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Old 01-23-2015, 12:53 PM   #1
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My wife mentioned that she wouldn't mind a new car and I was thinking a new GTI would be a nice option. She has always like the tartan cloth and if she wanted a slushy the DSG is not the worst option.

The only big issue that i see is she commutes a lot and probably puts close to 15k a year. VW reliability scares me. I know they are still German so not expecting japanese reliability but not a electrical lemon. Also these new GTIs are made in mexico but I hopfully ze germans have a good process in place.

So should I be scared about VW reliability?

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Old 01-23-2015, 01:10 PM   #2
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All I can say is I just broke 35K miles on my 2013 Golf R and I have had zero issues. Not even trivial things. Nothing. Car feels brand new. Will that continue? Who knows. But it sure seems to be holding up better than my last new BMW was at this point. Granted mine is a German-built VW.

How do pubs like CR rate recent VWs? I haven't looked and don't have access.
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Old 01-23-2015, 01:15 PM   #3
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looks like CR rates VW pretty much in the middle of the pack in various ratings. Not good for reliability though.
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Old 01-23-2015, 01:56 PM   #5
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So should I be scared about VW reliability?

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not if you are looking at something new. We put about 40K on our 2008 rabbit, never a single problem with it. Our 2012 Tiguan never had an issue either, but I only put about 14K miles on it.


VW reliability is an issue in their past, IMHO, not with current models
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Old 01-23-2015, 02:25 PM   #6
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All I can say is I just broke 35K miles on my 2013 Golf R and I have had zero issues.
Seems like this must be the car the family uses the most with that kind of mileage in only 2y.

I am very curious about the new GTI after all of the good reviews I have seen. I still need to go test one out.
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All I can say is I just broke 35K miles on my 2013 Golf R and I have had zero issues. Not even trivial things. Nothing. Car feels brand new. Will that continue? Who knows. But it sure seems to be holding up better than my last new BMW was at this point. Granted mine is a German-built VW.

How do pubs like CR rate recent VWs? I haven't looked and don't have access.
I've only got half the mileage on mine that TD has on his, but my experience is similar. I had it in at some point for some sort of service campaign (can't remember what), but other than that it's been trouble free.

Knock wood.
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Old 01-23-2015, 03:09 PM   #8
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Jeff, I've asked about particular reliability on this board in the past and while I appreciate the input from everyone I've noticed most people on this board don't seem to put significant miles on their cars, or at least don't hang on to their car past a significant number of miles.

Not sure about you but when I'm seeking input on reliability I'm looking at how reliable they are (or cost of repairs) out to 100 - 150k milage on a car. And part of that reasoning is that over the last decade my family has gotten in the routine of buying cars used at about the 50k mark.

So yeah, check CR. They aren't the holy bible for everything car related but they should be a good metric on long term trends and reliability.
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Old 01-23-2015, 03:15 PM   #9
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Jeff, I've asked about particular reliability on this board in the past and while I appreciate the input from everyone I've noticed most people on this board don't seem to put significant miles on their cars, or at least don't hang on to their car past a significant number of miles.

Not sure about you but when I'm seeking input on reliability I'm looking at how reliable they are (or cost of repairs) out to 100 - 150k milage on a car. And part of that reasoning is that over the last decade my family has gotten in the routine of buying cars used at about the 50k mark.

So yeah, check CR. They aren't the holy bible for everything car related but they should be a good metric on long term trends and reliability.
thanks but hate to say but I am more like the other board members, usually keep our cars to 80-120 k.

Also I guess I still have a VW stigma so wouldn't buy a VW for long term. That is another reason I am considering new, 50k of a VW is a lot of its usable reliable mileage IMHO.
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Jeff, I've asked about particular reliability on this board in the past and while I appreciate the input from everyone I've noticed most people on this board don't seem to put significant miles on their cars, or at least don't hang on to their car past a significant number of miles.

Not sure about you but when I'm seeking input on reliability I'm looking at how reliable they are (or cost of repairs) out to 100 - 150k milage on a car. And part of that reasoning is that over the last decade my family has gotten in the routine of buying cars used at about the 50k mark.

So yeah, check CR. They aren't the holy bible for everything car related but they should be a good metric on long term trends and reliability.
OK, now I need to dig up pictures of the off-road trail I drove the rabbit down at Moab

Would I have bought a new VW in the 80's or the 90's?? Hell no!!

But reliability is no longer an issue with VW IMHO
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