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Old 11-11-2011, 01:01 PM
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VW to Pass Toyota As Largest Automaker

Boy, I Did Not See This Coming

Volkswagen, with an estimated 2011 sales tally of around 8.1 million vehicles globally (up 13 percent over 2010), is likely to earn top billing as the largest automaker in the world. General Motors, which was in the sales lead through the first half of 2011, ought to move around 7.55 million machines (an eight-percent increase) to hold on to second place while Toyota's estimated 7.27 million sales (a nine-percent falloff) would only be good enough for third in the global race for sales dominance.


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LOL @ VW build quality
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That'll teach 'em to use an accelerator pedal return spring.
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LOL @ VW build quality

I agree with what I THINK that you are implying. From what I've seen over the years, in most cases a Toyota is a better built vehicle.
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Old 11-11-2011, 02:13 PM
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Vw seems to be greatly affected by the difference in their production plants. Everything I hear coming out of Mexico is junk compared to their other plants. The jetta and passat specifically, though their newest models appear to be much better. The jetta unfortunately has been cheapened for 2011, and it shows. My wolfsburg-built gti has has no problems and is rock solid so far, not to mention its a hell of a lot of fun! The golf is a consumer reports best buy too, they seem to think reliability will be very good.
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VW's are fun to drive, but I have not seen any old ones that were not money pits.
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Old 11-11-2011, 02:21 PM
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Vw seems to be greatly affected by the difference in their production plants. Everything I hear coming out of Mexico is junk compared to their other plants. The jetta and passat specifically, though their newest models appear to be much better. The jetta unfortunately has been cheapened for 2011, and it shows. My wolfsburg-built gti has has no problems and is rock solid so far, not to mention its a hell of a lot of fun! The golf is a consumer reports best buy too, they seem to think reliability will be very good.
I'm glad my Mexican POS is still running strong and with no problems to date. Over 100,000 miles on it and it's still a blast to drive and averaging about 38 mpg, mostly city driving. I agree, the new ones look boring-- I wouldn't buy one for that reason alone.
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Old 11-11-2011, 03:04 PM
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My mexican built car just went over 270,000 miles

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Sweet. And based on where you live, I'm betting a fair amount of those miles are in stop-and-go traffic, which is tough on a car.
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Like a Toyota, VW quality s hot or miss. I did have an 88 Fox for a while. Fun little 5 speed that never had an issue, until it refused to start. Then I tossed it.

My mother has a Beetle. She still has is but refuses to drive it. It was so bad she bought a Lexus SUV. Which has a ton of issues. The beetle never had any issue, it was just a crap car for her.

And dont get me started on the Prius....

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Old 11-11-2011, 04:58 PM
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Sweet. And based on where you live, I'm betting a fair amount of those miles are in stop-and-go traffic, which is tough on a car.
I just moved to VA from MI, so a lot of the miles are highway. But it did get soaked in salt every winter, and it's holding up great!

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Anybody hear what the quality of the cars is like from the cars out of their new plant in Chattanooga?
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VW's are fun to drive, but I have not seen any old ones that were not money pits.
Not sure what defines old. Mine are most definitely not money pits. In fact, they are cash cows for the rest of my third world fleet.
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Please, all VWs are money pits. It only gets worse once they're out of warranty.
2006 VW TDI DSG- CONFIRMED DUAL MASS FLYWHEEL FAILING - YouTube
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Anyone know the reasoning behind the dual mass flywheel?

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