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    One from Pennsylvania

    Spotted at the Penn 80 truck stop. A black Golf/Jetta wagon (didn't see that badge, just the "TDI" that had graphics identifying it as belonging to Martha's Escort Service from Laredo Texas. Get your minds out of the gutter - "Escort" was in the context of pilot car for oversize loads (and it...
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    Thoughts about an "anti-misfueling" gizmo

    Many years ago (late '90s), I saw a gizmo on the clearance table at Canadian Tire. Basically, it was a rubber trough with a loop to hold it around the fuel filler. It had stand-off legs, and a "key" at the free end to wind it up for storage (would self-deploy when the fuel door was opened). Its...
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    Which engine? Distributor pump or PD

    I'm looking into replacing my car in a couple years (enough time that I can wait for the right TDI). I'd be looking at a Jetta Wagon, '03 through '06 (yes, I know that this covers both the A4 and A5). Which is the better engine to get - the distributor pump 90HP (2003), or the 100HP PD (2004...
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    To TDI or not to TDI

    I'm looking at replacing my car in the next year or so (lost a fight with the "tinworm"), and am looking for a small wagon/compact SUV with manual transmission, able to hold a full-size spare tire, able to be "flat towed" (all wheels on ground), and no sunroof. The Golf/Jetta wagon and Passat...
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    Availability: 15W40 synthetic in Toronto area

    My car will be eligible for emission testing late this fall (needs it before late next fall, but the certificate is good for a year and I don't want to wait for the last minute), and since it burns a fair bit of oil (classic Mitsubishi 4-cylinder valve seal issue) I want to cut the unburned...
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    Aftermarket head unit question

    I'm looking for a "swiss army knife" head unit (AM/FM/cassette and CD) in a single-DIN package, with the ability to handle CD-RW discs, and discs loaded with MP3 files (as opposed to only those recorded in CD audio format). There are a couple made by Pyle (PLCDCS90 and PLCDCS100), but they don't...
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    Info wanted about B4Vs

    I've got a few questions about B4s, and was wondering if anyone could help me out. General distribution of interior colour/sunroof status on B4vs (see poll) What components would need to be replaced (besides upholstery and headliner fabric) to change the interior colour on a B4V? From photos...
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    Speculation on A5 cars

    I've picked up a number of data points (listed here as "Report") from the TDI club forums and elsewhere. When combined (my thoughts are listed as "Speculation"), they seem to have interesting possibilities. Report: next-generation Passat will be on the "A" platform Report: VR6 is a "bin 9"...
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    Cheap additive container - Toronto area

    After all the discussions of how to measure and carry "single-serving" sizes of PowerService, I've been looking (not too hard - it's advance planning) for a compatible container in the 4-6 ounce (100-150 ml) range. Today, I spotted some aluminum 156.7 ml (literal translation of 5.3 ounce)...
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    Red JW in Canada: import or repaint

    To make a long story short, the car I am looking for (red Jetta Wagon, ALH engine) was not sold in Canada, and (due to ALH being superceded by POS) a 2004 PD is not an option for me. As a result, things boil down to 2 options: - Get a Canadian-spec car and have it repainted - Import a U.S.-spec...
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    Laptop accessories - anyone for group buy?

    Since a lot of TDIers have laptops for VAG-COM, and some might use them for other things as well , I thought there might be some interest here. I've found a source for retractable cables (modem, LAN, and USB) that are roughly 10% of what a similar cable would cost in a computer store, but the...
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    Which VW is right for me?

    My interest in the TDI was mainly due to the renewable-fuel capability. Unfortunately, it seems that the PD engines are having problems with Biodiesel, negating this issue. As I see it, here are my options, with associated pros and cons. Does anyone have recommendations, or ideas on what is a...
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    Vacuum pumps - wet or dry?

    Since a lot of automotive accessories (power brake boosters, valves in HVAC system, etc) are vaccuum-operated, and diesels don't generate manifold vaccuum, it stands to reason that the TDI would use a vaccuum pump in order to use the same accessories as a gasser. There are 2 different types of...
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    Canadian readers - we've been ignored!

    Canadian readers - we\'ve been ignored! The following deals with the DriverSource Saturday section of the Toronto Sun - if you're in an area "served" by another branch of the Sun family, you might want to check your local library to see if they have the same article in their automotive section...
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    TDI being promoted on general-interest boards

    I noticed on this thread in the automotive discussion area of a general-interest board that the TDI has fans out in the "real world". Someone was looking for a hatchback or small wagon, and received a reply that the only one worth considering was the Golf TDI. Naturally, I had to dispute that -...
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    Saw B4 wagon in Toronto - anyone here?

    On Thursday at around 6 PM I spotted a Passat TDI wagon (light was bad, looked like either silver or light blue but can't be sure) turning left from 14th Avenue eastbound to Warden northbound. Since these are rare cars (I recall seeing that there were roughly 1000 sold in North America), I...
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    Pop goes the window

    A co-worker recently had trouble with the driver's door window on his (2003) Jetta. While driving at about 160 km/h (100 MPH for the Yanks) with the window about 4" open, it shattered. He suspects that it was a combination of aerodynamic load on a not-fully-supported window and something in the...
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    Fuel additive dispenser idea

    I've read about the inconvenience of fuel additives (measuring, pouring, mess), and I've got a couple questions: 1. Can PowerService and other additives be safely stored in PET (type of plastic used in pop bottles) containers? 2. (less critical) Do you typically use 100 ml (roughly 4 ounces) or...
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    TDI and ethanol-blended diesel

    One thing I've read about is that in Ontario, there's a high probability that it will be mandatory for all diesel fuel sold to be blended with ethanol starting around 2005/2006. Through other sources, I've heard that the TDI can't handle the stuff. What's the scoop on using ethanol-blended...
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    Jetta Wagon - getting the configuration I want

    VW finally updated their "build-your-own" page to show the Jetta Wagon as available in Canada, and some of the stuff I want is shown as "not available". Only the GLS is available here, with fewer colours than in the States. It's my understanding that all Jetta Wagons sold in North America are...
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