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Volkswagen dealerships are reporting strong demand for the brand-new 2009 Jetta and Jetta Sportwagen TDI. Some dealers have even sold out before their first TDI even showed up on the lot, despite the fact that customers won't actually be getting their cars for at least another month or so. The two-thousand dollar premium buyers are asked to pay along with diesel prices, which are hovering in the $4.70 to $5.00 range, have not hampered buyers' hankering for a new fifty-state diesel passenger car. It probably doesn't hurt that VeeDub oil-burners have a reputation for über-reliability, with a number of sales coming from past TDI owners.

In contrast to strong Jetta TDI sales, VW's other recent model, the Tiguan, is not doing as well as hoped. How about adding a diesel engine option to the little crossover? Apparently, dealers are asking and they may get what they want. After all, the Tiguan's engine bay readily accepts the TDI engine from the Jetta since the two vehicles share a similar Golf-based platform. Our affection for the oddly-named mini-ute would surely increase exponentially if it were granted the turbo-diesel.



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      Marc
      • 7 Years Ago
      I've had 1 fasback, 1 Super Beetle, 2 Jettas and a Passat. I currently have an 06 GTO and 02 Formula Firehawk which are driven on nice sunny days. My everyday car is a PT Cruiser, however, with 166K on the odometer I'm afraid I'll have to let it go for the pending Passat TDI.

      My other half just traded her Acura TL for a Saab Linear Convertible. Never realized what great cars those Saabs are. The Acura was troublesome, transmission and cooling problems, the Saab is trouble free and a lot more fun to drive.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have a 2000 Jetta TDI. Great car if you don't mind the following:
      1)Changing the timing belt every 40,000 miles WITHOUT FAIL. I am about to do this for the 4th time @ $550 per. I know other cars require a timig belt replacement but not at this rate.
      2) I have changed 3 of 4 glow plugs, yet another bill in addition to routine maintenance.
      3) I have had to replace the upper manifiold and other related parts due to diesel fuel impurites, an $1100 job.
      4) Since diesel fuel has always been so damn expensive, what are you really saving?...on top of paying a $2000 premium for the car? I got a break, mine was only $1500.
      OK, the engines go forever. With the work I've done, it should. Anybody want the car?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I can't think of which one is more ugly, this overated VW or the TOY carmy or way overated Hondie accord.
      ascha79846
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Germans have become the new British when is comes to the reliability of their electrical and electronic systems. Wizbang features are worth little if they don't operate reliably.
      • 7 Years Ago
      VWs "have a reputation for über-reliability"? On what planet?
      Lewis
      • 7 Years Ago
      A couple things: 1. Just because you buy an American car a lot of people assume the $$$ stays here. How do you know? Have you delved into GM or Ford's financial documents? Probably not and yes they have other places on the globe they may divert money to. Most automakers are global and have HQ in origin nation. 2. Diesel is 20% higher than gas and better at least get 20% better mileage.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Good news about the pre-orders for the Jetta. Why not offer some choice with a TDI Tiguan CUV? Even better would be a TDI Rabbit without a lot of electronic gizmos so it's more reliable and lighter than Jetta!
        • 7 Years Ago
        exactly! Rabbit TDI for 17,995! that be da ____ (insert catchy ending phrase)
        • 7 Years Ago
        why don't u boneheads buy a car made in the US? Maybe someone would support your profession then if they had some $$ to spend!
        • 7 Years Ago
        I owned one of these puppies. I replaced 7 window motors for which they offer and extended warranty instead of fixing the regulator problem, their turbo sensors fail constantly($800.00 to repair) their clutches fail in 110th the time of a Toyota or Honda and the car requires a belt change at 50k($800.00) When gas reaches $25.00 a gallon, it might make sense to buy one of these cars for it's super gas mileage. Buy a Malibu or Honda, you will be much better off.

        Find a Jetta Blog and you will find similar comments.
      jim
      • 7 Years Ago
      My Fellow Americans.......
      You are too slow in making the auto industry develope cars that do not use fossil fuel, and also making the government come up with a plan to get the guzzlers off the road. Gasoline should be $10 or more a gallon, maybe then you would finally wake up and start bitching to get something going, but you'll just keep driving your kids to school and their pianno lessons in your big gas guzzling SUV til there is no more gas, then you'll whine for your government to war a country for their oil, and you'll have to walk to the grocery store, what a LOL
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Tiguan is hot, but it's a guzzler of sorts and is expensive. They need to drop the price and offer a better engine, 19/26 in that small class isn't going to fly.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Affirmative on the Golf TDI with a basic package - way 'Oop Nort' here in the states, old diesel Golfs/Rabbits and Jettas are used until the bodies fall off.

      Why not have a wind-up window Rabbit with a diesel, just simplify it in some way. VW has to understand how resilient we are when it comes to cars and practical when we have to be. How could they not have a diesel Tiguan? Of course it would increase sales - I've only heard naive' comments from VW bosses about city driving habits of Americans - why don't they spend some time talking to VW shops and drivers in rural areas?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Give me a muscle Mustang with a 428.
      chimayred
      • 7 Years Ago
      about time. I have had two diesels. The fact that we don't push diesel as an alternative clean fossil fuel is outrageous. All the performance of a gas engine with great mileage.
      If you're worried about global warming, stop farting, and worry about the burgeoning population of 2 billion chinese and indians - far more of an issue for pollution than 100 million US drivers. get real.
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