[Vwdiesel] 7-7-7

Iain Hunter sagspottery at tiscali.co.uk
Tue Feb 24 15:17:59 PST 2009

Top gear is a top program, and it has been going over here since the 80's, 
although in my opinion it is now at it's all time best. The special 
episodes, that usually involve some epic adventure across far away lands in 
clapped-out old bangers are top quality entertainment.

I seem to remember when the Lupo (the one that looked like half a car!) TDI 
was launched over here, that some testers managed well over 70mpg - and 
those were standard cars with the 1.4 , 75 hp TDI engine. We don't have the 
Lupo any more, it is now the Brazilian built Fox, which looks a more like a 
real car, although sadly, I've heard bits fall off them.

There are scrap yards full of diesels (mainly Citroens!) over here and the 
Ford Focus is becoming more of a common site, so I think you could get one 
fairly cheap. The first TD 1.8 engines that were in loads of other Fords are 
10 a penny. The later TDCI Common-rail engines are rarer, but not unheard 


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Terry Briggs" <vbriggs at stny.rr.com>
To: <Vwdiesel at vwfans.com>
Sent: Monday, February 23, 2009 11:14 AM
Subject: Re: [Vwdiesel] 7-7-7

> I'm not so sure it's "legal" to convert a gasser. I seem to recall an
> inspection law here in NY that you can, or could "if" that car had that
> particular option. I'll have to ask my inspection guy and see what the
> real scoop is for NY.
> Also, I think they now have a U.S. version of topgear and they, the US
> guys were converting the rabbit, so I imagine they would be talking US
> gallons.
> On Feb 23, 2009, at 6:13 AM, William J Toensing wrote:
>> To my knowledge, TopGear is a British car magazine published by the
>> BBC. They also have an automotive comedy show that appears on Monday
>> nights on BBC America. You can watch it on Dish satellite channel 135.
>> Don't know about various cable channels or Direct TV satellite. If you
>> are a gear head you will most likely enjoy these shows, especially if
>> you enjoy seeing foreign as opposed to American iron & many cars you
>> can't buy in the USA. However, keep in mind their orientation is
>> towards speed vs. economy. Also, the 70 MPG probably relates to
>> Imperial vs. USA gallons. FYI for converting, one USA gallons= 3.785
>> liters.
>> This article makes me wonder how easy it would be to transplant a 3
>> cylinder VW Polo TDI diesel into a first generation Rabbit. Also, to
>> you members living in the UK, how much are good used Polo TDI engines
>> going for in the UK in junk yards? I think you call them "breaker"
>> yards. For that matter, what would a good Ford Focus diesel engine &
>> manual transmission go for? Or would a Focus diesel engine bolt up to
>> a Focus gas engine transmission? As you in the UK probably know, we
>> can't get the diesel Focus here but I believe it is legal in most
>> states to convert gas car to a diesel.
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