Thread: Big turbo mk7s?
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Old December 10th, 2018, 11:57   #1
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Location: bowmanville ON
TDI(s): 04 Golf TDI
Fuel Economy: 1100 km tanks, generally
Default Big turbo mk7s?

Just curious here. I've got a 2016 GTI with PP and a BMS tuning box a couple years back. It was as fast out of the box as my modded TDI, and with the tune.... well, it's not close. I still have my Silver BEW, now my winter ride, named Hilda.

Some mods have gone better than others over the years, my steel oil pan and skid plate combined with Shine Racing springs, Slightly taller tires, Curpa mounts and Koni FSDs make this car tough to beat in the snow, and I've taken it places that a small FWD hatchback has absolutely no business being.

As time's gone on Hilda's getting to the point where fixes aren't sticking (hatch door fixed and then refailed in under a year, rear wiper and sprayers replaced and failed, serpentine belt was replaced and squawking at me again in under a year, VW's warranty rust paint in less than a year had 3x the stone chips that the original 12 year old paint, a very slow leak of coolant over the summer left me with a nearly completely locked shifter and almost an immobile car...)

I'm wondering how many more great years I'll get from the diesel, and if I'm not just better off letting someone with more time, youth and lower expectations enjoy those years.

The thing is, I just know that the GTI would be way worse in the winter, and while it's pretty good fuel economy when you keep your foot out of it.... well.... I just generally don't keep my foot out of it. Driving a modded TDI broke my expectations a bit....

So the question becomes this: While they're still fairly new cars, am I better to get a 2015 TDI, probably Wagon, and mod it to where I would choose those keys rather than my GTI? Could one even get a 2015 that point?

I'm not having any luck finding anyone with a North American 2015 with a big turbo on it who has done any dyno days or quarter mile runs (or fuel economy tracking either) Are there any examples?

(I also almost wonder if the price of diesel is negating the savings at the pump..... but that's another discussion altogether.... oh, how I miss the first couple years of TDI ownership for me- diesel was SOOO cheap)

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