We bought this car new, after the dealer went high and low trying to find one. It has 175000 miles on it and is by far the lowest-cost joy of a car we have ever owned. Going for 300,000+! Only the two-seat Honda Insight tops it for freeway-driving economy and this has no multi-thousand- dollar battery battery bank overhauls looming in the future!
The TDI engine technology is the best of the best. Volkswagen should never have "improved" on the A4 engine since the previous versions and the 2004 and later PD versions have not performed as well.
It may appear in the new VW Sportwagen (Jetta in the U.S.) in January '08, but VW desperately needs to get back on the A4-type track with a 6-speed manual at 60+ mpg. Their prototype TDI hybrid at around 100 mpg would really take the cake, overriding the cost of the long-term battery replacements.