Do this^! My turbo went at 80,000+ as well and regretfully I didn't have the time (I was on the road) to find and get a Garrett to install so I had to go back with a stock turbo from a dealer. Price was a thousand (in Dec 2008)
Not sure how old the last post was but Nissan Titan is coming out with a V8 diesel next year and the diesel in the Dodge will be a 6 cyl. Both will be Cummins diesel. Not sure but DOE may be paying some cost for the diesel to keep prices down.
Maybe the smart dealer guy on here can answer (Chris) can correct me but I think VW owns most of it's dealerships so service should not be a problem anywhere if you need warranty work. If it is then someone has a legal recourse against the offending dealer.
It's that time of year and alot of gas stations are trying to run out their summer diesel. Have you tried adding stanadyne to your fuel tank. See www.stanadyne.com for the type of additive you might need to clean and lubricate your injectors. And of course get the service for you diesel completed.
I like CAT since I put a conversion on my MK IV. Screw it on and screw it off. Can't get any easier. Although you do have to crank it awhile to fill it up with fuel if you don't fill it with diesel prior to screwing it on....:p
I agree with the mpg on the Tacoma. I have a 95 and am waiting on the Amarok. Mine is a 95 with 190,000 miles and it is small. Not like the Tacoma's today. I believe there is a market for the Amarok here and if VW doesn't accelerate it's production for the U.S. (provided our dollars will be...