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New Project Vehicle – 2017 GMC Canyon

After the Ford Ranger was discontinued in 2011 the only option for a midsize pickup truck was the Toyota Tacoma.  Thankfully GM re-entered the market in 2015 with the new Colorado (and Canyon twin). We obviously were thrilled when GM decided to put a torquey 4-cylinder diesel in the truck.  We test drove the truck ...

Ford F150 Diesel Coming Soon

According to Ford’s website, the new 3.0L Power Stroke will be added to Ford’s F150 lineup this Spring. Rumored to be initially available in the Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum editions, the Power Stroke has some impressive power numbers: 250 HP at 3250 RPM 440 lb./ft. torque at 1750 RPM 2,020 lb. payload, 11,400 lb. ...

Buying a Fixed TDI? Things to Check!

BostoVolkswagen is auctioning bought-back TDIs to dealers for fix and resale. There are quite a few available (3,400 on cars.com last time we checked) and they appear to be selling well. Many TDI fans see this is their last chance to snag a nearly-new TDI, as VW says they won’t be importing any in the ...

Colorado ZR2 Duramax: The Best Factory Package Ever?

Last year Chevrolet re-introduced their compact pickup, the Colorado (or Canyon in GMC form).  We were excited to see that Chevrolet fulfilled their promise to offer a diesel-version.  The stout 2.8L inline 4-cylinder engine was torquey down low and made all the right noises.  We came away from our test drives impressed, though worried there ...

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 ...

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 ...

Volkswagen Gen 1 Fix Impressions: Vol.2

In the middle of August, I had my 2010 Jetta “fixed”. As I reported immediately after the fix, the car drove as well, if not better, than before the fix. Power delivery and responsiveness was improved. And, as predicted by VW, the engine was slightly noisier than pre-fix. This was especially noticeable on the highway. ...

CRD Glow Plugs – 5 Volt or 7 Volt?

If your Jeep Liberty CRD needs replacement glow plugs, you might be confused by the different options, including choosing 5 volt or 7 volt editions.  This guide will walk you through making the right choice.

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VW 01M Automatic Transmission Service ALH TDI

In this video Corey completes a fluid and filter service on an 01M 4-speed automatic transmission in a Mk4 Jetta TDI ALH. The 01M automatic transmission was first introduced in 1995, and was used on many VW models until 2006.

Volkswagen Gen 1 Fix: First Impressions

On July 27 Gen 1 TDI owners waiting for an EPA fix for their cars got good news: Today, Volkswagen received approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) for an emissions modification for affected Model Year 2009-2014 2.0L TDI vehicles with Generation 1 engines in connection with our ...