My current diesel has 232,000 km on the clock , still running great but lack power (52hp). Nice site Fred ! I'm here often .



05/11/98 04:06:57
Name: Joe Cerrone My Email: Email Me
Country: USA Your VW/Audi: Not VW, but 1996 Isuzu Trooper Turbo Diesel

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I own a 1996 Isuzu Trooper Turbo Diesel. I am having a great time with it, but I realize that it won't last forever. I saw a few VW TDI models around Philadelphia & I wondered if VW might be a future source for a TD as Isuzu no longer imports its 2 2L TD to USA.

I'll keeptined to your site for information.
Thanks,
Joe Cerrone
joecerrone@snip.net



05/10/98 01:53:07
Name: Scott A. Farrell, KE4WMF My Email: Email Me
City: Buzzards Bay Province/State: MA
Country: USA Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI w/6000mi

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Let's take it easy on our "family" members. Chances are Clay doesn't need a spell checker. This guestbook routinely leaves single letters out in random places. This can be seen by reading almost anyone's post. Whether $600 on a chip is a waste is a matter of opinion. I believe Clay is doing us a service, even if we never chip our great car. I hope he continues to provide feedback to the group. I hope we're aren't going to start bashing each other. Let's leave the Netbashing to the newsgroups. Fred's doing s a service, too, and doesn't need to have his website cluttered up with bashing. We're here for one thing... to learn more about TDIs! End of soapbox. Thank you, Fellow TDI Lover.



05/09/98 16:46:36
Name: ade My Email: Email Me
City: Ottawa Province/State: On
Country: Canada Your VW/Audi: none yet

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Does any one know when the 1999 Jetta will be available to buy? I have heard that it will be restyled and share an Audi platform. I am really impressed with the TDI's performance however, the Corolla is not that far behind. Here in Canada the MRSP for the Toyota is about $3000-4000 less than the TDI (depending on your optional equipment). How many tanks of gas do you need to buy to come out ahead with the Jetta? Both cars about the same dimensions (except for the trunk space). The Toyota in assembled here in Ontario and the Jetta in Mexico. I am not bashing VW but why would you buy a Jetta when you could have a Toyota for less?



05/09/98 03:54:02
Name: Shackeel Owneel
City: Lost Anjelis Province/State: Colliformea
Your VW/Audi: Vulkswegin Gulf

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Clay Peyton: Your $600 would have been better spent on a spelling class/spell checker!



05/09/98 02:47:10
Name: Thom Scott My Email: Email Me
City: New Orleans Province/State: La Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 96 Passat Tdi

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Just traded in my 92 Corrado vr6 for a 96 tdi passat. So far it has made up for the endless power of the corrado in incredible gas mileage. Any suggestions would be appreciated as to maintenece or upgrades ect.ATE="88pdk



05/08/98 22:28:05
Name: john buck wilkin My Email: Email Me
City: nashville Province/State: tennessee Country: usa
Your VW/Audi: '98 Jetta TDI

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CD changer info: The Clarion CDC635 fits the 13-pin pre-wired plug and is available from Crutchfield Electronics mail order for $279.95 U.S. plus shipping. Bolt it in and plug it in. Works very well.



05/08/98 22:27:15
Name: Clay Peyton My Email: Email Me
City: Lexington Province/State: Ky Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 97 Jetta TDi

