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    Mazda (finally) confirms a CX-5 diesel this summer

    https://www.autoblog.com/2019/04/17/2019-mazda-cx-5-signature-awd-diesel-nyias-81jwe8/ Really poor EPA mileage numbers, but I'm sure they can be beat as easily as we beat them with our VW diesels. Pricey, too.
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    Audi offering a performance diesel Q5 - but not in North America

    https://www.autoblog.com/2019/02/21/audi-sq5-tdi-is-a-performance-diesel-crossover-we-wont-get/ "The 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 produces 347 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, with Audi quoting "acceleration to highway speeds" (we'll assume 62 mph) in 5.1 seconds." That would be a fun...
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    Next Touareg a plug-in hybrid?

    http://www.autospies.com/news/TEASED-Volkswagen-Gives-Us-A-TASTE-Of-What-Is-Up-Its-Sleeve-For-The-Next-Gen-Touareg-Does-THIS-Get-YOUR-Attention-88123/ If they can rein in the price, this might be interesting.
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    And now an airbag recall

    Now it seems all NMS Passats have a Takata air bag, which as we know has a bad habit of exploding dangerously. Somehow I doubt they have replacements available yet, so when I get my 20K service this Saturday I doubt it will be addressed.
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    Left Rear Door Rattle

    I have a rattle that is driving my dealer (and myself) nuts. Sitting in the driver's seat, it sounds like it's coming from behind and just below my ear. First the dealer pulled the panel off and checked all around the door lock switch. No luck there. I just picked it up two hours ago after they...
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    2015 VW Golf SportWagen priced from $21,395*

    No interior pictures yet. I want to see if they've dumped the RNS-315 like they have in the Golf. http://www.autoblog.com/2015/02/12/2015-vw-golf-sportwagen-priced-from-21-395/ Now known as the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen in the US, the long-roof version of the platform gets larger for its new...
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    Code P0042A

    Code P042A (edited code) Our Jetta has had a CEL on for several weeks. The OBDII scanner I have owned for years doesn't appear to be compatible with the latest version of CAN-BUS. I decided to try one of those simpler cables that uses OBDWiz software. It seems to connect to the CAN alright, but...
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    Touareg vs Q5

    I am seriously considering replacing my Tiguan. I want a diesel, and am tired of waiting for VWoA to bring the Tig TDI here. I spent several days last week with a 2013 Lux, and was impressed. However, the Touareg is larger than I really need. The Audi Q5 is almost spot on size wise, but there...
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    Pros and Cons of Diesel Engines

    http://www.dexknows.com/article/pros-and-cons-of-diesel-engines-5048/ In general, a fair and positive diesel article. The only cons listed deal with cost of fuel vs RUG, premium sticker price, and lack of diesel fueling stations. I don't particularly agree with the last point, but that might...
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    US Navy Develops a Technique to Produce Jet Fuel from Sea Water

    http://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/US-Navy-Develops-a-Technique-to-Produce-Jet-Fuel-from-Sea-Water.html If they can make jet fuel this way, then diesel shouldn't be much of a stretch. I would imagine a shore based system would be less expensive to run and could produce fuel for...
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    Mid 80s Diesel question

    I know they're not TDI engines, but I'm considering getting a mid 80s VW diesel again. While I had a 1980 US built Rabbit, I'm looking at either a 86 Jetta or 85 Quantum. Both say they are turbo diesels with 5 speeds. I remember there were turbo and non turbos back then (mine was non). I also...
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    Mis-Fuel this past weekend

    Well, it happened. My daughter (usually quite smart, a high school teacher with masters degree ;)) loaded up with RUG Saturday morning. She left the station and drove to her school's graduation (about two miles). She then drove home from the stadium (another 5-6 miles). She mentioned that it...
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    VW getting more diesel competition

    GM has confirmed the new Cadillac ATS will come with a diesel. http://www.autoblog.com/2012/01/08/2013-cadillac-ats-debuts-in-detroit-diesel-engine-confirmed/ "During the presentation, Reuss also confirmed that the ATS will get a diesel engine in its first life-cycle, though specific details...
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    New Focus coming with Diesel?

    http://www.autoblog.com/2010/01/11/2011-ford-focus-unveiled-u-s-and-euro-models-finally-unite The new Ford Focus is looking pretty good, but this line really caught my attention... Unless they are using an acronym I don't recognize, that means a diesel? Since this the Detroit Auto Show, they...
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    2009 Order Guide includes Touareg V6 TDI

    An internal VW web site has posted the 2009 Order Guide (with prices:D ). The Touareg 2 V6 TDI is listed as start of production CW 45, which is the 1st week of November 2008. Price is $42,800, which is $3500 more than the gas V6 and $6100 less than the V8. Standard equip for all 3 includes:17"...
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    BMW Diesels coming soon...

    http://www.autospies.com/news/BMW-Diesel-s-coming-in-2008-Is-Diesel-The-New-Hybrid-20558 Seems that the X5 is first out the gate, and according to one writer further down the list that the 3-Series should only be about a month behind. While my first choice would be the new Jetta, I feel VWoA...
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