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That's so badass, very subtle changes make a huge difference.

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why the hell would they make an oilpan outta aluminum? i wonder if there is a company out there that makes a steel replacement.
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Sweet man! I still need to order a pro-clip mount for the fiddy whenever they get a mount for the iphone 4. I finally bit the bullet and ordered a new radio lol, got tired of the no bass from the stock stereo and no input.
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Woo just called, they should have it listed on the website tomorrow.
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can it blow smoke?
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can it blow smoke?
No....

But I'm okay with it. It's a "clean diesel" so the hippies would be confused about it anyway. Besides I think my wife would hate me. lol. It is definitely different, you can park and idle for several minutes while standing behind the car and never smell diesel.

I wouldn't want it to smoke all the time anyway. What I think would be cool is an ECU flash that could be switched on the fly like a lot of the diesel trucks. If I could incorporate something like into a switch that would also go to an exhaust cut-out for emission by-pass, that would be sweet!

But I don't see that happening either. The few companies that have cracked the codes and finally offer tuning generally have people remove and ship the ECU. bah. I'm hoping that someone will come up with a "chip" for the new TDI that can easily be removed when it has to go to the dealer. I wouldn't mind having an extra 40hp/65tq on an otherwise stock engine.

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Do they take the same diesel additive that the BMW diesels take? I forget the name
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Stanadyne?
Technically VW says to NOT use any additives on the 09-10 CR diesels. But diesel fuel quality in the US is spotty, and not always up to the lubricity standards of European high pressure fuel pumps.
So... I'm using Stanadyne performance formula in this car.
I think the only potential, possibly issue that VW is worried about it additives interfering with the DPF, who knows.
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Have you heard of the evry mod? You toss in a switched resistor on the fuel pump and when you toss the switch you get this...

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I'm not sure the name, I think its blue in color? The BMWs have a separate tank for it
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I'm not sure the name, I think its blue in color? The BMWs have a separate tank for it
Oh you're talking about urea then probably. Some diesel manufacturers use it to meet new tighter emissions standards, including the new powerstroke.

No, the vw doesn't require that. It has two cats and a diesel particulate filter.
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Dunno if you remember me, but once upon a time we rapped about VWs/GLIs for a while.

Back in '05/06 I did the job hop thing and wound up with a much longer commute. I actually tried to trade my Ranger for a Mazda3. Couldn't make the numbers work, no matter how many dealers I talked to. At the time the GTI was 2-door only, which was a deal-breaker. So I kept the Ranger.

Stalled and stalled on that one until I bought a used Miata as a 2nd car and kept Truckzilla for winter commuting. What a frickin' car! Seriously: all you panzies that 'hate' on the Miata need to drive one. You'll STFU pretty quick. Big-time grin/$ factor.

But commuting in a Miata got old; wicked road noise, 4200RPM whine @ 80MPH, having to put it up for the winters, etc. And then my example started to show signs of rust! Last year when the new car market when whacko I went looking again. This time I had my heart set on a 4-door MkV GTI.

Somehow I wound up trading away my prized Miata for a 2009 Jetta SportWagon SEL:


6-speed MT, big glass roof, 17" alloys and a (crappy!) dealer installed ipod do-hicky.

That's right.. a station wagon! Know what? It rules, it frickin' rules. The SEL has the 2.0 turbo four out of the GLI/GTI, but lacks a few of the exterior extras the GLI/GTI have. There is no GLI wagon, this is as close as it gets.

Car is smooth as glass on the super-slab, gets a solid 30MPG, passes left-lane-hogs like a banshee kicked in the nads, and feels near-luxury. Its mildly entertaining in the corners too.

I think you've got your head up your backside re: the turbo four sounding ricey. Unlike a lot of our the ricerific fours out there the VW mills have torque right at idle. Although 1-2 and 2-3 shifts at 6k are a giggle... that is if you can keep the front tires planted. Worst thing about this thing is the FWD. But I wasn't ready to sacrifice the MPGs for an AWD.

Had it about 18 months now and have laid on 32k miles already. That's how much we like it. Nearly the first thing we did with it was load it up and do a 2k road-trip to NC and back.

So yeah.

