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

Drewser

Veteran Member
Joined
Jul 19, 2002
Location
Mesa, AZ USA
TDI
'04 Jetta TDI Wagon, '04 Passat TDI, several in past
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?
 
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

Well-known 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
'04 Jetta TDI Wagon, '04 Passat TDI, several in past
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

Well-known 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
'04 Jetta TDI Wagon, '04 Passat TDI, several in past
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

Well-known 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
'04 Jetta TDI Wagon, '04 Passat TDI, several in past
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

Well-known 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

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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 ;)
 

AverageAndy

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Joined
Sep 14, 2020
Location
Phoenix, AZ
TDI
2013 Passat
Just found this thread as I usually stay in the B7 forum. I'm in Chandler, DD car with 60+ miles roundtrip, only fill up every 2 weeks, getting 41-45mpg at 125,xxx miles. We bought the car as a dealer demo, so single owner!
 

Ragdude

Member
Joined
Aug 18, 2021
Location
Phx
TDI
2015 VW Golf SEL TDi
I'm in N/W valley, I have a co. truck and wife works from home so my car's don't get a lot of miles put on them thankfully. Should last me a LONG time.
 

Ragdude

Member
Joined
Aug 18, 2021
Location
Phx
TDI
2015 VW Golf SEL TDi
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
Western States Petroleum is the only place I know you can buy 100% biodiesel, though a lot of pumps are up to a 20% blend, which works for me. I got tired of the 100% eating up the fuel lines on my '96 7.3 powerstroke.
 

Drewser

Veteran Member
Joined
Jul 19, 2002
Location
Mesa, AZ USA
TDI
'04 Jetta TDI Wagon, '04 Passat TDI, several in past
Western States Petroleum is the only place I know you can buy 100% biodiesel, though a lot of pumps are up to a 20% blend, which works for me. I got tired of the 100% eating up the fuel lines on my '96 7.3 powerstroke.
I had the same issue on my TDI years ago when I first started running B100 (like 2006... Same time ULSD was coming out and causing similar issues). Tow truck showed up and said "your car smells like soy beans" lol
 

Ragdude

Member
Joined
Aug 18, 2021
Location
Phx
TDI
2015 VW Golf SEL TDi
I had the same issue on my TDI years ago when I first started running B100 (like 2006... Same time ULSD was coming out and causing similar issues). Tow truck showed up and said "your car smells like soy beans" lol
I went thru on roadside fuel check back when I was running 100%, guy stuck the tank looked at the sample and asked; biodiesel? I replied yes, he said good for you, have a nice day.
 

Drewser

Veteran Member
Joined
Jul 19, 2002
Location
Mesa, AZ USA
TDI
'04 Jetta TDI Wagon, '04 Passat TDI, several in past
I went thru on roadside fuel check back when I was running 100%, guy stuck the tank looked at the sample and asked; biodiesel? I replied yes, he said good for you, have a nice day.
Nice. What's roadside fuel check?
 

Ragdude

Member
Joined
Aug 18, 2021
Location
Phx
TDI
2015 VW Golf SEL TDi
It's been a few years now, but they had a lane out in the west valley on Glendale Ave where all diesels had to pull over to make sure you're not running off-road diesel on the road.
 

Drewser

Veteran Member
Joined
Jul 19, 2002
Location
Mesa, AZ USA
TDI
'04 Jetta TDI Wagon, '04 Passat TDI, several in past
It's been a few years now, but they had a lane out in the west valley on Glendale Ave where all diesels had to pull over to make sure you're not running off-road diesel on the road.
Wow, that's crazy! Never knew that!
 

nicklockard

Torque Dorque
Joined
Aug 15, 2004
Location
Arizona
TDI
2010 Touareg Tdi w/factory Tow PCKG
Checking in from Moon Valley neighborhood here. Who's got the gtg? Where we going?
 

AverageAndy

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Joined
Sep 14, 2020
Location
Phoenix, AZ
TDI
2013 Passat
Anyone here with CKRA and have done timing belt already? I getting ready to do mine (first time doing a belt) and would love any tips/tricks. Also, where do I find the proper tightening specs (torque, tighten + X degrees, etc.) for the bolts I'm replacing. I will not be removing the motor mounts. I have viewed the DG video a few times, any others you recommend? Thanks!
 
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