Since there are a lot of folks here who seem to be involved in many things, I'm surprised that nobody's talking about the VW Diesel Debacle.
I have a 2012 VW Golf TDI. I bought the diesel because I drive a LOT, in fact I bought the car almost 48 months ago (mid sept 2012) and have over 86,000 miles on- a driving average of a whopping 1700 some-odd miles per month. (rounding up to 48, by my admittedly weak math) So it's been with some degree of anticipation that I've watched this whole thing unfold. Well. This past week, I got my "buy back" package in the mail. One morning when I had time, I went to the website, registered my vehicle and got The Numbers on the buy back.
The buy back includes a solid "Blue Book" value for the car PLUS a whopping "restitution" payment... I guess cuz I've put so many miles on, they figure they owe me more, cuz I've been hurt more? Bottom line is that with the near-max restitution, the buy back isn't too far off the cost of the darn car from new.
This has me reeling. And thinking.
Will The Fix mean decreased MPGs?
I drive fast on the freeways, which constitutes the vast bulk of my mileage. This means I don't get amazing MPGs. I probably average around 35-38 miles per gallon. SO if The Fix is going to drop me down to 30 MPG or so, why NOT sell and buy another car that gets that level of economy on regular gas?
OR why not buy another brand of car with a diesel motor? Well looking around, I suppose that limits me considerably, here in the good ol US of A.
and oh yeah, C: BMW has a diesel, it seems- the 335D. Now I'm not too inclined to buy a Mercedes.... BUT the BMW? HMMM.
OR do I trade the Golf TDI in for another VW?
UPGRADE to another, newer car?
OK so I could go on and on... But I'll spare us all.
Anyone else involved in this?
Whatchya'all doin about it?
DISCUSS, por favor.