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#11 of 14 FYI VW Factory in Mexico
Jun 24, 2002 (11:22 am)
VW Puebla factory was built in 1954.
#12 of 14 VW needs a new Corrado.
Jun 24, 2002 (4:11 pm)
I'd look at them!
#13 of 14 Rabbit Turds
Jul 30, 2002 (4:10 pm)
I had the misfortune of buying a new 1980 VW Rabbit while in my early 20's. I did the research, Consumer Reports rated reliability as average. And for the first year, it was fairly trouble-free. Sure, the sunroof broke the first time I used it. But, within a month of the warranty expiring (only 12mos/12k mi back then) It wouldn't start one day. Fortunately, the dealer I bought it from was less than a mile from my house. Had it towed, problem was the fuse box had burned and partly melted. So, the elctric fuel pump got no power. Though it was technically out of warranty, the dealer got VWoA to cover it under warranty as a "goodwill" gesture. (I later found out this was a VERY common problem.) Less than a year later, it happened again. There had been a recall for this problem, but the recall excluded models built after March '80, which mine was. As I found out, models built after that date definitly had the same problem. This time, VWoA wasn't interested in helping out. The dealer tried (or said they did) to get them to cover it, but they wouldn't. I called them several times myself, and they couldn't care less about the whole problem. So I got to pay for it. (And couldn't afford it at the time, but that's another story.) It eventually happened yet again. (Apparently, fuses are rare in germany, and must be protected by the fuse boxes from damage?!) It was finally fixed correctly by an independant mechanic who took over a VW dealership when they folded. (This dealer was on Lemon St. in Fullerton, CA. How appropriate)
Sometime after that, it overheated for no apparent reason, and the head gasket was damaged cause there was oil and water mixed from then on. I had to add water every couple of days. I couldn't afford the repair back then, so just kept driving, it wasn't worth fixing anyway. It also had a CV joint failure too. I don't think I even got 50K miles out of this POS. Note that I did do all maintenance as recommended in the manual. For the first year, I let the dealer do it.
That was my first, and last VW. 2 years ago, when I was shopping again, I briefly considered a passat due to the all the raving I read about it here, and on other sites. Then I remembered that if I had gotten another lemon, VWoA would have done nothing to help me out, just like they did nothing 20 years ago. I can forgive any manufacturer for making a lemon, but treating the customer like crap at the same time means I never buy their product again. That's why so many states found it neccessary to enact lemon laws. I bought a Honda Accord EXV6, and have had 0 problems since then.
Ok, that was a long rant, but potential VW buyers should know.
Oh, forgot something. Back then, VW's slogan was "It's not a car, it's a Volkswagen" I guess I should have known I wasn't buying transportation, I was buying a POS.
#14 of 14 watch out for the smoke
Aug 01, 2002 (8:49 pm)
Contrary to the last post, those VW diesel Rabbits from yesteryear DO run forever...a lot of the other stuff in the car will have broken long ago, so be prepared for that, but the engines just go and go. The only thing is, the diesels smoke bad...the back of the car will be covered in soot.
I had a gasoline GTI, it was cranky and didn't always want to run, but it was fun to work on, and even tho the electrics quit all the time, those great oil gauges on the floor more than made up for it! And when it did run, poetry in motion!