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Our new 2014 VW Jetta Sportwagen TDI

By March 9, 2014Automotive, Volkswagen


I am a little belated in writing this (aren’t I always?), but we sold my car last week! And bought a new one! A 2014 VW Jetta Sportwagen TDI! It all happened really fast. Our neighbor caught us when we were home over lunch one day and asked if we’d ever thought about selling my Jetta (2002 VW Jetta GLS TDI). We’ve been thinking about replacing “Sidda” for about a year now, but since she’s paid off and has run so well, we’d always just put it off every time it had come up. But the idea of selling her to someone we knew without the hassle of all the tire-kicking and negotiation was too good to pass up.

We’d been considering a few different cars, mostly used BMWs. But when we happened to glance at the inventory at our local VW dealership and saw that we could get a brand new TDI Sportwagen for less than we could get a used BMW, we decided to jump. It helped that we had a friend at the dealership. It made the buying experience so enjoyable.

So why the 2014 VW Jetta TDI Sportwagen?

The Short List:

  • 30/42 MPG – Still a diesel with great fuel economy
  • 140hp/236ft/lb – Surprisingly quick for a 2.0 diesel motor, much quicker than our 2002
  • 6 speed! – Fun all around and having a manual lets you really control how efficient you want to drive
  • Wagon – Lots of space for camping gear, or just the occasional big stuff you may need to haul around
  • VolksWagen – Our 2002 was a great car and never left us stranded. It was also still very solid after 12 years old, no rattles and not falling apart. We are big fans of German built cars.
  • ZERO miles new – Warranty, knowing how the car was treated, and just the smell of a new car makes you feel good about getting into a big commitment like a new vehicle.

In the end we felt a lot better choosing a brand new VolksWagen rather than chance it with a pre-owned BMW. A broken BMW can accumulate huge repair bills very quickly, so this will be one less thing to worry about and allow us to focus on the important things in life.

I feel crazy for buying a car I can’t even drive yet — but I’m determined to learn pretty quickly. I’ve never owned anything so nice before, and I don’t feel the least big boring for buying a newer version of the car I loved so much.

On to some pictures!


  • Vieve says:

    Hey, fellow action hero! Sweet car… I know how you feel about having your paid off vehicle, but if I were offered the same, someone to purchase mine… I’d do it in a heartbeat.

    • Jessica says:

      Exactly! We’d gone browsing and had always just put it off because of the hassle, but someone made it so easy, you really can’t pass it up! Thanks for stopping by!!

  • Leah says:

    You’ll pick up the manual quickly! They’re really not too hard, though I’m glad I learned to drive first and then learned how to use a manual. Congrats on the new purchase! My husband wants a new car, but I think it’s just a newness thing. Our car is 10 years old, but it only has 130k miles, so I think it can keep going for awhile.

    • Jessica says:

      Had my 2nd lesson over the weekend, and I think I’m definitely getting the hang of it. Where I struggle is being around other people and getting really anxious.

      My 2002 had 160k. It was running great, and will probably continue to do so, but it was coming up on some maintenance, and we wanted something we could travel with a little easier so we wouldn’t solely be using the jeep for all trips.

  • Abbey says:

    Hi Jessica! I work with Joe Machens VW and we are so happy to hear that you got a new car and love it!! You will be able to pick up manual in no time! We were wondering if you would be able to find some time to send us a photo and a testimonial so we can put it in our Machens Advantage magazine? Let me know what you think! Thanks so much and congrats! 🙂