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    Default Commuter car

    Playing around with the idea of a commuter car, probably an automatic, used, under $20k. Been entertaining Audi/VW TDIs but their fuel pump issues seem a bit of a concern. Have read worse descriptions of the BMW diesels. I do like the chassis and interior refinement over a Prius or hybrid. I like the idea of am auto for heavy traffic.

    Anyone have good or bad experience with any of the newer TDI variants or have a couple of sedan/hatchback suggestions? Please discuss.
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    I like my used Honda Fit a lot.

    Mazda 3 hatches also look pretty compelling.
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    Lexus CT200h, if you can find one for the money.

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    I have driven a Fit and similarly a gen 1 xB. While the Fit is nice, it is a bit choppy. Very clever packaging, though! Definitely worth comsidering.

    Moti, I love the Lexus, pricing is the tough part. :/
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    My brother has a '12 TDI Sportwagon and so far so good. IIRC, the later models have a better fuel pump but they might be out of the price range too.

    +1 for the Mazda3, it's probably the direction I'd go in the price range. The new ones look great, get good mileage, have a good auto-box, and have a nice interior. Plus they start below $20k. Also, there are several of us that can get you an S-Plan deal (usually $100 below invoice)if you don't think you can do better yourself.
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    I forgot about S plan! I let my Mazdacomp account lapse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Force McCocken View Post
    I forgot about S plan! I let my Mazdacomp account lapse.
    It isn't hard to re-open your account. I had an account when i was still in HPDE, I just had to take a pic of the timing sheet to show I was there twice a year. Autox works too. Plus, the S-Plan is available for friends and family.
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    What Eric said, renewing your account is easy enough that you can do it in minutes.

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    Motor Trend, just awarded the Mazda 3 first place in their just released "pick of the pack".

    The Big Test: 2014 Compact Sedans - Motor Trend

    but they can get pricey - as in the very sexy, award winning S Class.

    From Kia to Rolls-Royce, Interiors Honored | Ward's 10 Best Interiors content from WardsAuto
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    I have to admit, for a commuter pod, a new Volt gets really, really close to your budget, especially when you factor in the warranty (meaning no unexpected service costs).

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    No more Mazdas are in my stable at the moment.

    The Volt is interesting to me. A good friend of mine loves his. I need to plan carefully. Another friend, who I sold my NA to wants to sell it back to me in a year or so. I am running a loose analysis of a commuter car versus a truck I could use as a tow vehicle and DD. I know I could get killer pricing on a Duramax Colorado/Canyon in a year or so. Am anxious to see that platform's capabilities and numbers.
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