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Old April 17th, 2019, 12:12   #46
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Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Island near Vancouver

I don't remember when I first joined (having bought first TDI in early 2005 - edit: Feb2005 - it's right below my name. My duh!), but I do remember doing some troubleshooting on my 1999 Mk3 2.0L gasser and coming across "Fred's TDI page" - which had great info and really nice community vibe to it.

Name of the site has changed, but those two qualities have not.

His ride: 2015 GSW SEL TDI with MIB2, Active Info Display, Adaptive Cruise retrofit
Her ride: 2016 A3 e-tron

His other ride: 2015 Giant Propel SL Di2
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Old April 17th, 2019, 14:42   #47
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Location: Madison, WI

I bought my first TDI in '97, a white used '96 B4V and shortly afterward I joined the Passat mailing list at passat@blaze.cs.etc.etc and the Diesel Group mailing list at vwdiesell@velocity.bc.ca. I remember being on the forum before it was a forum, but my join date seems to 2000.

I sold the B4V to someone from Vermont and dabbled in Audis and Hondas for a while, eventually returning to the fold with a 2011 JSW. I traded that in on another car and eventually became the caretaker of my parent's old '02 A4 Jetta. That car is now being driven by my brother and last month I picked up an '09 TDI Touareg. I can't seem to leave it seems.
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Old April 17th, 2019, 15:27   #48
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Location: Edmonton, Alberta (b4 BC - LOWER MAINLAND = Chilliwack)

I will keep my 02 TDI with close to 500,000 km and will drive it until I go on my last flight. By age I'm an Oldtimer, but by speed not!!!!!?
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Old April 17th, 2019, 17:59   #49
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Location: Exeter,NH

I got my 1st new TDI in 98 a red Jetta, fun car. Started lurking around then and joined up a few years later. My Golf will be my last VW unless I buy another ALH.
01Golf(440k) 50-52 summer mpg, 2013 Mustang V6 28-31 summer mpg, 2016 F150 RCSB 2WD 2.7L ecoboost 23-25 summer mpg.
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Old April 17th, 2019, 20:51   #50
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I joined October of 2005, so not around as long as others in this thread. Always been more of a searcher and lurker, but I still have the B4 that brought me here and have added to the fleet.
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Old April 21st, 2019, 11:05   #51
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Location: Chilliwack & Mission BC

I joined in 2007 after having bought a new 2006 Jetta TDI. I found lots of useful help and information on this site as well as having joined a local TDI group that held regular GTG's that were fun and something to look foreword to. Sadly the group disbanded after a couple of years. I attempted to put out feelers for anyone interested in forming a new group but found there was no more interest or chemistry with the people that I met. I attended TDI fest 2010 in Portland.

Still daily driving the TDI which has nearly 140K miles (230K Km's) on it now. It has been a fairly reliable car with the exception of the camshaft issue, a failed DMF due to collapsed dampening springs, a failed rad fan motor and most recently a burned out glow plug. Although my cars reliability has probably been better than average I will never buy another VW product due to how I was treated and my problem was dismissed as I was facing a camshaft failure as the car still had warranty and then extended warranty. Since I work in an industry heavily reliant on Used Oil Analysis I started monitoring my oil as soon as I found out about the BRM camshaft issues. The iron content of my oil was well beyond any acceptable norms even while the car was still under conventional warranty and when I got my final oil sample results printed in red advising me to not drive the car since I had a failure in progress they still refused to fix it so I pissed away $2,600 for extended warranty and still had to fix it on my dime.

