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    1. 10-09-2005 11:09 PM #141
      Quote, originally posted by TabulaVicious »

      Small cars:
      1984-1987 (91*) 4000, urQ = Typ85 *urQ was produced till 1991
      1988-1992 80/90/Coupe quattro = Typ89
      1993-1997 90/Cabrio = B4 (This is where it starts getting easier)
      1996-2002 A4/S4 = B5

      Medium cars:
      1983-1991 5000/100/200 = Typ44
      1992-1997 100/A6/S4/S6 = C4
      1998-2004 A6/S6/RS6 = C5

      Large cars:
      1989-1994 V8 quattro = D1
      1996-2002? A8/S8 = D2
      2003-Current = D3

      TT:
      Not really an Audi.

      Thank you! But, so why the TT "not really an Audi"? (Sorry to continue w/ the q's...)


    2. 10-09-2005 11:33 PM #142
      i'll give it a shot, answering the question.


      the TT was built off the MKIV platform, so that might be why.

      correct me if i'm wrong.


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      10-09-2005 11:39 PM #143
      Quote, originally posted by AutobahnTDI »
      Jake brakes are only loud on trucks with modified exhaust systems.

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      And DAMN , do they sound fine!! (god I miss work)


      Ok.. I'll shoot..

      What the ****s a car?

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      10-09-2005 11:43 PM #144
      Quote, originally posted by SteveMKIIDub »


      And DAMN , do they sound fine!! (god I miss work)

      They sure do. I love to hear a loaded dump truck coming down a big grade.


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      10-09-2005 11:56 PM #145
      Don't feel like quoting, but here goes.

      Diesels and torque. All about the high compression in the motor.
      The First diesels in modern era big rigs were NA. Drivers in the west had a hard time climbing the mountains, so Freightliner(I think, may have been Kenworth) started supercharging them. This gave them the power to climb the long grades. It eventually moved to turbos for better efficiency. And just a useless fact for fun. The 6-71 blower popular with hod rodding and drag racing was originally off of a GMC school bus.

      Talon/Eclipse being called DSM. Diamond Star Motors aka Mitsubishi. The Mitsu emblem is 3 diamonds in a star formation. And the Talon/Eclipse are the same car.

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      10-10-2005 12:05 AM #146
      Ok, now my stupid question.
      Does traction control work in reverse?

      I have a driveway that slopes down to the garage and the jetta has trouble backing out in the snow. If our next car has traction control will it help?

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      10-10-2005 12:21 AM #147
      Quote, originally posted by matoo »
      Talon/Eclipse being called DSM. Diamond Star Motors aka Mitsubishi. The Mitsu emblem is 3 diamonds in a star formation. And the Talon/Eclipse are the same car.

      Actually Diamond Star Motors was a collaboration between Chrysler (Plymouth and Eagle) and Mitsubishi. The Diamond being Mitsubishi and the Star being Chrysler (logos). The Talon/Eclipse/Laser are basically the same car, although obviously with different styling and badges. I believe though that the Eclipse was the high end of the trio with more trim options.

      They also collaborated on the 3000GT/ Dodge Stealth among many others, although those aren't DSMs.

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    8. 10-10-2005 10:03 AM #148
      Quote, originally posted by gtivr4 »

      Actually Diamond Star Motors was a collaboration between Chrysler (Plymouth and Eagle) and Mitsubishi. The Diamond being Mitsubishi and the Star being Chrysler (logos). The Talon/Eclipse/Laser are basically the same car, although obviously with different styling and badges. I believe though that the Eclipse was the high end of the trio with more trim options.

      They also collaborated on the 3000GT/ Dodge Stealth among many others, although those aren't DSMs.

      Yes but the talon had awd.


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      10-10-2005 10:22 AM #149
      Quote, originally posted by deevubfreak »
      Yes but the talon had awd.

      All three of the DSM cars had AWD. The Talon and Eclipse were available with AWD as an option from MY1990 to MY1994, whereas the Laser received AWD as an option starting in MY1992, when the front end of all three cars was redesigned with composite non-popup headlights.

      All second-gen (MY1995-MY1999) Eclipses and Talons (except convertibles) were available with AWD. The Laser was dropped after the first-generation production run.


    10. 10-10-2005 11:45 AM #150
      Quote, originally posted by Parklife »

      All three of the DSM cars had AWD. The Talon and Eclipse were available with AWD as an option from MY1990 to MY1994, whereas the Laser received AWD as an option starting in MY1992, when the front end of all three cars was redesigned with composite non-popup headlights.

