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Hi

I am looking to buy a VW in the next weeks . I need a commuter car , cheap on gas( better said on diesel ) and easy to maintain for the next 2-4 years .
My budget is around $5-6.000 including the maintenance for the car in the first year .

What do you advise me as a better solution , on older like 2000 jetta with some repairs to be done or a "newer" like 2004 but with unproven repairs in the past (actual owner said the previous owner have changed the timing belt , but he has no receipt for that and for some reason he sell that car he bought last summer ).

Any input is appreciated

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For that price range you're looking at the mk4 cars. Take a look at this buying guide and checklist for some info on those cars and common problems: http://www.myturbodiesel.com/1000q/a4/new-owner-checklist-VW-TDI-mk4.htm

Budget for some catch up maintenance. Definitely do the timing belt and water pump/tensioner. There is a writeup on how to do this in the FAQ section. If you want to make it feel like a new car, a suspension overhaul will refresh the car's feeling.
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Many people are partial to the 2003-and-older models, as the PD engines in the 2004-> models have certain issues (camshaft wear, ceramic glow plugs that have been known to break apart)... That said, if you find a nice 2004, try have it checked out by one of the recognized TDI specialists... I don't know of one offhand in the Hamilton area, but if you ask in the Ontario forum of the TDI-Club, I'm sure someone will chime in... (I can only recommend someone in Toronto... in the Finch and 400 area...)

Whatever you do get, if you can't verify that the timing belt system has been properly changed in the recent past, you should definitely plan on having this done - again, by someone known to do this properly!!! (I can't stress this strongly enough!!!! The procedure can be found here in the 1000q area, and it really isn't brain surgery, but so many places have messed it up...)

Good luck,

Yuri
 

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Thanks

Thanks guy for the answers .

I think to go for the better serviced car and with service records instead of the better looking with a shadow past .

Cheers
 
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