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There's no better way to get to know a vehicle than washing it yourself. So rather than sending it through the local hand-wash last weekend, I pulled out a bucket and got sudsy for the first time... in a while.

After a run through the Altamont Hills the previous day, our long-term Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Street Edition was coated from windshield to air dam with crickets – something that happens in the hills the same time each year. While I expected the massive grille to be covered in the little bastards, what I didn't expect to find (after I toweled everything down, natch) was hundreds of the buggers wedged in between the lower bumper and the underbody tray. A small gap in between the two panels allowed the loud-legged Gryllidaes to go antenna-first into the slot, requiring a strong hose and a flathead screwdriver to get them out. Messy – but the again, genocide normally is.

Make the jump for the rest.



Photos by Damon Lavrinc / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.

Otherwise, there were no major revelations during its bath. Water was trapped in the normal spots under the hood and in the trunk, and the lack of creases in the bodywork made it easy to get every last drop before we headed out for the night. Also, praise be upon VW for the simple, attractive design of the 10-spoke, 18-inch wheels – they're a cinch to clean, even with a healthy coating of brake dust. Egg, however, is another issue...



Less than 24 hours after the TDI's sponge bath, I get a call from one of our neighbors. A group of sackless degenerates had driven down our block egging cars at two in the morning and the Jetta got hit on the left-rear bumper. Our insomniac neighbor was kind enough to hose it down before we got home so the damage was minimal – just a handful of circular cracks where the egg hit. We've called in a few favors and their heads should be mounted on stakes by the end of the weekend.

Mileage Update: From July 3 through July 16th we've averaged 35.4 mpg on one and one-quarter tank.



Photos by Damon Lavrinc / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      can i swing by for a ride? i seem to live in the same town...
      your "cricket" drive is my fun daily commute :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Egging is white trash.

      Nice car, though if it were mine I'd peel those decals off the side.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That is just poor trash; whether it be black, white or purple!
        • 4 Years Ago
        If they are organic free range eggs the are probably just trash.. not poor trash.
        • 4 Years Ago
        yeah or buy it in blue where their impact is minimal
      • 4 Years Ago
      Speaking of cleaning wheels, I used to curse the jerk at Ford who settled on the wheels for the 1993 Ford Ranger. They took FOREVER to clean.

      http://www.wheelsandcaps.com/images_all/ALY03074U.jpg
      • 4 Years Ago
      Please let us know about the ultimate outcome of the egg hooligans. The gods are braying for blood.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Did you guys have service done on the car recently? You may want to check whether they reinstalled the underbody panel correctly because I've never had this problem on my '06 TDI. Next time, just get the car up on ramps and remove the underbody panel (10 torx screws - T25 on the side, T30 on the three at the back). Much easier than wedging them out.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Seriously? There are different sizes front and back? I've worked on a lot of American, Japanese, and Volvo cars, but not Germans. I always hoped they would be better than that.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @75Pete -- I think he meant taking it off to clean it, then putting it back... not removing it for good...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Damon,

      Have you guys experienced any issues playing MP3 CDs? As in, losing a fraction of the beginning of each song? How about iPod playback?

      • 4 Years Ago
      Ummm seriously?

      Where in the hell do you find that many crickets? That is disgusting...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Both of our cars got hit by eggs throwing kids and cracked the clear coat just like in the photos. Her car is blue so it stands out more than the red of my car. If I ever find those bastards . . .
      Is egging some new epidemic amongst youngsters? What happened to illicit substances, basements and video games?
        ripslymemc
        • 4 Years Ago
        I wouldn't be worried about finding the youths who ruined your clear coat. On the other hand, I'd live in constant fear of eggs throwing kids. Check out the gun laws in your state, you might need one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/1/3092/2121/7728560017_large.jpg

      My first car was a 96 grand prix with those bad boys on it. I spent a whole Saturday on cleaning them, and because of what seemed to be a cast finish, they were NEVER clean. I'm so glad I sold that thing
      • 4 Years Ago
      http://truck.hownd.com/images/thumb-7-2776-american_racing_wheels_outlaw_ii_series_62.jpg

      These were the wheels on my '87 S10. Now these were a nightmare to clean
        • 4 Years Ago
        I have them on my F-150, they are a bitch but I found a brush that gets into the holes and cleans in one pass. Around all those bolt heads is a PIA though. These days I don't even wash the truck, still looks dirty after its clean.
      • 4 Years Ago
      what kind of milage have you been getting with this thing?
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