2001 Vw Bug Tdi Diesel Veggie on 2040-cars
Portland, Maine, United States
2001 VW Beetle TDI Diesel and Veggie Car
40+ mpg on diesel or vegetable oil. It has two separate systems, so you choose the fuel as you drive and the car directs it from two different tanks. Happy to tell you all about it - I've owned two veggie cars. 166k miles.
Stock: 1.9 liter, 4 cylinder, ALH diesel engine (the rock-solid TDI engine), 5 speed manual transmission, front wheel drive, sunroof, cruise control, folding rear seats, anti-theft, 16 inch alloy wheels, full-size spare, dual and side airbags, 14.5 gallon tank.
Veggie System: Greasecar kit, visit the Greasecar website for lots of info, 13 gallon tank, fuel gauge and switch, total system shut-off switch.
Extras included: Greasecar manual/CD, Thule rack with ski/board, 2 snow tires
Things to Note: Inspected last in May, has a few surface rust spots on the rocker panels, custom headlight replacement, low top speed (intake manifold cleaning), needs new trunk lifts/hydraulics, e-brake a little soft, passenger window stays up.
In good shape, and with a little TLC, it will be super.
Thanks for looking! Send any questions.
Keywords: Volkswagen, Bug, WVO, SVO, grease, diesel, turbo, bug, sunroof, FWD, clean title, high mpg, stick shift
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Thu, 08 Aug 2013 13:31:00 EST
Bloomberg Markets is reporting that BMW, Volkswagen and Ferrari have been using tungsten ore sourced from Columbia's FARC rebel terrorists. The extensive story focuses on Columbia's illegal mining trade and calls into question the provenance of the rare ore that is used not only in crankshaft parts production, but is also found in the world's computing and telecommunications industry for use in screens.
Fri, 28 Dec 2012 07:57:00 EST
The ore is mined by the FARC (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia, or Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia - People's Army), and exported to Pennsylvania, where it is refined. The refined ore is then sent over to Austria, where a company called Plansee turns it into a finished product. Now, it's important to note that we aren't talking about the world's supply of tungsten here. In 2012, Plansee's American refinery purchased 93.2 metric tons of tungsten, valued at $1.8 million. That's peanuts, with the entire Colombian tungsten mining industry producing just one percent of the world's supplies.
That doesn't make indirectly supporting FARC any more acceptable, though. BMW, VW and Ferrari are all committed to not accepting mineral supplies from the Democratic Republic of Congo, which is also in the grips of a guerrilla insurrection funded, in part, by illegal mining. The same commitment would figure to extend to Colombian mining, but as BMW points out, it's difficult for a multi-national manufacturer to know where every item in its supply chain comes from. A company spokesperson says as much, telling Bloomberg, "These few grams out of the billions of tons of raw materials passing through the BMW supply chain are of no practical relevance."
Recently, the finance arm of PSA/Peugeot-Citroën was in such debt trouble that it was pricing itself out of the car loan market. The rates it was paying to service its debt, which was rated one step above junk, were so high that it was forced to charge car-buying customers higher rates than they could find elsewhere. This was adding to Peugeot's already impressive woes by sending revenue out the door to competitors.
Sun, 26 May 2013 09:01:00 EST
Two months ago a deal was worked out with the French government whereby the state would provide 7 billion euro ($9 billion USD) in bonds to guarantee the finance arm's loans. The French government could nominate someone to join the Peugeot board, Peugeot would guarantee more French jobs, and on top of that deal, other banks would provide non-guaranteed loans. The government would take no equity stake in the car company.
Although not yet finalized, the arrangement is meant to create some breathing room for Peugeot Finance to lower its interest rates for customers, and a government-nominated board member, Louis Gallois, was recently named to Peugeot's supervisory board. The arrangement was also openly questioned by at least three competitors: Ford, Renault - which is 15-percent owned by the French government after it received state aid - and the German state of Lower Saxony, itself a 15-percent shareholder in Volkswagen.
It hasn't been without incident or union organizing drive, but the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, TN has built its 250,000 Passat in just a little over two years. The Night Blue Passat TDI with black leather has come just two years and five weeks after the first customer car came off the line on April 18, 2011.
In the last year the plant operated at the 150,000-unit capacity that it was intended for, but the downturn in Passat sales and subsequent worker layoffs mean it will be a challenge to repeat the feat. The plant does have the world's largest solar park, though, and you can't take that away from them.
You'll find the official hand-clapping in the press release below.