Here’s the latest reader rant, along with my reply!
Michael writes: You might want to advise her (Mike refers to my broke friend, described here) to buy a VW diesel. I did. Plenty of them around. After watching the Dirty Money episode 1 on Netflix, where they accused VW of attempting to re-create Auschwitz . . well I had to have one of those. So I could do my part to gas out the enviro-Nazis. I went out earlier this year and bought one. Had only 47 miles on it. Best car I have ever owned. It gets 44 miles per gallon average.
My reply: Excellent . . .release the hounds! I concur – and encourage anyone looking for a superb car that is a better car than any hybrid or electric car on the market to do exactly as you suggest. I have mentioned this before, but one more time:
Over the course of 20-plus years of test-driving new cars, the only cars which outperformed the EPA’s city/highway estimates were TDI-powered VWs. I test-drove several TDI-powered Jettas that delivered 50-plus MPGs on the highway, nearly as good as a hybrid Prius but with better performance at lower cost and with less hassle. And the TDI Jetta could go 700 miles on a full tank – and refill and be on its way in 5 minutes.
Try that with a Tesla or Leaf!
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