We were excited to get a TDI. Diesel engines are supposed to last a long time. We were told by the salesperson "this is a 400,000 mile engine."
Maintenance is horrible and costs an arm and a leg. At five years and 83,000 miles the well known cam shaft and lifters failure occurred costing us $4000 to repair. Even though it's a well known problem VW of America said "there are no recalls on it and you're out of warranty."
Less than 2000 miles after the they replaced half the engine it died again and they say "oh the turbo is dead" and it has nothing to do with the last repair - that will be $3000.
Just to get it working enough to trade it in has cost us 2/3 of what the car is worth.
Horrible horrible quality record.
A total piece of junk.
Don't believe the "German quality" line.
The cars are made in Mexico and Brazil.
We tell everyone we know NEVER EVER buy a VW!
Had wanted a TDI for a looong time. After two years, have only had to replace the battery. It did seem to die prematurely, but I heard alot of the OEM batteries were soft.
I plan to keep this for a very long time. I enjoy driving it every time. Feels luxurious for what I paid.
-Gas mileage is was and is the biggest draw. 36-44
-Interiors on VWs are very upscale looking...this car is no exception.
-Trunk is cavernous
-Seats are comfortable (love the vinyl, odd)
-Fun to drive (precise handling)
Can't think of anything major or even moderate.
Would like to have had an easy way to connect my iPod (Is an 06)
Known issue on TDI owner club - cam shaft and lifters fail (not hardened correctly)... BRM Engine code 1.9L Costs to repair was $2000. Prevention: have timing belt replacement, at same time ask for mechanic to assess the valve lifters (followers)... for scarring, pitting and worse yet total failure! Will lose power, will trip all sorts of codes Check engine, progresses to worse! Sorry VW does not offer any ear to this problem.. I am going to japanese engines! Never again for me. If it happens report it to NHTSA ODI (google it). best wishes.....
Mileage, but then it is compromised by engine and power train failure, EGR cooler pipe failure!
Pay attention to the Engineering, that is why we buy VW cars, but have been fooled.
For every dollar saved in mileage, you will spend two on maintenance. The following has been repaired so far: turbo, dash display control chip, stereo, interior lights, and driver's electric seat controls. The outside mirror defogger works intermittently and the ceiling skirt is falling down and in some places, hanging. Dealer maintenance is expensive as are the parts. In hindsite, a quality Japanese car with weaker gas mileage would have been a better choice. Never again.
Have almost 100k on this car. It's been very reliable, with only a few minor repairs here and there. Just had the timing belt changed (which has to be done at 105k miles). I'm expecting to drive this for at least another 100k!
Diesel engine. I'm getting 38mpg in town and 48 on the road. Love it!