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New Beetle TDI Picture Gallery Do you have a New Beetle TDI? If so write a message here describing it and insert a picture if you have one. If you don't have one on the computer, email me and I'll give you my address and I'll scan it for you. If you need web space for it, email me as well. Please make a short yet descriptive title for your vehicle.

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Old December 19th, 2013, 13:44   #1
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Hi,

Not particularly new to this forum - I posted up a question back in 2002 I think - got a very useful answer then promptly forgot my login details.

Anyway, I re-registered under this name, and here are some pics of my car.

When I got it, it was standard with 77k miles:



All it needed was a new leather gear lever gaiter.

Since then it's had regular servicing, new brakes - the usual stuff.

Back in August this year I bought a set of steel wheels and intended fitting old Beetle style hubcaps, but kinda changed my mind halfway through...



It took me a while to decide whether or not I liked them, but I love them now!

Last week I had a remap and it's gone from 100bhp to 135 - a VERY noticeable improvement but now the clutch is slipping. So I'll take it down to my workshop in the new year and fit a G60 flywheel and VR6 clutch.
I'm aware of the potential noise issues with an SMF, but if it's too bad I'll go back to a DMF
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Old December 19th, 2013, 13:45   #2
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The T4 in the background of the 1st pic is mine too, and I've also got a long term '69 Beetle project.

The T4 is undergoing a restoration at the moment and will be getting a TDi swap with an AHU engine going in.
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Old December 21st, 2013, 15:37   #3
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Looks to be in great shape, stever, especially for a 2003. Mine is the same color scheme as yours
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Old December 22nd, 2013, 01:06   #4
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Thanks.

I'd seen the pics of your car and I really like the look of it, especially the way you've painted the lower parts of the front and rear bumpers - I'm gonna steal that idea!
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Old December 22nd, 2013, 09:14   #5
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OK by me
Post progress pics as your NB evolves
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Old January 25th, 2014, 06:19   #6
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Good looking Beetle! I have an 02 in the same color. (My favorite color by the way)

My odometer is at 258,000 miles as of today, so you have plenty of life left in yours!
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Old April 20th, 2014, 09:55   #7
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Not much to report in terms of changes to the beetle, but I did have my first try on the drag strip with it.

It was just rwyb, and I'd never been on a strip before, but my best run was 17.1 secs at 78mph.

Not exactly blistering, but I was quite pleased with that.

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Old April 20th, 2014, 11:50   #8
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Just wondering, have you done anything to the engine to make it faster at all?
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Old April 20th, 2014, 14:59   #9
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Just wondering, have you done anything to the engine to make it faster at all?
It's had a remap from 100 to 135bhp, but that's all (for now!). Everything else is completely stock.
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Old November 23rd, 2017, 06:34   #10
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Excellent result! I like.
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Old December 14th, 2017, 21:42   #11
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It's had a remap from 100 to 135bhp, but that's all (for now!). Everything else is completely stock.
Sounds pretty simple yet effective mod.
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