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New VW Jetta vs. high mileage Audi A4

rbirns1rbirns1 Posts: 276
edited October 2015 in General
I have opportunity to buy a new 2016 Jetta SE w/connectivity for about $20k. I also found a 2014 Audi A4 premium plus quattro with 60k miles for about the same price. That's half the original price for a less than 2 year old luxury car. Carfax shows clean title with no accidents, one owner, and all regular maintenance performed at Audi dealer. The Audi is for sale at a VW dealer 200 miles away.

This car will be driven only 2-3k miles per year. Replacing my wife's 2003 Passat with 35k miles. While the Jetta would meet her needs, the Audi is clearly a nicer car. I'm torn. Any thoughts?
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  • kyfdxkyfdx Everywhere, USAPosts: 123,000
    rbirns1 said:

    I have opportunity to buy a new 2016 Jetta SE w/connectivity for about $20k. I also found a 2014 Audi A4 premium plus quattro with 60k miles for about the same price. That's half the original price for a less than 2 year old luxury car. Carfax shows clean title with no accidents, one owner, and all regular maintenance performed at Audi dealer. The Audi is for sale at a VW dealer 200 miles away.

    This car will be driven only 2-3k miles per year. Replacing my wife's 2003 Passat with 35k miles. While the Jetta would meet her needs, the Audi is clearly a nicer car. I'm torn. Any thoughts?

    Warranty on the Jetta... that's the way I would go.

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  • carboy21carboy21 Posts: 760
    Ever wondered who would drive a car , 30k in a year ??
    Not even a rental car .
    Maybe a traveling salesman who drove it allover the USA four or five times year :smile:
  • steverstever Posts: 52,462
    I did that once - a 32,000 mile road trip on a holiday year off. Wouldn't be much fun commuting that many miles in a year.

    The warranty is appealing, and since it's better to drive cars than let them sit, only 3,000 miles a year is kind of asking for trouble.

    Guess I'd rethink why you even need the second car.
  • rbirns1rbirns1 Posts: 276
    My wife drives the car to the train every day, 3 miles each way. 20 years without "low use" car trouble. Only significant repairs were worn tie rod on the Passat at about 8 years, and a water pump at 11 years. I need the second car to avoid me driving her to and from the train every day. Small price to pay for my sanity.
  • texasestexases Posts: 8,847
    I'd go for the new car warranty.
  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 114,511
    Interesting .. what is it about the Audi that appeals to you? Given that she's only in the car 6 miles a day (10-15 minutes?) what features or driving characteristics do you think she'll notice - or appreciate?

    That said, 3000 miles a year is pretty low - my folks have a 2003 Sonata that has probably 40-45K on it.

    I'm wondering why you want to replace the Passat at all.

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  • rbirns1rbirns1 Posts: 276
    Mostly snob appeal, to be honest. She's earns a lot and has always wanted a luxury car.

    It's just time to replace the Passat. It's starting to show its age. Little problems are starting to pop up, major expense last year replacing the water pump, and I fear more expenses will follow. Plus she just doesn't want to drive a 13 year old car anymore.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Everywhere, USAPosts: 123,000
    Yeah.. you don't really need a reason to get a new car.. ;)

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  • steverstever Posts: 52,462
    The Audi will be more lux.

    Got preferred parking at the train lot, say, for EVs? Get a Tesla. :)
  • carboy21carboy21 Posts: 760
    Mostly snob appeal, to be honest. She's earns a lot and has always wanted a luxury car

    Just lease a new A4 and be done with it !! Maybe a 5K per year lease maybe offered to you at a very discounted rates :smile:
  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 114,511
    carboy21 said:

    Mostly snob appeal, to be honest. She's earns a lot and has always wanted a luxury car

    Just lease a new A4 and be done with it !! Maybe a 5K per year lease maybe offered to you at a very discounted rates :smile:

    Audi offers 7500 mile lease terms for their mainstream cars; nothing less unless you are leasing an R8!

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  • rbirns1rbirns1 Posts: 276
    That would make leasing a waste for just 3000 miles per year
  • steverstever Posts: 52,462
    I'm curious if you've had battery issues with the '03 Passat? BMW warns about short drives not being enough to maintain the battery. (Chicago Tribune)
  • rbirns1rbirns1 Posts: 276
    No battery issues. Replaced it once around year 6 or so, if I recall. I think Sears Diehard, have to check. Guess I might need another battery soon.
  • carboy21carboy21 Posts: 760
    edited October 2015
    3000 miles a year is 250 miles a month which is less then 10 miles a day. You have a 6 mile a day round trip with the car parked at a public train station .

