Is a Jetta Sportwagen TDI the right choice for my first greasecar? Cost?
Hello everyone. Long time listener, first time caller. Actually, I really am new-ish here, but have found tons of useful information already as I've just scraped the surface of what I need to know about one day owning a greasecar.
Unfortunately, my timeline for purchasing a vehicle to later convert has been greatly accelerated. So, I'm hoping that one or more of you might be able to accelerate my learning curve by fielding a few questions:
1. I'm thinking about purchasing a new or fairly new (2010 - 2012) Jetta Sportwagen TDI that I would later convert. I like the 'counterculture' vibe of what will be one of the last remaining wagons. More importantly, I like a decent road vehicle that will still provide good mileage until such time as I convert it. So, is this a "good" car to convert? It at least seems to be something I see converted occasionally.
2. If yes, is there any reason I should have a preference between the three model years mentioned above? For example, is it better to convert a vehicle when it is brand new or after it has some miles on it? Or does age not matter, and either would be equally fine?
3. Again assuming I go with this vehichle, is anyone aware of any options I should / shouldn't consider? Not yet sure if I'll be buying brand new or not.
4. Lastly, does anyone care to give me an approximate cost as to what I can expect to pay to convert this vehicle, over and above the initial purchase price?
Thank you for whatever help you can offer. I don't mean to sound desparate, but the need for this purchase came up on me much more quickly than I had anticipated.
You cannot convert a new VW to WVO (new being post 2007). You cannot even run it on biodiesel. Maybe sometime in the future someone will figure out how, but I would not buy ones of those cars with the intention of running it on WVO.
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