I drive roughly 15-20,000 miles a year. Turned down $10,000 last year for it! I'm with you all the way!!! Answer: I love diesel technology. Note: My fuel price number is relatively arbitrary. You’ll save hundreds on labor down the road if the water pump springs a leak as it’s driven by the timing belt. Most cars start having serious problems at 100,000 miles. I've been through a few computers since then, but I'll see if I can't dig up the spreadsheet from the archives. Whatever you can do to keep the revs in the 1500-2000 range will keep you away from the mechanic AND is also usually conducive to blowing away the EPA mileage figures. VW dealers don't necessarily know how to take care of these cars. In this article, the smaller-to-medium size options are compared. For instance, an older, used car would have been far less expensive initially. A normal car can last a long while if the owner takes decent care of it. Very nice hub. Look for the Hub! Nothing will extend the life of your major purchases more than taking good care of them! There are literally hundreds of cars available. in mpg with, say, the gas powered Golf? Answer: The 2003 Golf TDI is driven daily by my son these days. A dirty engine will most likely lead to a faulty engine. A timing belt, radiator flush, water pump, and new CV boots cost me $675 last summer. That said, it is NOT something you have to stay up at night worrying about AT ALL. Engine only uses a quart of oil about every 1,000 miles.Even the interior is still nice. TheRightWord (author) from Sunny California on November 11, 2014: @ Dan, it has been a long time since I did this calc, but I think I compared a 2001 Subaru, 1993 Volvo wagon, 2003 Mazda 3, 2003 Toyota Corolla, 2003 Nissan Sentra, 1983 Mercedes 300D, 2003 Toyota Tundra, and a few others. Extremely active and knowledgeable forums about every TDI (and VW) topic under the sun, though there are a few overly vocal a-holes who are hostile to hypermilers. Hopefully people take the advice and information from this hub. The timing belt is a toothed, reinforced rubber belt that joins the top end of the engine with the bottom end. Volkswagen's electronically controlled dual-clutch transmission was hailed as a great step forward. That componant does nothing but sit there, and touches nothing. The engine starts getting very noisy due to lack of oil pressure, then the engine seizes up. TheRightWord (author) from Sunny California on May 21, 2012: Thank you. that will give you a "cost of ownership" but I created my own spreadsheet to figure it out with my specific information to be sure I was making an informed decision. I love it! VW TDI Oil Pump Failure. Still no major problems. Answer: Yes, I was. I can live, somewhat vicariously, on someone else's purchase of a wonderful new stove or shiny fridge. The new models I considered included Mitsubishi Mirage, Toyota Corolla and Camry, Honda Accord and Civic. One of the keys to taking care of a TDI is taking proper care of it, and there are some special things to know. Discussion in 'Volkswagen' started by kudadang, Apr 11, 2009. not only problematic but also costly to fix. IF you fail to change the belt on time and it snaps, that's exactly right that you're looking at bent valves and $2k+ in engine damage (I know, I had it happen to me on an Acura when I was young and ignorant). The oil pump is to blame, causing thousands of dollars of engine damage, particularly on engines with higher mileage. What I am advocating is a thorough analysis of your situation, not just as it relates to cars, but all of your major purchases. That includes a new torque converter, starter motor & labor to remove the transmission. Just find a car that suits your needs and buy it, like the author did here. TheRightWord (author) from Sunny California on May 18, 2012: Thank you. But the Golf is a cute car with sporty dynamics, and the TDI makes it one of the most economical things on the road. I actually sat down and made a spreadsheet of my vehicle options—both new and used cars. I want comfort and I want reliable. TDIs require very special oil (the valve lifters create more heat than most, breaking down normal oils) that is NOT available at your neighborhood Jiffy Lube, and even dealers often screw this up.
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