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I'm an A3 owners as well (96 Jetta) and I'm singing harmony with the automatic nay-sayers and the rattle of the diesel. The manual transmission is -perfectly- geared for all of the engines VW produced.

The gasoline V6 couldn't sell itself to me over the mileage of the 4. The diesel wasn't practical for me; I have such a short commute I'd never have seen the mileage numbers it can produce. But I do remember driving the turbo diesel and remarking how docile yet responsive it was on the highway.

If I had a longer commute, I'd consider a diesel again but for now, the gas 4 yields me an average of 28-30mpg on only a 20 mile roundtrip workday.

What year turbo diesel are you considering? What kind of commute have you to accomplish?

- Sco
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