While our long-term Jetta TDI covered thousands of miles in August, mostly thanks to a cross-country jaunt with Michael Zak at the controls, things settled down in September as the blue sedan became accustomed to its new California residence.
Bounced around between the team, the frugal four-door went to Autoblog’s Director of Photography, Drew Phillips, first. The bugs were scraped off, the windows cleaned and the Jetta prepared for its official photo shoot (check out the photos laced throughout this post, or click here to see the full gallery). After a week with Drew, it motored across Los Angeles and was soon dropped off at an LA airport parking garage with the keys in an envelope bearing my name (I was arriving back in town after a flight from the Frankfurt Motor Show).
My first order of business was to give the Jetta TDI a quick mechanical inspection…
The once-over was warranted, as I found the oil sump overfilled (kudos to Volkswagen for still equipping the TDI with a traditional dipstick – it appears to be a plastic rod). Since nobody who drove it admitted to putting any oil in the crankcase, the culprit must have been Suburban Volkswagen in Troy, Michigan – they serviced the vehicle in early August, just before it headed west. It doesn’t seem to affect the 2.0-liter turbodiesel’s operation, so we aren’t going to mess with it.
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