Two summers ago (in 2008), I bought a used 2007 Prius.
But it wasn’t my first choice of automobile. You see, what I really wanted to buy was a white 2009 Volkswagen TDI Jetta or Jetta wagon. They were just coming out in the US, and there was a big waiting list.
I put down my deposit and waited, and waited. But after six weeks, there was still nothing in sight for my desired color and options.
The funny part was that there was a huge waiting list for the Prius too, because it was the period of time when gas was really expensive, and everyone was panicking and buying high mileage cars.
One day I called my Volkswagen sales guy to complain and gave him the idle threat, “Oh well, it’s no big deal if you can’t get me a Jetta, I guess. If Toyota calls me and says they have a white Prius first, I’ll just buy that instead.”
That’s when the salesman told me that he actually had a 2007 used white Prius on their Volkswagen lot that they had just taken as a trade in, with only 12,000 miles on it, at a really good price.
So I jumped and bought it. And it’s actually been a great car.
But I still look back and think, “What if I could have gotten a Jetta clean diesel instead?”
Today, by complete accident, I ran into the Volkswagen TDI Tank Wars web site. It’s a site where you can take a photo of your dashboard displaying your real life gas mileage with any TDI clean diesel Volkswagen.
There are real people who are getting 50, 60,Â and 70 miles per gallon! The leader got 98 miles per gallon!
You have to drive at least 15 miles before you’re eligible to upload a dashboard photo. But many of these people are showing hundreds or thousands of miles of getting this kind of mileage.
How’s that for awesome?
Check it out yourself at the Volkswagen Tank Wars web site.
What kind of real life mileage have you gotten with your VW clean diesel car, and which model was it?
Leave a comment and tell us!