TheGreyingDuke wrote:pjtallman wrote:I came from a V8 and bought a VW Golf TDI. Great acceleration, you can turn on a dime, the automatic shifts perfectly and I am getting 40mpg in about a 50/50 mix of city/hiway driving (when I drove from LA to SF on freeway I was getting almost 50). VW diesels have an above average reliability. All the VW reliability concerns are from their gas engine powered vehicles. The same TDI engine is used in the Golf, Jetta, and Passat. Strongly recommend you give them a look.
You have got to be kidding me! Do a quick search on "HPFP AND TDI" to see tales of woe with failed high pressure fuel pumps on the TDIs and some people getting caught with $8k repair bills. I went for the Sportswagen with the fabled 2.0 turbo and what I lose in mileage I gain in smiles/mile!
It's not the engine but everything around it; the aforementioned fuel pump, EGR, timing belts, MAF, 02 sensors are extremely common problems and far more expensive to fix than on a normal vehicle. And absolutely do not get the automatic, changing the fluid in the DSG transmission is a $1k dealership job because it requires very specialized tools. They can be great vehicles, if you have the time and $ to properly maintain them.