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    Fly from Toledo, OH to Salt Lake City, Utah for a car

    Ok, I'm crazy, I get it. I'm a TDI lover and I can't help it. I bought my current car when I had a long drive to work and fell in love with it. I've told my wife for the last year pr so that the only way I will sell my car is if I can find a wagon version of it in the same color with a diesel engine and a 5 speed manual tranny. Honestly, I didn't think such a car existed, until today... I found it on TDICLUB where I'm a regular. I contacted the seller, he called me and we spoke for 30 minutes while I hammered him with questions. It all seems legit so I asked for a few specific pictures, he sent them and I sent him a hold deposit. My uncle is hopefully going to fly out with me and we will drive it back. Roughly 25 hours away from home and about 1600 miles. I will swap all my good parts over to the wagon and sell my sedan. So come on everyone, tell me I'm crazy...

    Here's a link to it: 2002 VW Jetta Wagon TDI manual 5 speed 47mpg diesel


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    Your crazy!

    Feel better?

    Fact is your preaching to the choir here.

    Congrats on you find and enjoy the trip
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    Fly 1600 miles to pick up a car? What's that add to the price of a 14 year old car? You are not right in the head.
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    Fly from Toledo, OH to Salt Lake City, Utah for a car

    That's almost as silly as buying a 20 year old truck that doesn't run.

    About 7 years ago the better half flew from Nashville to Chicago to buy a 1983 Mercedes 240D, and drove it home. Couple of minor hiccups along the way, but it was an old, cheap car. Sounds like you've got a fun trip planned.
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    Are you kidding me? A TDI wagon in that year range with the 5-speed is the holy grail!

    Being a fellow TDI enthusiast I wouldn't hesitate to do just as you are. Unfortunately I had to sell my TDI's (and my specialty tools) since I can't work on them anymore. Buying older TDI's and fixing them up was my main hobby when my RA hit.

    Man you gave me the itch now to go look to see what's there - haven't been on the TDIClub forum for a long time. Maybe I could pick one up that needs resurrected........
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    Some pics of the trip home documenting the adventure are needed!

    I am a TDI fan myself. Love the mpg's we get from our '13 Passat.....legal or not!
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    I drove west a couple states with girlfriend to pick up my 3000gt vr4. It really got to her that I drove it home and she followed in her beater. No, I would not let her drive it... But I did finally the other day.




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    Yes you are nuts.........enjoy every minute.....
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    Well after MUCH thought and a little turmoil, I decided not to buy the car. As bad as I want it, now is just not the time in my life to do something like this. To get the wagon up to the clean level of my sedan will cost another $3000. With a 2 month old daughter and paying my wife's college tuition ($1800/mo) out of pocket, it's just not going to work. I had previously sent the seller a $100 deposit and I told him if he would like to keep it, that's OK. I feel I wasted his time as he answered ALL of my questions and sent me a LOT of pictures. Even though I truly believe I will never find another one like it, the timing just doesn't feel right. It boils down to wants vs needs. And my needs are to provide for my family and better ourselves for the future. This car would only make me happy. My sedan is in excellent condition and I get many compliments. Heck, I told the guy who's doing the timing belt I was going to sell it and him along with 2 others wanted to buy it....

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    I bet that was an agonizing decision.
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