Thanks for the info. Reliability is the thing that separates us from the '70's when you were really not sure if your car would start or last 100k. Guess I'll have to drive my '03 in the winter or some kind of delete for my '13. God bless you all.
My '70s vehicles were pretty good, actually. I was still driving the 1975 Bus my parents purchased used in 1981 up into the '90s. Its Bosch L-jet EFI system insured it ALWAYS started.... hot cold, bitter cold, didn't matter. The odometer was rolled twice, and almost a third time, before rust just got the best of it. But it never once broke down. I still have the '79. I think there were some pretty abysmal cars during that time, but most were American.
Since I was quoted above…. 13 Beetle 1st freeze under cpo warranty at 50k in jan 17, cpo covered tow and cold weather kit installation. Tdi modification in august 17 at 61k. Summer 2019 stumbles under hard acceleration. Jan 20 at 89k, frozen intercooler again. I drained 2.5 CUPS of water out of the intercooler pipe. Didn’t realize it killed the battery trying to start and it made a horrible noise trying to start after emptying the intercooler. Towed to the dealer under the 3 years roadside assistance from tdi goodwill package. A charged battery and we’re back on the road. Installed winter front which the covers the grill when the high is below 60* in central nc. 2 years 17,000 miles later after draining the intercooler pipe 3 times, i only get a few drips of water maybe a tablespoon total. The only change is the grill cover, my commute and everything else is the same.