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Question little lady is looking into buying a tdi

we're looking to get a vw diesel, right now we're in the 02-03 range, jetta or golf, def automatic, she's a bit afraid of the standard. i love my powerstroke and i had an 82 rabbit diesel for years so she's thinking diesel might be good too, especially with the great milage and high resale value. i know they all have timing belt issues just like a gas motor but what is the best (in your opinion) year tdi i know they changed over to some different stuff around 03. is there a year span where the best (read as "most dependable") was manufactured? engine? transmission? whole thing?

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Never had an older one but my 2006 TDI has really impressed me so far. I would buy another one in a heart beat. You cant beat the mileage you get out of these things. I drive alot to and from work so it has saved me alot in the past two years.

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dad has an 81 rabbit diesel with 260,000 miles and it still runs. 51mpg

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Pre-04 will be your best deal. 04 and later was the PD engine and you had better use the proper VW spec synthetic oil or you will not be happy. All of the TDI's love to soot up their EGR and Intake. So plan on cleaning it about every 50K or so. GET the manual, the auots will lose about 5 mpg in town. Timing belts, as you already know, had best be changed otherwise you will be sorry. Injector nozzles are generally a wear and tear item that will typically need to be replaced somewhere betweem 150K and 200K miles.

My wife loves her 2000 5 speed TDI Beetle. Heck I Love the dang thing. It averaged 43 mpg with her commute which is a 60/40 city/highway trip.
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You probably already figured this out, but don't go older than 2000 either, so you get the ALH engine. Hopefully you can talk her into a 5 speed instead of the Auto, both for mileage and transmission durability. The timing belt change is not that difficult if you normally turn your own wrenches. There's a lot of good info on, but many members tend to tell people to have a "guru" mechanic do all the work.

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My GF has an '06. I would have been fine with an older one but she wanted something new. Ditto on the need for the special oil - only available from the dealer... Makes for $50+ oil changes on the '04 and up cars.

The auto trans. will eat up about 4 MPG at highway speeds. Our '06 is getting around 42.


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I've had an 09 for a few about 4 months now. First car I have owned, its always been trucks, and I like it. It sucks being so small but the mileage is greta for the commute. 40+mpg. As far as the oil changes, it does add cost but the dealer says you can get 10,000 miles out of it. Use you own judgement though... I almost bought a 2006 but the price for an 06 with fairly low mileage was about a thousand less than a new one. So I went new to get the warranty and what I wanted. Plus there is a tax credit for buying an alternative fuel vehicle. If you are looking for na 06 I know there was a handful on Ebay at almost all times when I was checking. I havnt looked lately though. Good luck, keep me posted what you get

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