Originally Posted by Rubicondon53
No one in my camp is bitching about poor fuel mileage .., the question was asked. I answered in so many words, it's because Americans are hooked on gassers, while the rest of the world understands the benefits of oil burners..
I'm very pleased to report that I get 16 or 17 MPGs .. When a new motor is necessary, I'll drop a diesel in it..
I had a 02 Jetta with a TDI. I'm not sure what kind of miles you have on yours, but with 200k on my Jetta I was only getting about 34-38 mpg. I had a 02 GTI 1.8t, I would get 30-32 in that. There is really no difference in cost of operation between the two.
My employer bought a few Honda hybrids for fleet vehicles. Most of the people driving them are getting less than 40 mpg. They have no power, and 1 of them already needed a battery replacement (around 50k) that the dealer wouldn't warranty. Total cost was around $5k.
I use my Jeep for work. I drive on a lot of seasonal use roads, private roads, washed out roads. The type of driving I do murdered my GTI. I would pretty much have to rebuild the front end in that thing every year. Sure I get less mileage with the Jeep, but it can handle driving on crap roads.
The point I'm making is that it doesn't matter. There are tradeoffs with everything. If the mileage on a Jeep is so offensive, then go buy some appliance car that gets good mileage and be done with it.