Still out test driving and doing my research. I think I'm pretty stuck on VW. I can get a better car for the money I want to invest in a car right now. If I get outside the VW area- I seem to be running into the problem of the cars being older than my current Blazer, and having the same amount of miles or more. That's not what I want.
I've also decided that I'm not ready to own a bimmer. My kid and the MN winters would DESTROY anything that I would want to keep absolutely pristine. This goes for the other upper end vehicles,too.
Last night I test drove an older Passat- I had orginally ruled this out because it's a bit big in size for my visual liking- and the ones I was driving before just bored me.
This one was the older smaller Passat (98) and it was quick, responsive, tight, and still fun.... and it had a tiptronic in it. Kinda nice to have that ability. Flawless interior exterior still in excellent shape for MN and general wear and tear.
I'm still looking. Not just going to jump, but I'd like to have a new car within the next 2 weeks or so.