2006 a decent year?

panteramatt

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Im searching for my first tdi. I know the 99-03 are cinsidered the best but i think the 2006 look sharp and im finding some good deals on them. So, what r the problems with them? What fuel mileage can they get and does it cost more to hop them up powerwise? Id be getting a manual. Any tips and info would be GREATLY appreciated!
 

belome

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The biggest downside was possible early cam failures. You are talking Jetta right? The Passats were a totally different beast with lots of problems.
 

puntmeister

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The 99-03 are known to get the best MPG.

All of them, from what I read on this forum, have nuanced problems. The 2006 I am guessing is a PD - like the other poster said, the CAMs wear out. But still, we're talking once every 100k to 200k miles.

The big problem with the 99-03 models: at this point, the interiors are likely in rough shape, followed by the body, and electronics.

All other factors being equal, my rough guess is the ALH models get up to 10% better MPG than a BEW. In the range we're talking about - 45 to 55 mpg's, the actual fuel consumption difference is minimal.

Driving style and where you drive make a huge difference in MPGs. In Arizona, I get 50 MPG with a BEW. Same car got 35 MPG in Washington DC.
 
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fossill

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I'd be looking at a '09 and up. Dpf/egr delete, Rawtek exhaust and Malone tune and you'd have a great reliable car with great fuel economy. The ALH and BEW series are getting "long in the tooth".
 

panteramatt

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Yea I understand but I dont want to spend more than $4000 and Im more leaning on $3000. Im finding a few 2006 in good loooking shape for $4000 and under.
 

belome

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Are prices that low where you are at? I'd think it would be impossible to find a decent 06 for anywhere near 3k.
 

A5INKY

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You're new here, but all the cross posting of the same questions in the various TDI Club forums is frowned upon - waste of bandwidth. Best info and answers about this car will typically be found in the model specific MKV forum.
 

panteramatt

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Anyway it looks really clean. Its at a dealer and the only problem is the clutch is sometimes hard to go into first and second. Looked at the carfax and it had maintainance done religously amd they got it from the original owner. Carfax shows 2 seperate accidents though but the guy said the title is clean and the car tracks perfect. 160k miles for $4200.
 

deeslman

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Could be linkage adjustment, or need trans service.
Still a good price.
Do you turn your own wrenches??? It will keep costs down.
 

panteramatt

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Oh yea. Thats the main reason im buyin a tdi is to mod it and the efficiency. I currently drive a jacked up powerstroke and im a chassis mechanic by trade.
 

panteramatt

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Heres a copy of the carfax. Looks like it was kept up but is the changing of the belts the timing belt?

