Skip to comments.VW Passat 78.5 MPG (Imperial gallon) 65.2 MPG US gallon in the Uk...NOT ALLOWED in the US
Posted on 06/06/2012 6:15:05 PM PDT by Beave Meister
THIS WILL UPSET YOU, VW is not allowed by the US government to sell high milage cars to US consumers. VW even makes the cars here that get 78 mpg but must ship it over seas. I have added this link that shows a test drive world record with the passat which was 75 mpg US
I am still upset with myself for saying "THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION"t. I understand that it is government regulations that crosses over all party lines. It was just that i had watch Obama talking about better milage cars and that was what upset me to make this video. Please understand I do not place the blame on him alone, this has been going on for decades.
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seems to defy the laws of physics
10% of the fuel has 67% of the energy content and you claim that much degradation?
Typical Snopes: “Second, we found no evidence of U.S. government regulations that would prohibit the sale of automobiles such as the referenced Volkswagen Passat in the United states solely because of their mileage ratings.”
Nope, Diesel passenger cars are banned here for more than that reason alone. BUT most diesel passenger cars are indeed banned here and you cannot buy the diesel Passat with its 62 mpg (using US gallons). Note that Snopes does not claim that the cars are available here, which is the point of the video and emails. Snopes should say TRUE- this car cannot be purchased here.
I found this- Diesel passenger cars are indeed available, and more will be available in 2013, but not with the same technology as the Passat mentioned in the thread.
I had a 2003 VW TDI Jetta. I routinely saw 50+ MPG. I once even saw 60 MPG on a trip from KY to FL. My next car was a 2005 VW TDI Jetta. That one routinely gave me mid-40's in MPG. Now, I see advertisements bragging about upper 30's for MPG on TDI Jettas.
This reduction in MPG brought to you by federal government regulations.
Obama: “If it isn’t electric, it’s crap!”
Snopes claims the story about Uncle Don Carney is an urban legend and my father once told me he heard the whole thing as it happened. Jesus and God might be infallible, Snopes is not.
The Passat story may be false but see post #11 about the VW Lupo which gets 76mpg.
Get a Volkswagen Scirocco TDI - it’s explosive.
“I looked into getting a TDI VW (the American version), but when I worked out the increased maintenance costs vs the fuel savings it was a wash.”
Increased maintenance costs?
My 1996 VW Passat TDI got 40-50 mpg; maintenance schedules were the same as for the gasoline model, EXCEPT that I drove it for 315,000 miles before I sold it to a friend, who loves it and now has >350,000 miles on it.
My 2002 VW Golf TDI now has 165,000 miles and gets 40 mpg as a daily commuter into NYC from the ‘burbs;
My 2011 VW Jetta TDI Sportwagen has free maintenance for the first 3 years(same schedule as the gas model); it is not yet broken in (Oonly 8500 miles)and is getting 40+ mpg in suburban driving.
The longevity of diesel engines is well-established. I can’t for the life of me understand your impression that maintenance is more expensive than for gas engines.
Never thought about the CETANE ratings of the diesel fuel back then versus what you buy now?
Snopes puts out a few hundred articles A DAY in support of their messiah.
I don’t trust them for anything.
I always liked this 80s model....
The American Dream isn't to gain success....it's to regulate your competitor out of his.
I know for a fact the 1986 version without AC or power anything, and a stick shift got 60-65MPG on the interstate. I have no idea what it was officially rated for.
save for later
Cars keep getting bigger, heavier, with more power accessories, and the engines keep getting more and more powerful. It drags down the fuel economy.
The Snopes explanation is basically BS also.
You can thank the environazis (especially in CA) for making sure diesel doesn’t get a bigger toehold in the US. It all comes down to supposed evil emissions and particulates and how any amount of either is bad for everyone.
Mercedes sells their version of the BlueMotion here already called BlueTec. I saw two Sprinter vans just today with Blluetec on the back.
Chrysler EXPORTS diesel cars from the US to overseas.
The diesel Jeep Wrangler gets 32mpg. Fat chance we’ll ever get that here.
My friend says his VW TDI gets 55 miles per gallon. He has a 2 hour commute from time to time.
Snopes is run by a husband and wife, David and Barbara Mikkelson of Los Angeles, and they are Obama supporters. Liberals.
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