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Old 06-02-2007, 03:10 PM   #1
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I am always looking for ways to save money (and whenever possible lower my family's greenhouse gas production). So hypermiling sounds like a great addition to our efforts! I am interested in ANY way to lower my gas consumption so I am happily looking around the site. I am hoping to get a "new" used VW Bug within the year in hopes that the lighter vehicle will help improve my gas milage (while still being a "fun" car). Does anyone have any advice on features that I should look for in the newer Bugs?
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Old 06-02-2007, 04:19 PM   #2
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Welcome to the site.

I believe they made a TDI version of the Bug that should be pretty good on FE.
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Old 06-02-2007, 04:22 PM   #3
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Yup, I actually drove a TDI New Beetle as a driver-training car . They're pretty cool vehicles, but I must warn you, they have a Cd of 0.38 . If you found a Volkswagen Jetta TDI, I'm sure it would be better on diesel on the highway.

Either way, they both get very good fuel economy. Welcome to the site!
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Ya, much rather have a Jetta.
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Old 06-02-2007, 09:32 PM   #5
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If you get the beetle making a wing like this will help a lot (no lie).

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The "new" beatle is based off the VW gulf from what I understand, and they get very simaler mileage, but the gulf has alot more room, and has the option of being a 4 door alowing easier transpertation of 5 adults, but vw's also tend to be a high matence vehicle, so figure out if you want to deal with that first.
the main draw I see in any VW is the option of buying a diesel, good power, and mileage, so test drive a TDI if you can, they also hold their value better then gold.
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Old 06-03-2007, 04:37 AM   #7
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If you get the beetle making a wing like this will help a lot (no lie).
And if not a big one like that, at least a litle spoiler at the top of the rear glass to get the flow to detach. Probably available as a factory accessory or at least an aftermarket piece.
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Old 06-04-2007, 09:45 PM   #8
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Wink That's so funny...

[QUOTE=kickflipjr;54605]If you get the beetle making a wing like this will help a lot (no lie).


I just checked back and had to laugh... I spent a lot of time yesterday trying to convince my husband that we should get a wing just like that one. He thinks it is a bit (I am understating this a lot) big, but I am making progress... Oh well the "power of nagging" will win out I assure you.
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Old 06-04-2007, 10:01 PM   #9
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Thank you!

Ok guys (I'm trying to keep up, sorry)
From what I understand the TDI New Beetle is getting harder to find because of the FE ... I had to look up what Cd is to understand Peakster... But, my husband is a mechanic and he is confident of his ability to work on a bug no matter how often that is. Thank you all for your help.
I came across the emissions rating for the new beetle. FYI it is the lowest possible score. I might have to rethink the bug after all. Is there anyway to improve emissions on a factory vehicle? I hate to ask my husband car questions... he looks at me like I'm nuts already.
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Old 06-05-2007, 04:56 AM   #10
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There's not much to do to improve the tdi's emissions besides running veggie oil on it, , at least that I know of, someone else can chime in if they know something otherwise.
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