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#55 of 64 2007 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg edition
Oct 05, 2008 (4:38 pm)
i have a 2007 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg edition that i bought new. i have the oil changed at the dealer and every service preformed at the dealer. my problem is back in january or so i had the oil changed. on the way home from the dealer we get about 1 mile or so from the house (the dealer is 50 miles away), and we smell a oil smell and the oil light comes on. i get to looking at it and the bottom of the car is covered in oil. long story short the dealer sends a wrecker picks it up and looks it over. it is found that the service guy pinched the oil filter gasket. they clean it up redo the oil change and say everything is cool. well i wasnt convinced everything is cool so i negotiated a additional 30k warrenty. well oct 1st or so we take it back to the dealer due to a knocking sound that i had pointed out to them a month or so back ( i think it is a bottom bearing or something like that). in any case dealer is saying they are going to replace motor with a crate motor (which im cool with) but my concern is they are going to rebuild it and i dont want that. are there any numbers on the motor? (like on chevys they have the vin #)
any input would be a great help
#56 of 64 2007 VW Jetta Wolfsburg edition
Jun 23, 2009 (6:42 pm)
First at just 500 miles the dealer had to replace the automatic transmission. Now at 29k miles, they just replaced the Drive Shaft. Unfortunately this does not qualify my car as a lemon. I'm under a lease, I'm about to call VW customer care to see if they can work something out with me. Anyone has any experience with them?
#57 of 64 Re: 2007 VW Jetta Wolfsburg edition [bartnj07]
Jun 24, 2009 (5:50 am)
What do you need to "work out"? Your car is under warranty and they are fixing it as needed, right? I'm guessing the warranty will continue to be in effect for the entire length of the lease as this seems to be the way lessors do things...so what is the issue?
#58 of 64 Re: 2007 VW Jetta Wolfsburg edition [jeffyscott]
Jun 24, 2009 (6:28 am)
I am in a similar situation, though with a different car all together. Yes, the warranty will cover any of my issues. Such as a glitchy transmission, or engine problems. Dealer cannot duplicate the problem. To this day it is still doing it, but not on a 100%
basis. Its also nothing that shows itself incredibly well either, but I know the issue is there and that its not entirely normal.
So, I will just drive it, deal with it. If it happens to show itself more, than I will show the dealer. I also know that I won't hold on to the car for the whole lease. But, doing so will force me to wait at least 2yrs in, then values and numbers will be much better for a way out. So less than a year, I could have a better chance.
They won't let you out, but they will honor the warranty, and if they want to do that, then I will use that in every way I can... such as rentals and any issue I have. Let them eat the bill. I have run up at least $2k bill I am sure with minimal issues already, including rentals.
This is their problem, their car, I only lease it. Let them do it.
#59 of 64 2007 VW Jetta Wolfsburg edition
Jun 24, 2009 (8:08 am)
You are right all the repairs are covered under the warranty. I guess I was stupid to think that I could lease this car for three years and then buy it. I chose 10k per yr mile limit and now I know I'll exceed the miles and there's no way I'll buy this car after all these issues. I spoke to the service manager who referred me to VW customer care and I'm pretty sure that I won't accoplish anything with them. I got in touch with one of the lemon law firms and from they've told me is that even if the car won't qualify as a lemon I might be able to get some money from VW since the car depreciated more in value due to the mechanical problems.
#60 of 64 Re: 2007 VW Jetta Wolfsburg edition [bartnj07]
Jun 24, 2009 (9:52 am)
That is true! I completely understand. I keep trying, for the possibility of getting out. Perhaps with new car prices, and incentives now, I will be able to get out. Perhaps you could do the same.
#61 of 64 Re: 2007 VW Jetta Wolfsburg edition [bartnj07]
Jun 24, 2009 (10:20 am)
I don't see how you would be able to argue for compensation for supposed diminshed value. Since you are leasing any diminshed value would affect what the dealer can sell it for after you turn it in at the end of the lease. You essentially have already agreed to the trade in value as part of the lease arrangements.
That is not to say that the "lemon law firm" will not be happy to charge you some fees to argue this. As for buying the car, I don't know that the fact that you had a couple repairs means that it is destined to continue to have other problems.
There is always the option to buy an extended warranty. I don't think these make financial sense myself, but up until 4 years and 36,000 miles I had the option to buy one from my credit union for our Jetta, with coverage comparable to mfr bumper to bumper warranty. To go 4 additional years and to 80K total miles was $2241 with 0 deductible or $1911 for a 100 deductible. So I could have eliminated the risk of high repair costs during our first 8 years of ownership for about $2000.
Like I said that was not a deal I wanted to take, but if the alternative would be to trade cars at 4 years, paying the $2000 for the warranty would likely be a much cheaper option. This figure also tells me that the warranty company (who is planning to make a profit on these deals) is expecting repairs to be quite a bit less than $2000, on average, over the next 4 years and ~40-50,000 mi.
Sep 17, 2009 (2:35 pm)
On a 2007 JETTA WOLFSBURG. What's required on a 40k service? I know air, oil, and cabin filters. What is better synthetic or regular type? Weight and quantity? Also spark plugs?
#64 of 64 Re: 2007 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg edition [camarofan]
Oct 11, 2009 (6:57 am)
I believe under federal law the engine block needs to be stamped with the VIN #