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Old May 15th, 2017, 14:03   #1246
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When you defend VW for being so stupid as to actually program in an emissions cheat, get caught, and admit it, only to have to replay the whole scenario a few months later with a different engine, or two, or three....
Guilty as charged.

You know you're obsessed when after you defend VW, and go through a buy-back, you search for and buy the last 3 New 2015 TDI's in your state in 2017 and dont think twice about doing it.
(yep, I did that last week). Passat, Beetle Convetible and Golf Sportwagen.

Personal note: I can't believe this thread is getting semi-regular updates after so long. I've not checked it in a few years. When I wrote it late one night in 2003, I thought I'd put together some of the more common ALH TDI-ism's that I kept reading over and over. Glad to see the TDI community has kept growing over the years.

I'm sure VW will weather the diesel storm, and will have learned from it. We may have a few years without diesels, but that happened in the mid-90's, and again briefly in 2005-2006 for a short while.

Hang tough TDI folks. It'll get better.
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Old May 15th, 2017, 15:27   #1247
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You know you're obsessed when....you keep track of how many years you've been owning and driving diesel cars and kept track of how many miles logged in them.

TODAY marks the 15th anniversary of me getting my first DIESEL car. I got my 2002 VW Golf GLS TDI 15 years ago today! Drove it off the dealer's lot with 14 miles on the odometer. Sold it at only 361k miles in 2010 to a coworker whose son needed a car for college. The car is still on the road today in the hands of the second owner with over 400k miles on the odometer.

I've logged over 800k miles in diesel cars since first getting the 02 Golf TDI on 5/15/2002. I've owned a few more diesel cars along the way. There is absolutely no way I'm ever going back to gasoline again if I can help it. Absolutely no more gassers! VW's dieselgate scandal has strengthened my resolve to continue to own and drive only diesel vehicles. What's changed since the scandal is future diesel cars I own won't be from VW. I had already moved away from VW TDIs to BMW Advanced Diesel before the Dieselgate scandal erupted. If I someday add another diesel vehicle to my all diesel fleet, it likely will be a diesel pickup truck. The diesel pickup truck market does not appear to be threatened at all and is expanding.
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Old May 15th, 2017, 16:28   #1248
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David, I'm about a week ahead of you. I just checked and I picked up IBW on May 9, 2002. Since then I've bought 12 TDIs for me and my kids, we've wrecked two of them, (one repaired) and I've driven about half a million miles in VW TDIs, most of it in IBW. And I bought IDParts and changed careers 11 years ago. So I guess I'm obsessed.
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Old August 28th, 2017, 07:51   #1249
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You dig back through old threads looking for something specific and feel the need to bring this one to the front instead.
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Old September 6th, 2017, 19:30   #1250
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You freaking guys make me feel like a TDI amateur, which I am . 🤓
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Old April 28th, 2018, 20:22   #1251
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This thread has existed since 2003.
I know it's not as popular largely due to most of the stuff being ALH-era specific. But it's still pretty cool looking at this thinking when I wrote this I was in my mid-30's and had 3 young kids. Now the kids are mostly grown, and one has had my first grandchild.

The TDI club has come a long way since the early days. We've gained and lost a fair number of people. Some through changes in their taste in cars, others through changes in life.

You've all been a pretty cool bunch of folks.
In spite of the ups and downs of diesel Vw's, even during the "dark years" during the early 90's when NO diesel VW's were available in the US and now with the dieselgate issue, I have no doubt that VW will once again have TDI's or some form of diesel engine in the mix for North America soon enough.

Here's to the past 15 years that this thread has been around.
And to the next 15.
Cheers.
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Old April 28th, 2018, 20:33   #1252
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This thread has existed since 2003.
I know it's not as popular largely due to most of the stuff being ALH-era specific. But it's still pretty cool looking at this thinking when I wrote this I was in my mid-30's and had 3 young kids. Now the kids are mostly grown, and one has had my first grandchild.

The TDI club has come a long way since the early days. We've gained and lost a fair number of people. Some through changes in their taste in cars, others through changes in life.

You've all been a pretty cool bunch of folks.
In spite of the ups and downs of diesel Vw's, even during the "dark years" during the early 90's when NO diesel VW's were available in the US and now with the dieselgate issue, I have no doubt that VW will once again have TDI's or some form of diesel engine in the mix for North America soon enough.

