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Old December 2nd, 2010, 07:17   #1
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Hey all,

After looking for a couple months, I finally got a good deal on a 2001 Golf TDI with 91k miles. I found it in Texas and was on the phone within the hour that it was posted on AutoTrader. It was at a Honda dealer and I am not sure that they knew exactly what they had. I ended up getting it for $7000 with new brakes and timing belt kit/water pump. They sent it out to an independent shop that knew diesels for the timing belt.

The catch was that I had to be there to pick it up before Nov 30th in order to get the deal. We made the deal on Thanksgiving. So I rented a car and my brother in law and I power road tripped down to Texas.

The car was better than advertised and they said that I was lucky that I got the car for that price. They said right after the deal was made, they got a flood of phone calls and every salesperson in the place had at least one person waiting to hear if the deal falls through.

I was surprised when I filled the tank that it only took 11 gallons. I was under the impression that all of the TDI golfs had ~16 gallon tanks. Maybe I missed something. Well that tank of gas went 600 miles on the trip back to Minnesota. The car did not so much as groan the entire 1000+ mile trip. Thats more than I can say about the Nissan rental that we took on the way down.

It appears that the dealer armor all'ed the entire dash and it made the bottom panels of the dash all sticky. Is there something that you guys would recommend to clean that with so I don't ruin the finish?

Also I have been looking at oil filters and found a couple deals on ebay for buying them in quantity. Do you guys have any experience buying them that way? Here is set I am looking at:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/10-VW...ht_1932wt_1165

Thanks in advance!
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Old December 2nd, 2010, 07:30   #2
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Congrats! Sounds like you got a good deal on a good car.

Hope it works out for you and welcome to the forum!
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Old December 2nd, 2010, 07:49   #3
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As long as those are Mann original and not a cheap copy you are fine!
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Old December 2nd, 2010, 08:37   #4
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Freonite:

Congrats on the find! I almost drove from MN to TX for a car last spring but was finally fortunate enough to find a low mileage 2002 Golf locally.

By the way are you the one that kept flagging the 159,000 mile title jumper car on CL? If so, way to go and I see it's still listed for sale. lol

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Old December 2nd, 2010, 08:58   #5
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Yeah that was me. I went and drove that car. After driving a nice TDI it is apparent that the one he is selling has issues. I don't think the turbo was working on it at all.
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Old December 2nd, 2010, 09:23   #6
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Did the guy have a thick Russian accent by chance? I looked at one down in that area (Burnsville or Savage I believe) from a guy I could not understand on the phone. Came to find out he was buying salvaged TDI's and rebuilding them.
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Old December 2nd, 2010, 09:25   #7
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No this guy was Hispanic.
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Old December 2nd, 2010, 22:14   #8
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600 miles on a tank is terrible. I never get less than 700 (and even thats city driving).
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Old December 2nd, 2010, 23:44   #9
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he mentioned 11 gallons of fuel, maybe he basing his mileage off of that number.
To the OP, do the ventectomy mod on your fueling port and you'll be happy with how much you can put in it. Use the search option to find the threads to do this. Or check out the "how to thread" in the 101 section if its in there
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Old December 3rd, 2010, 05:38   #10
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I would not buy the oil filters, much less anything else automotive replated, off of ebay.

Spend a little extra and get genuine VW or quality aftermarket parts. You and your car will be happy for it!

Two suggestions:
1) Get the timing belt and assiciated parts replaced ASAP. You don't know how long that timing belt had been in service (time or miles)!
2) Install a skid plate (dieselgeek.com)

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metalnerd.com; Aftermarket VW tools
dieselgeek.com

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Old December 3rd, 2010, 05:49   #11
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I would not buy the oil filters, much less anything else automotive replated, off of ebay.

Spend a little extra and get genuine VW or quality aftermarket parts. You and your car will be happy for it!

Two suggestions:
1) Get the timing belt and assiciated parts replaced ASAP. You don't know how long that timing belt had been in service (time or miles)!
2) Install a skid plate (dieselgeek.com)

Trusted tdiclub suppliers:
boraparts.com; Call Aaron!
Franko6 (Cyl hear repair link in my signature)
http://1stvwparts.com/ Auburn Wa VW dealer; Excellent pricing and customer service
worldimpex.com
metalmanparts.com
autohausaz.com
metalnerd.com; Aftermarket VW tools
dieselgeek.com

HTH

Tony
www.idparts.com is another good choice.

He said the belt was done. But have a guru inspect it for correct install and all the rightr parts replaced.

Low mileage cars like that are getting hard to find.
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Old December 3rd, 2010, 06:19   #12
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Thanks guys! The ventectomy is on my list of things to do. I also noticed that the resume on the cruise control is not working. I read that there is a possibility of that being fixed with contact cleaner, so I will have to try that as well.

Any advice on getting the gunk off the lower part of the dash?

Thanks!
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Old December 3rd, 2010, 06:27   #13
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Any advice on getting the gunk off the lower part of the dash?

Thanks!
Search "soft touch". That @#$%^& Volkswagen put in the cars is their worst feature. Plus putting Armor-All on it most likely made it worse. I wish I could just "clean" mine off!
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Old December 4th, 2010, 10:21   #14
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Freonite, you might want to check out a melamine-foam sponge. The "Mr. Clean Magic Eraser" is the one most people recognize; I feel duty-bound ('cuz I work there) to mention that 3M sells a ScotchBrite equivalent. I've used the 3M sponge on the dash and other plastic interior parts and it does a nice job of cleaning off cruft without "erasing" the soft-touch or whatever texture is on the part. (Just don't be rubbing it like a genie's lamp! )

Oh, and congrats on the new ride. Maybe we'll see you at a future GTG?
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