      All second-gen (MY1995-MY1999) Eclipses and Talons (except convertibles) were available with AWD. The Laser was dropped after the first-generation production run.

      hmm, the talon is the only one ive ever seen with awd. Guess people were just too cheap to get it with the eclipses. That was one of the reasons i always liked the talon more than the eclipse.


    11. 10-10-2005 02:28 PM #151
      Here's another one that's been bothering me:

      What defines a "Jolf" and a "Getta"? I know what they are, but which is the Golf w/ the Jetta front-end and vice versa?


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      10-10-2005 02:34 PM #152
      Well, since Golf starts with a G, that is probably the front end of it. So if you stick a Golf front end on a Jetta, you get a Getta. and vice versa.
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      10-10-2005 02:48 PM #153
      Quote, originally posted by shftat6 »
      The instructors would always tell us to 'wiggle our toes' if the ABS kicked in. This seemingly goofy action would cause you to release just enough on the brakes to put you at threshold braking and keep you out of the ABS.

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      10-10-2005 02:48 PM #154
      Seriously, where did the word 'car' come from? I get 'Auto' from "Automotive", which seems pretty obvious, but where did we get 'car'?
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    15. 10-10-2005 03:11 PM #155
      Quote, originally posted by atomicalex »
      Well, since Golf starts with a G, that is probably the front end of it. So if you stick a Golf front end on a Jetta, you get a Getta. and vice versa.

      Right, that's pretty much where I am, but is this right? Or if we're all guessing, then is this what most people think when they mean Getta?


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      10-10-2005 03:15 PM #156
      so, when a car is behind an RV...does it rack the mileage up?

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      10-10-2005 03:16 PM #157
      Quote, originally posted by jebglx »
      so, when a car is behind an RV...does it rack the mileage up?

      bill


      and to piggyback on your question: Why is it that 90% of the cars towed behind RV's are Saturns?

    18. 10-10-2005 03:18 PM #158
      Quote, originally posted by jebglx »
      so, when a car is behind an RV...does it rack the mileage up?

      bill

      oh that's a good one! my guess is that older (or I guess at this point, really old) cars w/ digital clusters and stuff don't? whereas those w/ more mechanical clusters and everything might?


    19. 10-10-2005 03:23 PM #159
      Quote, originally posted by jebglx »
      so, when a car is behind an RV...does it rack the mileage up?

      bill

      I dont see why it would, If the front wheels are off of the ground that is. The vehicle speed sensor in the trans also helps in counting mileage IIRC.


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      10-10-2005 03:26 PM #160
      Quote, originally posted by enriquejcu »
      and to piggyback on your question: Why is it that 90% of the cars towed behind RV's are Saturns?

      YES !!! i asked b/c i saw a saturn being towed by an RV today

      Quote, originally posted by mister_g60 »

      oh that's a good one! my guess is that older (or I guess at this point, really old) cars w/ digital clusters and stuff don't? whereas those w/ more mechanical clusters and everything might?

      that's what i think...

      bill


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      10-10-2005 03:46 PM #161
      Quote, originally posted by mister_g60 »

      Right, that's pretty much where I am, but is this right? Or if we're all guessing, then is this what most people think when they mean Getta?

      Yes - Getta is a Jetta with a Golf front end. Jolf is a Golf with a Jetta front end.


    22. 10-10-2005 03:54 PM #162
      Saturns with auto trans can be towed safely with all the wheels on the ground safely due to transmission design. Something about the use of bearings and not thrust washers. In 2002 the tranny design was changed and current models shouldn't be towed. Many other models have to have the drivelines disconnected so the transmission internals don't move.
      Saturns do not accumulate milage when being flat towed, i guess digital instruments?


      Modified by Oni at 7:57 PM 10-10-2005

    23. 10-10-2005 03:56 PM #163
      Quote, originally posted by Oni »
      In 2002 the tranny design was changed and current models shouldn't be towed.

      Sounds like the person at Saturn in charge of knowing what their buyers are after is out of a job ...


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      10-10-2005 04:03 PM #164
      can all cars with a stick be bump started like my friends cj 7?


      Modified by arcem at 3:08 PM 10-10-2005

    25. 10-10-2005 04:12 PM #165
      Quote, originally posted by ArmenB »
      Seriously, where did the word 'car' come from? I get 'Auto' from "Automotive", which seems pretty obvious, but where did we get 'car'?

