From sometime in 2001 the automatic TB is 80,000 miles (I have an 2002).
When you get a TB there is a new one with a few replacement parts that make
TB good for 100,000 miles (just had it installed).
Biggest difference is in the mileage. I get 37 around town and any where
from 40-46 on the highway depending on how loaded down and speeds (I drive
fast). Manuals will get close to 50mpg on the highway.
No problems with my AT with 80K on it. Like anything nothing is perfect.
If you check tdiclub.com you will see lots of opinions.
"Amit Joneja" wrote in message
> I'm thinking of buying a A4 Jetta TDI. Just looking for some opinions on
> Manual vs. Auto based on fuel consumption, longevity, maintenance etc..
> One of the major maintenance differences that I'm aware of:
> - Manual timing belt replace at 96K kms. approx. vs. Auto timing belt at
> kms. approx.
> Looking for some info on the following:
> - Fuel consumption (L/100 kms.)
> - Longevity
> - Maintenance
> - Any Specific Issues
> - Anything else?
> Thanks in advance,
> >> Stay informed about: TDI: Manual vs. Automatic