In the meantime my buddy was driving a Mk4 GLI with the VR6. Quite similar to your old one, IIRC. He cleared the 180k mark not too long ago and finally suffered a cooling system failure on the highway. It was repairable, but he decided it was time to trade. He traded up to an '10 Wolfsburg. I guess they stopped making the GLIs for '10. One thing I'm really jealous of you Mk6 guys over is the bluetooth. My MkV doesn't have that and it can't be retrofited, unlike a lot of the other goodies.

Not sure if you've looked into go-fast bits yet. But if not, look into a new rear sway-bar for it. I put an APR bar on mine. Adjusted full stiff it took a lot of the FWD, rolly-polly-ness out of the car. Really good grin/$ ratio upgrade if you ask me. Also there are a couple (relatively cheap) kits you can buy to replace the bushings on the shifter linkages. Tightens up the cable shifter rather nicely without effecting throw. Another item I recommend, at least on the gassers. Not sure if that would port well to the oil burner.

In closing, nice frigin car man!
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Fiesta is ugly compared to the VW???
Can you actually BUY that hot Fiesta? Last I checked all Ford was talking about offering in the US at this point was the base 120HP 1.6L econobox. Reviews I've read say it revs at like 4k on the highway. No thanks!

No, Ford has to put a 2.0L ecoboost four in a Focus to compete with these Golf based VeeDubs. Then we'll chat.

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Funny stuff. I liked my ranger but let me think.
You know, it's funny, I had a lot of those problems too. On my Ranger I...

...had a new clutch and slave cylinder installed under warranty at 12k miles.
...had the truck in for service at least 3-4 times before they fixed the t-case from mistakenly thinking it was in 4Lo all the time.
...had the manual t-case linkage lock up, locking the truck in 4Lo.
...have replaced the tie-rod-ends 2 times in 68k miles.

Not that I think the Ranger is a bad truck. For the money/market I think its great. But really, lets not sit in glass houses and throw stones!

I like to tell people that my Ranger had poor "initial quality". Once my dealer got all the kinks worked out, it has been pretty damned good. But those first few months... seriously, I think it was 9 dealer visits in the first 8 mo. of ownership.

Meanwhile I am 100% trouble free on my VW through 18 mo x 32k miles. I've done a couple scheduled dealer visits and a few DIY oil changes in between with the exception of the two visits thanks to the dealer screwing the car up; once they scratched the hatch 'detailing' it for me and another because they hooked up the ipod thingie wrong.

Oh, and I had a similar problem with my Ford garage 'detailing' a massive scratch into the side of my Ranger too.

If you're willing to turn your own wrenches, maintenance really isn't that bad. Oil changes on this thing are almost laughably easy. Easier than the Ranger, that's for sure.
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I really do like the fusion sport but stupid ford won't equip it properly.
Amen!

Although I'm a huge hatchback guy. I think the Fusion would be better with a hatch-on-the-back. They need a wagon variant.. oh, and manual trans'es across the lineup, especially in the 'sport' and/or up-trim packages.

That's one of the wonderful things about the VW's; if you are a MT-or-die buyer they really are your brand. Subie wins here too.

As said, I'm holding out hope for the new Focus. Hopefully Ford makes a decent hot-hatch outta that and makes me really regret buying my VW.

Looks like I forgot to snip one of your anti subie comments. But I couldn't agree more. Lotsa my friends and family kept urging me to look at an Impreza/WRX or Legacy. Trying to track down a Legacy GT wagon was on my radar for a while. But the subies interior is just such ****.

I sit in the cabin for ~120 miles/day. That works out to 2 hours minimum. I'll pay to play a little here; I'm looking for some comfort. And subie just doesn't come through. So I understand your parting with the GT.

VW really does have a *****in' interior. Its the little things too. Like all the window switches are auto-up and auto-down, from the factory, without screwing with them. The switch-gear is all top notch. Little things like the cancel button on the cruise lever has just the right amount of resistance and the set button is in just the right place to mash once you hit cruising speed. The steering wheel controls are just perfect. Not flimsy like the Rangers. Mine has dual-zone auto climate control, so on a hot day its press and forget.
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No, the vw doesn't require that. It has two cats and a diesel particulate filter.
On that subject. Are you concerned at all with the reliability of that new fangled emissions system?!

