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#30213 of 35225 Re: German cars [breld]
Feb 14, 2013 (7:10 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 35225 Re: German cars [roadburner]
Feb 14, 2013 (8:17 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 35225 Re: German cars [corvette]
Feb 14, 2013 (8:41 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 35225 Re: German cars [ateixeira]
Feb 14, 2013 (9:41 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 35225 Re: City Driving [sandman_6472]
Feb 14, 2013 (9:42 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 35225 Kudos to VW
Feb 14, 2013 (9:53 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 35225 Re: German cars [breld]
Feb 14, 2013 (12:25 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 35225 Re: Kudos to VW [breld]
Feb 14, 2013 (12:27 pm)
18.5 gallon tank plus 40+ mpg highway means bladder-busting range, too.
#30222 of 35225 Re: Kudos to VW [breld]
Feb 14, 2013 (12:52 pm)
That's gotta be a rare bird - don't recall seeing a manual new style Passat in person.