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Old June 8th, 2011, 08:35   #1
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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
http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=314980
http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=199567
and http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=310437
And plenty elsewhere ... http://newbeetle.org/forums/feedback...parts-com.html,
or here http://www.myturbodiesel.com/forum/f...es-turbo-3720/
More are linked here, just lower on this tread: http://forums.tdiclub.com/showpost.p...1&postcount=18
And who creates fronts seemingly on the fly to escape his bad reputation:
www.airoilandfuelfilters.com
www.bmw-cabrio-heckscheibe.com
www.bmw-convertible-window.com
www.cabrio-bmw-heckscheibe.de
www.central-locking-system.com
www.chevy-power-locks.com
www.clear-vinyl.com
www.convertible-window.com
www.convertiblewindscreen.co.uk
www.dieselvw.com
www.dieselvw-canada.com
www.emiata.com
www.ford-power-locks.com
www.ford-trucks-power-windows.com
www.hansautoparts.com
www.hansautoparts.co.uk
www.HansAutoTeile.com
www.hanscarparts.com
www.hansautoparts-charlotte.com
www.hansersatzteile.com
www.hansdieselparts.com
www.hanswagen.com
www.honda-power-locks.com
www.inductionrange.net
www.injection-pump.com
www.krautwagenparts.com
www.krautwagen.co.uk
www.lunette-peugeot-cabriolet.com
www.mazda-miata-window.com
www.Mercedes-Diesel-Parts.com
www.mtdiinjectorpump.com
www.parking-sensor.net
www.passat-parts.com
www.power-trunk.com
www.rothenbacher.us
www.rothengine.com
www.sauerkrautparts.com
www.stuttgart-parts.com
www.tdi-parts.com
www.tdi-engines.net
www.turbosandparts.com
www.toyota-power-locks.com
www.volksdiesel.com
www.volkswaparts.com
www.volkswaparts.co.uk
www.vwdieseltools.com
www.vwersatzteile.com
www.vwteileaususa.com
www.wagenparts.com
www.waterdistillation.net
www.westgermancarparts.com
www.westportparts.com
www.wobparts.com
www.wolfsburgparts.com
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)
http://maps.google.com/maps?um=1&ie=...ed=0CBcQnwIwAA
Facebook for company http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rothen...15638871830781
Owners Facebook http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?...566739&sk=wall
EBay account USA http://myworld.ebay.com/ebaymotors/prothe/?_trksid=p4340.l2559
EBay account UK http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/prothe/?_trksid=p4340.l2559
http://forums.tdiclub.com/member.php?u=87399
I've created this thread in order to list the "Bad" ones.

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Old June 8th, 2011, 11:41   #2
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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, jason@hpalaw.com might be interested in all the illegally used web names. (801)366-7709.
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Old June 8th, 2011, 11:48   #3
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This should be a sticky
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Old June 8th, 2011, 13:14   #4
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This should be a sticky
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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.
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Old June 8th, 2011, 13:40   #5
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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.
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Old June 8th, 2011, 16:00   #6
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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.
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Old June 8th, 2011, 16:31   #7
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It is so much easier to buy from the forum supporting TDIclub vendors.
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Old June 8th, 2011, 16:46   #8
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Alternately, use [noparse] tags around each URL.
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Old June 8th, 2011, 17:31   #9
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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.
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Old June 8th, 2011, 17:47   #10
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Alternately, use [noparse] tags around each URL.
Good idea. Done.
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Old June 8th, 2011, 20:49   #11
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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..
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Old June 9th, 2011, 13:56   #12
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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...
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Old June 9th, 2011, 14:17   #13
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At least it dropped. It used to be a A+.
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Old June 9th, 2011, 18:37   #14
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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.

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Old June 10th, 2011, 06:21   #15
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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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