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Old 08-13-2008, 03:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Thumbs up Greetings from me and my 1985 diesel!

Hello everyone.

I recently bought a 1985 Volkswagen Golf. It is a diesel, but without the turbocharger. Here is how it currently looks:


I plan to get some crazy MPG numbers from the car. I have been documenting the engine rebuild and general repairs on the car in picture form in another thread, VW GTD. You can view my on-going build thread here (has lots of pictures so beware!):
My 1985 Golf 1.6 N/A Build Thread - No 56k! Picture Time!

At the start, I planned to get some performance out of the car, but I want to take it in a new direction and get some good fuel economy with it. I have yet to fill up the second tank, so I don't know the fuel economy yet. But it is at 320 miles and the needle is at the halfway mark... the suspense is killing me.

I hope to make a thread here soon showing the mpg modifications I do. Until then...

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Old 08-13-2008, 06:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Beautiful! And welcome to ecomodder! I just looked up the EPA rating, and I'm actually kind of surprised it's only 31/41 (still much better than the 1.8L gasoline one which is about 23/30). I think it has a ton of potential! Good luck.
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Welcome to ecomodder! Great little car you have there.
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Old 08-14-2008, 12:27 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Hey, Nice car, I joined just to respond to your intro. I used to own a 1986 VW golf and it took me everywhere, while saving me tons of fuel. I would always get over 1000km to a tank on the highway. One time I drove it 1150km and the gauge wasn't even in the red. I had been known to get about another 80-100km out of the remaining fuel. I loved the car, and I am sure it will show well above that very conservative EPA rating. In order to get the best fuel economy, I removed the interior except for the front seats and the dash. I turned back the fuel screw and advanced the timing, a lot. Have fun
Oh, and I removed the air filter snorkel, and used only the bottom half of the airbox, with the filter taped in.
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Old 08-14-2008, 03:03 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Welcome to EM! I've been waiting for your car to post this :



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Old 08-14-2008, 09:41 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Welcome to the forum!

Great video!
The MPG must be REALLY high when the wheels aren't even touching the ground
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riddleyo, that's some really green grass ya got there.

Looking forward to your numbers.
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p.s. Why is there a drain pan under your car?
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Old 08-14-2008, 02:21 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Ooh, the envy, I just wanna...dangit can't find 'em round here...GIMME! No, wait. Keep it.

Know anybody that has the diesel pickup? I'd sever body parts to have one of those.
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Old 08-14-2008, 04:27 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by riddleyo View Post
I recently bought a 1985 Volkswagen Golf. It is a diesel, but without the turbocharger.
This car looks familiar to me. I never had one, but I saw a lot of them in French streets

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I have yet to fill up the second tank, so I don't know the fuel economy yet. But it is at 320 miles and the needle is at the halfway mark... the suspense is killing me.
I consider having a third of the tank when the needle is at the halfway mark, but I have a 1997 Renault Megane (diesel too, but with turbocharger) so may be your Golf is more correct.

The EPACombined of our cars are closed so I'm waiting to see your FE.

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Old 08-15-2008, 07:15 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Welcome!!!

I got to drive one of those back in the 80's, and I was very supprised how zippy it was. I would love to have one.

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