VW owners, chime in!

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Sniper X, May 23, 2012.

  1. Sniper X

    Sniper X De Oppresso Liber

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    I feel I should explain, I really WANTED a VW of some sort because after driving one, it is the closest thing to a BMW that I had driven. I loved the way it drove and felt. However, after this thread and talking to the three VW drivers I know, I decided against one solely because all I wanted and NEEDED was a solid totally reliable car that got good mileage AND was at least not BORING to drive. I can say at this point, the Focus has hit the mark! Of course I'll have to see how reliable it is but for the drive and econemy, it is already proven itself to me. I was pushing it again this morning down my road and left everyone behind so far they took about a minute of me sitting at the light to catch up when they normally are all on my ass to pass!
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  2. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    Yep, that's what I thought, but this turned into a reasonably big deal. VW turned it into a training day for its techs from around the country to show them how to disassemble the pump and diagnose if it was faulty. Apparently they found diesel in a section of the pump where there shouldn't have been any.

    None of this has cost us a cent.
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  3. jdiaz

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    You're lucky. In the US, VW would tell us that the pump is leaking because of our poor quality fuel. :lol3
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  4. troidus

    troidus Long timer

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    And then charge us US$10k to replace the entire fuel system.
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  5. Sniper X

    Sniper X De Oppresso Liber

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    Funny they can't get a diesel fuel system right. My 1986 Isuzu Trooper Turbo Diesel had 245K on it when I sold it. I bought it with about 180 K on it and owned and drove it every day for 8 years. I put a whopping .85c into it for repairs in that time, and probably 300 in maintenance. I talked tot he guy two years after I sold it and he was still driving it.

    Why can VW not get this right?
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  6. SourKraut

    SourKraut Long timer

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    My 1982 diesel Rabbit lasted nearly to 300K miles with just maintenance despite being totaled twice. :lol3
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  7. Sniper X

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    Yeahbutt...now...whats up?
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  8. SourKraut

    SourKraut Long timer

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    Beats me, I'd buy a new VW diesel without concern but wouldn't do it thinking that it was going to be the cheapest option. I've found that I can't tolerate driving lifeless appliance type vehicles, despite trying. I can afford new VWs without hardship so they make sense for me. Not to mention that I've had great luck with them and never had a major mechanical issue while owning nearly a dozen of them (well I did put an engine in my 1971 westfalia).

    I just traded in my '06 F150 at 64K miles with multiple major mechanical problems which I never would have predicted. The transmission was going (torque converter failure), the 4X4 actuators and front hubs were ruined, rear axle was dry because the diff cover rotted off over the winter and it was clicking/binding, it had multiple engine electricals replaced (throttle body, maf sensor, etc.), ABS problems and the other day the AC compressor siezed. There were other things I forgot I'm sure.
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  9. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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  10. troidus

    troidus Long timer

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    It's the poor fuel quality in the U.S., specifically its lubricity. The wear scar rating of U.S. diesel is 520. VW needs 460.
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  11. jdiaz

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    Kokopelli is in New Zealand, IIRC. US fuel isn't to blame on his car.

    Is there an additive one can use to obtain the desired wear scar rating?
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  12. rdrce698

    rdrce698 Been here awhile

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    2009 GTI. 52,000 mostly trouble free miles. The dealer replaced the intake manifold under warrantee a while back. I do most of my own maintenance. I paid around 25k no money down with zero interest and at the time that was the best all around car for the money I could find. As soon as I drove it I was hooked. I really like it. 25-27 mpg mixed driving. I've gotten as much as 30 with all highway. My kids Accord is bulletproof and is a great first car for her but is no fun at all to drive. This thing does everything well, is comfortable and fun to drive.
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  13. Sniper X

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    can't some OTC additive fix that?
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  14. Commuter Boy

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    Yes. Stanadyne or biodiesel in small quantities, among others. There's a thread on it at Freds with breakdowns of the effects of all the major diesel additives on lubricity.
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  15. jdiaz

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    Interesting. Illinois has 5-10% minimum blend of biodiesel across the board.....all the MBZ guys are freaking out because they can't get straight diesel here.
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  16. C Squared

    C Squared Now with TURBO!

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    That is because that diesel can plasticize at the pressure it it run at in newer cars and pretty much Fuck the engine....:huh

    Your State has a higher % of bio than new diesels can take and live...

    Total engine melt down ...

    MB will no longer sell in your state AFAIK because of the lack of ability to stand behind this fuel!

    Look into this. It is a big deal.
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