Hi All. Two weeks ago I found a new 2011 Golf TDI listed in the inventory of Terry VW in Lynchburg. I have been very interested in these for over a year, but have never seen one actually on the lot, and for sale. I did some homework in regards to expected price and what my trade was worth, and bought it the next day. My daughter in law has driven a Jetta TDI since 2006, and I was very impressed with it. I live half way between Appomattox and Farmville, so if I go anywhere it will not be a real short trip. I guess that is good for fuel mileage.
My new TDI is a 6-speed manual and other than floor mats and blue tooth, which I did not need, it is unadorned. (I told them I have several gold teeth, but no blue ones.)
It has quite a fancy audio system, which I like very much, but I don't think it was an extra cost option. I have since added the color matched side body moulding someone on this site told me to buy from Zeta, and they are fine. I also installed the front splash guard, aka mudflaps, but am not sure they gave me the correct ones for the rear. I haven't taken enough time going over the instructions yet.
I am having a great time with it. The first half tank got 46.9 mpg, the second 45. I got on the throttle a little harder the second time. My son drove it and said it is quite an improvement over the 2006 model.
In any case, I love it, wishing only for a better, stronger selection of trailer hitches to carry my bicycles and recumbent trike. We will work something out.
Thanks for all the grand information.