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Old February 21st, 2005, 13:12   #36
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Default Re: Breaking News: New VAG 504.00 & 507.00 standa

It seems that what Dan wants is an OHV diesel engine with timing gears that can run on any oil. Turbocharging is probably out as well since it adds complexity and more parts to potentially brake.

I agree that such an engine would probably have incredible longevity and cheap & easy maintenance. What it wouldn't have, however, is the power & refinement of a modern TDI, and its emissions would be atrocious.

I bought my TDI for economy, longevity, and performance, like it says at the top of the page. To get all three you need high-quality parts, fuel, and lubricants. I know that 505.01 isn't as easy to get in North America as it should be, so I always carry a spare liter with me in the car. It's not that hard, really. The benefits of the modern TDI are more than worth it.
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