• fb_1032544919 avatar Philip Posted: 6/27/2012 7:17pm PDT

    Bill: I like reading your posts on the Passat TDI. I'm stuck between purchasing the 2013 Nissan Altima 2.5 SL and the 2013 VW Passat TDI (which would be my 3rd VW purchase). While I like the mileage of the TDI, I just can't get over the luxury features of the Nissan, specifically the NASA inspired zero gravity seats, rear object detector monitor, lane departure monitor, self cleaning rear view camera, hazard/horn tire pressure monitors and other features. Price wise, the TDI can't compare to the Altima, however, resale value and gas mileage can't compare to the TDI. What is a guy supposed to do? What is your expert advice on which to buy and which to avoid? Thanks for your advice!!!

  • fb_1259060034 avatar Rashard Posted: 7/31/2012 2:43pm PDT

    I like the 2013 Altima as well, but I chose the Passat TDI. It's my 2nd VW and my first diesel and I love it. Pay no attention to the EPA figures on the window sticker, especially the highway number. I get 45 MPG on the highway driving at 70 with the AC on, and it's an excellent vehicle for road trips. I have exceeded 50 MPG on trips many times, and have gotten 47 MPG on my best fill-up. By the way, I'm not a hyper miler. I can't say anything about the new Altima as I haven't driven it, but I hope that helps.

  • fb_100002031978895 avatar Mark Posted: 6/3/2012 1:14pm PDT

    Purchased a Passat 2012 0n 3/21. 5600 miles later I am averaging 49 mpg. My daily commute is 100 miles, 90% highway. I have the manual version. So far so good. The car has lived up to the hype in my opinion.

  • james myers avatar james myers Posted: 5/31/2012 3:04am PDT

    Odd that they don't offer a cloth interior?

  • fb_1620175433 avatar William Posted: 5/30/2012 10:39am PDT

    Keep it in the fleet longer and see how well it holds up. VWs fall apart after a year or two.

  • fb_100000641225953 avatar Bill Posted: 5/30/2012 1:02pm PDT

    I have been driving them for 40 years and none have fallen apart yet. Maybe you are confusing them with one of the domestic brands.

  • etdweasel avatar etdweasel Posted: 5/30/2012 2:22pm PDT

    @ Bill Lindsay

    My parents went on their honeymoon in a split window beetle, I came home from the hospital in my mom's lap in a barn door Type 2. I literally grew up in Volkswagens. I've owned about 30 including about every iteration save the Type 4. My '75 Rabbit was unquestionably the worst car I ever owned, my 2000 Cabriolet not far behind. I traded the latter for a Toyota and never looked back.

    Here in the northeast, the diesel is at a disadvantage because of a 10-12% fuel price disadvantage. I dearly loved every diesel VW I ever owned, but my Prius with 234K has cost me less to run than any VW I've ever owned.

    I sincerely wish VW the best, and, if they ever get around to bringing the diesel Up! to the US they may yet snag me again...

  • fb_100000641225953 avatar Bill Posted: 5/31/2012 3:29pm PDT

    37 years is along time to hold a grudge.

  • fb_100000050431506 avatar Stephen Posted: 5/30/2012 10:00am PDT

    The new Passat sounds like a winner in so many ways, but how does the V-Tex leatherette feel? Is it hot or sticky in summer? Is it a good substitute for cloth? How is the back seat for comfort without rear A/C vents?

  • marty avatar Marty Posted: 5/30/2012 12:05pm PDT

    It feels as good as any of the economy-car leathers that are made of scraps and put together well post-cow. The heat's an issue, admittedly: it's 93 today in Atlanta and the car's interior is a good 10 degrees warmer, sitting outside the garage. We'd rather have cloth but it's not offered; the back seat does get warm with the lack of vents and the wide-open space it offers, but in most climates--north of I-10?--you might not feel it's a real problem for more than a few days at a time.