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Wetterauer chip report #2. Well......It's still raining, but a friend & myself pushed the car into the garage so I could install the chip. All I have to say at this point is WOW! Tdi owners WILL notice the incresed power with the chip! Since the roads re wet it difficult to do any full throttle acceleration from a dead stop. Wheel spin was a problem on wet roads with the stock chip at full throttle in first gear & I have found the tires will spin in 2nd gear in the wet with the chip. It's not really ba , but it is there. 3rd gear is GREAT! It feels as stong as 2nd did in stock form. It is so much fun to squirt by slow moving city traffic. 4th & 5th gear are much stronger too. I've only put 40 miles on since the installation, mostly city, & alittle highway in 50 mph bumper to bumper. The car runs & idels just as before, just with more power. The car responds much better to throttle input, takes alittle getting used to, matchin rev's to downshift is alittle earier too. Imediatly after I put the chip in, I noticed a steady stream of black smoke under moderate to heavy acceleration, but the car seems to have adapted to the new programming as I cant see it anymore. There might be ust alittle,(definitely less than at first), It's hard for me to tell with the rain. I have also "heard" that the cars have to go through a full warm-up & cool down 1 or 2 times before the engine fully adapts to the new chip. Things could actualy get bett r, (not that they need to). Well, thats all my observations for now. I do plan to do some 0-60 comparisons with a G-Tech & some 50-70 accelaration tests. I am going to hold those off for a while to do mileage tests first. I should tell everyone that my mileage has never been all that spectacular compared to the reports of upper 40's & 50's from other TDi owners. My car as 18,000 miles on it now & I am fairly agresive driver. I do 75 (all the time) with bursts of 80 & 90 on the interstates (traffic permitting). I like to be up to full speed on the entrance ramps before I get on, so I'm pretty hard on the throtle. I generally go with the flow in the city. With all this considered...I have been averaging 42 mpg. Worst was 39 t is past winter, & best was 43.8 early last Fall. I havent been on any road trips yet, but I would guess maybe 45-47 in that case. I have no idea what to expect in mileage with this chip. I'll try to drive at my normal pace, but it's going to be hard to no dip into all that extra torque HE HE HE..... This car is a blast to drive.



05/08/98 21:26:56
Name: Clay Peyton
My Email: Email Me

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05/08/98 18:39:34
Name: RJ
City: Silver Spring Province/State: MD
Country: USA Your VW/Audi: 86 Golf Diesel

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I agree that diesel shouldn't be running scarce if the trucks are running with it. I think the effects associated with diesel emissions are particulates. Both gasoline and diesel should emit CO2, as that is the product of complete hydrocarbon combustion While I don't want to turn this page into a political discussion, neither gasoline nor diesel should contribute to global climate change (due to CO2, H2O, or anything else) as that global warming, if it exists, is caused by natural cycles, not anything an-made (I work for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, so I know what is faked.) All that other stuff is a hoax.



05/08/98 14:47:29

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05/08/98 04:29:13
Name: Bill Kaewert
My Email: Email Me City: Longmont
Province/State: CO Your VW/Audi: 96 passat TDI

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Diesel fuel getting scarce? Not a chance. As long as goods are moved by truck there will be diesel fuel.



05/07/98 23:40:18
Name: Jeff Zammas My Email: Email Me
City: Oakland Province/State: CA Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: none yet (BMW K75-RT)

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I was wondering if anyone had any new information on the latest studies relating diesel exhaust and cancer. I've been hearing recently about this study done in the US (I think), but haven't heard much for the last week or so. I am very concerned since I recently test drove the Jetta TDI and was very impressed. I want to buy one but am concerned that diesel may become scarce to car drivers and potentially very expensive. I really doubt this will happen, but you never know in A erica. Some things I do know is that diesel exhaust is generally less harmful than gasoline exhaust. Generally, diesel causes smog (NO2) whereas gasoline causes acid rain (H2SO4) and global warming (CO2) as well as carbon monoxide. Any comments appreciated!



05/07/98 23:00:06

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05/07/98 03:38:26
Name: Bill Kaewert
My Email: Email Me City: Longmont
Province/State: CO Your VW/Audi: 96 Passat wag.

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Regarding the V6 TDI: the British press rate the mileage at 40.9 MPG. US gallons are about 83% of imperial gallons, so the mileage per US gallon would be 34 MPG. Doesn't sound so hot compared to the 1.9/90 HP unit. Handling is apparently worse than the gas powered Passat due to heavier weight up front. Price in the UK is about 27K Pounds Sterling. Net of car tax (it used to be 25%) and VAT (17.5%) that would be around 16K Pounds which roughly corresponds to a pre-ta price of about $25K US. Add a few thou for US market and you're looking at over 30 grand. Beat on your dealer if you want it! It's the only way VW will get the msg.



