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Old April 18th, 2006, 13:52   #151
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Anyone have a star wheel socket/key I could borrow for an evening this week? Maybe someone near Eden Prairie? Thanks. dgoffman@rfamec.com
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Old April 18th, 2006, 14:30   #152
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Anyone have a star wheel socket/key I could borrow for an evening this week? Maybe someone near Eden Prairie? Thanks. dgoffman@rfamec.com
Emailed - I think this is for locking lugs...
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Old April 26th, 2006, 19:52   #153
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Saw something interesting tonight - I stopped at the Davanni's near 50th and Highway 100 for a bite to eat, looked in the lot, and saw a couple interesting vanity plates: "BORA" and "MKV GTI". Volksport.org was having a meeting in the party room. And they have a show scheduled for June 11 at Westside VW.
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Old April 26th, 2006, 20:54   #154
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Saw something interesting tonight - I stopped at the Davanni's near 50th and Highway 100 for a bite to eat, looked in the lot, and saw a couple interesting vanity plates: "BORA" and "MKV GTI". Volksport.org was having a meeting in the party room. And they have a show scheduled for June 11 at Westside VW.
Yup. They were having a board meeting. I believe they are having another meeting this coming Saturday.
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Old April 27th, 2006, 14:04   #155
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Well after lurkering around for a few weeks I though this group would be fitting to ask:
How much trouble will I have as a mechanically DISinclined driver looking into buying a TDI Jetta wagon? The past year or so has been pretty mild. As a lifelong MN resident I know -20 and up to 104 well enough for weather. My commute and family needs would seem to suit the strengths of a TDI very well though.
Currently I'm dishing everything a 96 Mazda Protege can handle and it hasn't failed me yet and its nearly indestructable sitting at 230,000 miles and doing 100 per day freeway with a minimal of minor repairs and abusive oil change intervals at every 6000 sometimes.
But a Jetta would have such a nicer build and enjoyable daily drive on top of the rediculously good MPG over getting another asian. The safety is a plus for the wife too, but she only drives town/country and not freeway.

Any experiences with the VW dealers for expected typical wait time for a used TDI wagon to show up? I'm guessing the turnover is pretty rare, and seems even thinner for a wagon variant...

Anyways, thanks in advance, you seem like a helpfull bunch.
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Old April 27th, 2006, 14:20   #156
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Well after lurkering around for a few weeks I though this group would be fitting to ask:
How much trouble will I have as a mechanically DISinclined driver looking into buying a TDI Jetta wagon? The past year or so has been pretty mild. As a lifelong MN resident I know -20 and up to 104 well enough for weather. My commute and family needs would seem to suit the strengths of a TDI very well though.
Currently I'm dishing everything a 96 Mazda Protege can handle and it hasn't failed me yet and its nearly indestructable sitting at 230,000 miles and doing 100 per day freeway with a minimal of minor repairs and abusive oil change intervals at every 6000 sometimes.
But a Jetta would have such a nicer build and enjoyable daily drive on top of the rediculously good MPG over getting another asian. The safety is a plus for the wife too, but she only drives town/country and not freeway.

Any experiences with the VW dealers for expected typical wait time for a used TDI wagon to show up? I'm guessing the turnover is pretty rare, and seems even thinner for a wagon variant...

Anyways, thanks in advance, you seem like a helpfull bunch.
On finding the vehicle, I would suggest that you look in a range of several hundred miles. I would also recommend you have one of the experts on these boards look over the car before you commit.
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Old April 27th, 2006, 14:42   #157
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I love my wagon, just remember, you wouldn't want to put people in the back seat for any extended period.

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Old April 28th, 2006, 05:55   #158
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I love my wagon, just remember, you wouldn't want to put people in the back seat for any extended period.

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Description — $11,900, 2002 Jetta TDI diesel, wagon, automatic, moon roof, leather seats, heated seats and mirrors, all power, silver with black interior, excellent condition, 45 mpg, $11,900, call 605-523-2525 or 605-929-3717.
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Nope, just putting a couple of 'shorties' back there. We're commited to not be a minivan family. When they grow up, if their gear for activities takes more room than a wagon can hold, its time for trimming activities, not getting a bigger ride...

Thanks for the userd search spam, is that an Iowa listing? While I'd like a test drive sooner than later, the purchase is still a few months off. But that looks like a good comparison to start with. Might be able to swing an 03' or '04 depending on miles. Then the debate over PD comes up...
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Old April 29th, 2006, 09:38   #159
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How much trouble will I have as a mechanically DISinclined driver looking into buying a TDI Jetta wagon? The past year or so has been pretty mild. As a lifelong MN resident I know -20 and up to 104 well enough for weather. My commute and family needs would seem to suit the strengths of a TDI very well though.
Welcome!

