RumRogerz said:it's not weak at all.
VW in Germany is considered an average car. It's cheap, like Ford or Dodge is to us, so parts are cheap for them. Not for us, who have to pay for the shipping from Germany to Canada.
VW's from what i know, break down alot. I've heard terrible stories of all the shit that happens to the car, and i also know of 3 mechanics who absolutely hate working on them. Apparently, electronic issues run rampant in vw's. Not to mention their suspension system is very different than what we are used to. They use this strange wishbone axle on your front struts; my mechanic showed me one time (he had one up on the hoist). Looks complicated, not to mention, some of the parts are outrageously expensive.
My best story is with my buddy who had a tiptronic tranny in his vw. Only problem was, when the time came to replace the transmission fluid, the only port to drain the fluid was at the bottom of the transmission, which meant you needed special equipment to pump fresh fluid back into the tranny without it spilling all over the place (a special peice of equipment ONLY found at your local vw dealership). But not to worry; it only had a 250 dollar price tag for it
Only reason they are so expensive here is because it's an import. They only offer the higher end models in Canada, much like what Mercedes and BMW do here. (however, bmw and mercedes are very, very reliable cars)
All in all.
If you are gonna get a VW please lease one with a full warranty. And then when your lease is up, get somethin else.
the_fornicator said:there, not so much of a weak argument anymore.
one could have concluded from your prior statement that hondas/toyotas/nissans in japan were cheap domestic cars.
or any other vehicle for that matter, is a cheap domestic given from whereit's made.
p.s/ BMWs and mercedes aren't so reliable anymore. horrible resale and you'll rarely see one last past 200K kms without any major drive train work.
Lurker said:^^^ $900 for a tranny install isn't a bad deal at all. 200hp on what? A vr6 or a 2L 16V?
It's a bitch of a job to do, and on a 93 it's easiest to lift the whole motor & gearbox out together.
I'm guessing you did the clutch while you were in there?
Subsonic Chronic said:I
I've only had it for 6 months, but nothing serious has come up. The only problem that I'm having with it now is that the trunk won't open and I think it's because it's frozen or something.
Agent Smith said:For all you people badmouthing Audi... I love my A4. Sure the control arms need replacing relatively frequently... and there are a few wonky electrical hiccups... but the 2.8 engine has been SOLID and it drives like a dream.
I rode in a 1986 Audi 200 turbo with 450K on it last week and it still drove amazingly.
There are definitely problems to be aware of, but in terms of driving feel, I think Audis are the bomb.
coleridge said:My 95 Golf had a bad problem with the door locks seizing up in the winter. In fact I broke the driver side lock cylinder 3 times over the life of the car.
Could be the lock has frozen shut on the trunk release.