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Old 04-15-2008, 11:56 PM
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I want, I want...

That would look so nice in my garage...next to the SDL...a bike...and maybe a Ferrari or NSX for weekend use. Back to dreaming...

It needs to be blue though, I want my toys to match!
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Old 04-16-2008, 12:07 AM
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Unreliable TDI? WTF

News flash broskie, TDI's are world-renowned for their durability and longevity. Never had a single issue with mine. Combine a bulletproof motor with a relatively fun-to-drive car--that gets a solid 42 real-world MPG on the highway (cruising at 75)--and you have something that'll beat a Honda or Toyota any day.

Stick that in your hybrid tank and burn it.
I'm sorry you are so insulted by the facts. The Japanese cars are more reliable than the German cars. They are years ahead with hybrid technology as well.

I can stop by my Indy mechanic any day and he will have a TDI in to clean the EGR out. I can't believe you guys haven't had it plug up yet on your cars.

I would rather drive a TDI than a gas Japanese car, but when the Accord diesels come, I'll be in line to buy one.
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Old 04-16-2008, 12:27 AM
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The new EPA numbers are hard to trust. According to them I should be getting 19 mpg city(!!!!) and 24 mpg highway in my Accord with a lil 2.2 liter engine. It gets 24 mpg city and 28 mpg highway doing 85 mph.
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Old 04-16-2008, 07:22 AM
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TDI in to clean the EGR out.
+1 for that one. I'd probably still rock one though. Make mine a wagon for the wife, and we're set. Camry's are pretty roomy inside. I like them too. But, living in the country, I can't see the advantage getting a hybrid. If I lived in the city though...

Speaking of EGR, I need to disconnect the one in my truck.
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Old 04-16-2008, 12:28 PM
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If you put a gun to my head I wouldn't buy a VW.

A cheap car is a cheap car, might as well buy a Toyota or Honda if you arn't going to get a good car. They don't break and you can get them cheap.

I was sitting in a $30k+, yes $30k+ Golf at the auto show. The interior was all plastic fantastic crap, just like on a crappy Dodge. Its a freaken angsty teen car, I felt like I needed a hoody and some Linkin Park, then off to HS I go. I was like wow for the kind of money they want for this POS you can buy a real adult car...like a BMW or MB. Or for half that you can buy a car thats cheap but priced where it should be, IE a Civic.
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Old 04-16-2008, 01:29 PM
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You can talk dirty all you want, but no other car for sale in the US comes close to the TDI's combination of performance and fuel economy. Mine has been trouble-free so far (other than my brake light switch going out).
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Old 04-16-2008, 01:49 PM
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The VW TDI, until the 2009 models arrive, is an 8 valve engine. It simply is amazing what that motor can do when tuned. (I know as I have one for sale)

There are other motors out there that are worth looking at as well. The VM Motori CRD found in the US 2005-2006 Jeep Liberty, a nice little 16v engine that gets 23-30 economy city-highway. Lots of towing power as well.

However, nothing is quite like a Mercedes-Benz diesel.
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Old 04-16-2008, 02:42 PM
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Serious MB weight reduction

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Heck... my old 83 300D gets almost that now. 27 and 30. I could take a cutting torch to it and probably reduce it weight and maybe achieve that. Thats a 25 year old car! Didn't the old Rabbit Diesel do better than that with old technology?
Maybe something like this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5MvVhNdemI&feature=related ~4:30
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVO1FXsBzHc ~2:30

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Old 04-16-2008, 03:58 PM
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Our TDI has not had the EGR plugging problem. Then again, it does get driven 80 miles a day. mainly highway driving.
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Old 04-16-2008, 09:07 PM
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You can talk dirty all you want, but no other car for sale in the US comes close to the TDI's combination of performance and fuel economy. Mine has been trouble-free so far (other than my brake light switch going out).
Well I hope it is trouble free at 37k, it is barely broken in. I just missed out on a '04 TDI before we bought the hybrid. If it was my daily driver I would have held out for a TDI, but it was for my wife. She loves the hybrid and you know how the saying goes, happy wife.................
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Old 04-16-2008, 09:25 PM
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Our TDI has not had the EGR plugging problem. Then again, it does get driven 80 miles a day. mainly highway driving.
I think it takes more than 30,000 for them to plug up. The ones I've seen have been closer to 60k AFAIR. You may not have a problem with that many highway miles. I hope your TDI is trouble free as long as you own it. It pains me that MB and VW have such lousy reliability with their new cars.
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Well I hope it is trouble free at 37k, it is barely broken in. I just missed out on a '04 TDI before we bought the hybrid. If it was my daily driver I would have held out for a TDI, but it was for my wife. She loves the hybrid and you know how the saying goes, happy wife.................
The Honda hybrids aren't bad, I had an '03 Civic Hybrid before my TDI. Other than the software bug that would occasionally cause the engine to auto-shut off at the wrong moments and the narrow front seats that were squeezing my shoulders together, it was a good car, but I like the TDI a lot more. The mileage is about the same (maybe 1-2 mpg less) but the torque is much better and the front seats are much more comfortable. The 5-speed manual tranny also seems smoother than what I remember in the Civic.
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Old 04-17-2008, 01:10 PM
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I think it takes more than 30,000 for them to plug up. The ones I've seen have been closer to 60k AFAIR. You may not have a problem with that many highway miles. I hope your TDI is trouble free as long as you own it. It pains me that MB and VW have such lousy reliability with their new cars.
I haven't had my TDI long enough yet, but I think the EGR-plugging problem is related to lack of highway/spirited driving and maybe lack of cetane additives. I don't expect to have this problem but I know it happens to people occasionally.

I don't think MB and VW new cars have lousy reliability. I've read the consumer reviews on Edmunds and most people have given the CDI and Bluetec 10/10 and they absolutely love the cars.
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