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Well it sounds like a hoot! I'm glad you like it!
The daughter is back from Georgia (ULSD @ $2.19 vs $2.57 here) for a visit! First thing she does is disappear with my 12 VW Touareg TDI ! You could see that twinkle in her eyes when she says she LOVES driving it !
In "other" news, U.S. government, Harley-Davidson settle illegal emissions devices lawsuit. (Reuters)$ 12 m vs 15 B ? (similar proportions of course!) VW is paying WAY too much! Note that there is no estimated death toll due to illegal gas emissions!
Actually the truth has been, is, will remain totally the opposite! BMW dumbs down the US market models! Just because it's dumbed down, doesn't mean it doesn't cost a hell of a lot of money to ...dumb down
While I have not kept up with the differences in models between US and EU standards, for example, the 2003 Jetta TDI the EU model had a 6 speed MT, bigger injectors, vs US model 5 speed MT & smaller injectors, converting to more HP/TORQUE & 3 mpg better!? To match the EU model, AFTERMARKET is north of $6,500 US D.
Incidentally, it does meet or come under emission standards @ the time. I do wish however, that somebody would test it & find cheating, so I can get way more for the old model than I can score on the used car market!
I was vilified by some to most on this diesel thread. However the VW TDI's & life are great ! While it's always an option to get the (TBD) fix/es and keep the car (2009 VW TDI w/120,000 miles) the buy back option is just incredible !!
Interesting NHTSA 2014 statistics! http://www-fars.nhtsa.dot.gov/Main/index.aspx
274.8 M registered passenger vehicles!
Is that another way of saying that cars like that, and cars you drive are actually powered by gassers?