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Old 07-09-2013, 08:52 PM   #91
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I'll have you know that I'm 32 and for a time I owned a Cadillac Fleetwood diesel.

A very brief time.

Till it blew up.
My best friend in high school had a Buik diesel. This was 1991. It wasn't that bad at all. Not sure what model year, though.
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Old 07-10-2013, 12:14 AM   #92
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doesn't take too much digging to find out all the problems with auto trannies on diesel Jettas vs almost no problems with manual tranny versions. that's one of the very first things one gleems from TDI forums...
While in europe I always took the same cab company to the airport for work travel, the owner usually picked me up and we talked cars and bikes. The fleet was Passat TSIs with DSGs, we were going to FRA one morning and he was telling me how the car was on it's third tranny in 14 months, as we left the autobahn and slowed there was audible CLUNK as it down shifted, he said let's say four trannys...

His biggest complaint was that VW was only replacing the junk with fresh junk at the time and couldn't figure out how they could afford to do that every four or so months. Das Auto!
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Old 07-10-2013, 02:09 AM   #93
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I have a 140 mile round trip commute. Was looking at the diesel golf. It was about 5K more than the gas golf. Doing the math (at the time) with the cost of gas vs diesel here in Seattle. It would take me 5 years to break even on the diesel at which point the car would have 200,000 miles on it. Every one says the engine will go on well after that amount. But my guess is the rest of the car will not.

The one nice point would be getting gas less often.
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Old 07-10-2013, 05:37 AM   #94
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I have a 140 mile round trip commute. Was looking at the diesel golf. It was about 5K more than the gas golf. Doing the math (at the time) with the cost of gas vs diesel here in Seattle. It would take me 5 years to break even on the diesel at which point the car would have 200,000 miles on it. Every one says the engine will go on well after that amount. But my guess is the rest of the car will not.

The one nice point would be getting gas less often.
This argument drives me nuts. That comparison is apples to oranges.

The diesel will give you boat loads of torque and will be way more enjoyable driving than the gas. All the while using less fuel.

If you're simply buy a car to commute, you wouldn't buy the loaded model, diesel or gas.

However, if you have a commute, want a well equipped car that can throw you in your seat and weave through traffic with guts, spending more for diesel makes sense, since a similar performance gas model would have you getting fuel everyday.

Apples to oranges!
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Old 07-10-2013, 07:11 AM   #95
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Old 07-10-2013, 08:41 AM   #96
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so it looks like GM is having a go at diesels again with the Cruz. Not sure if it is a only Canada thing but up here they are going to sell them.
Now I am not going to buy one up any time soon but I hope some other companies follow suit.
I am a huge fan of diesel and had two Jetta diesels. Love those cars and the range they got vs gas. It was cheaper (in the 90's) to drive my car then my bike. I would love it if the car companies would bring some of the already made diesels cars over here.
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Old 07-10-2013, 09:21 AM   #97
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so it looks like GM is having a go at diesels again with the Cruz. Not sure if it is a only Canada thing but up here they are going to sell them.
Now I am not going to buy one up any time soon but I hope some other companies follow suit.
I am a huge fan of diesel and had two Jetta diesels. Love those cars and the range they got vs gas. It was cheaper (in the 90's) to drive my car then my bike. I would love it if the car companies would bring some of the already made diesels cars over here.
Also the Mazda 6 Diesel Huntsville nice place
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Old 07-10-2013, 09:59 AM   #98
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Also the Mazda 6 Diesel Huntsville nice place
Turbo diesel, AWD, 6 speed manual Ford Fusion would get me to trade the BRZ!
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Old 07-10-2013, 10:32 AM   #99
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Turbo diesel, AWD, 6 speed manual Ford Fusion would get me to trade the BRZ!
Man I like the BRZ
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Old 07-10-2013, 10:38 AM   #100
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Turbo diesel, AWD, 6 speed manual Ford Fusion would get me to trade the BRZ!
Manual ford?

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Old 07-10-2013, 10:39 AM   #101
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The one nice point would be getting gas less often.
it may sound weird but that's a really nice feature. Where I used to go get fuel about every 250-300 miles on my Accord, I get fuel about every 650-700 miles on the Passat....
If you're doing nearly exclusively highway driving, I wouldn't be surprised if you could stretch it to 750-800 per tank
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Old 07-10-2013, 01:48 PM   #102
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I've had a grand Cherokee in oz since new in 2004

has a merc diesel motor

have got 6.7 ltrs/100km in bush

towing a heavy trailer with two road bikes/gear etc

8.1 ltrs/1ookm

has a towing capacity of 3,5 ton

one of the best here in oz

its sad a American company made this

and you couldn't buy this set up in the us

it will overtake with the trailer easily

it has been super reliable in city/4wd tracks etc.

icing on the cake has a great turning circle

they were built in Austria.

great vehicle
Sorry I should have been more specific.. you can not tow anything with the VW TDI with the DSG transmission.. according to the owners mannual and bulletins from VW.
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Old 07-10-2013, 08:46 PM   #103
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Manual ford?

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You can't even get a manual trans in a new F150. I can't imagine them putting one in a family sedan.
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Old 07-12-2013, 09:16 AM   #105
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it may sound weird but that's a really nice feature. Where I used to go get fuel about every 250-300 miles on my Accord, I get fuel about every 650-700 miles on the Passat....
If you're doing nearly exclusively highway driving, I wouldn't be surprised if you could stretch it to 750-800 per tank
Filling up was a key feature when we were overseas, we only got U.S. fuel prices in Germany and being able to safely buzz 250 miles out and back on tank to the half priced diesel was nice, there are a lot a cool places to go that close. With the TDI the wife filled up every other week and she really appreciated that kind of range, we have a Honda Fit that's a once a week stop, her C-Max is right where the TDI was.
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