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#1131 of 1143 Re: What car should I buy? Concerned about expensive Repairs? [firefly531]
Apr 04, 2012 (11:10 am)
I liked the mini coopers too but alot of people have told me they need a lot of time in the garage. Garage here that repairs them told me to set aside $3,000/year for maintenance. Luv my bug! Have had it for 10 years and now the repairs are starting but it is 10 years old so I definitely got my money's worth. Never owned a Chevy before. Japanese cars before my bug! Good Luck
#1132 of 1143 Re: What car should I buy? Concerned about expensive Repairs? [firefly531]
Apr 05, 2012 (3:53 pm)
While all these suggested cars are good, I own 3 VW's (one New Beetle Convertible - 2008, and two Jettas (2007 and 2009). Soon will have a 2012 Passat in the garage (trading one Jetta). For fun to drive - tight bodies- no rattles- a joy to drive ----- go with a VW! I enjoy all three and all drive as good as the day they were new. Also - VW's have great seating comfort and although a small car, I would not hesitate driving one for a very long trip. I routinely drive my Jetta for sales calls, and will drive 3-6 hours without issue or back fatigue! I cannot say that about some previous cars I have owned, including two Toyota Camrys (terrible seat comfort for long trips).
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#1133 of 1143 Re: What car should I buy? Concerned about expensive Repairs? [belaircarguy]
Apr 05, 2012 (6:18 pm)
I can 'second' that ... for long trips (over 6 hours), my VW Jetta TDI is astounding.
We once went from Vermont - Colorado - Vermont and the engine never cooled off. 3 drivers taking turns on the way to CO. and 4 drivers coming back to VT.
The 750+ miles per tank of fuel made the trip not too expensive either.
#1135 of 1143 Re: Stalling Issue in '98 [thebug87]
Jul 21, 2012 (5:15 pm)
hi i know its been awhile sence your stalling problem but did you ever find the problem with it
#1136 of 1143 1999 vw new beetle
Jul 27, 2012 (11:46 am)
stalling problem, stalls then need to wait 20 mins or so till it starts, got codes that my evap emission control sys malfunction, please help
#1137 of 1143 Maintenance on 2003 New Beetle
Jul 28, 2012 (9:06 am)
I would like to know what the VW dealers are trying to do to the buying public. I had to have the rotors turned on my Beetle, I call the dealer $438 to turn the front rotors. ,I called a second dealer $486 to replace front rotors. New rotors on Internet about $150. Took my car to a local mechanical asked if he could work on my Beetle's brakes he said sure. Left my car 2 hours later he called said my car was ready . He turned all four rotors for $130, $60 labor. So you tell me, what a rip off the dealers doing. How an you continue to sell cars on rip the public on maintenance. Had the same thing happen on replacing headlamp. Owners manual just throw it away all it will tell you is take it to a dealer. VERY, VERY unhappy with VW.
#1138 of 1143 Re: Maintenance on 2003 New Beetle [cassi2]
Jul 28, 2012 (4:05 pm)
Noone is twisting your arm to take it to dealership. However, at the same time, VWs do need an 'experienced' mechanic because they have some unique maintenance requirements. (Most of the fluids are unique)
Personally, I have always changed my own rotors/pads. For less than $200, I can have VERY high quality Zimmerman rotors and Akebono pads on all 4 corners. My wife helps bleed the hydrolic system by pumping the brake-pedal as I crack open the bleeder-nipples.
When your 2003 VW needs timing-belt change ... do NOT go for the cheapest offer out there. While it is apart, EVERY moving part needs to be replaced... lest you may have troubles later. If you do some research, you will find some competent VW mechanics to perform this critical job.
#1139 of 1143 Re: Maintenance on 2003 New Beetle [bpeebles]
Jul 29, 2012 (7:56 am)
I never said anyone was twisting my arm to take the car to the dealer. What I was saying was the dealers are ripping the costumers off with their high labor prices. It would be nice to take your car to the dealer to have work done at a fair price. Not a problem for you guy's that can do your own work, but for people who can't or don't have the time it makes a big difference. What is honest about charging or $300 labor to change out 2 rotors.
#1140 of 1143 65 vwbaja wont spark
Apr 30, 2013 (5:52 pm)
hello my 65 vw isnt getting any spark, i replaced the tranny and when i put it together it wouldnt crank, it was fine before.ive tried everything ive replaced the condenser idk if maybe i got a bad one, im pretty sure the points look fine and the cap and button and wires are brand new. ive tried different coils and the wiring is pretty self exlpanatory,ive checked it over a million times this has been driving me nuts for weeks.and then i thought about the ground from the tranny, and i d guess that grounds everhything on the motor. so i found the strap on my old tranny and couldnt find a metric nut to attach it to the screw where it goes so for temp. i ran a ground wire from the battery, ive tried it many ways tryng to make just the coil spark. and havent been able to, ive tried many coils, i have a new style alternator and internal regulator. if you got any ideas please help me. i feel retarted but this is a tricky one and i cnat figure it out. ive got a test light but im gonna get a 9volt for my multimeter to figuure this one out