Bought a 2003 Jetta TDI earlier this year. The plan was to teach myself to work on it so when anything bad happened I could fix it. I'm moderately good at car repair work and can do brakes , change thermostats, charge A/C, diagnose problems, etc etc. Im excellent at following procedure and following somebody who is doing a job. Well that was when I had a place to work. I don't now. Its hard to do these things in a slanted lot or doing brakes off of a roadside jack. I actually just fucked myself up pretty bad today doing something that would have been a ton easier doing on jack stands. Blah fuck. So now I need to get a bunch of work done. I don't trust my arrogant friend, who refuses to follow somebody elses procedure, and a shop total will definitely be above $1400, at least. Part of me wants to buy the tools to do it myself, and I always have a little doubt in my ability to do car work? Idk. Maybe I am feeling a bit of buyers remorse. :/ but Damn that car was awesome. 52mpg. What do you guys think? Shop it and bite the bullet or get a little bit adventurous.