I wish I was getting better with my MH than I was with my VW but not the case for me. Mine was Passat 2003 with tons of space for my family of long legged people a giant trunk and it didn't smell or sound like a diesel in the least. I miss the torque and feeling of safety I had in that car. The MH is definitely not as solid feeling or safe feeling to me.FWIW, I had a 2000 Jetta five speed with the ALH TDI. In my daily driving, 40% freeway and 60% street, I averaged 38mpg over several years. Of course, it could not fit anyone behind me as I needed the seat all the way back so I could fit my knees under the steering wheel to engage the clutch.
On the Malibu hybrid, I routinely get 41-42 mpg driving the same routes. I don't have to shift 100+ times on the way to work, it is WAY quieter, and it doesn't stink.
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