For a short time I was ready to pull the trigger on an '09 JSW TDI (JSW => Jetta SportWagon). Part of the turnoff was the car was rare at the time and dealers were charging full MSRP, if not a premium for the cars. I found one in my area, without the glass roof we really wanted, but the dealer wouldn't budge. Meanwhile I found my gasser JSW on a lot, lonely, ready to go well under invoice.

The other part was this new 'clean diesel' system. You know you can't burn anything higher than 5% bio-D in it, right? They implemented this 'burn off' cycle on the thing. To clean out that particulate filter in the exhaust system, they actually turn the injectors on in the exhaust stroke for a while every few hundred miles. This injects unburnt diesel into the exhaust and "burns" the particulate crap off.

Sadly this results in higher concentrations of fuel in the crankcase. The special synthetic oil they spec isn't just VW being a pain in the ***, its supposedly more resistant to breaking down with the diesel in it. So the engine is designed to get more fuel in the crankcase. Bio screws with this because it doesn't evaporate off as fast, or something like that.

Moral is: Change your oil AT LEAST as often as spec'ed and ALWAYS use the spec'ed stuff, despite the cost.

Gassers have special synthetic spec'ed too, but its different and easier to find. Autozone puts my oil on sale for ~$5/qt pretty regularly. That and some interwebz-order filters and I'm good to go here.

I've also read on TDIClub about some issues with the high-pressure fuel pumps failing early ... and dealers blaming customers saying they ran gas in the cars. The early 2.0T gassers had problems with this HPFP too. Fortunately mine is the newer timing chain engine.

I just worry the new 50-state TDIs aren't quite as bulletproof as the old TDIs. Will be interesting to see if the TDI used-car premium holds up with these.
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Hey Bubba, Nice Sportwagen!
Yes I do remember chatting about TDIs, quite a long time ago too!

My wife just got home so I'm going to keep this relatively short.

We love the Golf so far, 3600 miles or so on it now. It sounds like we agree a lot on the cars, what we like and what we don't.

My wife loves the factory bluetooth in the car. It is nothing super fancy, but it is just nice. It goes will all of the other things like you said, the auto up/down windows, etc.

This car loves the highway. At 80mph the little engine is purring along at around 2100 RPM in sixth gear with plenty of torque for passing. Big trucks and wind gusts are almost completely unnoticed, it's super smooth and solid. Windy roads rock as well, it stays very well planted and you REALLY have to try to get it unsettled in any way. So far we are averaging over 41mpg with regular driving (fuelly), not being easy on it at all. It has been really hot/humid and the a/c has been on the entire time, so I can't complain about economy. The best part is that the economy doesn't come at the cost of a weak engine. It really scoots from 3rd gear up. Well it does in all gears, but you shift more off the line due to lower revs.

I haven't put a lot into the car yet, but I have an aluminum panzer skid plate from diesel geek sitting in the garage. I hear great things about their short shift kit which will probably come in the future. Rear sway bar upgrade is definitely in the plans. I haven't driven a sportwagen, but I understand that they are sprung more like the standard Jetta which is pretty soft. The Golf TDI really handles well for what it is, but I would like to get rid of that touch of under steer.

I'm not concerned about the emissions stuff at this point. None of the technology is really new, just new to the car. The only thing I would be concerned about is a full diesel particulate filter waaay down the road, but I believe it can be cleaned. We have not noticed a single filter regeneration when driving, although it was in the process once when my wife shut off the car at work. It goes unnoticed otherwise. I also drive it pretty hard, and will downshift and haul up a hill quite often to raise the EGTs which will burn off a lot of the particulate (passive regeneration). I will say that it is nice, that I've not once smelled diesel fumes even when standing by the hatch with the car running. And the back of the car isn't covered in black soot.