05/07/98 01:48:39
Name: Kevin Sellitti My Email: Email Me
City: Sarasota Province/State: Fl Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 1998 Jetta

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I just read a thread on the VW.Watercooled usenet about the Audi designed 150hp TDI V6. From what the post said it will be available in the 1999 Audi A6 and VW Passat here in the US. Anyone heard of this yet??? The post also said that the TDI V6 will get 7mpg! Can this be right??? If so I know what I am trading the Jetta in for next year. 1999 Passat TDI Syncro wagon!?! More info at http://www.nordicaudi.com/articles/v6tdi.htm and http://www.automotive.co.uk/fleetnews/PAGES-2/TESTS/S-00031.HTM



05/06/98 22:44:06
Name: Clay Peyton My Email: Email Me
City: Lexington Province/State: Ky Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 97 Jetta TDi

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Wetterauer chip report #1. Well I have my ECU (engine control unit) back from Wetterauer, but it is raining here so I cant install it tonight. Bummer! Hopefully the weather will clear tomorrow. I found that there are 2 chips replaced on the ECU board. They are very small & will require a "PLCC extraction tool" to remove them if one ever wants to put the stock chips back in(we do get the stock chips back). This tool is available at Radio shack for $10.



05/06/98 01:57:38
Name: Scott A. Farrell My Email: Email Me
City: Buzzards Bay Province/State: MA
Country: USA Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI w/5750mi

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Cool TDI story: A coworker of mine likes to drag race V-8 Chevys. He drives like a mad man everywhere he goes. He was jealous when I told him what kind of mileage I get. One day he was tailgating me on the hwy (to screw w/me... I usually drive sanely). As we left the exit ramp, I didn't slow down for the steep turn and just flew off the hwy. He tried to follow and nearly slid off the road. His early-Nova is fast, but it corners like a brick. Today I took him for a joyride in the TDI. He found the accelerat on "impressive for a tiny diesel." Then I decided to shock him, as well as myself. I approached an intersection... no other cars were present. At 20mph, I said, "watch this!" I put the car in 2nd gear, cut the wheel HARD, and stomped on the gas. The car r pped around the corner, hardly leaning, tires silent, and launched to 40mph in nothing flat! Both of us had to hold on (his face was in the passenger window) and we came out of the turn feeling light-headed. He got out of the car EXTREMELY IMPRESSED. Euro ean Car said that the TDI's tires give out long before the chassis is through with them. I don't know what the heck they did to their test car, but I'm satified enough to say that TDI IS A FUN CAR TO DRIVE!!!



05/06/98 01:34:19
Name: Kevin Selitti My Email: Email Me
City: Sarasota Province/State: Fl Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 1998 Jetta TDI 5spd

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I just bought a 98 Jetta TDI. I got tired of waiting for the Beetle and I can't wait for the Passat. All I can say is. I LOVE IT!!!! I commute 120 miles a day and love the mileage. Just to be sure I drove the 1.8 Gas Jetta and the power and acceleration i virtually Identical. If you are thinking about getting a TDI all I can say is run don't walk to you VW dealer. I post mileage and maintainance figures later. Great Page.



05/06/98 01:21:32
Name: Clay Peyton My Email: Email Me
City: Lexington Province/State: Ky Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 97 Jetta TDi

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In regards to the pervious post about removing the "daytime running lights"....It can be done by purchasing the "European headlight switch". A.P.S. & many others carry this switch for about $70. The # for APS is (805)-388-7171. It is a very simple swap & it is just like the original switch & it is a VW factory component. Several other's & myself have been concerned about letting our turbo chargers cool down after reaching our destination. I have found something that can solve this problem. HKS makes a "turbo timer". This will let us leave the car with the engine running for anywhere from 30seconds to 10 minutes to let the turbo cool down & then it will shut itself off. The driver decides how long to let it run with the control box, it's about the size of a radar detector & can be mounted anywhere inside the car. There isnt a wiring harnes for the VW aplication, but they sa d any competent car stereo installation shop can do it. The part # is 4101-RA-008 & it costs $100. The phone # for HKS is (562)-494-8068. Ask for the Turbo Timer & they'll give you the name & number of the distributor nearest you. I should be back tomorro evening with the first chip report/observation.



