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David12345
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Re: Fast Trade?
David12345   1/4/2012 2:29:18 PM
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I had a co-worker with a VW Passat W8.  He let me drive it a few times.  It was a pleasure to drive.  However, he also had many maintenance issues and ended-up trading it in for that reason. 

His car had several problems with the electronics, the most persistant one caused the right HID headlight to not light about half the time.   The dealer could not fix it despite having it at least 4 times (the last time for about 3 weeks).  Ironically, they came up with an obscure procedure of setting the parking brake a prescribed number of times, and operating several other controls in a defined sequence which turned on the errant headlight most of the time. He saw the same car around the area with the new owner; usually, with that same headlight out.

Since his experience I have noticed several of the "new beetle" style VWs in the area with the right front headlight intact, but unlit. It would appear, VW has something amiss in their electronics package. 

That's sad because VW had a reputation of a simple, inexpensive, but reliable product for many years. I owned a 1980 VW Rabbit for about 4 years with a very satisfactory experience until I sold it to buy a 1969 Camaro SS I had to have. 

 

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Fast Trade?
Critic   8/1/2011 6:02:15 PM
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I hope you informed the new owner of the car about its mechanical problem.  Not doing so could lead to you being held liable.

William K.
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VW Passat problems
William K.   7/25/2011 9:48:56 PM
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I can't imagine spending that kind of money on an old car with that many miles. My first action would be to get rid of it, or else learn how to do the repairs myself. Any vehicle that is that complex to service would normally be passed by as fast as I could go. Thanks for the warning about the very expensive a difficult to maintain vehicle.

But why did you purchase it in the first place?



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