Not sure how much TCL knows about this, but apparently the high pressure fuel pumps in the common rail TDIs have a tendency to tear itself apart and scatter metal shards all over the fuel system whenever contaminated diesel fuel or regular gasoline is put into the car. This is a $10k repair if and when it happens.
My TDI is at 35k; warranty expires at 36k. I've been on the fence on what to do now for a few months. Basically I can:
- Roll the dice and keep the car. I actually really like my JSW; Tons of space and can't beat the mpg in a non-hybrid platform. HPFP failures have occurred in only a very small percentage of CR TDIs sold in the U.S. So the chances that this will happen to me is very slim, but when/if it does, it's a giant sized headache. Plus, I don't have $10k laying around that I want to slam into my car if this does happen.
I've been reading a lot of conflicting reports that A) this repair IS covered under the 60k powertrain warranty B) other parts related to the HPFP has nothing to do with powertrain, so it's only covered by the 36k warranty, so I'm screwed if this happens at 36,001 miles.
- Get a hybrid/EV. I've test driven the Lexus CT200h, the Prius 3rd Gen and the Prius C. The Lexus was cramped on the inside and just sluggish; and I couldn't get over how ghastly and cheap the Prii interiors are. And before you say Jetta Hybrid, something about a VW hybrid scares me. But diesel is $4.20 and rising in my area and getting 55mpg + with regular gas is very tempting. Plus, I get to use the tolled HOV lanes for free during the morning and evening rush hour traffic in South Florida, a HUGE plus for me.
- Get a fun gasser. My last two cars have been more practical than fun. My wife and I have no kids and 80% of the time, I'm by myself in the car. This is a huge unknown for me. Something small, fun and relatively efficient for $25-30k? GTI? Mustang GT? Mini?