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#2447101 - 02/05/18 07:29 PM Re: Off Topic- Surprisingly quick 'commuter car' [Re: racerx20]
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I've had very good long term service out of my VW's, I bought my 08 Rabbit in 2012 with 43K on it and my son drove it back and forth 4 hours to/from college for 2 years and I drove it the next 4 and ran the odometer up to 112,000 before selling it last week to buy this one. In 6 years I changed one whel bearing hub ($200) and one alternator ($140) , I paid $6800 for it and sold it to a friend for $3500 So the NET cost ownership over that time (less normal gas, tires and oil changes typical for any car over almost 70,000 miles) was maybe a little over $50 bucks a month?

I doubt I could get $3500 for an 08 Neon today with 112K miles on it, or only spend $340 on parts over 6 years.


Edited by Streetwize (02/05/18 07:35 PM)
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#2447113 - 02/05/18 07:38 PM Re: Off Topic- Surprisingly quick 'commuter car' [Re: Streetwize]
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i work in a VW dealer body shop.
as far as long term life of them, i see newer VW's with over 200K on the almost daily.
the highest mile one i ever saw had 700K miles on it, yes it was a TDI diesel, and according to the owner it was still on the original engine and trans.
if you own a new one i would suggest removing the rear fender skirt and cleaning up the dirt build up a couple times a year. on the older ones there is a 12 unlimited mileage rust warranty on the rear fender rocker panel rust. on the newer ones the changed the warranty to 10 years 100K miles or something like that. also only the original owner is covered. on the older ones if you are the registered owner they cover it.
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#2447184 - 02/05/18 09:14 PM Re: Off Topic- Surprisingly quick 'commuter car' [Re: GoodysGotaCuda]
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Loc: Sacramento CA
Originally Posted By GoodysGotaCuda
I had a TDI Golf [bought back] that had a Malone tune on it. That car ripped for what it was.

I went to a WRX after dealing with VW on the buy-back...but I would like to get back into a GTI. I had no issues with the two 2012 VWs we had.


After my experience with my Passat TDI buyback I'd be hard pressed to buy another VW

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#2447194 - 02/05/18 09:30 PM Re: Off Topic- Surprisingly quick 'commuter car' [Re: Streetwize]
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I just sold off my 2008 Jetta Wolfsberg 2.0l Turbo last fall and was glad to get rid of it. It was constantly broken. At 93k I had to replace both front drive shafts an wheel bearings. Everything was horribly rusty and a PITA to disassemble.

There's a documentary on Netflix called "Dirty Money". The first episode is about Dieselgate. If what they show is true I'd never buy a VW again no matter what they build. There are some huge ethical issues with that company I don't want to support. I'm talking about more than just lies.
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#2447336 - 02/06/18 09:42 AM Re: Off Topic- Surprisingly quick 'commuter car' [Re: Streetwize]
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Every experience I've had w/ the newer VW stuff has been bad. Don't care how fast it is, they're crap cars. I've never been unfortunate enough to own one, but b/t friends and family that have...I know enough to stay away.
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#2447363 - 02/06/18 10:45 AM Re: Off Topic- Surprisingly quick 'commuter car' [Re: Streetwize]
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Registered: 01/20/03
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Loc: Irving, TX
Andrewh had a Jetta TDi and I was never impressed with the car. It just felt cheap inside and the color was falling off the overhead console.

My father has an older 2002 Snap Orange turbo Beetle. He put a VW cat back system on it and had an engine flash. That little turd will run pretty hard and actually started pulling away from a 4.6 Mustang when they got past 135 mph. biggrin

The old road tests all complained about the harsh ride of my 2006 C55 AMG but the Beetle makes it feel like a soft car in comparison.

Many of the black surfaces in the bug have deteriorated and become sticky over the years. It's kinda nasty. No doubt it's an age thing because the car barely has 70,000 miles on it.

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#2457182 - 02/25/18 04:41 AM Re: Off Topic- Surprisingly quick 'commuter car' [Re: Streetwize]
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Loc: the frozen wastes...

Well... after well over 2 years ov hard driving and road racing, i FINALLY killed my poor lil Buzzbomb (2000 Celica GTS 6-speed). It took a rather cataclysmic accident to do it too. So i search for another N/A I4 stick go-cart with some HP to get around in/save money (while i build my hotrod) and the only thing i can find even remotely locally, is a 2008 Honda Civic Si. I saw piles ov sporty lil VW's, and surprisingly, Mini Coopers... both were shockingly cheap... but y'all got me paranoid. I want NO issues... like my Buzzbomb. So i bought the Si. Haven't been able to wring it out yet..., the weather outside is frightful... but so far it seems fun. That V-tech... wow. By FAR the newest car i've ever owned.

If Hondayota ever made a RWD 2-seater with a V8 version ov say, the F20C engine i'd be a fanatic. How about it... a N/A 4L V8 with 480HP. Now how badass would V-tech be in a 240cid DOHC V8??? My god... WHY CANT THEY DO THAT...???

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#2457184 - 02/25/18 05:15 AM Re: Off Topic- Surprisingly quick 'commuter car' [Re: redraptor]
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Loc: Mt.Gilead, Ohio
Originally Posted By redraptor
President of our company bought a Golf R for auto cross. Did some mods. I drove it, told him it should hit 12's. He took it to PIR and went 12.2 eek

I work with a guy that has a Golf R. He put one of the big name aftermarket(read:huge) turbos on it with a tune and whatever else he did with it. He paid an arm and a leg because he bought it when they had just come out. He told me he's making the same power I am with my Scatpack. That's pretty impressive and in a car probably close to 900 pounds lighter, I've never offered to race him. Once I no longer live in the world of N/A, we'll see how it turns out.
Another guy here had a Rabbit, maybe 2005-06(?), not modified but he loved it. Great mileage at 80-85 mph, he said. He did get rid of it for a new Honda hybrid deal, but I'm not sure if it was because of rust, age, onset of constant repairs or what the deal was.
My buddy bought a '98 TDI, got to 340,000 with little to no maintenance on it before he had problems with it. He is just now retiring a newer, maybe an '02-ish TDI. Over 300k, but again, his maintenance on things is lacking. I thought of picking it up for a daily driver(104 miles a day round trip), but the thought of all that could be wrong with it is kinda scary.
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