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Help us pick a car?

The lease is up on our current vehicle (a BMW X1), so we're shopping. I think this time it's a buy, but we'd like to stay with a wagon-y or small SUV shaped thing. Bonus points if it's capable of light towing (think tiny travel trailer). [more inside]
posted by uberchet on Sep 13, 2016 - 30 answers

VW Jetta reliability and expense

My wife and I are looking to buy a used car. I've had my heart set on a Volkswagen Jetta seemingly forever. She has heard some horror stories about the cost of maintenance and repairs for VWs, and does not want to buy one. I've heard the same horror stories, but the data I've been able to find online hasn't confirmed them (although, to be fair, it hasn't entirely disproven them, either). I'd like to hear actual VW owners' stories to help us make a decision. [more inside]
posted by kevinbelt on Sep 13, 2016 - 35 answers

VW Golf - worth hanging onto or increasing liability?

I'm the proud owner of a 2009 VW Golf (petrol not diesel). I'm the second owner, it has low mileage, has been regularly serviced by certified VW mechanics and has never had any mechanical or electrical problems. It's also a great car and I like it a lot. However, it seems like every second day I see a news story about yet another lawsuit against VW over the diesel fuel emissions scandal. [more inside]
posted by Gwendoline Mary on Aug 2, 2016 - 10 answers

Car dealership majorly screwing me over -- help!

MeFites, I'm 26/f and know squat about car repairs, except to know that I'm too broke to keep paying for the same problem to be fixed multiple times. Dealerships are evil. Let's discuss. [more inside]
posted by themaskedwonder on Jan 14, 2015 - 19 answers

VW - Y/N?

Is buying a used VW (or Audi) really that bad of an idea? [more inside]
posted by Venadium on May 24, 2013 - 31 answers

Help me decide between a VW Golf Wagon and Subaru Forester

Subaru Forester or VW Golf Wagon? [more inside]
posted by any portmanteau in a storm on Jul 9, 2012 - 34 answers

I could fix it myself, but I'd really rather not.

VW "Customer Care" isn't exactly screwing me, but they're not doing me any favors, either. What should I do next? The part was poorly designed and faulty, but I didn't get my car to the dealership until two weeks after the expiration of a warranty extension I never knew about. Full story follows: [more inside]
posted by booknerd on Nov 3, 2008 - 9 answers

New VW camper van?

What is today's equivalent of a VW Westfalia camper? [more inside]
posted by toastchee on Sep 21, 2007 - 12 answers

Shuold my "o5 VW GTI windows roll down all the way?

Autofilter: Should the windows on my '05 Volkswagen GTI roll all the way down? [more inside]
posted by wmeredith on Jun 12, 2007 - 2 answers

Is my car dealer violating federal law?

Do car repairs done at a non-authorized facility void the warranty? [more inside]
posted by Wet Spot on Jan 22, 2007 - 12 answers

My clutch is scraping, do I need to replace the whole thing?

1997 VW clutch is making scraping sounds when fully depressed, but is working fine otherwise. Do I need a whole new clutch kit? Simultaneously, the interior fans (cooling) are dead, and the parking brake light is stuck on. Blown fuse? [more inside]
posted by juniper on Aug 23, 2006 - 7 answers

Old VW Campers. Advice/experience?

When I was younger I dreamed of weekends away (and longer) in an old VW camper (called a Kombi, here in OZ). A decade later and I have spouse, kids (4yro, 2yro and 1 on the way) and enough money to make it possible. Good idea or not? [more inside]
posted by bystander on May 8, 2005 - 12 answers

mini cooper vs. beetle / cabrio

What do you all think of the 2004 Mini Cooper convertible? Specifically, in comparison to a 2004 mini beetle convertible, or a well-cared-for 2001/2002 Cabrio convertible (I don't think they made a convertible Cabrio after 2002)?
posted by luriete on Apr 22, 2005 - 18 answers

Help deciphering a letter from our VW dealership

We got a weird letter from our VW dealership in the mail yesterday, and I need help deciphering it. [mi] [more inside]
posted by Irontom on Nov 18, 2004 - 16 answers

If I spend $6k on repairing my VW, will it still need regular expensive repairs?

Carfilter: I have a 1988 VW Golf GL that currently costs me about $85/month in repair costs. In other words, I'm finding myself putting about $3-400 dollars into it every 3-4 months. The car has 60k miles on a transplanted eight-valve Scirocco engine. And the steering is getting mushy. And I have no real mechanical skills.

If I take the $6k that I could spend on a newer car and put it into the VW, and I just going to end up with a pimped-out VW that still needs spendy repairs every 3-4 months?
posted by mecran01 on May 18, 2004 - 19 answers

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