Since I bought my dream car 1.5 years ago, my car hunting radar got fuzzy for a bit amidst wonderings of what, if anything, was next? I had a sports sedan and an unstoppable truck, what else could you need? Well, with both cars struggling to get 20mpg on the highway, the entry of a Jetta TDI to my brother’s fleet got my mind churning. He and his girlfriend made a trip from Seattle to San Francisco, with a spacecase on top, and averaged 56 mpg. I was sold, and now these days when I think of what car I really want next, the recurring image is a Mk4 Jetta TDI Wagon. Eminently useful and frugal, it would be the perfect counterpoint to the E28 M5. Today’s example is what I will eventually be looking for: low-mileage, manual, and very clean.
Model: Jetta TDI Wagon
Engine: 1.9L turbodiesel inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2003 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Wagon on eBay
2003 RARE JETTA TDI WAGON ** 5 SPEED MANUAL ** ONLY 83K ORIGINAL LOW LOW MILES ** 1.9 TURBO DIESEL ENGINE ** SIDE IMPACT AIRBAGS ** 50 MPG ** AIR CONDITIONING WITH POLLEN AND DUST FILTER ** POWER HEATED MIRRORS ** HEATED SEATS ** FULLY LOADED GL MODEL ** SPLIT FOLDING REAR SEAT ** CRUISE CONTROL **RARE ESP OPTION (ELECTRONIC STABILITY PROGRAM) ** POWER WINDOWS ** POWER LOCKS ** KEYLESS ENTRY ** AWESOME COLOR COMBO ** ROOF RACK ** MONSOON SOUND SYSTEM ** IN DASH CD PLAYER ** NEW YOKOHAMA TIRES ALL AROUND ** NEVER IN AN ACCIDENT, CLEAN CARFAX AND AUTOCHECK REPORTS (PLEASE VIEW ATTACHED CARFAX REPORT) ** ALWAYS SERVICED BY VW DEALER ** MORE RELIABLE AND MUCH MORE EFFICIENT THAN NEW TDI’S ** SPARE TIRE W/ TOOL KIT ** BOOKS, MANUALS AND FLOOR MATS ** NON-SMOKER ** THIS IS THE ONE OF THE NICEST JETTA DIESEL WAGONS WE HAVE SEEN IN A LONG TIME, ESPECIALLY WITH SUCH LOW MILES ** WILL NOT LAST ** THE LAST YEAR WITH THE HIGHLY DESIRABLE ALH MOTOR ** BEING SOLD ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS, THESE CARS HAVE BECOME IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND ESPECIALLY A 5 SPEED MODEL! THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST!
I’d be a little more ready to pounce if it were around $12k, but low-mileage examples are becoming rarer by the day, so it’s a bit of a seller’s market. It may not have mind-blowing power and speed, but its specific brand of performance is equally admirable.