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Volkswagen Jetta, Honda Civic, Diesel, Hybrid Cars, Wagon
Dec 30, 2004 (5:27 pm)
Hi, gang!! I've decided to finally check out an '03 Jetta TDI for my 110 mile daily commute to the Wash. DC area. The dealer where I checked out the Jetta is asking 18,500 for an '03 GLS with cloth seats ,no heated seats and an 5 speed. It has 22,000 miles, the power opts. and a sunroof. The first question I have is is this a fair price for this car? Second, I haven't driven a VW sice we buried the '84 golf in 1994. Is the TDI reliable? Has VW finally fixed the annoying electrical issues that plagued my '84? Is the TDI Golf a better buy than the Jetta? Any recommendations you guys can give are greatly appreciated.
#239 of 457 Re: TDI questions [crazedcommuter]
Dec 31, 2004 (6:05 pm)
I cannot comment on the price but can tell you that my 2003 Jetta TDI is the very best vehicle I have ever owned.
I just returned from an inpromptu trip from Vermont to Colorado and back.(Over 4000 miles in about 4 days) This was about a 70 hour trip where the engine NEVER cooled off!! We had 3 drivers that took turns on this non-stop trip.
The TDI engine was MARVELOUS! It can cruze at 80MPH for hours on end. (Posted speed limit was 75 in Colorado) The mountian passes were a NON-issue for the trubocharged TDI. (The thin air and steep grades make NON turbocharged engines seem whimpy) Of course, the >52MPG was the best part of the trip.
It still amazes me that I can drive over 100 miles and the fuel guage barely leaves FULL.
In response to your question about wiring issues. I am only aware of the "coolant migration issue" that may be an issue and I check my Jetta regularly for this issue. (Easy to detect and correct... VERY expensive to fix the damage it can cause.)
#240 of 457 Re: TDI questions [bpeebles]
Jan 01, 2005 (6:04 am)
Thanks for the comment on the '03 Jetta. What is the coolant migration issue and how can it be checked?
#242 of 457 Re: TDI questions [crazedcommuter]
Jan 03, 2005 (7:08 am)
That is not a good price. You should be able to get that price on a new 2005 (invoice) not a used 2004. Remaining 2004s including TDIs are being offered at $4,500 off MSRP in Houston. The new 2006 Jetta will be coming out in March 2005. See the latest Motor Trend for some pictures and a blip on the car. 7 inches longer 24.5 cubic foot trunk. TDI will be offered.
I have reasearched a lot of cars and really like the TDI. I drove a 2005 TDI manual 5-speed and was impressed with the acceleration ( and that is not an easy comment from me).
#243 of 457 Re: TDI questions [midnightcowboy]
Jan 03, 2005 (7:51 am)
Remaining 2004s including TDIs are being offered at $4,500 off MSRP in Houston.
What dealer might still have a 2004 Jetta or Passat TDI available. I pulled up the Houston dealers and cannot find any 2004 TDIs available. I would buy either a Passat or Jetta Wagon TDI.
#245 of 457 see response in forum suggest by sylivia EOM
Jan 03, 2005 (11:35 am)
Jan 06, 2005 (10:21 am)
"Lupo TDI 80 mpg car accelerates 0-60 at 14 seconds"
That's really bad. Imagine if it were loaded with U.S. emission regulation equipment and the safety factor brought up to minimum specs?
European emissions/safety equipment already matches U.S. standards, so there'd be virtually no difference in weight. And yeah 14 seconds is kinda slow, but not much slower than the Original Prius is (car&driver) ... do you think the Original Prius is slow/unsafe?
Also, I & many others would be happy with 14 second acceleration in exchange for 75/90 city/highway MPG results. The Lupo merely has to get us to work. It's NOT a race.
Driving a Lupo 3L is about saving the planet, conserving dwindling resources, and reducing harmful pollution. Those 3 goals are FAR more important to me than a winning a drag race.
PLEASE READ: http://www.vwvortex.com/artman/publish/article_319.shtml
#247 of 457 Re: [electrictroy]
Jan 06, 2005 (10:34 am)
Also, I & many others would be happy with 14 second acceleration in exchange for 75/90 city/highway MPG results. The Lupo merely has to get us to work. It's NOT a race. It's about saving the planet, conserving oil, and reducing pollution. Those 3 goals are FAR more important to me than a winning a drag race.
Well said. I could use one to replace my 1990 Mazda as a runabout. I don't need speed and just enough room for groceries etc. They don't cost anymore than the GEM I considered for running errands. The GEM is not allowed on streets posted over 25 MPH in CA. I tried to save our Planet. Just run into the CARB roadblocks at every corner.