I can't believe it. We bought another car. Gas prices have just kept going up and up, and Dad has been talking about getting a more economical car. Until now, we've only had a Suburban (17-18mpg), my '95 Cherokee (16-18mpg), and Mom's Chrysler Town & Country (18-20mpg).
Now we have a car that gets at least 50mpg on the highway: 2002 VW Jetta TDI. My first impression: man this thing is scratched up! It's an '02 with 44,521 miles on it, and it has a ton (well, maybe exagerrating a little here; I like my cars perfect) of scratches. Also, the little electronic switch for adjusting the side-mirrors is broken and the finish is coming off the driver's door panel. The dealership ordered the mirror switch and will replace it, so that's good. I'm thinking maybe picking up a new door panel from a junkyard or something.
I must say that, given this is a German car with 'superior quality' and such (as I truly believed they had), every plastic panels gives way more than I'd like it to. Anyhoo, we have it, so I'll stop complaining.
It's actually pretty peppy. Hopefully I'll know a little more about that (and the way it handles and stops and such) after I've driven it a little more. So far, I've only driven it for about 3 minutes.
I sat in it last night and listened to a few songs on the Monsoon (sp?) stereo system. Considering how fed up I got over trying to install a system in my Jeep because of not finding stuff that was 1) in my price range, 2) that I liked, 3) (the biggie) that Mom would approve of, I don't think I even want to do anything to the stock stereo. It actually doesn't sound that bad. I mean, I can go down the highway with the windows down and turn it up loud enough to hear that; I can't say that about my Jeep system. :(
So, what all do y'all know about these Jetta TDIs? Any comments? Suggestions? How about performance? If this turns out to be pretty much be 'my' car, I might be looking to do stuff to it. However, it could end up being Dad's, Mom's, or just everybody's right now, so I don't know. I stumbled across a site last night that listed some performance parts for it (namely, an aftermarket ECU). www.stealthtdi.com
I'll fill in some gaps (and hopefully post some pictures) after a while.