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(Chicago Sun-Times)   Robot VW wins 132-mile race, simultaneously sets world record for VW traveling furthest without a mechanical problem   (suntimes.com) divider line 194
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NTF
2005-10-10 01:21:14 PM  
First person who says they work for VW gets a cockpunch.
 
2005-10-10 01:21:33 PM  
Drivers not needed.
 
2005-10-10 01:21:50 PM  
I hope they broadcast this next year.
 
2005-10-10 01:21:56 PM  
Snarf. I drive a VW. It's my second one and I've had nothing to compain about with either. Headline = BS. Mkay THNX!
 
2005-10-10 01:22:13 PM  
4th post! *maybe?*
 
2005-10-10 01:23:29 PM  
Tinton

Fifth actually.....
 
2005-10-10 01:23:53 PM  
So, is Herbie out of a job now? And, if so, does that also apply to Lindsay Lohan?
 
2005-10-10 01:24:05 PM  
VW's are streotypically horrible cars. I don't care how much mileage on your Jetta, they're still the worst German cars.


/Yuppies !
 
2005-10-10 01:24:07 PM  
The headline is true, at least for me.

My wife's bug breaks down regularly, and thanks to German engineering I usually can't fix it. They make everything so messed up that only the dealer can fix it (for a slightly higher than reasonable price).

Example? Changing a battery requires taking most of the front end off.
 
2005-10-10 01:24:17 PM  
''This is no longer a hobby,'' said Anthony Tether, director of the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which organized the race. ''We're talking about technology that has a real mission.''

What if people at the Pentagon's Defense Advance Research Projects Agency took their heads out of their asses and did something more productive, they're starting to remind me of NASA.
 
2005-10-10 01:25:06 PM  
Ba-Zing.
 
2005-10-10 01:25:48 PM  


Whatever...I got ridden by Lindsey Lohan when she was still teh hawt!
 
2005-10-10 01:25:55 PM  
Headline uses no "looking for hippy Sarah Conner" reference. Minus 10 points.

/meh
 
2005-10-10 01:26:02 PM  
Unsilent Majority:
What if people at the Pentagon's Defense Advance Research Projects Agency took their heads out of their asses and did something more productive, they're starting to remind me of NASA.

Unmanned supply crawlers would be pretty useful in war, dontchathink.
 
2005-10-10 01:26:08 PM  
I used to work for a VW dealership as a lowly cashier, but I don't have a cock.

A lot of models have lots of problems. If you own a Jetta made between 2000 and 2003 I don't envy you. I also don't envy you Touareg owners...$90 for an oil change?!?

/drives a 96 Jetta
//with a tape deck
///and a slowly deteriorating clutch
 
2005-10-10 01:26:43 PM  
NTF

First person who says they work for VW gets a cockpunch.


Thank you, oh thank you, NTF.
 
2005-10-10 01:27:22 PM  
I've had my GTI for 2 years, no mechanical problems but all the seat adjustment knobs keep falling off.
 
2005-10-10 01:27:24 PM  
My dad had a Passat and my two sisters had Jettas, one diesel. VWs are poop and I would never buy one.

2000 Passat - engine caught fire(dad put it out with his hands), had rental for 1 month that VW refused to pay for.
- breaks replaced once
- fuel injection broke, told we would have to wait a month for a part. Sold the car with over 100 k miles

2001 Diesel Jetta - brakes replaced twice
- transmission replaced twice
- dealer fixing it got into an accident
- power steering broke - sold in August
 
2005-10-10 01:27:36 PM  
Unfortunately, this headline does not set the record for longest without a grammatical problem.
/Farthest
 
2005-10-10 01:27:48 PM  
I have a VW and they suck. Timing belt broke early, control arms were shot after 75k miles and a flange eroded causing me to overheat two weeks ago. Crap cars.
 
2005-10-10 01:28:04 PM  
Unmanned supply crawlers would be pretty useful in war, dontchathink.

Apparently you never saw the previews for the Jamie Foxx fighter pilot movie.
 
2005-10-10 01:28:18 PM  
mindflux: Snarf. I drive a VW. It's my second one and I've had nothing to compain about with either. Headline = BS. Mkay THNX!

it depends when they were from, for a few years (2 or 3) in the early-mid 90's vw made some shiatty cars with way to much plastic in the engine, they still have to deal with the streotype today


/my father had a '93 jetta, problem every month it seemed, he was pissed he sold his omni GLH to get that crap car
 
2005-10-10 01:29:01 PM  
I'm on my third VW.

#1 - 1983 Rabbit that got me through high school and college. Sold with 172K on it and never had any issues.

#2 - 1994 Jetta. Other than a weird quirk with the transmission, never had any issues with it. Sold with over 125K on it.

#3 - 2003 Jetta GLI (24v VR6) - 30K and no issues other than the coilpacks which have always been an issue. Replaced under warranty.

Headline is B.S.
 
NTF
2005-10-10 01:29:02 PM  
Sorry for the rudeness but i'm really sick of that shiat.
 
2005-10-10 01:30:00 PM  
Huh? I thought VWs were supposed to be reliable? Never had one, guess I fell for that Nazi propoganda or something.
 
2005-10-10 01:30:23 PM  
I work for NTF

He apologizes.

Fark Tom DeLay and all that work for him.
 
2005-10-10 01:30:31 PM  
I liked this story the first time I heard it...when it was called Pearl Jam! or something...
 
2005-10-10 01:31:17 PM  
even as a VW owner, i find the headline hilarious! Owned my 96 Jetta for 2 years now, twice its been sittingin the driveway for a month while I diagnose the problem.