Went through a phase of trying to get a bit more performance and had some fun running a tuning box with mixed results and gave up on it when I got tired of its quirks. I was going to get a Malone tune but finally couldn't be bothered with that either and ended up getting a Corvette instead. I get my thrills now in a gasoline powered vehicle. The savings driving a diesel offset the gas the Corvette uses, I love being green lol.
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Old August 27th, 2019, 06:17   #52
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Location: Noblesville, IN
Fuel Economy: 44mpg ave

A couple of weeks ago, I pulled the trigger on a '15 SEL Passat DSG w/45k miles and all the dieselgate warranties plus the VW certified warranty. I still have my 01 Golf because I'm sentimental and I've owned it for half of my life. However, changing the rear axle bushings, parking brake cables, and flushing the brakes last weekend makes me question my sanity for hanging on to it. Coming up on 200k, time for another timing belt change and another service in a few weeks.
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Old September 20th, 2019, 04:24   #53
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Member #79 here. My TDIs are all gone after 20+ years. But I still take a peek here from time to time.

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Old September 21st, 2019, 06:58   #54
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Location: Champlin, MN
TDI(s): 06 Jetta DSG
Fuel Economy: Max 54, 44 avg

Not sure if I am an old timer, Joined back in 06 when I got my Jetta. I was a guest for a good 1-2 years prior. I don't spend nearly as much time here as I used to. It's rather sad to see what Dieselgate did to Fred's.
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Old September 29th, 2019, 17:03   #55
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Location: Massachusetts
Fuel Economy: 48.3 pre "fix".

I stop in every once in a while. My 2002 is long sold to a good home, and my 2014 soldiers on with little to no issues. I will remain loyal to the concept of these cars, and it is a shame that VW felt they needed to cheat. We can no longer buy these cars new, and that friends....is a shame.
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Old October 2nd, 2019, 16:56   #56
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Joined 2001. Now I have a factory new engine in the Syncro. Ready for another 18 years!
1987 Vanagon Syncro // Westfalia pop-top graft // Factory new ALH. 11mm IP. AFN 110 RC 2,3,4 // S7 turbo // Titan P502s
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Old November 6th, 2019, 18:05   #57
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Still peep in every now and then. My 2001 Jetta was the best car I've ever owned.
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Old November 15th, 2019, 15:27   #58
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Location: Baltimore, MD

Still here on a fairly regular basis. Just lost our '01 Golf GL and replaced it with a '15 SE
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Old November 15th, 2019, 19:45   #59
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Still here and keep this site as my home page... but, I don't engage in discussions like I use to. My 2000 Jetta TDI was an awesome vehicle and still is. I gave it to my son. I did a TB job on it back in the summer as well as maintenance things......... at about 373k miles. I purchased my brother's 03 Jetta (263k) with an 01 engine (313k).. And, of course I still have the 84 Vanagon with an 02 ALH engine.

At my age, I doubt I'll ever buy another new VW. Any new vehicle will be something besides a VW.... nothing against VW or the scandal.
This is the TDI Club, a place to share experiences & ideas, ask for help, etc. Welcome Newbies! Sarcastic and condescending posts shouldn't be welcome.
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Old November 25th, 2019, 10:24   #60
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good afternoon.

I recently procured a 2003 Jetta Wagon 5-speed GLS that was meticulously maintained by the second owner, for the majority of it's 83K miles. I am used to driving and wrenching on Volkswagens, as I've been a licensed driver since 1989 and have owned several other Volkswagens (including a $35 1986 Scirocco that I drove for a couple summers, but that is another story). Currently I keep a 5-speed 1993 Cabriolet (102K) on the road whenever our abbreviated summer season allows. This TDI is my first car from the 21st Century though and I am mesmerized by the experience, needless to say I've purposely driven the long way home from work each night, hoping to catch a red light in order to prolong the fahrvergnügen. Being a Minnesota vehicle , the car has been subjected to road chemicals, subsequently there are manageable rust deposits, which I will eventually need to address either via replacement parts or some diy body work.

has anybody recommendations for sourcing used parts preferably locally in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area?

has anybody recommendations for a TDI guru, in the event I am unable to wrench on it myself?

has anybody an opinion on the quality of the AVH code engine?

thank you for any insight.
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