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Old 09-13-2012, 01:59 PM   #47
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Originally Posted by fredzy View Post
This made me genuinely lol. But, why do you say they're no good? Is it the fuel economy, or the self-hydrolocking design? heh
It's a combination of the HPFP, intercooler icing/hydrolocking, and most importantly the way VW treats customers who experience these problems. If I were being complete in my statement I guess VW and their dealer network emit more steam than the car itself, though there are clearly some design issues.

I'm bothered by how low my MPGs look compared to the old TDI's. But I think VW figured 'muricans want moar power, give them that and 40 mpg sounds CRAZY good. So people here actually buy the new TDI's.
I hear you. My mom averages 52 mpg in hers. I averaged 48 in "extra urban" driving when I had it. A couple of years ago my folks drove from their home in Park Rapids, MN to a reunion in Madison, Wisconsin and back to my place in the Twin Cities on a single tank! The new ones only beat gasoline compacts when doing long highway stints. I'll bet a Cruze Eco gets about exactly the same mileage as a Jetta Tdi sedan.

Also, emissions strictness is a super handicap for US diesels now more than then. It is in fact the source of my hydrolocking woes.
This has been true in the past, especially as it relates to NOx requrements, but with the advent of the Euro 6 emmissions standards in 2014, the gap has narrowed substantially. I suspect that's why Mazda and others have been making renewed noises about bringing diesels to the US.

I sincerely hope you never experience the hydrolocking problem. The cars are great to drive, but the company that makes them will not be getting my business any time soon.
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