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    Re: 2007 VW Eos - still a "people's" car?

    Quote Originally Posted by chiph
    I do remember a Cadillac in NZ that sounded like a truck
    That was probably the GM diesel we had here.

    If I recall correctly, all they did was shave down the deck of one of their V8s to increase the compression ratio, stick a diesel injection pump on it, and call it a day. As a result, it was loud, smelly, and tended to break head bolts.

    Chip H.
    If memory serves, the infamous "diesel" of the '70s and early '80s was based on the Oldsmobile 350 (gas engine) block; it was supposedly reinforced, etc. but had myriad serious design problems that resulted in early (and often) catastrophic failures and major recalls.

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    Re: 2007 VW Eos - still a "people's" car?

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric

    If memory serves, the infamous "diesel" of the '70s and early '80s was based on the Oldsmobile 350 (gas engine) block; it was supposedly reinforced, etc. but had myriad serious design problems that resulted in early (and often) catastrophic failures and major recalls.
    I remember similarly.
    I remember it clattered something awful.
    I also remember that the initial buyers loved it, because it delivered >30mpg in a heavy car.
    Then it grenaded.

    Which leads me to postulate that the durability associated with other Diesels comes from the robust construction and the frequent oil change intervals.


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    Re: 2007 VW Eos - still a "people's" car?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeHalloran


    I remember similarly.
    I remember it clattered something awful.
    I also remember that the initial buyers loved it, because it delivered >30mpg in a heavy car.
    Then it grenaded.

    Which leads me to postulate that the durability associated with other Diesels comes from the robust construction and the frequent oil change intervals.

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    Re: 2007 VW Eos - still a "people's" car?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeHalloran
    Quote Originally Posted by Eric

    If memory serves, the infamous "diesel" of the '70s and early '80s was based on the Oldsmobile 350 (gas engine) block; it was supposedly reinforced, etc. but had myriad serious design problems that resulted in early (and often) catastrophic failures and major recalls.
    I remember similarly.
    I remember it clattered something awful.
    I also remember that the initial buyers loved it, because it delivered >30mpg in a heavy car.
    Then it grenaded.

    Which leads me to postulate that the durability associated with other Diesels comes from the robust construction and the frequent oil change intervals.

    The internal stresses involved with compression ratios of, what, 18:1 (and more!) demand ultra-duty castings, as well as fasteners (and the way things are fastened, such as heads to blocks, etc.). I'd be gun-shy about diesels, too, if I'd been one of the saps who bought one of those!


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    Re: 2007 VW Eos - still a "people's" car?

    Problem with the Eos is that it looks like a "girl car". A man's testosterone levels would plummet from even just sitting in the driver's seat.

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    Re: 2007 VW Eos - still a "people's" car?

    Quote Originally Posted by misterdecibel
    Problem with the Eos is that it looks like a "girl car". A man's testosterone levels would plummet from even just sitting in the driver's seat.
    That's true - though the same was true of the old VW cabrio and it sold well. But I'm with you. The car's not my favorite, either.

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    Re: 2007 VW Eos - still a "people's" car?

    They should have brought back a 2007 Scirocco instead.

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