So I'm on my way home from summer vacation and it's a 10-11 hour drive over two days. I decide to find out for absolute sure WHAT mpg this car can get. So after a few hours on the road I pull into a truck stop (I realize now that this time spent on the road in the beginning reduced the displayed avg. mpg for the trip), found a small nozzle pump and start to fill up with b5 diesel. The pump kicks off after a few gallons so, just to make sure, I top it off just once. I pull back on the interstate, hit zero congestion, and drive 116 miles at 60 - 65 mph. I then pull into the rest stop. I hit the men's room (priority 1!) then went for gas. At the pump I take it slow to try and minimize backwash. I do not try to top it off this time. What you see here are the results.
April 16, 2012
EDIT: WHAAAAT!? Almost 10k views?! Well I guess this means I gotta put up some kind of follow up video....
MPG TEST #2 (compilation):
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2009 VW Jetta TDI - Fuel Filter Change
Fuel Filter Replacement in a nutshell:
1) Replace every 20K miles (I do mine every 10K with oil change).
2) Have the right filter for your housing.
3) Engine OFF! Remove Upper Sound Absorber Panel.
4) Water Separator Service (1 Screw Plug, 1 Washer Seal)
a. Remove Screw Plug and old Washer Seal with Torx T30 bit.
b. Siphon water at bottom of Filter Housing from top of housing - A.K.A
c. Siphon enough fuel to avoid spillage when Housing is opened.
d. Reinstall Screw Plug with New Washer Seal. Torque 3 Nm (27 in-lb).
5) Fuel Filter Replacement (1 Filter, 2 Seals on Filter, 2 Seals in
a. Remove 5 Torx T30 Bolts and lift off Upper Filter Housing with lines
b. If you see any amount of metal particles TAKE THE CAR TO A
PROFESSIONAL! You have a major issue.
c. Pull out old Filter and Seals in Housing.
d. Clean as necessary Lower Filter Housing by Siphoning out remaining
NOTE: Removal of Lower Filter Housing is not a requirement. So long
as you remove any contaminants found at the bottom of the canister by other
e. Install New Filter and New Seals.
f. FILL CANISTER WITH CLEAN FUEL to help purge air. (approx. 650 ml or
22 oz) ---OR--- Use VAG-COM to operate fuel pump from fuel tank to prime
the fuel system (the air will be sent back to the tank to vent) SEE VAG-COM
STEP BELOW (7).
g. Reinstall Upper Filter Housing and secure with 5 Bolts. Torque 5 Nm
6) Reinstall Upper Sound Absorber Panel.
7) If you have VCDS/VAG-COM, operate fuel pumps to purge air from Filter
8) Otherwise, Start Engine & try to run it at 2K RPM for at least 30
seconds. If Engine shuts down, restart engine (this method is not
preferred. it is bad for your High Pressure Fuel Pump).
NOTE: Turning key to turn on Accessories does not turn on the fuel pumps,
from what I have read, only when the key is turned to Ignition (Engine
A visual aid to what to expect when replacing the Fuel Filter on the 2009
VW Jetta TDI (A5 - CBEA ).
I used as a reference the Bentley Publishers VW Jetta Service Manual
(2005-2010) as well as a couple of very good write-ups which can be found
at the following links. Many thanks to those who took the time to document
and share the information at these links.
I obtained the Mann Fuel Filter from IDPARTS.COM (formerly TDIPARTS.COM),
UPS Ground Shipping was free with them. Amazon.com also offers the same
Mann Fuel Filter for those who are exclusive to Amazon.
How to tune up your TDI
Today i show ya how to tune up your Diesel engine.
In the injector cleaning part of the video, i dont explane part one, since
its not very safe, however, you dont need to do the first stage, stage two
(boiling in the engine oil) will usually work perfect. add some off the
shelf ATF to really clean them up.
2009 VW Jetta TDI - DSG Service - Part I: The Filter
Part 1 of 2: 6 Speed DSG Transmission (02E) Filter replacement. Changing
the filter is easy as can be, just a Filter and an O-Ring, but getting to
it...some disassembly required.
