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60 mpg? that's incredible!
Some people are claiming 68-70 mpg, with the Lupo. It wouldn't surprise me, as the window sticker on my TDI said 44 Hwy and I have to be doing 80 MPH all day to have my mileage drop below 45.
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I wish my jeep did that... Best I've seen was 28 mpg on the hwy, but that was driving like an old lady...
the upshot is that with 300#'s of torque, I can tow my enclosed trailer loaded with gear and two race bikes and still get 22 mpg. It's got as much torque as my old F150 & it would average 8-12 mpg pulling the trailer.
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My opinion is that the artificially inflated price of diesel here in the States effectively killed Diamler's plans for Chrysler ... that is to fit a number of Chrysler models with euro diesel engines. I say this based on my time in Italy where I saw and in fact rode in diesel powered Chryslers that never made it to the US that had awesome acceleration and so much better fuel economy. Our loss. VW is having a go at it, but the hybrid gets the press here. What a waste of proven technology. I myself looked into getting a *used* TDI Passat wagon back in 2007 when I got back to the US, but they were going for as much as $25K! I got a 1.8L Turbo for $10K instead. It is indeed interesting how many of us have VW's.

Getting back to a moto-related spin on this topic, I got rid of my 4x4 Dodge Dakota in favor of a lower-to-the-ground-easy-to-load-moto-in (used) 2wd GMC Canyon. The style isn't quite the same, but the mileage is a bit better, which is good because the Canyon is my daily driver. You're not a true motorcyclist without a proper hauler ... or have a friend who has one (I'm always that friend it seems) Pics:



I also came back from Italy with a bit of a treat for the wife. After all, her happy = me happy = me able to my buy and sell motorcycles with only having to get on one knee instead of two. It's a 1967 Fiat Cinquecento (that's "500" which is the number of cc's its parallel twin displaces). My neighbor offers to buy it every other week or so. It's fun having something so different ... and so garage friendly (for a cage I mean ... motorcycles being the best of course).



All that said, 2 wheels FOREVER!
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My opinion is that the artificially inflated price of diesel here in the States effectively killed Diamler's plans for Chrysler ... that is to fit a number of Chrysler models with euro diesel engines.
OT Note: BMW claims they haven't brought diesels to the american market becuase of the diesel fuel quality.
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It's not the quality so much as the content ... I believe you're talking about the transition to Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD). It has been slower to occur here in the US than in Europe, which is to be expected honestly. But yeah, didn't mean to hi-jack the already off topic thread and make it about diesel.
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I love it! I think my next car will be a low mileage m3 coupe. I'll keep the VW TDI for when the weather is real bad
I love the lines of an E46 M3 coupe. I got a great price on this vert and just couldn't turn it down.
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BMW is selling Diesels in the US - NOW!

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OT Note: BMW claims they haven't brought diesels to the american market becuase of the diesel fuel quality.
Just as a point of order...Right now you can buy a 265hp - 425 lb./ft. X5 3.0d or 335d in the good 'ol US of A. Ridiculous power and phenomenal fuel economy. And some of the cleanest burning engines sold - period.

I know because I sell them. Apparently, we are not getting the word out well enough. Particularly to those who already have tasted the Koolaid.
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I'm still waiting for the hybrid Avalanche.....not available when I bought mine.
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Just picked this one up Saturday, in an act of faith toward the economy. It's a 2008 Volvo C30 T5 type 2.0. I'd been looking for a little 2+2.


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Dana,

My Fiance drives a C30 (well, I drive it whenever we're going anywhere in it).
I LOVE that thing. Its such a great little car. I keep threatening to chip it..maybe I'll get that done one of these days, and not tell her about it.

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Just as a point of order...Right now you can buy a 265hp - 425 lb./ft. X5 3.0d or 335d in the good 'ol US of A. Ridiculous power and phenomenal fuel economy. And some of the cleanest burning engines sold - period.


I know because I sell them. Apparently, we are not getting the word out well enough. Particularly to those who already have tasted the Koolaid.

True, sulfur content.

I can't wait to drive a 335d. I have always found it ironic that they make diesel X's here but you couldnt buy one.
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Just picked this one up Saturday, in an act of faith toward the economy. It's a 2008 Volvo C30 T5 type 2.0. I'd been looking for a little 2+2.
I hate to break it to you but... That car makes your butt look big
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Just picked this one up Saturday, in an act of faith toward the economy. It's a 2008 Volvo C30 T5 type 2.0. I'd been looking for a little 2+2.


I very much like the styling of these, how does it drive?
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Hmmmm,
still soldiering along the little black 944 and the big white Nav.

The latter was a mass (more than power) upgrade over my old medium sized Murano which sometimes got hinckey pulling a big race trailer. Tail wagging the dog and such. Not a mileage mobile, but not horrible compared to a big F250, and at the time, when gas first spiked, Soccer moms were converting to the minivans they should have had in the first place and all but giving them away. Got a >$50k vehicle for < $14k. Been a good machine except for me overtaxing the brakes (understandable) Plus, after the common 2-4 back-to-back trackday/race weekends I often do in summer in TX, the airconditioned seats are a godsend. Air load leveling good for towing variable loads too.

Don't know if I could ever go back to plain seats. Most my crap is crappy and old, but in that one little area, I'm spoiled (the black porsche with black leather and crappy mid-80s german AC is on the opposite side of summer comfort.

I still plan to replace it with a nifty little DSG A3 when budget allows.
I'm currently thinking about putting the cash I have for that down on a shock dyno instead. Tough call.


OK, just realized I have no Nav pix. No loss. Boring big white thing.

I'll substitute my recently departed Murano and dearly departed grandpa's old El Camino (talk about a low bed height and easy motorcycle load - plus, the front seat on passenger side had been replaced with a pocketbike rack. awesome)



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How you like the FJ. It was on my short list of things that could tow better than the M'o, but not-too-big. They were new and drawing a premium at the time, so it was foregone. Best towing capacity of anything it's size at the time.
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I'm liking the FJ quite a bit. Mine is the Silver one, the maroon one belongs to my dad and I talked him into driving to Starbucks to take this "joke" picture.

I bought it mostly to tow my track & dirt bikes and to do some mild off roading.

I got it with the manual transmission mainly because I prefer to shift myself. I didnt realize that the manual was full time 4WD though. That hurts the mileage a bit compared to the automatic that can run in 2WD mode. Its also a very nice 5 speed automatic...didnt realize these things till after I drove my dad's a bit.

Not sure if I would have done things differently, but that knowledge and my preference to tow with an automatic would have made the decision even harder.
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Hey Lennie,

Any idea what euro/GM/american platform that equates to?
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Holden have been selling one of its models (a 2 door, called Monaro here) there for a few years, re-badged and with some cosmetic mods as a Pontiac.

This is their latest export.
http://www.drive.com.au/Editorial/ArticleDetail.aspx?ArticleID=28748


Then there is this one.
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