I absolutely love my Dmax, owned it since new(be 10yrs in a month), just cracked 100k, made no payments in 7yrs. I do need to replace the ABS module (once I can get it off, stupid torx screws) but other than that replacing all the glowplugs(last month) a pair of sneakers and routine maintenance/fuel, it's been flawless. I had typical rust issues addressed last summer('15) so it's in great shape and not going anywhere.
While owning the Dmax my job commutes have been (roundtrip) 12 miles and 27miles, My job currently is at 41miles roundtrip, with oddball mileage at another 100/tank. With my yearly tank avg at 16mpg. The job is only seasonal so I'm looking to find a full time yr round job but any options are going to end up near 60mile roundtrip.
This has me thinking I need to give a commuter car a seriously consideration and keep the dmax for towing,crap weather days, and drive it a day or 2 a wk to keep it regular.
I want to keep this as a cash purchase so I'm in the used market around 5-6k. Figure that leaves me in the early to mid 2000's. I'm most concerned with MPG, but i need some sport/style to it. I'd like to keep it domestic if possible, though the only car I've researched is foreign
. I've never owned a car, so not really up to snuff with what's good new and junk later. To be fair I'd put my driving at 85% highway(55mph 2lane or interstate) and 15% stop and go.
The only thing I've spent time researching are 04-06 Jetta TDI, but I see they are not without fault. Timing belt,cam,balance shaft issues, auto's are frowned upon. But mileage and diesel longevity are there.
Quick price search shows that Ford fusions/focus or chevy cruze could also be contenders. I'm going to work on figuring out some numbers today or tmw but I'd love any input from you guys. Also if anyone has any good websites where i can plug in a bunch of numbers to calculate the costs for me. Thanks.