Honestly the concern I have is with the HPFP. However I believe the whole issue has been blown WAY out of proportion at tdiclub. Yes there have been failures. VW seems to cover most of them, or people's insurance does. There are some who haven't, but very few. Of those few, I don't think we got the whole story. A lot of people seem to think that the problem is caused by poor lubricity of diesel fuel, or gas in their diesel. We have been refueling the car at the same station, partially because it is convenient, and partially because there is someone to hold liable in the event of a fuel problem. I stuff the receipts in a folder and log them on fuelly.com. Is that all necessary? I doubt it, but it takes no effort and it's and interesting way to track things. I also use stanadyne performance formula for lubricity, although I wouldn't tell VW that since they don't recommend anything in their newer diesels at this point. Ideally I would run b5 (yes I was away that it is the maximum) however I can't even find any b5 CLOSE to here. Hell a lot of stations here still sell low sulfur diesel (500ppm), so I have to be choosy about where I fuel it.
Anyway, I'm just not going to worry about the HPFP for the most part. I read the stories about it before buying the car, and decided that it wasn't a big deal, especially while under warranty. I have also heard that there is a revised part, but I'm unsure if that's true. If there are enough failures, and people throwing fits, there will be an extended warranty coverage of the part, or a recall, I imagine.

I did drive a new GTI, I just didn't like the four cylinder gasser. It is much better than the crap offered by other manufacturers, but it just sounded buzzy to me, I don't know. The subaru had an awesome growl and so did the VR6, and the GTI was just not as impressive as I was hoping. Although I know that it can haul with some mods.

The FWD thing, yeah, it kind of sucks. I loved driving the Subaru in the winter with the manual trans and rear limited slip. I could keep that car sideways and fully controlled all day, it was a blast! On the other hand it wouldn't be hard for my wife to do that on accident, and our LGT didn't have VDC (vehicle dynamics control) so it would let you do whatever you want.

If VW sold the Sportwagen and Golf with AWD and a little more HP here, that would be sooooo sweet.

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Dinners cooking downstairs. Waiting for the buzzer to sound.

I don't want AWD. And I honestly don't want for more power. 200HP in a car this size is pretty good, especially with how flat the power band is. Honestly a set of snows mounted on 16" steelie 'take off' wheels is all you need in the winter. This is the first car I've ever put dedicated snows on, and I'll never do it another way. The car is really good in the white stuff. Better than the Ranger in four-by, dare I say it. Although the Ranger redeems it self when the snow gets deep. But really no car can compete there.

My buddy had the 2.8L VR6 in his GLI. That thing was revy as hell. A couple weeks after I bought the JSW we swapped for the weekend; he took my pickup and I had his Jetta (and mine!). Performance honestly seemed about on par, although the 6 did seem to rev more freely. But I really like the 2.0T. It gets just that much better fuel economy and makes it all worth it.

Oh, I did forget my other peve with this car: you can't disable the stability control. That's actually good in the snow.. although not much fun. E-brake turns in the snow really screw with the computer.

Still, smooth as glass. Great on the highway.

I haven't looked up my spring codes vs the GLI/GTI. But I have confirmed my JSW has the big brakes like the GLI/GTI, not the smaller Rabbit/Golf ones. IIRC the TDI JSW has the smaller brakes. Mine seems to be a real mutt with regards to the GLI/GTI vs regular Jetta bits. Even the VW specs online are wrong.

Nobody believes that this thing has exactly the same wheelbase, track, etc as the GTI, but it does.

Still, the RSB helped a lot. Took a lot of the understeer out, really flattened things out, especially in the long corners (read: highway on-ramps). If you snap it you can induce oversteer too. Not quite like you can w/ the throttle in an RWD/AWD. But its something.

I'm tempted by shocks & springs. Either GTI takeoffs (if the spring rates turn out to be stiffer) or, more likely, some Bilsteins and just slightly lower springs. Have really loved the Bils on my Ranger. So much that I put a set on my Miata before I traded it. They didn't disappoint there either. Everybody on the VW's want adjustable coilovers though. I can't be bothered. I want a good solid street-sport non-adjustable setup. Adjusters and New England winters generally don't mix.

Maybe I'll do a reflash before long. Its just so easy; $600 and 30 min buys you something like 20% more power. Most look at me crosseyed when they hear I haven't done that yet.

I've got a set of HIDs from a GTI in my garage ready to go in. Just need the time.

Other than that I'm just gonna drive the pee out of it...

Buzzer on the stove just kicked. Peace..
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Yep, the 24 VR6 was a blast to drive. Economy wasn't bad for us, 26mpg average, occasionally 30mpg on the highway. Nothing to write home about, but the engine was a pleasure to drive.

