Diesel Shocker - 2011 VW Jetta TDI Long-Term Road Test

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2011 VW Jetta TDI: Diesel Shocker

April 26, 2011

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Boy, diesel is expensive! A quick survey of Edmunds' neighborhood shows the lowest diesel price to be $4.55 per gallon, and I've seen it as high as $4.89. That really drives home the point about saving money by using less-expensive regular fuel, doesn't it? Around here, regular is going for a (relatively reasonable) $4.19. Ten gallons of regular versus that expensive diesel is a big $7.00 in savings.

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Is your blood pressure spiking? Calm down. Of COURSE I didn't put gasoline in our diesel-drinking Jetta. But since I got so much flak for using regular gasoline versus premium in our VW GTI, I figured I could get you to fall for this.

Apparently, not everyone knows that a shiny red VW sedan could even be diesel powered. When I was at a Chevron station yesterday, a truck driver in a hurry for his own diesel fix urged me to pull forward to another island -- one without a diesel dispenser.

"This car takes diesel," I said.

"Diesel?" he said, eyeing the car (VW, Tornado Red) and me (skirt, pumps). His face registered disbelief.

"Yes," I said, smiling through some mild exasperation. "Diesel."

He backed off, I filled up. Hat tip to Mike Schmidt for the Kutcheresque blog idea.

Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @2,232 miles

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