November 25, 2008
Well we finally got our new car this weekend. We bought a VW Jetta TDI. That's right, Turbo Diesel Injected. 4 cylinder, 140hp, 236ft/lbs torque. Its smaller than my old 97 Thunderbird, but it literally doubles the miles per gallon. Which is cool, because we've got a 80 mile round-trip commute. Yes, diesel is more expensive than gas, but its no where near double the price, and with double the milage we're saving big time.
The car is well built, feels solid, and handles well. And acceleration is smooth. You barely feel the shifts. All that torque comes in handy for highway acceleration. We got the 6 speed DSG automatic with tiptronic. So if we're in the mood we can shift manually.
We had to wait about 2 months for ours. Our dealer told us that VW is doing a soft rollout of the TDIs. Most are going to the West Coast, and our dealer was allocated 30. We thought about the Sportwagen, but they had no clue when they'd get any. So we settled for the sedan. So far so very good.
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