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Old July 20th, 2018, 11:56   #76
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I just did a 360k mile service on my favorite 2011 Jetta today. Also got its original front brakes replaced.
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Old July 24th, 2018, 09:17   #77
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I still drive mine. Seems to be consuming some oil between changes lately, though.
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Old July 29th, 2018, 11:41   #78
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I am in the process of selling my 2004 NB TDI. At this time I don't have the money to fix all the issues with it. Currently going back to college for a degree in NSA/IT nor do I have time to fix them.
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Old August 18th, 2018, 18:11   #79
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Still have mine and might be getting another.

A modded TDI was a rare sight before, but even more so now.
The sound alone makes people look and wonder. It's odd in a good way.
Where else can you get a small ICE car that will still be pulling past 160 and return 40+MPG when you drive sanely? Unobtainium.

My GTI is a much faster car, but to make it faster than the TDI and get the same MPG just can't happen.

I bought my TDI back in 02. The mod bug bit when I met Jon Hamilton and Jeff at Rocketchip at a GTG in Ohio. I've since been through several rebuilds, blown turbos from Street Toys, drove across the country multiple times, been stranded in snow and rain, and had many troubles and headaches with this car.
As much trouble as it has been, it has also made some very good memories along the way. I've also met some really good people on here over the years.
Coming up on 20 years for some of these TDIs. That's antique status in CT!

Not giving up TDIs anytime soon
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Old August 19th, 2018, 07:12   #80
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My son has my 2000 Jetta (370k and recent TB job, expecting it to find 500k).

I purchased my brother's 03 Jetta and will be keeping it (Georgia car).

84 Vanagon ALH toy of mine will be around for years to come.

And, I have two ALH Jetta junkers for parts, both automatics purchased cheap.

Hey, I still have one of my 84 diesel Jetta's ...
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Old August 19th, 2018, 08:49   #81
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Long gone and now, my visits to the dealer are maybe once a year instead of 1 to 2 times a month.
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Old August 19th, 2018, 20:20   #82
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Bought my ALH golf new in '03, it didn't see a dealers shop until VW paid to fix the rusted fenders in '14.
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Old August 20th, 2018, 15:38   #83
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Bought my ALH golf new in '03, it didn't see a dealers shop until VW paid to fix the rusted fenders in '14.
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Old August 20th, 2018, 19:34   #84
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Unfortunately the newer TDIs are more addicted to the dealers. My 2013 JSW made it through the dealer done 10,20, and 30 thousand miles freebee services no problem. Then took it to a dealer in Ft.Myers FL for an alignment and the screwed it up even worse and tried to blame it on rust from being a "Minnesota car". They gave me a $1000+ estimate to fix the damage they'd done, I went after the frozen eccentric adjuster with penetrating oil until it came loose, then had an indie shop align it properly for $100. Did the 40k and 50k myself and turned it in. Replaced it with a new '15 Golf TDI, Mankato dealer overfilled the oil but accepted responsibility and paid for St.Louis dealer to fix, had no problems with their freebee 10k service.
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Old August 28th, 2018, 10:52   #85
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I had intended to keep my '14 JSW TDI until the bitter end of the buyback period (December '18). I intended to buy a new Buick Regal Sportback to replace it.


However, in mid-July President Trump's threats of tariffs on cars imported from Germany (the '18 Regals are assembled by Opel in Germany) scared me into accelerating my timetable. So I bought the Regal on July 16th. The first appointment to turn in the VW that I could get was August 8.



Turn-in appointment went smoothly; the money was in my account when I checked 7 days later. I'm just waiting on the check from Bosch to close the books on VW ownership.
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Old August 30th, 2018, 10:30   #86
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What's your opinion of the Regal compared to the JSW?
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Old September 3rd, 2018, 10:40   #87
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31 mpg on premium in the Regal; 41 mpg on diesel (typically costs less than premium) in the Sportwagen, so the Regal costs more to operate. The Regal was more expensive to purchase. But I like everything else about the Regal better.


The Regal is roomier, quieter, and more comfortable than the TDI. The Sportback configuration meets my needs. In fact, I only considered cars with this configuration. In my price range it came down to the Regal and the Kia Stinger. If anyone is considering either car, I recommend that they test drive both.



In summary, I spend more on fuel with the Regal but otherwise I like the car better.
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Old September 4th, 2018, 08:07   #88
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I still have my Red 2015 Jetta SEL TDI Stick shift loaded.......it was ordered for me by Chris Farnham sadly he passed away a month after I picked it up......I don’t drive it much as it is
Now the Wife’s Daily Driver......It has 49K miles and has had the entire fix done.....Great Car! I drive my CPO 2014 BMW 328D and my 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee love al of them!
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Old September 4th, 2018, 14:00   #89
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Just rotated the tires and bled the brakes on the '99 NB. Still runs like a little 5 spd slot car / go kart. ***H would I want a Buick for?
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Old September 4th, 2018, 15:03   #90
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Jason, this one is now in your neighborhood.


With luck it won't need anything for a while, but when it does you're getting the call!
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