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Old 07-27-2011, 12:20 PM   #21
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I daily drive a 99.5 Golf TDI, and it's the best car I've ever owned. There are some things to watch out for, but they are all helped by preventative maintenance.

Things to watch out for:
-Clogged intake manifolds due to EGR putting soot filled exhaust in the intake. (turn down the egr with VAGCOM software)
-The turbo vanes are prone to getting sootted up and the turbo will over boost. (give the car a hard drive and clean out periodically)
-The stock struts are dead by 100K
-Watch the rear trailing arm bushings as some cars came with hydrolically filled ones and they blow and get sloppy.
-Timing belts parts are a bit pricy $300ish every 80-100K

I average 45mpg. A chip and injector nozzles will free up about 40whp on these cars. Stock about 90whp with chip and injectors about 130whp/230 ft/lbs torque.

With a set of cheap shows (hankook I-pike) it's great in snow. The torque of the diesel engine is great for taking off in second gear in slippery conditions. My car has 250K miles and still feels tight.

www.tdiclub.com is a great source of info.
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How about an 80's manual trans 4x4 diesel truck... crew cab and a shell, what kind of mileage can you get on those?
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How about an 80's manual trans 4x4 diesel truck... crew cab and a shell, what kind of mileage can you get on those?
Isn't that like finding a needle in a haystack? Maybe it's the rustbelt northeast, but I never see 80's crew cab trucks. Mileage might be near 20mpg. I know a mid 90s Dodge Cummins is good for close to 20.
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Ive had the opportunity to drive several different models and years of minivans. Every single one would smoke the tires without any trouble. AWD burnouts and powerslides would be awesome in a minivan.
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Friends don't let friends drive....minivans...

But in this case it may do everything you need it to. Transport gear, people, and have awd...
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Shell out for it!!!

THE SUBIE WOOBIE WOOBIE WOOOOOOOOOOOO

I swear that the most popular answer to "what car?" is, after a miata, a subaru.
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New impreza gets 35mpg!
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Some options I have found so far:
97 Subaru OBS w/ 300k for $2200
97 Subaru Outback w/ 150k for $2100 (new tires, temp gauge starts to climb in hot weather)
95 Subaru Impreza w/ 239k for $350 (coolant leak)
84 Volvo 760 GLE turbo diesel w/ 89k for $1000 (bad injector pump seals)
Get the Volvo. the Outbacks will probably need a headgasket if thy don't have one already.
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