Would driving the Jetta SportWagen for principally short distances have any detrimental effect to the diesels reliability or longevity

Asked by stewmcd Apr 26, 2013 at 05:50 PM about the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI FWD with Sunroof

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I live on a small island where the distances are just not that great. Upon going to the mainland the driving will be mostly on freeways.

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as long as you take it up to operating temperature and keep it there a spell, you'll be alright....can get clobbered up if making a bunch of short trips, but haven't personally had this trouble with my once a day two mile voyage to my post office....hardly gets to hot, only recourse is to listen to the radio a while with the engine and a/c on~

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I don't see where it would be an issue either and a tank of fuel will last you about 500 miles. Not sure I would spend the extra $$$ for the TDI if you are not driving a lot. The extra cost payback will never be obtained.

you're right...an air cooled old fashioned VW bug would be the right choice...easy to find parts...and cheap~

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