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I can't believe how much effort you've put into the FAQs. Talk about a labor of love!

The TDI Club is a wonderful resource, of course, but searching for specific, detailed info in a well-organized format is often a disappointment. I imagine that was one of your motivations in creating your extensive, comprehensive and well-organized FAQs (?)

Congratulations on what must have been a Herculean effort, although one you obviously enjoy.
 

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Thanks, that is exactly my intention.

The majority of the content is original. The rest is inspired by other forums, including the vortex, the club, and a few others. A little bit is mirrored because it's too valuable to be lost. I try to avoid mirroring because some people are very territorial so I ask permission when possible.

In addition, I don't want this content mirrored because I often update the articles. If the content is turned into .pdf or mirrored then old information will get passed around.

Late model content, such as the BRM engine timing belt writeup, will be added as it become available.
 

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There is nothing better than this site to look for answers on our TDI repair needs, Chitty has kept this forum tidy with flying colors, we could not be more greatful to him about all his efforts that he put in to keep it this way. props to Chitty.
 

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Wowwwwwwwww

Your site is just mind blowing awesome. I'm going to send an email Monday to Bently Publishers and send them a link to this site and tell them how pathetic their repair manuals are compared to your works. Maybe Bently should hire you. This is how all repair manuals should be made. I just spent $70 on a slow cd manual and learned more from this site in 20 minutes than searching for 2 hours in Bently. The timing belt change was unbelievably thorough with video to boot. Just for my own personal use I'm going to mirror this site in my own computer just encase this site ever goes down and I won't need to be on the net to use it. Do you take donations? Looking forward to using you site very much.

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Thanks for the good comments, if you like the site don't be afraid to refer it to other sites to help it grow instead of sending it to Bentley or VW. Attention from them can't help and therefore can only hurt. Examining web traffic statistics, I see robots which crawl the net looking for anything which remotely could be copyrighted and then collect a commission when they bring it to the copyright holder's attention. I ban these bots whenever possible along with other secret anti-spam techniques.

A personal mirror and use is fine but I often update and fix old articles. For example, reviewing the mk4 ALH timing belt article, I noticed that some pictures were stretched and messed up. It's a combination of internet crossed wires? site publishing software, and FTP limitations. Basically, the picture was correct when I wrote it but it somehow was wrong when I viewed it and I've since fixed it. If you mirror then the wrong picture is still there.
 

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+2, good job on the site, I've noticed a lot less spammers than elsewhere too. If it's anything like email spam you must get constant viagra pitches.
 

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Thanks for the good comments, if you like the site don't be afraid to refer it to other sites to help it grow instead of sending it to Bentley or VW. .

Ok, I fiquired I would wait till Monday to see what you would say. No Bently emails from me. I appriciate the update material and wll update reguarly my computer:D

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Thanks for all the praise! There is info out there but it's hard to find. The site started out as a reader's digest summary of TDI knowledge but I got bored and starting writing and documenting the work I was doing.
 

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Nobel Prize for TDI Literature!

Chitty and friends,
After reading about the new Jetta TDIs on a few other websites (Edmunds, HybridCars, etc.), I came across your site and was blown away by the amount of well summarized information, attention to detail, and considerate tone of the posts. The FAQs are outstanding. I finally drove a TDI and fell in love! Put my order in for a 2010 manual JSW a few months ago and picked it up earlier this week. Perfect car for my purposes and a nice complement to my wife's 06 Prius - driving and servicing a diesel for a change will be a real adventure. Thanks for making the diesel learning curve so much easier. A+++ in my book!
 

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IMHO, I like the Jetta much more than a Prius in nearly every area except the slightly greater fuel economy of the Prius. How do they compare to you?
 

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Jetta TDI vs. Prius II Gen

In town, I prefer the Prius. Quiet, smooth, better gas mileage...it's an excellent city car for short trips. Yeah, I know some folks compare it to driving an appliance and some ridicule it's appearance, performance, snob reputation, battery replacement expense, etc. For us, it's a perfect second car.

For the rest, the TDI excels in every way. I took it out on I-70 headed east from Denver yesterday for a test run, averaged 60-70 mph, went about 20 miles RT, and had 47 mpg on the MFD with mpg still increasing (and this included several miles of city driving to get to I-70). At highway speeds, it becomes the quieter car with plenty of power to spare. Also, on the highway, fuel mileage (I'm learning to think diesel) begins to exceed that of the Prius. We're planning a long road trip in Nov. covering the same route travelled before with the Prius. Anticipating the same trip with the TDI in my head, I'm already grinning!

If we could only have one car, I'd choose the TDI. Now ask me again after 175,000 miles, the minimum we normally keep a car, and I'll have more of a story to tell. The journey is just beginning with much more to learn. Finding a good local mechanic will be an important early step. Mamma didn't raise no fool - I can learn from other peoples experiences and mistakes which is why these forums are so great. Rather foolish not to use the road if it's already been paved. I'll post my own experiences, good and bad, so others can learn as time goes on.

Driving Hondas and Toyotas all these years has led to a sort of reliability-induced, monotonous brain stupor. It feels good to be stimulated and alive again (yes, I read many of the 2009 Jetta TDI threads here and TDIClub before buying the car). And that's been an unexpected side benefit of this remarkable diesel car. Cheers!
 

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Thanks, I appreciate any praise because it's a lot of work which I do for the benefit of the site visitors. Any submissions are greatly appreciated because nobody can know/read/find everything.
 

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Bringing up from the dead. I just wanted to say great job to! I spent many months on other tdi forums. Most likely will not go back due to the information here and how easy the FAQ is to navigate.

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