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6 month update - Still loving this car after 6 months and 6000 miles. My highway fuel economy has been averaging in the high 40's and city in the high 30's (EPA rating 40 mpg highway/30 mpg city). What other non-diesel car out there consistently, and significantly, exceeds their EPA ratings! Most hybrids don't even meet their ratings. The only issue I've had with the car in the first 6 months was not the cars fault. In January we had extremely cold temperatures here in the Northeast. On one below zero morning the car would crank but wouldn't start. This is how I learned the hard way about diesel fuel 'gelling' at extremently low temperatures. When the fuel gels it clogs the fuel filter which prevents fuel flow. Diesel fuel suppliers in cold climates are supposed to winterize the fuel by adding about 10% kerosene to prvent fuel gelling. The station I had been buying my fuel from obviously hadn't done this. Had to have the car towed to my dealer (Seacoast VW). Technically, fuel gelling is not covered under the VW warranty since it's not a problem with the car. However, my dealer was great about it. They thawed out the car, cleaned out the fuel filter and didn't charge me a dime. Subsequently, I learned about diesel fuel anti-gelling fuel additives. I picked up a bottle of Power Service 'white bottle' winter fuel additive at my local Walmart and never had another fuel gelling problem. I highly recommend it.Report it
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