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Old November 1st, 2018, 12:08   #76
Smashed Ixnay
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Just passed 60k miles and loving my 2015 Passat TDI with phase 2. I’m gonna keep this car a long time.
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Old November 2nd, 2018, 16:04   #77
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Fuel Economy: 45 - 55, mostly around 48

2005 Jetta TDI GLS Wagon, original owner. 270,300 miles so far. I have replaced the battery twice, just had to finally do the rear brakes, front brakes are still fine. Replaced both O2 sensors. Cleaned throttle body. Fixed some front suspension problems a few years ago. No camshaft problems, so far. Engine is fine, as long as I keep VW techs away from it. I change the oil every 5 to 6,000 miles, whether it needs it or not.
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Old November 2nd, 2018, 17:58   #78
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Fuel Economy: 42 stock, 47-49 now

Originally Posted by DonL View Post
just had to finally do the rear brakes
god, to live somewhere that doesn't salt the roads
they rust solid in a few years here
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Old November 7th, 2018, 12:09   #79
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Fuel Economy: 41-46mpg

333k on the 2002 Jetta. Automatic made it 272k before dying slowly. With the 5 spd i'm averaging 40-42mpg. Wish I had more highway driving but not so much.

Switching to LED headlight bulbs and disabling the daytime running lights fixed the lightbulb changing ordeal. Malone Stage 1 allows it to accelerate now Wish I could figure out the first thing in the morning surging deal...it surges for 5-10 seconds and then idles normally. No codes, no lights, and nothing on VCDS.
2002 VW Jetta TDI auto->5speed conversion, Malone Stage 1
2011 F150 4x4 SuperCrew Ecoboost - 5star 93 octane/adaptive octane tunes
2017 Toyota Sienna XLE
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Old November 7th, 2018, 12:39   #80
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80K. Only unexpected expense was a terminally clogged heater core. "It's cold on my side of the car," she said. Bought a full-size spare on a matching wheel.
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Old November 19th, 2018, 18:49   #81
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Location: Martensville, SK
Fuel Economy: 800km/1100km/tank

I am almost ashamed that we have only 360,000 kms. (223.000 mi.) on our '03 ALH Jetta Variant. Have several other cars, but the Jetta tailgate is rusted and it is time to take it off of the road and replace all of the suspension bushings and bearings, as things are starting to loosen up. Bought a rust free tailgate, will buy new VW front fenders and bring the body up to standard. Have had Bilstein/Eibach VR6 wagon springs since nearly new, all perfect there. Ran VNT17 but bad supplier, rebuilt - going to new 17/26 billet wheel and larger SMIC plus a bit more nozzle (not sure about doing 11mm pump) plus lift pump for next few hundred thousand. We have a Q7 TDI to pick up the slack, but I hope it will go back to being our long distance cruiser next summer. Got 620k and 650k out our last to IDI TDs, expect at least that from the ALH.
4L='15 Q7 TDI, B7='15TDI(buy back), B6='09 wagon gasser, A4=2003 TDI Variant, A3=Golf CL, A2=2x1.6 Jetta TDs, Golf Syncro Country, A1=Scirocco Mk1 & 16v, Audi 5000TD, 2014 I, Porsche 924/M471 and a bunch of diesel trucks.
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Old November 19th, 2018, 19:17   #82
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Location: South of Boston
Fuel Economy: 50/45/37

I drove my '02 Wagon from MA to Wisconsin and back late last week, 2,400 miles in 3.5 days. Didn't miss a beat. Last two fills on the trip were over 50 MPG, and that was cruising at 75 actual MPH (78 indicated). Car passed 377,777 this afternoon. I don't think there's any other vehicle out there better represents the motto of this site: Economy, Longevity, Performance.
2002 Jetta wagon, 400K, RC3+; 1993 Mercedes-Benz 300D 2.5, 197K; 1997 Passat, 289K; '99.5 Golf, 260K; 2011 335d, 63K; 2015 Golf Sportwagen, 13K. Principal, http://www.idparts.com
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Old November 20th, 2018, 13:24   #83
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2014 purchased 2 weeks go with 78,000km now at 79,500km, expected to do 40,000km/year
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Old November 20th, 2018, 17:20   #84
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Just passed 293k on my 2012 Jetta TDI highline. Been averaging about 50k/yr. Not driving it as much now that I've acquired a Touareg (2016 3.0L TDI) which already has 33k since I bought it in April 2018.
I'd get better mileage if I would just drive slower...

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Old November 21st, 2018, 17:02   #85
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Fuel Economy: 50 mpg

Getting right near 300K Miles. Still going strong. Speakers are blown, door seals need replaced, drivers seat is like a rock, and the wife stills refers to it as "Old Stinky".
2000 Jetta GLS TDI
5spd Silver/Black 290K + miles
Sprint 520 - ALH Stage 1 tune
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Old November 21st, 2018, 22:15   #86
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Hi! In response to your post, I currently have 96,XXX and climbing. My Uncle has 878,xxx on his 2004 TDI Beetle, which is what prompted me to purchase my 2003 TDI Bug. Took some time to grow accustomed to the clack of a diesel coming out of a little beetle, but, now I love it. I love when people ask me at the gas station "OMG.....DO YOU KNOW YOU ARE PUMPING DIESEL!?!" or "what's wrong with your car, it sounds funny". I just purchased this little tank from a fella who drove it for work. It has what I think of as "low miles" for a diesel, and aside from needing paint, it is in amazing shape. New tires, rotors, pads, and struts! My radio doesn't work (aftermarket) and I am trying now to post a thread about that in hopes that someone could lend some advice. As far as highway speeds, it is running at around 2300 rpms at 70 mph-80 mph.
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Old November 28th, 2018, 12:14   #87
Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: MetroNY
Fuel Economy: 39.5 Consistently

I took the cash for my 2013 Jetta sedan in 2017 with over 120,000 miles.

In September of 2018, I 'rebooted'. Bought a fixed 2014 Jetta SportWagen with 21,000 miles.

Both 6-speed manual transmissions.

The 2103 would get 43-48 mpg using the car's odometer and the pump's legal-for-trade display.

The heavier SportWagen gets 39.5 MPG every time I check. Same 120 mile-per-day commute.
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Old November 30th, 2018, 08:51   #88
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999,999kms as of August 2017, after that she dont count anymore.
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Old October 8th, 2019, 21:36   #89
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317k so far ....
2003 Jetta tdi wagon , 5 sp, 316k miles, 11 mm pump, DLC 520, Malone stage 1, P205 70 R 15 Ecopias on Avus rims, hammer mod
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Old October 8th, 2019, 21:38   #90
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How many years of driving? To do 317,000

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