If I don't buy a TDI, I will seriously examine a Jetta VR6 or maybe shoehorn a VR6 engine into a New Beetle. Maybe I'll get lucky and find a Golf/GTI. For a while I considered buying a Jeep Wrangler hardtop. Local lot has a 'jacked up Jeep'. It's close to or at NC max lift of 8 inches, running 37"x12.50"LT15 tires. It would keep me out of trouble, I couldn't go many places with something that gets 8-10 MPG, and takes turns slowly. Everyone would hear me coming due to tire noise. I could ford small rivers with this Jeep.
I suggest a metal skid plate for a VW is in order. Most of the dealers on tdiclub.com have them. Cheaper than the factory plastic plate. Also cheaper than an oil pan.
So tonight I drop the gti off for its first actual repair in 10 years to get it to where it will pass inspection.
So tonight I drop the gti off for its first actual repair in 10 years
to get it to where it will pass inspection.
how'd you manage 10 years? must have bought new and gotten pretty lucky
It's a volkswagen!
Actually let me reflect, there were repairs done, but nothing I couldn't do myself.
The exception I think being the power windows, there was some plastic part that broke on every single vw window mechanism, but there was a recall for it. I could have done it, but they did it for freee, so I brought it in for that.
I did the aux water pump and the suspension and brakes and battery and shit like that, but nothing has really gone wrong with this car in 10 years.
Sorry, that should be in Rant, I think. Re: fleeb's busted oil pan.
Watch at about 1:15.
If somebody offered you a million dollars to drive your car on a loop that big without seeing anybody try it before you, would you do it?
I'm trying to figure out how fast you'd have to go in a 3000 lbs car to pull that off.
And I'm trying to think of all the things that can go wrong.
Say, guys, if you had a choice between driving/buying a VW Tdi automatic and a M-B E300 TD automatic, which would you choose?
But I would pick the VW.
But I wouldn't want it to have an automatic :-)
If somebody offered you a million dollars to drive your car on a loop
that big without seeing anybody try it before you, would you do it?
I think you've got it basically right, the weight of the car would determine the speed required for its inertia through the inside of the loop to overcome gravity.
And you're also right about there being a lot of things that could go wrong.
After all ... roller coasters that go through loops have wheels that hook into the track both above and below, even though they're not technically necessary.
Groovy video, though. :)
Are you replacing the transmission entirely? Chrysler van transmissions destroy themselves on a regular basis even if you don't fall asleep at the wheel and smash them.
(happened to a friend of mine, the differential came apart at speed)
This transmission was rebuilt around 60k miles ago, so hopefully this scratching sound is coming from outside the transmission case or even the engine.
I'll certainly keep the world posted. it will be very satisfying when it's all said and done.