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VW MKIV-A4 TDIs (VE and PD) This is a general discussion about A4/MkIV Jetta (99.5-~2005), Golf(99.5-2006), and New Beetle(98-2006). Both VE and PD engines are covered here.

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Old June 13th, 2018, 19:23   #1
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What is this guy talking about? Well I have owned two mkIV Jetta TDI's and I recently purchased a 2003 gasoline V6 Passat for use as my company car. It is clean, runs great, I lowered it a little bit with new struts and springs, etc. It looks good but I can't stand the fuel mileage because my commute is one hour each way to and from work. Before I get too far here is my gasoline V6 Passat:



So I started looking for another TDI and found this little gem about an hour away from me. Yes it's an automatic and a little rough right now but I am going to replace the headlights and do a thorough clean on the girl to get it looking better. Car has 220k miles on it, runs great, starts great, shifts normal (shocking, I know), etc.
But I am posting to let you guys know that the diesel lifestyle is hard to get away from. I left for a short while but now I'm super happy to be back! 22 mpg sucks when you're used to 45+ mpg. And I miss grabbing that green diesel pump at the fuel stations, haha.

Here is a picture of the car I took today when I got back to the shop before I had to switch cars and drive the Passat home until I get Tax/Title/Tag done on the Jetta:


PS: Yes I already ordered new headlights. Also I know you guys are curious - I paid $1,600 for the car with a clean title and rust free.
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Old June 13th, 2018, 20:26   #2
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You could always sell the Passat to finance a manual swap for the TDI
That's a nice find for 1600!
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Old June 14th, 2018, 10:18   #3
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You won't be getting 45+ mpg but even 38 or so will be a big improvement!
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Old June 14th, 2018, 10:49   #4
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You won't be getting 45+ mpg but even 38 or so will be a big improvement!

Say what now? 2004 Jetta with 372k km (231k mi) and I seem to be averaging 42.4mpg.


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Old June 14th, 2018, 10:57   #5
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Say what now? 2004 Jetta with 372k km (231k mi) and I seem to be averaging 42.4mpg.
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Different engine, different transmission. The ALH/01M seldom exceeds 38 or so although the OP didn't specify the year.
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Old June 14th, 2018, 11:01   #6
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If you are enthused you might consider a manual transmission swap.
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Old June 14th, 2018, 17:46   #7
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headlights nah!
i have great success with 3m kit
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Old June 15th, 2018, 07:51   #8
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Thanks guys. Sorry to not have mentioned it but the Jetta Wagon TDI is a 2003. I'm leaving in a few minutes to do tax/tag/title on it and then bring it home for a MAJOR cleaning session.
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Old July 12th, 2018, 12:40   #9
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You make me remember the days when I first switched from a 2003 GMC Envoy to my 2002 Jetta TDI. I practically cried when my first tank was 385 miles, then the next was 450 miles, then I got it up to 500 on the third tank. I manual swapped it a year later due to torque converter failing, then the joy returned once again.

Manual swap that thing!
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Old July 15th, 2018, 04:49   #10
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I really miss that, too, on anything other than my Jetta -- REALLY hate having to stop for fuel every 300 miles or so! My '05 BEW will push 800 on a tankful.
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