Fuel Efficiency and Performance Drive Diesel Comeback

propel has a very nice post about Volkswagen’s Clean Diesel lineup. It contains the very good news that the popular Golf TDI will be making a return next year. The new Golf TDI is said to rate at 140hp and a significant 236 ft-lbs of torque! [Emphasis not added.] (Too bad the new Golf GTDContinue reading “Fuel Efficiency and Performance Drive Diesel Comeback”

NY Times: 2009 VW Jetta TDI Clean Diesel is “A High-Mileage Masterpiece”

Now I thought my ’06 TDi was all that and a ball of wax, but these new Clean Diesels seem to be everything I wanted and then some. The New York Times is arguably not renowned for its car reviews, but they, along with what seems like everyone who‘s test-driven the new ’09 Clean DieselContinue reading “NY Times: 2009 VW Jetta TDI Clean Diesel is “A High-Mileage Masterpiece””

I am in love with my car now thanks to RocketChip.

Attention TDI drivers: Get a RocketChip! It’s really a reprogramming of your car’s fuel management EPROMs. But look at what it did for my car: +25 HP (U.S.) +45 lb/ft. (+61 Nm) which for my VW Jetta TDI means roughly 125 @ 4000 RPM 222 lbs/ft (~300 Nm) at 1800 RPM and — ZOOOOOOOOOM! It’sContinue reading “I am in love with my car now thanks to RocketChip.”

Highways and transit: Are you listening, Wisc. DOT? (And a bit of praise for jrowen)

James Rowen has done the sort of blogging I aspire to do on the topics of highways and transit. First, he cites a report rightly predicting a “mass exodus of vehicles off America’s highways” when gas prices hit $7/gallon. (Diesel, by the way, is already at $4.68 in Milwaukee. I paid $67.86 for 14.56 gallonsContinue reading “Highways and transit: Are you listening, Wisc. DOT? (And a bit of praise for jrowen)”

I-94 is completely open again

Thank goodness. I’m glad that this major thoroughfare is open and that it’s been deemed safe. Here’s the latest WisDOT closed road map: Compare this to the June 14 map: Much better, eh? The other effect that I-94 westbound in Jefferson County being closed was that it made me take I-43, which offers a moreContinue reading “I-94 is completely open again”

Hello, Hello, I’m Back Again

Blogging has changed a lot since 1996, when I first started with it. For one, the word “blog” didn’t exist back then. For second, blogs weren’t yet mastered by anyone but geeks and techies with far too much time on their hands — folks just like my buddy Kent who wrote a custom scripting engineContinue reading “Hello, Hello, I’m Back Again”