Convince me not to buy a diesel golf

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  1. terible1biker57

    terible1biker57 New Member

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    I'm interested in buying a diesel golf and making my own biodiesel. There's a car i've been looking into purchasing but a few things concern me:

    1)the mileage (100,000)
    2)vw diesel reliability
    3)maintenance

    Car crew, do you know anything about vw diesel track record.
    Carfax? 9BWGR61J554011158:wavey:
    2005 diesel golf
     
  2. well I don't really have any real reasons but since you said convince you...


    1. its a VW and its used so :noes:
    2. its a 2005 and has 100,000 :ugh:
    3. Refer to 1 and 2
     
  3. golftdibrad

    golftdibrad New Member

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    I recomend. Just hit 100k on my 01 today. Don't let high milage scare you..... the engine will last a LONG time. It the other 'car shit' that you may need to fix along the way like shocks, brakes and such.

    Oh, and one stint on the trip i got 54 MPG, 826 mile tank. Not typical (usually closer to 48 mpg) but still awsome.
     
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    as long as its been properly maintained rok on!!!
     
  5. terible1biker57

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    Wow 54 mpg that awsome, i new they get good gas mileage but damm 54 thats great. considering its a diesel 100K miles is like new Marten. and golftdibrad thanks for the awsome response, no considerations do deter my decision of buying it. Just what i like to here:wiggle:
     
  6. terible1biker57

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    golfdibrad, do you have a manual or an automatic?
     
  7. ChosenGSR

    ChosenGSR Mama always said you'd be the chosen one

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    With today's gas prices, how could you not buy something like that?
     
  8. Cachee0

    Cachee0 OT's Technical Recruiter, Send me your resume

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    Yep they are the way of the very near future.
     
  9. deusexaethera

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    You Will Spend Ten Thousand Dollars Repairing It.

    Ask me how I know.
     
  10. TurboDerek

    TurboDerek My favorite meal is horsemeat and rice.

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    i have a 178k on my wife's 98 jetta tdi. the only issue is the left front running light needs fixed.
     
  11. terible1biker57

    terible1biker57 New Member

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    How do you know?
     
  12. golftdibrad

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    Manual.

    As far as maintence, just get the damn timming belt changed on time by a pro. If you turn your own wrenches its easy to do yourself.
     
  13. compu_85

    compu_85 Woooo! 60HP!

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    Being a 2005 it has unit injectors, which are run off the camshaft. It *needs* to have had a 505.01 approved oil in its crankcase 100% of the time. No, Mobil 1 5w40 is not enough. No, Castrol Syntec 5w40 is not enough. If you can't get records it was done right, plan on replacing the camshaft. These engines are not tolerant of wrong oil usage.

    At 100,000 its also due for a timing belt change. This requires special tools to lock the camshaft in place while the belt is off.

    VW ownership is most pleasant when the driver can service the car (to an extent) themselves. Easy stuff like lightbulbs, oil changes, serp belt... If you go to the dealer for every little thing it will cost you. And you can't take this car to a quickie oil change place: They won't have the right oil, probably won't have the filter, and probably won't reinstall the splash shield properly.

    -Jason
     
  14. jjski78

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    I say go for it. I wish the dealer had a used TDI when the wife and I were looking. We wound up with an '03 1.8T. With 82k on it. Used to be someone's commuter car. Get's decent mileage (30MPG HWY), but already it needed a new cat, and now there's a nasty turbo surge, clutch going out, and T-Belt is due. Thank God I'm a mechanic, because VW service is big $$$$$
     
  15. golftdibrad

    golftdibrad New Member

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    I didn't even see the year he posted.

    Don't expect 50 mpg from a PD TDI, but you can get high 40's if its a stick and you baby it. Some advise: floor it once every time you drive it once its warm. It will blow all the crap out the intake and exhaust and save you headaches down the road.

    I will echo that you MUST use the right oil. Get it from the dealer and get receipts. And I hear the timing belt on a PD is actually easier than on an ALH.

    For all the TDI info you can handle, www.tdiclub.com Read the FAQ

    good luck.
     

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