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    Tire options for 17" wheels

    One of the mechanics at a shop I go to has agreed to sell me a set of 17" Long Beach wheels for the Mk4 Golf or Jetta. He's selling the 225-45ZR17 Michelins to one of the other mechanics. These wheels will be going on a 2003 Jetta TDI wagon, so I don't think a tire with such a low profile is...
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    Pirelli Cinturato P7 question

    I have Pirelli Cinturato P7 All-Season Plus on both of my Volkswagens. One tire is worn more than the other three, so I'm probably going to replace two and use the other good one as a spare. My question is this: Sam's Club has two different versions of this same tire, one for $112 and the other...
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    exhaust rerouting question

    I have a Mk4 Golf TDI that I use almost entirely as a courier vehicle -- so much so that I have removed the front passenger seat. The rear seats are folded flat and they and the hatch area are covered with 1/2" plywood so I can haul more cargo. A lot of my deliveries are electrical, plumbing...
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    Best replacement tire for Yukon Envoy

    My brother-in-law is getting ready for new tires on his Envoy. It never goes off-road, but does see quite a lot of snow and ice in the winter, and sometimes has to navigate a muddy driveway or two. It is often used for family trips, for transporting HS sports teams, and sometimes for hauling a...
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    Help for WVO user with coked rings

    A friend of mine runs a nice little business buying and selling used Volkswagen TDI's, and has a part-time mechanic who works on them sometimes. Today I stopped by to see him for the first time in nearly two years. A guy stopped by and asked if my friend had had a chance to check out his 2001...
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    George Morrison, RIP

    I just saw over at TDI Club that George Morrison, GeorgeCLS here at BITOG, provider of valuable information and fine products through his AVLubes website, passed away on November 14th. <a href="http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showprofile&User=210"...
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    Chevy to produce turbo I-4 for Cruze compact

    From AutoNews: "GM will unveil the production version of the Cruze at the Paris auto show this fall, Libby confirmed. On June 2, Automotive News reported that GM would build a new compact car to replace the Chevrolet Cobalt at its plant in Lordstown, Ohio. The next day, GM CEO Rick Wagoner...
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    Effect of Midwest floods on fuel prices

    As you all know, much of the Corn Belt is underwater, and corn is around $7/bushel for current delivery and $7.65/bushel for new-crop delivery in December. Besides raising prices for all other grains like wheat, rice, and oats, and raising prices for processed foods, it is going to have a...
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    GMC Envoy questions

    My sister and brother-in-law just bought a 2004 Envoy with the 4.2-liter I6. I think it has about 40k miles. I haven't said anything critical, though it seems to me they bought one huge gas-guzzling PIA. Is there anything they can do, or should do, or anything I can advise them to do, that will...
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    Mobil Delvac 5w40 in '03 TDI

    Adding a UOA from April -- oil was not tested when changed in February. Test performed by Oil Analyzers Inc. First number is Delvac. Second number is Elf at 10.6k. Third is the same Elf at 14.0k. Fourth is Delvac at 9.6k. Fifth is Delvac at 9.8k. Sixth is Delvac at 9.5k May 28 -- July 29 --...
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    Lubro-Moly MoS2 additive with Delvac 1?

    I couldn't help but notice that Mobil 0w40 has a modest amount of moly, while Mobil 5w40 has none. I looked for any kind of virgin analysis of Lubro-Moly MoS2 oil additive, but couldn't find anything. Without knowing exactly what is in this stuff, does anyone think that 300 ml of the MoS2...
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    Elf Evolution 0w30 VW506.01 in 2003 Golf TDI

    Back on June 13th I posted UOA results on Delvac 1 after 9566 miles, as I prepared for a test run using Elf Evolution 0w30 meeting the VW506.01 spec for extended drain intervals. <a href="http://theoildrop.server101.com/ubb/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=26;t=000277"...
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    GC in diesel applications

    At the TDI Club, someone asked about "cheap" 30-weight options -- cheaper than Elf Evolution 0w30 at $10-13/liter, that is. And in his case I believe it was for a 2002 TDI engine, so not requiring the VW505.01 or VW506.01 specification. I guess I made the mistake of suggesting German Castrol...
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    2003 TDI, 161k miles, Delvac 5w40

    I put a lot of miles on this Golf TDI, all but the first 5k with Mobil Delvac 1 5w40 or Mobil 1 Truck & SUV 5w40. Recently I decided I would try Elf Evolution 0w30, an extended service oil -- up to 30k miles -- that meets the VW 506.01 specification. So to get a baseline, I decided to run a UOA...
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