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Old June 21st, 2018, 23:34   #31
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I wish I could have gotten a diesel in my new Outback. The 3.6R is a great engine, but under 22 MPG average I could do without. But having EyeSight makes up for it somewhat.
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Old June 22nd, 2018, 02:40   #32
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There is a new hybrid diesel that saves $60,000 per day in fuel consumption- its a new drill ship. I was at a place that builds power systems and they built this one that regenerates power from the anchor system that tethers a ship in place over a drill.


They had banks of large capacitors in a panel the size of a very large refrigerator, each capacitor was about 4 or 5 inches square and about 3 ft long I'd guess.


They used banks of lithium batteries, not ion though, and they could be drained and recharged quickly. They build systems for hybrid tugs, instead of running 4 large diesels all the time, mostly at part power, they run one diesel at full power and use electric motors as needed. Huge payback from fuel saving.


The advances in battery technology will get us to full electric with the range of a diesel and the ability to recharge quickly, plus half the weight of current batteries. I'm thinking maybe in the next 10 years. No more sensors or oil changes.
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Old June 22nd, 2018, 09:54   #33
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A bit out of my commuting range.
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Old June 23rd, 2018, 16:23   #34
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I wish I could have gotten a diesel in my new Outback. The 3.6R is a great engine, but under 22 MPG average I could do without. But having EyeSight makes up for it somewhat.
Eyesight is awesome. My wife has it on her Forester - very nice.
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Old July 31st, 2018, 07:09   #35
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Hybrid...doesn't that dictate automatic transmission? I'm assuming soon I will be having to sell my 2011 Golf TDI, 2-door, 6 speed manual back to VW. (No sunroof, too!).
I'm suffering a crisis in choosing what car I want going forward. (a) I want it to be a 2-door. (b) I want it to be a 6 speed manual. VW seems to have given up on these two basic choice combinations.
(3) I want it to be a diesel because of the low end torque. My present car doesn't feel tin can-ish like oh so many small small cars with high revving 4-cylinder engines.
Except for the Beetle VW won't even be making 2-doors. And I heard rumors the Beetle will be discontinued. And manual transmissions are being dropped, AFAIK. (I'm holding back a major cursing fit.). Broadly, 2-doors are being dropped, too.
I'm in a real dilemma. What automobile can replace my VW Golf...the car that in my life I've enjoyed the most?
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Chevrolet Cruze diesel.....a 4 door hatchback (a little bigger than my 300K 03 Golf hatch) and a 6 speed manual.....you can even get the rarest of American car options with an upgrade....NOT black or dark grey seats....like, almost light brown!!!
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Old July 31st, 2018, 10:45   #36
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GM stopped offering the Cruze TD with manual trans this year.

Billion003, why do you think you will "have to" sell back your TDI? Buyback is an option, not a requirement.
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Old July 31st, 2018, 10:45   #37
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Whoops, double post.
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Old July 31st, 2018, 12:44   #38
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GM stopped offering the Cruze TD with manual trans this year.

Billion003, why do you think you will "have to" sell back your TDI? Buyback is an option, not a requirement.
This year? As in 2018? They’re all over dealer lots as 2018’s.....maybe after this year?
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Old July 31st, 2018, 16:04   #39
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GM stopped offering the Cruze TD with manual trans this year.
Nope: https://www.cars.com/for-sale/search...stkTypId=28880

But this may be the last year for the manual.
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Old July 31st, 2018, 22:06   #40
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I still have my '12 2-door, manual trans, sunroof-free Golf. No one came and took it away. VW 'fixed' it and mailed me a big check. Bosch sent a little one. I figure it's good for another 10 years.
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Nope: https://www.cars.com/for-sale/search...stkTypId=28880
But this may be the last year for the manual.
Thanks for the correction.
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Old August 3rd, 2018, 11:06   #42
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Wow. I had no idea Chevy Cruze had a stick shift.
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Old August 8th, 2018, 06:06   #43
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Are you kidding me ? VWoA has never had competent technicians to repair / maintain their diesel engines so what makes them think that this will be any different ?

VW screwed the pooch on diesel engines and let the best diesel engine they ever produced (ALH) slip away. It's time that VW just let diesels die.

They were on the right track a few years ago to steer clear of hybrids and just go with full electric or gasoline models. That is the best move that VW could make to reclaim their reputation.
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Eh, the CR motors have proven themselves to be pretty solid.

I'd like to see a car like the volt, but diesel. Maybe an electric golf will come across my path at some point and get a little kubota genset stuffed in it.
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I drove an E-Golf (2015 I believe), and overall was very impressed. But the range is (in my opinion) still too low for comfort unless your typical daily drive is under 50 miles. Now that the newest model has an EPA range of 125 miles, it's quite a bit closer to what I would be comfortable with as a daily driver. But I would want that as a real world range in the middle of winter with the heat on full and blower on high. Tesla has that range, but for a lot more money.

I would be happy if VW offered a hybrid Tiguan, or a TDI (I wish) for that matter. I love the new version of the Tig. But I just couldn't get the trim level I wanted when I had to buy last fall. Just because I'm in a Subaru right now doesn't mean I wouldn't jump back into a VW when I next desire to change vehicles.
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