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#1 OFFLINE   mike2020

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Posted 23 January 2020 - 12:54 AM

Just had the 105,000km 7 year service. $2154 all up including normal service + new cam belt, new water pump and coolant flush (all recommended on this forum). Labour costed at $140/hr - the most expensive service I have ever experienced (although not quite as bad as the once every five year's £20-30,000 cost of servicing a Porsche Carrera GT - see Harry's Garage)

 

This is the last year of the 4yr extended warranty that cost $3000 - claims so far have been a new wheel sensor and two new shocks that come to around $1500 but IMHO still worth it as any single large repair could cost more than the premium.

 

The question now is whether to keep the Tig and be prepared to pay for some expensive repairs or to sell for $15k and buy a petrol version. I love the consumption of the diesel Tig but no more diesel versions are to be imported. Would be happy to go electric but no EV Tigs on the horizon.

 

Tried a RAV hybrid but felt really tinny and plasticy although with great consumption of 4.7litres/100km. Touareg too pricey - Subaru not convinced - any preferences?

 

All thoughts appreciated

 

 


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#2 OFFLINE   NZTIGUAN

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Posted 23 January 2020 - 03:57 AM

Have to say I’m still blown away with the R-lines performance (petrol of course) after two diesels but it does bite at the pumps (over $100 a tank). Don’t think I’d go back to diesel now but not sure what the less powerful petrol engines are like. The GTi engine in the R-Line absolutely kicks >£%}| !!
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Posted 23 January 2020 - 06:47 AM

I’m with NZ on the petrol versus diesel, I wouldn’t go back to the oil burners and not to disappointed with the fuel consumption of my 2.0 TSFI mk2


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Posted 23 January 2020 - 09:37 AM

It's honestly night and day difference going from a CR140, tuned 177hp 325tq, to a tuned 2.0 Petrol 245 HP 255 Tq. I miss the instant boost on tbe diesel. I could lean out to pass someone on a two lane highway and be gone, Tiggy I have to down shift to a lower gear to get the RPMs up to about 3200-3300 so I don't have a huge amount of lag but when you lean out to pass hang on because on full boost it's easy to hit 85-90 MPH. Lol from 50-55. Lol.

I miss the boost and the economy. My Golf with the DSG I'd get 40-45 mpg average, I did see 50 during a 3 state Sprint over a few days. My Petro Tiggy, 24-25 avg and seen 28-30 on a similar Sprint if I keep it reasonable speed wise. I seem to get the best milage about 65-67, then it falls off and will come back of I run 80-85 on the interstate. They do like to cruise that is for sure.
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Posted 23 January 2020 - 12:54 PM


All thoughts appreciated

 

In the UK a lot of people are leasing cars for 2-3 years now.  I know it's common in the US too, and often very cheap there.

 

Just thinking that if you can do that too, and you offset things like $2000 service bills and $3000 warranties, not to mention depreciation, maybe leasing makes sense?

 

I think you just have to watch the mileage - leasing tends not to work well for people who do a lot miles/kms.


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Posted 23 January 2020 - 04:55 PM

One thing that surprises me these days is the difference in petrol vs diesel prices. Going way back diesel was always much cheaper than petrol to the best of my failing memory.

Now things have flipped dramatically. Yesterday I filled up on regular petrol (87 octane) at $1.16 CAN/L. Diesel was at, on this day, at $1.27 a liter!!! Just for comparison Super (93 octane) was in the $1.35 range/liter.

How are prices in the UK for example.

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Posted 23 January 2020 - 08:58 PM

Comparing fuel prices internationally can be a nest of worms with exchange rates and price/ US or Imp gal/litre let alone the rorting of the fuel companies. In Aus, prices gyrate during the week with fuel costing more on weekends than mid-week.

 

 

Now that we have an Ecuadorian member, i fondly recall filling up the yacht's diesel tank from a tanker in Manta in 1995 (approx 45 gals) for $7US. Iran used to have similar prices but both places a slightly long trip to fill up.


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Posted 23 January 2020 - 09:17 PM

I agree Mike, it can get rather crazy comparing international prices. What I was trying to get at as well, which did not come out clear enough is, are diesel prices higher than petrol even in international markets?

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Posted 23 January 2020 - 09:33 PM

Diesel is about 5p a litre dearer in the UK. When I first had diesels in the early 90's, diesel was always cheaper, because it didn't pollute as much as petrol. How times have changed. It'll probably go full circle!

