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(Marketwatch)   Volkswagen continues making a small, comfortable profit   (marketwatch.com ) divider line 18
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632 clicks; posted to Business » on 24 Aug 2012 at 11:56 AM (3 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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vpb [TotalFark]
2012-08-24 10:13:00 AM  
It's a good thing they don't have to deal with unions or universal health care or anything like that.
Those things make it impossible to make a profit.
 
2012-08-24 10:32:44 AM  
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2012-08-24 11:13:25 AM  
Ah, Volkswagen. Founded by Nazis, exploiter of slave labour...they sure don't build them like that anymore.

Ford comes close though.
 
2012-08-24 12:09:47 PM  
I would like to buy a new GTI.. but too expensive:(
 
2012-08-24 12:14:30 PM  

vpb: It's a good thing they don't have to deal with unions or universal health care or anything like that.
Those things make it impossible to make a profit.


That's why Volkswagen has those manufacturing plants in Mexico, right?
 
2012-08-24 12:20:07 PM  

gopher321: Ah, Volkswagen. Founded by Nazis, exploiter of slave labour...they sure don't build them like that anymore.

Ford comes close though.


I live a few miles from their US HQ. They taken down all the swastikas.
 
2012-08-24 12:28:06 PM  
Unfortunately the back of a Volkswagen is still uncomfortable...

//not too obscure...
 
2012-08-24 12:35:47 PM  

mjones73: Unfortunately the back of a Volkswagen is still uncomfortable...

//not too obscure...


It's practically a FARK meme.
 
2012-08-24 01:22:12 PM  
My wife helped out with that. She loves her new Turbo Beetle.

i248.photobucket.com

VWs have a reputation for not being reliable, but her last VW, a 2002 Golf, was actually pretty reliable overall. We spent a hell of a lot less on that car in repairs than we did with her previous ride, a 1994 Cavalier. That Cavalier needed an entire engine replacement midway through us owning it, and was always needing brake and alignment service. In comparison, the Golf only gave us a few relatively minor headaches, like faulty clips on the driver's side door, problems with the sunroof drains clogging, and a faulty chip in the engine.
 
2012-08-24 01:50:31 PM  

Mad_Radhu: VWs have a reputation for not being reliable, but her last VW, a 2002 Golf, was actually pretty reliable overall. We spent a hell of a lot less on that car in repairs than we did with her previous ride, a 1994 Cavalier. That Cavalier needed an entire engine replacement midway through us owning it, and was always needing brake and alignment service. In comparison, the Golf only gave us a few relatively minor headaches, like faulty clips on the driver's side door, problems with the sunroof drains clogging, and a faulty chip in the engine.


To be fair, they have a reputation for not being reliable compared to other imports. American companies didn't really start getting their shiat together on the reliability front until the late 90s when they realized everybody was sick of having to buy a new car every three years. And it's only been a few years now that they've been fairly good at what they do.

And even among the slew of crap Ford and GM were making in the 90s, most Cavaliers were exceptionally crappy. Unless you had the Gen II 3.1L V6 in it, you had a pile of absolute garbage.
 
2012-08-24 04:29:38 PM  

StrikitRich: mjones73: Unfortunately the back of a Volkswagen is still uncomfortable...

//not too obscure...

It's practically a FARK meme.


I've seen it multiple times this week.
 
2012-08-24 05:42:01 PM  

Vegan Meat Popsicle: And even among the slew of crap Ford and GM were making in the 90s, most Cavaliers were exceptionally crappy. Unless you had the Gen II 3.1L V6 in it, you had a pile of absolute garbage.


Oh it was a pile of crap. It was one of those used cars that made buying a new car seem cheap in comparison.
 
2012-08-24 05:48:02 PM  
Love my comfy 2008 GTI...179,000 miles and still zippy. No issues. And believe it or not, the back seats are VERY comfortable and with surprisingly a lot of space to um...move around...
 
2012-08-24 06:43:41 PM  

Icetech3: I would like to buy a new GTI.. but too expensive:(


Get a Seat Leon, same car underneth but a few grand cheaper.
 
2012-08-24 06:44:52 PM  

Mad_Radhu: We spent a hell of a lot less on that car in repairs than we did with her previous ride, a 1994 Cavalier. That Cavalier needed an entire engine replacement midway through us owning it, and was always needing brake and alignment service. In comparison, the Golf only gave us a few relatively minor headaches, like faulty clips on the driver's side door, problems with the sunroof drains clogging, and a faulty chip in the engine.


You may have been up-sold into unnecessary repairs.
 
2012-08-24 07:57:28 PM  

ski9600: You may have been up-sold into unnecessary repairs.


No, the Cavalier was eating brake pads, and the alignment was always getting out of whack so you'd get a lot of vibration. By the time we'd finally got rid of it, you'd get the Cavalier up to 70 on the interstate and the front end would shake like crazy. We took the Golf to the same place to get it checked out, Les Schwab, and they kept telling us the brakes were fine and didn't need replacing at all until we close to 65,000 miles. I don't know if it is just how my wife drives, but those brakes lasted FOREVER on the Golf.

/I've had a 1979 Olds Delta 88, and 1987 Cutlass Ciera, and a 1994 Cavalier
//After those three shiatboxes, I'm not touching a GM car for the rest of my life
 
2012-08-26 01:16:12 PM  

Norfolking Chance: Icetech3: I would like to buy a new GTI.. but too expensive:(

Get a Seat Leon, same car underneth but a few grand cheaper.


You sound not American. :-D
 
2012-08-26 08:41:54 PM  

vpb: It's a good thing they don't have to deal with unions or universal health care or anything like that.
Those things make it impossible to make a profit.


In modern countries universal health care is provided by the government rather than one's employer. I cannot imagine what convoluted logic led to employers in the US being responsible for providing health insurance. The only word that comes to mind is stupidity.
 
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