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Old 11-17-2011, 10:38 PM   #15
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If you were looking at Paul's pics of his Golf TDI, Andy of CanAm actually commented on the second page (just above mine!). I currently have an email in to them asking some questions about safety and adequacy of the Jetta 1.9L engine. (I need them to define "adequate"!)

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Old 11-26-2011, 04:52 PM   #16
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If the Jetta "broke" while underway, would it be an inconvenience, or a disaster? [asked rhetorically]

The thinking here is to have an alternate TV chosen (brand, model, features) in the event that the Jetta is not what you want (after some point in time or at some point in time.)

The thinking around here is that the TT is more important than the TV. And, that the TT may itself change one or more times in the first few years. So . . the emotional relationship with the TV now becomes different than when it was just a zip-around car. Same for the TT. Stay a step removed from each. Maintain notes, keep looking at alternatives.

Towing is a strain. 67k miles is not high. But problems may start to show up sooner than later on any TV. Not to be discouraged and all. Or, really, it just isn't comfortable as imagination suggested it would (your own definition fitted here).

Bear with me here: Small is nice for either vehicle. But, it not a virtue. The experience of doing things will reveal the now shadowy corners of this venture. Building or buying, operating or owning a rig of this sort sees the biggest cost initially. After that it is incremental. Separating emotions from thinking is a matter of numbers. Now is that time for logs, appraisals, spreadsheets, etc. What we're doing is not numbers-bound . . but it keeps analyses on keel.

Good luck.


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Old 11-26-2011, 05:05 PM   #17
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Yeah, if it breaks, I'll get another Jetta TDI (but the 2.0L engine) or maybe a Golf TDI, if they can handle the 19' at that point. I'm talking about fulltiming for around 6 months out of the year, so it's a disaster inasmuch as it's a disaster when any fulltiming person's TV breaks. For me, the higher mpg is a virtue, especially for when I'm not towing, and CanAm's staff thinks it's actually safer to tow with the Jetta than many of the rigs currently out there with giant vehicles.

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