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Old 09-17-2013, 08:03 AM   #13216
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good grab! Glad I didn't ride to work today just to get bruced... haha!

Yeah Benny - not only does it have a nice diesel, it ALSO has an awesome hood scoop.... a few people on "Fuelly" have been posting their mileage (some person in sweden, and a few others).

Still trying to figure out how to make the lunch on wed - I have a meeting that backs right up to lunchtime.
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Old 09-17-2013, 09:11 AM   #13217
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Old 09-17-2013, 09:13 AM   #13218
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damn... thats a nice Subie...
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Old 09-17-2013, 09:14 AM   #13219
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Even in the dark it looks like a nice bike, mmonce!

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Old 09-17-2013, 09:15 AM   #13220
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Just wish the EPA wasn't a bunch of tools and would let them import that wonderful diesel motor they have.... same torque as the six cylinder, peaks at 2000 RPM, gets 43+ MPG ... adds a little cost to the purchase, but you get it back in fuel savings if you drive a lot.
Same problem with the worlds best offroad vehicle....The Diesel Toyota Landcruiser, not available here in the States.
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Old 09-17-2013, 09:17 AM   #13221
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Just wish the EPA wasn't a bunch of tools and would let them import that wonderful diesel motor they have.... same torque as the six cylinder, peaks at 2000 RPM, gets 43+ MPG ... adds a little cost to the purchase, but you get it back in fuel savings if you drive a lot.
Unless you are brand loyal check out the VW TDI's (Jetta / Passat) they are around the 43+ mpg and start at $26k out the door. Love mine.

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Old 09-17-2013, 09:32 AM   #13222
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My diesel doesn't get no where near 43 mpg. But it can pull a lot and carry two bikes in back at the same time. 1999, 7.3 L turbo. I only drive it a mile a week ( to church on Sunday )


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Old 09-17-2013, 10:57 AM   #13223
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I am loving my diesel. I got 22mpgs pulling a trailer full of lumber from Greensboro to Southern Pines on Sunday.


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Old 09-17-2013, 02:01 PM   #13224
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Unless you are brand loyal check out the VW TDI's (Jetta / Passat) they are around the 43+ mpg and start at $26k out the door. Love mine.

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I had one (MKIV Golf TDI) for 200,000 miles / 12 years and can probably tell you more about it than you want to know... I was also member number 3608 on freds in the old days. (1998).

Loved it except for:
- soft german winshield glass pits badly over time, looks almost sandblasted (and the windshield is a stressed member of the body, not the easiest to replace)
- headlight lenses went cloudy (I fixed that)
- window regulator attachments broke in both front windows (recall repair though)
- headliner will sag (foam layer under the fabric dry rots and deteriorates over time, then fabric will come loose)
- rear sunroof drains will come loose (glue fails between the surgical tubing part and the plastic connector... both sides did)
- replaced main power relay (109) <-- original one had poor soldering on the board, could have fixed it myself, but just replaced it, they're cheap. Known issue.
- rubberized trim coating begins to peel in year 4-5 (cosmetic only)
- fabric on side door panels will come unglued in year 8 or so
- various airbag sensors failed (easy fix, just annoying)
- dashboard developed squeaks over time (I don't care, some people do)
- foam that seals air vents will dry rot and start blowing out the vents in the dash (lots of german cars do this, not sure what it is about the foam they use).
- headlamps a pain to replace, easier to remove the grill and bumper and pop the headlight
- diesel batteries are expensive, that car went through 3 of them.
- glow plug harness will cause a CEL, but is still OK (later models measure resistance for a bad glow plug per plug, mine was across all 4)
- crazy vacuum system controls too much stuff, hoses and T fittings will crack (I just replaced them all @ 150,000, easy enough)
- stock water pump has plastic impeller that will disintegrate... oh, and the timing belt runs the pump, so if that slips, it's an interference motor, those cylinder heads are $$$. Replaced water pump with better unit at 100,000 (was already leaking)
- front sunroof drains clogged up, water all over the floorboards (my fault for not cleaning them out)
- sunroof control stopped working (no big deal, inexpensive spares on ebay)
- right rear window regulator faulty, built in "pinch protection" would roll the window back down after you rolled it up. Sometimes took 4-5 tries. Needed a new regulator/motor, I'm too cheap so I just put up with it.
- rear window washer rusted out of the wiper blade assembly, tube fell down in the hatchback


It was an interesting little car. A good portion of the above was expected, common problems known in the forums, even back in 2000. For the picky people, they hated it. Some of the other problems people had, I never did... glovebox never broke, center console never broke, driver door squeak was never there, EGR never clogged the intake (well, because I removed it is why), clearcoat on the front fenders never failed, car alarm randomly going off due to bad sensors never happened, shifter was always smooth (replaced fluid with better fluid, helped a lot)...

it was a love / hate relationship with that car. Never took it to the dealer, I can do all that work myself, so the known issues I was prepared for, and they were well documented by the time they showed up on mine. I might get another VW at some point. Just not in the near future.
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Old 09-17-2013, 02:01 PM   #13225
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Old 09-17-2013, 02:03 PM   #13226
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hahaaa! (bastards)
Who?? Us or them?
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Old 09-17-2013, 02:29 PM   #13227
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Who?? Us or them?
edited "EPA bastards" .... I only call you guys that when you use obscure clues... c'mon, you know that!
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Old 09-17-2013, 03:25 PM   #13228
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Old 09-17-2013, 03:56 PM   #13229
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Old 09-17-2013, 05:11 PM   #13230
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Down in the Highwoods, by the Poplars they say there were some Cyprus in this Place but I didn't see any.

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