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Old 06-12-2013, 07:28 AM   #1
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Educate me on TDIs
I'm moving here soon, and will be traveling like 2,000 miles every month. So I'm looking to get into something a little more fuel efficient than the speed3, and I've been seriously looking at 05+ VW Jetta TDi.

So educate me on some things about owning a diesel car that a new owner might never have considered. Knowing VW, I'm sure there are common problems. Anything major that I should look for when checking out cars?



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Old 06-12-2013, 07:41 AM   #2
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Looking into a TDi myself. Interested to hear this feedback.
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Old 06-12-2013, 07:50 AM   #3
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Looking into a TDi myself. Interested to hear this feedback.
I don't know if you've noticed this too, but it seems like most newer (09+) TDis have some pretty high mileage. Which makes me believe people buy them for the same reason I'm looking for one.



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Old 06-12-2013, 08:12 AM   #4
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i have a friend who bought a 08 tdi for his 50 mile a day commute and he loves it. averages like 46mpg i believe. I also thought of getting one.
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Old 06-12-2013, 08:15 AM   #5
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I was sold on one when some friends and I took one to Cincy and back for a concert. We even drove around the city and made it back to Louisville with only 1/4 tank consumed. I was like "HOLY SHIT". Plus it's torquey as hell.



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Old 06-12-2013, 08:45 AM   #6
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My mother has a TDi Beetle.. gets 47-48Hwy. She can leave central FL and not get fuel until TN.
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Old 06-12-2013, 09:23 AM   #7
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Yeah, some of these newer TDi's are a blast to drive, they make really good power now. I'd love to have one as a daily.
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Brice has an older one, he seems to be pretty up to date on his knowledge. I've noticed diesel prices creeping up and up here lately, think that's a result of the new found TDI love?
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Old 06-12-2013, 10:14 AM   #9
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Always having to run premium in my car, diesel will be a welcomed discount haha.



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Old 06-12-2013, 10:19 AM   #10
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If you are willing to join a new forum there is tdiclub that obviously has everything related to tdi.
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2005+ would be MKV so I can't help with too many specifics on that model. I will say I love my car and would never get rid of it. Like others said, it's the best feeling ever to get 700 miles to a tank without trying too hard. I can drive anywhere without worrying about fuel because the needle hardly moves. As for diesel prices, they really never change. Since so many companies budget for fuel pricing and almost everything comes on a semi, they stay pretty consistent. I've been paying $3.50-$4 a gallon now for a year or more. Gas fluctuates way more. I originally bought it because my job paid me $0.50 a mile for travel, so I made a killing. Spend ~$20 on fuel and get paid $80 or so.

Mine has 152k, as long as you do basic maintenance and keep the timing belt up to date they will do 300-400k no problem. Again, I'm not knowledgable on the MK5 cars, but they are a lot more advanced and a little larger sized than my car. I believe they have the "CR" (common rail) engine, which makes good power for a small diesel, but is more sensitive and complicated than my car. I'm not knocking it, just sharing my general observations. If you're new to diesel they're pretty much totally different than a gas engine, but still fun and super economical and reliable. I'm amazed that diesel hasn't caught on more in America.

IndianaChris has an 04 TDI that just hit 190k. And there's a member on here that has a supercharged GTO that just bought a new Jetta TDI. Perhaps he can provide insight.

Definitely recommend reading up as much as you can on tdiclub.com, fantastic site that pretty much has answers to every question you could have.

They can be hard to find because people like them so much, and don't immediately throw out a car because it seems to have high mileage, but like anything - have it checked out by a reliable mechanic before buying. Do you have a preference between manual or DSG?

I'm sure I'm forgetting a lot, but I really enjoy talking about the car and I'll offer any advice that I can. Feel free to ask some more specific questions you may have.

Why not get a toureg V10 TDI? Everyone wants 500ft lbs of torque in their daily driver :-p
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Old 06-12-2013, 11:34 AM   #12
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I hear the DSG has some minor issues. I'm open to either transmission though. And yeah, I've been on tdiclub all morning just reading up.



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Old 06-12-2013, 11:35 AM   #13
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The only things I've had to fix in 3 years that wasn't routine stuff is a couple door lock actuators and my alternator pulley snapped off while driving so I had to have it towed and replaced. With my generation car the drivetrain is nearly bulletproof, but the electronics can be finicky sometimes.
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I always prefer a manual when possible, more simple, cheaper to work on, more fun, better MPGs. But the DSG is one of the best "automatic" transmissions you can get.
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As long as I don't hit traffic, I love a manual. But holy fuck, especially in the speed3, driving the manual sucks dick in stop-n-go traffic.



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