Minor milestone for my Volkswagen TDI

Posted By on June 26, 2007

Turning 100,000 milesNo big deal … but this weekend’s graduation trip took me to western New York in my little diesel Volkswagen and my TDI turned the odometer over to the sixth digit … 100,000 miles. As far as modern cars go, the 2003 Volkswagen Jetta TDI has treated me very well. It has operated pretty much flawlessly with only scheduled maintenance. The biggest gripe I have had is with poor winter traction, odd tire wear creating noise but most is due to my tire choice AND lack of rotation. I bought a nice set of Kumho “Z” oversized higher performance tires from Jon Hamilton of RallyVW racing along with 16″ rims and although the slick weather performance is poor, the dry pavement grip is great (wear has been good too). That said, this autumn will have me looking for a all-weather performance tire.

Chautauqua RR
As for the recent trip, the weather was beautiful and I took a few photos. Here are a couple off route 86 in western New York near Lake Chautauqua. The beautiful rest area in Bemus Point is worth a stop … especially if the weather is nice.
Rest Area in Bemus Point Driving on 86 VW Jetta TDI Chautauqua Lake
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  • Beautiful area. I grew up in a town just south of Buffalo. I remember driving to that area and spending the day on Lake Chautaqua. Thanks for rekindling the memories. Nice photos. (I drive a VW TDI too)

  • Now that it’s just about broken in when are you going to stick a VNT20 on that thing? Congrats on the mileage and I’m sure you’ll get another 100K at least with no problems.

  • Thanks Erik … the VNT20 goes in when the current turbo dies … but that could be another 100K? Hmm … might have to do it at the next RallyVW tuning session? (hint … Jon indicated that it is being schedule soon!)

  • Tuning Session at Jon Hamilton of RallyVW.com with Jeff Robinson (aka:Rocketchip.com) on July 13.

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