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Old November 28th, 2017, 07:55   #13
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Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Oxford Mills, Ontario, Canada

Jetta all the way. Parts are easily found anywhere, they were common all over. Don't worry too much about the automatic, they are pretty robust once repaired properly (or not abused in the first place). They just use more fuel. Any used car purchase is going to need fluids done, bushings, brakes and such just part of car ownership (most I have bought needed work even with recent work, it was not done right). Simple jobs that are well documented on how to do it on the forums (turbo, bushings etc). A car that is worthy of fixing if not rusty or too beat up, a couple grand and you will have something that lasts A LONG TIME.
The Passat has many potential high dollar fixes, balance shaft issues, turbo issues, transmission issues (torque converter is a weak point and other possibilities). They are not easily found when parts are needed (diesel specific). Injector and camshaft wear are known and expensive to fix. All of them have failures, usually 200k it starts-the transmission, the turbo, then the balance shaft stuff followed by cam and injectors. None of them escaped these repairs, it was weak points that the ALH engine was not prone to.
2015 Golf TDI Sportwagon Trendline DSG
2000 Jetta Gls TDI 545km 18 years now
2008 Mercedes R320 cdi kid mover
2006 smart fortwo cdi real fuel economy!
many Mercedes W123/116/126 projects all diesel.
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