05/06/98 00:38:29
Name: Ken My Email: Email Me
City: Portland Province/State: Oregon Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 96 Passat TDI

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FOR SALE! I am getting a company car and am forced to sell my TDI. I am very sad. It is looking for a good home. It's storm grey, charcoal interior, with full power, sunroof, cd player/changer, bra, PIAA lamps, new tires. I have changed the oil religiously every 3000-3750 miles with Chevron Delo 15W-40. I get about 45mpg overall. Best tank ever was 54mpg and the worst was 37mpg. This is the best car I have owned and I hate to give it up. Very well ma ntained. If you are interested in giving it a home please e-mail me at "hoosh62@hotmail.com"



05/06/98 00:30:15
Name: Ken My Email: Email Me
City: Portland Province/State: Oregon Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 96 Passat TDI

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FOR SALE!



05/06/98 00:08:17
Name: Scott A. Farrell My Email: Email Me
City: Buzzards Bay Province/State: MA
Country: USA Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI w/5750mi

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I won't bore you with each tank... I fill up every 1/2-tank. That's a lot of mileage figures to throw in here. My lifetime average is 44mpg, with the lowest being 41mph on winterized fuel and the best being 49mph on a road trip. All fill ups and mileag figures are tracked on my computer by Auto Tracker... so I know my numbers are correct. If anyone would like Auto Tracker, let me know and I'll e-mail you a copy.



05/05/98 23:18:09
Name: Robert Aufgeblassen My Email: Email Me
City: Oviedo Province/State: FL Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: '98 Jetta TDI

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I am reeeeally skeptical about the previous TDI mileage claims of "56-61 MPG at 70 MPH". I drive daily from the east Orlando area to Cape Canaveral, drive conservatively, use the cruise control, and go mostly at, and no more than 60 MPH. My MPG's per ta kful over the last 10,225 miles (in order)are 46.1, 48.3, 47.0, 47.9, 46.8, 47.7, 47.6, 47.8, 46.2, 46.9, 47.1, 49.3, 48.8, 48.2, 48.0, 49.0, and 48.6 for a lifetime average of 47.8. Either something is wrong with my TDI or the previous claim was miscalc lated!!! I would like to here from others regarding lifetime MPG numbers. Thanks!



05/05/98 17:39:04
Name: Larry Tillotson My Email: Email Me
City: Ketchikan Province/State: Alaska Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 1997 Passat TDI

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Has anyone installed a switch on the daytime running lights? We would like to watch the northern lights with the engine running and the headlights off. This has been a great car and a great improvement over our 1989 Jetta diesel. We have been VW owners si ce 1960.



05/04/98 00:14:48
Name: James W. Russell My Email: Email Me
City: Bellaire Province/State: Ohio Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: Jetta TDI

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I have had a Jetta since the 4 of April and have 4700+ miles. I am averaging 55 to 61 mile prg. I drive right at 70 mph. When I hit 3000 I was down about 2 quarts of oil. In the last 1600 I have not use any. Is this normal of is there something wrong. VW ealer said this was no4mal untill the mileage is aroung 10,000. I have never had a diesel before so I guess these are pretty dumb. When I have it longer I will post the gas average. I have drove a 67 , 69 square back, 76, 79. The 67 and 69 were great but thr 76 and 79 almost made me never but want a VW again.



