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Old July 16th, 2010, 13:02   #1
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Ok like the title says I'm about to go on a really long trip, what should I do or go over before I leave to prevent a major problem later on?
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Old July 19th, 2010, 15:41   #2
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if you taking I-80 watch out for cops in OH
and if you are going to speed through nebraska make sure you're doing it too fast for people to take down your plates or they will call you in"911" to report you on the road. even thought they dont seem to care that they are driving next to each other at same speed and not letting you pass.
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Old July 19th, 2010, 16:51   #3
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You have an '03 Jetta that gets 38 mpg. Your AT is the weak link, plan on it quitting at the worst possible time, other than that, plan on having to fuel up several times. Seriously, good luck.
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Old July 19th, 2010, 19:06   #4
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Give it a fresh oil change, a fuel filter wouldn't hurt either. Inspect belts and hoses. Check fluid levels. Carry a tire patch kit and a small compressor. Basic hand tools. Duct tape. Flash light. Fuses. A jug of water.

You should be good to go!
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Old July 19th, 2010, 23:01   #5
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You have an '03 Jetta that gets 38 mpg. Your AT is the weak link, plan on it quitting at the worst possible time, other than that, plan on having to fuel up several times. Seriously, good luck.

AT? what is that

the 38 is on a good tank with no highway driving, i live in rural CT so i tale all back roads, hills, turns, and i drive like i stole it. foot on the floor till 60 or 70 or on the brake but i do coast as much as i can. when i do more highway driving i get in the low 40s with 43 being the highest so far. roughly 180 highway miles
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Old July 19th, 2010, 23:03   #6
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You have an '03 Jetta that gets 38 mpg. Your AT is the weak link, plan on it quitting at the worst possible time, other than that, plan on having to fuel up several times. Seriously, good luck.

AT? what is that

the 38 is on a good tank with no highway driving, i live in rural CT so i take all back roads, hills, turns, and i drive like i stole it. foot on the floor till 60 or 70 or on the brake but i do coast as much as i can. when i do more highway driving i get in the low 40s with 43 being the highest so far. roughly 180 highway miles
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Old July 19th, 2010, 23:04   #7
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You have an '03 Jetta that gets 38 mpg. Your AT is the weak link, plan on it quitting at the worst possible time, other than that, plan on having to fuel up several times. Seriously, good luck.

AT? what is that

the 38 is on a good tank with no highway driving, i live in rural CT so i take all back roads, hills, turns, and i drive like i stole it. foot on the floor till 60 or 70 or on the brake but i do coast as much as i can. when i do more highway driving i get in the low 40s with 43 being the highest so far. roughly 180 highway miles
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Old July 25th, 2010, 21:42   #8
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Ok like the title says I'm about to go on a really long trip, what should I do or go over before I leave to prevent a major problem later on?
If your maintenance is up-to-date, then for the most part all you need to do is fuel up, check the oil and tire pressure, top up the windshield washer fluid, and drive.
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Old July 25th, 2010, 22:03   #9
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