Can't Drive 75 - 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Long-Term Road Test
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2011 Volkswagen Jetta Long-Term Road Test

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI: Can't Drive 75

April 19, 2012

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Can't is really too strong a word, but over the weekend, I noticed the our long-term 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI's 2.0-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder has a mildly irritating drone at 75 mph in the DSG transmission's 6th gear (2,400 rpm).

Back off to 70 mph (about 2,200 rpm) and it goes away. Or, speed up to 80 mph (about 2,600 rpm) and it also goes away. I didn't get a chance to assess whether the drone is audible at 2,400 in the lower gears.

It's not a big deal, but I now make a point of driving 70 in the Jetta to avoid being mildly annoyed.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 22,413 miles


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