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Old 10-13-2020, 01:42 PM
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Wife and I are toying around with the idea of adding a 3rd vehicle to the household. We're planning to move in the next 2-3 years and I/we might have a 45 min commute to work. I drive a 2019 Ram Rebel and she has a 2019 GMC Terrain. The TDI Passat and Jetta seem like they would be perfect highway commuters.

Are they really worth the efficiency? I hear close to 40 mpg on the highway isn't uncommon.
Any known problems?

We'd be looking at a few year old pre-owned one.

Just looking ahead to save miles on our leased vehicles.
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50mpg was easy with my 2012 Jetta 6 speed

Awesome car, killed me to let them buy it back. It did have issues under 100k...bad turbo, bad motor mounts, etc.

Overall pretty solid car though. Was an absolute blast to drive.
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I went through the same thought process a few years ago. I did my homework and concluded that a similar size Toyota or Honda in gas made more sense in the long run.
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I have a 70 mile commute to work each way.

Honda Civic, dude. Its boring, but it's like an appliance. It just works. In 200k miles only issue I've had was the ac clutch.
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Originally Posted by captbone View Post
I went through the same thought process a few years ago. I did my homework and concluded that a similar size Toyota or Honda in gas made more sense in the long run.
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I have a 70 mile commute to work each way.

Honda Civic, dude. Its boring, but it's like an appliance. It just works. In 200k miles only issue I've had was the ac clutch.
I'm kinda feeling like this is where I will end up. That or a Subaru AWD of some sort.

Just wanted something...different lol.
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2015 Golfsportwagen TDI. 50 easy on the highway, more room inside (the back) than a small SUV. 50k so far no issues of substance. Wouldn't want to pile a bunch of kids in it, but with two people its a great road trip car. Love driving 700ish miles on 25ish bucks of fuel.
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I have a bud that is a used car broker, he has been grabbing ultra low milage Passat's that VW had to buy back. I think he's been selling them for $13-14ish. I drove one he was bringing in for a wrap (he sold 10 of them to another friend of ours for his sales fleet). Nice cars! If I could think of a need for one, I would've bought one. He's in St Louis, if you're interested let me know and I'll reach out to him to see if he's still getting them.
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I've always been amazed that people will spend tens of thousands of dollars on cars to save a few hundred on gas. What is the net effect?
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My son just took a huge bath on VW TDI what a pos. Don’t do it that’s what I told him. He said I should have listened to you. Only car I hated working on when I had my shop was VW.
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Drive the Ram, I do not think having a 3rd vehicle makes financial sense, extra up front costs, extra deprecation, extra insurance.
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Originally Posted by MTSkibum View Post
Drive the Ram, I do not think having a 3rd vehicle makes financial sense, extra up front costs, extra deprecation, extra insurance.
I'd look for a $800 hoopty 4 banger, and drive it until the wheels fall off.

about 10 years ago I had a 1996 Corolla. Put over 100m miles on it, only maintenance was oil and tires. Bought for $600 and sold 100k later for $1000
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A friend of mine had a VW diesel .He told me he had to stop every two weeks and drain fuel out of it.
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Go with the civic or other reliable high mpg gasoline car. Had one VW. As said very hard work on or get services. Had one diesel- never again -too many gas cars with better mileage.
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Here is one of the many vw buy back storage lots.
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I have a 2018 GMC Terrain, Diesel, runs great 35-40 gal around town/highway.
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Another vote for Toyota or Honda. Hard to beat In the long run.

We an Audi diesel, same engine as vw Touareg. Shortest time we ever kept a car. New check engine light every few weeks... A blast to drive but the Germans just tend to over complicate things.
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Originally Posted by oceandansar View Post
My son just took a huge bath on VW TDI what a pos. Don’t do it that’s what I told him. He said I should have listened to you. Only car I hated working on when I had my shop was VW.
Automatic or manual?
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Originally Posted by jdc View Post
2015 Golfsportwagen TDI. 50 easy on the highway, more room inside (the back) than a small SUV. 50k so far no issues of substance. Wouldn't want to pile a bunch of kids in it, but with two people its a great road trip car. Love driving 700ish miles on 25ish bucks of fuel.
I have the same vehicle with a manual trans. I would not own an automatic one, but my S TDI with MT is a wonderful vehicle.
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