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In the Market - How much $ for a TDI NB?

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I am in the market for a NB for my wife. I want to get her a TDI and then chip it. I have been doing some research on traderonline, etc. to see some prices, but one thing they don't offer is which car is the best: a 98, 99, 00, 01, 02?
QUESTION: What model year seems well proven and problem-free.
QUESTION: What should I be aware of when going into a used NB purchase
QUESTION: What should I look to pay for a quality - used NB?
I do know cars well and have two VWs now. (New Passat and New GTI) I will know a good car when I see it, but in terms of the hunt, I ask these questions.
Thanks for your responses.
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Re: In the Market - How much $ for a TDI NB? (Navegar)

Well, I am also considering buying a NB this summer (although I might not choose the TDI for cold weather reasons... we have a lot of those -25 five months a year). All I can say is, after a couple of weeks here and on other NB sites as well, here are what it seems to be the common answers to your questions :
TDI engines are well designed and well proven. The problems of any NB are not at all engine related (TDi or other ones), but about the rest : interior items peeling, 02 sensors constantly in trouble, electrical stuff like power windows breaking often, gas lid won't open because of poor related wire design, etc. Check out the great comments about them everywhere on the site.

The only thing you really have to worry about an used TDI engine is : ask when did the timing belt had been replaced last time. If you can't have a proof, keep some $$ to make it changed ASAP. The last thing you want on a TDI is that belt to break... would imply a disaster on the motor and around 3 K$ to change broken valves, etc.
Good shopping!

[Modified by Nounours, 2:49 PM 2-11-2002]
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