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Posted: 6/28/2015 3:32:31 PM EDT
Girl is looking for a new car and likes the VW passat. Anyone have one?
Link Posted: 6/28/2015 3:37:15 PM EDT
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Wife owned a 2010 TDI Jetta and a 2012 Golf TDI (gave to daughter for school) and have a 2015 GTI(gas) now. Love em.
Although nice, Passat was always a bit too large for our needs.
Link Posted: 6/28/2015 4:11:23 PM EDT
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I just bought a 2015 Golf Sportwagen (TDI 6-speed).
Really, really like it.
Link Posted: 6/28/2015 4:17:18 PM EDT
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I love my 2000 Golf GLS TDI.  I bought it new - 15 years and 140,000 miles and still going strong.  I know VWs aren't exactly known for reliability, but mine hasn't given me any more trouble than our 1998 Toyota Sienna.  Both have been trouble free.

FWIW, I recommend registering over at www.tdiclub.com.  It is the ARFCOM of TDIs and there is a wealth of info over there.  You may also want to find a good diesel mechanic.  They may be better not, but when I bought my car, the techs at the local VW Dealerships weren't very good with diesels.
Link Posted: 6/28/2015 4:20:56 PM EDT
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in before KeithJ
Link Posted: 6/28/2015 4:38:45 PM EDT
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Thanks for the replies guys look at the Passat, Mazda 6, and Cadillac ats

I need the bigger cars because I'm 6'8" the Jetta was a little small.

Any opinions on alternatives?  She drives 80 miles a day and the diesel looks like it'd pay itself back relatively over the gas
Link Posted: 6/28/2015 7:09:09 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 6/28/2015 7:29:23 PM EDT
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FWIW my wife and I are starting to look for her next car.  We're leaning toward the TDI Passat, but since she drives mostly in the city, I want her to look at the Camry and Accord hybrids, too.
Link Posted: 6/28/2015 8:55:39 PM EDT
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Thanks for the replies guys look at the Passat, Mazda 6, and Cadillac ats

I need the bigger cars because I'm 6'8" the Jetta was a little small.

Any opinions on alternatives?  She drives 80 miles a day and the diesel looks like it'd pay itself back relatively over the gas
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Stick with the mazda 6.  It's at the top of its class and has minimal mechanical issues.
Link Posted: 6/28/2015 9:26:31 PM EDT
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I am currently looking at a 2013 Passat tdi for myself, I do 125  miles a day round trip 80% interstate. I had a older Passat tdi (1996) sold it at 300,000 miles just did the fluids and filters, timing belt and brakes. I bough it with 130k and never had to replace the clutch etc.

The new ones have a double clutch DSG (direct shift gearbox) , which I currently have in my Audi A3. seems to be a good transmission, it is gears but computer controlled and shifts pretty darn fast.

Read up on tdiclub.com , great source of info for all TDI motors.

the one I had constantly ran 47-50 mpg at 75 mph for the bulk of my drive.

Maintenance is a thing to live by with them, but the reward is longevity and the MPG's.

Link Posted: 6/28/2015 10:57:22 PM EDT
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I have a 2003 Jetta TDI and I love that car.  Great engines to mod on too.
Link Posted: 6/29/2015 7:49:07 AM EDT
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I cannot speak to the TDI, but I have a 2013 Passat.  It is a great car.
Link Posted: 6/29/2015 7:49:53 AM EDT
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I work with a guy who bought a brand new Passat TDI in 2013.  He's got around 30,000 miles on it now (takes it on lots of road trips), and he loves it. He says it makes around 48-52 MPG on the highway depending on the speed he's going.
Link Posted: 6/29/2015 8:18:28 AM EDT
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Great cars....just make sure she understands if she has a ditz moment and puts gas in it, it's going to be an expensive mistake
Link Posted: 6/29/2015 8:26:15 AM EDT
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I had a 1999 Passat wagon (gas, not diesel). I loved the car but, damn, it liked spending time at the mechanic's shop. And everything was expensive for that car. There was a time when I thought I wanted a diesel but then I heard you have to change the timing belt every 87 miles and lost interest.

I really like VW's but I'll never own another one. Other cars are much more reliable and economical to maintain.
Link Posted: 6/29/2015 8:30:15 AM EDT
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My dad has a '13 Passat diesel.  54mpg highway, 30+ around town.
Link Posted: 6/29/2015 11:01:29 AM EDT
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I really like my 13 golf tdi, bought it new in the summer of 2013, it's got about 40k miles on it now.
I had the car dpf deleted and tuned before it had 1000 miles on it, work done by digisport in denton tx, tune came from mark malone from malone tuning ltd out of canada.

I get around 43mpg mixed driving and I don't baby it or drive for mileage.
also the car is faster than a GTI in acceleration, top speed etc.