      I've been wondering that as well... so I asked google:

      "That said, Word and Phrase Origins states that "the word car comes from a Celtic word that sounded like karra to Julius Caesar, who gave the name to his chariots. Karra later was Latinized to carra. Surprisingly, the word car appears first around 1300; carriage evolved from it, then horseless carriage, and, finally, back to car again as a shortened form."

      http://www.horseless.com/firstcar.html

      My stupid question:

      The e-brake is to be used for emergency situations, no? This is fine with a car that has a lever/handle, but what about the foot operated kind that stay on unless pushed again? How does one modulate? Or, are they just not needed for emergency use anymore and relegated to parking duty?


      Modified by Samson at 2:15 PM 10-10-2005


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      10-10-2005 04:19 PM #166
      Ok I got a question.

      N/A diesels use diesel fuel, why don't Turbo Diesels use a "super diesel" fuel (referring to how a gas turbo needs a higher octane fuel).


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      10-10-2005 04:44 PM #167
      Quote, originally posted by Cubster »
      Ok I got a question.

      N/A diesels use diesel fuel, why don't Turbo Diesels use a "super diesel" fuel (referring to how a gas turbo needs a higher octane fuel).

      A turbocharged gas powered car doesn't necessarily need high octane fuel, just most are designed to use it. Turbo Diesels are designed to work with existing fuels (there is no super diesel to my knowledge)

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      10-10-2005 05:11 PM #168
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      10-10-2005 05:17 PM #169
      Quote, originally posted by arcem »
      can all cars with a stick be bump started like my friends cj 7?

      Yes, any car with a clutch should be able to be started by rolling it forward and then popping the clutch. I know I had to do it once with my TDI, and my friend did it with his Golf 2.0.

      There was another time when it was so cold out that the battery wouldn't turn the engine over, so I rolled it down hill (good speed too, ~15 mph) and let out the clutch. The front wheels locked up and I slid down the hill. I think the oil and fuel were so thick from the cold (-18 F) that they needed a good charge from a heavy duty battery to get everything to move. Probably would have helped had I been going forwards instead of backwards too (weight transfer).

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      10-10-2005 11:18 PM #170
      Quote, originally posted by 4x4s »

      But clearly if you travel 45 miles in that hour, you are getting better mileage than if you had only travelled 35 miles.

      no you are just going faster in that hour. miles per gallon is a measure of how many miles you travel per gallon of fuel spent. time plays no factor at all in that.


    31. 10-11-2005 12:11 AM #171
      Quote, originally posted by theblur »
      no you are just going faster in that hour. miles per gallon is a measure of how many miles you travel per gallon of fuel spent. time plays no factor at all in that.

      As a related question, doesn't speed affect fuel consumption? Regardless of engine RPMS, you have to fight a lot more wind resistance at 200km/h than you would at 20km/h.

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    32. 10-11-2005 09:33 AM #172
      Quote, originally posted by theblur »

      no you are just going faster in that hour. miles per gallon is a measure of how many miles you travel per gallon of fuel spent. time plays no factor at all in that.

      But if you burn the same amount of gas at the two different speeds then it does. Read my post again, carefully.


    33. 10-11-2005 10:47 AM #173
      when FWD cars are converted to mid-engine, how dose the shifting work? Would it be backwards since the linkage would be reversed?

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      10-11-2005 10:54 AM #174
      Quote, originally posted by Chmeeee »
      Yes, any car with a clutch should be able to be started by rolling it forward and then popping the clutch. I know I had to do it once with my TDI, and my friend did it with his Golf 2.0.

      I used to think this was true, but now I doubt it. When the battery died on my 5spd 1990 Olds 4-4-2, we couldn't start it using the roll-pop technique. The Olds' rear bumper lined up perfectly with my mom's Jetta's front bumper, so I had her pushing me around the neighborhood. Popping the clutch at many speeds up to about 20mph, the Olds wouldn't start. I don't know why.

      We were a sight to see, though. A Jetta pushing an Olds around the block, for about a half hour. She could've pushed me all the way to Autozone, no doubt. Kinda like reverse towing.


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      10-11-2005 10:56 AM #175
      Quote, originally posted by Boston Chuck »
      When the battery died on my 5spd 1990 Olds 4-4-2, we couldn't start it using the roll-pop technique . . . the Olds wouldn't start. I don't know why.

      The battery was dead. Push-starting only works if there's enough in the battery to run the fuel pump, ECU, injectors, coil, and everything else that a fuel-injected engine needs to run. Nowdays, that technique is only useful if the starter is bad.


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