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Old 04-03-2013, 09:26 AM   #51
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My 2010 Golf TDI was built in Germany.
Last I heard the Golfs still were but its been ten years since I even cared about VW.
I know the mexican built "old new beetles" don't seem to hold up as well as the german built VW's I used to drive.
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:35 AM   #52
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If the engine in my car explodes at 100,000 miles, which I don't expect, the car will be paid off and I can drop a new turbocharged hybrid WRX engine with direct injection and the flux capacitor mod --

After all, the car will be ~10 years old at that point, why not put a cool engine in and give it a new life...
I guess that's an option, as long as the rest of the car was in good shape (not always the case in upstate NY, as you know). These days, it's more common for the engine to outlive the rest of the car.
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:40 AM   #53
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I know the mexican built "old new beetles" don't seem to hold up as well as the german built VW's I used to drive.
I don't really agree that a product is inferior because it's built in Mexico. If a car that's built in Mexico sucks (take the current Jetta, for example), it doesn't suck because it was built in Mexico. It sucks because its design was cheapened for the American market, and it just happens to be built in Mexico. Put a Jetta assembly line in Germany and guess what? The car would still suck.
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:45 AM   #54
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Idk, the paint on the jettas/beetles flakes off much faster than golfs here in Fl. fwiw.
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:47 AM   #55
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And juat so we're clear, I didnt say they were inferior just because they were made in mexico. I said the mexican produced vws in my opinion dont look like they hold up quite as well as the german cars. Diesel fuel pumps aside.
Mexican Coca Cola tastes better than american!
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:57 AM   #56
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I've had quite a few VWs and have found them to be very reliable overall. I do wonder about the quality differences between German built and Mexican built cars though.
I'm actually looking at buying a new GTI or a WRX in the next few months, and I'm torn between the two. Part of the equation is whether I would want a current GTI, or the next series which will be built in Pueblo, Mexico.
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:02 AM   #57
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I suspect that the MK7 Golf/GTI will be a better car than the current MK6, regardless of where it's built. I'm especially confident that's true for the TDIs.

However, if you can wait a year for the MK7, then I'd suggest that you also wait for the new WRX, which I think will be a rock star.
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:03 AM   #58
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Get the Golf R!!!
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:15 AM   #59
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In a year, while you're looking at the MK7 GTI and the new WRX, I'd also see how the Focus ST is shaking out. Hopefully Ford gets some of the initial bugs worked out (unlike VW, which continues to build cars with recognized flaws until the next generation is introduced 4 years later, thus forcing customers to deal with warranty claims and TSBs).
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:32 AM   #60
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Corn subsidies.
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:55 AM   #61
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That's my concern, that the engine will far outlive the body. The seats are fraying now, and the paint on this car seems pretty thin. Also, the black interior seems to rattle more and more every day I drive.

Maybe i'm just being negative, and you're probably right, but the body (not engine) just doesn't seem like it can weather (no pun intended) much.
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:54 PM   #62
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Maybe i'm just being negative, and you're probably right, but the body (not engine) just doesn't seem like it can weather (no pun intended) much.
How many miles do you have on your car? Are the road conditions in Bellmore, NY very poor?

By the way, my daughter is a sophomore at Stony Brook University.
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Old 04-03-2013, 01:21 PM   #63
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While i have heard that the level of craftsman ship suffers with certain countries, this is becoming more of a myth with the invention of Automated machines that put the car together. Similar to Dont buy a car made on Monday and Friday.
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Old 04-03-2013, 03:15 PM   #64
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How many miles do you have on your car? Are the road conditions in Bellmore, NY very poor?

By the way, my daughter is a sophomore at Stony Brook University.
Stony Brook's a great school, she's lucky. Quite a big school though.

But no, the parkways can be a mess with potholes and such, especially around my university they are, but i'm not off-roading, or anything of the sort.

I noticed the grill's on the dashboard are beginning to vibrate more and more, along with a few other rattles, in support pillars.

Now maybe this is something that can be fixed by padding, as I've read others have had done...but even so.
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Old 04-03-2013, 03:47 PM   #65
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Corn subsidies.
Yup. The real Cokes taste so much better thsn ours.
Although, I found german coca cola to be very odd tasting.
Back to our regularly scheduled programming, although the thread is pretty dead being that the op did dump the Impreza.
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Old 04-03-2013, 07:22 PM   #66
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I've had quite a few VWs and have found them to be very reliable overall. I do wonder about the quality differences between German built and Mexican built cars though.
I'm actually looking at buying a new GTI or a WRX in the next few months, and I'm torn between the two. Part of the equation is whether I would want a current GTI, or the next series which will be built in Pueblo, Mexico.
I feel the same way... Something about a GTI being built in Pueblo bothers me. I loved the fact that the GTI and GLI's were built in Germany! The next gen does seem very attractive though. And remember, that is what warranties are for. Don't think you will go wrong with either. JMO
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Old 04-04-2013, 10:05 AM   #67
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I'm seriously considering trading in for a BRZ in a year or two, there is nothing else like it out there and I don't want the value of my Impreza to depreciate too much. Apparently the observed fuel economy is really close to the Impreza. Also because racecar. I'm not sure if I can get the dealer to go down much on the price of a BRZ if I trade in a pristine Impreza though because they know I love the BRZ.
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Old 04-04-2013, 10:08 AM   #68
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If you don't like what the dealership gives you in trade, then sell the Impreza out of your own driveway. You'll get more for it that way.
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Wow! This thread is still alive. And yes, the Beetle is still running. And I must say, the A/c even works in this car which is important when you live in the desert.

Anyone who knows anything about cars knows European cars are not exactly the most reliable. Anyone who knows anything about cars knows that Japanese cars are not exactly exciting to drive. People buy different cars for different reasons. I wanted something fun to drive this time. Hell, if I am going to drive something that has issues it may as well be fun to drive. The Impreza was neither fun or reliable. One of the reasons I chose the Beetle was so that I could get out of a car that I really didn't like and was really beginning to despise.

As for Consumer Reports, they are better suited to comparing peanut butter and sheets than they are automobiles. I read their reviews of automobiles for no purpose other than entertainment.

While I really wanted to like my Subie, and I initially did, it was very difficult. I think I am equally disappointed with SOA as I was with the car. That was part of the reason I chose to completely leave the brand. The other part of the reason is because I don't think I would forgive myself if I got another POS. I would feel like an idiot for buying another one.

At the end of the day, I just decided that life was too short to spend 2 hours a day in a car you loathe. I kinda felt like I was turning into 79letour. Yes, its true. I was becoming him. And the only way to stop it was to part ways with my Subie.

Well, here she is. If anyone is looking for a used impreza.

http://www.camelbackvw.com/VehicleDe...-AZ/1967424363
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Are you female? If not, you lose your man card for driving a Beetle....
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:14 AM   #71
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Are you female? If not, you lose your man card for driving a Beetle....
Nah, VW designers made the current Beetle more aggressive looking. It can be a dude car now, as long as you don't buy one that's a female-oriented color.
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:54 AM   #72
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Not sure where you get "aggressive" from herbie...
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:55 AM   #73
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Are you female? If not, you lose your man card for driving a Beetle....
I was thinking the exact same thing!
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Old 04-05-2013, 09:11 AM   #74
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Not sure where you get "aggressive" from herbie...
I guess "aggressive" is relative.

This was a girlie, non-aggressive Herbie car:




This, not so girlie:




Of course, if you really want aggressive, you wait for this:

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The back end does look better but i have been fooled by that before!
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