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I had a 4-door Golf TDI on order:

Reflex Silver, Auto-DSG, Xenon, Dynaudio, Sunroof, Cold Weather Pkg
MSRP $27,210

However, with the financing and everything I can get a CC Sport for about the same payment if you consider what I will save in fuel mileage. The CC has the MDI cable for ipod that is standard on the golf tdi and chrome tips which I could easily install on the golf. I have tried weighing the pro's and con's (tax credit, xenon on golf, leatherette on CC, CC is more expensive car). I was just looking for some other opinions.
 

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Don't forget resale. TDIs have historically held their resale very well. The final cost to own something includes depreciation. However, past performance is not a guarantee of future results :) so don't plan on making money or anything.
 

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And you get to be in a very exclusive club - I always notice when another VW has TDI on the back, and not from the soot!

Did you test drive the CC?
 

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Choices, choices, always a tough decision! The CC is a nice piece but different in character from a Golf TDI. I think the Golf has greater utility due to the hatchback, and, the TDI is more "socially responsible" by way of much better fuel economy. The CC is sexier but not quite as nimble. You really have to drive both back to back and make your choice. You probably can't go wrong with either one.

Earlier today I was invited to drive the new BMW 5 series, so took a 535i for an extended test drive. Frankly, I prefer my TDI, and just think, you can have a TDI and a CC for the same price as one 535i!
 

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well I went with my gut and took delivery of the tdi. I will post some pictures in a little bit. Thanks for everyone's input!
 

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Congratulations, I think you will be happy with your decision. Chitty is right about the pictures, so, I'll show you mine, now please show us yours :eek:

 

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One nice thing about the Golf - It really does look good from all angles and is a timeless shape. You can't say that about lots of cars, especially Japanese cars. Their looks seem to age faster. I don't know why US consumers don't like hatches.
 

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I have pics on my phone but the apple I have at home will not let me copy and paste them. I have not had it detailed yet and still will be adding tint and possibly chrome exhaust tips.

Although, I have bad news! I drove it home last night and the vehicle had 8 miles on it. When I got home I had got just under 42 mpg, and racked it up to 31 miles. Unfortunately, later that night I went to drive it again and after a mile I heard a huge popping sound. Then the car sounded terrible, did not stay in gear well, would not let me go over 40 mph, and basically limped home. I had it towed back to the dealer this morning via the roadside assistance. I had to ride home with a friend and have no new car until monday....or longer! WTF!

Has this happened to anyone?
 

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:( That sucks. To cycle a car through limp mode you just turn the key on and off. Don't pull it out. This just restarts the car. Most of the time power is restored. Look through the FAQ article on limp mode.

No clue what could have caused your problem, a problem that fast is highly unusual. There are a number of things that could have caused it. One of many possibilities that doesn't throw a code is a big boost leak. If a hose pops off most of the boost and air leaks out instead of going into the engine. Many people would be interested so please give updates on what the repair orders say.
 

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I will keep you in the loop! Especially since I work at the dealer. I am having them check it out first thing on Monday. It just sucks that it took soooo long to get the car in. This car was ordered in Oct. 09' for a customer. He took delivery of a different diesel, and I took over his order and added the extra's I liked. The car just came in Wed. June 2 and I had only been driving it for 2 hours.

However, I would like to say that VW has made huge strides in their reliability over the last few years and I am not just talking about the free maitenance period. I work at a dealer that has many franchises that include BMW, Porsche, Audi, and VW is a great alternative to those vehicles for the price. Euro drive experience with a little less power, but lighter on the wallet.

I would imagine this is a freak thing, and just keep in mind this is really only the second year for this engine
 

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LOL, you have to laugh about it. There's nothing else you can do. At least they should be straight up with you if you work there.
 

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alright well the check engine light decided to come on this morning after I moved the car from a parking spot to the service drive. My favorite service advisor and tech will be doing the work. As she wrote up the order there was a campaign code - 24I4 with a start date of 6-2-2010. The description reads W-RVUTB 24I4/YL TDI ECM Software Update/Replace O2 Sens. Then the status on my car was open. We will see if this is the problem that happened to me with 31 miles on my new TDI?
 

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This is what created the popping noise. The intake valve must not have been completely tightened at the factory, or the presure just blew it off since it was so new. You can see a little 1/2" gap between the silver piece and the black intake piece that I have no idea what it is called.





This is the intake valve reasembled. This is just infront of the front-passenger side wheel completely under the car. Assuming it does not come off again it looks like everything is good to go and I should not have any other problems since the tech also took care of the ECM Software update.

:yum: Now I have my TDI back and hopefully ready to put more than 23 miles on it. Like I figured though just a freak one time thing
 

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oh and there is a big scuff guard that the tech had to take off in order be able to view what i took pics of
 

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"One of many possibilities that doesn't throw a code is a big boost leak. If a hose pops off most of the boost and air leaks out instead of going into the engine.":thumbsup I don't think that's a valve, it's just a hose that wasn't installed tightly securely at the factory.

The scuff guard is generally called a splash shield. It's sometimes mistakenly called a skid plate but it's only a skid plate if you put in a metal replacement so that it provides some hard protection. As is, it provides water/sand/dust protection for the engine and belts, quiets it down, and improves aero. A metal replacement provides protection in case you hit something like road kill, ice chunks, or road debris. There's a FAQ article in the mk4 section which has more details.
 
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