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Old September 21st, 2007, 21:49   #1
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Default 2003 Volkswagen Jetta TDI price inquiry.

Reflex Silver, gray interior, manual transmission, excellent tires, 51k.

What would be a good price? He's asking $18,200. Sounds decent but you guys are the experts. =)

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Old September 24th, 2007, 12:24   #2
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Reflex Silver, gray interior, manual transmission, excellent tires, 51k.

What would be a good price? He's asking $18,200. Sounds decent but you guys are the experts. =)
I'm not an expert (by far) but it sounds a little high. Does it have any modifications done to it? What about trim? (GL, GLS)
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Old September 24th, 2007, 12:33   #3
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I'm not an expert (by far) but it sounds a little high. Does it have any modifications done to it? What about trim? (GL, GLS)
No mods. Just a gls wagon, with manual. Looks clean. He dropped price to $17.2k. I'm trying to talk him down to $16-16.5k, then we would talk.
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Old September 24th, 2007, 12:39   #4
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5 speed wagon, he may get his asking price.
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Old September 24th, 2007, 13:17   #5
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5 speed wagon, he may get his asking price.
Are 5 speeds worth more? If so why? I thought autos were always worth more. Is there something wrong with the auto tranys for these?

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Old September 24th, 2007, 13:22   #6
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Is there something wrong with the auto tranys for these?
I'd search and read up a bit.
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Old September 24th, 2007, 13:31   #7
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Is there something wrong with the auto tranys for these?

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Hahaha....yes. Yes there is.

But really you have to remember a couple things. First, one of the main driving forces for people to buy a TDI is fuel economy. And the manual transmission does a better job. The second thing is that the economy comes at a decent level of performance. Again, the slushbox trumps a lot of that. Then the fact that many TDI owners drive their cars a LOT. Which means usually a lot of highway miles, in which case you really are better of with a proper manual gearbox.

The auto trans was a $990 option when new, but when used it becomes a $4800 liability. A liability most people who are wanting to save money do not want.

So, if given the choice, I'd pay more to get "less" and find one with a manual gearbox. Then all you have to worry about is the DMF
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Old September 24th, 2007, 13:34   #8
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Hahaha....yes. Yes there is.

But really you have to remember a couple things. First, one of the main driving forces for people to buy a TDI is fuel economy. And the manual transmission does a better job. The second thing is that the economy comes at a decent level of performance. Again, the slushbox trumps a lot of that. Then the fact that many TDI owners drive their cars a LOT. Which means usually a lot of highway miles, in which case you really are better of with a proper manual gearbox.

The auto trans was a $990 option when new, but when used it becomes a $4800 liability. A liability most people who are wanting to save money do not want.

So, if given the choice, I'd pay more to get "less" and find one with a manual gearbox. Then all you have to worry about is the DMF
Thanks for clearing that up. whewww. =) At least I haven't bought an auto so I am happy. =)
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Old September 24th, 2007, 14:37   #9
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Wagons are worth more.
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Old September 24th, 2007, 14:44   #10
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Hahaha....yes. Yes there is.

But really you have to remember a couple things. First, one of the main driving forces for people to buy a TDI is fuel economy. And the manual transmission does a better job. The second thing is that the economy comes at a decent level of performance. Again, the slushbox trumps a lot of that. Then the fact that many TDI owners drive their cars a LOT. Which means usually a lot of highway miles, in which case you really are better of with a proper manual gearbox.

The auto trans was a $990 option when new, but when used it becomes a $4800 liability. A liability most people who are wanting to save money do not want.

So, if given the choice, I'd pay more to get "less" and find one with a manual gearbox. Then all you have to worry about is the DMF
Does this hold true to the Tiptronic Transmission too? I am looking to buy a TDI but with all the rush hour driving I do I was leaning towards an auto.
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Does this hold true to the Tiptronic Transmission too? I am looking to buy a TDI but with all the rush hour driving I do I was leaning towards an auto.
Hmmm...you should search for my posts ranting on people using the term "Tiptronic" as I have no idea what transmission you are talking about.

*Yes, the transmission in the T'reg TDI supplied by Aisin is a very good unit.

*Yes, the transmission in the B5 TDI supplied by ZF is a very good unit.

*So far the Jatco supplied transmission in some A4 chassis cars seems to be holding up OK.

*The court is still out on the DSG transmission.

*The 2.5L gasser A5's Aisin supplied 6 speed autobox will probably hold up well


*all of these transmissions are "Tiptronic". The term Tip merely denotes a control function, it is not at all a specific transmission identifier. Please do not use it.

It is like asking "how good of fuel mileage does a TDI get?" Well, a 10 cylinder T'reg, which is in fact a TDI, gets pretty crappy mileage!
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Old September 24th, 2007, 17:39   #12
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This is why you are here to educate us rookies =)

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Hmmm...you should search for my posts ranting on people using the term "Tiptronic" as I have no idea what transmission you are talking about.

*Yes, the transmission in the T'reg TDI supplied by Aisin is a very good unit.

*Yes, the transmission in the B5 TDI supplied by ZF is a very good unit.

*So far the Jatco supplied transmission in some A4 chassis cars seems to be holding up OK.

*The court is still out on the DSG transmission.

*The 2.5L gasser A5's Aisin supplied 6 speed autobox will probably hold up well


*all of these transmissions are "Tiptronic". The term Tip merely denotes a control function, it is not at all a specific transmission identifier. Please do not use it.

It is like asking "how good of fuel mileage does a TDI get?" Well, a 10 cylinder T'reg, which is in fact a TDI, gets pretty crappy mileage!
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Old September 24th, 2007, 20:07   #13
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This is why you are here to educate us rookies =)
Thanks for the info ... all I see in advertisements is that it is has a tiptronic automatic. I guess I have to ask sellers more questions but I doubt they would know unless they are enthusiasts
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Old September 25th, 2007, 03:18   #14
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Thanks for the info ... all I see in advertisements is that it is has a tiptronic automatic. I guess I have to ask sellers more questions but I doubt they would know unless they are enthusiasts
It is really just a case of automatic or manual.
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Old September 25th, 2007, 09:08   #15
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O/T but why is ther such difference in price from 2000-2003. I just bought my sisters tdi last month and the blue book on it was $5800 with 130,000. that's a 12,000 dollar difference for 3 years and 80,000 miles. Why do you guy's think there is a hugh gap in price? I believe the body style are still the same?
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