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Old May 31st, 2017, 08:11   #391
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Unless I have my VW buyback money in the account, that would never be a problem for me! I have the debit card linked only to checking. That limits what someone can raid through the debit card.
No, you misunderstood what I meant. While CURRENT law only mentions travelers checks, currency and money orders, today a debit card has the same power of the travelers checks & money orders. So I was wondering if the government might add debit cards to the reporting requirement if the bank account your debit card is linked has over $10,000 in it. Of course, how could they know without requiring you to plug the debit card into a reader?
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Old May 31st, 2017, 08:13   #392
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I understood, I was just trying to be funny and point out that the $10,000 reporting limit for most people would not be an issue anyway.
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Old May 31st, 2017, 08:19   #393
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I understood, I was just trying to be funny and point out that the $10,000 reporting limit for most people would not be an issue anyway.
But it is a CUMULATIVE amount, so it would be possible. I would only report what I had that is only denominated in US dollars and not say anything about foreign currency.
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Old May 31st, 2017, 09:04   #394
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The reason they care about cash is there is no electronic record of it. The concern is not that one might have access to large amounts of money, it is that one might bring large amounts of cash through the border in an attempt to avoid money laundering laws.

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Old September 13th, 2017, 06:33   #395
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Took my LAST road trip in the Passat TDI over the holiday weekend. Detroit to Sturgeon Bay WI. Took the north route. 590 miles one way. Left with under a full tank. Arrived, drove around a bit the 3 days we were there. Filled up before we left, drove back and still had between a 1/4 and half tank (more to the half. Drove speeds up to 85 (speed is 75mph on I-75 in Michigan most of the way to the Mackinaw bridge. Figured out to be getting high 50's MPG. But next Thursday, it's all over. Paper work completed, car going to dealer. 27k return. Done with VW. :-(
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Old September 28th, 2017, 22:51   #396
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I recently drove from the San Francisco Bay Area to Boston suburbs for a new job. I just had the emissions modification performed, and I averaged 40mpg (according to the MFD) going 80-90mph. I drove though Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Ontario, NY, and finally Mass. Total mileage was about 3400 miles. My car is lowered on Neuspeed Race and KONI Yellow, and there's about 1.2 - 1.4 degrees of negative camber in the front. However, for some reason these highway miles REALLY chewed up the inner tread, and going through Iowa I could really hear the tires making a lot of noise.

This was a great trip, and the JSW performed very nicely. There was some noticeable decrease in power going through the Rockies on I-70, but the car maintained speed by downshifting to 5th. The seat didn't fatigue me, and I wasn't that worn out at the end of each day. Very quiet on the roads.
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Old November 22nd, 2017, 15:19   #397
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Well I just did my annual drive into Mexico which is 3,000 miles one way.
Only once did I go up into the 80 Mph + and that was on a toll road to bypass Austin and San Antonio in Texas which has a 85 Mph limit. The rest of the drive was usually about 70 Mph.

My average for the trip in real life measuring was around 40 Mpg, not like the previous to me poster who is dreaming of 80-90 Mph and 40 Mpg.
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Old February 11th, 2018, 14:17   #398
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My wife and I took our two younger kids on a trip out west last June. We mostly camped a KOA campgrounds, we left central Indiana and stopped for the first night just outside of Kansas City. The next day we headed to Limon Colorado, Kansas is a long and boring drive. We camped in Limon for three nights, the first full day we went to Colorado Springs and the garden of the gods and Pikes peak. The second day we visited Denver, next morning we drove north thru Denver and the Rockies, that was some beautiful scenery. We ended that day in Green River Utah where we stayed for another three nights. The first day we went to Moab where we rented a Jeep and hit some trails, the second day we spent at Arches National Park, on a side note, my son had just finished up his fourth grade school year and in the US all fourth graders are entitled to a free national park pass, this was very convenient. The next day we headed to Hurricane Utah where we spent the afternoon hiking the narrows at Zion National Park. We just stayed there the one night, the next day we headed to Nevada and made a couple passes through the Vegas strip and then headed to the Hoover Dam, and finished of that day of driving in Williams Arizona, where we stayed for another three nights. We spent two days at the Grand Canyon. After that we headed to Albuquerque with stops in Winslow AZ so I could get my picture taken standing on the corner, my wife thought I was ridiculous until we got there and she saw all of the other people doing the same thing. We also stopped at the petrified Forrest. We stayed one night in Albuquerque and it was our last night camping, there weren’t any KOAs that were convenient for the trip home. We stayed a night in Amarillo, and stopped at the Cadillac ranch on the way. The next day we headed to Tulsa with a stop in Shamrock Texas where the gas station in the movie Cars is modeled after, it’s a really neat old building with Tesla charging stations around back. We stayed the night in Tulsa and the next morning we went and checked out the Center of the Universe and then the Blue Whale of Catoosa, we ended that day in Sikeston MO with a dinner at Lambert’s cafe. The next morning we headed home. About 4000 miles in sixteen days, all while living out of my wife’s 2004 Honda Pilot. It was a great adventure, hoping the get two weeks vacation during the summer again in the next few years and head north west.
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Old April 2nd, 2018, 14:39   #399
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Returned from a trip from Grand Prairie TX to Port Canaveral FL (stops in Covington LA and Jacksonville FL) to Orlando FL and back home (stopped in Tallahassee FL). ~2700 miles, averaged 60 MPH (75% hwy) and got ~43.5 MPG.
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Old April 3rd, 2018, 13:35   #400
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1414 miles round trip from my neighborhood to go visit my Mother in Arizona. I averaged 43 MPG both ways. Not quite what I had hoped, but the timing solenoid in my IP is iffy and wasn't holding the advance steady. Still not terrible for as fast as I was driving; 80-85 MPH plus most of the way.
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Old August 18th, 2018, 17:13   #401
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Tomorrow I am headed to my ranch in Colorado from West Texas. The trip is about 450 miles and I will drive my 2015 Jetta TDI. I will take real mpg measurements, and compare to the digital mpg display. The car has about 22k miles on it. Of course, I will post results here. Dave
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Old August 23rd, 2018, 05:42   #402
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North, from Lubbock, Texas to Canon City, CO 468 Miles. Measured mpg was 43.09 actual, 49.3 mpg indicated on display.

South, from Canon City, CO to Lubbock, Texas, 510 Miles. Measured mpg 43.78 actual, 50.9 mpg indicated on display.

I run on the highways about 5-7 mph over speed limit. In Texas and Colorado that makes for about 81 mph highway speeds. About 1/2 time I had the A/C on.

Totally pleased with the MPG.....just not the inaccurate display.
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Old August 23rd, 2018, 05:43   #403
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Old August 27th, 2018, 15:47   #404
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That's a very inaccurate display. Mine is only off by something between 1 and 2 mpg with the display always higher than reality. I'm told it can be adjusted, but never cared enough to try it.
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Old August 29th, 2018, 17:16   #405
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I used to have a 2003 VW New Beetle TDI with the 5 speed manual. I would make the same trip and "the best" I could do was about 46 mpg, and that was with the manual. I have always been curious how the TDI does at hiway speeds of around 65-70 mph. I don't have the patience out in this part if TX, NM, and CO to try it........
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