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Old March 19th, 2011, 11:02   #1
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Red face WTB 2003 Jetta GLS TDI Wagon 5-Spd Silver

I know, right? It's like a broken record. Little did I know the car I wanted was going to skyrocket in demand while I was out of the country. Before the obvious retorts, I realize this is a hard(est) find, and I am searching almost nonstop on this and many other sources...this is just in case something misses my attention or I get a lucky hint.

I'm looking for a 2003 Jetta TDI Wagon with the following characteristics:
-5 speed (required)
-Silver (strongly preferred, but not absolute)
-In the 100~135k range
-GLS Trim, (or GL with heated seats...would kind of like leather, but don't really care that much...can live without sunroof/monsoon)

Obviously, a good service history is a huge plus. This is going to be my daily driver for many, many years to come. I live in middle Tennessee, but am willing to travel anywhere. I have plenty of time to travel in the next couple weeks and plenty of cash in hand. I'm realistic and willing to pay a fair current market value and ready to buy immediately once I find what I want.

I'm already looking as thoroughly I know how--along the lines of what's suggested in the "read this first"--but am always open to more suggestions.

Any help is much appreciated! I had a close encounter with buying a convertible Rabbit many years ago, but the deal fell through ...so now I look forward to entering the world of VW!

Thank you for reading and any tips/advice you might have!

-Keven
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Old March 19th, 2011, 12:59   #2
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You just missed one on EBAY or you didnt!
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Old March 19th, 2011, 13:03   #3
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Ha...yup. I made an offer on it. Declined. Wish I would have been a little more aggressive on that one!

**continues kicking self**

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Old March 19th, 2011, 16:10   #4
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Me too! I offered 9.5 and he came back 10.750 was going to counter 10k then gone.
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Old March 19th, 2011, 16:38   #5
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Keep an eye on Autotrader(just do advance search w/ diesel engine and tdi diesel as keywords).Be prepared to put immediate deposit down on it-they are getting harder to find & more expensive w/ fuel prices where they are-
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Old March 19th, 2011, 16:50   #6
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http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/JETTA...item45f9697bd2

LOL **** if I could get 11.5k for mine I'd sell it lol.

Mines almost exactly like this but an 04.
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Old March 19th, 2011, 16:51   #7
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I couldn't even get one in 2002-2003 when they were brand new!!
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Old March 19th, 2011, 19:17   #8
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d-bob:

Thanks for the tip. I've been trying to watch it like a hawk when possible. I spoke with the place selling the one on there for $11,999. It's in great shape...they just replaced TB and WP, etc...good maint. history. He said he'd email me the Carfax today but didn't. Tires are at about 40% life and it's missing the cargo cover. Those are the only flaws (as far as I know). Perhaps trivial, but it's hard for me to justify paying 12k...slightly more than most I've seen...for something with slightly less than most I've seen...not to mention the cross-country trip. (They won't budge a penny on the price).

I would like to visit Seattle, though...haha.
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Old March 19th, 2011, 19:43   #9
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Well dangit. Sounds like I JUST missed out on another... He was coming inside from showing it to someone when I called.
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d-bob:

Thanks for the tip. I've been trying to watch it like a hawk when possible. I spoke with the place selling the one on there for $11,999. It's in great shape...they just replaced TB and WP, etc...good maint. history. He said he'd email me the Carfax today but didn't. Tires are at about 40% life and it's missing the cargo cover. Those are the only flaws (as far as I know). Perhaps trivial, but it's hard for me to justify paying 12k...slightly more than most I've seen...for something with slightly less than most I've seen...not to mention the cross-country trip. (They won't budge a penny on the price).

I would like to visit Seattle, though...haha.
You're looking at ones from Green Car Company?
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Old March 19th, 2011, 19:48   #11
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You're looking at ones from Green Car Company?
I called to get the info on it. What's the word on them? Besides that they want dollars on top of top dollar...

But to actually answer your question: Yes.

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Old March 19th, 2011, 20:49   #12
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Heads up to all looking...here are the results of my day:

This silver one that posted on CL today in Portland is going to sell tomorrow. Person drove it tonight and plans to pick it up tomorrow. This was exactly what I'm looking for, so major I can hope they back out, but yeah right. That's what I get for helping a buddy take out the transfer case on his Jeep after work...
http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/cto/2274810607.html

Moving on...

And the red one in PA on cars.com already has a deposit on it.


Tomorrow is another day....
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Old March 19th, 2011, 22:48   #13
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I called to get the info on it. What's the word on them? Besides that they want dollars on top of top dollar...

But to actually answer your question: Yes.
I live in Alaska and will be be moving to the east coast in a couple of months. Buying from a place like them would be ideal for me because I will be going right through Seattle. Unfortunately after seeing some information about them on here it was mostly negative. They overhype all of their cars and there are a few threads on here where people paid top dollar for what should have been a top-notch car and then had issues shortly after. It was enough for me to shy away from them even though they are one of very few options in the area.

BTW: I am looking for a wagon also (have a thread, probably on the second page) but I am not specific at all and it is still hard to find one that meets my needs. By the time I spend $12,000 and then have to update all the maintenance I would probably be better off buying a new JSW and getting an extra 150,000 miles out of it.

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Old March 19th, 2011, 22:55   #14
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I was weighing that pretty hard, too. Those new JSWs are sweat! ...especially with the deals Chris is throwing down in http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=288133

Too bad we weren't in time to snag the 2010s a few months ago...
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There's also a place in Tennesee that usually has TDI's that they either list on ebay or autotrader-National Auto Warehouse.You could also try cars.com. Good luck in your quest......
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