Another cool thing is the cars are rated to tow 3650 lbs lol.
I regularly haul my motorcycle on my trailer around.  Have halled lots of stuff.  I got the curt hitch with the 2" euro ball.
Doesn't even feel like anything is back there when pulling my 5x8 utility trailer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msTAuWSVHEM
Link Posted: 6/29/2015 11:05:58 AM EDT
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I had an older one (2002 Golf) and loved it.  Great mileage.  Lots of little problems along the way, but usually the kind of stuff you can fix yourself after a few minutes on TDIclub.  Very dependable - never left me stranded or anything like that.  Definitely get a VCDS dongle though for any VW.
Link Posted: 6/29/2015 11:06:39 AM EDT
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Maybe 54mpg at 65mph drafting behind a larger vehicle lol.
Hypermiling isn't practical for your everyday person however.
Link Posted: 6/29/2015 11:09:23 AM EDT
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Engines are great it's all the other car
systems that suck.
Link Posted: 6/29/2015 1:30:41 PM EDT
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Maybe 54mpg at 65mph drafting behind a larger vehicle lol.
Hypermiling isn't practical for your everyday person however.
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My dad has a '13 Passat diesel.  54mpg highway, 30+ around town.


Maybe 54mpg at 65mph drafting behind a larger vehicle lol.
Hypermiling isn't practical for your everyday person however.


My 2002 got 50mpg @ 70mph and 55mpg @ 65mph, and that was repeatable.  But I don't know if the newer ones do quite as much.
Link Posted: 6/29/2015 1:38:48 PM EDT
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The little diesel engines VW puts out are nice, but VW electronics as a whole suck.  I've owned two and both had issues...never again.  YMMV.
Link Posted: 6/29/2015 1:39:34 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 6/29/2015 4:25:47 PM EDT
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Maybe on older ones....

Link Posted: 6/29/2015 4:26:41 PM EDT
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The little diesel engines VW puts out are nice, but VW electronics as a whole suck.  I've owned two and both had issues...never again.  YMMV.
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Year models?
Link Posted: 6/29/2015 4:27:46 PM EDT
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Year models?
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The little diesel engines VW puts out are nice, but VW electronics as a whole suck.  I've owned two and both had issues...never again.  YMMV.


Year models?



04 and 11 Jetta's.
Link Posted: 6/29/2015 6:46:26 PM EDT
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I really like my 13 golf tdi, bought it new in the summer of 2013, it's got about 40k miles on it now.
I had the car dpf deleted and tuned before it had 1000 miles on it, work done by digisport in denton tx, tune came from mark malone from malone tuning ltd out of canada.

I get around 43mpg mixed driving and I don't baby it or drive for mileage.
also the car is faster than a GTI in acceleration, top speed etc.

Another cool thing is the cars are rated to tow 3650 lbs lol.
I regularly haul my motorcycle on my trailer around.  Have halled lots of stuff.  I got the curt hitch with the 2" euro ball.
Doesn't even feel like anything is back there when pulling my 5x8 utility trailer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msTAuWSVHEM
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Do you recall the price for the tune? The dpf system on my f250 burns about a gallon every time it decides to do its cleaning thing.

She won't be hauling anything with it but it still sounds funny towing with a car that has a higher tow rating than my old wrangler. Lol
Link Posted: 6/29/2015 6:48:37 PM EDT
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My one word of advice that concerns VW:

RUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Link Posted: 6/29/2015 10:30:05 PM EDT
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I bought my 2001 Jetta from the original owner.   Car has about 276,000 miles on it now and still has the original clutch.   Timing belt and water pump replaced about 15,000 miles ago.  

Really haven't had any issues with it and it gets easily over 50mpg.    I like it.

Link Posted: 6/29/2015 11:19:16 PM EDT
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RUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Why's that?
Link Posted: 6/29/2015 11:21:50 PM EDT
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I had a '79 rabbit diesel. You couldn't kill that thing with a .50 bmg.
Link Posted: 6/29/2015 11:22:21 PM EDT
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We test drove some cars today and she like VW the best. Now she's deciding between the Passat and Jetta.
Link Posted: 6/29/2015 11:24:12 PM EDT
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I still have one in my lot I don't go to.

I wonder if it's repairable.
Link Posted: 6/30/2015 1:55:01 AM EDT
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I also have an 82 Rabbit diesel sitting in my parent's quonset in Kansas.  I need to tow it back to Colorado and get the water pump replaced.  It's gonna be fun to drive that thing in Denver traffic!

Did you test drive a Jetta Sportwagen?  I think those cars look great.
Link Posted: 6/30/2015 1:22:46 PM EDT
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I still have one in my lot I don't go to.

I wonder if it's repairable.
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I had a '79 rabbit diesel. You couldn't kill that thing with a .50 bmg.


I still have one in my lot I don't go to.

I wonder if it's repairable.


Motor makes a great generator.
Link Posted: 7/2/2015 12:38:56 AM EDT
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Did you test drive a Jetta Sportwagen?  I think those cars look great.
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I just bought the new Golf Sportwagen and really like it.




Now I just need to sell my '86 Cabriolet...
Link Posted: 7/2/2015 2:53:47 AM EDT
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^^^ that thing looks great!^^^
Link Posted: 7/2/2015 9:24:58 AM EDT
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Thank you, sir!

Everything we have has over 100k miles, and I wanted to stop putting so many miles on my Solstice GXP. After having driven for 1200 miles in MT diesel throughout Scotland in May, the only vehicle I was entertaining buying had: 1) diesel 2) manual trans 3) doesn't look like a toaster oven

I have been very please with this one, and the new diesel for '15 seems super so far.



Link Posted: 7/2/2015 11:03:58 PM EDT
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Just to update she ended up getting a Jetta tdi tonight 40+ mpg average city driving so far.

It's a pretty nice little car.
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