What is the sound of one piston slapping?
What is the sound of one piston slapping?

A good friend of mine is considering getting a Passat TDI S or SE.  I support his decision as I've heard good things about the TDI.  I know there is a contingent here that digs the V-dub and was hoping you folks could weigh in on pros and cons of these particular trim levels, engine combo.  (Purchase would be for the current model offering.)  Anything (specific option packages, etc.) that he should stay away from?

I saw that C&D did not like the combo of the autotragic and the TDI, as the shifts were clunky/poorly timed.  Both he and his wife drive stick and if the S is the better value consideration, that would be A-OK by him.

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Your thoughts?  

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For your efforts, have a Delta Integrale for Martini Monday.

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