[Vwdiesel] Re: TDI vs. ECO

Kenneth E. Oldrid koldrid at uvm.edu
Fri Dec 17 13:22:46 EST 2004

I own a 97 Passat TDI, and I love it. Got with 200k miles, and have put close to
40k on it now. Over half that has been on used canola oil mind you.
The doors and regulators are very flaky as said before. And not cheap either. I
also have the problem where the turbo shuts down while driving, putting the car
in limp mode. Restarting the car resets this, quite annoying. I replaced the
vacuum hoses and didn't help this time.
But all in all, this is a small rpice to pay for such a great car! It's bigger
than most VW cars, and still gets around 40 mpg. Compare it to the older VW's
and there is no comparison. It's quiter, cleaner, and much faster. Highway
driving is nice, provided you don't have the issue I previously mentioned.
I've worked on a few A4 TDI's, and like my passat better. I guess the newer
TDI's have a turbo with variable vanes, so it can regulate intake pressure
better or something.
Newer TDI's can also have flaky MAF's, I've heard.


> Hi all, it is approaching the time when we will probably leave our older Type
> II VWs behind and start to learn about the TDIs, the question is this: I
> understand that there were some changes in the early TDIs and should I seek
> or avoid the '96-'97 Passats, etc? Just try to get one of the newer ones?
> What is the wisdom along these lines? Thanks and already regretting not being
> as able to fix my own stuff,... Dan.
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