Tilted Forum Project Discussion Community  

Go Back   Tilted Forum Project Discussion Community > Interests > Tilted Motors


 
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 01-11-2009, 09:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
Browncoat
 
Telluride's Avatar
 
Location: California
Tell me about the Volkswagen Jetta TDI

My wife and I are looking for a commuter car (for her). We both like Jettas and test drove one earlier this evening. The TDI is attractive (to us; I know this is subjective to the individual) and gets good gas mileage.

Has anyone here heard anything good or bad about them?
__________________
"I am certain that nothing has done so much to destroy the safeguards of individual freedom as the striving after this mirage of social justice." - Friedrich Hayek
Telluride is offline  
Old 01-11-2009, 10:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
Found my way back
 
healer's Avatar
 
Location: South Africa
Good cars all round, as far as I know. Which year model you guys looking at?
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by The_Jazz
Ok - can I edit my posts to read "what healer said"?
healer is offline  
Old 01-11-2009, 11:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
Browncoat
 
Telluride's Avatar
 
Location: California
Quote:
Originally Posted by healer View Post
Good cars all round, as far as I know. Which year model you guys looking at?
We'd prefer a brand new one, so most likely 2009 (although a leftover 2008 model wouldn't be out of the question).

It's a bit more expensive than the regular Jetta, but we believe that the increased fuel efficiency and durability of diesel engines would more than make up for it.
__________________
"I am certain that nothing has done so much to destroy the safeguards of individual freedom as the striving after this mirage of social justice." - Friedrich Hayek
Telluride is offline  
Old 01-12-2009, 07:41 PM   #4 (permalink)
Riding the Ocean Spray
 
BadNick's Avatar
 
Location: S.E. PA in U Sofa
Which transmission, six-speed stick or the six-speed DSG (paddle shift with a full auto mode)?

I heard they were both very well matched to the motor's powerband so I'm just wondering what you have in mind.
BadNick is offline  
Old 01-13-2009, 02:49 AM   #5 (permalink)
Found my way back
 
healer's Avatar
 
Location: South Africa
I work at the VW plant in South Africa, and the Jetta is one of the models we build here. It's obviously not the same car (we only export RHD), but I think the catalytic converters are produced here.

From what I hear, they're pretty solid cars. Very few returns/problems that I've heard of. I can't comment on the engine because we don't have the 'green' diesel variant over here yet. Good handling and responsiveness, nice ride and feeling through the steering wheel. A bit too long for my personal taste.

Good, solid family car.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by The_Jazz
Ok - can I edit my posts to read "what healer said"?
healer is offline  
Old 01-18-2009, 01:52 PM   #6 (permalink)
Insane
 
souzafone's Avatar
 
Forget about a leftover, there's no such thing as an '08 TDI in NA. The '09 is the newest version of the TDI, dispalcement is increased to 2.0l in the Jetta, it now has common rail injection, and meets 2010 emissions regs through the use of DPF's. I've been driving a Jetta TDI for last several years and wouldn't trade it for anything. That said, I wouldn't buy a new one since I wouldn't buy the first model year of ANY major design change. You said this is a commuter for your wife, is she the kind of girl who doesn't mind fueling at a typical dirty diesel pump, and will she pour additive in the tank so the fuel won't gel? And you can forget about using bio-diesel in any concentration greater than 5% also. Go here for lots more info...Fred's TDI Page. TDIClub.com. VW TDI Enthusiast Community. And good luck.
souzafone is offline  
Old 01-18-2009, 08:11 PM   #7 (permalink)
Eat your vegetables
 
genuinegirly's Avatar
 
Super Moderator
Location: Arabidopsis-ville
My husband drives a 2003 VW Beetle TDI. He is quite familiar with TDIs in general. His response:

"I like them. I only recommend the manuals."


Of note: this TDI does run into some trouble starting at -6 degrees F and below. Cold temperatures are naturally difficult on any diesel engine.
__________________
"Sometimes I have to remember that things are brought to me for a reason, either for my own lessons or for the benefit of others." Cynthetiq

"violence is no more or less real than non-violence." roachboy
genuinegirly is offline  
Old 01-24-2009, 05:31 AM   #8 (permalink)
Addict
 
Location: Amish-land, PA
I've driven one and, if I had the money, it'd be one of my first choices for a new car. Great power, faster top speed (by 1mph) than the gas Jetta, and pretty decent mileage. Once you break down the added cost of diesel fuel, you're only saving about .02 to .04 cents per mile, not counting the added cost of purchasing the car. Buy the car because you're in it for the coolness and longevity of the vehicle itself, not just that you're looking to save on gas.
__________________
"I've made only one mistake in my life. But I made it over and over and over. That was saying 'yes' when I meant 'no'. Forgive me."
TM875 is offline  
Old 01-27-2009, 03:49 AM   #9 (permalink)
Addict
 
Location: Portland
The early to mid 90's VW's broke down like crazy... kind of like the ones earlier than that, except then computers and other complicated parts had been implimented, so those generations of VWs were a pain and very expensive to maintain...
Anyway, I've heard that those problems have been addressed and VWs are actually somewhat reliable now.

So my question is, why a jetta? If it's a commuter car, then your wife just needs something to get from point A to B. If you're sticking with VW, then get the Golf TDI. They get 65mpg. SIXTY-FIVE MILES PER GALLON!!! Also, they still fit 2 people VERY comfortably and 5 people relatively easily.
Plus, she won't look like all those yuppies and teenie boppers in Jettas

Last edited by PulpMind; 01-27-2009 at 03:52 AM..
PulpMind is offline  
Old 02-02-2009, 08:41 PM   #10 (permalink)
Addict
 
Unless Vw's have changed in the last 4 years I would avoid avoid them due to frequeny & costs to repair. They drive great but have way too many repairs. I love the old Vw's (1972 and back) but would shy away form the newer models due to excessive repairs.
newtx is offline  
 

Tags
jetta, tdi, volkswagen

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -8. The time now is 07:52 AM.

Tilted Forum Project

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
© 2002-2012 Tilted Forum Project

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199 200 201 202 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 210 211 212 213 214 215 216 217 218 219 220 221 222 223 224 225 226 227 228 229 230 231 232 233 234 235 236 237 238 239 240 241 242 243 244 245 246 247 248 249 250 251 252 253 254 255 256 257 258 259 260 261 262 263 264 265 266 267 268 269 270 271 272 273 274 275 276 277 278 279 280 281 282 283 284 285 286 287 288 289 290 291 292 293 294 295 296 297 298 299 300 301 302 303 304 305 306 307 308 309 310 311 312 313 314 315 316 317 318 319 320 321 322 323 324 325 326 327 328 329 330 331 332 333 334 335 336 337 338 339 340 341 342 343 344 345 346 347 348 349 350 351 352 353 354 355 356 357 358 359 360