Orpheus having worked in the car industry can honestly say any maker simply can't guarantee a car past the 3 years and about 50,000 ks simply can't. Too many variables in the way cars are used by the end user. Too many variables in environment and conditions of use. Cars can't be designed with a zero failure zero defect philosophy as aircraft s are. You just can't would cost too much. Keeping in mind with jet engines for instance they are actually quite reliable as there is one moving part ! And that's not to say they don't fail either !
Reality is with cars expect failure. It will happen. And it's not often something can predict. What can do though is monitor condition and look for indications of potential failures. Hence the suggestion above to get check a Vw specialist to check over.... they know the signs to look for
There's not whining I see here from people over cars. If want to see that head to whingepool find some one whinging about something or the other !
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You probably got a lemon seeing as you bought used. We have haven't had many issues with ours.</p></blockquote>
I think most if us recommended a check by a Vw independent too as the car obviously had issues. A 3 month statuatory warranty is there for a reason. But buying 2nd hand can always be hit and miss. You really have no idea often the flogging a previous owner has given a car. Or unless you know your stuff the mechanical state and potential problems.
I know i once traded a Citroen with low k's and 4.5 years old pristine like new in visible condition and perfect service history and books. Looking at it and driving it youd never know it needed 8k of work !
And if you bring it back to the dealer to be serviced they will extend your warranty from 3 to 5 years never mind they smash you with the service cost.
yes mazda are smart about that. they gave us 5 years of extended warranty for free when wife bought the car which is a great deal ! but they get that back in the servicing that is required to maintain terms of the warranty hehe
a reminder just came in the mail for my wife to service her car
I think the golfs we get here are made in South Africa?? Sent from my XT925
my golf came from germany and no issues with reliability it was rock solid. the battery was starting to hesitate close to the 3 year mark but dealer swapped that under warranty one week before the warranty ended.
the south african golfs your thinking off are the mk5
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Anyone who gets their car serviced at VW has far too much money.<br />
$600 fot an oil change?<br />
They've got to be kidding!</p></blockquote>
In the 3 years I owned my golf gti it needed 2 services. Total cost over 3 years was $750. Average service cost $250 per year to me. And they gave me z brand new free battery under warranty 1 week before warranty ran out.
My wife's Mazda 3 cost around $400 per service every 6 months. In the same 3 years it cost her around $2k in servicing or $666 per year on average over the same time
My dads Honda civic is around $250 a service not even a year old do be interesting how that tracks .
My merc is free servicing with corporate deal on my lease. But they have a $1200 3 year 50,000 cap deal I believe