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oilhammer January 19th, 2009 17:03

I would have gotten more of them before Impex would have. They are all coming through VW parts, and that is where the holdup is. That is why I keep telling people who ask do NOT let anyone charge you for parts they have no idea when they will get in.

I am still waiting on some bolts and one gear to complete the 6 sets I have in stock. And I have 10 more sets on order (been that way since late last year).

aja8888 January 19th, 2009 17:17

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Originally Posted by oilhammer
I would have gotten more of them before Impex would have. They are all coming through VW parts, and that is where the holdup is. That is why I keep telling people who ask do NOT let anyone charge you for parts they have no idea when they will get in.

I am still waiting on some bolts and one gear to complete the 6 sets I have in stock. And I have 10 more sets on order (been that way since late last year).

So, what do you suggest I do at this point? I would like to save a trip to St Louis in favor of having the work done in Ft. Worth, which is 600 miles closer. Since I don't have any parts from Impex, I can call them and cancel the order and get a refund with no problem, I am sure.

But what do I do about parts then? Looks like you are committed with six sets and cars lined up. Our local VW dealer (only one I tried) may as well be a Dairy Queen as far as these parts go.

Scott DeWitt reports (above) he feels he can have parts in two weeks from date of order. Maybe I should give him a try getting parts? Or, should I hang loose for another week or so and see if Impex comes up with them? I'm open for suggestions at this point (and also at the mercy of the parts Gods)!

My haste to get the parts is also driven by my wife being in California for the next ten days which would make it easier for me to put the car up for the work.

oilhammer January 19th, 2009 17:24

All I can tell you is I would not give anyone a dime until the parts are in your hand (or in your engine).

I can add you to the lengthy list of people I have waiting, many of which would laugh at a paltry 600 mile trip ;) .

All 6 of my current ones are spoken for. I have not yet started taking reservations in ernest for the next batch, BUT I will do my best to get them done as I can get the parts.

They only slated 12 to come in the country initially. I got 9. So the other 3 went somewhere and there are supposedly 22 more setups to be coming into the country. Any dealer can get on the parts network and check the warehouses for part numbers. Most of my stuff came via New Jersey which as I understand is the port-of-entry for most US parts sourcing from Germany.

I would be doing one a week, possibly more, if I only had all the parts.

whitedog January 19th, 2009 17:31

I just have to wonder if there is someone at VW looking at this sudden increase in orders for these parts and saying, "***, Mate?"

aja8888 January 19th, 2009 17:33

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Originally Posted by whitedog
I just have to wonder if there is someone at VW looking at this sudden increase in orders for these parts and saying, "***, Mate?"

Personally, I doubt that. Those folks at VW could care less about us on this side of the pond, and *us* (the operative word) are the TDI owners.

oilhammer January 19th, 2009 17:35

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Originally Posted by whitedog
I just have to wonder if there is someone at VW looking at this sudden increase in orders for these parts and saying, "***, Mate?"

Yep. That is EXACTLY what happened. And in the response one of us got from VOA they stated that was their first clue that something was up...a sudden jump in a certain group of parts. Even before any letters were sent out. KCMike could elaborate on this possibly.

aja8888 January 19th, 2009 18:00

FWIW, I just sent a cancellation request to Impex for my BS parts order which was placed 1/6/09. I also requested they reverse the charge on my credit card.

DickSilver January 19th, 2009 18:22

Impex told me today that they have shipped one of the 6 geared BS kits that they originally ordered (and sold) just today. My order was placed 09 Jan. They are getting in minor parts to complete the kits piecemeal. Apparently they have received the six geared balance shaft modules. They were told that their next order of BS modules will only ship from Deutschland in late February.

aja8888 January 19th, 2009 20:04

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Originally Posted by DickSilver
Impex told me today that they have shipped one of the 6 geared BS kits that they originally ordered (and sold) just today. My order was placed 09 Jan. They are getting in minor parts to complete the kits piecemeal. Apparently they have received the six geared balance shaft modules. They were told that their next order of BS modules will only ship from Deutschland in late February.

You certainly are speaking with someone other than me. I was told (today) that none are in and the parts were (are) in California and that they will fill the orders when they get the parts, whenever that is. The sales person said that "all they are doing is repeating what VWOA has told them"

Plus, Califonia is not the port of entry for parts coming in from Germany, according to OH.

outthere January 19th, 2009 21:09

Mine is up on the rack getting its BS transplanted. I ordered the parts through the shop doing the work, thinking they probably spend plenty with impex and would have more juice than I would in the parts queue.

Will post photos of the adventure when its all back together, getting lots done while its up in the air.

The expensive part of the job may be the R36 wheels I fell in lust with.
Must.Resist.:D

aja8888 January 19th, 2009 21:19

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Originally Posted by outthere
Mine is up on the rack getting its BS transplanted. I ordered the parts through the shop doing the work, thinking they probably spend plenty with impex and would have more juice than I would in the parts queue.

Will post photos of the adventure when its all back together, getting lots done while its up in the air.

The expensive part of the job may be the R36 wheels I fell in lust with.
Must.Resist.:D

You are probably right. All I have gotten is a run around from Impex. I wish I could post the string of e-mails I have recieved from them in the last two + weeks.

DickSilver January 20th, 2009 05:01

I dunno why Impex is getting their BS kit stuff routed thru Los Angeles either. Nor does Impex, apparently! They said last week that their BS kits had arrived on the USA East Coast, gone to LA, and were expected at Impex (back in Maryland) yesterday or today.

Definitely the run-around! Maybe from more than one source!

KCMike January 20th, 2009 13:07

VW compiles information from a variety of sources, but relies heavily on objective information such as an increase in parts ordered, warranty claims, dealer repair incidents and failed parts it can analyze in house.

outthere January 21st, 2009 16:22

My BS transplant is complete thanx to www.4induktion.com in Hanover, MD.

Great guys who communicate well, what a nice change from typical dealership service where the guy answering the phone has no idea who you are or when you can pick up your car.

The old module w/ chain drive looked fine, no visible wear. If anyone is interested in a good deal on a chain and module feel free to PM me. The car feels and rides better than new.

If you are on the East Coast induktion may be an option to consider- maybe 2-3 miles to Amtrak/BWI so easy to drop the car and get a cab/bike ride to the train/plane/rental car. I have about 550 miles left on my 100k mile warranty so driving to St. Louis didnt seem to be a good use of miles/time.

Again many thanks to all who figured this out and shared the info.

Topolog January 21st, 2009 19:05

Thanks a lot for the update and for finding a competent local shop that can do the job. Now, saving of money for BS upgrade begins...

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Originally Posted by outthere
My BS transplant is complete thanx to www.4induktion.com in Hanover, MD.

Great guys who communicate well, what a nice change from typical dealership service where the guy answering the phone has no idea who you are or when you can pick up your car.

The old module w/ chain drive looked fine, no visible wear. If anyone is interested in a good deal on a chain and module feel free to PM me. The car feels and rides better than new.

If you are on the East Coast induktion may be an option to consider- maybe 2-3 miles to Amtrak/BWI so easy to drop the car and get a cab/bike ride to the train/plane/rental car. I have about 550 miles left on my 100k mile warranty so driving to St. Louis didnt seem to be a good use of miles/time.

Again many thanks to all who figured this out and shared the info.



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