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Old 02-01-2019, 12:31 PM
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Default Economics of daily driver in Ontario....

I'm trying to figure out how much it costs for me if I switch to a 2014 A4 stick or a 2014 A6 TDI.... both would be upgrades from my current 2006 Jetta TDI... am I missing something in the following screenshot?

I have included my current daily driver in the last column (2006 Jetta TDI)

I estimate my mileage going ahead will be about 30,000km as I am now going into work 40 less days per year (down from about 35,000km/yr for the past 5 yrs)

edit, I changed the attachement , also added my numbers for my porsche boxster, and fixed a formula for the 2006 jetta....


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Expected maintenance costs.
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Interested in a 2016 A6 TDI with 45k on the odo?
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Insurance? Tires/brakes/ (maintenance in general I guess).
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Premium go juice is only $1.09/l in Onterrible?!?
Damn I'm getting screwed in BC.
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we all are, BC more so...
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Premium go juice is only $1.09/l in Onterrible?!?
Damn I'm getting screwed in BC.
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Old 02-02-2019, 06:46 AM
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Originally Posted by mattie_k View Post
Premium go juice is only $1.09/l in Onterrible?!?
Damn I'm getting screwed in BC.
It was yesterday at the cdn tire gas bar in Waterloo according to gas buddy.
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Old 02-02-2019, 06:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Onami View Post
Expected maintenance costs.
My labour rate is the same irrespective of which car I choose....
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Old 02-02-2019, 11:06 AM
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When I did similar, the Honda Fit came out winner. I had a VW Golf in the mix. So, now I have a Fit. Love it too and comes in manual.
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Originally Posted by petee_c View Post
My labour rate is the same irrespective of which car I choose....
Labour rate maybe, but doesn't take into account cost of parts. Simple example would be comparing my 996 with, say my wife's Rav4. Oil alone, her car takes 4L of dyno oil (4 x $6/L), vs. 9L x $16/l for 996. Bring that parts costing over to tires and you're in a whole other realm. I can put tires on her car, all 4 wheels for under $400. Add $1000 to that for the 996, oh, and they last less than a third the miles....so $400 for three years in tires for Rav, $3000+ for 996 over same period. That doesn't even take into account "Porsche tax" (or any Euro/specialty premiums).

I applaud your efforts and think your formula will likely work pretty well when comparing similar vehicles, say class compatible domestic sedans, but once you add in Euro tax or "special vehicle" tax, it goes off the rails fast. I would also suggest you might add in insurance costs, as there can vary dependant on vehicle as well (again, should be fairly compatible across classes)
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Damn premium here is 1.20 or so and that's at Costco... Im at the point where if it starts and runs Ill drive it. Sometimes we get a car off the hauler and it has a full tank of gas, its like winning the lottery.
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I had a ‘14 A6 TDI which I just traded in after receiving my dieselgate cheque. 120k km/4.5 years and the only money I spent on that car was replacement tires and a new windshield. Not one warranty repair, still on original brakes, didn’t throw a single MIL, lifetime average of 6.9L/100km, 1200 km fuel range, huge torque.... perhaps the best car I ever owned and I should probably still be driving it.
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Looks like you can triple the km on the Boxster and still be less than the A6..... so there's your answer
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At only 30K/year, it's not really worth driving a diesel anymore. They cost more to buy and a real PITA tor start them when it gets below -20C. I would stick with the gasoline engine.
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