Phoenix area TDI owners, post if you're still here

Drewser

Veteran Member
Joined
Jul 19, 2002
Location
Mesa, AZ USA
TDI
'02 Jetta TDI, RC4 (RIP), '04 Jetta TDI (RIP), '04 Jetta TDI Wagon, '04 Passat TDI
I was active in the mid-2000's and we used to have GTG's several times a year. Usually cleaning intakes, installing performance parts, adding train horns (@jamest, @azbioguy, @rmorgan?). We even had a separate "Arizona TDIClub" forum, which became "Southwest TDIClub" (and faded away). Memories.

Anyway, I'm guessing it's a whole new owner base on here now as all my TDI friends have ditched their TDI's while I'm on my 5th. Dieselgate seemed to have been the nail in the coffin for the old guard.

So...who else is here, and what part of the valley are you in? Anyone with VCDS?
 

Drewser

Veteran Member
Joined
Jul 19, 2002
Location
Mesa, AZ USA
TDI
'02 Jetta TDI, RC4 (RIP), '04 Jetta TDI (RIP), '04 Jetta TDI Wagon, '04 Passat TDI
Bumping up...anyone left?
 

x1800MODMY360x

New member
Joined
Jun 27, 2021
Location
AZ, USA
TDI
2013 Passat TDI SEL
I'm a first time TDI owner and new user. Just got the car a couple weeks ago and signed up today.

I'm also in the Mesa/Queen Creek area.
 

Vwkaferman

Active member
Joined
Jun 26, 2021
Location
Mesa, AZ
TDI
2003 Jetta Wagon
Just joined myself. Just picked up a 2003 Jetta Wagon manual. Needs a bit of TLC. Supposedly has a Malone Stage IV tune but I’m doubtful. It does scoot pretty well and if I floor it, it definitely blows smoke. Just bought out in CA (out here for work) amd will be driving it back to Mesa this week. Biggest fear is it passing emissions.

James
 

Drewser

Veteran Member
Joined
Jul 19, 2002
Location
Mesa, AZ USA
TDI
'02 Jetta TDI, RC4 (RIP), '04 Jetta TDI (RIP), '04 Jetta TDI Wagon, '04 Passat TDI
Just joined myself. Just picked up a 2003 Jetta Wagon manual. Needs a bit of TLC. Supposedly has a Malone Stage IV tune but I’m doubtful. It does scoot pretty well and if I floor it, it definitely blows smoke. Just bought out in CA (out here for work) amd will be driving it back to Mesa this week. Biggest fear is it passing emissions.

James
An early ALH Jetta wagon with 5 speed is kind of a unicorn! That's a great find!

Emissions is pretty simple, especially if it was registered in CA. They just hook a hose up to your tailpipe and floor it. It takes a lot of black smoke to fail. If you want to be extra certain, put a tank of biodiesel in and get it flowing through the engine first. Congrats on the purchase!
 

Vwkaferman

Active member
Joined
Jun 26, 2021
Location
Mesa, AZ
TDI
2003 Jetta Wagon
An early ALH Jetta wagon with 5 speed is kind of a unicorn! That's a great find!

Emissions is pretty simple, especially if it was registered in CA. They just hook a hose up to your tailpipe and floor it. It takes a lot of black smoke to fail. If you want to be extra certain, put a tank of biodiesel in and get it flowing through the engine first. Congrats on the purchase!
Sorry to clog up this thread, I daily my truck and am unaware on where to find biodiesel, where do I find it, or is this one of those make at home things (has always intrigued me)?

James
 

Drewser

Veteran Member
Joined
Jul 19, 2002
Location
Mesa, AZ USA
TDI
'02 Jetta TDI, RC4 (RIP), '04 Jetta TDI (RIP), '04 Jetta TDI Wagon, '04 Passat TDI
Sorry to clog up this thread, I daily my truck and am unaware on where to find biodiesel, where do I find it, or is this one of those make at home things (has always intrigued me)?

