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    New Beetle unveiled

    Looks pretty good I think. Love the interior. I wonder what they will cost? <a href="http://www.vwvortex.com/artman/publish/article_2913.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.vwvortex.com/artman/publish/article_2913.shtml</a>
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    First driving impressions of 2011 Jetta

    Drove a 2011 Jetta as a service loaner from dealer and wanted to share thoughts for folks who might be considering this car... Car: Jetta SE 2.5 liter. 6 speed automatic. Convenience group with sunroof. Edmunds TMV price $21,990 Liked: 1) Style looks very good and very BMWish to me...
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    Hummingbirds

    Put out a couple feeders yesterday and out they came! Apparently only 1 species overwinters here though. It's amazing how many different colors the same bird can be depending on the light. Her throat looks bright red, gold, or green depending on the light. <img...
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    Platooning, a new way to ruin driving experience?

    "Vehicle platooning, as envisaged by the SARTRE project, is a convoy of vehicles where a professional driver in a lead vehicle drives a line of other vehicles. Each car measures the distance, speed and direction and adjusts to the car in front. All vehicles are totally detached and can leave the...
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    Anyone see the new Top Gear (UK) xmas special yet?

    How was it? In this episode: * The guys drive across the eastern United States exploring the roots of NASCAR and getting to see that part of the country in a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gullwing, Ferrari 458 Italia, and Porsche 911 GT3 RS * The annual automotive Christmas gift guide *...
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    R these particles bearing wear? Did UOAs show it?

    A poster on vwvortex posted the following. I also found an old UOA post (posted below). I circled the lead readings in red. The 9000 mile and 18000 mile UOAS were using M1 0w40 while the later ones were various Motul 502 products. Are the particles in the photos bearing wear? Did the...
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    Fiat 500 motor oil specs here (European version)

    Info. from the owner's manual. 2.9 liters of oil. I wonder what the US specs will be? <img src="http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r34/saaber1/fae64343.jpg" alt="" /> <img src="http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r34/saaber1/bad9fa23.jpg" alt="" /> <img...
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    BMW's new 1 series "M"

    Impressive performance (and weight) figures. <a href="http://www.topgear.com/uk/photos/bmw-1-series-m-coupe-revealed-2010-12-10?imageNo=0" target="_blank">http://www.topgear.com/uk/photos/bmw-1-series-m-coupe-revealed-2010-12-10?imageNo=0</a>
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    VW announces Golf R coming to the U.S.

    260 HP 2.0 turbo All wheel drive 6 speed manual only 4 doors available this time <a href="http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php?5119287-Volkswagen-Announces-Golf-R-for-U.S.-Market"...
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    VW transparent factory in Dresden video

    <div class="video-container"><iframe frameborder="0" width="640" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/nd5WGLWNllA" allowfullscreen></iframe></div>
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    New Fiat/Chrysler 500 will cost $15,500

    <a href="http://www.zercustoms.com/news/Fiat-500-USA-Price.html" target="_blank">http://www.zercustoms.com/news/Fiat-500-USA-Price.html</a> Seems a little steep for the base model. A base new VW Jetta is ony $15,999. I thought the 160hp Abarth or Abarth SS or whatever it's called version...
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    William shatner sings the Beatles and Elton John

    Elton John's rocketman... The best part starts at 3 minutes 18 seconds into the video. 1 minute 30 seconds in is good (bad) also. <div class="video-container"><iframe frameborder="0" width="640" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/5hARDXYz2io" allowfullscreen></iframe></div>...
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    New add on lets hackers assume ur identity

    Heads up for all Bitogers who occasionally us a public wi-fi connection. Firesheep, a firefox plug in, allows a hacker to log into sites as you. This program is known to watch Amazon, Twitter, LiveJournal, Facebook, Yahoo, and Google among others. These 2 pages describe it: <a...
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    sa-ooh-dis in ah-ooh-dies video

    <div class="video-container"><iframe frameborder="0" width="640" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/_JWRbm0lCxM" allowfullscreen></iframe></div>
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    Vote for the biggest BITOG FAIL thread of all time

    Please vote for one of these 5 as the "best of the worst" or nominate an additional thread: 1) Trying to justify returning used oil as new to get a refund: <a href="http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=1651944&page=1"...
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    Top Gear to be featured on 60 minutes this weekend

    For all you top gear fans: <a href="http://transmission.blogs.topgear.com/2010/10/22/featured-on-60-minutes-this-weekend-top-gear/" target="_blank">http://transmission.blogs.topgear.com/2010/10/22/featured-on-60-minutes-this-weekend-top-gear/</a>
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    08 GTI Redline 10w40 5300 miles

    Here is the test of redline 10w40. Will post back graphs etc. later when I have time. TAN is higher than expected but iron, which increased starting with the extra long oil run (for this engine I mean) went down a lot which is good. All comments welcome. Thanks. Also FYI most redline oil...
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    New Jetta looks like a ford fusion

    from some angles to me. From the back it sort of looks like a BMW. I wonder if this will really cost around $16,000? <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2010/06/15/officially-official-2011-volkswagen-jetta-offers-teutonic-titil/"...
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    New vw polo sedan looks like ford focus

    This may be the same one we get in the U.S. because U.S. customers don't like hatchbacks as much. Has been released in Russia. <a href="http://www.vwvortex.com/artman/publish/volkswagen_news/article_2731.shtml"...
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    More ruined cam followers using VW oils & VW OCI

    There are tons of these examples out there of people who followed VW/Audi's oil change interval specs and used VW's oils and they get very bad results in the 2.0 FSI engine. Just noticed these 2 examples in the last 2 days. Dealers' typically use syntec 5w40 but it varies by dealer. This...
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