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My New Commuter Car

Discussion in 'General Automotive' started by tacomabud, Jun 28, 2012.

  1. Jun 28, 2012 at 8:12 PM
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    tacomabud

    tacomabud [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I love my Tacoma, but even on a good day the 18mpg was a little painful on the wallet. Since I drive 50~60miles a day to work, and my girlfriend is about ~800 miles away round trip, so I figured an economic car would basically pay for itself with the fuel saved. Ended up searching Craigslist about 5 times a day, and was able to jump on a 1999.5 Jetta TDI:
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    It had small problems with it (light bulb holder shorted, and oil pan drain plug was stripped) and the owner didn't know what was wrong with it, so I got it way under what the car should have be sold for around here. Best part: 3 fill-ups so far, averaging 45 MPG each time!! Never mind the amazing sound of the diesel engine :cool:

    So the plan as of right now is to keep it stock as long as possible, although a straight pipe is very tempting! Over the winter, I may try to put some skid plates underneath with sheet metal just to cut down on some wind resistance, with the goal of reaching/surpassing 55MPG!
     
  2. Jun 28, 2012 at 8:50 PM
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    BuckNakedBooda

    BuckNakedBooda There's no place like 127.0.0.1

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    What did you pay for the VW ?
     
  3. Jun 28, 2012 at 8:55 PM
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    cmack

    cmack Impeach Chris4x4!

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    Nice looking car.
     
  4. Jun 28, 2012 at 8:57 PM
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    rab89

    rab89 Well-Known Member

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    nice choice! you'll love that thing
     
  5. Jun 28, 2012 at 8:58 PM
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    Forster46

    Forster46 Very nice how much?

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    6000k HID's, AUX Reverse Lights, 3" Rough Country Suspension Lift, Pioneer AVH-P4200 Double Din, Underglow and footwell Lights, Camo Seat Covers, Duralast Tool Box, Blacked Out Badges, Grill, Front Emblem, Midland CB Radio, Amber Strobes, POWER REAR WINDOW, cup holder LED's, Firestik 3' in bed, console divider, Ultragauge.
    What he said ^

    Also, WHY DO YOU HAVE A GIRLFRIEND SO FAR AWAY!!!!?!
     
  6. Jun 28, 2012 at 9:06 PM
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    tacomabud

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    Paid $2900, w/ 150,000 miles. Can easily sell it for more than what I paid around here.
     
  7. Jun 28, 2012 at 9:07 PM
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    Oowen

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    husky liners highway products tool box shorty antenna Bilstien 5100's 20% tint
    55 mpg is possible! My parents owned one that averaged 55 miles to a gallon.
     
  8. Jun 28, 2012 at 9:07 PM
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    cmack

    cmack Impeach Chris4x4!

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    Hell, I'd buy one for that price! :eek:
     
  9. Jun 28, 2012 at 9:08 PM
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    Forster46

    Forster46 Very nice how much?

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    I want one. Haha
     
  10. Jul 9, 2012 at 6:23 PM
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    tacomabud

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    Last refill avg: 49MPG.

    Took off the roof rack for the long drive this up coming weekend, expecting ~52mpg... still stock! May order larger injectors this weekend to gain 15HP, 40 tq and about 4-5 mpg increase.
    Diesel FTW!:D
     
  11. Jul 9, 2012 at 6:35 PM
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    taco terror

    taco terror got 5VZFE?

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    Is that thing the VR6-MKIII?
    probably a 4 cylinder isn't it?
     
  12. Jul 9, 2012 at 6:39 PM
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    06yoda

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    No it's a TDI (diesel) MKIV. I have a glx 24v VR6 it's nice especially for the year.
     
  13. Jul 9, 2012 at 6:43 PM
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    KenLyns

    KenLyns Lord of War

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    1st gen V6 manual got only 18 mpg?
     
  14. Jul 9, 2012 at 6:47 PM
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    taco terror

    taco terror got 5VZFE?

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    Excuse my idiot moment. Not reading gets one in trouble.
    VR6? what was I thinking when it gets 40+ mpg?

    Is your VR6 modded out? My bro had one.
     
  15. Jul 9, 2012 at 6:58 PM
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    06yoda

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    Lol yea I was hoping you were going to tell me there is a mod that will get me an extra 25 mpg.:D.

    No it's not modded but I do see its potential. It's my wife's daily , and family car on the weekends.
     
  16. Jul 9, 2012 at 7:33 PM
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    tacomabud

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    With a 3" OME lift and BFG AT's, it's just about average for the truck.
     
  17. Jul 9, 2012 at 7:37 PM
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    BuzzardsGottaEat

    BuzzardsGottaEat "Pick up some speed.. You'll make it."

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    Nice find! I almost got a suby for a first car for the AWD but if I didn't the TDI was on the top of my "watch for" list, especially for a price like that
     
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