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Old July 28th, 2011, 05:28   #46
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I am happy? to report that VW dealers in Europe are as inept as their American counterparts. Also the inflated dealer rate applies here as well.
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Old July 28th, 2011, 09:17   #47
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Do you know why that mechanic's shirt is so clean? He is the mechanic who does all the (VW honoring its)warrantee work!
And, note the mechanic is holding a Standard (SAE) sized wrench!
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Old July 28th, 2011, 12:29   #48
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And, note the mechanic is holding a Standard (SAE) sized wrench!
Heck, even I could do that! Maybe I should pay MYSELF to do bad work on my car!
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Old July 28th, 2011, 17:59   #49
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Heck, even I could do that! Maybe I should pay MYSELF to do bad work on my car!
Heck, I would pay you to do (your) bad work on my car, cause it would be 1000 times better than the dealership!
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Old July 28th, 2011, 18:35   #50
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I hate to say it, but my 2002 Golf was starting to cost some major money. Previous cost cutting corners had started to bite me in the ass as I had to replace the hand brake cables, rear calipers, front strut mounts 2 or 3 times due me buying chinesium parts.... Learnt that lesson and put original on after that, but still. With the Golf, I had things break that almost never break like an ABS modulator that died on me (that cost a bunch to replace), and a strange water infiltration issue that took ages to track down (and a bunch of money to repair properly)

The Jetta has been fine so far - much more money has been put into mods at this point than actual repairs

I will echo what Peter was saying - I would swap out of my 350SDL, pay off the Jetta and buy something newer and shinier, but the parts costs on the old MB have been super reasonable, and, gosh darn it, the old girl drives really well!
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Old July 29th, 2011, 05:16   #51
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My 99 300D has not been trouble free; however, I do believe the cost of maintaining these cars can be overstated. I have also found that most do it yourself stuff on the Benz is pretty straightfoward. I had the car detailed at the dealer (I know!), and when I picked it up, the valet said to me "sir, of all the new and used cars at this dealer, your car is the one I would take home if I could choose one car here." Pretty neat...
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Old July 29th, 2011, 06:22   #52
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Now there's a valet that knows how to maximize a tip.
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Old July 29th, 2011, 06:46   #53
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Old July 29th, 2011, 10:18   #54
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My 99 300D......... and when I picked it up, the valet said to me "sir, of all the new and used cars at this dealer, your car is the one I would take home if I could choose one car here." Pretty neat...
If you are going to brag about it, please post some photos.
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Old July 29th, 2011, 13:38   #55
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If you are going to brag about it, please post some photos.
I cannot: the reflection off the paint is so dazzling that it would blind you over the computer monitor!
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Old July 29th, 2011, 14:27   #56
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Jack,
How about a blow up doll??
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Old July 29th, 2011, 14:36   #57
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Tom, sounds like you have shiner envy! Have you forgotten how to polish yourself? Need Jack to remind you how?

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No, don't worry about Tomo. He definitely knows how to maximize a tip!
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Old July 29th, 2011, 18:33   #59
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LOL.... I would rather watch you guys!!!
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Tom are you coming on to me? Do I need to get Lawson to protect me
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