[Vwdiesel] OT: diesel hatchback suggestions ??

David Cook vwdieselbunny at yahoo.com
Wed Jul 12 00:27:51 EDT 2006

I've told a lot of people this...

I think VW really does a lot of things well, and
building diesel engines is probably near the top of
the list.

However, I think on the list of things that they can't
seem to quite get right is an automatic transmission
that will last.

There just seems to be a lot of people who have issues
with them after 60-100K miles.  Maybe that really
isn't that bad, but it seems like American cars do
this better.

Also, at least in the US, there were no Passat TDIs
offered with an auto trans during the '96-'97 run, not
until 2005.  You could probably find a Jetta Wagon TDI
with an auto.


--- Libbybapa at wmconnect.com wrote:

> The golf hatch area is quite small even with the
> back seat folded up.  I 
> would personally opt for a Passat TDI wagon or Jetta
> TDI wagon if money was not an 
> object and I wasn't able to make car payments by
> getting my hands greasy.  
> :-)  If they aren't in a big hurry than they could
> try to find an automatic 
> Quantum TD wagon (hen's tooth?).  At some point I
> will make an Automatic TD 
> Vanagon, but they sure weren't offered stock. 
> Cheers.
> Andrew
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David Cook
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