My good friend has a 2001 tdi beetle since it was new and other than regular maintenance it's been pretty trouble free about 50mpg on the high way. I think hes got about 120k on it.
Im not sold on it yet but from the research ive done 40 - 50 mpg seems about what everyone gets. Even if i get 35mpg ill still be saving gas. Im probably not gonna buy till october ( i start school in november ) but it cant hurt to start looking now.Good luck getting the advertized mpg on a 20 year old car. It will be a gas saver compared to the T, but getting 45mpg on a mid 90's car is a bit optimistic IMO.