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    on June 8, 2019 I was surprised to see a VW Amarok TDI, with 6 speed manual transmission parked near a hotel in Roanoke Rapid, N.C. It had a Pennsylvania license plate where it was registered and was gray. I was surprised at the size, because of comments that it is too small for the U.S...
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    Poor support for GM diesels

    support GM diesels I have purchased 13 diesel cars since 1975 (only one used) which includes 6 Mercedes, one Oldsmobile and 6 VW Jetta TDIs and I have found that my 14th purchase, a 2019 Chevy Cruze diesel sedan far and away has the most refined and fuel efficient engine, achieving 56 mpg at...
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    Poor support for GM diesels

    VW TDI enthusiasts have apparently failed to support in significant numbers the laudable efforts by GM to make available in the US a modern and highly efficient alternative to VWs former diesel cars. It is apparent from the paucity of new light duty GM "whisper" diesel vehicles in dealerships...
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    Fantastic new 2019 chevy cruze diesel

    Since my 2005.5 VW TDI Jetta has 521,000 miles (still running great) I thought it was the right time to buy a new diesel, with the 2019 Chevy Cruze diesel being the only reasonably priced diesel sedan available in the U.S. Also, since GM announced the cessation of Cruze production in Lordstown...
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    Original BRM Camshaft and Dsg Trans, Numbers don't lie

    high mileage MK5 I am original owner of 2005.5 Jetta TDI, currently 505,000 miles, original DRG transmission, fluid and filter changed every 40,000 miles. Camshaft and flywheel changed at 343,000 miles. Air and fuel filters changed every 25,000 miles. 505.01 oil and filter changes every 3500...
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    Original BRM Camshaft and Dsg Trans, Numbers don't lie

    high mileage MK5 I have a 2005.5 Jetta TDI, current mileage 505,000 miles, original transmission (DRG), camshaft and flywheel changed at 343,000 miles. No other driveline changes, transmission fluid/filter changed every 40,000 miles, 25000 mile changes of transmission oil/fuel filters. 505.01...
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    Who has mega miles on a TDI

    mega miles TDI I currently have 503,000 miles on my 2005.5 Jetta TDI, original owner, cam and flywheel at 331,000 miles no other driveline or fuel system repairs. Rides like new. oil/filter change every 3500 miles, very conservative driving habits.
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    215k miles and no can wear BRM

    For your information VW states that the BRM engine should get oil designated as meeting the 505.01 standard to avoid engine damage. My 2005.5 TDI lasted 331,000 miles on the original cam. I now have 495,000 miles and the engine runs like new, with no oil consumption. Incidentally, I change...
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    Mazda still in the diesel game?

    I just visited a local Mazda dealership in Tallahassee Fl. and was advised that now Mazda has pushed back the diesel introduction to May, 2018. I doubt if Mazda will ever sell a diesel in the U.S.
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    BRM oil consumption=ring replacement??

    BRM oil consumption the owner states he uses T6 oil or Mobile 1 TDT and changes oil every 10,000 miles and oil filter every 5000 miles. I am not familiar with these oils- if they are not compliant with the 505.01 VW requirement, the owners manual states that severe engine damage can result...
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    How long can my cam last?

    how long can my cam last The repair history of my 2005.5 Jetta TDI is as follows: camshaft and flywheel replaced at 334,000 miles; current mileage is 478000 miles. All injectors and DSG transmission original. Voltage regulator replaced, RCV replaced, power door lock actuator replaced...
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    How long can my cam last?

    how long can my cam last My cam needed to be replaced at 334,000 miles (3500 mile oil/oil filter changes with 505.01 oil). I have 144000 miles on the replacement without any problems; the car is a 2005.5 Jetta TDI
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    2017 Chevy Cruze diesel

    I was puzzled by the official EPA fuel economy ratings for the 2017 Chevy Cruze diesel sedan as being 52mpg highway for the 6 speed manual transmission and only 47mpg for the 9 speed automatic (52/37/30 and 47/37/31 for the highway/combined/city fuel economy respectively). This is all the more...
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    VW Won't Attempt to Regain Diesel Leadership in US; Many TDI Models May Never Return

    GM diesel alternative to VW GM spokesman have repeatedly stated their intention to bring the Whisper 1.6L diesel engine to the Chevy Cruze by the 2018 model year in the U.S. This engine is very well received in Europe and hopefully will return 50+ highway mpg in the U.S. version (the previous...
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    DSG good for high miles without repairs?

    DSG longevity For what its worth, I have a 2005.5 Jetta TDI with the 6 speed DSG transmission with 463,000 miles with no repairs to the transmission. Very conservative driving habits, 40,000 mile transmission fluid changes are important. The flywheel was changed at 343,000 miles.