Originally Posted by jjsf64
I need a high mileage commuting vehicle to handle a 50 mile roundtrip commute to the office.
A few decades ago, I owned a 1980 diesel Rabbit that took our family through the gas crisis days of that time. It also managed to take us home in one of the most severe snow storms ever to hit St. Louis. The car held up well but required a new exhaust system on an almost annual basis.
That positive experience caused me to consider buying a 2012 VW TDI MT. Unfortunately, the horror stories regarding catastrophic failures and fuel leaks and other misfortunes have caused me to pause and consider the possibility of Japanese quality high ground.
Would the owners of the TDI recommend the car to a new buyer? More importantly, if you had to do it over again, would you buy a VW product or go elsewhere?
Depends on what you want. You could buy a Dodge and know you bought junk, or a MB and pay for everything like it is gold. Had an 05 Passat TDI. Solid 45 mpg in the .summer. This new one is better than that already. And this is with only toddler miles (3000) which WILL get better. Good solid car. EVERY carmaker has issues even Toyota. Might I ask you to remeber the runaways.You do not have to worry about that with VW. even on my 05, hold down on the gas and apply the brake and it cuts fuel. Almost 40K for the new Prius? Not a chance. Like buying a Cadallac Cimmeron. Tiny car build on a Cavalier chasis. Rather have a real car around me, in case the 6 week wonders in the 18 wheeler next to you, decide to try to run you over. At least you have a chance with the Passat. Don't buy one. If you expect the worst, that is what you look for and you will find something wrong.... ANY CAR. I will keep my VW. Comfortable, great ride, just a great car. Just wish they built more of them for a larger selection. This is the nicest car I have owned or rode in. I stayed with VW. Choice is yours. That is why there are so many car companies, and why some needed bailouts and some did not.