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VW MKVI-A6 Jetta Sedan (~ 2011+) Discussions area for the MkVI (2011+) Jetta sedan. This model was originally codenamed NCS (New Compact Sedan).

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Old January 12th, 2018, 13:06   #1
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Hey all, itís been a long time since Iíve nosed around here. I used to have a Ď10 Golf TDI, but sold it to get a motorcycle back in 2011.

Hereís the deal. Iím now a supercommuter, and have been for almost 2 years. My daily round trip commute to and from work is about 225 miles, and all but about 10 miles of that is highway. Fantastic job, and the overall situation will be the same for the next 2-3 years at least.

When I found out I got the job, my first thought was ďI need a TDI.Ē Then the emissions thing hit, the TDIs were no longer for sale, so I didnít get one. Iíve been driving a Ď16 Prius for the last 20 months, and Iíve got slightly north of 91,000 miles on it (I bought it new). It has been as reliable as a stone. Gas, tires, oil, filters, and wipers are all that Iíve needed to do to it. My commute has headwinds from hell half the year, so Iíve averaged 48.9 mpg since Iíve had it. Around town, without trying, I can average north of 60 mpg.

I canít fault the reliability, fuel economy, and low maintenance costs of it. But itís a Prius...Iím sure you understand. I despise the climate controls and stereo...WAY too complex, requiring too much eye time off the road to do simple things...they cannot be operated by feel. Mine has the new-for-Ď16 lithium ion battery...not much history on the longevity of those, and honestly, people on the Prius forum Iím on are starting to look at me as a test monkey for longevity of the current generation Prius.

Saw two certified pre-owned Ď15 Jetta TDIs on the local dealerís lot, both with DSG. The S has 12,000 miles and is priced at $14,000, the SE has 28,000 and is priced at $13,800. I like the SE better because itís got a few more niceties on it.

Iím tempted to trade the Prius in on one of them. I like the idea of the extended engine & emissions warranty, but being a VW (Iíve had 5), I know itís not likely to be as rock solid reliable as the Prius. Iíve seen posts here about water pumps going bad, various check engine lights, and I know the DSG is expensive to service. But Iím still thinking about it.

How do these hold up over the long haul? Is it a constant stream of small issues (or larger ones)? Or do they do well when maintained and driven all-highway? Iím religious about maintaining vehicles, and I donít beat on them.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
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Old January 12th, 2018, 13:16   #2
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The type of driving you do (long distances at highway speeds) is ideal for a diesel. We have a number of customers with '10-14 TDIs that have well over 200K miles on them with relatively few problems. And the new emissions warranty will help cover any emissions system related failures (including the high pressure fuel pump) that might arise.

I think you should do it. You may not see quite the same FE as the Prius, depending on how fast you drive, but I'm betting you'll enjoy that long commute more. 225 miles a day in a car is a lot.
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Old January 12th, 2018, 13:29   #3
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Thanks! My speeds are about 68-70 mph for half the drive, 73-75 mph for the other half. The headwinds are a prevailing weather phenomenon. On the way to work I gain about 1500 feet in elevation (gradually) and have usually a 2-5 mph headwind. On the way home from work, I lose the elevation, but have a 15-20 mph headwind for more than half the year, maybe 10mph headwind for the rest of the year. On those rare days with no wind, the trip computer reads a whopping 10 mpg higher than on days with the wind.
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Old January 13th, 2018, 11:58   #4
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Those prices seem reasonable, and you'll have a warranty to cover the drivetrain and emissions system. It's worth a shot because 2015 is the last year for the Jetta TDI, but the EA288 engine is new in many ways, so I can understand your concern. I only have 5,000 miles on my 2015 TDI SEL that I bought "new" in May 2017, and I really like it, so I can't comment beyond "I like the car." I drove a 2005 Passat TDI since new before my 2015 Jetta (13 years and 150,000 miles). The other way to look at your situation is that you can always go back to a Prius or something else if the Jetta TDI does not work out for you, but you'll probably not ever get a chance to drive a near-new TDI. A handful of people have caught a "whiff" of coolant due to failing water pumps, but that can be sorted out under warranty. Finally, if you do go the TDI route, you can be the "high-mileage-guy" on this forum and report back on any issues.
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I have a 2010 Jetta TDI, and also have a long commute, although at 150 miles a day it is obviously shorter, and I have had this commute for the last decade, although I only go into the office around 3 times a week now-a-days. My commute is half 2 lane road with a few stop lights, and half turnpike 80+ mph driving.

I bought my car new, and it has around 200K on the clock. As a reliability engineer now, and even as a Pump engineer a few years ago (hence the tag), I like to keep all of my equipment in as good of shape as possible. In fact, I like to explore getting performance parts to replace worn parts as they die on the car.

Since purchasing the car, I worked the car up to a Malone stage 3 with several upgrades. My complete list of problems since November of 2010 is listed below:

Nothing until 110K when the clutch started shuttering from incorrect mass movement. I changed to a smf clutch, which has been problematic. Totally my fault, so I would recommend staying with the DMF style.

Malone Stage II at 130K due mostly to a packed dpf. Instead of choking up the money for a new dpf, I just deleted the dpf, and the egr while we were at it, while getting a malone stage II. Can't say enough about this upgrade other than running next to the road everyday sucks.

I had an oil pressure sensor go bad at around 175K.

That's it for problems with the car mechanically speaking.

The radio died at around 130K, but I never liked the touch screen anyway, so I replaced it with a nice Alpine with old school knobs and buttons.
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Buy my Jetta... It is a blast to drive, and it gets about 48 on the hwy in 6th. Probably about 210hp/370tq... it's old but it only has 150K miles on it. Very reliable/dependable.
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