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post #1 of 53 (permalink) Old 05-18-2004, 08:03 AM Thread Starter
 
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Opinions on Jetta TDI?

I am looking to replace the Neon with something after the wedding this July. The Neon has been a decent car, but I'm looking to buy something a bit more comfotable and fuel efficient. We may still keep the Neon as our "train station" car.

I've been checking out the Volkswagen Diesel Jetta. I know it isn't much bigger then my Neon, but it is available with more options, and a great little diesel that sips gas almost as good as a hybrid. It gets mid 40's mpg on the highway (which I drive mostly). Plus diesel prices are about 40 cents cheaper a gallon currently then gas. (I drive approx. a hundred miles a day)

Also, diesels are well known for lasting 300K plus miles...usually outlasting the car that surrounds it.

Anyway, has anyone ever driven a Jetta? Specifically a Jetta diesel? I'm torn between the sedan and the wagon, but most likley would go with the wagon. The horsepower rating is low (100 hp), but the torque rating is 177 ft-lbs, which is almost as high as the 2.8L V6 offered in the car as well. (The regular 4 cyl makes 115 hp and 122 ft-lbs of torque...and is only offering 23/29 mpg)

I built a Jetta with the options I wanted (leather, auto, etc) and it came out to around $22K. It is a bit more expensive then most smaller cars, but the diesel option is what is steering me towards this car. Loaded up, its still cheaper then a base 2.7L Trep. ;)

Any real world opinions on the Jetta?

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post #2 of 53 (permalink) Old 05-18-2004, 08:12 AM
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WTF??? Automatic??? I HOPE that with a diesel, you're gonna stick to a 5-speed. There will be a SERIOUS lack of power with a slushbox.

I agree with you on the fuel efficiency. I want to buy a Magnum R/T because it has better fuel efficiency than my car :p



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No five speed for me. NY Expressways and manual trans don't mix during rush hour. As much as I'd love a stick (and trust me I would), its just easier to have a automatic with the wifey.
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Hey DMAG, I have a 98 VW Jetta TDI. The feul efficiency is amazing on these cars I get about 900 kms to a tank. I had an 85 Jetta on deisel before and got rid of it with almost 500,000kms on it. Then I bought the TDI brand new and it has been running really good and it has 160,000 on it. I would reccommend that you get the 5-speed because it feels a lot quicker than the automatic. All in all it is a very good car, not as powerful as my new SXT but it is still good enough.

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Hey DMAG, I have a 98 VW Jetta TDI. The feul efficiency is amazing on these cars I get about 900 kms to a tank. I had an 85 Jetta on deisel before and got rid of it with almost 500,000kms on it. Then I bought the TDI brand new and it has been running really good and it has 160,000 on it. I would reccommend that you get the 5-speed because it feels a lot quicker than the automatic. All in all it is a very good car, not as powerful as my new SXT but it is still good enough.

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Awesome! Thanks for the info! I think I'm going to test drive the auto and the manual. If the auto is so horrible that I can't handle it, I may have to teach the wifey to drive a manual. We'll have to see on that though.
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I've driven a TDI Beetle with a manual and was surprised by how smooth the powertrain felt

We were driving through hills with three people in the car and the motor wasn't getting tired at all

The only thing to be careful of is that your normal commute route has stations selling diesel
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Three words:

Go. For. It.

The engine just pulls and pulls, you will be surprised at how well it moves the car, even on the highway.

Check out www.tdiclub.com there are plenty of mods you can do to those things, and there are some pretty badass ones out there.

/me remembers the black Jetta TDI that smoked Spook and I in his 300M and Al and Keith in Al's R/T on the way to the first International Meet.
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Also Anthony, take a visit to vwforum.com, they're a very helpful bunch and very polite.
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Well just test drive one and see how you like it that's all. The one's that I've encountered before were really loud (engine noise, actually louder than a Ram Cummins) and they were the newer Jettas but it might be better now.
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I am also looking at Jetta TDIs for my girlfriend. We drove both a stick and an automatic. The automatic isn't very well-suited to the diesel, but the manual-transmission version is quick for a diesel. Trouble is, they're so hard to come by in California since they're not sold new here anymore, and the used ones get bought as soon as they get put on the market. I check autotrader everyday and as soon as I see one and call the dealer, it's sold. :(
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thing is..everyone is like "Manual manual manual", but for a Daily driver, as I am finding out, Heavy, Rush hour traffic really blows with stick. it might be worth the automatic now, and then just mod it a bit to get some "kick" to it.
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Us MN chapter guys have a little story about a TDI Jetta from driving to the first Int'l Meet.

...Man, those thing can really get up and move on the highway. We were acelerating hard and it must've passed us going 120+
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Us MN chapter guys have a little story about a TDI Jetta from driving to the first Int'l Meet.

...Man, those thing can really get up and move on the highway. We were acelerating hard and it must've passed us going 120+
umm..yeah, we heard about it a few posts ago

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/me remembers the black Jetta TDI that smoked Spook and I in his 300M and Al and Keith in Al's R/T on the way to the first International Meet.
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Manual Transmissions blow for any type of commuting with traffic or hilly areas. MY buddy has an 2001 Jetta VR6, its sweet I dont think that the automatic detracts from it(ive never driven a std jetta). The VR6 is a ballsy little car and it nice size too
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Well just test drive one and see how you like it that's all. The one's that I've encountered before were really loud (engine noise, actually louder than a Ram Cummins) and they were the newer Jettas but it might be better now.
the new cummins is VERY quiet...when i worked at wendy's i couldnt tell the thing in the drive thru was a cummins till it pulled up and i saw the badge...i thought it was a hemi
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