All New Sprinter Vans Announced!

The current generation Sprinter, the NCV3, was introduced to the USA in 2006.  12 years later, that van is STILL a segment leader in comfort and capacity. In fact, Mercedes set a sales record for Sprinter vans just last year, selling over 200,000 vans.  This is a true testament to how superior the van was ...

Mercedes Announces Diesel Plug-In Hybrids – The New Frontier?

After teasing us with a E400 BlueTEC hybrid years ago at NAIAS, Mercedes once again introduced new plug-in DIESEL hybrids at the Geneva Auto Show earlier this month.  Will this be the next frontier of powertrain design?

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). Our crew here at IDParts was obviously thrilled when GM decided to put a torque-y 4-cylinder diesel engine in 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 ...

North American International Auto Show Recap by IDParts.com

Detroit: We attended the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit on its opening day, January 20. A lot of the news stories leading up to the show were about autonomous and electric cars. But when we arrived at the Cobo Center that Saturday most of what we saw was…trucks. GM, Ford, and Chrysler ...

Checking AdBlue/DEF Level On Your TDI

Unlike most diesel trucks, VW does not equip their vehicles with a DEF level gauge anywhere in the instrument cluster.  This makes it hard to determine how much DEF is in the tank, especially when trying to decide how much DEF to add during a refill. Spilled DEF can be messy and hard to clean ...

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 ...

What to do if your diesel fuel gels

If you can’t start your diesel after a colder-than usual night, or if the engine is running rough and with low power, you might be experiencing fuel gelling.  Read more about fuel gelling, how to prevent it and what to do about it if it occurs.

3.0L Touareg TDIs Approved for Sale

On Black Friday, VW announced it’ll allow dealers to start selling the 3.0L Touareg TDIs once again, model years 2013-2016! Dealers are going to price these to sell, with brand new 2016 vehicles going for just under $9,000 off the sticker price and previous years discounted heavily as well. The vehicles are going to be ...

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