Used Car of the Day: 2000 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Volkswagen no longer makes diesels, of course, but if you want a VW diesel and can deal with an old car, maybe this relatively inexpensive 2000 Volkswagen Jetta TDI.

It's located here in Chicago and is for sale for just $3,500.

This one has an automatic transmission and a lot of miles on the clock -- 463,000.

Our seller says the heat, air conditioning, and battery work well and that car drives well.

Apparently other than some rocker-panel and fender rust, the condition is apparently good.

The seller will also include some parts, as well.

Click here for a closer look. By the way, I am pretty sure I know exactly where these photos were snapped.

[Images: Seller]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • ChristianWimmer ChristianWimmer on Jul 03, 2024
    Aside from the non-original rear lights and cheap steelies on this one, I actually like this generation of Jetta a lot. The high mileage plus diesel engine plus automatic transmission indicate that this was most often used as a long-distance cruiser, which sure beats a car that was used in bumper-to-bumper traffic for 20+ years.
  • Wjtinfwb Wjtinfwb 6 days ago
    A VW with almost half a million miles? Is it April Fools Day? VW should give this guy a new car and enshrine this one to point at when VW quality comes up.
    • ToolGuy ToolGuy 6 days ago
      Problem being you just gave the guy a 2024 VW; the contrast will become evident in months and prove the opposite of what they would be trying to demonstrate...
  • SCE to AUX The original Capri was beautiful. The abomination from the 90s was no Capri, and neither is this.It looks good, but too similar to a Polestar. And what's with the whacked price?
  • Rover Sig Absolutely not. Ever.
  • EBFlex No. I buy as little Chinese products as possible.
  • John "...often in a state of complete disarray on the roads" What does that mean? Many examples in poor repair? Talk about awful writing.
  • Varezhka Saving sedans in US or globally? Right now around half of the global sedan sales is in China, just under a quarter in North America, and the remaining quarter distributed around the rest of the world. So for a sedan to stay around they must sell well in both China and North America (BMW, Mercedes, Toyota, Honda) or just extremely well in China (VW/Audi and Nissan). For everyone else, the writing is on the wall. There’s also a niche of subcompact sedans in SE Asia and India but I believe those are being replaced by SUVs too.