Anyone on here own a Volkswagen?

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    Aug 19, 2013 4:42 AM GMT
    I bought my first new car a couple of days ago (a VW golf) and I don't know what to expect. No one in my family owns a VW and I don't know of anyone who has one either so I really don't know much about them. It got good reviews, but I heard from some people that VWs are pretty unreliable. Did anyone on here have any positive or negative experiences with VWs?
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    Aug 19, 2013 4:48 AM GMT
    German cars are hit or miss. You're either going to get a complete junker. Or you'll get a reliable car that lasts forever. I really don't understand why that is.
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    Aug 19, 2013 5:00 AM GMT
    I used to have a 67 bug back in TO. Was a semi automatic. Parking brake didnt work and it was always rolling away... By the mid 70ies the frame was totally rusted out. Was awesome in the snow though... lol.
  • FredMG

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    Aug 19, 2013 6:01 AM GMT
    I had a 70 beetle convertible. Ran like a champ - but I was OCD about maintaining it. I don't know about VWs with radiators, seems like a frivolously bad idea.
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    Aug 19, 2013 10:17 AM GMT
    I've only ever driven a Volkswagon Polo Sedan - since 2004. I have had not real issues with it. It doesn't use up too much petrol. Not the fastest up hills but otherwise great all around reliable car. It is small, which is great for parking but otherwise it can feel a little squashy. Like all cars, getting regular service is the key, so far so good.
  • FitGwynedd

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    Aug 19, 2013 11:38 AM GMT
    I don't buy them for ethical reasons

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    Aug 19, 2013 11:39 AM GMT
    My first two cars, when was still in university, were VW Jettas. Very old and cheap and had all kinds of trouble with them. But you get what you pay for i guess, so i can't really judge the current state of the brand by that. Currently driving an almost new Peugeot that i'm quite happy with.
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    Aug 19, 2013 11:41 AM GMT
    David_NL saidMy first two cars, when was still in university, were VW Jettas. Very old and cheap and had all kinds of trouble with them. But you get what you pay for i guess, so i can't really judge the current state of the brand by that. Currently driving an almost new Peugeot that i'm quite happy with.


    Lol Peugeots and Renaults are the most boring cars on the road.
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    Aug 19, 2013 11:42 AM GMT
    somersault said
    FitGwynedd saidI don't buy them for ethical reasons

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    dude alomost every Jew in NY, NJ and CT has an MB or BMW


    Well this one will never buy one
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    Aug 19, 2013 11:54 AM GMT
    I'm 4 years into my second-in-a-row Jetta: a V6 1st time and a Diesel now. Like others have said, they can be hit or miss. Even with the glitches, I've enjoyed them. If you have the DSG tranny like I do, you'd probably notice some intermittent fickle drop-offs between auto shifting. Not often, but it makes me cringe when it does.
  • real_diver2

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    Aug 19, 2013 1:04 PM GMT
    2009 Jetta (5 cyl., man.,). Love It. Few problems. Dealership service dept. excellent and reasonable in price.

    Told them upfront that they would have to earn my business. They have never disappointed me.
  • isuflyboy

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    Aug 19, 2013 1:06 PM GMT
    My rental car was a new beetle this summer eight the 5 cyl in it and if you could forget that you were driving the damn thing it actually was a nice car it was quiet and it rode really well.
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    Aug 19, 2013 1:21 PM GMT
    You should be fine. German cars are screwed together well for the most part. Just keep up on the maintenance. Welkomen to da club!
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    Aug 19, 2013 1:45 PM GMT
    somersault said
    FitGwynedd saidI don't buy them for ethical reasons

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    dude alomost every Jew in NY, NJ and CT has an MB or BMW


    Hitler didn't personally design MB's or BMW's. He personally designed the VW beetle. It was the Gay SA that brought Hitler to power.
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    Aug 19, 2013 2:12 PM GMT
    FitGwynedd saidI don't buy them for ethical reasons

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    oh dear.
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    Aug 19, 2013 4:50 PM GMT
    We've had four VW/Audi cars over the years:

    A 1972 "Super" Beetle that was a blast to drive, but needed quite a bit of tinkering and love to keep it running. I sold it to my uncle, who fully restored it, rebuilt the engine, and drove it to work everyday.

    A 2002 Audi TT, which was my awesome little "status" car. It drove like a dream, cornered better than my cousin's Corvette, but had the typical VW electrical issues, most of which were covered under recall. I regretfully traded it in for something with hauling capacity, plus keeping good tires on it ate me alive. Plus, it was conspicuous. I would get texts from people, "I see you're at Target!" Creepy. Plus, girls all wanted rides, and guys wanted to drive it and burn it up.

    A 2002 Jetta, which was my husband's daily driver for years. He finally traded it in when the clear coat peeled off the hood, the headliner fell out, and the police started profiling him as a punk. Mechanically, it was a very sound car, but at 160K miles, was starting to show signs of age.

    A 2006 Touareg, which was my "hauling capicity" car. I HATED HATED HATED this car 5 minutes after driving it off the lot. Shit broke on this car that shouldn't break on a vehicle in this price range. The sunroof switch fell out of the ceiling. One headlight flickered and fluttered, even after changing the bulb. It got 13 MPG on a good day, coasting downhill at 40 with the A/C off. Oh, and I couldn't haul what I wanted to with it because it was about an inch too short in each direction for what I wanted to haul.

