Month: November 2017

First Drive – 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel

For over a decade Volkswagen was the leader in both number of models available with diesel and overall number of diesels sold.  The recent exit of VW, perhaps permanently, has left a hole in the market – one that Chevrolet is eagerly trying to fill.  The Chevrolet Equinox diesel is perhaps the best case-for-diesel model ...

3.0 Liter TDI Fix Approved

On October 23rd, the EPA approved a deal with VW to fix the 3.0 liter TDIs. 

BMW 335d Tune Update

Earlier this year we added a 2011 BMW 335d to our project car lineup. The car’s been trouble-free since purchase. All we’ve done is some routine maintenance (oil and filter, cabin and air filter) and we’ve made a few improvements. First was to jettison the heavy OE wheels and run-flat tires for Kosei wheels and ...

SEMA Show 2017 Recap

SEMA Recap: 2017 was IDParts’ 6th year attending SEMA. Each year there seems to be one vehicle that appears in more displays than anything else. Our first year attending it was the Subaru BRZ/Scion FRZ. We were told there were over 80 of them at the show. A couple years later it was the latest ...

Refreshing ALH Fuel Injectors

First, let’s get this out of the way: Fuel injectors are a wear item on all diesels, including the VE, or rotary pump TDIs sold in North America from 1996 through 2003. Although projected wear rates vary, by the time your TDI approaches a quarter million miles, odds are the nozzles are worn and the ...