Is a 2001 VW Turbodiesel a Bad Idea?
March 4, 2014 12:54 PM Subscribe
I might have a chance to buy one from a friend. It only has 120k on it, one owner, who has put a lot of work into and has a good maintenance history (and a reliable local mechanic who has done a lot of the work that she recommends). I need a car mostly for commuting, don't want to spend a lot of money, and in a few years, could afford to sell it and get something new. (Also: I have always loved Beetles, but I'm trying not to let that sway me).
posted by emjaybee to Travel & Transportation (17 answers total)
Is there some huge reason why this is a bad idea, or could it possibly be a decent deal? And what kind of cash should I offer?
I've never bought used, and never anything this old. Ironically, it has fewer miles on it than my 2006 Toyota.
I have looked at VW questions in Ask, but didn't see any comments about this one that were recent. Also, none of the car guides I Googled had much to say re cars this age, but maybe I didn't look in the right places.
I trust the owner; she is generous to a fault and extremely honest, and if something went awry, she'd let me know if it was something that had happened before and what she did about it.