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Volkswagen New Beetle, Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen Jetta, Volkswagen Passat, Diesel, Hatchback, Sedan, Wagon
#416 of 2551 VW and Subaru
Mar 10, 2003 (6:51 am)
I have owned my 2003 TDI Golf for one week. On my trip to NYC from Worcester, MA I got 50mpg and I was caught in a snow storm the entire way. The VW tracks fine in a blizzard. I was using the Michelin all-season tires as I have not purchased snow tire yet. We also own a 1992 Subaru AWD Legacy wagon which we bought new. It is now in California with our son and has more than 155,000 miles on the odometer. It has some rust (but since the paint is the color of duct tape it is not noticeable at 30 feet) but the engine is sound, the exhaust is original and I expect the car to last to 200,000. I considered another Subaru but they are boring to drive unless you get the WRX. The backseat in the Outback Sport is dreadful. The AWD gets 22 mpg in the city and 26 on the highway. They are well-made cars and the bigger Outbacks are fully the equal of the Passat IMHOP.
#417 of 2551 Outback vs. Passat...
Mar 10, 2003 (6:52 am)
Sorry, can't agree with that one, not when it comes to the interiors anyway. Subarus (even the top line LL Bean models) look alot cheaper inside than the Passats do. They handle a little better, but also have AWD and not all the Passats do.
Subarus are very reliable cars though, and less trouble-prone than VWs. My uncle has an 88 or 89 Subaru 4WD wagon that he uses to bang around the mountains of NC. The car has 211K miles on it, and still runs.
#418 of 2551 TDI power enhancements
Mar 10, 2003 (8:50 am)
Word on the street is 100HP for the Jetta/Beetle/Golf and 134HP for the new TDI Passat(!!!!).
Mar 10, 2003 (9:19 am)
Yup, that's me, I traded my 01 Jetta for a 98 Grand Cherokee, then lost the Grand Cherokee to repo man in November. Long story, but we lost pretty much everything. We are well on our way to recovery though and won't have any trouble aquiring a Jetta this next winter.
#420 of 2551 natescape
Mar 10, 2003 (9:21 am)
A TDI Passat?? Wouldn't that be awesome. Hmmmm, if they do that I might have to get a Passat instead of a Jetta. My kids are already grumbling about the Jetta, they say its too small, but if that's all we can get with the TDI they'll live through it.
#421 of 2551 Akang..
Mar 10, 2003 (11:09 am)
Sorry to hear about the Grand Cherokee. I was just listening to CNN, and they said 308,000 people lost their jobs in February in the US. What a mess...
I had the Mazda when you were on the boards, but I ended up getting an 02 Jetta 1.8T in November, 01. I am thinking about a wagon due to growing needs, and would definitely consider a TDI Jetta or Passat. And yes, the new PD TDI models should be out in 2004, including a Passat.
Best of luck for your recovery!
Mar 10, 2003 (12:37 pm)
Its no biggie about the Grand Cherokee, its just a car. The Escort I bought in December for $1500 has turned out to be a great car, never a problem.
I'm not sure that the little bit of extra room in the Passat is worth the big extra money it will take to buy it. I'm a miser these days and want the best fuel economy for the least amount of money.
I love driving our 94 Chevy, but dang, 10 mpg is a killer. My Escort averages 28 mpg, even my 1.8T did better than that with an average of about 34 mpg. I think I drive too darn much!!
Mar 11, 2003 (7:54 am)
Word all over is we'll definitely be getting the new 2.0L TDI Passat at the end of 2003/early 2004, in sedan and WAGON form. All will have a tiptronic tranny.
If I were rolling in dough, I'd be first in line to get a wagon.
Also, VW will not be selling ANY 2004 TDIs in the 5 CARB states: California, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Maine. I live in Mass.
#424 of 2551 Nate...
Mar 11, 2003 (8:16 am)
You have a chipped TDI, right? I had some questions about its performance, would appreciate if you could email me (in my profile). Thanks!
#425 of 2551 natescape
Mar 11, 2003 (9:09 am)
Wow, a TDI Passat, that's cool. Only bummer is the tiptronic, that would make me not want it. I hate that thing, I only drive a manual transmission in a car. I've driven one Passat with a tiptronic and it was aweful, big delay when accelerating from a stoplight and just in general no fun at all. Also, I think it takes away from the fuel economy of the TDI. I sure hope they offer a manual transmission in the TDI Passat.....otherwise, count me out.