Originally Posted by bikersam717
The new Passat TDI's are awesome. Shoot for a manual and do not get the upgraded 'RNS510' radio with nav. I average mid 40mpg's on the freeway and high 30's around town. Tons of leg room front and rear and the trunk space is awesome. The torque doesn't get boring, however they do sort of fall on their face above 80mph. Most problems you will have (02 sensors, turbo failure[rare])will be covered under warranty even after you're out of your bumper to bumper.
Thanks. I do know that I'm giving up a ton of performance if I go this route and the BMW has been flawless other than the water pump at 26K. Oil changes every 18,000 and just drive it. Not even a code for anything stupid and it has 73K now.
Looking for a good MPG road car that rides nice. I pile on the miles. 1,000 mile trips in 2-3 days seeing customers are normal. I want something comfortable. I could care less about performance. I have a V8 Miata and the SAAB which is nearing completion. I really don't need three cars that will run 12's in the quarter. And while I enjoy the BMW suspension it gets old on 500 mile days.
What I really want to do is test drive every car that the reviewers pan as having numb steering feel, soft suspension and handles curves like crap. I want a recliner on wheels. A mile muncher. But I want good mileage.
Somewhat related - A recent article here said they are going to change the feedstock to our terminals from 87 octane to 84 and 89. That way the only way to get 87 octane is to fluff it with ethanol and the only way to get 91 will be to fluff it with 10% as well. Alcohol free premium is supposed still be available but it will be scarce and expected to take another $.30-40 hike as a result.
My wife suggested the car switch and I really want to sell it while it's still under CPO warranty as the resale value is very good while under warranty. I still have 27K miles or til 4/30/14 and it is fully transferable.
I like the idea of a diesel and even when not out of the office my commute is 22 miles each way. I'd love a 335d but no way I'm paying $40K for a used one as fast as I burn through cars.