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post #1 of 10 Old 08-02-2009, 01:53 PM Thread Starter
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I'm car shopping (and want some opnions)

As my other post said, I have a new job in the next closest major city and I will be driving there several days a week. It is about an 80 mile round trip, so I am looking for a more fuel efficent car. I kind of have my eye set on a VW beetle at a local used car place, its a 2000 DTI five-speed in my price range of about 4000 dollars. Anybody have one of these? Do you like it? What don't you like about it? I just really want some honest opnions since of course the sales guy is going to tell me everything is perfect and wonderful about these cars.

I am also open to some other suggestions.

I have always wanted to get another stick since my first jeep, and I would love to get a deisel car too, but I am trying to keep an open mind, which isnt easy for me. :p

I also got offered a honda prelude in trade for my jeep, its a 92 and I am not really sold. Anybody have any experiance with these?
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post #2 of 10 Old 08-02-2009, 02:48 PM
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Do you need a truck? You said you like diesel cars so I figured you might be open to trucks. The only thing is their gas mileage is the pitts :P

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post #3 of 10 Old 08-02-2009, 10:36 PM
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did you mean TDI not dti lol haha. Well I here those vw hatc backs are VERY fuel efficient, my friends uncle drove from saskatchewan, all the way to Vancouver on almost a full tank, there was still some left over yet. My mom used to have one and she said they are really good cars, and they are good through snow and mud and everything lol haha and really fuel efficient

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post #4 of 10 Old 08-03-2009, 03:45 AM Thread Starter
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yes I ment tdi not dti, typing too fast.

I don't need a truck right now, I have my dads 350 to use for a bit. I just need a car that gets better gas mileage for the amount of driving that I do. 15mpg in the jeep is really killing me.
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post #5 of 10 Old 08-03-2009, 11:12 AM
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The problem with VW cars is they tend to break down more than they should. It seems like if you see a car next to the highway broken down its a VW
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post #6 of 10 Old 08-05-2009, 02:44 AM
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The problem with VW cars is they tend to break down more than they should. It seems like if you see a car next to the highway broken down its a VW
That and they're EXPENSIVE to fix. VWs are built odd in how the body panels are, especially the Beetle. If you ever wreck a VW, just get a new car, it'll be less expensive.
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post #7 of 10 Old 08-05-2009, 02:51 AM
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Umm, I would honestly go with neither. Beetles are expensive to own and fix. The body panels wrap so far around the car, and parts are hard to get to and expensive to get. The only TDI VW I would recommend would be the Jetta. Preludes, I know a couple people who have had "fun" with these. They were without a doubt the worst Hondas ever built. They will break down, and with as old as that one is, I wouldn't suspect it would last very long.

I would recommend, with a slight bias , an older Ford Focus. They are strong little cars that don't look too bad and are pretty good on fuel. Another car you can pick up for cheap are Chrysler Sebrings, even though they are the lowest rated car in world history. They last a bit and get relatively adequate MPGs. The only other thing I could recommend (and this pains me like none other) is a Toyota Camry or Corolla. My cousin has a Camry, and she loves it, even though my Mercury Sable and F250 are both a lot better .

It is your choice, and whatever you choose, I'm sure it will be the best for you.
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post #8 of 10 Old 08-05-2009, 08:17 AM Thread Starter
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I am well aware that the vw is going to be expensive to fix, especially a diesel. My bf is all warning me against that and saying that if anything breaks I'm on my own.
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We just purchased a 2010 Ford Fusion. I get about 30-31 MPG with it. Definitely better than driving our Nissan Titan LOL you can find used Fusions or Focus for a decent price! And its a FORD :)
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post #10 of 10 Old 08-05-2009, 10:39 AM Thread Starter
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I might think about a focus, I kinda like the way they look. That would make my parents happy, they are all ford people.

I still really like the vws though...

Ugh car shopping is really hard!
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