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Old April 9th, 2018, 08:21   #1
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Location: Oregon, WI
Fuel Economy: 13.7 c, 12-15 towing hwy. 17-19
Default Anyone still have their TDI's?

Seems they are quickly going by the wayside. Sad....
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Old April 9th, 2018, 10:38   #2
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Location: ohio

I've still got mine. I've started the claims process for a buyback, but haven't uploaded the documents yet.

I plan on taking advantage of the 1042 free miles per month for another 5 or 6 months. I probably won't push it until the very end of the buyback period, but I definitely want to get more benefit out of the buyback by keeping the TDI for a few more months.

Also, I'm thinking that a 2018 Buick Regal or Kia Stinger will be my replacement. Both of those just started arriving at the local dealers in December, so I want to wait until later this year. Maybe look for some end-of-model-year deals.
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Old April 9th, 2018, 18:47   #3
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Location: Buffalo Ridge (southwest Minnesota)
Fuel Economy: Other than the JSW, hard as I try, can't seem tio get below 40 MPH!

Still driving my '03, bought a new '15 when they turned 'em loose last year, sold the '13 back to VW, and shopping for more TDIs!
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Old April 9th, 2018, 20:06   #4
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Location: Texas..RETIRED 12/31/17
TDI(s): Out of TDI's
Fuel Economy: About as good as it gets!

Nope! Out of TDI's and probably staying that way permanently.
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Old April 9th, 2018, 20:18   #5
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Location: Kansas City
TDI(s): None

I've gone to BMW diesels. Whole different ballgame. Don't miss my tdi's at all.
Non VW: 2011 BMW 335D and 2011 BMW X5 35D, both white, 1999 Superduty 7.3 ZF 6 speed, 2007 BMW 328xi, 2003 Mini Cooper, 1977 MB 280SL, 1977 Chevy C10 454 bought new by wife's grandfather.
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Old April 10th, 2018, 02:34   #6
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Location: Milwaukee, WI

Still have mine
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Old April 10th, 2018, 04:59   #7
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Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Blaine, MN
Fuel Economy: 42/46/51 with 5 speed - was 36/40/42 with 01M

Still have my 2000 NB, but it has been relegated to backup duty. Picked up a 2012 X5 diesel, love it.
2012 BMW X5 35D 2000 NB with 3 pedal mod, RC3, PP520's, Eurojet SMIC, SBC 3, 2.5" side exit straight pipe, 2" lift.

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Old April 10th, 2018, 07:12   #8
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Location: St Louis
Fuel Economy: fantastic

I still have all mine, and just bought another.
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Old April 10th, 2018, 12:49   #9
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Location: Greenville, MI
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We have ‘01 and ‘00 TDI jetta’s Along with an ‘03 engine for swap or spare
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Old April 10th, 2018, 18:06   #10
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Location: Michigan near Toledo

I still DD my '05. Wish it was a manual but hard to justify the cost when the auto still works. I doubt I will buy another tdi when this one returns to the earth. I have a 15 minute back road drive now to work.

Stella (Mine now): 2005 Shadow Blue Jetta Wagon TDI 09A
Mods: RC1. VCDS HEX-CAN USB (near Toledo, OH)
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Old April 10th, 2018, 21:18   #11
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I still have mine and have not 100% decided to do buyback on 2010. In the meantime just bought a 2015 Jetta TDI SEL with only 11800 miles on it.
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Old April 11th, 2018, 09:49   #12
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Location: Midwest

Still have two out of the three in the family. Amazing, dependable, efficient and still just as tight and solid as new. Tried to buy a new 2015 TDI last year off a dealer post-dieselgate, but went BMW instead.

I'm still a strong diesel proponent, but given the backlash against diesel in Germany off all places I don't think we're likely to see much investment in traditional diesel. We probably saw the high water mark for light auto diesel. The future might see hybrid-diesel or light truck diesel grow, but light auto diesel? I doubt it. Gas improvements are also amazing, we're quite likely to surpass TDI wagon weight, capacity, performance and mpg in just a few years.

It's strange to see the apparent passing away of such a significant engine type so quickly at it's peak. TDI really boomed and collapsed at the same moment. Historic and weird.

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Old April 11th, 2018, 10:29   #13
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Location: Metro Detroit
Fuel Economy: 54/48.5/43

All mine are gone but I still have the diesel W115. I'm still interested in a Mk2 TDI swap but I have more than enough incomplete projects at this point.
76 300d 475k
97 750IL V12 working SLS 187k!
98 Jetta AHU 330k! PD150 intake 2.5 SS straight pipe- Sold to Papa Validius
05 WRX 5 speed wagon 220k + flow mods ~270 HP
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Old April 12th, 2018, 05:50   #14
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Location: Belmont, MI
Fuel Economy: 48-55mpg

Still have my '03 Jetta. Using it as my daily driver. Seriously considering selling it so I can start to drive my ML350 Bluetec. I have only put about 800 miles on it in the last year. But when I do, I need to do the oil cooler seals on it and a bunch of tunes/deletes to make it only half as fun to drive as mein Jetta. Still on the fence. If I keep the ML350, then I'll plan on putting 100K miles on it before I get my next car. Or maybe I'll sell both and go with a Unimog... why the hell not. I'm not worried about mileage (or speed, obviously).
The Master of InfoSec - Current '03 Jetta GLS TDI: 02M, Wavetrac LSD, Whitbread downpipe and custom IC piping, Race 520's, VNT1756vk, upgraded SMIC, EGR Delete (obviously), Buzzken 2.5" cat-back w/ turndown, Malone Stage 5 custom, PDlift pump, ARP Head Studs, Phase II: head work, bigger turbo, hotter cam, better pistons/rods, new tires...at least the front ones.
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Old April 12th, 2018, 07:08   #15
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Still have my '06, not getting rid of it anytime soon. Still love it, even though my new duraburb is more fun to drive... haha
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