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):
Why there isn't, or shouldn't be, ads on my videos...EVER.
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 Fuel Sump.
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 Housing)
a. Remove 5 Torx T30 Bolts and lift off Upper Filter Housing with lines undisturbed.
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 Water/Fuel.
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 means.
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 (44 in-lb).
6) Reinstall Upper Sound Absorber Panel.
7) If you have VCDS/VAG-COM, operate fuel pumps to purge air from Filter Housing.
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 Start).
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.
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.
Visit http://www.toolsource.com/vwaudi-drive-line-filler-adapter-p-105577.html 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 DSG.
Visit the following pages for additional information:
Self-Study Program for the 02E DSG Transmission
2009 TDI Jetta Sportwagen 65 - 70mpg
You heard that right 65 - 70mpg! (The video is basically just a shot of the mpg....boring but it proves the point) The VW Jetta Sportwagen is a clean diesel, that mets the toughest emission regulations in the country. Beyond that the Sportwagen has 66.9 cubic feet of space which is comparable to most small suvs, so in my estimates it might just be the perfect car...great gas millage, low emissions and lots of room. That being said, its main attraction for me is the millage which is as you can see phenomenal. Although with most things there is a caveat, you have to drive very modestly . I can normally get 50mpg - 55mpg on average highway driving moving along in the 50 - 55 mpg range. To get these 65 - 70 mpg numbers you need to drive between 40 - 45mph in 6th gear. Other gears going slower will get you the same numbers but 40 - 45 is about as fast as you can go and still get these high numbers.
For the argument nobody drives this slow in the real world, driving like mad gets you to your destination only a bit sooner and for that small savings, you are creating an extra burden on the atmosphere and future generations in terms of CO2 emissions, reducing disposable income by decreasing gas millage and sending much needed money overseas to our middle east pals. So it is true most peole dont drive this slow, but some do and for that loss of a few min, we are savings ourselves money our country money and helping keep extra CO2 out of the atmosphere.
2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
Forget the smoke billowing from 18-wheelers and the stench of a passing city bus, because diesel technology - as applied to passenger vehicles like the 2009 Volkswagen jetta TDI - has cleaned up its act
2009 Jetta TDI - New car video blog
2009 Jetta TDI Sedan
EPA MPG: 30 city, 41 Hwy
140 horsepower, 236 pound-feet of torque
In September, Helen and John Taylor, drove a production Jetta TDI to a Guinness world record, averaging an incredible 58.8 m.p.g. for a 9,400-mile run through the 48 contiguous American states. I'm getting around 35, but then I've been breaking the tires loose at stoplights all over town this afternoon and sitting in connector gridlock.
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!!!
2010 VW Golf TDI Review
New car review of Volkswagen's Prius fighter - the 42 mpg 2010 Golf TDI from the experts at Driverside.com
More Videos on Driverside: http://www.driverside.com/videos
New Car Revews: http://www.driverside.com/reviews
Jetta TDI VS Hybrid Challenge 2
"We're Not Switching!"
Matt the Jetta TDI driver doesn't want to give up his Volkswagen even though the Hybrid driver is falling asleep at the wheel on this one tank of fuel to San Francisco challenge.
2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
Cars.com's Joe Wiesenfelder takes a look at the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta. It competes with the Subaru Impreza and Honda Civic.
Shot and Produced by: Matthew Avery
Edited by: Sarah Gersh
2009 Volkswagen Jetta S
Let Jason Kehrli of Prestige Imports in Santa Rosa, California introduce you to the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta S. The Jetta is a partial zero emissions vehicle and with its unique 5-cylinder engine, you get the fuel economy of a 4-cylinder with the power of a 6-cylinder. Volkswagen also has loaded this car with great safety features including side and seat air bags, front and rear crumple zones and the use of high-quality steel in the construction of the Jetta.