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Old 03-31-2010, 12:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What, the, hell.

Hey all, recently got a 98 tdi bug. It's got the window issues, ac issue(fixing asap!) and a few other quirks, not a big deal.

Coming from turbo gassers with 200-400hp this tdi thing seems like a slug off the line, 1st gear is completely worthless like it was intended for hauling a 5th wheel.
Overall, its a decent freeway car, actually fits my gangly 6'2" whiteboy hide quite well. It could use a steering wheel spacer.

I drove roughly 80 miles today, mostly freeway. The gas gauge moved one tick. What the hell have I been missing? I'm pretty fed up with filling up every other day in something that only went sub 300miles/tank. I never thought a car could get this good of mpgs!
I'm so happy I didn't buy a honda, this is way more efficient as well as simple(sort of).


Well hey all, I've got plenty of experience in autos, gas, performance of all types, and pretty well versed in all auto aspects. Got a q hit me up!

thanks all and been trollin for quite some time now.

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Old 03-31-2010, 06:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 03-31-2010, 10:05 AM   #3 (permalink)
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...welcome to the ecommoder, from a neighbor just down the I-10 freeway.

...never owned a VW, but did own an '84 Honda DX Civic...a great milage car (40-42 mpg) back then!
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Old 03-31-2010, 07:10 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Welcome to Ecomodder, I'm a big diesel fan and a big straight pipe fan too they sound really nice with the rear muffler deleted
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Yeah I'd like to get past emissions and do something so I can actually hear the engine with the window down. I really cant tell when to shift without some feedback, only way really is vibration in the pedals.
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Pardon me, but can't the same thing be achieved by looking at the speedo+tacho combination?
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I have a TDI (with window issues), but no prob hearing the engine rpm. I suppose you could screw a small mircophone to the block and run it through your stereo. I don't think anyone else cares to know your rpm though

Gassers aren't all bad and honda has some exceptionally thrifty examples in the garage, http://ecomodder.com/forum/emgarage....a&model=&year= .

My saturn gets 45mpg without trying very hard (stick shift swap/kill switch/lots of air in tires/mpg gauge/reasonably good technique)

I would strongly suggest you also consider adjusting the nut behind the wheel
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The tach on the new beetle is about 1" in diameter, its fairly useless.
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Yeah I'd like to get past emissions and do something so I can actually hear the engine with the window down. I really cant tell when to shift without some feedback, only way really is vibration in the pedals.
Uhm dude straight piping the muffler does NOT mess with emmisions only straight piping the cat would

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