I had initially tried to replace the Oil Filter without removing the
Battery and Battery Tray, as some folks had done. I was not able to
physically remove the Filter Housing (Filter Cap) without forcing some
rigid-plastic plumbing out of the way. I was not willing to risk cracking
the plumbing for the sake of extracting the Filter Housing. I don't
recommend it either, so just remove the Battery and Battery Tray as the
Service Manual mentions.
=== A Homemade VAS 6262-type equivalent ===
The DSG Servicing Schematic I included in the video labels the adapter
dimensions as 24Mx1.5mm, it's actually M24x1.5mm. If you make your own or
obtain a suitable equivalent Filling Adapter, know that the plug depth is
1/2"...just look at the Drain Plug itself.
For a ready-to-go Filling Adapter, look for P/N ATF16DSG.
here at $34 US.
Then, all you need is about $2-worth clear tubing found at any hardware
store and a $5 open-close valve also found at most hardware stores.
Attach the valve to a DSG Oil bottle cap, then secure one end of the clear
tubing to the other end of the valve...you are now ready to service your
Visit the following pages for additional information:
Self-Study Program for the 02E DSG Transmission
40 Fuel Economy Tips & Factors Affecting Your Car's Fuel Efficiency. Improve Gas Mileage.
40 FUEL ECONOMY TIPS
TIP NUMBER 1: Do not exceed the indicated speed limit.
TIP NUMBER 2: Do not open your window when travelling especially at high
TIP NUMBER 3: Avoid packing items on top of your car.
TIP NUMBER 4: Take the aerodynamic shape of your vehicle into account when
buying your vehicle.
TIP NUMBER 5: Inflate your tyres properly.
TIP NUMBER 6: Prefer rib type tyres which are better with regard to rolling
resistance than block type tyres. Choose low aspect ratio tyres which are
stiffer, allowing for less flexing under load, thus they typically have
lower rolling resistance compared to high aspect ratio tyres.
TIP NUMBER 7: Buy second hand, good condition tires.
TIP NUMBER 8: Choose a vehicle suitable for your needs. Do you really need
a power-hungry car?
TIP NUMBER 9: Using 4-wheel drive reduces fuel economy. Prefer to use
2-wheel drive cars.
TIP NUMBER 10: Remove the excessive weight from your vehicle.
TIP NUMBER 11: Fuel also contributes to weight.
TIP NUMBER 12: Plan your journey more wisely. Take the amount of traffic,
possibly congested routes and the time of the day into account.
TIP NUMBER 13: In cold weather, wait for the engine to warm up a bit.
TIP NUMBER 14: Incorrect axle alignment influences rolling resistance and
increases fuel consumption.
TIP NUMBER 15: Prefer not to drive when raining due to water drag effect as
you drive on the road.
TIP NUMBER 16: Stop aggressive driving.
TIP NUMBER 17: Do not over-rev.
TIP NUMBER 18: Gear fast, run slow and accelerate slowly.
TIP NUMBER 19: Avoid unnecessary idling. Turn off the engine if you
anticipate a wait.
TIP NUMBER 20: Use overdrive gears and cruise control when appropriate.
TIP NUMBER 21: Any electrical equipment in use worsens the fuel economy of
the vehicle with air conditioning being the biggest culprit.
TIP NUMBER 22: Exploit the force of gravity when going down the hills.
TIP NUMBER 23: Avoid coming to a complete stop whenever possible.
TIP NUMBER 24: When approaching red traffic lights, either let the car roll
itself on gear or select the neutral gear to roll it.
TIP NUMBER 25: Keep your engine tuned. Tuning your engine according to your
owner's manual can increase gas mileage by an average of 4%.
TIP NUMBER 26: Change your oil regularly.
TIP NUMBER 27: Check and replace air filters regularly.
TIP NUMBER 28: Consider the alternative vehicles.
TIP NUMBER 29: Hybrid Electric Vehicles offer another option for car
buyers. These vehicles combine the benefits of gasoline engines and
electric motors and can be configured to achieve different objectives, such
as improved fuel economy and increased power.
TIP NUMBER 30: Consider using the public transport such as underground,
overground or bus.