Here's to the past 15 years that this thread has been around.
And to the next 15.
Cheers.
You know you're obsessed when, after owning 2 Jetta Tdi's, one very much a problem child that nearly induced bankruptcy, you buy a BMW 335d, an even MORE niche car, which promptly craps all of its emissions hardware causing untold headaches--and you respond by putting it up on blocks for 5 MONTHS, commuting to work by (Italian Aprilia) motorcycle, while the d's entire exhaust, intercooler, and tune are replaced with well engineered units (not designed by idiots). And THIS, even after all the World Wide Diesel Doom & Gloom (TM) convinced the whole world that diesels were designed by Satan hisself to cause world implosion.

Is that obsessed enough?
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Old April 28th, 2018, 22:09   #1253
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Some might consider the logic behind putting a deluxe timing belt kit, new brakes, new clutch and rebuilt cylinder head into an almost 15-year-old Golf with over 600k miles in the last 15 months, since I started a different courier job.

But with a total cost of ownership -- maintenance, repairs, fuel and insurance -- of 21.7 cents a mile, when the IRS lets me deduct 53.5 cents a mile, it seems pretty sensible to me.

If I do have an obsession, it's making the decision to drive it for five more years -- aiming for the Million Mile Marker. After that, who knows?
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Old April 29th, 2018, 08:08   #1254
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You know you're obsessed when you go test drive a bought back NMS Passat because it's a manual and you don't know if you'll ever see another. And you feel you can't reveal how many TDIs you have to the salesman because he'll think you're over the edge to be looking at another.
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Old April 29th, 2018, 09:25   #1255
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And you didn't buy it?? Rotflmao!!
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Old April 29th, 2018, 11:19   #1256
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You know you're obsessed when you go test drive a bought back NMS Passat because it's a manual and you don't know if you'll ever see another. And you feel you can't reveal how many TDIs you have to the salesman because he'll think you're over the edge to be looking at another.
Sooooo when do you take delivery?
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Old April 29th, 2018, 16:43   #1257
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Sadly (or not) someone who test drove it just before me called and put down a deposit when I was en route to the dealer. Dodged a bullet. And when I drove the 335d this morning I realized I like that a lot better than the NMS. If I bought the Passat the BMW would have to go. There is a limit.
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Old April 29th, 2018, 19:36   #1258
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You know you're obsessed when you go test drive a bought back NMS Passat because it's a manual and you don't know if you'll ever see another. And you feel you can't reveal how many TDIs you have to the salesman because he'll think you're over the edge to be looking at another.

I could have written that. LOL.

Right now I have 4 2015 TDI's. Bought largely for the same reason. I dont know how long it will be before we see another new one, and I'm not willing to take the chance.

Our house has 2 drivers.

By the way, if you'd like, I have a 2015 Beetle Convertible for sale.
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Old April 29th, 2018, 19:39   #1259
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Some might consider the logic behind putting a deluxe timing belt kit, new brakes, new clutch and rebuilt cylinder head into an almost 15-year-old Golf with over 600k miles in the last 15 months, since I started a different courier job.

But with a total cost of ownership -- maintenance, repairs, fuel and insurance -- of 21.7 cents a mile, when the IRS lets me deduct 53.5 cents a mile, it seems pretty sensible to me.

If I do have an obsession, it's making the decision to drive it for five more years -- aiming for the Million Mile Marker. After that, who knows?
A million miles is quite possible.
I got to about 625,000 on a 1989 Diesel Jetta with no head work. It would have made at least 750,000 before a head rebuild, except a Buick running a light caused just enough damage to total the car.
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Old April 30th, 2018, 04:42   #1260
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I could have written that. LOL.
Right now I have 4 2015 TDI's. Bought largely for the same reason. I dont know how long it will be before we see another new one, and I'm not willing to take the chance.
Our house has 2 drivers.
By the way, if you'd like, I have a 2015 Beetle Convertible for sale.
The one I didn't tell the sales guy about was the '15 GSW sitting in my garage with 8K on it. Between it and the other three TDIs I own I could easily never buy another car, accidents notwithstanding. But that doesn't keep me from shopping.
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