Sags wrote:I usually discount these kinds of anecdotal stories though since I have no firsthand experience with VWs at all...
All we can give you here is more anecdotal stories.
Yes, but my thinking is that folks here are more mechanically inclined. What I meant by anecdotal stories was stories told from a position of complete ignorance. You know the people who will say "Brand A
sucks because my buddy had one and it broke down on him on a road trip." But never can give you any details as to why, was it a mechanical failure, OEM part failure, aftermarket part failure, design flaw or just poor maintenance and/or operator error?
For example, I know a guy who swears all Subarus are terrible and break down because his left him stranded. That is all he tells people. But the rest of the story is this: He was driving on a Forest Service back road when he thumped the oil pan on a rock, he kept driving out to the pavement and all the way into town 50 miles away, ignoring of the low oil pressure warning light and temp gauge along the way. I met him in town and he told me that he was worried because his car had a little tick, I was thinking a lifter tick but when he started it I about died
his "little tick" was a gigantic knock of a piston/con rod trying to eat the cylinder and head
. Anyway the idiot still tried to drive it back to camp and make it about a mile before it all exploded in a cloud of smoke. I stopped to help, checked his dipstick and found it to be bone dry and nearly red hot, that's when I started asking questions and got the rest of the story. Point is he now tells people Suburas suck, when really he only has himself to blame.
Anyway, back on topic. I've heard that before that VW parts can be more expensive, but that's true of all European brands in the US. But with a 50 mpg diesel I think that is more then compensated for.
If only there where a Japanese or American manufacturer who sold a small diesel car in the US... I'd be all over that before I could spell VW.