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Old 12-30-2017, 06:31 PM   #1
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Any diesel guys/gals here?

Iím looking at some early 2000ís VW Golf TDIís, anyone in here have experience with them? Anything extra to check? Iíve never owned a diesel but I do understand the fundamental differences between this and a gasser.


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Check out the Mercedes E320 CDI. Only brought in for 2005 and 2006. Straight 6 turbo diesel.

Faster than you would believe it should be, 38-40 MPG at highway speeds, and can absolutely eat highway miles at high speed in quiet comfort. Pulls a Kendon with two bikes at 95 mph like there is nothing there.

They are fairly cheap if you can find a good example.

Check for motor mounts needing replacement and have the SBC braking unit checked out to be sure it's good to go. I'd suggest having Wil at IDB do an inspection if you can.
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Iím looking at some early 2000ís VW Golf TDIís, anyone in here have experience with them? Anything extra to check? Iíve never owned a diesel but I do understand the fundamental differences between this and a gasser.


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I was summoned?
1. Don't buy a Volkswagen
2. If for some reason you ignored number 1, here are some things to look for.
2a. Leaking oil pan gasket
2b. Timing belt history (depending how early you go)
2c. Irregular wear on rear brake pads ( symptom of sticking rear calipers)
2d. The paint on the buttons will be about worn off to white
3. Some things to be aware of that are prone to failure
3a. Abs module failure
3b. Knocking strut mounts
3c. Bad motor mounts
3d. Leaking radiator
3e. Bad fans
3f. Ac compressor
4. I can keep going if you want me to? (That's what she said)
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There is VW TDI Owner group on FB. The subject matter has been the cold weather and everyone having issues with their diesels running in sub zero weather.

My dad has a 02 with only 60K on it. To see it you would think it is 300K. VW has really crappy plastics that get brittle with age. The window regulators break. The clear coat started failing off this year. The ALH cars have a problem with the intake manifolds get coked up and egr circuits. I think the turbo is stuck because it's down to about fifty HP. But there some other possible causes for that. Cooling Fan motor has gone bad. The compressor clutch plate felt off. All the sealing foam for the A/C ducts is spitting out of the vents. The inside door pull handles broke. Something with the door locks where you have to push in on the door for them to unlock. Imo, these cars are designed for houston heat and has not aged well.

If you don't mind fixing on all the time it's a decent car. There are kits and tuning to crank the power up to 190-200 HP fairly easy and that is with a bunch of torque.
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I've had a MB e320 CDI, MB Bluetec GL320, and now a BMW X5 35d. Love me some diesels. No issues so far.
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Going to check out an 02 Golf GLS WITH THE ďLUXURYĒ PCKGE... Looks mint from the pics and the guy seems decent enough. 165k 1.9 TDI
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Lol did none of the above comments scare you?
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Going to check out an 02 Golf GLS WITH THE ďLUXURYĒ PCKGE... Looks mint from the pics and the guy seems decent enough. 165k 1.9 TDI
I guess you didn't read bullet point 1 or 2 on my post...
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Lol did none of the above comments scare you?
He got rid of the Jeep and has $7k burning a hole in his pocket.

Trading one problem for the next!

Perhaps he likes to constantly work/fix autoís.
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He got rid of the Jeep and has $7k burning a hole in his pocket.

Trading one problem for the next!

Perhaps he likes to constantly work/fix autoís.
I would rather push the jeep than buy a VW. For 7k he could get a car. 350z, Honda s2k if you look hard enough. 1st gen Tacoma. Miata. Subaru wrx. All of these sound better than a diesel VW
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No, itís a cheap car to fix. 55mpgís is very enticing
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I guess you didn't read bullet point 1 or 2 on my post...
I did, I kept going tho lol.


I just said Iím checking it out I didnít say I was buying it
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Isnít that what any car transaction is? Trading one problem for another?
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Not if you drive a Toyota or Honda.
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I would rather push the jeep than buy a VW. For 7k he could get a car. 350z, Honda s2k if you look hard enough. 1st gen Tacoma. Miata. Subaru wrx. All of these sound better than a diesel VW

I can tell VW really got you salty. Iím only trying to spend 3-4K and save the rest for the next house. Trust me I want a Miata but itís just not happening (yet)
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Not if you drive a Toyota or Honda.
I had a Honda motorcycle and it was plagued with fuel and electrical issues. Friends with CBRís have experienced the same. My mom had a 2011 Camry I had to replace the starter, battery, alternator, window motors and tie rods in the first year of ownership. That Camry had 17k miles when she bought it...thank that got flooded
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A Honda left me stranded more than my Ducati has...let that sink in
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A Honda left me stranded more than my Ducati has...let that sink in
All my Hondas never left me stranded and I did 20 miles on a Ducati and it broke down.
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I guess your mileage may vary with any manufacturer. I have had nothing but success with Toyotas over the past 20 years, between myself and family members we have had over 30 Toytotas/Hondas, and when properly maintained have never had any major issues (outside of a Honda Oddesy Tranny Problem).
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