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#30212 of 32444 Re: Manheim Auction [sandman_6472]
Feb 14, 2013 (8:11 am)
I was so excited!
I hate to say it, but you may end up a little disappointed, given your high expectations.
Lower priced cars are so good today, you tend to get diminishing returns the more you spend.
Not that they aren't great cars, but...you might spend 50% more to get something 10% better.
#30213 of 32444 Re: German cars [breld]
Feb 14, 2013 (8:10 am)
quibbles folks have over the base Jetta are addressed with the GLI model
Indeed, they don't even feel like the same car.
#30214 of 32444 Re: German cars [roadburner]
Feb 14, 2013 (9:17 am)
It's very plainly spelled out in the maintenance schedule. I did not inquire as to the cost, since I have at least 2-3 years before I'll hit the 40k mark (if I still own the car then ). I know the fluid and filter alone is about $150. The procedure doesn't look that complicated and I think I would trust a competent independent mechanic to do it.
I installed a permanent lead for my Battery Tender on the fuse block last night, and came very close to touching my ratchet to the (grounded) fender while it was spinning a nut on one of the positive 12 volt leads!
#30215 of 32444 Re: German cars [corvette]
Feb 14, 2013 (9:41 am)
I've heard the 40k trans service is around $500. I'm sure there are VW indy shops that might be less. Close to a set of tires. Been on a prius forum -- some 200k milers on the 2010. No issues -- oil changes and tires. Brakes are still fine and the battery pack going strong.
#30216 of 32444 Re: German cars [ateixeira]
Feb 14, 2013 (10:41 am)
Speaking of VW DSGs, a local place here has a 2011 Golf TDI with only 15k miles, with an asking price that's quite a bit lower than any others out there, at $18,975. Sunroof, but no nav (I think for 2012, those two things are bundled together).
Coincidentally, it's the same place I bought my 530i from.
Tempted to check it out, but that tends to lead to a purchase, and I'm having fun checking out all the choices . In my mind, I want a comfortable car with some utility, that gets good, if not great, MPG. So, hatchback or small SUV. And I'd like it all for somewhere in the $ teens, perhaps low $20k's.
Mazda3, Elantra GT, Golf, Focus, CX-5, CR-V. SUVs offer a bit more utility, but are obviously more costly.
#30217 of 32444 Re: City Driving [sandman_6472]
Feb 14, 2013 (10:42 am)
Sounds like Saugatuck Shores. I lived well inland, Westport/Wilton/Norwalk line area. Family moved from NYC in the mid '60s. Great place to live, if you can afford it (Westport in general)! But, like anywhere, changed a lot since I was a kid there. Main St. used to be a Main St. USA, now it's a mall. The Mobil gas station became a "Limited" store with studio condos above!
#30219 of 32444 Kudos to VW
Feb 14, 2013 (10:53 am)
I am specifically targeting a slushbox for this next purchase, but I can't help but take an interest in something like this:
Passat TDI manual
Credit VW for offering it - wouldn't be surprised if they stop doing so in future years.
#30220 of 32444 Re: German cars [breld]
Feb 14, 2013 (1:25 pm)
$18,975. Sunroof, but no nav
That's cheap. New they run about $28k, though as you mentioned that includes Navi nowadays.
Add a Garmin and you're good, for 2/3rds the cost.
#30221 of 32444 Re: Kudos to VW [breld]
Feb 14, 2013 (1:27 pm)
18.5 gallon tank plus 40+ mpg highway means bladder-busting range, too.