Spotted VW: Scirocco

In the States, we only got the first generation Scirocco, up to 1981. My friend had a 1979 the same color as this one. I rode in it a million times back in the late 1980s. It was fun and reliable. Not fast compared to cars today with its eye-watering 78 HP, but decent power …


My Alltrack Got 41.3 MPG Highway

Measuring Alltrack Highway MPG – Background This may be overdoing a simple Alltrack highway MPG report, but here it is anyway. This route I’ve driven well over a hundred times. The outbound (from Denver) leg is always worse on fuel economy than the inbound leg. Summary: my new Golf Alltrack got 41.3 MPG on a 54-mile highway …


Alltrack Ownership Impressions & MPG – One Month Into It

After exactly four weeks of 2017 Golf Alltrack ownership,  here are my fuel economy metrics and overall Alltrack ownership impressions… 23 MPG 772 miles driven 43 hours 13 minutes of driving 18 MPH average speed As you can see, it’s 99% city driving in my manual 6-speed Alltrack. Eighteen MPH average is painful, yes, but …


First Carwash for my 2017 Golf Alltrack – How to Avoid Swirl Marks

Back to Black Paint (And Other Dark Hues) Swirl marks are super fine scratches on the surface of your car’s paint. They are most commonly caused by wiping your car with a dry towel when it’s dusty, or by improper washing and drying techniques. Every time you wash and dry your car, you mar the …


APR Tune at VW Dealer: $2400 – Declined – Maybe a JB1

Aftermarket tunes available from several vendors are $500-$750, and this APR tune specifically is $599 without the labor of installing it, so when my sales guy told me a dealer-approved/installed APR tune for the Golf Alltrack would be 4X as much, I almost fell out of my chair. A tune is a product that re-writes …


Ooops — TDI Models Listed in My Local Dealer’s Site

While shopping for splash guards for my 2017 Alltrack, I was rooting around the Web site of my local VW dealer where I bought my Alltrack almost a month ago, and ran across this. Ooops!  Not a huge mistake… Actually, it’s not a mistake at all. VW has been cleared by the EPA to sell 2015 …


Lifetime MPG Improves to 22.9 MPG – Golf Alltrack

… and by lifetime, I mean three weeks and 623 miles. After the first week of exploring the Alltrack’s power, I’ve moved to the Gentle Zone of Fuel Economy Zen, where I short shift to keep the RPMs down. Dictating Notes via CarPlay Works For the fun of it — not expecting much in terms …


The Fog Lights Setting is Proving… Difficult

I can’t turn the switch to turn the fog lights on. When I go to turn on the fog lights using the headlight switch… it won’t go into the switch position detent. Of course it says “pull”, so I pull, but the switch feels like it’s going to pull off, so I back off. My …


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Golf Alltrack Ownership: Week Three

At 500 Miles In, It’s Smooth Sailing I hit 500 miles in my new Alltrack this week. It puts me on track (get it?) for a little over 10k miles per year, but I’m driving quite a bit lately… historically more than usual. So I’m estimating less than 10k miles after one year. Which is …


Alltrack S Ownership: Week Two

Mud Guards, Owner’s Manual, Lights Stuck On, MPG I think I’m going to splash out on splash guards. At least for the front. Are they even tall enough? They don’t look like they’d do as much as I’d like for rocks and junk coming up from the road onto the skirts and paint. Pictured are …