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VW MKIV-A4 TDIs (VE and PD) This is a general discussion about A4/MkIV Jetta (99.5-~2005), Golf(99.5-2006), and New Beetle(98-2006). Both VE and PD engines are covered here.

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Old May 1st, 2001, 07:54   #1
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What is the most miles/km thay you have put on a VW diesel engine? I always seemed to buy mine @ 80K mi. and loose interest by 150K and make a trade.

I know of someone who drove a Rabbit for 380,000 miles / 600,000 km. with original block, head and tranny. No engine work except for a couple of injection pumps and a handful of waterpumps and alternators.

How about your high mileage VW/Audi diesel?
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Old May 1st, 2001, 07:58   #2
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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Metalnerd:
What is the most miles/km thay you have put on a VW diesel engine? I always seemed to buy mine @ 80K mi. and loose interest by 150K and make a trade.

I know of someone who drove a Rabbit for 380,000 miles / 600,000 km. with original block, head and tranny. No engine work except for a couple of injection pumps and a handful of waterpumps and alternators.

How about your high mileage VW/Audi diesel?
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The first Diesel my folks owned had over 300,000 on it when they sold it. I occationally see it today, they sold it 8 or 10 years ago. I would guess that it has 500,000 miles on it now. I'm not sure as I've only seen it on the road not parked.
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Old May 1st, 2001, 08:30   #3
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metalnerd, we have 96k on our '96 wagon. I suspect we will go quite a bit farther with that car since there are no replacement/equivalent cars available in this country. The car has been a trouble-free pleasure to have around especially when one considers the current price of guzz-oline!

I would buy a new diesel wagon tomorrow if such an animal were available but that's another story.
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Old May 1st, 2001, 08:53   #4
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Even a TDI in their new wagon model would be nice! [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]
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Old May 1st, 2001, 09:15   #5
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My '84 Jetta was up to 220k before the body gave up the ghost. Several other VW diesels that my father or I have owned pretty much were in minor fender benders (that totaled them) or had other bodily problems and had to be retired before 200k was reached.
I've seen rabbits with 300k+ and my father-in-law has a 300SD with 225k and climbing.
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Old May 1st, 2001, 10:05   #6
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I have seen many Diesel Rabbits that have 250K+ miles on them- noticing more of them now that I have TDI-
Most died from something other than engine failure.....

My Gas 1984 Rabbit sucked- automatic meant always keeping pedal pushed to FLOOR!- needed front struts- bought 1200bux- sold 500 2 years later- guess I made out ok- Interior of car was IMMACULATE when I bought it- was a highline model wasnt too bad! 130K miles- ran when sold!

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Old May 1st, 2001, 11:00   #7
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The odometer on our '84 diesel Jetta broke at about 180k. We drove it for a few more years (+15k per year) and sold it to a friend who drove it for a few more years. It never died; he just replaced it with a 4wd, which he needed. It's probably still sitting in his driveway.

My '80 diesel rabbit, I can't remember exactly, may have been around 170k when I sold it. Someone drove it around for maybe 3 years after that, at which point the body was too rusty.
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Old May 2nd, 2001, 05:32   #8
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Other people that I run into have had high mileage Rabbits, G/J and may say "the odomoeter broke at 250K mi. and we drove it for another 8 years......."

Living in the Rust Belt (we invented rust right here in Pittsburgh), most Rabbit engines outlived their bodies.

Surely one of you guys/gals has a Rabbit in Texas with 850,000 miles on it?

And this was before the popularity of Synthetic engine oils (I am shooting for a million !)
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Old May 2nd, 2001, 05:38   #9
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A colleague of mine last year, retired his 91 Jetta TD, with 895000km on it. Original motor, but it needed a rad, and serious body work. He tried to kill it many times to no avail. He retired it, mainly because he was concerned that one time he'd hit the brakes, and the body would keep on going. [img]images/icons/shocked.gif[/img]
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Old May 2nd, 2001, 09:02   #10
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WOW That is over a half million miles - He was probably ready to give it a rest and change his own scenery. The new TDI-equipped cars are less tiresome on the nerves (with ample power to more than keep up with traffic) and comfy stuff like A/C and power everything. I don't think I will get sick of the Passat. It may nickel-and-dime me to death after 200-300,000 miles but we will see............
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Old May 3rd, 2001, 07:16   #11
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My 86 diesel jetta has 229,364 miles on it.
Body is in good shape, i've had two blown head gaskets, cost under $500 each time. three batteries, 7 glow-plugs, 3 fuel filters , replaced the muffler and tail pipe.
That's about it. I am very pleased with it and use it as my backup car. I'm lucky to put 200 miles on it a month now but I know it is ready in case my 97 tdi Passat goes down. I have 98,386 miles on it and replaced timing belt....oh the diesel jetta is on it's 3rd timing belt. Raise the hood on the passat and the engine is about as clean as when I bought it, no leaking seals.
Great car and how I pray that vw brings the Passat over again with a tdi engine....I'll buy one quick. Happy-TDI-ING......
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Old May 5th, 2001, 20:34   #12
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1st Rabbit - 1978 diesel bought new, totally worn out engine at 295,000 km. Impossible to start below freezing. [img]images/icons/mad.gif[/img]

2nd Rabbit 1981 - bought used--starting having the same cold weather starting problems at about 215,000 km so got rid of it quickly. [img]images/icons/frown.gif[/img]

1st Jetta 'Snow White I' bought used from an amateur diesel mechanic. One of the lower main bearings completely wore out at 265,000 km. [img]images/icons/confused.gif[/img] At this time the original timing belt broke distroying the values (hey never knew you had to change those things). Was completely rebuilt with new rings, values and bottom end, by said amateur diesel mechanic. Gave car to him at 410,000 km (too many things needed replacing). Still going strong at 440,000 km with original turbo, which has never been touched and has been leaking oil for the past 250,000 km. He drives the car daily and says it is still the nicest VW diesel he has owned.

2000 Jetta TDI 'Snow White II' 65,000 km and have fingers crossed.
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Old May 7th, 2001, 21:12   #13
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Well my record was 600000kms (375000 miles) on a 1985 Jetta td, the head was redone before I had bought the car but the rest was original. I still own it but the repairs cut up with me and it is sitting untill I can find the time... I have serviced a 1990 Jetta turbo diesel with 1.1 million km (687500 miles), it was on its third trans and second engine. I was surprised that it was turbo and still good for so many miles. It was a courier in a rural area. I have owned over six Jettas each with over 350000 kms (220k) and mostly original and still very reliable cars. They all needed a thorough servicing when I bought them but would give a year or two of faithful service and then sell for two or three times what I had invested! I have found the most common problems are running out of trans oil, glow plugs and head gasket or timing belt failures (which is why I ended up with them for under $500).
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Old May 7th, 2001, 21:41   #14
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This was taken about a year ago when I installed my tachometer in the beast. It only has about 314,000 on it now, as it's just sitting in the garage awaiting a new injection pump. [img]images/icons/tongue.gif[/img]

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Edit : I forgot to mention, the odometer was broken for a year. [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]

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Old May 8th, 2001, 15:21   #15
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Well over 220,000 miles on my 1980 Dasher (odometer was broken for a few years and stuck at 220,000).

265,000 on my 1983 Quantum TD. I saw this car regularly for at least a couple of years after selling it.
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