[Vwdiesel] Diesel vs hybrid battle heats up

Erik Lane eriklane at gmail.com
Wed Dec 3 13:15:23 PST 2008

Yes, that is true now for these cars, but we seem to be in some kind
of weird times with them. It wasn't always the case - I think it's a
lot of factors coming together at the same time - rising demand for
the newer diesels because of biodiesel, better mileage and better
longevity combined with the *VERY* low supply of diesel cars here in
the states. If you were to look somewhere in Europe where every
manufacturer makes neat little diesel cars I would expect a different
story - more like the other cars.

I also think that this will even out eventually once more
manufacturers bring their diesel cars here. Get a better supply going
and everyone won't be fighting over the few that there are already.

I could be way off base, but that's what I would expect. I *like* the
idea of cars holding their value. If more people bought used cars and
kept them running as opposed to buying new then the value of a used
car would be higher, leading to more of them being worth it to
maintain, leading to more of them being maintained and less new cars
needing to be made. I don't see anything like that happening, but it's
a nice thought. Heck, anything that will actually drive down the road
should be worth $1000-2000, in my opinion. Then go up from there for
how nice they are.


On Wed, Dec 3, 2008 at 10:00 AM,  <LBaird119 at aol.com> wrote:
> In a message dated 12/3/2008 8:29:15 AM Pacific Standard Time,
> eriklane at gmail.com writes:
>> Just getting in the car and driving it off the lot loses thousands in
>> depreciation, as it's now a 'used' car, not 'new.'
>  Have you looked at the prices of a B4 Passat TDI wagon?  Or the
> B5 too.  Seattle Craigslist has some outfit that's always selling a
> B4 TDI or two and the wagons are usually in the $11K to $14K
> range.  Sure $10 or more less than new but it's a 12-13 year old
> car with 150K miles!
>  Dad was called by the dealer he bought his
> from (used) something like 3 or 4 years later.  They offered to
> buy it back at the same price he paid for it!  He didn't get any
> major steal on it either.  (Good deal but not huge.  It happened
> to be just what he wanted.)  That's what you call holding value!  :-)
>    Loren
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