I don't lose highway fuel economy with my road bike on a trunk-mounted rack.
I lower the rack angle as much as possible, remove the front tire from the bike, and secure the handles in line with the airflow. It tucks in behind the car tightly and doesn't flop around like a sail.
Much like "hold my beer and watch this" is a cue to hit the emergency dialer... if you can stop laughing.
The toboggan thing bugs my wife. Especially when it's pronounced "TOE-bahgen" instead of "tuh-bahgen". Those are snow sleds where she's from. We just used table tops and sheet metal when...
This is my experience. I had mine calibrated to 0.1 gal accuracy against actual usage for over a year. Then my driving conditions changed from a consistent route to inconsistent routes. Hasn't been "accurate" or even "consistently inaccurate" since the change in driving.
Correct! The car really sticks to the road and tracks straight. The ride is smooth. The steering is responsive.
All and all, I am happy with the suspension upgrade and new clutch.
I'm tempted to drive up to the mountains after leaf season and have some fun after driving on the rolling roads...
Thanks to Richard, my 172k mile Jetta is driving better than ever. New shocks and struts, lower control arm bushings, sway bar bushings, ball joints, and tie rod ends. New rear main seal and single mass flywheel clutch. Clean fluids and filters.
I appreciate the 2 days I spent at his place...
Fresh oil in a TDI will turn black very quickly, more or less immediately upon the next engine use. It's nothing to worry about.
Confirm that the fresh oil meets the standard in your owners' manual. If it doesn't, then change it to an oil that does meet the standard.
This is the thread mentioned above. http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=79968
I had 61.75mpg, 1022 mile tank as I relocated in the fall of 2011. 55mph driving (averaging 50 mph for the tank) over 4 days, but not "daily" driving conditions for sure.
Good luck with your attempt.
I had a 1980 Dasher Diesel while in high school and the first years of college. It was a very nice car for the era. Always returned 40+ mpg, closer to 50 on road trips -- even using 440 AC. I wish I knew then what I know now about the cost of lack of maintenance.
The difference between 60mph and 75 mph in my 2003 Jetta is 9 mpg (56 mpg vs 47 mpg) for extended periods of steady-speed driving using the cruise control.
I use paper/pen calculation method and make corrections for odometer inaccuracy.
I did the purge yesterday after a warm-up drive. Several lengthy cycles from idle up to 5000 rpm, specifically focusing between 3000 and 5000, were performed during the purge.
I had a good amount of sooty exhaust produced in the first minute or two of the purge. I thought I was running it...