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Old January 12th, 2007, 07:00   #421
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I've failed to see a change in my mileage since I started using ULSD, which my pump has had the sticker for quite a while (whether or not that's what I'm getting...I don't know). Actually, on a recent trip down to Madison I just set my new high mileage record: 58.1. With the colder weather finally coming in I expect my mileage to drop near 43 from my regular mileage of 46-47.
Let me know how the cardboard works out for you Jake. With your commute you'll be through 2 or 3 tanks in no time.
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Old January 12th, 2007, 10:22   #422
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Maybe I should do an intake cleaning in the summertime, my TDI smokes like a freight train on demand. I also have sprints 520 in the TDI. I smoke out a Audi A4 convertible last summer who was tailgating me, it was a priceless moment.
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Old January 12th, 2007, 19:07   #423
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Maybe I should do an intake cleaning in the summertime, my TDI smokes like a freight train on demand. I also have sprints 520 in the TDI. I smoke out a Audi A4 convertible last summer who was tailgating me, it was a priceless moment.
Interesting. No visible smoke for me when my car was on the dyno at TDIfest in 2005.
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Old January 20th, 2007, 18:17   #424
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I'm still pulling 40-42 mpg average in mixed highway/city driving, even with ULSD. I'll admit that I am not exacting about how much I fill the tank, and I drive so few miles that I fill up only every three weeks . But after filling up on ULSD for a few months now, my perception is that my mileage hasn't changed.

This year I did put on a winter front -- the OEM kit World Impex sells. Again, I'm just not up for rigorous scientific research, but based on temp gauge readings at various points in my commute (which is pretty much the same route daily), the car is warming up faster. I'm getting real heat (hot enough that I turn the heater dial towards blue; usually the temp dial is an on/off switch) by the end of the commute most days -- even through the recent temperature dip. Perhaps the biggest benefit (or the one that was most unexpected) was that the car recovers to operating temperature much faster after parking for a bit. All in all, I'm happy I put the winter front on.
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Old January 22nd, 2007, 08:41   #425
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Anybody notice Fleet Farm does not sell Artic Blend diesel anymore, now it's just blended. What ever that means. I filled up yesterday and notice the new wording their diesel pumps.
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Old January 22nd, 2007, 09:05   #426
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It means that #1 is added to help the fuel from gelling which is great but the fuel has less BTU,S.
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Old January 22nd, 2007, 10:02   #427
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Deafbug is a great resource for the Minnesota TDI community! On Saturday, he helped me (well, he basically did everything- I held the light) install new rear rotors and pads. We also troubleshot my poor performace as of late- turned out to be a broken arm operator on the shudder-relief valve. Deafbug saved me $250 by macguyvering a repair to the plastic arm. That little fix has returned my car to it's old power curve (with the broken arm, my engine wimped out around 3000x).

Like Steve-O, I too have had my VW winter front on since late October. It really does make the car warm up faster (especially when the fan is on 0). The heat becomes too hot to keep the setting in red- so like Steve-O, I end up turning it down into the blue range. I mainly put it on because at my job I do a lot of short runs with extended stops- so I wanted to warm up my engine faster. But, as far as I can tell, the air intake is completely covered up when it's installed (up and to the left of the drivers headlight). We changed out my air filter and snowscreen and I noticed some seeds/debris in the snowscreen (no surprise) but there was quite a bit of large grass stems/seeds/debris that made it into my air filter. I was worried about whether the demand for air was met by opening the "trap door" in the snowscreen. I don't know how large blades of grass could have made it into my airfilter without coming through the trap door- so I took the top two parts of my winter front off (the 3rd piece is still installed on the bottom grill). I think I'll go with the water heater pipe insulation that others have installed in their grills.

Anyway, just wanted to let everyone know about Deafbug's great work. He doesn't do every repair but every repair he does well.
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Old January 24th, 2007, 14:18   #428
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I do not have at my finger tips , but I have been hanging out at other diesel truck sites , DTR , TDR and there was a post about that , in about the 5 state area there was like a local brand of fuel Artic Gold , had a problem with the fuel so a lot of places droped it , it being a #2 with Power Service aditives , if my memory is close , so more btu , lube , anti gel , ect.


