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OT: Anyone have experience with older VW diesels?


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The monster diesel post below and knowing there are some VW guys here inspired me to post. There's a '90 Jetta diesel in the local paper that piqued my interest. Online spec guides indicate it would be n/a, but I've seen reference at VW Vortex to turbodiesels around that era as well. I haven't called yet to find out about that, rust or mileage.

What are y'all's opinions of these beasts for reliability, ease of work (never played with a diesel before, but I have some experience with the A2 platform from the GTi I drove in college) and power (I know it would be slow, especially if n/a)?

Thanks!

-Dave

Colorado '71 2002

ex-'85 GTi 8v

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It needed nothing the whole time I had it, went forever on a tank, and was slow as shit. Bought it for $100 and sold it for $300 and a pressure washer so I liked it. Actually it was kindof fun to drive in it's own special way. Allow extra time to get to wherever you are going.

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My neihbor had one before trading it in on a new Jetta. He was the original owner. It had 327,000 miles, motor was all original except for glow plugs. Brakes, clutch and fuel filter/pump were the only things worked on in 15 Years of ownership. He says it got 50-70mpg.

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Top speed was about 80 MPH, subtract any headwind from your overall speed :-( . You need to be careful in the winter to keep water out of the system, it will freeze in the fuel filter and keep you from starting. Great big clouds of nasty black smoke were great for tailgaters (unfortunately it went so slowly that happend alot) and for pissing off motorcycle riders.

I'd certainly never buy one again.

John N

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Was actually pretty quick--got it up to 170-180 kph on the autobahn--about 105-107 mph (eventually) and it didn't seem terribly sluggish--it was a stick with a turbo, tho. My folk's 65 M-B 190D even with a stick was on par with our 63 VW beetle in terms of acceleration and top speed....

Mike

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I've got a few friends who are buying the old VW diesels and 'converting' them to run on the new bio-diesel, made from recycled vegetable oil. Converting means replacing a few hoses with modern rubber, that's all. Parts for these cars are cheap and easy to obtain, they run forever, and 50+mpg is not unheard of. A Rabbit or Jetta diesel is on my list. One of my neighbors used to have a diesel Rabbit-based PICKUP TRUCK! Very cool.

Go for it.

Mike

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Were they avail in the states? I would like to find one. THe E28's are cool..had a 535is and now 528e five speed, both above 225K and running strong. The 524 Turbo Diesel with stick would be the ultimate tank.

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...I have heard of a couple of conversions. I had an '86 with an

intercooler installed by Dinan. 145 HP, 250 ft/lbs torque at 1900

RPM...

Chris B.

'73 ex-Malaga

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