05/03/98 19:40:52
Name: Scott A. Farrell My Email: Email Me
City: Buzzards Bay Province/State: MA
Country: USA Your VW/Audi: 98 Jetta TDI w/5550mi

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I finally took the time to do the math and convert the Euro mileage figures into MPG. The Euro Jetta TDI is rated for 56mpg @ 55mph, 43mpg @ 75mph, and 37mpg in the city. Guess what I get if I average the two highway figures to get a 65mph estimate... 4 mpg... the North American figure. Do you think this is slick marketing in North America? It seems dumb to advertise that TDI can get 56mpg when almost no one drives 55. And it's illegal to drive 75 in most areas, so it wouldn't be as impressive to say T I gets 44mpg. Given this, is it reasonable for figure that I can get 56mpg IF I have the self control to drive 55mph when posted? Are our cars really that much different from the Euro version? BTW, I love my car and will consider chipping it in a few y ars.



05/02/98 22:08:55
Name: Clay Peyton My Email: Email Me
City: Lexington Province/State: Ky Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: 97 Jetta TDi & 95 GTi VR6

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In regards to the Neuspeed chip...I paid $595 for the Wetterauer chip for several reasons. 1) Wetterauer has been involved with tuning the TDi for 5 years where as Neuspeed (or any other tuner for that matter) has no history with the TDi. 2)Wetterauer' c ip produces 115 hp & 185 lb/ft tourque where as Neuspeed's only produces 96hp & 168 lb/ft torque. 3)Neuspeed's chip is not yet available for my application. 4)Wetterauer has "up-grades". As a chip can be improved upon, the Wetterauer customer is notified and delivered a new & improved chip. All the customer pays for is the cost of shipping. No one els offers this excellent service. 5)Wetterauer has excellent customer service; I have delt with Neuspeed several times over the past 3 years & they leave much to be desired (IMO). I am not Neuspeed bashing here. Their chips are good. I just feel that Wetter uer is superior despite the price because of their history with the TDi, the much higher power gains, up-grade service, & excellent customer service. I have used Neuspeed's chip in my GTi, & I was very pleased, however I have switched to a different chip s I have found there are much better chips available.(IMO) I am in no way affiliated with Wetterauer & I apologize if I have come accross taking this issue overly personal or defensivly. It's just that I BELIVE in Wetterauer and am delighted to see ther is finally a company offering REAL performance gains for the American VW. Thanks.



05/02/98 19:49:35
Name: Ric Woodruff
My Email: Email Me City: Oviedo
Province/State: FL Country: U.S.A.!!!!!

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Correction on that web site: www.greasedlightning.com (no space) P.S.: I use Greased Lightning brand PTFE because it is very similar to the Shell Rotella I mix it with (Slick 50 doesn't have a diesel rating!). Here in Florida, I get G.L. at Discount Auto Parts.



05/02/98 19:16:07
Name: Ric Woodruff My Email: Email Me
City: Oviedo (Orlando area) Province/State: FL Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: '98 Jetta TDI

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Here is a comment regarding the recent comment about the Wetterauer performance chip. Why spend a whopping $695 on the Wetterauer chip, when the Neuspeed P-Chip (1-800-388-7171) is only $99, and supposedly increases the HP & torque the same as the expens ve chip? I would like to see comments posted from those that have the already installed the Neuspeed chip in their TDI. Thanks, TDI fans!



05/02/98 18:59:54
Name: Ric Woodruff My Email: Email Me
City: Oviedo (Orlando area) Province/State: FL Country: USA
Your VW/Audi: '98 Jetta TDI

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I finally did it! I decided what oil to use in my Jetta TDI, once it is broken in (at 10,000 miles). Here is my recipe for the ultimate motor oil blend for a diesel engine: 1 quart "Greased Lightning" PTFE oil (it's 15W-40 with a CF rating) 2 quarts Mobil 1 15W-50 (pure synthetic oil) 1.5 quarts Shell Rotella (15W-40). Note: Info on Greased Lightning can be obtained at www.greased lightning.com. I plan to normally use a 50/50 blend of Shell Rotella and Mobil 1. I will give my TDI a PTFE "booster" every 3rd oil change (every 30,000 miles). I will keep you TDI enthusiasts posted how well my homemade blend works for the long haul, such as fuel economy, etc. (I drive to Cape Canaveral from the Orlando area 5 days/wk. for approx. 30,000 miles/yr.). Happy TDI-ing!




 
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