Yea Dave, and you know how to and are dedicated to getting mileage. I watch most people, including myself get on my 97 and burn fuel to just to feel the acceleration and power.
With the Jetta, it is like a cult. I use it as a game to see how much I can really get out of the damn thing. When I started driving the Jetta or when I drive it like I stole it, I average about 44-46. Then I backed off some and pushed it up to about 48-50. Now that I have a Scan Guage II, I can see the areas of poor driving and I am working on this tank at 57 mpg
. Hoping to break 800 miles before the low fuel light.
I don't know about the 7.3, 6.0 or 6.4, but when ever in the Jetta and I pick my foot off of the accelerator in slow down situations, the ECU shuts the fuel off and the SGII fuel reading goes to 3000 to 7000 mpg
. That is where I have learned to really make mileage. Also, I can get better mileage in the 38 to 46 mph area. At 40 mph the scan gauge shows 80 to 90 mpg
. Once I go above 55 it really comes down.
Does anyone know if the 7.3 diesels ECU's shuts the fuel off in the standard transmisson or while in torque converter lock up during deceleration in the automatic. My 89 F-150 does and it has a 300 six and C-6 transmission I will see if David Lott knows about the diesels.
If you do buy a Jetta, do your home work. the 2000 to 2003 are still the best, but you also have to do dedicated maintenance. It has a timing belt and if it is not changed and watched and if it breaks, hang on, because it gets expensive. It is German engineering and gets complicated.
I would bet Dave that if you bought a SGII that you could squeeze 1 to 2 more out of that B----h.
OldFordisBetter, do you home work before you buy. I was lucky and got a good Jetta and I bought the 97 F-250 new and am the only person to drive it.
The Jetta really is a stupid car. Rides nice, handles good, comfortable to sit in, great mileage, not to slow on acceleration and believe it or not, I saw 123 mph on the GPS
showing a new F-150 where his upper limit was. What I can't figure out is why the USA drivers are so resistant to diesel cars.