You are right though, the FWD does great in the snow. Our GLI was lowered with 225/40/18" ultra high performance tires and I had them siped, and it tracked awesome in the snow. I bet it works great with dedicated snow tires. Leaving the stability control on, you could pretty well just floor it and it would crawl it's way up a snow covered hill without spinning on. ABS worked pretty well too. The Subaru ABS was terrible, engaging way too easily on slick stuff.

The stability control thing pisses me off too. It has a disable switch but as you found out it doesn't completely shut it off.

I am a little torn on what to do for lowering springs myself. People seem to love the koni coilovers for daily driving, and they aren't much more than a spring/shock combo. But I can understand your concern from road treatments, it probably does foul up the threads. I would likely set mine up how I like them and rarely (if ever) mess with them again. The H&R cup kits get pretty good reviews though, too. Really, I've found that the dampening on the Golf TDI works well all around with the 'sport' suspension, I just want it to be a bit lower and make the handling a little more neutral with a RSB.

Another thing I would like to try changing is the brake pads. Braking is fine, but the pedal feel kind of sucks. I'm not sure what other people are using that might be an improvement. Oh well, they work fine and don't dust much.

You should totally reflash your car! My friend has an A3 with the 2.0T, and he got a free trial flash that lasted for 15 hours. He said that it was a night and day difference, like a completely different car.

There are a couple of companies now working on tunes for the 2.0L TDI. One claimed 180hp / 295lb-ft torque, but the dyno didn't agree with the claimed numbers. At this point, the ECU has to be removed and shipped elsewhere. And if the dealer reflashes the computer, your tune is gone. Hopefully someone will come out with a chip or something that can easily be removed.
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My buddy claimed to see 28MPG on his VR6 on a regular basis. Although I thought his was the 12-valve, could be wrong on that though. That was on regular too. The turbo spec's high-test. So really 28 on regular vs 30 on high-test is probably a wash in the end, really. But whachugonnado.

It's funny, lotsa people complain about the brakes in the GTI. Theoretically I have the same setup, just with unpainted calipers. But I feel braking is pretty damned good. Maybe I'm just too used to the truck or something.

H&R made my shortlist for suspension too. The "touring" cup package sounds about my speed. There is some complete crap out there though; be careful.

My cousin has an '07 GTI. His experience was part of what got me looking VW again. (I had a hand-me-down '86 Jetta as my 1st real car in HS.) Hes from kalifornia. His is chipped, lowered, tinted and pimped to the max. I think its the law out there or something. Anyhow, drove his around a little while he was out here last year. Got to switch in and out of program mode on the fly. Difference is noticeable.

My angle is that I really don't need the power, to part with the cash, or risk premature engine/turbo wear by running around running jacked up boost levels. But as I say, we'll see. Make the uber-vagon a little more uber. Should, say, a performance bonus from work land in my lap or something, maybe my mind would be changed.

I've got a friend that ... wait for it ... races an '04-ish Jetta TDI. His is the 'PD' type engine. He runs (somewhat successfully) in autocrosses and hill-climbs regularly, and was doing 'track days' for a bit. He's flashed his car. Was braging about having his 0-60 "whittled down" into the ~8.5 second territory. For kicks I setup my iphone with one of those perf timer/accelerometer apps and did a go-for-broke rip from the breakdown lane on the local interstate one morning: iphone says 0-60 in the low-mid 6-second range. Yeah.... Now I understand why Jeremy Clarkson rips on diesels so hard.

At any rate. Shame APR isn't in the TDI game. Maybe not the greatest power increases possible, but it is very low-fuss.

You mentioned you looked at a DSG? Whatdjah think about that?

I test drove a DSG GTI before signing on the JSW. Parts of me prefered the edgier GTI to the 'soccer mom' wagon. Although the GTI interior is just a bit more boy-racer and excessive. But that DSG was a trip. Seriously like driving a video game. I'm a die-hard manual-or-walk kinda guy, so in the end it was an easy pass once I drove the 6MT in the JSW. But whoa that DSG stuff is wild!

But I don't even wanna think about what it'll cost to repair/replace one of them!
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Oh yeah, I remember you telling me about your 86, my first "car" was an 86 VW as well.
VW Vanagon Syncro (4x4) 2.1L wasserboxer, four speed manual with granny gear.

