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Old September 19th, 2006, 07:25   #1
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Just wondering if there are any people in the Northern Indiana area that are on here? I have seen a few TDI driving around lately and wondering if anyone is in here?
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Old September 19th, 2006, 17:26   #2
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Am down by the Meijers store on SR 331
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Old September 19th, 2006, 18:26   #3
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Not far from you then. Over by Hums Elm. school. Just down the bypass (ElKhart direction) one exit.
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Old September 19th, 2006, 20:40   #4
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purdue in the fall, winter and spring. Chicago in the summer... so I drive through the region occasionally. Often enough to know that NW indiana is called the region
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Old September 20th, 2006, 16:57   #5
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Not far from you then. Over by Hums Elm. school. Just down the bypass (ElKhart direction) one exit.

Used to go by there during my working days
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Old September 20th, 2006, 17:00   #6
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Actually the South Bend/Mishawaka/Niles area is generally called Michiana - have never heard it referred to as "the region" at least by the natives here.

As you can see by my location I'm in the Michiana area too - on northwest side near US 31 bypass/SB airport. I almost never see any TDI's around here but know Gurley-Leep sells 'em - at least a few must be in the local area still! There's one more TDI'er down in Grovertown (west of Plymouth off US 30) so that's another area guy on these forums. If you ever travel north on US 31 (Cleveland Road exit) to Berrien Springs and up M-139 that's where you might sight me as that is my commuting route.
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Old September 21st, 2006, 08:12   #7
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"The Region" is loosely defined as:

Anywhere the grocery stores stock Old Style, and it regulary outsells Bud Light.

Mostly the NW corner of the state. South Bend usually is too far East to be included.

moondawg (lives in Madison, about as far away from "The Region" as you can get and still be in the state)
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Old September 21st, 2006, 16:27   #8
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Just wanted to add my name to the listing of northern Indiana people. Live in Rolling Prairie, tiny little town between South Bend and LaPorte. Drive a 2003 VW Golf TDI and am a rank amateur with all things mechanical--but am learning many good things from this website!
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Old September 21st, 2006, 16:52   #9
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Cool seems like there a few of us in the 'area'. I will keep my eye out for you. I have a package 1 shadow blue 06 Jetta. Should not have to mention that it is a TDI. I have Purdue plates on it, with the tdiclub frame.
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Old September 22nd, 2006, 14:40   #10
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If anyone is interested, I found a spot in South Bend / Mishawaka that sells Soy Diesel in B2. Let me know if you want to know where it is and I will try to give directions.
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Old September 23rd, 2006, 08:25   #11
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Cool seems like there a few of us in the 'area'.
So any chance we can meet up someplace at a restaurant to check each other's rides out and get to know each other in person? Be nice if we can get the ball rolling on a local GTG in NW Indiana in the future. Right now I attend Michigan GTG's as they are the closest and the Indy guys have been talking about a GTG since early summer but so far it hasn't happened.
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Old September 25th, 2006, 14:35   #12
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So any chance we can meet up someplace at a restaurant to check each other's rides out and get to know each other in person?
I would be up for that. Just out of curiosity, do any of you do your own work or do you dealer it?
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Old September 25th, 2006, 15:28   #13
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I'm a beginner, but I've done a few simple things: oil and filter change (with pela), cat 2 fuel filter install, rear brakes (pads and rotor), snow screen cleaning, air and cabin filter change, panzer skid plate install (with a huge assist from my mechanically-talented brother-in-law). I find the various "how to's" very helpful and the excellent videos produced by the CinciTDI folks are indispensable for someone fairly new to TDI upkeep. As far as the more challenging work--timing belt--I hope to find a "guru" willing to take on the job. I'm told that Greg (of Lubrication Specialists) in Greenfield, Indiana is the closest.

It'd be great to have a NW Indiana meeting!
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Old September 25th, 2006, 15:49   #14
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I would be up for that. Just out of curiosity, do any of you do your own work or do you dealer it?
Normal maintenance I do myself while major mods are done with help from a few good friends of mine. You'll understand if/when you get a look at my TDI.
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Old September 25th, 2006, 15:55   #15
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It'd be great to have a NW Indiana meeting!
So should we consider meeting at one of the joints along Grape Road or Main Street then? Guess a weeknight would work best (Wednesdays are out for me) - what do you guys think? If you have any suggestions on this please post same.

For the record I'm not fussy about what kind of food it is long as it's good. In case some of you are on a budget CiCi's on Grape would work well as it's a pizza buffet (about $6-7 with drink IIRC) - I know the Columbus TDI'ers have a monthly evening GTG at a CiCi's local to them which has worked good for them.
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