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Old December 7th, 2004, 13:18   #61
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There is currently no "good" fix for the EGR/sticky soot problem on the PDs. The EGR Vag-Com adaptation will not work on PDs. A lot of people have just unplugged their EGR and live with a CEL, but then you would not know if something was truly wrong with your engine. In time, I'm sure someone will come up with a mod that works well.
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Old December 13th, 2004, 18:20   #62
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Hello!
New poster here.
I'm about to buy a 96 Passat and i'm curious about a few things. Various people (who probably think they know what they're talking about) have cautioned me against a Diesel car, but i'm out to prove them wrong.
One myth i already corrected was my mother's concern that the diesel would "gel up" in the winter. From reading the information on the site, i've learned that this is not true at all. Hooray! (also- i live in VA. Not exactly hardcore winters down here)

And the other thing was this:
My drive to work everyday is only 2 miles one way. (One would think i'd walk to work...but the 2 miles happens to be up over a mountain.) Will the short distance drive every morning and evening not allow the car to "warm up" and in turn be damaging the vehicle? Will it affect the car at all? It seems stupid, but i was cautioned about it and i can't seem to find any information on the subject.

If anyone would like to talk on AIM: my screen name is wecantaffordthat
I would love to talk to someone who could answer my dumb questions and maybe chat it up.

THANKS!
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Old December 13th, 2004, 18:39   #63
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Hi, Suzie, I would bet that 2 miles up and down a mountain would be sufficient to warm the car up. I drive my 2005 Passat TDI 18 miles each way to work every day, and it only takes me about a mile to a mile and a half of driving 55-65 MPH to warm it up to operating temp. That's on the really cold days (zero degrees Fahrenheit)

The B4 Passat TDI is a great car, I think you'll really like it!

Nick
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Old December 13th, 2004, 19:36   #64
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I love my 97 passat tdi.

Your commute will be what it is - the car will deal. You may have to do some things earlier (in miles) than others would, but probably not more in actual time. You may do things in a year that those going twice your mileage would do in a year (10K vs 20K for fuel filters, etc). If you're putting the engine under load at 2200-2500+ rpms mostly, you may not have much clogging at all. Try to avoid under 2000rpm - shift for the drive.

I'd do it. But the passat is the easiest car I've ever driven for 7 hours at a time.

I'd take it easy until the temp gets up to 3 bars, but it should't take long going up gravity. You may not get 40mpg either.
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Old December 27th, 2004, 11:57   #65
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I have a 2000 tdi beetle 1.9L with the check engine light on the code is P0380 the glow plugs ohm out good. Where is the relay at? any help would be apprecited.

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Old December 27th, 2004, 15:35   #66
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Steve,

I wish I could help you out. I'm not familiar with the 2000 tdi's. I have a later model. One of our other fellow members will definitely chime in and help you. There are a lot of experts for these cars on this site. Good luck.
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Old December 27th, 2004, 16:13   #67
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I have owned 9 Diesel cars since 1981. I presently owned 3
1984 Mercedes 300D with 254,000 miles a great car!!
A 96 Passat TDI with 93,000 miles also a great car!! I also owned a 97 Passat TDI for 5 years before that and that was a wonderful car!!
I also own a 2004 Passat TDI with 14,000 miles and I love it!!
Buy the Passat TDI you won't be sorry!!
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Old December 28th, 2004, 00:11   #68
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Quote:
I have a 2000 tdi beetle 1.9L with the check engine light on the code is P0380 the glow plugs ohm out good. Where is the relay at? any help would be apprecited.

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Have a look at this link. It could help solve your problems. Wingnut's "How to's"
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Old December 28th, 2004, 07:25   #69
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In addition, test your battery. I own a 2000 Jetta TDI that had the same problem. It turned out to be the battery going bad.
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Old December 30th, 2004, 21:31   #70
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Hi Everyone,

Merry Christmas and a Happy New year!!!

Question: I have a 2001 Jetti TDI and it has about 103,000 km's on it. I just had to replace a glowplug as it "quit" on me. How often should glowplugs last and/or when should they be changed?

Thanks
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Old December 30th, 2004, 22:41   #71
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Glow plugs last as long as they last, and change them as required. One plug in 103k kms isn't too bad IMO. Some recommend changing the whole set when one goes, but personally, I'd keep the three others handy and wait until they fail.
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Old December 31st, 2004, 15:05   #72
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Thanks for all data for us newbies. Didn't know about minimum revs between shifts to keep the turbo happy til I read it here.
The info and encouragement on this forum helped in my decision to buy (yesterday) a lot.
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Old January 5th, 2005, 12:09   #73
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Rustynuts: thanks for the info. I figure to wait anyways as the cost of one glow plug is expensive. I bought one for $55 (Canadian). Thanks for your help.

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Old January 6th, 2005, 06:48   #74
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I got the Passat! After a few days of learning stick and driving 10 hours from NY to VA- i'm in love! Thanks the advice!
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Old January 12th, 2005, 17:14   #75
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Does anyone know if I can I save the results of a search so I can revisit later?
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