i started with the intent of buying a used one, but did end up buying a new 2013 because the price difference between the used ones i was looking at and the new ones was only in the $3k-$4k range and the included maintenance and warranty on the new one tipped the scales for me. i think the '14's just coming out helped the price on the '13. seeing how scarce the used diesels were also made me feel a little better about the design since people seemed to be holding on to them. also the cost for us is offset a bit because 95% of the miles will be business expense.
i do have my fingers crossed on the maintenance costs, although everything is covered for the first 30k miles including oil changes. I know there is a pricey scheduled maintenance coming for the tranny at 40k. if i get beat up on the maint $$ i will report back so cost of ownership is known.
we have had a couple german cars over the years so i know what parts can run for them. i always thought i should be buying stock in bosch. although after paying about $400 for a fuel pump recently for the silverado i am not sure there are many domestics left that are reasonable $$ to maintain.
I figure if i can get 200k and counting out of my v8 silverado gasser, i should get at least that out of the passat. i hope the US companies start making more diesel's because i'd rather buy american. i see the '14 cruze has it as an option but i'd rather wait a few years to see them work out the bugs in their design and see if they are committed to that engine.
and you can all thank me because i feel personally responsible for the drop in gas prices since rug has come down from about 3.60 to 3.25 since i got the tdi and i get to hear from the spousal unit about the cheap gas vs diesel every time we go past a gas station.
i have given up explaining the 30% difference in energy between gas & diesel.