[Vwdiesel] bought a civic

Val Christian val at swamps.roc.ny.us
Fri Mar 5 20:39:56 EST 2004


Your points are valid.  I have a 91 Jetta, which would be just fine,
although I may go deaf driving it.

The reality is that most engines are getting more complex.  I really 
prefer maintaining my IDI, but driving the TDI is allot easier.  No 
cold start.  Tremendous excess torque.  LOWER noise.  Lower RPMs
in cruise.  Approximately equal fuel economy.  Better cold WX operations
(although the jury is out until I get 240Kmiles).

Another terrible thing VW did was to change the suspension, to be more
"responsive".  They threw allot of caster into the suspension (7 to 
8 degrees), which makes the car "sportier".  It also makes the car a
real pain on the open highway.  Directional instability.  Sure jerks 
around the parking lot, though.

I'm not up on all the current models of each manufacturer, but I seem to 
recall that unless you're shopping the bottom end, almost everyone has 
power everything.  It's nauseating, but appears to the the current 
trend.  After all, who buys a TV without a remote these days?

At one time I almost bought a Civic.  Now my underwear has different 
branding on it.


> Instead of buying a TDI I decided to  buy a 93 civic and keep my 85
> Jetta diesel.  The TDI is just too complicated.  I think VW really lost
> their audience.  The beauty of the A2's was that they had light weight
> extreme handling and simple torquey engines.  The new VW TDI's are
> luxury cars,  nothing functional about them.  And look at the user
> reports on eopinions:  Power door locks, trunk hatch, turbos, MAF
> sensors, oil in intercoolors, the list goes on and on.  One poor guy had
> oil in his intercooloer and the engine sucked it in to the cylinders
> causing the bottom end of the motor to fall out.  The cheapest A4; the
> beetle, has about 3" of ground clearance to an aluminum oil pan.  All
> this for cars that don't handle as well as a 1985 A2!  VW needs to do
> some soul searching and come back with a 2200 lb reliable TDI with no
> power windows/locks/AC that handles like an A2.   I know all theTDI
> technology is required for emmisisons but there is no excuse for not
> offering a TDI under 3000 lbs.  I think the ideal setup would be an A2
> Golf GTI with a TDI ,built in Vagcom on a 6" LCD screen, no EGR, and 2
> MAF sensors stored in the trunk,  I would buy one.
> Dave
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