The forecast is for it to continue into tomorrow making this a bonafide 
"heatwave". Police are asking people to look out for each other...
Its probably 95F here and 70% humidity. It got down to 70F last night but the 
dew point and the temp were about the same, not conducive to sleeping. We ran 
the AC until about 2am just to knock down the humidity.
Fortunately starting next week or so we should see the cool off. I'm ready for 
      From: WILTON <>
 To: Curt Raymond <>; Mercedes Discussion List 
 Sent: Tuesday, September 8, 2015 4:42 PM
 Subject: Re: [MBZ] VW Golf TDI saga nearing the finish line
"hot and sticky" in Taxatuses?  Vraiment?!    ;<)

ATTABOY with the TDI, anyway.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Curt Raymond via Mercedes" <>
To: "Mercedes Discussion List" <>
Cc: "Curt Raymond" <>
Sent: Tuesday, September 08, 2015 2:26 PM
Subject: [MBZ] VW Golf TDI saga nearing the finish line

> When we last left our hero the 2005 VW Golf TDI there were no reverse 
> lights. A trip back to the TDI guru confirmed that the shift linkage in 
> the transmission was incorrect for that car and would never have worked, 
> fortunately the old transmission donated its shift tower which works 
> perfectly. So now we're all inspected and legal.
> Driving home from the TDI guru today I was glad for the "ICE COLD AC" in 
> the car, its hot and sticky today with only the hint of a breeze.
> Having put over 100 miles on it now the carbon is starting to burn out of 
> the engine. When I first got it it would smoke pretty bad on cold start, 
> now it blows one puff and settles down. It also had "turbo hunt" which I 
> guess is common on the variable vane turbos but a couple good highway runs 
> has burned off that carbon and its better. What I was finding was that in 
> 2nd gear at around 2,000 rpm (quick driving in a parking lot say) the car 
> would surge and back off, surge and back off. That is completely gone, now 
> the only complaint is the turbo vanes don't open up completely until 
> around 2,200 rpm so I get a hard engagement then. Its fun to drive that 
> way but not right.
> My '98 is faster until the '05's turbo really kicks in, then it can start 
> to pull away. I think in the quarter mile the '98 gets the edge, the '05 
> has 10 more HP and 30lb/ft of torque but it weighs something like 400# 
> more. In a mile or longer run I think the '05 would have it. The '05 is 
> quieter and more refined too.
> Last step (for now) is to get a new driver's side front fender. Supposedly 
> a yard near work has an A+ perfect one, I'll call and see if I can get it 
> tomorrow.
> -Curt
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