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1-1-2020 12:59 PM
K-woppa If the Passat were my driver, I would actually replace the VW emblems with check engine lights, just to exact a little bit of revenge. It's my wife's car though and she'd never go for it.
1-1-2020 12:48 PM
[email protected] Yep, there was only one throttle setting on those vans; WFO. Maybe they were OK for the European roads at the time, but they were woefully inadequate for North American highways. The bug was durable enough (at least by the standards of the day) but that same engine in a van was horribly overstressed. The fact that there was a best-selling book called "How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive" says it all.

For a number of years I regularly wintered in Baja and used to love the drive down. Every steep grade on the Transpeninsular Highway was decorated with a couple of burnt out VW van hulks. They'd overheat, catch fire and burn to the ground, then sit there by the side of the road as a warning to other travelers.

I mentioned that getting rid of that pos van was the second happiest day of my life. The first was the day I sold my Jetta. But that's another story.
1-1-2020 11:25 AM
K-woppa
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The second happiest day of my life was when the kid next door told me he wanted to buy my VW van because he needed something to drive to Alaska. I can't remember the exact year of the damn thing, but it was early sixties. That pile of junk would blow its motor at the slightest provocation. It blew up so many times (usually #3 ex valve/cylinder) that I became an expert at R&R-ing the motor in the driveway, supermarket parking lot, or by the side of the road. Any level spot would do. Good thing parts were cheap. Then one day, just for good measure, the transmission seized resulting in a total blockage of the slow lane of Highway 101 right in the middle of Santa Barbara because you couldn't even push it. I carried my complete collection of tools (including the trolley jack) at all times. That van's only good feature (and why all us young guys were attracted to it) was that it made an excellent shagin' wagon.

At one point, a good friend told me he wanted to buy it; I told him no, he didn't want it. He insisted so finally I did sell it to him. It blew up right on schedule and then he got mad at me. Two weeks after I sold it to him, I not only had to buy it back, I had to pay to have it towed back to my place to preserve our friendship.

Eventually the kid next door drove it off into the sunset. Years later when I ran into him, he told me that it had blown it up somewhere along the Alaska highway. He hitched a ride to the nearest town and never looked back. It wound up sitting abandoned by the side of the road for years.
I went for an exuberant off road outing with the Thing and came back with a hole in the #3 piston. Even with the later model offset fan shroud, #3 always ran hotter. It usually didn't cause calamity unless the engine was highly stressed. Unfortunately when that engine was in a bus it was stressed most of the time.

But, the air cooled VWs were so simple, cheap and easy to fix. You never had to worry that you were going to have to remortgage the house to pay for the next repair. My advice is to stay away from modern Volkswagens, especially if you're prone to anxiety issues...
12-31-2019 1:34 PM
[email protected] The second happiest day of my life was when the kid next door told me he wanted to buy my VW van because he needed something to drive to Alaska. I can't remember the exact year of the damn thing, but it was early sixties. That pile of junk would blow its motor at the slightest provocation. It blew up so many times (usually #3 ex valve/cylinder) that I became an expert at R&R-ing the motor in the driveway, supermarket parking lot, or by the side of the road. Any level spot would do. Good thing parts were cheap. Then one day, just for good measure, the transmission seized resulting in a total blockage of the slow lane of Highway 101 right in the middle of Santa Barbara because you couldn't even push it. I carried my complete collection of tools (including the trolley jack) at all times. That van's only good feature (and why all us young guys were attracted to it) was that it made an excellent shagin' wagon.

At one point, a good friend told me he wanted to buy it; I told him no, he didn't want it. He insisted so finally I did sell it to him. It blew up right on schedule and then he got mad at me. Two weeks after I sold it to him, I not only had to buy it back, I had to pay to have it towed back to my place to preserve our friendship.

Eventually the kid next door drove it off into the sunset. Years later when I ran into him, he told me that it had blown it up somewhere along the Alaska highway. He hitched a ride to the nearest town and never looked back. It wound up sitting abandoned by the side of the road for years.
12-31-2019 2:01 AM
K-woppa Our last one was an '04 GLX 4Motion, which we bought new and ran it 170k. It was actually quite good to us, although there were numerous MIL occasions. My wife wanted to keep it forever but our son drove it underneath a truck, so we bought a well kept low mileage B6 and it's been a source of grief ever since.

The potential time bombs are numerous; The dual mass flywheel, the mechatronic unit in the dsg, the variable intake manifold... So far we've avoided those and it's a late run B6 so the high pressure fuel pump grenading the camshaft is much less likely, but you always wonder when you're gonna get nailed with one of these big failures.

In the meantime, you've got the near constant MIL issues to deal with. Add to that a few other things, like the fact that they're the most likely direct injected engines to get the intake tract crapped up. And yes, the PCV systems suck on ALL of them. They're enjoyable cars to drive, with the upscale looking interiors, solid handling and loads of convenience features, but, just... not.. worth it.

With the B7 and other more current VW's, they've cheapened up the interiors, ditched the independent suspension on the Golf and other cost cutting measures to compete at a similar price point to the Japanese competition.

What a joke,them trying to compete head to head with the Japanese companies. They've taken away the most compelling reasons to suffer through VW ownership. Sad to say for a lifetime VW guy, but our next car will be a Honda.
12-31-2019 1:28 AM
Davenay67
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I've owned a lot of VWs over the years. I built a Baja Bug for my first car, had a Karmann Ghia convertible, a Thing, a couple GTI's. We're currently on our third Passat, which will be my last Volkswagen.

