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Old 01-08-2013, 05:12 AM   #61
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not trying to sound like a prick, but re-reading that part sounds a little pretentious... Please let me apologize.

zee germans @ BMW know how to make kick ass cars.
...actually, wife's 328 has had more electronic and part replaced that would put a FIAT to shame.
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:38 AM   #62
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not trying to sound like a prick, but re-reading that part sounds a little pretentious... Please let me apologize.

zee germans @ BMW know how to make kick ass cars.
Ok then Professor Dickweed (kidding).... why'd you ditch the superior car then?? just for a few MPG more??

Not trying to be a jerk.. but I'd love a 3 or 5 series at some point...
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:55 AM   #63
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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.
You'd probably like the GTD then.

...you know... the one the US can't have?!



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Old 01-08-2013, 05:58 AM   #64
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Ok then Professor Dickweed (kidding).... why'd you ditch the superior car then?? just for a few MPG more??

Not trying to be a jerk.. but I'd love a 3 or 5 series at some point...
I know they'll probably never make it but....a 5 series xdrive diesel gran turismo with a manual 6 speed imagine tossing that thing around in the snow.
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Old 01-08-2013, 06:03 AM   #65
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not trying to sound like a prick, but re-reading that part sounds a little pretentious... Please let me apologize.

zee germans @ BMW know how to make kick ass cars.
I had a 04 jeep wrangler for 8 years prior to my gti. I felt like I was sitting in a luxury vehicle. Power window and locks? heated seats? blue tooth? Felt like I struck it rich
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Old 01-08-2013, 06:04 AM   #66
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I have a 2010 with 40K+ miles. At -20 degrees F the engine never reaches operating temperature (I probably should block off the radiator when it gets that cold) but other than that, it's a keeper!
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Old 01-08-2013, 06:08 AM   #67
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I had a 04 jeep wrangler for 8 years prior to my gti. I felt like I was sitting in a luxury vehicle. Power window and locks? heated seats? blue tooth? Felt like I struck it rich


My Accord was an EX so the top of the line 4 cyl from 1997 which means it had a sunroof this Passat really does feel like a luxury car next to that and honestly a lot of the standard features were reserved for those top of the line cars just 5 years ago. The only thing I'm missing is a sunroof but for the price I paid I've got no problem with that.
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I have a 2010 with 40K+ miles. At -20 degrees F the engine never reaches operating temperature (I probably should block off the radiator when it gets that cold) but other than that, it's a keeper!
-20F? Where do you live Mt. Washington?
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Old 01-08-2013, 06:29 AM   #69
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-20F? Where do you live Mt. Washington?
Lebanon, NH (We had -20 last week)
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Lebanon, NH (We had -20 last week)
Damn you guys aren't even that far north.
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Old 01-08-2013, 06:43 AM   #71
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Damn you guys aren't even that far north.
Mileage drops when it's that cold too. Hoping for some "global warming effect".
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:45 AM   #72
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I have a 2010 with 40K+ miles. At -20 degrees F the engine never reaches operating temperature (I probably should block off the radiator when it gets that cold) but other than that, it's a keeper!
I had pretty much the same experience: below ~10* it really struggles to keep the temp guage 'in the middle' where it should be except when driving at highway speed 70+mph.. so if you are cruising on side roads at 50 mph in 5th gear it drops right off.. still makes warm air, but the guage just reads low...

I was wondering if there was a jacket for the front grill.... I haven't seen one around here and it may not even matter.. it certainly hasn't been an issue.. If it is really cold, I usually just leave it in 4th til it is up to temp if I am on 50mph roads.. engine warms right up in about 5-10 minutes if it is above 2000RPMs... below that I think you could drive it all day and it would never warm up...

As previously noted.. I drive like an old man most of the time...so it probably mostly me...
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Old 01-08-2013, 01:47 PM   #73
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Lebanon, NH (We had -20 last week)
The Lebanon, NH that I live in didn't stay at -20 for very long, and my wife's TDI definitely got up to operating temperature.

Edit- you must live in North Lebanon, NH.
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Old 01-08-2013, 02:24 PM   #74
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Love it. Early on I used to try to get great mileage then I just started having fun. I track every tank and my average mpg for the first 50,000 miles was 37.5.

Pet peeves are the door locks (sometimes they work, sometimes they don't) and the fact that we can't get the hitch / wiring package available in Europe.

As others have said you need to put on the miles for the diesel to pay off.

For what you pay it is one of the best highway cars you can buy.
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Old 01-08-2013, 02:37 PM   #75
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Pet peeves are the door locks (sometimes they work, sometimes they don't) and the fact that we can't get the hitch / wiring package available in Europe.
get one and install it.
http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=290710
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