2012 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Sportwagen - 39k miles - $9700 - Phoenix, AZ

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This barely-used Jetta turbodiesel wagon is a great all-rounder for less than ten grand. You get plenty of capacity for dogs, bikes, or Ikea runs, plus outstanding fuel economy (EPA rated at 32 MPG combined), all in a handsome, tidy package. The TDI engine delivers punchy performance, especially with the quick-shifting 6-speed DSG gearbox, which is a nice upgrade over the typical slushboxes that you tend to find on non-luxury cars.

As a result of the “dieselgate” scandal, these cars are off the radar of most shoppers. But many are coming back onto the market these days after getting the court-ordered emissions fix – which by most accounts so far has only minor impacts to the performance of the vehicle, and on the plus side qualifies the cars for an extended warranty on all emissions and fuel components.

Bottom line: these represent a great buying opportunity for anyone who looks beyond the trumped-up headlines from a couple years ago.

This one is offered on craigslist HERE by a specialty dealer in the Phoenix area.

VIN: 3VWPL7AJ9CM611861