So I just sold my TDI Wagon, and am coming over here from TDI Club. A bit depressed about it. It was an 01m Automatic, and I know they can be time bombs, but the thing was still running quite well, just a small slip every once in awhile. Now I want to buy another VW. I want something that gets good gas mileage and that I can get for under $6000.
So I am looking in the 1999.5-2005 time frame. What is the best engine, 1.8T, 2.0? Any models better than others? How worried should I be about a high mileage car (100K+)?
I found a Passat Wagon that I am interested in, that claims to have a new engine and transmission in it.
Best bet would be another TDI but with a manual.
With 1.8T's you need to worry about sludging issues, I'd make sure you get maintenance records for any vehicle you buy.
My Uncle had a 99' Jetta TDI 5spd, put 375,000 miles on it before it was totaled when a tree fell on it. If I recall, it got by with regular maintenance, the sunroof only vented and the waterpump went once (plastic impeller fail).
UG 2008 4dr Auto, Sunroof, ESP, Votex Ground Effects Kit.
Mods: Stubby Antenna, Clear Sidemarkers, Euro Switch , OEM Projector Fog Lights, C2 93 Flash, BSH Intake, A3 Leather Shift Knob, GTI OEM HIDs, Tinted Euro R32 Tails, Eurojet Exhaust, H&R 24mm RSB, Jetta Wolfsburg FE swap, Eibach Sportline springs and Koni Str.T shocks, VW Euro OEM Leather Steering wheel, 17" VW OEM Anthracite Goals.
For what I need it for I cannot justify the premium for a TDI.
I have a 99.5 (MK4) Jetta GLS 2.0 and love it. It may not be the fastest car but I have not had any issues with it other then the battery in two years and that was covered under warranty. I would highly reccomend it. I get about 29-35 mpg and it does everything i need it to do. It has been the most reliable car that i have ever had.