I swear that check engine light is on more than it's off. Thank God for Ross Tech and the vcds software. It recently threw two codes concurrently, too lean at idle and fuel pressure sensor, which, believe it or not, is likely to be caused by a leaky rear main seal.
Had a few VW's over the years myself. My last one being an '04 Passat 1.8T. Ross Tech was a familiar name on the forums back then.

Done with German engineering (not just VW), complex for the sake of being complex in many solutions. Talk about building an elaborate mousetrap. The engineers who designed the PCV system on the 1.8T motor must have been sadists in a prior life. I've never seen so many solenoids, check valves, canisters and rubber tubing used to move gas from one place to another in the system. And in a system seemingly designed to eff itself up as quickly as possible.

And who puts expensive and temperamental computers that control the entire electrical system under front footwell carpets where rain and snow can soak through, and whack said electronics. Oh yeah, let's not forget the clogged sunroof drains that overflowed down the A pillars and straight into those wells were aforementioned computers were located.

Aargh....I should stop now before I have any more VW-induced migraines....
12-30-2019 10:46 PM
ducatiman '09 Toyota Matrix here, 1 code problem a year or 2 ago, an O2 sensor, DIY $80 replace.

Always up on fluids, oil/filters, brakes .....no other issues before or since that sensor. Runs absolutely mint.

3 Toyota family here. I'd call it the "Honda of cars" but that doesn't quite fly, does it?

(pic summer '16 when the Bug first showed up in my life)
12-30-2019 9:41 PM
K-woppa
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@K-woppa Own a VW? In the depths of codes hell?
I've owned a lot of VWs over the years. I built a Baja Bug for my first car, had a Karmann Ghia convertible, a Thing, a couple GTI's. We're currently on our third Passat, which will be my last Volkswagen.

I swear that check engine light is on more than it's off. Thank God for Ross Tech and the vcds software. It recently threw two codes concurrently, too lean at idle and fuel pressure sensor, which, believe it or not, is likely to be caused by a leaky rear main seal.
12-30-2019 3:27 PM
fog Duatiman, I've yourself two pats on the back,

From Old (but still able to walk) man

FOG
12-30-2019 12:51 PM
ducatiman did my good deed this morning outside the Post Office.......

Like a TV commercial, escorted an elderly man with cane hangin' on my arm through a heavily trafficked crosswalk, cars stopping both directions to let us pass. Raining, puddles...the whole shlimeal. Once across, he made his way to his car with elderly wifey driving. He seemed to have impaired vision and only able to walk very slowly.

Yeah, I was a Boy Scout once....no way I could let him go it alone after seeing him hesitate to cross amid busy traffic and lousy weather conditions.

An exceptionally lousy weather day here.
12-30-2019 12:37 PM
ducatiman
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VW needs to change their logo to this...
good thing they got that reminder that the engine is on....along with the lights on indicator.

Dunno where I'd be without it.
12-30-2019 12:09 PM
Devilsfan Sadness at the 6:29mark.


12-30-2019 11:36 AM
Davenay67
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VW needs to change their logo to this...
@K-woppa Own a VW? In the depths of codes hell?
12-30-2019 10:30 AM
K-woppa VW needs to change their logo to this...
12-24-2019 12:48 PM
ducatiman ^ and right back to ya', J
12-24-2019 12:14 PM
jonh Popped in to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.
12-19-2019 5:34 PM
bpe Threads: 48,229, Posts: 717,504, Members: 23,575
Welcome to our newest member, Some Asshole

@Some Asshole

Can't wait to hear what you have to say.
12-16-2019 11:14 PM
K-woppa Try "bottomless pit of contention" instead.
12-16-2019 10:37 PM
bpe I tried to do an advanced search, and used the word "oil" for the key word. It said sorry no matches.
12-15-2019 9:47 PM
bpe A 3 hour windows update today. I'm sure glad Microshaft has my back . Computer seems a little off. I guess I have another 3 hour update clean up pending.

My EX requires less maintenance time than my PC.
11-28-2019 10:36 AM
K-woppa Happy Thanksgiving!
11-28-2019 9:58 AM
ducatiman hey members....Happy Thanksgiving!
11-20-2019 9:15 PM
ducatiman
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We've had snow on the ground since the day before Halloween!
WAY early this year for us....
ongoing miserable weather here...if I may suggest....wherever you may be, if you are able and weather is accommodating.....get out there and ride!
11-17-2019 10:57 PM
jackal Bought myself that KTM Freeride 350 I was fixing for a buddy a few months ago over the weekend. Had another fuel pump issue, turned out to be a loose cable plug. Looks like somebody removed a bunch of factory zip ties that keep fuel pump wires in place. Can't complain, as I got the bike for a very good price.



Taught my eldest (he's how to ride on my little Viva 110cc scooter. Shopping for a 50cc dirtbike for his Xmas gift, at his request.


Supposed to haul the whole family to Ireland again next month, to see their grandparents and cousins. They are looking forward to it more than myself. Two trips this year will cost us more than a years education for both kids, at least. Oh well.
11-17-2019 11:29 AM
Davenay67
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Ugh, a taste of snow flurries here this morning....way too early!

I'll be the first to proclaim.....c'mon spring, dammit!
We've had snow on the ground since the day before Halloween!

WAY early this year for us....
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