She is a little BEAST! Very FUN car...
July 31, 2013
Alright, I'm 48 years old, 6 foot tall and 250 pounds and I work in the North Dakota oil fields. Me and a buddy rent a house in Montana while I reside in Michigan... Flying today is now a PIA, and Delta Airlines... I won't go there. But anyways, I now drive back to Michigan, it is normally faster than flying... But, my 2010 Dodge Ram has a 400 mile range and it is running around $100 a tank to fill up... After much research, enter the 2012 VW Golf TDI.
I found two used ones within 1000 miles of me, two door manual trans. I took Amtrak out of Williston ND to the dealer in Minnesota, it was the closest of the two cars. Bought at Luther in Minneapolis, Doug met me at the train, great guy, very happy, had me in and out in around an hour.
The car, I don't know what to say that has not been covered already. It is a standard 2 door Golf TDI, Black, manual transmission, very comfortable, BT actually works, heated seats go right up the seat back, not just your butt. Very quick, incredible power out of such a small motor, allot of torque and incredibly fun to drive.
I put 1700 miles on her in the first three days, part of which was driving back home to Michigan, took Route 2 out of ND, through the MI UP and crossed the bridge and headed south towards Ann Arbor. I used 28 gallons of diesel... Cost me roughly $110.
I cannot speak to its reliability, the DPF does worry me, as I am a truck driver and have had enough nightmares with this set up in the big trucks. But, from what I have read, VW seems to have all of the bugs worked out of this EPA mandated nightmare. Never the less, I did purchase an extended bumper to bumper 100,000 mile warranty, just in case, as the costs of these repairs are not cheap. They can run upwards of $10,000 if things really go wrong. Get the extended warranty and do not screw up and put gasoline in this little beast.
The other issue, if you are in a cold climate, it does not come with a factory installed block heater, only the Canadians get that option, and it is standard on their cars. But, one is available, Google FrostHeater, that is the unit you will need if you are in a cold area of the country like I am.
All in all, I am in love with this little monster, she boogies, looks good and is very comfortable, much better ride than my 2010 Ram, and my wife's 2008 Honda Civic EX-L Coupe in regards to the all out driving experience.
If you need MPG's, don't waste your time and money on a Hybrid, just buy this car.