little lady is looking into buying a tdi - Diesel Truck Forum - TheDieselGarage.com
Thread Details Posted by TxFxL, this thread has received 6 replies and been viewed 1026 times.

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-28-2009, 12:25 AM Thread Starter
TxFxL
 
TxFxL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: San Diego
Posts: 27
Points: 19,482
Thanks: 5
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Question little lady is looking into buying a tdi

we're looking to get a vw diesel, right now we're in the 02-03 range, jetta or golf, def automatic, she's a bit afraid of the standard. i love my powerstroke and i had an 82 rabbit diesel for years so she's thinking diesel might be good too, especially with the great milage and high resale value. i know they all have timing belt issues just like a gas motor but what is the best (in your opinion) year tdi i know they changed over to some different stuff around 03. is there a year span where the best (read as "most dependable") was manufactured? engine? transmission? whole thing?

any advice would be greatly appreciated.

2000 F250 ext cab, 4x4, AFE Stage II, Warn Premium Locking Hubs, MBRP 4" Turbo Back, 3 Gauge Pillar (Turbo, Pyro, Trans), Racor CCV Filter, AIH Delete With Code Fooler, Wicked Wheel, Oil Crossover Line, Coolant Filter, 203* Thermostat, Stancor GPR, Under Hood Fuel Pressure Gauge, DB Starter, ITP In-Tank Mod, Peripheral Ipod Direct Connect

Chip and a valve body in the overtime funded near future

Last edited by TxFxL; 01-28-2009 at 12:55 AM.
TxFxL is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-28-2009, 11:37 AM
Senior Member
 
allstarsixo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Friendswood Texas
Posts: 2,951
Points: 43,641
Thanks: 94
Thanked 68 Times in 57 Posts
Never had an older one but my 2006 TDI has really impressed me so far. I would buy another one in a heart beat. You cant beat the mileage you get out of these things. I drive alot to and from work so it has saved me alot in the past two years.

Lonnie
allstarsixo is offline  
post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-28-2009, 11:48 PM
Bolt
 
gardentractor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Carlisle PA
Posts: 109
Points: 14,003
Thanks: 10
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
dad has an 81 rabbit diesel with 260,000 miles and it still runs. 51mpg

2000 F350 4X4 Powerstroke red 6spd reg cab stock for now...
1988 Chevy IROC-Z camaro black 5spd 305 55,000 orig miles, my baby
1988 Chevy 4x4 350 ext long bed
1980 Gmc 4X4 modified 350 k20 flatbed 4spd
1956 6400 Chevy 235 6 cyl
gardentractor is offline  
post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-31-2009, 11:05 PM
Senior Member
 
ymmot's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 1,130
Points: 27,444
Thanks: 5
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Pre-04 will be your best deal. 04 and later was the PD engine and you had better use the proper VW spec synthetic oil or you will not be happy. All of the TDI's love to soot up their EGR and Intake. So plan on cleaning it about every 50K or so. GET the manual, the auots will lose about 5 mpg in town. Timing belts, as you already know, had best be changed otherwise you will be sorry. Injector nozzles are generally a wear and tear item that will typically need to be replaced somewhere betweem 150K and 200K miles.

My wife loves her 2000 5 speed TDI Beetle. Heck I Love the dang thing. It averaged 43 mpg with her commute which is a 60/40 city/highway trip.
ymmot is offline  
post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-02-2009, 10:47 PM
Supporting Vendor
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 1,339
Points: 33,213
Thanks: 12
Thanked 36 Times in 32 Posts
You probably already figured this out, but don't go older than 2000 either, so you get the ALH engine. Hopefully you can talk her into a 5 speed instead of the Auto, both for mileage and transmission durability. The timing belt change is not that difficult if you normally turn your own wrenches. There's a lot of good info on TDIClub.com, but many members tend to tell people to have a "guru" mechanic do all the work.

Regards,
Michael Pliska

ISSPRO Engineering Manager

1995 F350 PSD Crew Cab Dually, 271k miles
10 ISSPRO Prototype Performax™ gauges in Pillar & Overhead pods & sitting on dash, Tymar Intake, Gutted EBPV, Tymar 3x4" downpipe, Tymar 5" exhaust, Cat's hiding in the shed, Baby Swamps, Swamps tunes, Tricumulator springs and Accumulator Valve, Tru-Cool 4590 Trans Cooler, Lock-Right Locker
1998 S&S 9.5' slide-in camper
32' enclosed tag trailer with 2 drag cars (73 Vega Super-Gas & 74 Vega ET Super-Pro)
1992 GMC Typhoon, 1973 Chevy Blazer with Pontiac 400, 1973 Trans-Am 455
2000 VW Jetta TDI - Kerma tune, Der Chimera Stage II Clutch
NRA member and certified firearms instructor, GOA Life member, IDPA member
Michael is offline  
post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-03-2009, 08:41 PM
TDG Member Since 2004?
 
KarTek's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Bahama/Eno, NC
Posts: 584
Points: 24,181
Thanks: 0
Thanked 3 Times in 2 Posts
Garage
My GF has an '06. I would have been fine with an older one but she wanted something new. Ditto on the need for the special oil - only available from the dealer... Makes for $50+ oil changes on the '04 and up cars.

The auto trans. will eat up about 4 MPG at highway speeds. Our '06 is getting around 42.

-Evan

2000 Ford F250, Merillion, 6sp, AIC, DPTuner, BB turbo, Adreneline pump, modified IDM.

1998 Mercedes E300, Custom injector nozzles, soon to have Eaton M90 supercharger, 7.5mm pump elements, Holset HX40 turbo and a full custom intake and exhaust system = 400HP from 3.0l
KarTek is offline  
post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-10-2009, 01:15 AM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Northern IL
Posts: 29
Points: 17,964
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I've had an 09 for a few about 4 months now. First car I have owned, its always been trucks, and I like it. It sucks being so small but the mileage is greta for the commute. 40+mpg. As far as the oil changes, it does add cost but the dealer says you can get 10,000 miles out of it. Use you own judgement though... I almost bought a 2006 but the price for an 06 with fairly low mileage was about a thousand less than a new one. So I went new to get the warranty and what I wanted. Plus there is a tax credit for buying an alternative fuel vehicle. If you are looking for na 06 I know there was a handful on Ebay at almost all times when I was checking. I havnt looked lately though. Good luck, keep me posted what you get

2003 Powerstoke F-250
gr9719 is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Diesel Truck Forum - TheDieselGarage.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Lady Liberal BROKER The Parking Lot 2 08-17-2006 04:50 PM
Trust A Little Old Lady??? bigdraft The Parking Lot 3 08-07-2006 01:52 AM
Little Old Lady... 95psdF250 The Parking Lot 6 04-12-2006 01:29 PM
Just Got This - The Fruitcake Lady MOMBENZ The Parking Lot 9 03-02-2006 12:07 PM
Little Ol Lady bigdraft The Parking Lot 15 02-10-2006 03:18 AM

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

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome