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    Winter tires, whos put them on?

    Still have mine on......on the GTI. Had a snowstorm today, so glad I still had 'em on.
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    aftermarket wheel manufacturer in Michigan - Power Wheels Pro

    Interesting link for y'all: http://www.powerwheelspro.com/shop/index.php They're on the north side of the Detroit area, and contract quality OEM wheel manufacturers to make their knock-off wheels. Note that they make some of these later-styled wheels in 5x100 for those of you with A4's. Make...
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    Winter tires, whos put them on?

    It's that time of year..... Normally it's about Thanksgiving that the winter weather is threatening and I'm deciding to put on the snows. But with El Nino this year and a late spring, a late winter follows. Old snows on the new GTI. :cool: The old Rial 16's in gunmetal look pretty close to...
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    2016 GTI snow tires

    2016 GTI snow tires
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    West Michigan Fall TDI GTG - Oct. 1st, 2016

    Mark, we expect you to show up with the food truck next year...... http://tinyurl.com/h4tmg5u
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    VW Won't Attempt to Regain Diesel Leadership in US; Many TDI Models May Never Return

    I put 481,000 combined miles on a 2000 Golf TDI and a 2010 JSW TDI. Since I've been doing a lot of travel for work, and the JSW was going to need some maintenance soon when after the scandal hit (2nd exhaust flap, brakes original at 197k), I pulled the trigger on a 2016 GTI in April and will...
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    West Michigan Fall TDI GTG - Oct. 1st, 2016

    Two years ago, due to Kirk's harassment, I showed up. And stayed for about 10 minutes. :D Didn't really recognize many people from the Lew Pavlovich GTG days. Last year I was there for 5 minutes. I swear, as the almighty Kirk is my witness! ;) This year I'll just be a blur, and it won't be...
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    NHTSA Update on CR HPFP failure investigation

    You are free to interrupt. And you are free to blame auto-correct. :)
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    everyone wants to race me??

    You need to do an emissions system delete and a stage 2/3...maybe a bigger turbo....and then you can give them a run in your swagger wagon.....
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    Why bother to accept a buy back?

    Follow me to the dark side......buy a GTI! :D The oil filter's still topside. The GTI has a plastic oil pan, with a plastic drain plug that comes out with a turn of a screwdriver, and stays on the screwdriver instead of dropping into the oil, if you do a traditional drain. And you don't have...
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    What would you replace your TDI with????

    Thanks, I just read the first couple pages of that thread, and checked out the Edmunds link where they dyno'd on both 87 and 91 octane. What I find interesting is that the whole curve was shifted slightly down (although pretty minimal). I would have expected 87 to be the same down low, and...
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    Takata airbag recall

    With regards to something like an HPFP, VW would be more involved in the process, and maybe (maybe) should have questioned the pump design. That one involves more collaboration. With regards to the airbags, it's basically the same inflators whether it's a Chevy or a VW. Different bag sizes...
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    What would you replace your TDI with????

    Good to know. I did my first fill-up with RUG due to the fact that I'm in the break-in period, and treating it gently anyway.
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    Why bother to accept a buy back?

    At the time of the April 21 announcement-that-really-wasn't-an-announcement, there was an article claiming that CA was open to allowing some non-compliant vehicle to continue on the road. Maybe someone high up realized that it's a bit of a burden to expect that people should be forced to get...
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    What would you replace your TDI with????

    I haven't driven an 1.8T, but I actually think the 5-speed would be fine. PlaneCrazy said before the the shift points took some getting used to for him. I just took delivery of a 2016 GTI this weekend, and 6 actually seems to be more than necessary. After having a JSW spinning 2000rpm at...
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    Why bother to accept a buy back?

    Took a nice, long, ramble in my new GTI. Got the highway mileage of 34mpg with about 2/3 2-lane roads and 1/3 freeway. Frugality-no-more.......call me Mister Wasteful..... :D The more I drive the car, the more I like it. The suspension is firm but still surprisingly comfortable. It's dirty...
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    2016 GTI

    2016 GTI
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    2016 GTI

    2016 GTI
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    Need a new radio for 2010 JSW

    There's a forum here where you could post a 'WTB' (want to buy). On eBay and Craigslist, folks are often parting out wrecked cars. There should be a reasonable way to find a used one rather than a new one from the dealer. If you do go for the dealer, try www.1stvwparts.com . It's a VW dealer...
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    Why bother to accept a buy back?

    I accepted your arguments that the CRs are cleaner than the 2005-6's.....up until the point where you said you were going strip off the very bits that make them cleaner than those prior TDIs.... The fact that the CRs are high-pressure piezo-injected means that the combustion event can be better...
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