Buy new VW TDI, get $1,300 federal tax credit

Posted By on July 24, 2008

VW Jetta TDI Sportwagen TDI
The IRS has made the new 2009 40+ mpg ‘clean diesel’ Volkswagen Jetta TDI eligible for a federal tax credit, just as many hybrid vehicles have been in the past. The new VW TDI qualifies based on the Advanced Lean Burn Technology Motor Vehicle income tax credit *. What this means for buyers of a new Jetta TDI (eventually VW Sportwagen TDI … and perhaps others) is that the credit can bring the MSRP price of a diesel Jetta $700 lower than a gas vehicle. But here’s a note of caution — early buyers might want to be aware that dealers are currently taking deposits for orders and are finding it easy to market up current manufacturer’s suggested retail price with ‘add-ons,’ on the other hand, VW is also looking at a price hike.


  • pkraus

    dad and i looked at them here in boulder, and yes, they started a waiting list. we’re both getting the notes from the dealer that they’ll buy back our cars at 10% above kelly blue book. maybe i’m just paranoid, or bitter about the water pump going out at 60k, but i’m always thinking how much do they expect to profit on used?

  • Yes there are a few points with TDIs that can drive a person crazy, especially coming from a ‘never look under the hood’ appliance vehicle. Its hard to fault the Honda and Toyota vehicles I have owned for reliability, but for efficient and unique fun, the VW TDI is a great vehicle if you can diagnose and find a good dealer or repair shop. That said, I’d replace the water pump ($50) each time you do a timing belt change. (early A4s were pretty low on the maintenance cycle, but later years are at 100,000 miles) Good luck and keep me posted … I’m in the waiting mode but should have a 2009 VW Jetta TDI to drive to the TDIFest in Mason Ohio this Labor Day.

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