    We finally traded our VWs off and bought domestic cars. I got a small Chevy sedan, and he has a Jeep Wrangler. We love our cars. They're not as glamorous or agile as the VWs were but they come with warranties, cheap financing, and the social peace of mind that they were assembled by UAW workers in Ohio.

    Have fun with your Golf! They're awesome little cars, and Golf owners love tricking them out with gadgets and doo-dads.
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    Aug 19, 2013 5:09 PM GMT

    I don't know they say today's VW is a total different than the yesteryear VW's. those 2003 were really good batch of cars. today's VW are like Toyotas. More on Quantity than Quality oriented.

    But I do know Hyundai cars are becoming the new VW as in term of reliability. Hyundai cars are really actual good cars they have brushed up many side of the make, from their ride to handling to built quality.
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    Aug 19, 2013 5:10 PM GMT
    FitGwynedd said
    somersault said
    FitGwynedd saidI don't buy them for ethical reasons

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    dude alomost every Jew in NY, NJ and CT has an MB or BMW


    Well this one will never buy one


    Me either. or a Toyota.
    Ironicaly I drive a Mazda. BUT 1) it's used and 2) Ford had a conrolling interest in Mazda, the only US company to make inroads into their closed market. (Chrysler/Mitsu and GM/Toy/Suzuki/etc. were partnerships)


    Back to VWs:
    "VWs: low cost introduction to German repair bills" or some saying like that.

    No new car is bad. Really. There aren't any Daewoos around anymore!
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    Aug 19, 2013 6:33 PM GMT
    xrichx saidGerman cars are hit or miss. You're either going to get a complete junker. Or you'll get a reliable car that lasts forever. I really don't understand why that is.

    An observation that parallels my own VW experiences. I've owned 5 VWs, all bought new starting in 1966, including one of their pop-top camper vans, and I'm looking at a 2014 Beetle convertible right now.

    Never had any catastrophic failures, mostly niggly stuff. Except for a 1978 Rabbit (Golf), that my wife cheated me out of when we divorced. The engine threw a rod and self-destructed in 1981 on her way down to Fort Gordon, Georgia - good. Knowing her the cause may have been as much her own abuse as a flaw in the car.
  • rnch

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    Aug 19, 2013 6:34 PM GMT
    FitGwynedd saidI don't buy them for ethical reasons

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    Do you own any Krupp kitchen appliances? Or any other clothing or household items of German derivation?
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    Aug 19, 2013 6:37 PM GMT
    unckabasa said
    FitGwynedd said
    somersault said
    FitGwynedd saidI don't buy them for ethical reasons

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    dude alomost every Jew in NY, NJ and CT has an MB or BMW


    Well this one will never buy one


    Me either. or a Toyota.
    Ironicaly I drive a Mazda. BUT 1) it's used and 2) Ford had a conrolling interest in Mazda, the only US company to make inroads into their closed market. (Chrysler/Mitsu and GM/Toy/Suzuki/etc. were partnerships)


    Back to VWs:
    "VWs: low cost introduction to German repair bills" or some saying like that.

    No new car is bad. Really. There aren't any Daewoos around anymore!


    Im sure you know Henry Ford was a huge influence and a huge pacifist prior to the US going in to the war. It could be easily argued that his vocal resistance lead to more deaths by delaying us entering. So I am not sure using ford as your ethical guide in this situation is the most pure.

    and the people that were behind those events are long since dead. The companies are global and are not representative of those days. To not buy their products based on WW2 is really silly. Its like not buying anything English because we were oppressed by over 200 years ago.
  • rnch

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    Aug 19, 2013 6:44 PM GMT
    A few years ago I had a serious case of "automotive Lust" over a new Jetta.

    After I spoke with several owners (and a friendly VW service writer) I found out that most Mexican assembled V-Dubs self destruct after 40K with a variety of electrical and body issues.

    I passed on a Jetta and bought a Camry instead.
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    Aug 19, 2013 6:46 PM GMT
    xrichx saidGerman cars are hit or miss. You're either going to get a complete junker. Or you'll get a reliable car that lasts forever. I really don't understand why that is.

    My theory is that it's due to the unification of Germany. After that there was a large influx of former East Germans into West Germany and probably factories that started production in East Germany. During the Communist era their workers had virtually no pride in their work.
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    Aug 19, 2013 6:49 PM GMT
    xrichx saidGerman cars are hit or miss. You're either going to get a complete junker. Or you'll get a reliable car that lasts forever. I really don't understand why that is.


    Agreed. I've had a few good German cars, and have had very good luck with them, with just normal maintenance. This car is 33 years old; with original paint, engine, drive train, leather, other than tires, brakes, tune ups, belts, hoses, & oil changes.
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    Are there guys who truly would not buy a German or Japanese car because we fought those countries in WW II?

  • daveindenver

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    Aug 19, 2013 7:15 PM GMT
    Have a 2001 golf tdi with 234,000 miles on it ………=)