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Old 02-08-2010, 11:17 PM   #21
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very very nice. Wagons FTMFW. I've seen some seriously sick TDI's on youtube. Like 2387932874 ftlbs at 500rpm.
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I need to get as good at fiberglass as rharris.. I have some great aero ideas but I don't want to install any finished product that looks ghetto. The factory seems to have done a pretty good job with the underbody, but there's room for improvement on the body.
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Old 02-10-2010, 11:21 PM   #23
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Since you're all dying to know, I'm toying with filling in some spots on the bumper with removeable plugs, like in the recess where fog lights would be. Maybe mooneyes-type wheel covers for trips...

I'd really like to see if 60 mpg is possible.
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Update: 30k miles and going strong. No issues, just routine maintenance so far. Dealer did a campaign involving new mapping for the O2 sensors.

And remember when I said I'm glad I didn't get black-on-black? Well, guess what my dad went and got...



...and he lives in Florida. He also got the full-length sunroof, bigger wheel package, and DSG.
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And remember when I said I'm glad I didn't get black-on-black? Well, guess what my dad went and got...

...and he lives in Florida. He also got the full-length sunroof, bigger wheel package, and DSG.
Before we got our CPO A3, we test drove the Jetta wagons. The interiors are really nicely done for the most part, but my wife just couldn't warm up to the rear half of the profile and I don't think the TDIs were available when we were shopping.

If the Jettas are like the A3s, your dad will learn to hate the perforated shade for the double sunroof. I have no idea why they didn't offer a solid panel, but it definitely seems to add to the interior temp on a sunny day. Tint is a must with all that glass.

We love the combination of function and practicality (including parking) of ours and will definitely test drive a newer A3 TDI if we don't move up to something with some towing capacity.
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So whats a realistic city mpg on these bad boys that you've observed?
I've seen people claim some really high numbers, and others (including the magazines testing them) claim much lower though still good numbers.

What is YOUR honest feedback on that?
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Old 06-30-2011, 03:41 PM   #27
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City - difficult to get it below 33, but it really shines on the highway. 46 is the norm with 32 psi in the tires, 48 with 35 psi (at around 75 mph). With the big, stupid luggage bag we somehow acquired sitting on the roof it drops to 42.

This is why I bought a hitch-mount bike rack for it instead of a roof rack.

I think my dad has plans to tint at least the sunroof portion, FWIW Jack. It's just a big sun-absorbing greenhouse...

The range/mileage/service interval is awesome. We do a good bit of highway driving (wife did NC-GA-NC-MD-NC-GA this past week, for example) so it's nice to have something economical yet big enough to put things in. She put a recliner in the back of it for MD-NC.
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