My wife's 2011 VS sportwagen TDI stalled and wouldn't restart last night, leaving her stranded. Just talked to the dealer this morning: HPFP failure. A common problem for these TDI's, the High Pressure Fuel Pump basically goes...

...and takes the entire fuel system with it. Seriously....100% of the fuel system, rail, injectors, low pressure pump, etc, etc. Its about $6500 in PARTS. Fortunately because this is a common problem and I'm still in powertrain warranty the tech assures me that the approval rate for this is 99% and it should be up and running this week.


So.....What car should I replace the Sportwagen with? Wagon, manual preferred, ~$17,000-20,000 budget and highly reliable a plus.

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