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2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SE
by Dave Stall

2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SEWhen I was in the Army the smell of diesel fumes almost made me gag. My tester is a diesel powered Volkswagen Passat SE with a TDI diesel engine backed by a very efficient five-speed manual transmission. It averages 30 MPG gallon in the city and 40 on the open road. Now I’m a believer in diesel! 

Diesel is the answer to combating high fuel prices. California seems to have issues with diesel powered cars and small trucks. Only allowing them to be sold new in California this year makes no sense to me.

The Passat TDI (Turbo Direct Injection) has tons of power to get down the road. There’s no smoke coming from the tail pipe and one needs to stand close to hear the engine run.

I agree, the diesel of old was a pain and a bad neighbor, but today it is a welcome guest. Once behind the wheel the driver will be surrounded by German engineering, which is all good.

The 2012 Passat TDI comes with all the creature comforts wanted in a family sedan: Dual Zone A/C, Premium VIII Touch Screen Radio AM/FM/ CD Sirius Satellite and Blue Tooth Connectivity. It has very comfortable driver and passenger seats covered in
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SEV-Tex Leatherette, Auxiliary inputs, leather wrapped steering wheel, and a shifter and hand brake lever. Seat height is adjustable and the telescoping steering wheel makes for the perfect seat position. There’s a trip computer, hill hold control,
auto headlights, power driver seat with lumbar, manual passenger adjustments, 60/40 rear seat split for added storage, power door locks and power windows with pinch control.

Safety features include driver and passenger front air bags, side air bags, side curtain for front and rear occupants, 3-piont safety belts at all positions, lower anchors for child seats, and daytime running lights.

The 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SE is priced at $28,665 plus tax, license, freight is included. This was a great car for the open road and for the price.

If you’re tired of spending more money on gas and getting no results it may be time for a diesel! Go drive one!


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