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Old November 30th, 2017, 08:41   #16
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I recently tried two of these in my garage.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SIlYiiCGLI

Sealing everything up and removing any food sources helps as well.
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Old November 30th, 2017, 09:11   #17
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I recently tried two of these in my garage.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SIlYiiCGLI

Sealing everything up and removing any food sources helps as well.

Thanks for sharing the walk the plank mouse video

Personally have a strong hate for these disease carriers. 'bout a decade ago we had 2-3 get into the house.

..... as far as the food sources are concerned it's when the lil monsters turn to our car wires.
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Old November 30th, 2017, 09:17   #18
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Something draws them before they find those.
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Old November 30th, 2017, 11:26   #19
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Something draws them before they find those.
Getting out of the freezing Okieville cold.

Once my ex-mother-in-law saw a mouse come in her 3 car garage. Was 'bout 25 degrees F outside.
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Old November 30th, 2017, 12:30   #20
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Here is my take:. Just pay the extra fuel cost with the Jeep. Figure $3/gallon for each fuel. Assume 600 miles round-trip. Assume 12 mpg for Wrangler and 36 mpg for VW.
Wrangler trip costs $50:. VW trip cost $16.67:

Assume $2400 cost for commuter VW.

Savings in fuel comes AFTER 75 trips, Assume no further costs for old VW..

Now, if you just want to play with an old VW diesel- that's fine. But to save money?? No real way. Fine if you want to offset some of your car toy expenses.
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Old November 30th, 2017, 13:42   #21
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Round trips to Cali are closer to $120. $60 fill up to get down there, $60 fill up to get home where as the Jetta would would be a $40 round trip.

But I'm not doing it JUST for trips to So Cal. But when I do drive to So Cal, my parents have great difficulty climbing into my Jeep. So regardless, I have to buy another car. So I'm not buying the car strictly to save money. I am just looking for the most economical car to buy that I can be happy with. And another TDI fits the bill nicely.

I want something more economical for every day driving. I kinda miss my Vw's. I kinda miss my diesels.
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Old December 1st, 2017, 17:11   #22
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Jetta hands down.

A MKIV ALH is like the Chevy 350. Parts are abundant and won't break the bank to get it running right. It can be made to be nice again and there is a good network of TDI mechanics to help you out if you need it
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Old December 1st, 2017, 20:43   #23
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I think I am sold on the Jetta... Just gotta see if the lady will sell it cheap enough.

There is a local guy parting out an 02 gasser that appears to be in good shape. So I texted him and he said I could have the front bumper, core support, hood, and fender (all parts to fix the front end) for $250. That will get the body back to 98% really good condition.

Will still need to do a complete refresh (ALL fluids and filters, timing belt, all vacuum lines, and suspension bushings) and a turbo (hopefully just a cleaning).

I really do believe this car could live a long life.
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Old December 8th, 2017, 06:27   #24
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We had a '05 Passat TDI. Ran it up to 297k km in 13 years (bought new in Oct. '04). Gave the car to our son in 2013, and he drove it for another 4 years then the transmission gave out; a cooler line corroded through and it peed out all of its fluid in the middle of nowhere in New Brunswick. As the car was severely rusted do to a poor accident repair that the VW rust warranty wouldn't cover, the repair cost greatly exceeded the value of the car. Given the age and mileage, my son sold it for scrap on the spot. Now he drives an '03 Mk IV Jetta wagon with the 2.slow, manual.

Getting back to the Passat, the torque converter is an issue. Some folks have done 5 and 6-speed conversions on them (5-speed is cheaper and less problematic apparently), but that's costly for such an old car.

And if the balance shaft hasn't been done (either a geared conversion, or better, a balance shaft delete), then RUN, don't walk, away. It's a time bomb and when the chain lets go, you lose all oil pressure. They also have a very expensive front suspension to repair, and eat CV joints like cornflakes. Good car in its heyday, but I'd be inclined to go Jetta, but looking at the pics, I think I'd pass. You can put a lot of fuel in that Jeep for what either of these cars will cost you to buy and put back into running order, plus fix the inevitable old car problems that will crop up.

When my son went shopping for a Jetta wagon, he passed on TDIs. The ones he found were all either double the price of a 2.0 gas, or had double the mileage. He found a pretty good 2.0 gasser for only $1900 (2003) and so far has only had to do brake pads, a tie rod end, and a starter. A 2.0 won't get nearly the mileage of a TDI, but it won't be as hard on gas as your Jeep. They're cheap, plentiful, and the 2.0 is basically bullet-proof.
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Old December 8th, 2017, 15:47   #25
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the 2.0 is basically bullet-proof.
Except for the AEG (used from 99 - 2001) which drinks oil like a fish drinks water.
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Except for the AEG (used from 99 - 2001) which drinks oil like a fish drinks water.
Same issue with the B6 Passat wagon I had, 2.0T. Great car and engine otherwise, but needed a quart every 4000 km when new, down to 1 every 2000 km at 160k km (100k miles). I think it was a new VW undocumented feature: self-changing oil.
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Old December 8th, 2017, 19:20   #27
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Yeah, my brothers 08 GLI with the same BPY 2.0T goes through oil at an almost alarming rate.
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Except for the AEG (used from 99 - 2001) which drinks oil like a fish drinks water.
Except for fish don't really drink water.

"Only saltwater fish drink. In freshwater, the inside of the fish is "saltier" than the surrounding environment. Water moves into the fish by osmosis, passively, through the gills and the skin and the stomach. Fish have to eliminate all this excess water by peeing dilute urine."

https://www.theguardian.com/notesand...-10999,00.html
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Old December 12th, 2017, 22:05   #29
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Don't forget that you own an asset after buying the jetta. At $2400 you're unlikely to lose money selling it. In other words, fuel savings start immediately. You are maintaining two vehicles at that point though.
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Get the jetta. nuf said.
Passats are like a Chrysler: over engineered and 'Luxury cheap", Made for a Richie that can afford to repair them constantly.
Jettas are made for the everyday working man. They are quality, and is well worth fixing up.
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