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Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Motociclista, Jan 6, 2013.
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Friend's got a '11 TDI Jetta Wagon which I ride in or drive myself nearly everyday. 31k in a year. It is "common" to have a leak from the window rails or sunroof and not see it until you look under the rear of the cargo area - 3 inches of water. Warranty covered that. Rear seat is crowded for legroom, and besides the legroom, uncomfortable after 1-2 hours. Stereo-infotainment-phone system is confusing/difficult to use. Initial braking feel is good but then turns too soft, but still works the same. I get 44 mpg in the car, friend gets 35.
I posted this in another thread, but at about 40k, my 2011 sport wagon dies in the middle lane of I45 at 70 mph traffic in the middle of Houston rush hour. Had it towed to the dealership, it was still under the power train warranty. Picked it up and the cost of repair was $5,700 to replace the fuel pump. This was on top of the $1,700 ac compressor that went out at 20k. The Kelley blue book on the car is about $20k trade last time I looked.
I have never seen 40 mpg. I average about 38 on my 80 mile a day round trip commute. I run about 75 or 80 with the AC on.
I have about 45k on it now, I will get rid of it before the power train warranty expires at 50k. Mine is fun to drive, but i just don't trust it.
Also I can chime in on the last generation TDI Jetta Wagon, I test drove one about 2 years ago but I remember it being a great driving experience. I'll put it this way, my Passat has enough torque to make it not boring to drive, the TDI is fun to drive.
Diesel or gas engine?
Based on the price of the pump replacement it sounds like a diesel.
My wife has a 2010 jet ta TDI sedan. 85k miles on it so far with no issues. Routine servicing costs are pricey though.
I was hoping to find another one of these threads - it seems like there's always a thread on how unbelievable TDIs are.
Yesterday I drove a TDI Golf, and then a GTI. I found the GTI to be much, much more fun. The TDI's torque was fine and would be a good daily driver if you have a long commute. Both models were well built, and the engines were both plenty strong for the car's intended use. The diesel was not as exciting as a gas motor for me though.
I swear it has actually gotten better over the last two years... but it used to say I was getting 48-52mpg... the calculations from the fuel reports have been virtually flat the entire time I have owned it...
Her daily driver and the long distance sled.
2011 TDI SportWagen, DSG transmission, with 30k on it.
Zero problems so far aside from a rattle in the headliner. With our dogshit roads, I'm surprised there aren't more rattles. It makes a couple/three trips to California each year and has served it's intended purpose exactly as expected. Even exceeded those expectations.
She's happy. I'm happy.
Good news: you may not have to pick one or the other... VW NA may bring a diesel GTI here after the next-gen MQB platform Golf is introduced in NA in 2014...so may be available as a 2015.5 or 2016...
Engine is tuned to eek out a few more hp/tqs... but comes with the GTI body & suspension....
Source: Automobile Magazine:
Info on GTI TDI
Info on MQB Golf:
After driving UrbanCowboy's Golf TDI... it is right up there on my list of next cars.... that is if I don't pull an Old Man and get a Passat SEL TDI for highway comfort..... depends how sick I am of the highway drone by then....
Why don't you just take your helicopter to work you cheapskate.
We have 2 02 TDIs Wife has a basic Golf 2 door with crank up windows
I have a Jetta wagon with power and heated leather etc.
Both are 5 speed manuals
When mine was stock the best MPG I got was 51.6 coming home from NC at 75MPH
I'm a gear head, so, neither is stock any longer.
They are both on the second timing belt ( I have the tools and Vag-Com to do this)
Hers has 520 injectors and a mild ECM swap and 2.5 " turbo back performance exhaust
Mine has 520 race injectors (tuned) and a Q Loaded computer tune for way more power.
also A 2.5" turbo back exhaust. And, a South Bend stage 3 clutch.
Needed the clutch as the other "enhancements" would slip the perfectly good stock clutch. :eek1
She gets 45-50 MPG
I get 42-48 MPG
Love these cars and plane to keep both as long as possible.
Wife had a 2000 TDI. It had enough problems that once it was out of warranty we got rid of it. It was going to be too costly to keep. Enjoyed it when it was running.
TDI is diesel.
Recently noticed a perhaps scary/ominous event with the DSG. (31k on it). Sometimes, not by any means always, leaving a stop, forward, or reverse, there's a huge flat spot from about 2-3 mph, like whatever power has been applied has been reduced by about 80%; adding accelerator doesn't seem to do anything and it won't accelerate with the power already fed in. This is only for 2 or so seconds. But if it gets worse I could see it being a now out of warranty astro-dollar repair.
Isn't the powertrain 5 years 50k?
with only 5k on my new wagon, I am loving it! sure wish I could get this motor in a small pickup. readout says 48mpg most of the time on level steady state driving. tons of torque, to the point of needing to reprogram my foot when taking off from stopped