Posted By RichC on January 1, 2013
I’ve never been much for resolution making and am a bit lax in goal setting overall … or at least I’ve never made it a focus to accomplish projects in timely fashion (Sonex, MGB, sailing) … but after talking with my son and CinciTDI friend about New Year’s resolutions, I’ve decided 2013 would be the year of a new diesel (you probably thought I’d finish a few projects?) Now I’m not putting feet to the fire, but I would like to be driving a TDI again.
The ideal vehicle would be an all-wheel drive VW Sportwagen TDI crossover (maybe the VW Cross Coupe concept – photo above), but I wouldn’t mind a Passat TDI or even a Touareg TDI either. Obvious the latter would mean giving up 40-50 mpg driving, but I’ve grown accustom to the SUV seating position, ground clearance, trailer towing and winter weather 4 wheel drive.
The Mercedes, BMW, Audi and new Jeep diesel isn’t out to the question either, but I do find it hard to stomach paying as much for a new car as our first house. Maybe a good deal can be found on one a few years old?
Of course my entire “diesel car buying resolution” for 2013 will hinge on a rebounding U.S. economy and our elected Washington DC idiots figuring out how to stop spending more than they take in and how to start dealing with the mounting debt and deficit. Unless they create an environment to foster confidence and business growth, we may spend the next four years (if not more) in a sinking quagmire — in that case, its time to start full time cruising and sailing for warmer waters outside the U.S.