Ok, I'm gonna do it... I like the Golf A LOT!! (either that, or a Jetta
I'd love a two door Golf diesel (late model, but what was the last year that
the diesel was offered in two door? all the 2004s I see are 4 doors).
I travel approx 32K kms/year, 20K miles, mostly highway. I'm not 100% if
this qualifies as enough kms/year for a real payback for the diesel option,
but I think gasoline's days are done for me.
So, 2002-later Golf diesel - good buy? I need air-con, don't really need
power windows, but like keyless entry.
do GTI wheels fit the diesel cars? (correct offset/bolt pattern?)
Thanks for the reply.
If MY2000 was the last year for Golf TDI 2-door, then maybe Canada has had
them longer?!? I've seen 2002 TDI Golf 2-doors for sale.
I'm trying to find something with reasonable kms.. I plan to keep whatever I
buy for 8 years, and I'll rack up quite a few kms.
I've never seen a 2002 2door tdi... There could be exceptions, engine
swapping isn't uncommon in the vw community. Any diesel motor will last
you a loooong time if you maintain it properly. Just watch out for
crankwalk on the tdi's once they hit around 200,000 kms.
You wanna buy diesel. It is different in that deisel can't be got at every
station. Not that that is a big thing but it is worth noting especially if
you do alot of travelling. It was something to get use to. I drive the
older deisels(not TDI) and it has been less of a headache than a gas
jobby.(I like to mechanic in them) and I can't on a diesel because it is
too fussy in that way, it'll run or it won't.
Fact is, many people don't like diesels cause they don't understand how
they run.....there fore it acts as a theft deterrent.
Check out the body shape. That is what is gonna go. I sold my first
diesel after putting on an additional 500,000 miles to the 200,000 that
was on it..and it was not burning the blues...in fact I found that car 1/2
year later in the salvage yard minus the motor and trans. So they do last
an last. I moved up to a turbo but still before the TDI. It goes good 2.
Fuel prices here in the west compare with gas and with the improvements
in gas mileage..it is getting harder to justify owning a diesel for the
additional bucks. But still, I think I will continue just because even
though I do have to plug it in during the winter months.
I wrench all my cars, there isn't much I can't do here at home... less maybe
doing a full out alignment (but I can do a mean string alignment).
I don't want an older car again, my current car is an '87 Volvo 760GLE with
188K miles on it. Sure, it will go another 100K miles for sure, but every
bit of plastic in the interior is creaking over bumps.. I want something
Diesel will still be cheaper to run, other than if you compare it to a
I did a cost analysis; I could save $2000 CAD a year on fuel from my current
vehicle if I drove a VW TDI. Not bad!!! In 8 years, that's a $16,000
savings!! So from 12L/100kms, I go to 5.7L/100kms... that's more than half
the fuel consumption, and probably decent on $$ maintenance.
I'm gonna get ready to do the switch soon!
GO FOR IT!!!!
Got my Jetta Wagon last year and haven't looked back since! I love this
Check out tdiclub DOT com for all the support you could ever want.
I purchased my car from a dealer so I could get the maint. records. Paid a
premium but it it made me comfortable. Just make sure the prospective car
was properly maintained with the syth. oil. Get all the records/info on the
car you can.
When you get the car, maintain it yourself. It is easy and will save you $.
The dealers make it sound like they know what is best for your car. WRONG.
Enjoy your new TDI
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