Discussion in 'OT Driven' started by Hegemon, Apr 18, 2009.
Too long; didn't read
dealer service is horrid, the techs have no idea what they're doing, etc.
My Jetta is getting lemon-lawed because VW has no clue how to fix it..
German engineering at its finest.
WTF Lemon lawed? Why the fuck is VW so shitty? Sorry man this "German Enginiuty shit is bogus. I don't buy it.. I have a VW Jetta that has more problems than my abused Acura Integra had at 130k miles. It's unreal how tempermental they are.. Is it because they're built in Mexico? wtf.
I won't ever own another german car unless I buy it new with a million years of warranty after owning a gti vr6 for 2 years.... fuck that noise...
I asked VW Corporate this... they weren't amused.
It's because the German government has their hand up VW's ass so far they're practically a hand puppet, and they pretty much have to keep people employed even if they have no work for them to do. So, they employ a lot of engineers coming up with ever more complex solutions to problems, trying to solve it 99%, then 99.9%, then 99.99%, eventually making the systems in their cars so incredibly precise that there is no way they can possibly withstand real-world conditions.
Take the Secondary Air Injection Pump for instance: when the engine is cold, it runs extra-rich so there is unburned fuel left over (on purpose), and a pump forces fresh air into the exhaust manifold to burn that fuel inside the catalyst to heat it up faster. Really? Was there that much pollution to get rid of in the first place? Somehow I doubt it.
Another good example is the multi-link suspension the B-chassis cars have: it does the exact same thing as dual-wishbone suspension, except that it has a couple of extra pivots so the wheels can move slightly forward/backward in the wheelwells to allow for a tighter turning radius. Which would be great if it didn't cause the tie rods and the rubber twist-bushings to wear out every 30-50 thousand miles.
Coincidentally, that's also an excellent way to keep the service techs employed.
Well, bottom line is don't buy VW if you prefer to not be inconvenienced and toyed with as a consumer. Sad
Just took GTI for service @250 to replace a $20 bearing.
Sure, the GTI is a good car -- but the Passat uses the same wheel bearings. Does it seem like a good idea to put 1500lbs more load on the same parts? No? Tell that to the geniuses in Wolfsburg.
i paid $500 of service to replace a $0.99 ring seal... (when i got the bill all i could do was laugh cause it was so ridiculous)
they basically had to pull the front clip off car to get access to it...