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Old October 7th, 2004, 09:38   #46
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Yeah sorry I forgot to mention itís a 2005 so it is a PD engine. Thanks very much for the input on the Glow plugs nicklockard. Also thanks for the STL area info cram51, I send you a PM too. Thanks for welcoming me to the wonderful TDI world.
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Old October 27th, 2004, 11:19   #47
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Hello all! I am new to te TDI world. I am considering a purchase of a VW TDI for a number of reasons. First and foremost, I would like to have a car which is reliable and which boasts much higher fuel economy than standard gasoline engine cars. Secondly, I have a very good source of biodiesel close to my house (Portland, OR) and would like to take advantage of this cleaner/environmentally friendly source of fuel. Could I get some advice from you all? In looking at Consumer Reports I saw that VWTDI's from '98-'02 have really low reliability ratings and that '03 was middle of the road. I'm thinking of buying new ('05) or an '04. So my questions are these:

1. What is the reliability of the newer TDI (passat, in particular); is this a much overhauled and refiined car from the 90s? Is Consumer Reports correct in their assessment and are things getting better?

2. What do folks know about running a new vehicle on biodiesel? Are the constraints in terms of break-in period the same? Any reasons not to use this fuel source?

3. In terms of upgrading the take-off speed with the "chip" (read about on TDI), any constraints and/or as much need with the newer models?

Thanks for your insights.
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Old October 30th, 2004, 21:19   #48
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1. Reliability: I don't want to scare you, but the 04s and 05s are a newer engine, so there isn't a whole lot of time on the engines or cars yet to determine what the reliability is. From this standpoint, the 2003s are almost ideal because they are basically the same as the 1999-2003, with some refinement. Overall, I believe there has been a huge improvement in the quality of VWs.

2. Check the biodiesel forum. Don't let people scare you. Plenty of people run biodiesel with no problems.

3. Chipping is up to you. Depends on what you want out of the car. If you like having the quick acceleration, go for it. If you are normal driver it probably isn't needed.
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Old November 2nd, 2004, 11:19   #49
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It would be nice if this Buying a Used TDI Engine Car FAQ were put in the TDI FAQ:

http://forums.tdiclub.com/showflat.p...ev=#Post710113

Also, the "oil" section of the TDI FAQ needs updating to reflect the VW 505.01 rating needed for many recent TDI engines. Also, since there are some European readers and posters, it should mention what VW 506.00, 506.01, etc. ratings are for.
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Old November 11th, 2004, 19:29   #50
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Thanks for the tip on that "How to buy" FAQ, but i can't seem to make the link work for me at all. Nothing comes up on a search, either . . 'lil help? many thanks.
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Old November 13th, 2004, 01:47   #51
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Hello , This is my first post and sorry if I have entered this in the wrong area , or section . The urgent problem I have is with the steering lock jammed on my 1999 vw passat Tdi . Its a r/h drive (im located in the uk ). The doors open with the key button and the key fits in the steering lock but( failed this morning 5.30 am ), 1st time ever to turn at all . Can anyone help me ? is there some sort of code or signal sent from the key or is it just a mechanical key / steering lock problem ? . Have read with interest before from this site but never asked a question . Any reply would be gratefully received .Usually
moving the steering wheel at the same time as turning the key frees everything , but this time the key refuses to turn at all . Thanks for any help .
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Old November 14th, 2004, 18:45   #52
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Quote:
Thanks for the tip on that "How to buy" FAQ, but i can't seem to make the link work for me at all. Nothing comes up on a search, either . . 'lil help? many thanks.
Try this link:

http://forums.tdiclub.com/showflat.php?Number=710113
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Old November 14th, 2004, 18:58   #53
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I am a newbie. I wish I knew of this site when I bought my 2005 jetta GLS wagon TDI. I heard nothing from dealer about break in period other than 5000 mile oil change & only VW oil only on the new 1.9. I have 1037 miles on car. Washed it today & went to drive it & engine light stays on. Oil OK. No water around engine. Any ideas?!?
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Old November 15th, 2004, 07:07   #54
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You're under warrenty, so I'd suggest taking it to the dealer.
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Old November 18th, 2004, 12:30   #55
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Howdy! I don't have a TDi yet, but I'm actively looking. My new wife and I wanted something that gets great gas mileage. I managed to convince her to look at a VW Golf TDi. She liked some of the features - the peppiness and especially the telescoping steering wheel.
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Old November 18th, 2004, 14:55   #56
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Welcome ewolf. If you're looking to buy a new car test drive all the models. And if you can wait a bit the new Jetta will be out early next year. That's just a couple of months from now!
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Old November 19th, 2004, 08:01   #57
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Again, welcome ewolf. I agree with the comment preceeding me. Test drive a lot of models. The new Jetta would be worth a look also if your not in too big of a hurry. The more I look at that car, the more it grows on me. Seems to be a lot more roomy that the current Jetta.......don't get me wrong, I love my TDI I really think you will love one also!
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Old December 3rd, 2004, 10:33   #58
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hello

already introduced myself in the euro section

27 year old lad from Blighty (UK) across the pond from ya'll.

In the south east region of the country about 30 miles north of London.

Driving a 2001 model facelift passat SE TDi saloon in blue
what can i say----top car!

*Started with a citroen saxo (saxosportsclub forum)
*a BMW 4 cylinder (pah!) 316i se saloon (bmwclubgb and bmwland forums)
*A grey import Lexus IS200 from japan (toyota altezza (lexus ownersclub forum)

And now here. I think i'll stay for a bit.
Nice passat, currently no probmlems, no niggles whatsoever.

Cheers

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Old December 7th, 2004, 11:05   #59
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Question about the EGR mod.

Is the mod using VAG-COM as described in the TDI 101 section the same for the new PD engine as it is for pre PD engines??

Thanks

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Old December 7th, 2004, 13:07   #60
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As far as I know it's for pre PD engines.
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