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Old 07-26-2014, 06:43 AM   #1
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Late Model Golf TDI Owners - Golf good choice or bad?

Leaning towards a Corolla (2008-2010 ish) as a daily driver for the MPG. Was looking at Golf TDI that are roughly same price, but I am reading of owner issues.

What say you Golf TDI owners here. You guys and gals are real people, I believe you. Don't believe the interwebs.

Thanks in advance. I was reading of high repair bills on nearly new cars, fuel pump issues, etc. Still have more reading to do. Corolla looks like a safer bet, but way more boring. MPG is what I'm after, I drive no less than 100 miles per day minimum.

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Old 07-26-2014, 07:14 AM   #2
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Old 07-26-2014, 07:20 AM   #3
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we have a 2010 jetta tdi (pretty much the same as golf tdi) that's over 130k miles now.

looks and drives like new.

was trouble free until ~100k.

since that time, we've had a hpfp failure ($6k, but covered under extended warranty), dpf and egr failure (around $2k?), and just last week, a turbo failure ($2400). had new struts a few weeks ago, but that's fair enough with that mileage.

ouch. but other than that, no issues.
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Old 07-26-2014, 07:40 AM   #4
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we have a 2010 jetta tdi (pretty much the same as golf tdi) that's over 130k miles now.

looks and drives like new.

was trouble free until ~100k.

since that time, we've had a hpfp failure ($6k, but covered under extended warranty), dpf and egr failure (around $2k?), and just last week, a turbo failure ($2400). had new struts a few weeks ago, but that's fair enough with that mileage.

ouch. but other than that, no issues.

That would fairly talk me out of buying a new TDi. Then again, I have an '05 Duramax that I've replaced the head gaskets on it myself ($2700 instead of the dealer's $5500) and a set of injectors for this thing costs about $5k installed...


But...

Spending north of $10K in repairs on a 4 year old vehicle?
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Old 07-26-2014, 07:49 AM   #5
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That would fairly talk me out of buying a new TDi. Then again, I have an '05 Duramax that I've replaced the head gaskets on it myself ($2700 instead of the dealer's $5500) and a set of injectors for this thing costs about $5k installed...

But...

Spending north of $10K in repairs on a 4 year old vehicle?
well, we spent just north of $4k (extended warranty on the hpfp as i said - if you want to lump that sunk cost in, it'd be just north of $5k), and that was over two years... as i said, it looks and drives like new - what would you do, drop $20k-$30k+ on a new car instead? it's annoying spending money to get a car fixed, but it's almost always more economical than buying a new one (and even if we were going to get rid of it, we'd probably get it fixed anyway - the repair would otherwise be taken into account (and then some) on a sale). and it IS seriously in great shape - no shakes or rattles, interior and exterior are spotless.
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Old 07-26-2014, 10:39 AM   #6
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Fair enough. I had an '01 Jetta TDi with the slushbox that had to be replaced at about 120K. Known issue, I would've been wise to wait for a 5 speed to come my way but I REALLY wanted the TDi. Great car other than the transmission - handled awesome, good on fuel even with a rocket box on top, and did fine in snow with good winter tires on it.
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Old 07-26-2014, 05:05 PM   #7
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Dsg tranny is horrible for reliability. I'm also not a fan of VW due to electronics issues.

The corolla is a far safer bet that will have better resale.


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Old 07-26-2014, 05:40 PM   #8
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Yah, based on what I see here and research, I'm about done with the TDI. Like the idea and the package, no way I'm rolling those particular dice.

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Old 07-26-2014, 05:45 PM   #9
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My wife has a 2012 Golf just turned 30,000 miles. Stick, tech package.

It is an awesome car to drive- I love driving it when I get the chance.

It has had 2 expensive repairs under warranty. The last one they had to replace a few sensors and the entire intake manifold assembly. I asked the service guy to quote me what it would have been out of warranty and he said roughly $2200. The first repair, which I can't remember exactly, was similar in cost.

I'm leaning toward switching over to leasing our vehicles as soon as I'm out of school.
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Old 07-26-2014, 05:52 PM   #10
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50,000 mile TDi owner..couldn't be happier...if you have DSG, shift it in, in town driving..helps longevity a ton...

A TDi for an in town commuter is not a great choice because of egr coking problems..the car likes to get fully warmed up...hot..

Our car is just over three years old...

The dreaded exploding fuel pump is the worst issue I've read about...there is an aftermarket filter for it..but my independent mechanic doesn't think it's worth it..

We run Amsoil in ours with 10k oil changes...
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50,000 mile TDi owner..couldn't be happier...if you have DSG, shift it in, in town driving..helps longevity a ton...

A TDi for an in town commuter is not a great choice because of egr coking problems..the car likes to get fully warmed up...hot..

Our car is just over three years old...

The dreaded exploding fuel pump is the worst issue I've read about...there is an aftermarket filter for it..but my independent mechanic doesn't think it's worth it..

We run Amsoil in ours with 10k oil changes...
What did your mechanic charge for the 40k mile transmission service?
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Old 07-26-2014, 09:50 PM   #12
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6k on my 2014 Jetta Sportwagon TDI No problems yet...
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The aftermarket fuel filter goes in the return line from the injector rail to the tank so if the HPFP lets go, it doesn't fill the entire fuel loop with metal shavings.

Fuel lubricity is the biggest issue. Last I read, VW wants a wear scar rating of 460 and US fuel is 520, which is worse. Maybe VW has since hardened the pump innards, maybe not. They ship the cars from Mexico fully fueled so that the HPFP has a chance to break in before being subjected to our crap diesel. Reading indicates that B20 or an aftermarket lubricity additive is a good idea. Be better if our diesel were of higher quality.
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What did your mechanic charge for the 40k mile transmission service?
Complete 40k service (I supplied motor oil, fuel, cabin, air and oil filters, they sourced DSG fluid and filter..) was...$600 maybe..don't recall precisely..but right there..not cheap by any stretch..but quote from dealer was a solid $200 over that..$840 if I remember right.

The DSG fluid kills you....I have found a third party for it, still not cheap..

And too, not sure if the "shift in town" thing is true but alot of guys swear by it on the forums..it's on the internet..you know it's true..
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The aftermarket fuel filter goes in the return line from the injector rail to the tank so if the HPFP lets go, it doesn't fill the entire fuel loop with metal shavings.

Fuel lubricity is the biggest issue. Last I read, VW wants a wear scar rating of 460 and US fuel is 520, which is worse. Maybe VW has since hardened the pump innards, maybe not. They ship the cars from Mexico fully fueled so that the HPFP has a chance to break in before being subjected to our crap diesel. Reading indicates that B20 or an aftermarket lubricity additive is a good idea. Be better if our diesel were of higher quality.
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