• Jul 29, 2009
2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Sportwagen - click above for high-res image gallery

Undoubtedly, one vehicle with the potential to profit handsomely from this week's expected rush by Americans to unload old gas guzzlers for newer, more thrifty vehicles is Volkswagen's Jetta TDI. With owners reporting typical real-world mileage of around 35-40 mpg along with superior dynamics to most hybrids and relatively sedate pricing, the Jetta TDI seems perfectly positioned to grab a lot of attention. Unfortunately for Volkswagen dealers, though, it just ain't happening. You see, there are virtually no Jetta TDIs to be had anywhere, especially if you were hoping to get a Sportwagen.

Bringing the story closer to home, this author has personally been out shopping the last several days in search of a TDI Sportwagen to replace the wife's nine-year old Passat (which unfortunately doesn't quite qualify for clunker status) – all to no avail. After checking with local dealers and calling showrooms all over Michigan and Ohio, there simply are no TDI wagons. Anything still on the lot already has a deposit check tied to it and the few still on trucks are also accounted for. A few sedans apparently remain, but they seem likely to go fast as well.

According to the salesman at Howard Cooper Volkswagen in Ann Arbor, the problem is that the 2009 model run has expired and Germany takes the month of August off. As a result, no diesel engines will be shipped to Mexico in August, so VW's Puebla plant can't assemble more cars to meet demand.



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      • 5 Years Ago
      With TDIs, you don't look in your state or area, you look in the whole country.

      Back when TDIs couldn't be sold in CARB states, there were cases of people flying from California to Pennsylvania to get a TDI, and driving their new car back.

      (Of course, the dealer in question was doing something to get them legal in CA. There are two loopholes in the law: your vehicle fails and you can then buy a new vehicle to complete your journey back home even if it meets emissions, or the odometer can read 7500 or greater - side note to that loophole, resale value SHARPLY went up from 7499 miles to 7500, due to that. Seeing as an odometer reading on a VW below 100 miles can be rolled forward with VAG-COM... that's my guess as to what happened.)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Very interesting.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Stupid, stupid, stupid. VW will learn from this dumbass mistake. Supply vs. demand is a fine line. If the consumer can't get what they want, they will go somewhere else. Have a great August off VW.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Enjoy working in the summer heat
      • 5 Years Ago
      Keep your chin up, Sam! Wait for a '10 to get the new Mk6 body design!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I've already put down a deposit on a 2010. Dealer has promised me the first DSG/Sunroof wagon off the truck.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I sure can't find a manual TDI Sportwagen anywhere. I have found quite a few variants of the sedan but 95% of those have the dsg tranny.
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yeah it's not very German to not plan for something they knew was coming... other than the Russian winter...
      • 5 Years Ago
      We all _ know_ that Americans won't buy diesels and they won't buy wagons, so we must be talking about ~10 cars here.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You beat me to it lmao.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Same thing here in CT... virtually no Jetta TDI Sportwagens to be had...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Call VW of Hartford, ask for Steve A. Tell him I sent you. They have at least two Sportwagens and at least 6-7 sedans in TDI trim. He is a sales manager there, able to do some amazing deals. Good luck!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Excellent. I didn't see any last time I visited. Crowley in Plainville is sold out.
      ryan
      • 5 Years Ago
      dude their are two for sale in pittsburgh PA at Rorich VW and MAZDA
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just come on down to south florida and you'll find your choice of color.



      • 5 Years Ago
      Pfff, my '72 Alfa Romeo Spider gets 30 mpg
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would like to think that AB reprinted this from ABG even after the commenters showed the article was inaccurate (one person gave a link showing his local dealer had 7 on the lot) because of sloth instead of because they're somehow being paid to pimp VW.
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