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Anybody notice Fleet Farm does not sell Artic Blend diesel anymore, now it's just blended. What ever that means. I filled up yesterday and notice the new wording their diesel pumps.
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Old January 24th, 2007, 14:21   #429
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I do not have at my finger tips , but I have been hanging out at other diesel truck sites , DTR , TDR and there was a post about that , in about the 5 state area there was like a local brand of fuel Artic Gold , had a problem with the fuel so a lot of places droped it , it being a #2 with Power Service aditives , if my memory is close , so more btu , lube , anti gel , ect.

Haven't read all the posts here , was looking for any info on gatherings in the metro area ?


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Anybody notice Fleet Farm does not sell Artic Blend diesel anymore, now it's just blended. What ever that means. I filled up yesterday and notice the new wording their diesel pumps.
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Old January 24th, 2007, 17:18   #430
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IHaven't read all the posts here , was looking for any info on gatherings in the metro area ?
We get together infrequently, I can think of two GTG (get togethers) at New Guys place in the 5 years I've had my wagon. But go ahead and ask away. People are willing to stop by and help you with Vag Com'ng your VW.

Now as for seeing if my Powerstroke gets better mileage than your Cummins.....
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Old January 26th, 2007, 15:04   #431
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We get together infrequently, I can think of two GTG (get togethers) at New Guys place in the 5 years I've had my wagon. But go ahead and ask away. People are willing to stop by and help you with Vag Com'ng your VW.

Now as for seeing if my Powerstroke gets better mileage than your Cummins.....
Still looking into getting the next VW diesel , last was a 85 jetta , looking to get as new as I can but may stay away from electronics & auto , oh ya & stay away from eco D , since I have got the next one yet , there may be changes to the plan .


My Cummins , about 15 mpg towing , about 21 mixed driving , when I get done I may see 24 - 25 , a friend has got 27 , but I do not plan to a propane .
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Old January 26th, 2007, 18:05   #432
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21 beats me, I'm thinking 18 on a good day. Now on the TDI, I ran to Cleveland after Viking Rob threw down the guantlet and got 52 or so on one tank headed eastbout at 70 MPH. Around 850 on a tank. I've had some tweaks though.

So back to your issue, get the best wagon that you can afford, the '02 is the first year of the wagon, I've had good luck with mine, but the '03 allows you to get the ESR electronic stability regulation which is a good thing. Now you want simpliciity you are probably wanting to go mid 90's Passat. 110k Miles on mine and no major problems. Did you have any questions?
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Old January 28th, 2007, 16:03   #433
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Deafbug came up again today to do the oil change and check my "lifter noise" We think we have solved the problem and I will follow up mid week.

He has found a deal on oil and more importantly the correct oil. Buys it by the case. I think we may have to tie him down to get it out of him at the next GTG.

by the way. When is the next GTG? All I can say is my shop is availible to the TDI club but Im thinkin we need to include some chics to bring food etc. Last time you guys were great but the food? eh? not up to paar. Heat for chics, beer and food is my deal. lol.....

I tell ya if anyone needs a great TDI guru here in MN its Deafbug.
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Old January 29th, 2007, 08:14   #434
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Deafbug came up again today to do the oil change and check my "lifter noise" We think we have solved the problem and I will follow up mid week.

He has found a deal on oil and more importantly the correct oil. Buys it by the case. I think we may have to tie him down to get it out of him at the next GTG.

by the way. When is the next GTG? All I can say is my shop is availible to the TDI club but Im thinkin we need to include some chics to bring food etc. Last time you guys were great but the food? eh? not up to paar. Heat for chics, beer and food is my deal. lol.....

I tell ya if anyone needs a great TDI guru here in MN its Deafbug.
Mobil 1 Turbodiesel Truck has been my oil the last two changes. $29 a case of 6/quart on sale at Fleet Farm. My oil extractor wasn't happy and the engine cooled off fast in this cold. But I was planning on dropping the skid plate and pulling the oil plug anyways.

As for Brad, I'd trust him for anything on my TDI. Great asset indeed here locally. As far as a GTG, check out the KC/Omaha thread in the subforum. A number of us might end up down in KC in a few months. Six hour drive is a breeze down I35. I still have some lonely injectors waiting to up my power and smoke to be installed.
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Old February 1st, 2007, 14:44   #435
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I see on the net that it is cold thear ,i have been on the road all week and my bug is sitting at the airport i wont get in till 8pm on friday i hope she starts, this is the first realy cold weather that i have had my bug.
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