- Nov 6, 2009
- Houston, TX
- Currently none. Formerly: 2010 VW Jetta TDI 6M, 1993 Dodge Ram W250 Cummins 5M 4WD, 1990 VW Jetta Diesel 5M, 1986 VW Jetta Diesel 5M, 1980 VW Uabbit Diesel 4M. Currently driving 2018 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4WD.
Believe me, I spent many a sleepless night pondering that exact point. In the end, there were a couple of mitigating factors that eventually convinced me to pull the trigger. First, I don't drive much these days any more - at the most, about 6,500 miles per year. Second, what really bothered me about the Jetta wasn't so much the fraud VW pulled on 11 million owners worldwide as was the simple fact that at some point, the DPF will crack and will have to be replaced at a cost that will easily wipe out any and all savings I realized at the pump over the years, and I don't even mention the HPFP time bomb. Under those circumstances, what is the point of driving a vehicle so fuel-efficient as the Jetta if the cost of fuel plus repairs in the long run equals the cost of fuel of a vehicle far thirstier, but also far more reliable? I opted for Toyota because of their reputation for reliability, and specifically for the 4Runner because of the simplicity of the power train (no turbo, no DPF, no HPFP, no urea tank, no urea heater, no urea injector, no NOx trap, no SO2 trap), maturity of the design and the fact that I can take the vehicle off the pavement if I need to. I only hope that their reputation for reliability is well deserved and that there will be no reliability issues with this car.Up to 17 city / 21 highway
That ought to be some change!