Go Back  AudiWorld Forums > Technical Discussion > Engines > TDI Discussion
Reload this Page >

How is the 3.0 TDI? I would like to hear from some high mileage people

How is the 3.0 TDI? I would like to hear from some high mileage people

 
Old 01-29-2019, 10:41 AM
  #11  
Audiworld Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Sammamish, WA
Posts: 38
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default

I have one 80k miles, so far so good.

To the point of SUVs with diesels... 3rd party makers will do some for you. There's one site called duraburb that will repower any Tahoe or suburban for you with a Chevy Duramax diesel, and even tune to your specs, fuel economy or torque or hp, etc. They also upgrade the chassis to support heavier suspensions, axles, etc. I'm sure they aren't the only ones doing it.
Morgali is offline  
Old 03-05-2019, 04:59 PM
  #12  
Audiworld Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2019
Location: Toronto
Posts: 5
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default

I just picked up a 2016 Q5 TDI with 29,129km and runs like a dream, seems to take a bit to warm up in -30c temps.
GP_RZ is offline  
Old 03-06-2019, 04:19 AM
  #13  
AudiWorld Super User
 
KevinGary's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Long Island, New York
Posts: 6,308
Received 16 Likes on 14 Posts
Default

I am at 88k miles and it has been bulletproof so far.
KevinGary is offline  
Old 03-24-2019, 08:07 AM
  #14  
AudiWorld Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2019
Location: Saskatchewan (Rural)
Posts: 13
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default

We are approaching 6k kms on our Q7 TDI, so not able to offer any direct experience with the 3.0 litre. HOWEVER: EVERYONE in Yurp sells a 3.0 litre something diesel in cars, SUVs, vans and trucks. I have heard very few if any negative comments from that side of the pond. But from this thread, stuff under 100k miles in the diesel world is barely run in, never mind nearing run out. We took our last two Jetta MkIIs off of the road at 620k and 650k due to rust, engines still strong. Our MkIV has 360k + on a tuned engine and I will bump power some more and do general tidy up of suspension bushings, steering rack, etc. before setting sail for then next 10 or so years. I am curious about the 3.0 in this market, as new to me, and as I am finding, no where near the enthusiast community that is there for the 1.9 and 2.0 engines to provide feedback. BTW: to put things into perspective: I just rebuilt my DDEC II Detroit - first time ANYTHING was opened up in the entire driveline - it has 1.7 million kms on it. Wish our little engines were built that way.

Regarding the previous comments about the 7.3: Ford did not build it, Navistar (IHC) did. It was the DT444E by them and it had a few small problems (mostly cavitation damage due to not enough SCA in coolant), but it had HUGE problems when Ford installed their version of a fuel system. Fortunately, due to the work a few people in the early 2000s, you can buy retrofit parts to eliminate the cackle and knock issues (essentially, #8 has a different injector installed to try to correct issues from the idiotic Ford fuel system that caused #8 to fire before TDC at certain revs) but when you put things back to ordinary diesel way of doing things, it becomes a reasonable engine - if you don't work it hard. It is a cast block with no liners, and it really doesn't last that well. Of course, if you do get cavitation damage, the block is toast. BTW: dumping the Ford junk in the fuel system also gives it near D-Max and Cummins economy...near, but not quite. Also, they are very limited in how much power you can make without serious structural work.

With reference to diesel SUVs: Suburbans had 6.2 and 6.5, later 6.5 TDs up to '99. Old tech engines, but actually can be quite reliable and only weak spot is cracking of main bearing webs in some earlier engines. 480LE gearbox totally indestructible. Truck is getting hard to support (transfer case mostly) but cheap and a bit crude. Ford of course did Excursion that started when GM dropped the 6.5. It was 7.3 fronm '99 to mid '03 and finsihed its run '05 with the infamous 6.0. BUT: once more when you turn to the aftermarket to fix Ford and Navistar's screwups, you can actually make a 6.0 a fairly reliable engine - and the trucks are fairly easy to find cheap. Of course, we got Jeeps with 3.0 Mercs (not a great engine) and later 2.8, 3.0 and 3.1 VM engines. The 2.8 was reliable, the 3.0 and 3.1 have not been so good. M-B sold us a couple of their SUVs with their 3.0 - not bad, not perfect, widely available and sadly the long discontinued R class (essentially a stretched Dodge). BMTrouble-you did their excellent engine in the X5. Everywhere else on the planet, you can (or could) get any SUV with a diesel. Let's not forget that GM will sell you a 1.6 diesel Equinox today. So, we are not without choices. Just wish VAG had continued instead of killing the whole market with Dieselgate.

