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December 16th, 2004
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car shopping
A couple months ago we narrowed my car search down to Volkswagon. I really like the german engineering and the look and feel of the cars along with various features. I've test-driven the Jetta, the Golf, and the Beetle.

Tonight I finally got a solid sense that the golf is not the car for me.

If I buy one of the cars currently at the local dealer, I'm deciding between a Galaxy Blue 2004 Beetle GLS and a Spice Red 2004 Jetta. Both are discounted for having been a service loaner or show car. Neither has more than 3000 miles on it and both would carry full new-car warranty.

Any thoughts?

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From:batwrangler
Date:December 17th, 2004 05:08 am (UTC)
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I had a long string of expensive repairs that masqueraded as a mode of transport: it was a 1993 VW Jetta (purchased used in 2001), and a nightmare.

I'm now driving a 2002 Hyundai Accent (used also, but purchased in 2003 from a Hyundai dealer) and blessing it every time I write out my (small, fixed, predictable, affordable) car payment check.

Since you're looking at basically new cars, you may not run into the string of undiagnosable problems and cascading repairs I hit.
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From:yix
Date:December 17th, 2004 06:00 am (UTC)
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I really like the Jetta's actually...though I have not driven a Beetle, so I'm not sure I can compare. I have heard the repair cost nightmares that batwrangler mentioned, but like them, I'm guessing the newness will make that less of an issue for you.

And on the plus side, learning how to repair some of the things in the Jetta isn't too difficult...and sort of fun.
From:mgaiman
Date:December 17th, 2004 06:05 am (UTC)
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I've always loved Jettas. (So that's my vote.)
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From:stardustgirl
Date:December 17th, 2004 06:07 am (UTC)
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Blue Beetle. But then you know my taste for car design so I'm betting this isn't a shock. :-)

I had Batwranglers experience with a string of undiagnosable problems and cascading repairs with a purchased-brand-new Buick once upon a time. It was truly the Demon Seed of vehicles. Even the mechanic was impressed with how horrible it was despite meticulous maintenance... and he advised me to dump it. It's pretty bad when your mechanic urges you to get rid of what is, for him, a cash cow. :-D My Beetle-owning friends love their cars. So far I know three... all three happy campers.
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From:fredcritter
Date:December 17th, 2004 06:40 am (UTC)
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Since you've already narrowed it down to Volkswagon I won't say another word.
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From:sleigh
Date:December 17th, 2004 11:51 am (UTC)
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We have two Jettas -- one a 1997 manual with 110,000 miles on it that still runs entirely reliably (and is the car I generally drive), and a new turbo station wagon. My, the turbo really enhances the acceleration... I'd recommend either a manual transmission or if you go automatic get the turbo.

But... Jetta.
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From:rmeidaking
Date:December 17th, 2004 11:58 am (UTC)
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I always want the red car.

(Of course, there usually isn't one available when I'm looking, which is why the blue car is blue and the van is silver.)
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From:dreadpiratesiri
Date:December 17th, 2004 03:03 pm (UTC)
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go for the jetta, my boyfriend's mom has one that she's had for five or ten years and it still runs beautifully. Plus, you'd look far more striking in a spice red car. ;-)
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From:foms
Date:December 17th, 2004 03:35 pm (UTC)
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In the mid- to late-1980s, Jetta was the car of choice for taxi drivers in Montreal. They ran some of them only when a single driver was working and some nearly all the time, turning them off only to refuel. They put hundreds of miles per day on them.

These cars didn't give much trouble. I rarely heard of one dying. Maybe VW has changed them since. Maybe they go for a certain amount of time and them give up the ghost.

That's all I know. It ain't much.
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From:jeffreyab
Date:December 17th, 2004 03:41 pm (UTC)
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Jetta's are more flexible in terms of interior space and practicality and they go like stink!

Beetle's are an impractical personal style statement unless you are very tall and then the head room comes in handy.
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From:netmouse
Date:December 17th, 2004 11:45 pm (UTC)
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yeah, see, well, Bill is quite tall. The Beetle has enough head room he could comfotably wear a hat.. the jetta has very little space above his head.
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From:jeffreyab
Date:December 18th, 2004 02:31 pm (UTC)
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So there is just enough space?

Also is the Jetta a 2 door or 4 door?

Four doors are more practical if you plan on children or taking alot of people on trips.
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From:foms
Date:December 20th, 2004 04:22 pm (UTC)
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He has to be ok with not only the room for his head but with his field of vision when sitting upright. I find that I have to hunch to see out the top of the front windows of many cars.
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From:matt_arnold
Date:December 17th, 2004 03:58 pm (UTC)
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Jettas are great cars. It's true that a Beetle is an impractical personal style statement, but so? It's a GOOD statement and it is the car I would buy if money were no object.
From:yuggoth
Date:December 17th, 2004 04:03 pm (UTC)
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I'm not sure whether this is actually true, but I'm often told that red cars result in more speeding tickets because the cops watch them more closely.
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From:netmouse
Date:December 17th, 2004 11:44 pm (UTC)
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I suspect that if this is true it is more true for cherry red or racecar red than it is for dark red.
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From:minnehaha
Date:December 17th, 2004 04:11 pm (UTC)
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Beetles are very much "personal statement" cars. Make sure it's a personal statement you don't mind making.

B
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From:sraun
Date:December 17th, 2004 04:18 pm (UTC)
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Ooohhhh! Blue!

Not necessarily the best way to make a decision, but that's the way I'd go!
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From:minnehaha
Date:December 17th, 2004 05:49 pm (UTC)
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I'm not constituted to care about my own car all that much, let alone anybody else's.

K.
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From:netmouse
Date:December 17th, 2004 11:43 pm (UTC)
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I'm not constituted to care about my own car all that much, let alone anybody else's.

yeah, my neither. Part of why I've had a hard time shopping. It requires having an opinion.
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From:minnehaha
Date:December 18th, 2004 01:47 am (UTC)
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Then buy the less expensive. If the price is the same, flip a coin.

K.
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