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    U.S. Comeback?

    VW's biggest crime was having 2 completely different sets of maps in the ECU, one which was emissions compliant and one that was not. Initially if you drove gently the car would use the emissions compliant maps, which defers DPF regens and was causing the DPFs to crack. Then VW updated the...
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    Headlight Question

    Manual level controls on headlights aren't legal under DOT. I agree they should have automatic level control.
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    U.S. Comeback?

    There's a reason the Chevy Cruze cost more, was louder, and got worse economy than a VW TDI. It was emissions compliant, the VW was not. -J
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    A spacious EV for road trips: will it become real for $50K in 2023?

    About 120 on the highway going 75+. We go from ~10% to ~60%. Going from DC to Grand Rapids MI was 3 stops. We could have done it with 2 stops, but it would have taken longer. Plus getting out to stretch every ~2 hours is nice, and the dog needs to go for a walk anyway. -J
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    A spacious EV for road trips: will it become real for $50K in 2023?

    Ah. On our car we stop for about 15 minutes usually, a bit longer if we're giving the dog dinner.
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    Remove "Missing" link reference

    I can see it too, it you edit your signature there's no option to remove the danasoft link? You might try copying the text out, and deleting your signature completely, then paste the text back in. -J
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    A spacious EV for road trips: will it become real for $50K in 2023?

    So while you were eating your ice cream several Teslas visited a supercharger, and this somehow an issue? We're on another road trip in our '18 Model 3 right now. The odometer just rolled past 125,000! We've driven the car on 3 cross country road trips, and visited all 48 continental US...
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    Model 3 125K

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    2.0 tdi automatic transmission upgrade

    I agree. This also means any time the power demand changes the transmission shifts, sometimes multiple gears :rolleyes: "Just pick a gear and stay there!" -J
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    Is there a back up assist or sensor in my jetta

    A backup camera was optional in some markets. Does your car have one? It would be visible near the license plate. It's possible someone replaced the radio or changed the soft coding to tell the car there's a backup camera, when none is present.
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    Crackling noise from rear speakers

    Does your car have the Monsoon system? These cars are getting old enough that capacitor failures in the audio systems are going to start happening. But, if you can smack the dash and the noise goes away it might just be a connection / grounding issue. I'd suggest disconnecting, and...
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    Who’s going to Tesla after their current TDI?

    One thing that's been pleasant surprise: Tesla parts are actually very reasonably priced. And they have mobile service. Our car is out of warranty now - it's got 125,000 miles. We had to get a control arm / ball joint replaced, that was around $300 total; and the charge port door & motor which...
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    Who’s going to Tesla after their current TDI?

    Good news is on the Tesla you can turn the brightness way down, and the screen(s) get quite dim. It also changes the colors at night so the image is less bright to begin with. -J
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    ABS to non ABS breaks

    You can't just pull the fuse, it will throw off the proportioning and you'll lock the rear wheels first.
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    B4 won't rev over 1200 with brake applied

    Every TDI is like this. Fallout from the Audi 5000 "Unintended Acceleration" incidents.
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    ///// Clutched Power steering pump for max power / economy and road feel ? /////

    The drag from the PS pump when driving straight ahead is minimal. The extra mass from an electromagnetic clutch is like fitting a heavier flywheel and could make the throttle less responsive. Your car has a power steering rack. Without the pump running you'll be turning the car through the...
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    ///// Making the Air Conditioning more economical /////

    Do your older vehicles have a variable displacement compressor? I'm guessing no (unless they were 4 cylinder GM vehicles). An R134a VW does not have a cycling clutch. The ECU might turn off the compressor clutch when you pull away quickly in first or 2nd gear, but otherwise the clutch remains...
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    ///// Making the Air Conditioning more economical /////

    On a Mk4 the only real efficiency gains I could see are turning the blower fan speed down, or using recirculate. The system is always going to target a ~38*f evaporator temperature. But once it gets close to that temp the compressor is going to unload. Yes, if it's a not-so-hot day you'll...
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    Who has a 99.5 ?

    You can change the column switches out easily - I installed the updated style when the original stalk in my 99.5 wore out.
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    Who has a 99.5 ?

    99.5's dont have this. It's annoying anyway, all it shows is that the switch is on, not that it's driving the car. -J