My wife found a couple of pictures the other day so I had to scan it.


I don't really need any more power out of this car either, but more power generally equals more fun, all other things being equal. haha

What I gather is that none of the TDIs are particularly quick (in stock form) from 0-60. However the passing power is where it is at. The Subaru 0-60 was in the high 5's with a good launch, plenty quick. The Golf 09+ Golf TDI is in the mid to high 8's. As I said, lots of shifting off of the line, you obviously can't run the engine up to high RPMs like a gasser. However passing power is awesome.

Yep, I drove a DSG. I was very interested (as you probably remember) to drive one. In a car, I am pretty much a "manual or nothing" kind of guy as well, we haven't owned an automatic car yet and don't intend to. But the idea of the DSG was interesting. The price is some $1000 extra, and the services are said to be $400 each. I didn't want to deal with that, or with possible problems.
As for driving impressions, I liked it for the most part. It is different, definitely not your standard slush box. When I first pulled out of the dealership it felt awkward, the DSG has a little bit of pause when you step on the accelerator as the clutch engages, but you get use to it. On the road it is truly great. Depending on the mode it will shift a lot differently. The shifts are smooth, quick and seamless. Clearly it shifts faster than I ever could, and there is no delay between shifts like a conventional automatic. The paddle shifters were kind cool, I found that forced downshifts were rev-matched and smooth. In automatic mode, the transmissions continuously downshifts as you are coasting to a stop. Instead of just a loose coast like a normal automatic, it is downshifting and engine braking. It will pretty well come to a full stop without touching the brakes, it is pretty neat. Launch control is not enabled on the DSG with the TDI, however, so I never got the chance to see how that works.

As soon as I drove the car with a manual transmission it was a no brainer for me. I just prefer the manual trans, hands down. I do really like the functionality of the DSG, it's just not what I wanted.
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Here is some track testing on a Golf TDI, 6MT. Like I said it's not really a 0-60 car, so the 0-60 runs don't do it justice.
YouTube - 2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI Track Video
For some reason I can never embed these correctly...
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As soon as I drove the car with a manual transmission it was a no brainer for me.
Same. And that was before I heard about the $400 service premium, or the news bits about failing DSGs in VW's in Audis. Although VWoA seems to have made good on that by extending the warranty on the boxes for DSG owners. I know a guy who drives a DSG GTI that equates it to "winning the warranty lottery".

Was just pawing through InsideLine's youtube videos. They report a 0-60 time of 6.9 seconds in the GTI. WTF are they doing? That isn't even close to right.

They also don't know much about the powertrain. In the video/review I just watched they claimed the engine was 'all new' for 2010. It isn't. The engine change over in the GTI happened mid-year in MY2008. Really, the MkVI is just a face-lift on the MkV, and an interior re-hash.

Although a lot of the media is getting that wrong. Makes me want to put my palm to my face.

So what happened to the GLI? I saw another thread you've got here showing it 'fixed' by some tuner shop? Looked like you'd attached a photo of it pretty well fubar'ed next to a rolled over BMW?! Youch..

Nevermind, found it. Yech!
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Moronic testers I imagine, don't know what to tell you. lol

The GLI wreck was depressing. We loved that car, decided to keep it forever. As you saw though, we took a hard hit at 60mph. We are STILL having neck and back problems from almost a year ago. I'm thankful, because it could have been a lot worse. If the car in front of us hadn't just moved, we would have been the cream filling in a bad sandwich. The driver that hit us swerved at just the last second which probably lessened the impact slightly. Fortunately the jetta was solid and went straight ahead and not into oncoming traffic. Still, it was no small hit.

Insurance was on the border of totaling and fixing it. After feeling the impact and seeing the dented c pillar, I didn't want a ruined car back, so I pressed them to dig deeper for damage and total it out.

Now I've found it, it's fixed and looks good, although its on stock suspension and wheels now. We've seen it driving around a handful of times and it is so depressing! I almost think that, if I get a new job and need another car, I may track the guy down and offer to buy it back. Lol

Well maybe.... The guy who fixed it said "man that thing took a hard hit!". He said it took a lot of work, and wouldn't have been practical to fix if he didnt have his own VW junk yard.
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