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    Best Used VW to Buy

    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.

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    Re: Best Used VW to Buy

    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).
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    Re: Best Used VW to Buy

    For what I need it for I cannot justify the premium for a TDI.

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    Re: Best Used VW to Buy

    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.

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    Re: Best Used VW to Buy

    Quote Originally Posted by eaglewwit View Post
    For what I need it for I cannot justify the premium for a TDI.
    Well it gets around 15-25 MPG better then gas so it will eventually pay off. My cousin got a Beetle Tdi and she gets around 52 MPG compared to my aunts gas that gets around 30.

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