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Tsherry
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Vancouver diesel prices: 226.9/L

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Kwwilson
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C$2.399/L in ritzy part of Vancouver, c$2.549 for the premium diesel i run in the Jetta when I can get it.
And the radio personalities were saying to expect 5c/l increase tonight, and 6c/l tomorrow on gasoline, Id expect diesel will follow.
I cant do much better than my Jetta for mileage, at these prices even my motorcycle at ~35mpg looks pretty bad. (Big bike ridden hard). If I had to pay for fuel in my work truck, itd be an old b2200 or something. I wish we could get some of the euro/rest of world spec little diesel pickups here, but no dice.
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MANY years ago a former business partner had one of those little Datsun diesel pickups. Mechanical injection, IDI, nice long glow cycle if you wanted it to start in the winter of course. And a stick.

I rarely got to drive it, but it was NICE for what it was. And sipped fuel.

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@Dbigkahunna, do you have any youtube videos or is there someone on youtube you would recommend? Sharpening knives has become a sort of hobby for me. Let me know.

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Boredfree
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Ahhh, Datsun diesel trucks...

I was hitchhiking from Colorado to California and my last ride had left me at an on ramp for hwy 50 in bfe Nevada.

I had been waiting there for five hours and wondering if I was going to camp there when a little single cab truck billowing smoke from its tailpipe approached the ramp where I was standing. It looked pretty beat-up, and the smoke made me suspicious about its longevity. I debated sticking my thumb out because if I did get a ride in this rig I thought 100 miles down the road the driver and I would BOTH be thumbing it.

The five hours of waiting had broken my spirit and I halfheartedly stuck my thumb out. Sure enough the truck stopped (misery loves company?)

The driver was a cowboy headed to Reno and he rolled down the passenger window and asked if I could drive a stick? He had been drinking and didn't want to drive. I asked him about the smoke and he laughed as he told me it was a diesel and the smoke would stop soon.

I'd never encountered a Datsun diesel before (my first car was a 510 wagon). Drove great and sipped gas.

The guy was a former bull rider and an interesting dude. It was an unusual experience and I left him passed out in the parking lot of a motel six in Reno.

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Tickerguy
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Yeah they had very little in the horsepower department but were torquey little bastards, especially with the pump cranked open some, which was really easy to do (and which the owner had done.) I liked it.

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Proverbs16.33
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WNC Foothills
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I've had a few of the old VW 1.6 diesels. With the 5 speed I could always cruise 65ish pretty comfortably and never got below 41-42 mpg around town. Highway got awfully close to 50 a few times. Granted, no AC, power steering, or anything to drain power, but those were fun cars...darn rust...
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The TDI ALH Jettas will best 50mpg on the highway provided you're not doing 80. At 60mph they'll break 55mpg and might approach 60!

Normal "around town" is in the mid 40s. This with a stick -- the slushboxes are pigs.

And THAT is with bigger nozzles (or a re-tune, or both) in the car, so if you stomp it you will get what you requested. Do both? Better swap out the factory clutch.

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Yep, the earlier TDIs were great. I had an 04 BEW and it was an expensive pig. WHile the mileage was good, and it did have AC, after replacing too many expensive parts including the turbo before 120k I had to dump it. Final straw was a valve cover leak. No big deal, right? $10 gasket? Nope, those geniuses made the valve cover gasket integral with the cover, so it was going to be $150. That was the last straw. Sold it and got back into another NA, but around here the rust kills the body unless you get a nice clean one. And sadly those are too spendy even before this last mess...So I'm still looking currently...
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My kid has my '03. It's got close to 300,000 miles on it.
On the factory clutch.

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That was why I bought the 04, without doing enough homework to read about all the issues with the new engine configuration. Those older ones are fantastic. And I was ready for AC after the Rabbit years.
There have been some great innovations in diesel engines, but there have also been some very big oopsies. The BEW I think was just around for 2 years, basically long enough for them to design the replacement. Sadly the good old non-computerized stuff is getting more expensive and harder to find. Even the '03 and down TDIs still command a pretty penny, for the reasons you mentioned. Same with the early 80s Mercedes as well...
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The BEW is not bad. It's weakest spot is the cam but they're not ridiculously expensive. If you use the CORRECT oil in them (plenty of people don't) you may not even have problems with that.

The other known issue is a maintenance thing; there was a recall on the EGR cooler system and a LOT of the dealer people left one of the brackets off when it was reinstalled - which causes it to fail quite some time later. That's a BITCH; you CAN delete it but shouldn't, and they're not cheap.

The BEW also has a decent automatic available where the ones in the ALH are dog****. Of course I prefer a stick in both so there you go.

The A/C systems are not a big problem either; the biggest issue is that if the fans do not run on both speeds you'll cook the compressor. That's a 10 second check when you do an oil change and the fans are not hard to change if you do have one (or both) fail on either the high or low speed.

The ALH is arguably much easier to mod for higher power and has more options, mostly because the unit injectors are silly expensive by comparison to the ALH ones, but they're both good engines.

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Tickerguy, I think that was my problem with mine, I bought it around 100k, thinking it should have plenty of life left in it. But clearly even though it was a one-owner, clean and shiny and had a clear carfax, there's no telling about past maintenance. I've also read that the turbos can have issues if they are babied forever, and then the new owner has a heavier foot, lol...
Honestly with the way technology, supplies, etc are going I'm just looking for another air-coooled. Still got boxes of carbs, distributors, heck even a couple complete parts engines in one of the barns...
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Well, its not hard to deal with the turbo issue -- disconnect the intercooler and drain it. The problem is that all turbos bypass some oil and if you never romp it that can build up at the low point (the intercooler) and then when YOU romp it you get a runaway on that oil, which in extreme cases can hydrolock the engine. That's bad. If you stomp it (and they like it too) then that's never a problem. Since my kid had my '03 there has literally never been ANY oil in the bottom IC pipe... gee, I wonder how SHE drives it.... smiley

Its mostly maintenance with any vehicle... my rule with something I didn't own from new is check everything and be prepared to do anything important over again whether it allegedly needs it or not. On the VW TDIs that means the timing belt (done CORRECTLY, which many third parties don't, or do it yourself) and on the PD engines a cam inspection and, if questionable, a cam -- and always drain the IC on any one that's new to you before you stomp it, even once.

Then DO stomp it from time to time.

The Mazda Skyactiv engines, so long as you keep the correct oil in them and change it on schedule, are pretty close to "nothing to **** with" engines which is quite nice. That presumes nobody's dicked with it -- but that's true for basically anything, so.... yep.

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Good to know about the turbo oil issues, if I ever get another turbo I will add that to the list of things to do before driving. I do like the appliance-like little toyota I've got in the meantime, I was amazed to find they are actually using timing chains which don't need replacement in the little 4 bangers (or at least that model)
I thought pretty much all engines these days used belts. I'm hoping to get at least 250k miles out of it - so far so good.
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The Mazda has a chain..

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Uwe
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I was amazed to find they are actually using timing chains which don't need replacement
Yeah, the premise/promise was that they were maintenance free. But on an overhead cam engine, chains are long, meaning a tiny bit of wear on each link adds up to a substantial amount overall, plus you've got tensioners and guides that can cause problems as well. If/when they do need work, they're a much bigger PITA than a timing belt would be.

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I have a 2001 22r with 330,000 and it still purrs like kitten.

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