Hello everyone. I am new to the forum and seriously considering the purchase of a Jetta TDI or Passat TDI. Iâ€™ve owned Ford Powerstroke diesels, so I have some knowledge of the diesel world, including the 40-50 cent more per gallon that diesel cost locally. I love the torque and fuel economy of a diesel, but Iâ€™m not sure if I want to get back in. Iâ€™ve always been a staunch American car buyer and this would be my 1st purchase of an import. I rode in and drove several VW diesel products while on a business trip 10 years ago in Germany. It seems like a large portion of the German car/truck market has been diesel powered in Europe for many years and they really have the diesel engines down to a science. I have a few questions though. 1. Iâ€™ve been looking the forum over for a while and noticed the older TDIâ€™s tend to get the better mileage. Is this due to the ongoing emissions on the newer cars? If so, what a shame! 2. Locally the price of diesel is about 12-15% higher than gasoline. Would the additional fuel expense nearly offset the better fuel mileage of a diesel? 3. How is winter starting? It will be garaged at home, but parked outside at work. 4. What is maintenance like? Iâ€™ve turned my own wrench for years and do so for part of my living. Iâ€™ve heard that VW designs their cars to be unfriendly to the do-it-yourselfer. 5. Automatic or manual equipped? Does the better mileage go to the manual? 6. The Passatâ€™s are assembled in the states and the Jettaâ€™s in Mexico? 7. Which is a better car? My wife and I are empty nesters with a grandchild in a car seat from time to time. The Passat appears bigger than the Jetta, but gets a tad better mileage?? 8. Finally, what are the things I need to look out for? I think every manufacturer has proâ€™s and conâ€™s. What do I need to know about VW diesel ownership? I plan to spend some time this afternoon looking at them at a local dealership. These cars a fairly sought after and good deals are few and far between, correct?