TIP NUMBER 31: Use a bicycle or just walk if your destination is near.
TIP NUMBER 32: Get in the habit of saving all your fuel receipts, recording
distance travelled and fuel economy (MPG).
TIP NUMBER 33: Leave for your destination a little early so you don't feel
pressure to drive faster, brake
later and otherwise fall back into bad habits.
TIP NUMBER 34: Travelling at a constant speed on a freeway within a flow of
traffic (in the same direction) is more efficient than going the same speed
TIP NUMBER 35: If you regularly travel the same roads, make an effort to
TIP NUMBER 36: In multi-lane traffic, choose the "lane of least resistance"
to avoid unnecessary and unpredictable braking/changes in speed.
TIP NUMBER 37: Parking in the shade will keep the inside of your vehicle
cooler, which can help you minimize use of air conditioning.
TIP NUMBER 38: Maintain appropriate following distance to prevent constant
brakes which will reduce your speed.
TIP NUMBER 39: New forced induction engines tend to use less fuel than
their naturally aspirated cousins. Forced induction includes any type of turbocharger or Supercharger that forces air into the combustion
TIP NUMBER 40: Constantly investigate to find out new ways to improve fuel
And SOME MORE TIPS:
TIP NUMBER 41: Rough asphalt increases tyre losses by ~ 7% compared to
TIP NUMBER 42: Do not change gears excessively. Use brakes to slow down.
TIP NUMBER 43: Low gears shifted at low revs give max torque. Higher gears
at higher revs give max power. So use torque or power depending on the
TIP NUMBER 44: Changing to small diameter drive tyres increases engine RPM
but may disturb fuel economy.
TIP NUMBER 45: Share your car with family members or friends. If 5 people
are going to the same destination, it is sensible to use just one car
rather than more.
Fuel-efficiency tips from the VW TDI pros
Want ultimate fuel efficiency from your car? Learn the tricks of the trade
from pros Gary Williams Jr. and David Jurca. Master their techniques and
you might just be ready to showcase your skills in TDI Tank Wars, the fun,
fuel-efficiency challenge for TDI Clean Diesels. At the least, you'll be
adding miles between every fill up.
VW TDI and Audi TDI bad camshaft removal and replacement procedure DIY
How to replace VW TDI camshaft and Audi TDI camshaft, please read:
place-vw-tdi.htm for detailed instructions and sign up to my site. Pumpe
duse PD camshafts tend, to wear, needing repair and replacement of lifters
and bearings before engine wear occurs.
How To Maximize Fuel Economy / Get Better Fuel Mileage in a full size truck
In this video I go over things you can do to your truck to get the best
mileage possible. The main objective is to make your vehicle as efficient
as possible. The main thing you can do is, have good driving habits and
check your tires.
This video goes over the main topics that would affect your fuel mileage.
Read the magazine article here:
Jetta Takes on Prius: Toyota Prius vs. VW Jetta TDI Diesel
MORE ON HYBRID VS. DIESEL @ INSIDELINE.COM:
We were locked in mortal combat, just as adrenaline-addled Leonidas and
hubris-filled Xerxes met at the Battle of Thermopylae, when a relative
handful of highly specialized Spartans held off a seemingly bottomless
torque-pit of Persians for seven excruciating days.
Here we have the 2009 Toyota Prius gasoline-electric hybrid, embodying
up-to-the-minute fuel-sipping methods and machinery intended to take us
immaculately into a spotless future. In the other lane, the newly
introduced 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI turbodiesel, a rolling relic of tried-and-true
yester-tech locomotion (upon whose sooty breath the Industrial Revolution
itself was built) that has been remastered, reengineered and reintroduced
to be meaner, cleaner and more efficient than ever.
But the battle left us weary — done in by the struggle and tired of each
other like Siamese twins on prom night.
50+ MPG!! 2005 VW Jetta TDI Pkg 2
http://www.facebook.com/jimmy.epolito Demo Drive and Walk Around
Presentation of a 2005 VW Jetta TDI with the package 2. In this video you
will also see it maintain an avg mpg of more than 50mpg!!!