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slowmomma 06-02-2007 03:10 PM

New Member...
 
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? :confused:

GasSavers_Red 06-02-2007 04:19 PM

Welcome to the site.

I believe they made a TDI version of the Bug that should be pretty good on FE.

Peakster 06-02-2007 04:22 PM

Yup, I actually drove a TDI New Beetle as a driver-training car :thumbup:. They're pretty cool vehicles, but I must warn you, they have a Cd of 0.38 :eek:. 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!

Bill in Houston 06-02-2007 05:02 PM

Ya, much rather have a Jetta.

kickflipjr 06-02-2007 09:32 PM

If you get the beetle making a wing like this will help a lot (no lie).

https://www.pl8s.org/pl8s/usa/utah/max_mpg_ut_w320.JPG

GasSavers_Ryland 06-02-2007 10:34 PM

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.

Bill in Houston 06-03-2007 04:37 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kickflipjr (Post 54605)
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.

slowmomma 06-04-2007 09:45 PM

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.

slowmomma 06-04-2007 10:01 PM

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. :rolleyes: Thank you all for your help.
I came across the emissions rating for the new beetle. FYI it is the lowest possible score. :eek: 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.:p

SVOboy 06-05-2007 04:56 AM

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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