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Old 05-22-2015, 01:13 PM
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We have a 2005 2.0PD TDI. It's been a good car for us, but the FWD Passats are a PITA on CV joints. Blame the front suspension on that.

But the car is great on long trips. I can provide your with a laundry list of things to keep your eye on, John. Don't even get me started on the door panels though. I hope whomever at VW designed those is now washing toilets in a maximum security prison right now.
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Old 05-22-2015, 01:18 PM
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180k on a B5.5. One set of cv's. And I drove it like it was hot.

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Old 05-22-2015, 01:24 PM
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Always focused on being the peoples car, looks good, cheap to fix, easy to repair. Until you come to the US and pay import taxes on parts and "european skilled mechanic" labor at which point you are driving the ford of europe with the maintenance costs of a bmw.

Any company that sells you a car without a transmission dipstick because "the fluid is good for the life of the car" and then in the fine print says that the life of the car is defined as the life of the warranty, which is 4 years, should be considered HIGHLY SUSPECT.
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Old 05-22-2015, 01:33 PM
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Any company that sells you a car without a transmission dipstick because "the fluid is good for the life of the car" and then in the fine print says that the life of the car is defined as the life of the warranty, which is 4 years, should be considered HIGHLY SUSPECT.
Well you need to include Mercedes in this also. They've been selling Mercedes with no transmission dipstick for a few years now....
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Old 05-22-2015, 01:35 PM
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Well you need to include Mercedes in this also. They've been selling Mercedes with no transmission dipstick for a few years now....
Are they saying the fluid is good for the life of the car?
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Old 05-22-2015, 01:46 PM
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Are they saying the fluid is good for the life of the car?
Well yes. Originally the w210 had the filled for life. Many models to up to today doesn't even have a trans fluid change interval in the maintenance schedule.



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Old 05-22-2015, 02:11 PM
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To be fair, all .6s have a dipstick tube, the VW autos simply don't have a dipstick or tube, just a fill plug which you on some models had to puncture to use, then buy a new plug once you'd filled the trans.
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Old 05-22-2015, 02:17 PM
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Slightly off topic, but any reason you didn't just get a Buick with a 3800?
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Old 05-22-2015, 02:54 PM
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To be fair, all .6s have a dipstick tube, the VW autos simply don't have a dipstick or tube, just a fill plug which you on some models had to puncture to use, then buy a new plug once you'd filled the trans.
That was just the beginning of the end of the dipstick for Mercedes.. how about them removing the dipstick on the engine oil side. Lots of their models don't have a dipstick since 2000. (You have to rely on the electronic display for low levels)
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The more I read about these (VW) cars and fixing them when they break - the more I know I'll never buy or own one.
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Old 05-22-2015, 03:58 PM
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Always focused on being the peoples car, looks good, cheap to fix, easy to repair. Until you come to the US and pay import taxes on parts and "european skilled mechanic" labor at which point you are driving the ford of europe with the maintenance costs of a bmw.
This forum really needs to get with the ages, I would love LOVE to see a like button on here
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The more I read about these (VW) cars and fixing them when they break - the more I know I'll never buy or own one.
Yeah I was thinking about a Jetta TDI until I started doing research...
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Yeah I was thinking about a Jetta TDI until I started doing research...
The relatively lower-cost to get in a new or used TDI has a parade of cheering MB-diesel defectors, I've noticed too. The "45 mpg+" and low price has the lenses of rose coloured glasses on some.
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Just like mercedes, the vws have their strong and weak points. Personally i find them very comparable in reliability at half the price tag.

One thing for sure, the mercedes FSM has nothing on the bentley manual that can be had for any vw year and chassis.

I reduced my mk2 to a pile of parts and back again easily with the bentley. Did the same with a mk4 as well, which i consider a great car.
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The relatively lower-cost to get in a new or used TDI has a parade of cheering MB-diesel defectors, I've noticed too. The "45 mpg+" and low price has the lenses of rose coloured glasses on some.

Ever owned one? We logged over 50mpg highway for over a decade on our mk4. Still going strong edging 300k.


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