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Old 08-30-2013, 09:31 PM   #21
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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.
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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.
I'd go for a low mileage CPO passat, maybe a fleet car or low mileage trade in. Go for the model with lumbar support, and the adjustable armrest. That's the only one I consider suitable for long haul trips. I am picky with my seat set up though. I've seen a few low mileage (3-10,000miles) CPO SEL Premium Passat TDI's go for low-mid 20k's.

If you buy new the '13's have care free maintenance up to 36k and the 14's have it up till 24k. If you go DSG(automatic... well automatically controlled manual esentially) you have a pricey 40k service once you are out of warranty and CFM. The manuals have a cheaper 40k as you can cut the DSG transmission service out($400-500).
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Old 08-31-2013, 12:03 AM   #23
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Stein,

My brother bought a '13 TDI passat fully loaded a few months ago. I drove it and really liked it for what it is. He also loves it and raves about it. As a family car its really cool. Though going from a 335 twin turbo Its still a downgrade IMO
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It is a downgrade, no doubt.

There's a new '13 here that is $26K as advertised. Haven't even talked to them yet. I can't see used when they are selling new at that price.
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he's a huge haggler and talked his way into 28OTD for the top of the line TDI version, whatever that means. says 40mpg is easy to achieve. its really peppy off the line too, but FWD takes all the fun out of that.
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Make sure you toss one of these in the front instead of the mazda emblem. Maybe even the older ones from the 50s.

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FWD takes all the fun out of that.
Greatest thing I ever read on this site...no ****!
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lol @ mechanical fan. VW never ceases to amaze.
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We drove from Houston to VIR and back in an A3 TDI. The car was pretty ******* awesome but I wouldn't buy it because it's an unreliable ****-heap VW and because it destroyed my back.
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We drove from Houston to VIR and back in an A3 TDI. The car was pretty ******* awesome but I wouldn't buy it because it's an unreliable ****-heap VW and because it destroyed my back.
This describes every single experience I have had working on VWs. Dipstick tubes snapping off, plastic coolant housings melting/blowing, electrical issues everywhere.



If you want a comfy daily, buy one of these with 15,000 miles on it from some elderly person.

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