    All you need is your old 03 Passat with little bit of maintenance instead of plonking 20 grand on a high mileage luxury car., you are the one wanting a luxury car with the wife as an excuse :))
  • rbirns1rbirns1 Posts: 276
    I already drive a Lexus.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,462
    I think y'all should just cruise the 200 miles and grab the A4 before someone else does.

    Now I'm curious if you are trading the Passat or selling it yourself. Sounds like a creampuff.
  • rbirns1rbirns1 Posts: 276
    Not sure if trading or selling. Mechanically it's a creampuff, cosmetically not as much. Leather and carpet look their age, headlights are cloudy. Biggest problem is front bumper slightly pulled off getting stuck on parking block. Needs to be re-clipped, which shouldn't be a major expense. Wondering if dealer would shrug that off for trade figuring it's a quick repair for them.
  • carboy21carboy21 Posts: 760
    rbirns1 said:
    Not sure if trading or selling. Mechanically it's a creampuff, cosmetically not as much. Leather and carpet look their age, headlights are cloudy. Biggest problem is front bumper slightly pulled off getting stuck on parking block. Needs to be re-clipped, which shouldn't be a major expense. Wondering if dealer would shrug that off for trade figuring it's a quick repair for them.
    Trade in will be at a throw away price for a 13 year old Passat. Maybe 500 dollars .

    Selling on your own involves putting it in a Walmart carpark with a For Sale poster on the windshield :)
  • steverstever Posts: 52,462
    A quick appraisal is coming in at $3,000 trade-in, ~$3,700 private party. You can dial in the options, zip code and trim better at that link.
  • rbirns1rbirns1 Posts: 276
    Even entering condition as rough (to account for bumper), trade-in comes in at $2386, just a couple hundred less than private party. For that small difference, trade-in makes more sense.
  • carboy21carboy21 Posts: 760
    Dealers never give KBB or Edmunds trade in value.
    Been  there .
  • rbirns1rbirns1 Posts: 276
    Then I'll sell it myself. Been there too.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    Ever wonder WHY a car lost 50% of it's value in 2 years? Listen to the market, is my advice.
  • carboy21carboy21 Posts: 760
    edited October 2015
    http://www.carmax.com/enus/view-car/default.html?id=12151999&AVi=2&No=0&Rp=R&D=50&zip=17078&N=4294963141+4294963080&Q=a733b370-38d0-412a-94d5-621e1ca2cab2&Ep=search:results:results pagee

    If you want a luxury car, go for a low mileage one. Don't get suckered by a high miler 60k in 2 years!! Maybe it was driven "Around the World in Eighty days " ., Twice !!

    LOL
  • steverstever Posts: 52,462
    But those were all highway miles. :D

    And in two short years, you'll almost be back at the national average of 15,000 miles a year.
  • carboy21carboy21 Posts: 760
    And in two short years, you'll almost be back at the national average of 15,000 miles a year.

    It is alrady at 60 k. So next 2 years he would have to just garage it :smile:
  • rbirns1rbirns1 Posts: 276
    Next two years will add only 4-5k
  • rbirns1rbirns1 Posts: 276
    carboy21 said:

    http://www.carmax.com/enus/view-car/default.html?id=12151999&AVi=2&No=0&Rp=R&D=50&zip=17078&N=4294963141+4294963080&Q=a733b370-38d0-412a-94d5-621e1ca2cab2&Ep=search:results:results pagee

    If you want a luxury car, go for a low mileage one. Don't get suckered by a high miler 60k in 2 years!! Maybe it was driven "Around the World in Eighty days " ., Twice !!

    LOL


    Car in your link is 5 years old. No thanks. The point of my discussion is the opportunity to get an almost-new car, heavily discounted because of currently high mileage. After a few years of my light usage, it would become a normal mileage car.

    Why do you say suckered?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    True, but someone has already squeezed a lot of the juice out of it. 1/3 of that car's statistical lifespan is over, and it's the best 1/3rd that's already used up. Historical Audi reliability ratings are simply not that great.

    Short answer-- it's by no means a foolish move, but there's some risk here.
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