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Old 12-18-2016, 08:47 AM   #1
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Howdy all.

I want to start a discussion on the purchase of a Volkswagen Golf, Jetta, Beetle. More importantly, one with the TDI Diesel. Model year 2001. I spent almost $400.00 in fuel since October. That's at least $200.00 per month in gas. With a Jeep that gets 10 MPG, it's a major waste of money. I love my Jeep, but for a vehicle to go to and from work and run errands, I am fine in, dare I say it; a CAR!

After much thought, If I went from 10 MPG to 40 MPG, I would also go from 200 a month in fuel cost to 50. Lets not split hairs over the difference in gas/diesel prices. With technically, $150.00 more per month, I could finance at $125.00 per month, with the additional $25.00 going to insurance. If I spent $50. per month for fuel, I would be spending the same but in 12-15 months the car is paid off, and the 150 becomes disposable income.

A link to a study: Top 10 Most fuel-efficient of 2001

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Old 12-18-2016, 11:05 AM   #2
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In in the same boat. I spend $40 a week to take my kid to school and pick her up, and her school is 3 miles away. I would go for the tdi golf. I could never get a car over my jeep but each their own

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In in the same boat. I spend $40 a week to take my kid to school and pick her up, and her school is 3 miles away. I would go for the tdi golf. I could never get a car over my jeep but each their own
Guess I should clarify. I'm NOT getting rid of Gemini. This is an attempt to save a little money till I can get Gemini a few well deserved upgrades.
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I gathered that. When I drive my wife's car, I just don't feel right. I feel like im cheating on my jeep and my jeep knows
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Isn't VW the manufacturer that caught all the flack for fudging their fuel economy numbers?
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Isn't VW the manufacturer that caught all the flack for fudging their fuel economy numbers?
They are. They had a huge recall and massive fine levied because of it. But at the end of the day, the TDI is still a great choice. VW has done a great job with their lineup for years, with some long lasting engines as well. I've never driven or owned a Golf or any VW vehicle, but wouldn't hesitate to consider one for the stable. Many friends and family have owned them.

Gluck, nothing wrong with going green, I would encourage it. When going green means you save money and time all while driving something that doesn't punish the environment like our jeeps can, you can't lose really. I might be a bit biased, with being a hippy and all though

If you're teetering on the Beetle, Jetta or Golf, go with the Golf. Great fuel economy, apparently very fun to drive, and will treat you well for years to come. They look pretty slick too
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I guess I'm just not crazy about diesels. They tend to be slow out of the hole, and diesel fumes... well, they stink. I used to pull a flatbed, and periodically I got loads of plastic pipe. Sometimes the pipe sections already had the rubber gaskets installed, and on those loads we had to use a thing called a smoke tarp. It just went over the front of the pipes 'cause if the diesel fumes blew back over the gaskets they would deteriorate and fail.

And as far as being green - Europe is trying to get rid of diesels 'cause they're dirty. If I wanted a cheap to drive grocery getter I think I'd be looking at a Toyota Corolla. Good gas mileage and dependability without the diesel smell.
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Hmmmm, here's my 2 copper slugs. Grew up on VW ,Grandfather uncle and aunt all worked for VW at the New Stanton plant. We've had them all. Good cars ,on the more pricey side to fix . I'm not a diesel fan no other reason than they sound obnoxious and stink. Most diesel pumps are filthy and grimy. I would go for a GTI have a little fun while saving the planet...a "new beetle" I couldn't do it . We have a 07 Jetta petrol and it's had a few little issues but earth shattering . Not the best in the snow either unless you got snow tread.
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Thanks guys, I appreciate the responses. I am not partial to VW or diesel. It just happened to be on the list and it wasn't a prius or hybrid. I have searched and every TDI is OVER 200K miles. That is a statement in of itself!
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Well folks! It's done. I am now the proud owner of a 2002 Jetta TDI 5 speed! pics to follow. Currently under a couple inches of snow! 264K with a new Garret turbo and a "malone" tune??? Damn, does she run. OMG. I see many speeding tickets in my future. body is fair, interior is fair. no leather or sunroof, but I am fine with that.
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Pics or it didn't happen.

Sounds great gluck, as long as you can keep it rubber side down and up and running, youll have a speedy little MPG mobile. Some of my family ran those religously until recent.
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Congratulations on the vee-dub
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Nice buy. I wanna see some pictures and front-end burnouts.
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Ha Ha you guys are awesome!
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