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Old 07-26-2011, 02:05 PM
barry123400 barry123400 is offline
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Just do not buy the automatic version especially during the years you mention. To add to the general mysery the last ratio in the automatic is punitive in nature compared to the manual transmission.

Volkswagon still has a following. Personally I have written the newer ones off the aquisition list as they get worse as they get newer. I still would buy a 1999 1/2 to 2002 tdi with low milage for some of the benifits if I just had to buy one.

The 1985 and 1986 where the pinacle of practicallity for them in my opinion. Quality perhaps as well. I have owned a whack of them over the years. Including a new 2000 tdi. Unfortunatly the company has just fallen off my radar basically. Other car producers are doing much better in my experience. I also have some issues with the premium used newer volks diesels seem to bring.
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