Even his innocuous parts will find a way to fail.
Yep. Thanks to the power of internet advertising, he has an endless supply of unsuspecting victims.I've never bought anything from him but I must have clicked a link at some point cuz now every ad is "Hans auto parts". Lots of advertising, no wonder he is still around. D-bag...
I haven't seen any glowing reviews. Also, don't be afraid to mention Prothe's name. The more he gets mentioned here, the more likely our negative reviews are to show up on search engines.Sarcasm >> Are there any known success stories relating to this Vendor in Waxhaw, NC?
The guys on vwdiesel seem to think Prothe's pistons are fine. They all agree the rings are crap, but recommend the pistons themselves. Personally I think they're either 1) stupidly lucky, 2) rating success with a low bar, or 3) receiving parts that were not actually manufactured to Peter Rothenbacher's specifications, i.e. some OEM-ish supplier that he managed to stock or drop-ship. I suppose in Prothe's world this counts as "success".Sarcasm >> Are there any known success stories relating to this Vendor in Waxhaw, NC?
Hear hear, and amen.Anything bought from this scumbag perpetuates the business model which harms others.
You buy a cheap non-critical part from him, he stays in business longer and screws others far worse.
Anyone who buys anything from him or his web of ****-vendor sites, knowing his history, is just as bad as he is.
I don't sell parts and am not in competition with Prothe in any way, shape or form. Just watched so many folks like you continue to support him and wreck their car, vacations, etc that I know what's up. My "vendor" status has nothing to do with that.Says the vendor.
A "vendor" on this site does not mean that they are a vendor of parts. TDIClub "vendors" can be anyone who sells a product or a service related to our cars. You just have to be registered as a vendor here in order to advertise your business here. Some of our "vendors" do sell parts, but many also run service businesses. They might fix cars, they might tint windows, they might test injectors, or they might just sell custom decals and stickers. IOW: most of our club "vendors" are not in competition with Prothe. However, that does not mean that they are not offended by rip-off artists. It is not competition that motivates their advice, it is experience.Fair enough, but you have to admit there are tons of active vendors on this site. I think avoiding "motivated" advice is one of the impetuses behind the "vendor" status.
Dude. You're blowing this out of proportion. No-one is calling you out for a 3 year old mistake. My comments are in reference to others on this site, usually not vendors, who continue to buy non-critical parts from Rothenbacher.Fair enough, but you have to admit there are tons of active vendors on this site. I think avoiding "motivated" advice is one of the impetuses behind the "vendor" status.
Furthermore, buying one part from him years ago doesn't exactly equate to "continued support". The twisting of words and protesting too much is exactly what leads to a scepticism of forum dogma. My post is expressly purposed to fill precisely that gap (hence my reference to even "innocuous" parts). Franky I feel more embarrassed about the fact that some on this forum can't resist the opportunity to broadcast their perfection than that I got a part from eBay and it happened to be Prothe. While your quote (which is a favourite of many of the high-priced small businesses I often have as clients) mentions the "sweetness of low price", back here in the real world it's often the sweetness of being able to get to work because the part is simply unavailable for these cars.