2010 Golf TDI blog and observations

Discussion in 'Diesel powered automobiles' started by seftonm, May 5, 2010.

  1. seftonm

    seftonm Veteran Staff Member

    There's enough of that here too, usually people in brozoders with HID headlights *and* HID fog lights. No point doing it without proper optics since most of the extra light ends up wasted if it's not on the road.

    I also noticed this morning that one of the national chains here is starting to carry an approved oil for my car. Previously I'd have to pick some up when I took trips to the USA.
     
  2. WriConsult

    WriConsult Super Moderator

    Part of the reason you need those stickers is if you are in one of the two states (my state - Oregon, as well as New Jersey) where gasoline is full-service. Although technically we can pump our own diesel here (which even many VW diesel owners don't know), most standard-sized filling stations are full-service across the board.

    YOU might know what kind of fuel your car takes, but your attendant might not.
     
  3. RedylC94

    RedylC94 Well-Known Member

    Your attendant might not know how to read, either, at least not in English or French.
     
  4. seftonm

    seftonm Veteran Staff Member

    When the attendant has 4 other cars to look after they may rush or forget. Happened to me once so now I do it myself.

    There is a recent recall for my car to install some sort of device to prevent gasoline nozzles from being able to fit. I've decided not to get that installed because apparently some stations have diesel nozzles that are the same size as gasoline nozzles so they won't fit either. Not worth the hassle to me now that I double check before filling.
     
  5. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

  6. seftonm

    seftonm Veteran Staff Member

    Obnoxious lifted trucks driven by Jersey Shore wannabes. Maybe that's a little overboard :p Do a google image search for Brodozer and you'll see what I'm referring to.
     
  7. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    I was thinking it was Canadian slang !
     
  8. WriConsult

    WriConsult Super Moderator

    More likely Spanish than French, for sure ... but I think that even most semi-literate attendants at least know how to read the words "Diesel" and "Gasoline".
     
  9. seftonm

    seftonm Veteran Staff Member

    Have to love winter in Winnipeg :p Had a 10 mile drive to my friend's place, almost didn't make the EPA rating.

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  10. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Mike:

    That's -18 degrees F! Beating the EPA is going to be a herculean effort in anything at those temps! Wow!

    I had to look it up as it was the first thing I thought of when I saw that display although your Golf uses a LNT, not SCR IIRC..

    Q. What is the freeze point of DEF?

    A. A 32.5% solution of DEF will begin to crystallize and freeze at 12 deg F (-11 deg C).

    At 32.5%, both the urea and water will freeze at the same rate, ensuring that as it thaws, the fluid does not become diluted, or over concentrated. The freezing and unthawing of DEF will not cause degradation of the product.

    Given years of DEF use in temps even colder, can you comment on DEF for the 12 - 14 Passat, Audi’s 3.0L TDIs, and future EA288 drivers? Will the smaller heated storage tank unfreeze quick enough to allow the emissions controls sensors to recognize it is still above a minimum and is good or does it just default to "no compliance issue below -11 degrees C"?

    TIA

    Wayne
     
  11. seftonm

    seftonm Veteran Staff Member

    It's easier to beat EPA when the car is so underrated :p I've lent it to my parents a few times in 0F weather and it's come back showing 30+ MPG on the display. It really is hard to get bad mpg in these vehicles unless it's big-city stop & go type stuff.

    I haven't heard much either way about how DEF does in this climate yet. I'll make sure to keep an eye open for that. Ford has a cold weather test facility a few hundred miles north of here so surely they would be operating and testing in these temps. On days like this I wonder if the DEF will even have time to thaw if the car is used on shorter trips in the city. We're up to ~10 consecutive days now of below 0F.
     
  12. seftonm

    seftonm Veteran Staff Member

    Winter's officially here! In reality it probably started a month ago in Winnipeg. Switched over to the winter setup back in November with the winter tires and grill block.

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  13. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Mike:

    Glad to see a member enjoying his TDI so much. Love them no matter what configuration.

    Thanks for posting a pic too!

    Wayne
     
  14. seftonm

    seftonm Veteran Staff Member

    Yeah still loving it, not many cars I would rather have at the moment. Perhaps the new EA288 TDI or a new Accord with the stick.
     
  15. jcp123

    jcp123 Caliente!

    TDi for the win!
     
  16. seftonm

    seftonm Veteran Staff Member

    Except with fuel prices :( Gasoline has been dropping steadily over the last 2 months, not so much with diesel. I hope diesel starts dropping as well or else there is not much economical point to purchasing one. Here's fuel prices over the last 12 months in Winnipeg

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  17. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    I'd love a new Golf TDI , especially now that they don't force the giant wheel/tires on you. The only thing stopping me is........... well , no stop/start feature. For the few miles of grim traffic I face every day , I need a car that will shut off the engine when not needed. I know a diesel engine at idle consumes less fuel than a petrol engine but, still. It bugs me !
    I do think there would be a LOT more driving pleasure (whatever that is ) with the Golf.
     
  18. seftonm

    seftonm Veteran Staff Member

    My car desperately needs a wash. It's futile this time of year though because the roads are a mess, it just gets dirty again so quickly. Had a check engine light come on the other day, think it's related to my grille block and the weather getting warmer. I looked it up and it's related to the intercooler efficiency being below its threshold. Cleared it with the Scangauge and it hasn't come back since. A bonus with the warmer temperatures is it's getting much easier to see 40+ mpg again.

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  19. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Kinda looks like my car, Mike. I know that there's some nice gray paint under the dirt and salt , but I'm hoping for a good rain to "wash" it for me.
     
  20. seftonm

    seftonm Veteran Staff Member

    Summer is coming to an end so my fuel economy will probably be dropping soon. It's been an easy ownership experience these last few years with just routine maintenance, but today's recall info could make things a little more interesting. So here are some pictures instead, because there's not much to report.

    Loading up to head to the lake for the weekend. The bin hurts highway economy by around 10%. But it makes transporting wakeboards, surf boards, and other wet stuff a lot easier. Without it, we'd need to take two cars.
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    Coming home with a new couch from an Ikea trip. Maybe I could have borrowed a truck for this one, but the couch would still be exposed to the elements in a truck. Strapping it in was surprisingly easy, folding down the seats exposed some pretty solid seat anchors inside where I attached one strap. The hooks on the strap holding the hatch down fit perfectly into the latch mechanism that normally holds the hatch shut. Just push the hook in to latch in place, then use the regular hatch opening mechanism to detach it.
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