The conventional wisdom seems to be that you have to be willing to work some on a TDI or owning one doesn't make a lot of sense. I'm not hugely mechanically-inclined myself and, as the years go by, I find I'm less willing to wrench something (usually on a garage floor in January) in my limited free time. I did buy a Bentley manual, though, so I could do some things if I wanted to. I think, as in most cases (homes, lawnmowers, etc.), it becomes a choice of learning to do it yourself (finding the skills, time, and tools) or spending a bit to have things done for you.

The TDI will be a non-issue AFA weather goes. I've been driving TDIs since 1999, including a time when I had to park outside. It always started, it always went. The big issues with a VW TDI in winter are that it takes a while to heat up (you can either plug it in or just lengthen trips to make sure the car gets a chance to warm up fully [what I do]) and that the car is fairly low to the ground (running over those frozen clods dropped off of other vehicles' wheelwells is an expensive form of gambling; a steel skidplate helps).
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Any experiences with the VW dealers for expected typical wait time for a used TDI wagon to show up? I'm guessing the turnover is pretty rare, and seems even thinner for a wagon variant...
Yeah, a used 5-speed Wagon is going to take a bit of a search. You'll want to be flexible either in how long it takes to find your exact desire or in what colors/features/mileage you hope for if you want to line up something sooner. Be prepared to act quickly because that particular combination is in high demand, especially since you can't buy an A5 Wagon even if you wanted to. As vikingrob suggested, get one of the local TDI folks to check it out for you. There are some very knowledgeable people in this region and I would feel comfortable handing my keys to pretty much any of 'em. This is a good bunch.
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Old April 29th, 2006, 12:18   #160
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Sighting: Black A4 with BORA on the left side of the decklid and TDI on the right side. I think it was Monday or Tuesday morning of this week in Big Lake on Hwy 10.

Just in case any body sees me, I am the 2002 black A4 with a 50 mpg sticker on the back as well as a "Got Deutsch" (promoting the Twin Cities German Immersion School) sticker. Everyday I'm driving between St. Cloud and Elk River on Hwy 10.
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Old April 30th, 2006, 06:15   #161
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Sighting: Black A4 with BORA on the left side of the decklid and TDI on the right side. I think it was Monday or Tuesday morning of this week in Big Lake on Hwy 10.

Just in case any body sees me, I am the 2002 black A4 with a 50 mpg sticker on the back as well as a "Got Deutsch" (promoting the Twin Cities German Immersion School) sticker. Everyday I'm driving between St. Cloud and Elk River on Hwy 10.
Yeah, I've seen two TDIs the past 14 days. One black sedan going up 35E into DT St. Paul, and one silver sedan going south on 35 just before Northfield.

/My commute is 50 miles each way (under 60 minutes baby), I would *warm* a diesel very nicely.

//My Mazda is semi-ghetto and could use a skid plate, front bumper molding is cracked to Hades from a good hefty raccoon from Mnenominie.

I guess my question would be what dealerships won't rake you over and would be likely to have a car picked up outstate for you? I'm not opposed to getting the financing in order and then waiting 2 months. Is a 02-04 wagon with under 50,000 miles around $15/16K or am I in Candyland? Whats the range for dealer extended warrantees?

I might be waiting untill fall if it is possible gas prices fall back under $2.50 and the TDI demand doesn't call for an outrageous premium.
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Old May 9th, 2006, 19:51   #162
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Who among this group is going to the Michigan GTG?
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Old May 10th, 2006, 09:00   #163
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VR, I'm still thinking about throwing down a mileage challange to you, when are you planning on leaving to go to Mich? I could unrace you to Madison or Chi town.

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VR, I'm still thinking about throwing down a mileage challange to you, when are you planning on leaving to go to Mich? I could unrace you to Madison or Chi town.

Sam

I know I'd lose, but it'd be fun.
Leaving from downtown Minneapois sometime between 11pm on Thu 5/25 and 2am Fri 5/26 (though the schedule I drew up leaves at 2:23am Fri 5/26). On a trip like this, I wouldn't buy fuel in WI or IL, so it will probably be northwestern Indiana before I fill up, but by my calculations, I can make it to Fowlerville on one tank. The stops are set forth in post #265 on the Michigan GTG thread and in PDF form here.

The closest station to my place is T & Y, located here.
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Old May 15th, 2006, 21:05   #165
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newguy, here in mn, is possibly doing a group buy for bosal hitches!!

check it out:
http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=138714

could be very worthwhile for us, since we could potentially save a bunch of $$ on extra shipping..
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