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Old 03-09-2019, 08:06 PM   #240 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by MetroMPG View Post
4) Hate: reliability

Hate might be too strong a word -- it hasn't left me stranded (yet). But it's come pretty close.
  1. Fried wire between the starter & solenoid (but yay: it's light enough to push start pretty easily!); since repaired.
  2. Electrical glitch causing it to intermittently stall out/run rough (traced to a mystery bare wire shorting to ground against the pedal assembly).
  3. CEL codes:
    (A) frequent P0455 for an evap leak
    (B) P0400 for EGR -- I cleaned the valve, but it came back. Need to roto-rooter the passages, I guess.
    (C) P0420 for catalyst -- this one popped up a few weeks ago. Hasn't come back since resetting.
Is it reasonable to complain about the reliability of a $1000, 20 year-old car? It's led a pretty charmed life - lots of care & maintenance from its 4-owner string of owners.
Is the “Electrical glitch” the problem in this thread?
If so, care to elaborate/update for us?
60 mpg hwy highest, 50+mpg lifetime
TDi=fast frugal fun

Originally Posted by freebeard View Post
The power needed to push an object through a fluid increases as the cube of the velocity. Mechanical friction increases as the square, so increasing speed requires progressively more power.
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