BTW What are you doing for snow tires? In the first picture the VW has Toyo's on them, the second pictures Conti Contacts...... I think I'm going to puchase some Blizzack WS70's next week.
The Nokians I had on my first GTI lasted the life of the car (I sold it with 145,000 miles). I gave them away to a friend with a beater Jetta a few years back and he ran them for a winter.
My first car was a VW Golf, then I had a VW Passat. The passat... I loved the car's driving and interior but f-in despised the repair bills on that thing. I think VW has had some serious improvements though in qulaity since that car (a 1995 MY).
Looking at a Tiguan now for my wife.
Just picked up a 2012 Golf TDI this morning. This thread was a very big factor into getting the car.
Cool, enjoy it!
Over 8000 miles so far and still loving my TDI. Averaging 39.1 MPG since inception (actual recording, not using the car's computer) and that is with 4+ months of winter tires and a little less than that on winter diesel. Just scored a best tank of 45.9 MPG recently, I can tell winter diesel is out and regular supply is back in. Should be able to get an even better best tank with regular tires back on. With the summer coming up, I am expecting to get the overall average over 40 very quickly.
Interestingly enough, I am not impressed with highway miles (for the record, I have the extra weight of an auto). It is difficult to keep the MPG much over 40 when driving 65-70+. My best MPG is all country roads with 40-55 MPH, especially the hills where I can pulse and glide.
Panoramic sunroof is amazing. I haven't closed the shade once since I got the car.
I think after 6 months the honeymoon phase may be over. But it is hard to be unbiased after dropping $28k on a new toy. Of course I am going to love something after sinking that type of money into it. And I do have a few criticisms of the car, notably I could have used another inch or two of floor space in the back for my skis (they fit, but cramming four pay diagonal (with a pair of 186s) isn't as easy as it should be for a wagon (they all fit, but the tips occasionally stuff up the passenger door--okay, perhaps that is a vain criticism). The biggest issue is not enough places to put stuff in the front. The front passenger area needs more trays, cubbies, and holders. A sunglasses holder on the roof would have been great (okay, sunroof dials are there). And of course, highway MPG at 40-42 MPG when doing 65-70ish on the flats isn't awe inspiring compared to 50-60 MPG on back country roads. But that difference is par for course with any car, still I was expecting better on the highways when doing 70. I just don't drive 70 any more. The SD/Media player is complete and total rubbish. I can't handle big SD cards (I think 8 or 16 is the limit, I wasted money buying a 32 without reading the fine print) and sorting isn't great. Very surprising this isn't better quality in this day and age.
Any ways, I love the car still and am looking forward to having it for a dozen years or more and pushing the odo well over 200k.
Drove to Boston last night to see Les Mis and for kicks I tried to average around 60 MPH or so. Computer shows 50 MPG (actually was closer to 51.5 on the way down and those numbers are both counting a few minutes of city driving) both ways which is more likely 48 real MPG or so. So Prius like MPG is possible even on the hghway if you drive just a little under the limit and really work the accelerator with the topography.
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