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Old February 9th, 2011, 20:41   #1
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Location: London,Ontario,Canada
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Default Which car to buy?

Hello everyone!
I am new to this forum and have spent the last week or so looking around and am amazed at the wealth of knowledge here.
I need to ask some advice from you all.
I just took a job in which i will need to commute about 100kms to get to and of course the only logical option is to get a TDI.....after much looking i have a few options to choose from.....Criteria is to find a cheap car that will give me the least amount of trouble over the next 2 years.

certified and e-test included

2000 Jetta TDI 300,000 kms certified e-tested automatic Turbo Diesel power windows locks heated seats remote starter brand new brakes rear springs and shocks. Timing belt and water pump done at 270K km. New glow plugs. Escellent condition in and out no rust. Glove box and cup holder are fine. Very tight car.

2003 Jetta TDI 398,000 kms grey on heated black leather. sunroof. clean in and out. good snows on vw rims.New battery, rear breaks wheel bearing recent rebuilt trans well maintained. aprox 1000 kms per tank .lots of life left .

1998 Jetta TDI 374,000 kms fully equipped including power glass sunroof and remote entry. Carefully maintained throughout its three owners, theres lots of trouble free kilometers still in her! Mostly highway driven, 5 speed, with upgrade Stereo and winter and summer premium tires each on mag wheels plus an extra brand new summer mag (Just in case you ever clip a curb) Nice velour interior. A/C, Cruise, door locks (remote) , trunk, alarm.

Sorry for the long post, just need some direction here.
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Old February 10th, 2011, 07:05   #2
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Avoid the automatics, they are time bombs from what I understand.

The others are all a crap shoot since we know nothing of their history. All are good year models capable of going long distances efficiently and racking up huge miles if they were/are taken care of properly. If they were not, they're time bombs on borrowed time.
'97 B4: 453,000 miles Malone 3, PP520's, Stage 2 cam, SBC3, ARP studs, 2 1/4" exhaust, 2.5" Cat, no mufflers or EGR.
'96 B4V: 356,000 miles Malone 2+, PP520's, 6 speed, 02J short shifter, E-Codes, G60 brakes, Evo plate, DMF, stainless exhaust, heated leathers, cold weather package
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Old February 10th, 2011, 09:51   #3
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With that kind of mileage, I hope they are all super cheap... and yes, run away from that vintage with an automatic.
The only thing I can pass is a fuel stop, but I'm OK with that.
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