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Dieselgate - VW Group Emission Scandal Discussion around the VW Dieselgate Emissions scandal. Details and news updates can be viewed here: http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?goto=newpost&t=448336 This forum is a work in progress depending on requirements, usage, etc.

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Old December 20th, 2017, 20:18   #3871
Smashed Ixnay
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Location: Auburndale, FL

Originally Posted by 740GLE View Post
If you enjoyed the Jetta, you'll love the Passat, not much to ask for on the SEL other than wish they had heated steering wheel.

I would recommend a rear swaybar on the Passat to help it in the corners, we went H&R 24mm and very happy with the investment. FYI any Mk5 rear bar will work on the NMS.
I would really love heated car mirrors. I hate how long it takes to be able to see through them in the morning.

I have never considered a swaybar. I mainly drive on the highway, so I'm usually just going in a straight line, lol. Not sure what I could really do to the car. The only thing I'm for sure doing is tinting the windows next week, lol.

Originally Posted by DubFamily View Post
He's in Florida; guessing a heated steering wheel isn't high on his needs list

I do roofing for a living and use my heated seats every time I get in that car. I will say I am disappointed in the seat heaters in this car. My 2010 Jetta TDI used to get really hot where I'd have to turn it down, but the 2015 just gets luke warm, IMO.

I guess another thing I'm disappointed in is that the rear console doesn't have a power outlet or USB ports.
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Old December 20th, 2017, 22:30   #3872
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Originally Posted by Q-town Ranger View Post
We have our buyback approved, with the actual turn-in next April. Looks like the new car will be a 2018 Mazda CX-5, diesel if it's available, and rumour has it that the diesel is still a go.

How much does the CX-5 run? Can you get it in a manual?
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Old December 21st, 2017, 03:59   #3873
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How much does the CX-5 run? Can you get it in a manual?
I think the manual remains to be seen.
I think, based on what I have seen, a top of the line Grand Touring diesel CX-5 will come in at about $34-35K.
Since it has not been released yet, it is not clear if the lower end models that go for about $25K will have a diesel option.
Have been reading several reviews of the diesel CX-5 in Australia, Great Britain and other places, and it is getting rave reviews. In the review linked below, they said they were getting 41 mpg.
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Old January 3rd, 2018, 09:14   #3874
Join Date: Jan 2016
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I'm shopping around, trying to find what peaks my interest. So far, not much really excites me except for maybe a GTI. There is a dealer in my area that has about 6 or so used ones for sale, very low miles, all 2016 models. The problem is they all have branded titles. They all appear to be lemons that were bought back in California for various reasons. Some reasons are as petty as check engine light and needed a new O2 sensor, others are more severe such as leaking sunroof or even engine work.

This makes me wonder if this particular generation is more prone to issues or if California just has a very easy lemon law to enforce.

No way I'd buy one of these cars because of the title status and the stupid price that doesn't even come close to matching that condition. But, I do wonder if maybe I should steer clear of the GTI's as a choice.
What do you say?

My other diesel = 2007 Dodge Ram 2500 Megacab 6.7l
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Old January 3rd, 2018, 10:54   #3875
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Fuel Economy: It's still a diesel!

GTIs are amazing cars overall; but I'd go to a 2017 if you can. The new model is so much nicer than the previous generation.

That sounds like a dealer trying to capitalize on cheap wholesale cars; don't think those represent the entire line.
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Dub said it better.
2014 BMW 328d xDrive
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Old January 3rd, 2018, 14:09   #3876
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Originally Posted by meerschm View Post
Ended up getting a 2017 Golf Wagon with 4Motion.

Looked at the Equinox, but my wife did not like the passenger seat setup with the center console. left her too crowded.

also the Alltrack, but learned that the tires are a size of limited sources.

will be good to have the 4mo with our ski trips, and the snows and tire chains I have will fit.
We got one of these (DSG, MY2018) too as a replacement to our 2011 Jetta TDI (DSG) buyback.

The GSW has better insurance rate group than our previous TDI so our insurance premiums went down a bit after the replacement.

2017 MY Ontario insurance rate groups from Facility Assocation (we are NOT insured through FA of course): (The bigger the number, the higher premiums for that category)

2011 JETTA 2.0 TDI 4DR
AB 35
Coll 34
Comp 28

AB 27
Coll 32
Comp 27

Our other candidnate was the MQB Tiguan (2018), but it was eliminated for being too expensive.

Fuel consumption for our GSW 4motion is in my signature which I just updated.

2015 Giant Escape 2

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