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    Thread: My new 2012 TDI -first drive and first fill up

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      04-26-2012 04:52 PM #1
      Driving fairly conservatively with about 50% city and 50% highway the car returned 50.377 mpg. 667 miles driven with 13.24 gallons required to fill up.

      Although I enjoy this car immensely, I imagine some thoughtful suspension tuning here and there...or not.

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      04-26-2012 06:20 PM #2
      Quote Originally Posted by meboice View Post
      Driving fairly conservatively with about 50% city and 50% highway the car returned 50.377 mpg. 667 miles driven with 13.24 gallons required to fill up.

      Although I enjoy this car immensely, I imagine some thoughtful suspension tuning here and there...or not.
      That's a ridiculous MPG (in a good way). I'm averaging 34 MPG mixed city/highway (mainly city).

      6 speed or DSG?

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      04-26-2012 08:18 PM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by dak125 View Post
      That's a ridiculous MPG (in a good way). I'm averaging 34 MPG mixed city/highway (mainly city).

      6 speed or DSG?
      That's also FAR above what I'm getting in my 2010 TDI. I average around 34 city as well: http://www.fuelly.com/driver/amdisthebest/jetta

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      04-27-2012 08:41 AM #4
      6 spd...I was trying to get good mileage...I think that a lot of city driving might have dropped this mpg number significantly. We bought two Golf TDi for our business and may purchase a couple more. The other fellow got 49.63 mpg from his first tank - 6 spd also.

      I rarely venture above 2,500 rpm and follow the up shift indicator unless going up a hill so as not to lug the engine. ...doesn't mean I don't want to rip into this thing...and it feels like it would go like hell for a diesel if pushed.

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      04-27-2012 10:29 AM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by meboice View Post
      6 spd...I was trying to get good mileage...I think that a lot of city driving might have dropped this mpg number significantly. We bought two Golf TDi for our business and may purchase a couple more. The other fellow got 49.63 mpg from his first tank - 6 spd also.

      I rarely venture above 2,500 rpm and follow the up shift indicator unless going up a hill so as not to lug the engine. ...doesn't mean I don't want to rip into this thing...and it feels like it would go like hell for a diesel if pushed.
      wow thats awesome. Are you trusting the trip computer or did you actually do the math,lol? Not sure if this is your first TDI (it is for me), so i recommend reading up on the "break in thread" if you haven't already...

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      04-27-2012 10:36 AM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by asal View Post
      wow thats awesome. Are you trusting the trip computer or did you actually do the math,lol? Not sure if this is your first TDI (it is for me), so i recommend reading up on the "break in thread" if you haven't already...
      whoops this is the thread for the 09+ models

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      04-27-2012 11:50 AM #7
      I performed the math - 667 miles and 13.24 gallons of fuel.

      I am keenly aware of how important engine break-in is. But thank you for the link...I read it and perhaps I should spin the motor just a bit more.

      Until now, I was also unaware of the special break-in engine oil...so that is very helpful information! I might have thought I were smarter than VW and changed the oil at 3,000 miles...we learn something new every day.

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      04-27-2012 12:14 PM #8
      That's insane MPG..... I only get between 34-40mpg average.... but I tend to drive it pretty hard.

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      04-27-2012 01:37 PM #9
      And I would wonder if it were not for the two cars here getting the same mpg...and we're going pretty easy...maybe too easy

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      04-27-2012 01:42 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by meboice View Post
      And I would wonder if it were not for the two cars here getting the same mpg...and we're going pretty easy...maybe too easy
      you are taking it easy enough that you will shorten your turbos life expectancy because of it..

      you need to go out and romp on them once in a while, build some heat, burn the carbon out of the turbo and off the vanes, keep them moving freely..

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      04-30-2012 12:59 PM #11
      I did just that this past weekend...kept it under 3,800 rpm based upon one of the link above but I did take a very long drive into upstate New York and back - 600 miles - windy and very hilly road. I didn't romp on it but I did drive it fairly aggressively. Hope I did better...I am driving it more and more aggressively, however.

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      04-30-2012 01:53 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by meboice View Post
      I did just that this past weekend...kept it under 3,800 rpm based upon one of the link above but I did take a very long drive into upstate New York and back - 600 miles - windy and very hilly road. I didn't romp on it but I did drive it fairly aggressively. Hope I did better...I am driving it more and more aggressively, however.
      floor it often, when you work the throttle, it works the vanes in the turbo..

      DO NOT BE AFRAID TO USE WIDE OPEN THROTTLE once in a while... they put it there for a reason, idk why soo many people are afraid of it..

      working the vanes, and burning off the crap inside the turbo is whats happening when you romp on it..

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      05-01-2012 01:40 PM #13
      ...not afraid, just being careful/methodical during break-in. Second tank I got 42.24 mpg...but I took the opportunity to push the motor a little more...and today even more. I think I have about 1,500 miles on the car in 10 days...yikes!

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      05-04-2012 11:20 AM #14
      I've been averaging 40+ with my car, but I've been babying it. Glad to read about some views on break in, so I've been having more fun getting on it to keep the turbo clean. Got about 3000 miles on it and love it.

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      05-04-2012 02:23 PM #15
      My first tank seemed to be the best MPG

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      05-04-2012 09:50 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by dak125 View Post
      That's a ridiculous MPG (in a good way). I'm averaging 34 MPG mixed city/highway (mainly city).

      6 speed or DSG?
      Me too.
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      05-06-2012 08:59 AM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by meboice View Post
      Although I enjoy this car immensely, I imagine some thoughtful suspension tuning here and there...or not.

      On my 09 I picked up a used set of gli shocks, h&r sport springs, and gli rear sway bar for under $250. By far the most transforming mod I've done to one of my cars in a long time. It's much more fun to drive.

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      05-06-2012 06:55 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by gtboost View Post
      On my 09 I picked up a used set of gli shocks, h&r sport springs, and gli rear sway bar for under $250. By far the most transforming mod I've done to one of my cars in a long time. It's much more fun to drive.
      What is the difference between the TDi and GLi rear bar? And the GLi shocks hold up ok with the sport springs?
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      05-07-2012 09:14 PM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by blinkinbanana View Post
      What is the difference between the TDi and GLi rear bar? And the GLi shocks hold up ok with the sport springs?
      Stock mkv tdi swaybars are

      21mm front
      18mm rear


      rear mkv gli bar is 22mm.

      I have had 2 mkv gti's and now my tdi with lowering springs and have yet to have a shock blow from it being lowered. It will shorten the life of them but I am not sure by how long. Even if mine blow in 30k miles I can pick up a used set for dirt cheap.

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      05-08-2012 05:23 AM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by gtboost View Post
      Stock mkv tdi swaybars are

      21mm front
      18mm rear


      rear mkv gli bar is 22mm.

      I have had 2 mkv gti's and now my tdi with lowering springs and have yet to have a shock blow from it being lowered. It will shorten the life of them but I am not sure by how long. Even if mine blow in 30k miles I can pick up a used set for dirt cheap.
      Good info. What's the GTi stock front bar size? I'm guessing 25mm. I'll have to watch the classifieds. Thanks.
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      05-20-2012 06:23 PM #21
      You only need to floor your car once every day or two. Thats exactly what I do, and have no vnt sticking issues. You DONT need to floor it all day and every time you drive it etc. But def do it for 2-3 good gear-pulls every 2 days or so. BUT, with you driving a lot of highway, you do NOT need to floor it. Going highway speeds is fast enough to where no carbon will form due to the higher highway egt's.

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