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2010 Golf TDI blog and observations

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Old 07-11-2011, 08:31 AM
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Re: 2010 Golf TDI blog and observations

I like it! That looks like a Golf TDI's native habitat.
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Re: 2010 Golf TDI blog and observations

Hi Mike - I was thumbing through the thread and it seems like winter went by pretty fast. Can you give us an impression of how much the winter mpg drops compared to summer mpg?

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Re: 2010 Golf TDI blog and observations

Hi Raj, this image probably describes it better than I can:

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Re: 2010 Golf TDI blog and observations

Haven't updated in a while. Had the 20k mile service done a few weeks ago, they said the water pump was leaky so it was replaced. My first problem with the car, and looking over at tdiclub, seems a few other people have had that issue as well. Also had a software update done, the car seems to drive a little smoother at low rpms now and is a bit more resilient against stalling.

Winter tires are on and grille is blocked, mpg is dropping too with the increased rolling resistance and slower warm up. There isn't any diesel smell when the cat and stuff warm up, but from a cold start it's definitely still there. Was 15F or so the other day and needed to move the car on short notice with no time to plug in. After getting out, the diesel smell was definitely lingering in the air. First time I've smelled anything from my car.

Spotted my car's twin the other day when out shopping. Never seen another dark blue Golf TDI until now.
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Re: 2010 Golf TDI blog and observations

A few updates, one thing I don't like about this car (and newer cars in general) is the visibility. The high beltline and thicker A-pillars are probably required for modern safety standards but I miss the large areas of glass of older vehicles. One recent thing I did to help a little was install the Euro blind-spot mirrors. They're apparently common on the European versions but unfortunately we don't get them here. It takes some getting used to but I like them so far.



And after a winter with a shortage of diesel across the prairies and high diesel prices as a result (notice the sudden spike around October), production finally seems to be catching up and prices are stabilizing a little. It seems to be back on par with gasoline, which is where I usually expect it to be this time of year.

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Re: 2010 Golf TDI blog and observations

Journalist Peter Cheney has a Golf TDI that he is taking on a road trip to see how it compares to a hybrid:
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Diesel Golf worked great today - ended up getting 6.2 L / 100 k average fuel consumption while cruising at 122 km/he with two people and luggage
Which converts to 38mpg at 76mpg.

Earlier in the week he averaged 3.9l/100km (60.31mpg) over 307km just driving.
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Re: 2010 Golf TDI blog and observations

What would a Prius give at 76 mph ? I thought at one time that I would be happy if I had a car that would give 50 mpg at 80 mph. Today , I know that same car would give much better results at 50-60 mph . I changed.
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That wide angle mirror is a neat idea.
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What would a Prius give at 76 mph ? I thought at one time that I would be happy if I had a car that would give 50 mpg at 80 mph. Today , I know that same car would give much better results at 50-60 mph . I changed.
Somewhere in the 40's. The drop off is pretty steep once you climb above 60-65 MPH. This is Gen II numbers, not sure on the Gen III.
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Re: 2010 Golf TDI blog and observations

That's great to hear about Peter getting 60+ mpg over a good distance. The car can really perform when it's driven in its sweet spot. With warmer temps now, my car is doing much better than a few months ago.
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