BTW: a possible bright spot: There is a Ford F150 running around with an opposed piston 2.7 litre diesel that will knock everyone out of the ballpark for efficiency. If it goes to production, expect it to show up in an Expedition. If that happens, after year one is done, our Q7 could be history,
lastone is offline  
Old 03-24-2019, 09:49 AM
  #15  
AudiWorld Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: OH
Posts: 359
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
Default

Originally Posted by lastone View Post
......Just wish VAG had continued instead of killing the whole market with Dieselgate...
Couldn't agree more! These are incredible engines and, furthermore VAG killed the chance for what you can get in ROW : diesel hybrids - best of both worlds. Nothing beats diesel on highway and, electric for zipping around the city. More importantly, hybrids of this type would be practical for families with kids out of town or still with kids playing travel sports. The one-size-fits-all mentality pushed by some [i.e. all electric (just a long tailpipe) when infrastructure lacking] makes me nuts.
'
AMDG75 is offline  
Old 03-24-2019, 10:28 AM
  #16  
AudiWorld Super User
 
KevinGary's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Long Island, New York
Posts: 6,308
Received 16 Likes on 14 Posts
Default

It is a real shame how VAG handled the entire situation from beginning to end.
KevinGary is offline  
Old 03-27-2019, 08:10 AM
  #17  
AudiWorld Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 126
Likes: 0
Received 2 Likes on 2 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by Jayhawk94 View Post
I asked around before buying my 2013 which I’ve had for about two years now...........
............................The prolongation of warranty coverage on that alone has induced me to get the diesel fix in the near future.
This stuck out in your post. If the fix has NOT been done, you have some serious money waiting for you. When settlement came out there was not a fix for the 3.0 so owners could get 50% of the settlement and the final 50% once the fix was available and applied. So IF, the fix has not been completed you would have at least 50% coming to you (actual amount varies by car and specifics of that car).

I bought my 2014 A8 3.0TDI and the previous owner never made a claim at all. I got the full amount which was more than 11,000 dollars.

Last edited by 1stGOAT; 03-27-2019 at 05:02 PM.
1stGOAT is offline  
Old 03-27-2019, 08:20 AM
  #18  
AudiWorld Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 126
Likes: 0
Received 2 Likes on 2 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by AMDG75 View Post
Couldn't agree more! These are incredible engines and, furthermore VAG killed the chance for what you can get in ROW : diesel hybrids - best of both worlds. Nothing beats diesel on highway and, electric for zipping around the city. More importantly, hybrids of this type would be practical for families with kids out of town or still with kids playing travel sports. The one-size-fits-all mentality pushed by some [i.e. all electric (just a long tailpipe) when infrastructure lacking] makes me nuts.
'
Audi is not giving up the ghost on diesel, I think diesel just needs to get over what was a man made legal issue.

Audis new Euro only for now SQ5 diesel 3.0 is a diesel putting out 342 hp and 516 lb.-ft !!!!!

Link to article

This A8 is my first diesel and it is wonderful. You get small economy car mileage in a luxury sedan. My previous A8 was a 4.2 and love this diesel motor so much more. I could go about 340 miles of combined driving on a tank vs about 600+ miles on the same sized tank of diesel. And with the Malone tune it is actually faster than my 4.2.

Last edited by 1stGOAT; 03-27-2019 at 08:24 AM.
1stGOAT is offline  
Old 03-27-2019, 02:33 PM
  #19  
AudiWorld Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: West Virginia
Posts: 376
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by 1stGOAT View Post
Audi is not giving up the ghost on diesel, I think diesel just needs to get over what was a man made legal issue.

Audis new Euro only for now SQ5 diesel 3.0 is a diesel putting out 342 hp and 516 lb.-ft !!!!!

Link to article

This A8 is my first diesel and it is wonderful. You get small economy car mileage in a luxury sedan. My previous A8 was a 4.2 and love this diesel motor so much more. I could go about 340 miles of combined driving on a tank vs about 600+ miles on the same sized tank of diesel. And with the Malone tune it is actually faster than my 4.2.
Well said. I compltely agree.

The VWAG turbo-diesels were and are excellent engines. The exhaust emission issue was primarily political, greatly exaggerated by the true believers.

I'm pleased to see that VWAG has reintroduced diesel power in the Eureopan model you mentioned.
HBarlow is offline  
Old 03-27-2019, 05:33 PM
  #20  
AudiWorld Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: OH
Posts: 359
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
Default

Originally Posted by HBarlow View Post
Well said. I compltely agree.

The VWAG turbo-diesels were and are excellent engines. The exhaust emission issue was primarily political, greatly exaggerated by the true believers.

I'm pleased to see that VWAG has reintroduced diesel power in the Eureopan model you mentioned.
Agree, however I would be far more pleased if the new turbo diesel hybrids would show up in the US.....this quote from the linked article is very displeasing "Germanyís diesel resurgence continues with the help of emission-reducing mild-hybrid functions. But don't expect to see the SQ5 TDI in U.S. showrooms". ARRRGGGGGHHHHH
AMDG75 is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: How is the 3.0 TDI? I would like to hear from some high mileage people


Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

© 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
 
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: