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Greetings TDI folk,

So yesterday afternoon I drove home in a 2011 4-dr Golf TDI (silver, cold wx pkg, 6sp manual). A far cry from my first car which was also a diesel (1980 Merc 240D). Previous ride was a 2008 Rabbit 4dr 5sp (lease was up), but this is surely a more refined car. Quieter on highway, and it manages the hills in San Francisco much better (w/turbo and hill-holder clutch/brake system). RPMs are a full 1k lower in 6th on TDI than in 5th on the 2.5 (e.g., now 1950rpm @ 70mph).

The bluetooth and trip computer are a nice addition. And the individual fog lights turn on at night when you signal and turn the wheel (who knew?).

Trying to break it in properly. Wish me luck.

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Yes, the cornering fog lights are a nice feature. Take a look through the buying guides for more info and features you may not have been aware of, like the sliding sun visors.
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The funny thing is that your 2011 VW Golf is probably many times better in every way than your old Mercedes Benz. There's more than a name in a good car :)
 

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The one thing about the Benz was that theybjust dont use sheet metal like that anymore... But yes, there are countless ways this car is better!
 

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my one day old 2011 Golf TDI

I just purchased the car yesterday and twice while driving home (70miles PA-VA) from the dealer I pushed on the gas pedal and nothing happened, no RPM increase, no increase in speed, and my wife just called to tell me the car lunged forward with no pedal push.

I love the car and it's our first turbo diesel, should we be concerned the dealer told me to monitor it and call them back if it happens again???


Alittle Help Help!!!
David

PS: Loving this Website.
 

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Welcome to the forum David. welcometomyturbodies
should we be concerned the dealer told me to monitor it and call them back if it happens again???
The stealer shouldn't say monitor it and let him know. Thats a problem that needs sorting straight away. ;)
 

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welcometomyturbodieswelcometomyturbodies

The sportwagen is a great car, take a look through the sportwagen buying guide in the FAQ for some tips that you might not have been aware of.
 

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Take a look through the buying guides for more info and features you may not have been aware of, like the sliding sun visors.
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LOVE the sliding sun visors! What took that feature so long to make it?

So far, so good. Getting 45mpg on highway stints avging 65 mph; 27mpg on my 7-mile city commute between south and north ends of San francisco (i.e., with hills and traffic).

Way better than the 2.5l Rabbit (30mpg hwy, ~19mpg I was getting in our fair city). I can look forward to improved mileage over time(?)... So that's a 45-50% improvement in fuel economy (not to mention better hill acceleration, handling and such) offset by an 8% fuel price premium here. Happy camper.
 

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So far, so good. Getting 45mpg on highway stints avging 65 mph; 27mpg on my 7-mile city commute between south and north ends of San francisco (i.e., with hills and traffic).
That commuting work isn't good. I do 70% local commuting. ;)

 

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Keith, in what respect is it not good -- mpg, distance, ? I assume you don't have a Nob Hill-like climb on your daily drive, or many traffic lights... ;-)
 

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If anyone out there is getting greater than even 30 mpg in San Francisco/hilly US large metro city cross-town stop-and-go rush hour traffic, please do let me know.

Keith, remember, if we city folk are spending 5+ minutes of our 20-minute commute stopped at multiple traffic lights along the way, that is 5 minutes of zero mph, plus additional minutes of 'poor' mpg spent accelerating. I rarely get as high as 4th gear. I'm sure your average commute speed is much higher than we enjoy here in San Francisco. Regarding hills, if you are in start-and-stop traffic going up a hill, i believe the laws of physics will dictate that you don't necessarily gain it all back coming down.

Given that the EPA rates the TDI 30 city (and BTW, I've never managed to meet EPA-rated mileage in San Francisco city traffic on the 3 VWs I've owned), and 42 on the hwy (which I've handedly beat), I'd say the car is doing okay given the circumstances. I doubt a GTI (gasoline-powered) crossing this city on my route would eek out above 20.

I can imagine your commute in Stoke-on-Trent is quite bucolic, yet also quite easy on your engine ;-)

Cheers!
 

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Well I only get into 4th locally. The VW Official fuel consumption is

Urban - 40.4mpg
Extra-urban - 65.7mpg
Combined - 53.3mpg

for mine which is over exaggerated. ;)
 

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Official VW data?

Well I only get into 4th locally. The VW Official fuel consumption is

Urban - 40.4mpg
Extra-urban - 65.7mpg
Combined - 53.3mpg

for mine which is over exaggerated. ;)

Keith, could you please post the link to these Official VW MPG data? Are these imperial or US gallons you are referring to? I find it hard to believe that Official VW data for US city mpg would be 33% above EPA ratings...
 

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Euro testing cycles are different and imperial gallons are bigger than US gallons, and since you can get more miles out of a bigger gallon, imperial mpg is bigger than US mpg.

This is one reason why people always complain when they see the high euro mpg ratings on vehicles we don't get here.
 
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