Date: Mileage: Source: Comments:
Not Reported NICB Vehicle manufactured
and shipped to original dealer
09/15/2006 10 SouthwestRe
Burlington, WI
800-634-4333 Reinsure.com
Service contract issued
09/15/2006 Wisconsin
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Burlington, WI Titled or registered as
personal vehicle
09/20/2006 The Autobarn VW of Mt. Prospect
Mount Prospect, IL
847-392-6300
autobarnvwelite.com Pre-delivery inspection completed
Battery/charging system checked
09/29/2006 Wisconsin
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Burlington, WI
Title #06272N60010 Title issued or updated
Registration issued or renewed
First owner reported
Vehicle color noted as Black
11/20/2006 Wisconsin
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Burlington, WI
Title #0632405000011 Title issued or updated
Correction to record
Loan or lien reported
Vehicle color noted as Black
12/06/2006 Princeton Auto Group
Princeton, NJ
609-921-7788
princetonauto.com 5,000 mile service performed
05/09/2007 Princeton Auto Group
Princeton, NJ
609-921-7788
princetonauto.com 10,000 mile service performed
Anti-theft/keyless system checked
09/21/2007 Wisconsin
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Burlington, WI Registration issued or renewed
Vehicle color noted as Black
04/23/2008 25,108 Princeton Auto Group
Princeton, NJ
princetonauto.com Exterior lights checked
08/14/2008 Wisconsin
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Burlington, WI Registration issued or renewed
Vehicle color noted as Black
12/23/2008 38,960 Princeton Auto Group
Princeton, NJ
princetonauto.com Airbag system checked
05/01/2009 New Jersey
Damage Report Accident reported
Involving front impact
with another motor vehicle
Front area primarily damaged
Vehicle towed
10/02/2009 54,611 New Jersey
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Princeton, NJ
Title #SP20092750533 Title issued or updated
Registration issued or renewed
Registration updated when owner moved
the vehicle to a new location
Vehicle color noted as Black
11/04/2009 58,191 Princeton Auto Group
Princeton, NJ
princetonauto.com Maintenance inspection completed
Drivability/performance checked
Steering/suspension checked
Interior trim checked
12/02/2009 60,824 SouthwestRe
800-634-4333 Reinsure.com
Service contract claim
Electrical sys. serviced
Vehicle serviced
11/24/2010 New Jersey
Damage Report Accident reported
Involving right front impact
with another motor vehicle
Right front primarily damaged
12/23/2010 89,138 Princeton Auto Group
Princeton, NJ
609-688-3100
princetonauto.com Alignment checked
03/30/2011 89,139 Princeton Auto Group
Princeton, NJ
609-688-3100
princetonauto.com One wheel replaced
04/12/2011 95,155 Princeton Garage
Princeton, NJ
609-577-9313
princetongarage.com Vehicle serviced
05/04/2011 97,598 Pep Boys
Bridgewater, NJ
732-560-9559
pepboys.com Headlight(s) replaced
06/17/2011 100,425 Princeton Garage
Princeton, NJ
609-577-9313
princetongarage.com Vehicle serviced
09/15/2011 105,282 Princeton Garage
Princeton, NJ
609-577-9313
princetongarage.com Air filter replaced
Cabin air filter replaced/cleaned
Oil and filter changed
Fluids checked
10/16/2011 New Jersey
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Princeton, NJ Registration updated when owner moved
the vehicle to a new location
12/05/2011 111,553 Princeton Garage
Princeton, NJ
609-577-9313
princetongarage.com Fuel filter replaced
Oil and filter changed
Fluids checked
01/31/2012 115,693 Princeton Garage
Princeton, NJ
609-577-9313
princetongarage.com Oil and filter changed
Alignment checked
Four tires mounted and balanced
Brakes checked
Brakes replaced
Brakes serviced
06/15/2012 121,441 Princeton Garage
Princeton, NJ
609-577-9313
princetongarage.com Oil and filter changed
Tires rotated and balanced
Wiper(s) replaced
06/20/2012 Princeton Auto Group
Princeton, NJ
609-688-3100
princetonauto.com Recommended maintenance performed
08/31/2012 New Jersey
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Princeton, NJ Registration updated when owner moved
the vehicle to a new location
09/28/2012 125,993 Princeton Garage
Princeton, NJ
609-577-9313
princetongarage.com Oil and filter changed
Tires rotated and balanced
Headlight bulb(s) replaced
Oil pan drain plug replaced
01/25/2013 131,714 Princeton Garage
Princeton, NJ
609-577-9313
princetongarage.com Fuel filter replaced
Headlight bulb(s) replaced
Oil and filter changed
Fluids checked
06/05/2013 137,915 Princeton Garage
Princeton, NJ
609-577-9313
princetongarage.com Air filter replaced
Cabin air filter replaced/cleaned
Oil pan drain plug replaced
Oil and filter changed
Tires rotated and balanced
Tire repaired
11/07/2013 145,532 Princeton Garage
Princeton, NJ
609-577-9313
princetongarage.com Battery/charging system checked
Battery serviced
Brakes serviced
Brakes replaced
Oil and filter changed
Wheel bearing(s)/hub(s) replaced
Vacuum hose(s) replaced
Rear brakes serviced/adjusted
Brake rotor(s)/drum(s) resurfaced
Oil pan drain plug replaced
02/27/2014 151,884 Princeton Garage
Princeton, NJ
609-577-9313
princetongarage.com Oil and filter changed
Fuel filter replaced
Drive belt(s) replaced
Oil pan drain plug replaced
Tires rotated and balanced
Fluids checked
08/30/2014 160,035 AAMCO Transmissions
Hightstown, NJ
800-462-2626
aamco.com Oil and filter changed
10/16/2014 New Jersey
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Princeton, NJ Registration issued or renewed
Vehicle color noted as Black
03/02/2015 169,144 Volkswagen of Langhorne
Langhorne, PA
215-741-4100
vwoflanghorne.com Vehicle offered for sale
 

swetbak

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That's a lot of documented history. Call the shop that is listed on the report to get clarification on timing belt change.
 

panteramatt

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2 separate accidents. I'd walk from that deal. Find one with no damage history.
Well obviously they were small accidents as the airbags never went off. Im gonna check out the structure but for the price and mileage I think its a great deal.
 

nate0031

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If the body is good, I'd jump on it. Great price. If the cam goes, replace it with a Frank or Colt cam. I believe both are warrantied to 300k or so. Not cheap, but gives you peace of mind for as long as many will own a car. I believe that's the only real weak point of that (BRM) engine.
 

clark246810

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I'd be looking at a '09 and up. Dpf/egr delete, Rawtek exhaust and Malone tune and you'd have a great reliable car with great fuel economy. The ALH and BEW series are getting "long in the tooth".
and up to what year?
Is there diesel emissions testing ?

Thanks
 
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