Originally Posted by Alpine Blur
TDI. VW diesels are pretty much bulletproof. A friend has a 99 golf TDI with nearly 200k. Never had a problem, starts right up and runs quiet (for a diesel) and still gets just under 50mpg hwy.
id vote for the TDi as well (i had an 06 Jetta 5sp for a year) almost 50 MPG, you can run Bio in it, you can get ecu tunes and flashes, lots of aftermarket support, so you can make it as fun and good looking as you want.. better driving feel, included maintenance, nicer electronic features. "feels" like your driving a more expensive car.