Picked up my 2005 Golf TDI from the TDI mechanic today. He put in a new 
transmission and timing belt/water pump, changed the oil, oil filter, fuel 
filter, air filter, and polished the headlights.
He said the clutch in it looked like it maybe had 10,000 miles on it plus it 
has nearly new tires which leads me to theorize that after putting a new clutch 
and tires into it the previous owner freaked when the transmission gave trouble 
and considering it needs new front fenders and a windshield refused to put any 
more money into it.
So its quite drive-able now but I don't think will pass inspection because of a 
ding in the windshield. Safelite says its probably repairable, I'll make a run 
up there and see what they can do. Then I'll see about front fenders and 
getting it detailed. We washed it but it had some gunk on it which will 
probably have to be buffed out.
I think the previous owner had babied it, when I first got it up to highway 
speed it was kind of pokey and the first couple times I really got on it it 
poured smoke. After a couple hard run ups its feeling a lot peppier so I think 
I got the carbon out of it but a week or two of highway runs will prove that 
Oh and the speedo doesn't work. I'd bet the mechanic hasn't hooked it up. I 
didn't have plates on it so I bet he didn't take it for a ride. I'll look 
online and see if its something simple to hook back up, otherwise it'll be back 
to him for a checkup...

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