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Old July 8th, 2008, 08:28   #1
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Hey guys NeWb here and to TDI's....Im looking around now and I seem to find a bunch of 02-04 Automatics. Can you guys give me a rough idea of what the fuel mileage differance would be between the two.

Also are there any gotcha's to watch out for with the Automatics?

thanks...and if you have a TDI for sale in the oh...4000.00 to 8000.00 range let me know

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Old July 8th, 2008, 08:33   #2
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look thru the monthy competitions - there are hundreds posted.
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Old July 8th, 2008, 08:38   #3
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WOW...thanks....guess I'll be looking for the manual!!!!

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Old July 8th, 2008, 13:09   #4
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Good luck finding one in that range, btw... All the ones on the west coast seem to be about 13.5 for 100K+ miles

Meanwhile, I'm just reading up on what I can before making the plunge.
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Old July 8th, 2008, 13:12   #5
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The 99.5 to 03 autos also have had a rather high failure rate starting around 150k miles.
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Old July 9th, 2008, 00:51   #6
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Hey guys NeWb here and to TDI's....Im looking around now and I seem to find a bunch of 02-04 Automatics. Can you guys give me a rough idea of what the fuel mileage differance would be between the two.

Also are there any gotcha's to watch out for with the Automatics?

thanks...and if you have a TDI for sale in the oh...4000.00 to 8000.00 range let me know

Shooter
If you find something under $8k, it will probably have over 250k miles. Whether it's worth it depends on how well it was maintained. I checked the KBB private-owner value of my Golf a few months ago and it was still around $9.5k-$10k (well over 250k miles).

Take your time, find a TDI with the manual transmission from a private owner, someone who has all the maintenance records. Avoid auto dealerships, their inventory usually comes from auto auctions and they have no idea what maintenance or repairs are needed.
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Old July 9th, 2008, 08:25   #7
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i just picked up a 2000 jetta tdi 5spd manual with a lil over 200k miles. cost me around $3,700...needt clean out the intake though XD
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Old July 15th, 2008, 07:10   #8
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i just picked up a 2000 jetta tdi 5spd manual with a lil over 200k miles. cost me around $3,700...needt clean out the intake though XD
That is an out of the ordinary price and you know it. They can be found for that but you have to be either extremely lucky or looking VERY hard for an extended period of time. it all depends on your level of patience and how much time you want to dedicate to looking.
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Old July 15th, 2008, 18:39   #9
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Since i have the pleasure of one of each here is the mpg with my own foot in both cars.
2003 Manual 43 city/ 50 highway
2001 Auto 36 city/ 42 highway
see below for my thoughts on the auto

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Old July 15th, 2008, 19:05   #10
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According to my fuel logbook, my worst tank was 28.57 MPG, best so far has been 37.43, average MPG is 34.56.

I think if I ever get a long highway trip in and can keep the speed down I'll better 40 with it. My goal is to squeek 45 out of it some time.
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Old July 16th, 2008, 13:55   #11
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If it helps,

2000 Jetta 01M Automatic
Best tank - 46 MPG
Worst tank - 38 MPG (moving fast)
Average since buying the car - 43.0 MPG
Last 6 tanks 44.3 MPG

Hope this helps motivate those with Automatics.
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Old July 16th, 2008, 14:20   #12
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If it helps,

2000 Jetta 01M Automatic
Best tank - 46 MPG
Worst tank - 38 MPG (moving fast)
Average since buying the car - 43.0 MPG
Last 6 tanks 44.3 MPG

Hope this helps motivate those with Automatics.
Very nice! Is that a lot of highway mileage? I know the city driving is killing my mileage.
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Old July 16th, 2008, 14:59   #13
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City driving is going to be where the worst hit in mpgs can be , as much as 40+ % maximum , minimum 20 % hit of what the same car with a manual trans .

Highway is about 20 % hit minimum , ~30 % maximum hit in mpgs over the same car with the manual trans .
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Old July 17th, 2008, 07:58   #14
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Of a 100 mile commute each day, 25 miles is windy country road and city roads. The other 75 miles are highway.

When I get into stop and go traffic, I usually lose about 4 - 5 MPG.

I try not to city drive if I can.

Thanks for the compliment.
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Old July 17th, 2008, 12:02   #15
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Hello,

I was getting a pretty constant 42 mpg with the 01M slush box before I put in the 5 speed. Since I did the swap I havent gotten below 49.9 average mpg per tank. my best tank average is just shy of 52. Personnally, I would strongly advise against the auto-- my oppinion-- the 5 speed is not as easy to drive but it much more fun .
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