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I own a 2012 Jetta Sportwagen TDI. I also own a 2008 Mercedes Benz ML 320 CDI, bought new in 2008. Both are diesels. Evaluating the Jetta against a Mercedes is completely inappropriate - the comparison is grossly invalid. As to the diesel fuel smell, there isn't any, IF YOU ARE USING THE NEW, LEGAL DIESEL FUEL (maybe this is the source of the "vibration" and "rough start".) Both cars are parked in my garage, and there simply is no odor at all. In older diesels I've had (1973 M-B 220D and a 1979 Peugeot 504D) the fuel did smell and they did smoke, but the new fuel certainly doesn't do either. I have nothing but good things to say about my 2012 Jetta Sportwagen TDI. Mileage is outstanding (51.3 mpg on a recent 106 mile round trip), and is understated on the EPA charts because it takes a few thousand miles to seat the rings in a diesel. And the radio is great.Report it
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