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SuburbanTDI June 8th, 2011 09:35

**Bad VW part vendor WARNING list**
In honor of "Prothe" also known as "Proethe" who seems to have single handedly destroyed more TDI's than anyone else -
See the current threads
And plenty elsewhere ...,
or here
More are linked here, just lower on this tread:
And who creates fronts seemingly on the fly to escape his bad reputation:
And which is owned by:
Pete Rothenbacher
Rothenbacher Engineering
5005 Smith Farm Rd.
Matthews, NC 28104
This is just southeast of Charlotte, NC about a mile off of Interstate 485 & US74 (Independence Blvd)
Phone Number: 1.704.684.1237 FAX: (267) 350-8978.
Also uses phone number (704) 684-1235, and can expect he owns a number of related numbers in that tree (704) 684-12XX. (I'd even bet that 684-1234 rings his desk directly)
Facebook for company
Owners Facebook
EBay account USA
EBay account UK
I've created this thread in order to list the "Bad" ones.

jasonTDI June 8th, 2011 12:41

There's a small law firm in Salt Lake City, UT by the name Howard, Phillips & Andersen that might like this thread...

or the direct email to them Jason P. Eves, might be interested in all the illegally used web names. (801)366-7709.

rackaracka June 8th, 2011 12:48

This should be a sticky

turbocharged798 June 8th, 2011 14:14


Originally Posted by rackaracka (Post 3431284)
This should be a sticky


It would also be a good idea to edit out the links and just leave them as text. This way Google won't bring his sites up more.

SuburbanTDI June 8th, 2011 14:40

I'd agree for the vast majority of mentions of him here onsite - but having it linked one time in this one place as an aggregation increases the chance that Google will direct traffic here for any search done on him.

ninedee_golf_tdi June 8th, 2011 17:00

Holy Mackeral..... I've said before, and will say it again. That man laughs at us every day as he walks to the bank to make his daily deposit.

The only thing I might suggest is to break up those urls so they aren't actual links. No sense giving the devil his due.

PeterV June 8th, 2011 17:31

It is so much easier to buy from the forum supporting TDIclub vendors.

bhtooefr June 8th, 2011 17:46

Alternately, use [noparse] tags around each URL.

deep_sea June 8th, 2011 18:31

Fingers crossed, but I bought my pistons, rod bearings, and lifters from him before I ran across any of the bad publicity for this dealer. I have nearly 5k miles on my rebuild so far, and all is running fine. Hopefully I got lucky.

GoFaster June 8th, 2011 18:47


Originally Posted by bhtooefr (Post 3431590)
Alternately, use [noparse] tags around each URL.

Good idea. Done.

TDIJetta99 June 8th, 2011 21:49

I've gotten intercoolers from him before and they seem fine.. I needed one for a 1.8T Passat last week and everyone, I mean EVERYONE was up over $250... He had one for $80... Figured it was worth a shot.. Worked fine.. I will not get internal engine parts from him, or anything that will take the engine out with it when it fails, but some stuff it really doesn't matter, especially with that huge of a price difference..

Ausgezeichnet TDi June 9th, 2011 14:56

So can someone tell me how this joker got accreditation from the BBB, and has a freakin A- rating?!?

HERE's the complaint history, not enough if you ask me...

turbocharged798 June 9th, 2011 15:17

At least it dropped. It used to be a A+.

SuburbanTDI June 9th, 2011 19:37

All the BBB looks for is whether he takes back defective merchandise and honors returns, etc.

He does take back defective merchandise, if you can extract say, your broken piston or nutted timing belt pieces and mail it back, he will cheerfully send you another from his store. And after many, many hours of new labor and a cartload of additional new parts (entirely at your expense and risk, parts are not warranted as being safe for use in your motor) - you are free to put that replacement part right back in.

For say, an injector pump, the warranty is 6 months. For all items, including those with a longer warranty, FINE PRINT: "Failure to return the original box with the parts and an order confirmation included will void..." So keep all the paper and boxes, you WILL need them.

If you do not use a part and return it within 45 days in the original packaging, he will also cheerfully refund your money - minus 15%.

The BBB cares not a whit what crap he sells, how often he changes "location", or the damage caused by his wares or high bars to return and excess charges. Those things have nothing to do with his rating.

jpsum June 10th, 2011 07:21

BBB really don't mean much. As a BBB accredited business owner myself, all they want from me is the annual fee for the membership - which is a few hundred dollars per year. As long as the business respond to all complaints made to BBB and show some kind of effort into solving the complaint, BBB won't put the complaints against the business.

I remember when we first signed up for BBB, we immediately got an A- rating.

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