Just don't replace any electrical part with anything but bosch, and you shouldn't have any problems.
 
2005-10-10 01:32:16 PM  
VWs are pieces of shiat. Glad I'm rid of my 2001 Jetta VR6.
 
2005-10-10 01:32:37 PM  
Submitter must have mistaken an Alfa Romeo or any GM-manufactured car for a VW.
 
2005-10-10 01:33:07 PM  
Never had a problem with my VW Golf I had in Britain for several years. Never known anyone in Britain who has had trouble with VW. As soon as I come to the US I see two VW in trouble. I guess they just send the crappy one to the states.
 
2005-10-10 01:33:14 PM  
 
2005-10-10 01:34:55 PM  
My VW RULES.

1998 VW Jetta Wolfsburg, 2.0 litre 4-cylinder.

I have 73,500 miles.

Last summer I completed a road trip of some 5,000 miles. My car performed beautifully, delivering 36mpg average with 2 adult passengers, full cargo and A/C running 100% of the time.

The only problems I have had were faulty window switches, which were replaced under warranty. Just replaced all 3 belts (myself) which cost a 'whopping' $86 total. Now I should be good for another 75k miles.

VW engines run a looooong time; it is not uncommon to find VW drivers with 250K miles on their cars.

I'm quite pleased so far with my car as I've not had any major problems... which reminds me, its time to change the spark plugs.

VWs rule. Headline not so much.
 
2005-10-10 01:35:58 PM  
Hmmm, 118k miles on the TDI and no problems yet.
 
2005-10-10 01:37:58 PM  
For everyone who says the headline is B.S.

Seems in this report every single car VW makes made the "least reliable" list.
 
2005-10-10 01:38:01 PM  
huh? we're talking VW here, not GM.

/thinking about getting a Solstice
//but waiting a year so they have a chance to fix everything that's wrong with it first
 
2005-10-10 01:38:06 PM  
Never had a problem with my 97 Jetta. Sorry to break this to you, but most cars aren't inherently bad. Everyone I know has had more problems with Ford and GM than anything else.

/Japanese > German > American
 
2005-10-10 01:38:27 PM  
I've found that ever VW my family has ever owned has lasted twice as long as any American car we've ever owned. I would say that the 1997 or earlier VW Jetta was about the best diesel car available. But then they switched from indirect to direct injection and farked everything up.
 
2005-10-10 01:39:29 PM  
tricycleracer, I've seen that video. That's faulty ricing, not VW's fault.
 
2005-10-10 01:40:57 PM  
A lot of [VW] models have lots of problems

That's what you VW owners get for buying Nazi junk!

/Godwin?
 
2005-10-10 01:41:41 PM  
LagBeast

That's a GIS for "volkswagen fire". A GIS for "How to make a VW go 100 miles per hour" did not produce a suitable "Beetle flying off of a cliff" picture.
 
2005-10-10 01:42:57 PM  
WTF? Vee-dubs are the only cars in existence that can be fixed with duct tape and bailing wire. expensive repairs? where the hell are you morans taking these cars to be repaired?

/had a '71 SuperBeetle...95% bondo.
 
2005-10-10 01:43:43 PM  
VW's are streotypically horrible cars. I don't care how much mileage on your Jetta, they're still the worst German cars.

Sorry, you are dead wrong. Not only do I currently have 7 German cars in the garage (all running), my mechanic has been working on German cars since the mid-70's. Except for a few oddball factory farkups (auto trans in mid 90's Jetta's for one) he will take a VW / Audi over any other German car on a reliability standpoint every time.

Im not trying to imply VWs are the most reliable cars in the world, they are not. But as far as German cars go, they are at the top of the pile. VW & Audi have been sharing platforms sice day one (and still do) so any reliability comments for one applies to the other.

Problem isnt the yuppies, they drive Volvos and SAABs. Its the hippies that buy VWs and never change the fluids. Almost every VW / Audi that has been towed into my friends shop with a seized motor has a Grateful Dead sticker on the back. I kid you not, he actually keeps track of these things.

Most reliable and bulletproof cars in the world happen to be the pre-GM SAABs and Volvos. Damn things never die unless you somehow loose all the oil. My same friend has almost 20 Volvos he services with close to or over 300,000 miles & the original drive train. A few of them with the original owner.
 
2005-10-10 01:44:55 PM  
I've have a 1999 Passat, and have had no problems.

The battery died last winter, after 5 years, and I replaced it myself.

Brakes/rotors were needed after 75,000 miles.

Other than that, it has been routine maint.

Broktun | I had new wiper blades put on. I forgot about wiper blades
 
2005-10-10 01:45:19 PM  
Asako: Hmmm, 118k miles on the TDI and no problems yet.

96K on my TDI. Original clutch, original brakes,.....original battery. GF's had the alternator in her Honda changed twice so far this year. Headline is stupid.
 
2005-10-10 01:45:58 PM  
Owned a Jetta, wasn't too bad. Currently own an Audi. It's had it's share of problems but nothing major, thank god. BMW's, IMHO, are by far the best German cars ever.
 
2005-10-10 01:46:21 PM  
my 1874 VW Earwighoppern has 200 Brazilian miles on it. The only problem i have had is that it keeps going back in time.
 
2005-10-10 01:47:21 PM  
Edipis: 200 Brazilian miles

how many is a brazillian?
 
2005-10-10 01:47:36 PM  
Highly reliable, and newly-styled. Behold the new Civic.
 
2005-10-10 01:47:54 PM  


Just got my first VW. Triple Black Passat. LOVE IT.
 
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