Last week, my wife's Passat TDI and a member of the local deer community attempted to occupy the same piece of real estate, resulting in the carnage pictured. While speaking to the claims adjuster, he mentioned to her off the cuff that in the past week he had three claims for deer strikes, and all three were Volkswagen turbodiesels.

Which reminded me of my first deer strike, back in 2005, when I was driving home from work one evening and another member of the deer community came running out into the path of my... 2003 Golf (wait for it) TDI.


Coincidence? Is there something to the sight/sound/smell of a Volkswagen TDI that rustles the jimmies of deer?

Conspire away.