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      10-04-2012 06:47 PM #1
      I'm finally taking the plunge and financing a car for the first time in my life. My terrible fear of commitment has kept me from buying anything that costs more than $1K. Now that I'm done with college and my student debt is all paid up I have the extra income to buy something nice. But I'm torn between these two options.


      Which would you buy and why?? I'm looking for practical advice such as cost of ownership, resale value, availability of parts and service; as well as an enthusiast point of view such as tuning, coolness factor and worth owning factor.

      Thanks!
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      10-04-2012 06:48 PM #2
      I hate to tell you, but you have a long wait for a mk7 Jetta...

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      10-04-2012 06:50 PM #3
      a good condition low mileage R32 will NOT be 10-15k

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      10-04-2012 06:52 PM #4
      a good condition low mileage R32 will NOT be 10-15k
      you're missing the point.

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      10-04-2012 06:54 PM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by mk3redstar View Post
      you're missing the point.
      Seriously though, if a warranty is important, mk6 of the two. If not, the mk4 R is a much more enjoyable car. Finding one that ticks the boxes-clean, low mile, unmolested- may take a while though.

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      10-04-2012 06:58 PM #6
      Do you need 4motion ? If not. Look for 09tsi gti. More reliable then r faster and cheaper to mod.

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      10-04-2012 06:56 PM #7
      Don't listen to these monkeys. The Jetta is a pretty decent car. I drove a TDI and thought it was a much nicer drive then my old MKIV TDI Jetta. Who cares about soft touch? I seriously can't remember the last time I squeezed my dash in the Audi to see how squishy it is.
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      10-04-2012 06:59 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by Sir UNBANNED_GERBIL M.B. View Post
      Don't listen to these monkeys. The Jetta is a pretty decent car. I drove a TDI and thought it was a much nicer drive then my old MKIV TDI Jetta. Who cares about soft touch? I seriously can't remember the last time I squeezed my dash in the Audi to see how squishy it is.
      No one said anything about soft-touch, or ride compliance on a mk4 TDI...

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      10-04-2012 07:00 PM #9
      Don't listen to these monkeys. The Jetta is a pretty decent car. I drove a TDI and thought it was a much nicer drive then my old MKIV TDI Jetta. Who cares about soft touch? I seriously can't remember the last time I squeezed my dash in the Audi to see how squishy it is.
      I know!! I drove an Enterprise MK6 Jetta and the thing had enough balls to make you lean back on your seat when you punch the gas. Plus being a sedan it might be more useful later in life.

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      10-04-2012 07:36 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by mk3redstar View Post
      you're missing the point.
      Well price is still an issue. If you really care about how reliable the car will be, and it seems like you do, you'll have to pay a bit extra than what you had stated to find an R in low mileage and good condition. At that point it will cost you very nearly as much as a MkVI Jetta. However the R32 will hold it's value better in a few years, some are still going for 20k these days.

      Have a look at this thread. Not the same comparison but it will give you an idea of what it would be like to own a MkIV R vs a newer VW
      If you want to blend in get the Jetta, if you want to be special get the R

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      10-04-2012 07:50 PM #11
      If you're worried about repair costs and won't be working on the car yourself, do not get an R32. They're not cheap to maintain and at this point they're 8 years old. Things are going to break, and they don't get granny-driven.

      I bought one with 74k miles and I wouldn't do it again unless I had a good stack of money saved up for repairs/maintenance. It's not like they're going to blow up and leave you on the side of the road, but they need A LOT of attention. I'd get a newer car and let the dealership worry about that attention.

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      10-04-2012 06:51 PM #12
      I hate to tell you, but you have a long wait for a mk7 Jetta...
      Oops... I meant to say a MK6 Jetta.

      buy a beater and save your money
      I've driven nothing but beaters for years now. I wan't something nice and I'm not afraid of financing it. I have no wife, no kids and no debt so driving something that puts a smile on my face is worth the money.

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      10-04-2012 06:49 PM #13
      buy a beater and save your money
      pardon my 'merican

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      10-04-2012 07:21 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by Eightysixturbo View Post
      buy a beater and save your money
      This. Going into debit is "normal". Don't be normal. Save up and pay cash for a vehicle.

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      10-04-2012 07:54 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by mk3redstar View Post
      Now that I'm done with college and my student debt is all paid up I have the extra income to buy something nice.
      So why are you looking at VWs?
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      10-04-2012 07:55 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by ATL_Av8r View Post
      So why are you looking at VWs?
      You're an ass
      Scotch. It's time.

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      10-04-2012 08:02 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by Time for a GTI View Post
      You're an ass
      I drive one....I can say it. VW's aren't nice
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      10-04-2012 08:04 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by mk3redstar View Post
      I'm finally taking the plunge and financing a car for the first time in my life. My terrible fear of commitment has kept me from buying anything that costs more than $1K. Now that I'm done with college and my student debt is all paid up I have the extra income to buy something nice. But I'm torn between these two options.


      Which would you buy and why?? I'm looking for practical advice such as cost of ownership, resale value, availability of parts and service; as well as an enthusiast point of view such as tuning, coolness factor and worth owning factor.

      Thanks!
      You are going to celebrate paying off your student debt by taking on more debt?

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