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Old January 22nd, 2017, 06:29   #11
Pat Dolan
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Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Martensville, SK
Fuel Economy: 800km/1100km/tank
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I have been driving VW diesels since 1976. Our current MkIV may well be our last VW ever (kids driving B6 gasser wagon and B7 TDI). Just spent last summer's spare time dealing with the horrendous screw-up of the TSI (timing chain skipped, crashed valves). No diesel, no manual, no AWD but most of all NO B7 Variant with actual cargo space means I am pretty much done with VW. Oh...and no T5 diesel either.

If GM wants to step in to fill that void, I will probably go there. My farm chore truck is an ancient ('97) 6.5TD, and it has been almost zero anything except for service and the odd broken trim piece, door handle and oil cooler line for 10 years. HORRIBLE fuel mileage, but tolerates my alternative fuels very well. We have a fleet of GM pickups at one place I work, and while not perfect, they are able to do what no VW could ever do any more - stay on the road at minimal cost. I have a fleet of Ram pickups and 4500/5500s in the US, and similar to the GMs up here, not perfect, but in no way full of the massive compromises of truly incompetent engineering that VW has come to represent with every new design of engine or vehicle.

In case you think I am Yankee biased: I have been a VW mechanic and VW dealer decades back, and owned, played with, restored and raced pretty much nothing but VWs for the last 50 years. It takes a lot for VW to have pissed me off enough to finally walk away, but by withdrawing the last bit of desirable product offering (diesels) they have finally done it.
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A4=2003 TDI Variant, A3=Golf CL, A2=2x1.6 Jetta TDs, Golf Syncro Country, A1=Scirocco Mk1 & 16v, Audi 5000TD, Porsche 924/M471 and a bunch of diesel trucks.

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