[Vwdiesel] A new member in the family!

Robert L. Coyle, Jr. wn5p at yahoo.com
Mon Mar 11 00:13:08 EST 2002

--- LBaird119 at aol.com wrote:
>   Dad, my daughter and I headed to the ocean for the
> weekend.  On the way
> I suggested we take a 20 minute detour and stop at
> VW dealer and look
> at a 97 Passat they had.
>   Dad's been talking seriously of selling the 83
> 300D and getting a TDI
> Passat or Golf automatic.  I figured he needed to
> actually see and drive
> what he was considering!  Guess what, we swung by
> there again, on the
> way home and I got to drive back his "new" car!  :)

An automatic transmission can be installed in the
Passat. :)

>   97 Passat TDI, 74K miles, looks nearly new, drives
> great, radio sucks.
> It's a nice dark medium, metallic green.
> There are a couple of minor issues.  At lower
> speeds, with just the slightest
> bit of throttle, it lightly surges/bucks.  There's a
> bit of a low frequency
> vibration in the back when doing over 70, sometimes,
> or when almost
> lugging it at lower speeds.  The radio has generally
> poor reception and
> the image rejection is some of the worst I've seen.
> It'll pick up one
> station in several locations.  It's the factory
> "premium" AM/FM/Cassette
> with Panasonic CD changer.

This is typical of VW radios. Excellent cars, but
really crappy radios. I have two "Hindenberg" radios,
one each from my 91 and 92 Jettas, plus a third I
bought from Ebay. All junk. And to think that the boys
at the dealership were trying to sell me the
AM/FM/Cassette in my "new" 91 Jetta for ONLY $440.00.
Needless to say, I had them pull it and deduct the
$440, then put in a Sony at a quarter of the price.
You may wish to do the same.

>   Any ideas or general tips would be greatly
> appreciated.

Unfortunately, my beloved '92 ECOdiesel was rear-ended
by a Spaniard cab driver, and his screwy insurance
company "claims" it's "totalled." I plan to fight the
good fight, but in the event I'm unsuccessful, I'm
looking for a replacement Jetta, perhaps an A3,
possibly a '98 TDI. We'll see...


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