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Old 04-13-2011, 07:11 PM
 
Location: California
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Honda CRV. That's my plan.
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Old 04-14-2011, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Pikesville, MD
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Of course !!! A $35 StealthRabbit that gets 50 mpg on free fryer grease (Gotta keep up my image)

I have built several homes using it as my 'work' truck (with roof rack and my SnowBear Trailer ). Granted I do use my Cummins Dodge 4x4 when the snow gets TOO DEEP and my Class 8 Mack, when the cargo requirements dictate.
So basically you couldn't keep your current lifestyle and meet your current needs with ONLY the Rabbit (as cool as the Rabbit may be).

Oh, OT but, and how much do you know about the 1.6/1.9 mechanical TDi's?
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Old 04-14-2011, 10:48 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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So basically you couldn't keep your current lifestyle and meet your current needs with ONLY the Rabbit (as cool as the Rabbit may be).
Actually, the ONLY way I can have a hope of maintaining ANY lifestyle is downsizing to the Rabbit ONLY. (I left the workforce pre age 50). I can borrow or contract out the need to use the heavier rigs. (which is quite infrequent as I get older...). If I get rid of my heavy excavation equip, my loads would be a lot lighter. (Maybe I can mount a 'front-end loader' on the Rabbit , I see the folks this yr in MN, IL, NY mounting snow plows on the rear of their mini vans, to get themselves out of the driveway !)
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Oh, OT but, and how much do you know about the 1.6/1.9 mechanical TDi's?
By Mechanical TDI, you are implying Mech controlled injection pump rather than ECU?
I know of no way to make a 1.6 TDI (as no cupped pistons for 'prechamber', unless using a GAS config, doubt that will work very well.)

For 1.9, I know folks using a 4bt pump with good success, tho the VagCom use indicates it is gonna be a challenge to meet the performance of an ECU pump. You are in the correct neighborhood for a Mech TDI pro, I will PM you the link.

On Topic... A good all-around vehicle is a Westy Synchro http://www.google.com/images?um=1&hl...&aqi=&aql=&oq=

You can drop in a Water Cooled VW engine for more power and reliability, a TDI for economy (~35 mpg) and torque, or a Subaru engine for performance.

VW block configurations makes it possible to swap powerplants very EZ from 1976, to 1999.5. You can just pick the model you like and switch powerplants. The Quantum Sychro is a popular swap for the econo AWD crowd.

Importing some of Euro's best all purpose cars is a pain (must come into USA in pieces and be reassembled under a 'builder title'). But a TDI Golf Country (40+mpg + awd) would be my choice (a few available in Canada).

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Old 04-24-2011, 04:40 PM
 
Location: London, England
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Knight XV. If i had the money. This car does just about everything!
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