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 ... http://newbeetle.org/forums/feedback-forum/47214-warned-www-volkswaparts-com.html,
or here http://www.myturbodiesel.com/forum/f5/rothenbacher-enterprises-turbo-3720/
More are linked here, just lower on this tread: http://forums.tdiclub.com/showpost.php?p=3433761&postcount=18
And who creates fronts seemingly on the fly to escape his bad reputation:
And which is owned by:
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 http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rothenbacher-Enterprises/115638871830781
Owners Facebook http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002435566739&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
I've created this thread in order to list the "Bad" ones.
Ha! If they came from Prothe the value was more likely $1.20I'm glad I saw this before I ordered a turbo from the guy. Many aliases he has on eBay that i've seen. I ordered some AFN turbo gaskets from him, not knowing he was hansautoparts.com. The gaskets that came were not even close, I emailed, they asked for pics, apologized, and sent me the correct parts, letting me keep the wrong ones. I got lucky I guess. Maybe because I only ordered $12 worth of parts.
Have you clicked on the link in his signature? It redirects you to this thread.
Interesting. Though I am a pretty strict follower of "you get what you pay for" so I doubt I would buy anything excessively cheap, I am glad I ran into this. I've been on it for a few minutes following a link from VWVortex, and what he has to offer is inhumane.
Some time ago when reordering stock of oil pumps, we were sent some that didn't come in the same boxes that we were used to. The pumps appeared to have some manufacturing differences and worse, they were poorly made.
This first picture is not from excessive duration or trash that went through the pump. We took off a poorly hardened internals and after few thousand miles, this is what we saw...
The teeth of the pump were worn and pitted after short service. We removed the pump due to low oil pressure.
In order to spot these pumps, we have some pictures of the housing and especially, the gears, which are not made like the OEM pumps. First, a picture of a genuine pump.
the pump is distinguishable by the engraved 'Feintool' sprocket and the plastic alignment roll pins. Like it or not, the genuine roll pins are black plastic.
Here are some pics of oil pumps that are forgeries. The first is the sprocket, which is not only obviously heat treated, but the 'Feingold' labeling is laser etched rather than deeply stamped in the metal.
Here are some pics of the body of the the knock-off pump.
There are two other notable problems with the pump. On several of the pumps, the center lobe was cut off-center, so that the pump lobes struck each other at one point and had a .012" gap on the opposite side. Also, the sprocket bolt was little more than hand tight. The genuine pumps have the sprocket bolt assembled so tight that it takes some heat and persuasion to remove.
If you receive a pump like this, be forewarned, the quality is poor and may lead to the destruction of an engine. We have seen this same pump sold by our favorite CRAP distributor.