James
It's good for a Phoenix thread :)

I haven't bought it in a long time but used to get it at Western States Petroleum in downtown Phoenix. That was almost 15 years ago though...

Edit: here you go! http://www.drivebiodiesel.net/State/ArizonaBiodiesel.html
 

Vwkaferman

Active member
Joined
Jun 26, 2021
Location
Mesa, AZ
TDI
2003 Jetta Wagon
Wow, will have to check this out. I've got a LOT of reading to do. This car definitely needs a coolant flush. It ain't pink. I'm worried about the heater core, but have survived 8 years or so with my truck without one, albeit have frozen a few times on road trips.

Let's try this, I sure do miss Photobucket pic hosting. Here she is. She's definitley too low in the back. Looks like it's hauling a load of gravel. Unknown coilovers, but for now at least I can even the ride out. If it stay's this low, I definitely need to get an oil pan skid plate.

*Edit* She's definitely a 10 footer, but for a car going on 20 years, I'm ok with that. She's pretty straight.



James
 

Drewser

Veteran Member
Joined
Jul 19, 2002
Location
Mesa, AZ USA
TDI
'02 Jetta TDI, RC4 (RIP), '04 Jetta TDI (RIP), '04 Jetta TDI Wagon, '04 Passat TDI
Wow, will have to check this out. I've got a LOT of reading to do. This car definitely needs a coolant flush. It ain't pink. I'm worried about the heater core, but have survived 8 years or so with my truck without one, albeit have frozen a few times on road trips.

Let's try this, I sure do miss Photobucket pic hosting. Here she is. She's definitley too low in the back. Looks like it's hauling a load of gravel. Unknown coilovers, but for now at least I can even the ride out. If it stay's this low, I definitely need to get an oil pan skid plate.

*Edit* She's definitely a 10 footer, but for a car going on 20 years, I'm ok with that. She's pretty straight.



James
It looks great! We have an 04 wagon, though has a slush box. Fun fact... Rear shocks can be replaced without removing the wheels, at just with stock wheels. Jack it up a bit and pop them off, pop new ones on. Maybe that's all it needs? Though that low maybe the springs are shot...
 

Vwkaferman

Active member
Joined
Jun 26, 2021
Location
Mesa, AZ
TDI
2003 Jetta Wagon
It has adjustable coilovers on all four corners. So I should be able to adjust the ride height. I was lucky, he included the tools. I imagine I need to get it off the ground, remove the wheels, make adjustments, reverse, measure and go from there. :)

I'm really interested in what the past owner put on. I'm not "huge" in the neon community, but I've been around a bit and the word "Raceland Coilovers" usually doesn't fit well with the folks that know how to set up those cars for Auto-X. Hell, maybe I'm just getting old and am totally wrong.

Eh, hope it's ok, here's my garage queen. Picked it up with 72,XXX miles a few years back out of Woodland, CA. Saw it at a Mom and Pop used car lot, couldn't believe it, a CLEAN R/T? Bought it bone stock from that dealer, drove it back to AZ. Put on Mopar XX rate springs, Koni adjustable yellows, found neon "Trunk Kit" wheels (pictured), mopar ECU, underdrive main pulley and an Iceman Air intake. It's not "fast" but it's really fun to drive.



James
 

borninabus

Veteran Member
Joined
Feb 18, 2020
Location
Arizona
TDI
B5.5 Passat Wagon: RIP Chief Boy :-( 2013 JSW 6MT
i'm here :)
running grand ave from 75th to 15th ave twice a day.
prescott & back every other weekend
 

borninabus

Veteran Member
Joined
Feb 18, 2020
Location
Arizona
TDI
B5.5 Passat Wagon: RIP Chief Boy :-( 2013 JSW 6MT
abouts...haha.
decided that i'm not going to be a slave to the numbers.
i just drive it and fill up when i need to ;)
 
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