Hey all I've been considering buying a used VW Passat TDi or Jetta TDi. Something only a few years old and with < 40,000 miles. I'm leaning towards the Passat because it's MPG is rated higher, larger fuel tank, more interior capacity and I don't have to have fake leather interior. But, I wouldn't rule out a Jetta if the deal was good. From what I've seen, the TDi tends to retain its price fairly well.
I owned a TDi Golf years ago and hated it because of poor reliability. I bought it new but it was a POS. It did get some great MPG, between 48 and 54 mpg when I was really easy on it. I've read in Consumer Report that the VW TDi products for the most part rate average now in reliability (a much needed improvement based on my past TDi).
I commute about 120 miles to and from work and the math doesn't work out to be cash positive or even neutral for that matter. BUT, it would keep some miles off the truck and it would allow me the option of tricking out the truck without breaking the bank on fuel mileage (post mod) and replacing expensive tires frequently. I've got some of you cats on here to blame for causing me to want to heavely mod my truck.
Anyhow, I would appreciate hearing some thoughts from those that either currently own or have had experience with the models discribed above AND from anyone who has thoughts or input on my thinking.