 

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Posted 23 January 2020 - 09:46 PM

Thanks for the confirmation Roy. :twoup:

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Posted 23 January 2020 - 09:54 PM

Here, diesel and petrol dance a waltz for which is pricier - currently, I believe diesel is 5c/litre pricier but that could change tomorrow. Overall, the economy and price of diesel has massively offset the extra cost of the vehicle purchase price.


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Posted 23 January 2020 - 10:45 PM

In NZ diesel is considerably cheaper than petrol, as it should be because it’s less processed !!! BUT we then pay an addition road tax for diesel vehicles (the idea being farmers etc get it at the base price as they’re not road users). Overall it’s still cheaper than petrol though and you get better mpg so it’s a definite winner on the $ front to run diesel.
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Posted 24 January 2020 - 08:32 AM

We just dropped again here in my parts. $3.22 for Super 92, $2.99 for 87. US gallons, diesel was $3.66 a gallon at the Truck Oasis. We pay similar to California, $.59 a gallon in taxes.
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Posted 04 February 2020 - 09:34 PM

In the UK a lot of people are leasing cars for 2-3 years now.  I know it's common in the US too, and often very cheap there.

 

Just thinking that if you can do that too, and you offset things like $2000 service bills and $3000 warranties, not to mention depreciation, maybe leasing makes sense?

 

I think you just have to watch the mileage - leasing tends not to work well for people who do a lot miles/kms.

Thanks for the suggestion, Rory. I checked out the figures for leasing in Aus and it is beneficial if you are employed as you can deduct some of the leasing cost from your gross wages/salary. This then reduces your taxable income. For retirees, I'm afraid it doesn't work.


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Posted 05 February 2020 - 03:31 AM

I was just looking into a lease. Fell in love with the new 2020 R Line Tiguan "Allspace" 4 Motion, its fully loaded, pearl white with a darker leather interior. Still not a fan of the reduced power from the motor but I'd get used to it. 3 Year / 45k lease. $419 a month with zero down. Almost considered it as it's a few bucks less a month of my current payment. But insurance was double. Been with Safeco since 1995, lease insurance is a lot higher priced. I would of had to drop Safeco and go with Nationwide as well. I'm not a big fan of the MQB but the new 2020 R Line looks really sharp. Seems that here in the US the only way to get projectors is the R Line. The SEL has composite LED.
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Posted 05 February 2020 - 09:20 AM

We came to Spain during early December 2019 for a 2 months stay with our newly acquired, but somewhat ancient, touring caravan. The high mileage to get here would, of course, be offset by the cheap Spanish diesel.

Not long after filling the Tig for the first time in Spain, I had a heart attack and cannot resume driving until late February ... 🙂. Still, I got 3 stents fitted, a free ride in an air ambulance helicopter (no dignity when being transferred from ambulance to helicopter, clad only in an open backed hospital gown ... Sprouts anyone?), and I can breathe and walk normally now. 10 days after discharge and I'm still waiting for the Travel Insurance Company to decide whether to arrange an emergency repatriation to UK! They did say they may need 2-3 days to make a decision ...
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Posted 05 February 2020 - 02:20 PM

Hi marchie,

 

So sorry to hear about your situation there in Spain. :(  You did however make the best of a bad situation: a free ride in a chopper, you can now breathe and walk normally, and now the bonus...2 weeks extra holiday. :)

 

I wish you all the best and hope all goes well until your feet are planted on home soil.

 

Cheers mate,

 

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Posted 05 February 2020 - 06:56 PM

Take care of yourself, Steve, and I hope everything gets resolved

 

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Posted 06 February 2020 - 06:48 PM

You look after yourself Steve and you wouldn’t catch me in a chopper for all the tea in China lol

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Posted 07 February 2020 - 09:41 AM

You look after yourself Steve and you wouldn’t catch me in a chopper for all the tea in China lol

The road transfer was an hour or so, so the helicopter was the only realistic option, Mick. Someone was looking out for me, though, because really heavy storms set in a couple of hours later and the helicopter was grounded 🙂. Just have to wait for 11 days to resume driving, so walking everywhere. Yesterday was just under 10 miles, mainly along a Mediterranean coastal path, with a coffee and a chocolate bun as a reward ... Need wee treats like that to stop the regulation diet killing me with boredom. If I repeat the walk today, I might have burned off 30% of the calories in the bun ...

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