I finally pulled the trigger. Introducing the new Zoyx Mobile. That is a 2005 Jetta Wagon GLS TDI. I came real close to getting a Beetle, Jetta Sedan and a Honda Fit. The main reasons for this one is the additional cargo room and the great MPG on diesel.
Before making the trip to buy this one, I dropped by Hecker Toyota to look at a 2003 Beetle TDI. The test drive went fine, probably would have bought it if wasn’t orange and had the not so good transmission. Pre-2004 auto-transmissions weren’t so good, according to my internet lurking.
They then did the hard sell on a 2006 Jetta TDI sedan with only 1200 miles on it (a repo). During the test drive I asked how much for it. The salesman said $27K. Oofda! I told him that my price ceiling was $22K. He thought we could work around that. So we played with numbers, and they came down to $24K. I wouldn’t budge from $22K. So no sale was done. This took about 4 hours… including the drive out there and back.
Then I went to the outfit that had the wagon. I had already test drove the wagon in the middle of last week. With no other vehicles out there that was hitting the spot, this was going to be the one, so I snarfed it up.
Now I have a diesel powered car. Time to start researching biodiesel. One of my first steps is to hook up with the Northfield Biodiesel Buyers’ Club, and see what they have to offer. If I were to start using biodiesel, I would have to invest in a new fuel filter. Apparently biodiesel acts as a solvent, and brings up the kludge that is in your fuel tank, which then ends up in your fuel filter.
Then I may look into making my own biodiesel. Cooking up your own biodiesel from used frying oil is pretty involved. I was hoping it was just filter, then use, but not quite.
Even if I don’t go with biodiesel, I am going to save some serious coin thanks to going from 25 mpg, up to about 42 mpg. Using $3.20/gal for gas and $2.82/gal for diesel, my fuel price per mile should go down from 12.8 cents per mile, to 6.7 cents per mile.