Say hello to my new daily driver, 2011 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI

After changing jobs and working at a job that is much more stimulating to me I soon found out that my choice of daily driver was not exactly the best choice anymore.  As much as I loved the Porsche Cayenne Turbo and the fact is, it never caused me any issues unlike the M5.  The only issue with the Cayenne was the gas mileage; now I’ll admit I’m a bit of a lead food when it comes to driving, but I was spending way too much on gasoline each month for even my lead foot and wallet to handle.  Even adjusting to driving slower was not helping me.  So the choice came down to figuring out what I wanted to do.

I started out looking at hybrids, such as the Prius, Fusion Hybrid, Honda Civic Hybrid and the like and the Jetta TDIs.  After getting to ride in and drive the hybrids I marked them off the list pretty quickly since I did not find them very fun to drive.  The Jetta TDI sedan and wagon were both a lot of fun to drive – so that narrowed my choices down to choosing between a sedan or wagon and a manual or DSG transmission.  Now, this seems like an easy choice, but it is damn near impossible to find a Jetta TDI exactly how you want it.  So you basically have to go with what they’ve got at the dealerships.  Luckily, in Austin there are two VW dealerships; and one had sedans and the other had wagons.  Of course, the first thing to do was to find out how much the Cayenne was worth as a baseline for trade-ins at other dealerships using CarMax.  If the trade-in value is close, it’ll make up for the taxes saved on trade-in, if not, you know to sell the car to CarMax.  The baseline price I found out from CarMax on Wednesday, even though it took most of the night.

Now, dealership number one was right after CarMax.  They had two identically outfitted sedans (both with DSG); and I test drove one of them.  Immediately I knew this was a fun car to drive and I could more than likely live with driving one on a daily basis.  After the test drive, we started working numbers to see if something could happen.  Unfortunately, they couldn’t make it happen with the trade-in, they were 5k under CarMax’s offer, however, the deal was a very good deal.  It was past their closing time when it was concluded so I went home a little disappointed, but feeling pretty good about the decision to change cars.

The second dealership was the one with all the wagons at it.  They also had one sedan — in manual.  I test drove the manual sedan and wow.  That is a really, really fun car to drive.  The power band was quite nice and the transmission was one of the smoothest I’ve used.  However, I wanted the DSG, so I started looking through the wagons just to see what there was.  I found a red wagon with DSG and the panoramic roof and decided that would be a nice car, but I would still like to know if they could get me any sedan with DSG and the iPod connector.  This of course, was Thursday.  The salesman said he’d find out tomorrow (being today, what sedans he could get and let me know).  This of course, leads to today.  There were no sedans available, but I told him I’d be interested in the red wagon with DSG and the panoramic roof if it could have an iPod adapter installed.  After a few phone calls, I bought the car (basically over the phone negotiations, it was kind of odd).  I agreed to buy the car about 4pm and then set off to my house to get the last of the stuff out of my Cayenne Turbo and put the instruction manuals into it to be sold back to CarMax.

I was out of my house and at CarMax by 5:00pm and then heading toward the VW dealership after selling my car by 5:45p.  Then, I was out of VW with my new car at 7:45p.  This, cats and kittens, was a record for the Holloway family.  The first time a car has been bought at the dealership and we’re out of the dealership before midnight.  In fact, I did two car related things in under 3 hours.  This was seriously amazing.  And the car kicks ass as well — not as powerful as the Cayenne Turbo, but I’ll happily trade some of the power for the ridiculously upgraded miles per gallon.