My latest car related entertainment

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by JhnBssll, 10 Aug 2019.

  1. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    Funny because this month my 15 plate Passat has just had its first two faults ever: a leaking rear shock absorber and the servo motor on the recirculation flap has bust its little worm drive. I'm not bothering to fix that as it's a huge job for a tiny part.
     
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  2. screenman

    screenman Legendary Member

    Japanese cars were good, note the were bit. That from somebody who plays with cars still, the build quality is just not there any more.
     
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  3. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    Imagine if the great Victorian engineers like Brunel, Bazalgette and the Telfords had built all our bridges, docks, sewers, canals and railways to the minimum cost possible. We wouldn't still be benefiting from them nowadays.
     
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  4. Domus

    Domus Veteran

    Location:
    Sunny Radcliffe
    Try American :eek:
    When number one daughter was working in Northern Minnesota we went to visit, as it was winter we hired a 4x4. It was a Jeep Cherokee with about 8 miles on the clock. It was AWFUL, I think the steering wheel was connected to the steering rack by a steering column made from chewing gum, the alarm to say the boot lid was open sounded randomly during the whole trip, the speedo worked now and then, rattles and clonks were constant. Since then I have always had Japanese or European hire cars in the states. Our last road trip we did 5,000 + miles in the south west in a Kia Sportage, apart from the clunky auto box it was very good, best hire was from Minneapolis to Seattle in a Mazda CX-5. Superb
     
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  5. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    We are hiring all kinds of different cars at the moment, for a couple of days a month. The worst was the Mercedes A Class, which apart from a good engine and gearbox was a pile of garbage and the best was a Vauxhall Astra. Oh the Ford Fiesta was good as well.
     
  6. tyred

    tyred Legendary Member

    Location:
    Ireland
    I do not think VW quality is what it once was and they are trading on their reputation of past glories (IMHO).

    However, I don't think this particular problem is a reflection on VW but purely on mechanic who should not be allowed to service a wheelbarrow.

    Let a different VW dealer work on it in future if possible to see if they can sort it properly. If problems keep happening, as others have said, it is a lemon - sell it on when you get it working properly again.
     
  7. Smudge

    Smudge Senior Member

    Location:
    Somerset
    The most reliable cars i've had, have been Fords. Its why i keep buying them.
     
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  8. Smudge

    Smudge Senior Member

    Location:
    Somerset
    I've had Escort, Cortina, Granada, Capri (ok the handling was sheet on them) Sierra, Mondeo, Focus..... and often more than one model yr of each.
    They've been more reliable than any other make or model of car i've owned.
     
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  9. Drago

    Drago Flouncing Nobber

    Location:
    Valhalla
    That's not difficult if you gave only ever owned Fords? ;)
     
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  10. Smudge

    Smudge Senior Member

    Location:
    Somerset
    Well i've consistently returned to Fords after owning other makes. I've had BL, Vauxhall, VW, Fiat and had issues with all of them.
    Similar with motorcycles. When i've dabbled with European bikes, i've had more issues and unreliability with them than with any of my Jap bikes.
     
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  11. Smudge

    Smudge Senior Member

    Location:
    Somerset
    I've had some cars that have been as reliable as my Fords. Nissan & Toyota.
    Cant knock them at all.
     
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  12. meta lon

    meta lon Guru

    Can i mention my time with a Fiat Strada now please...

    I just need a few days to type it up, i can only do 75 words a minute, sorry:laugh:
     
  13. screenman

    screenman Legendary Member

    Had more problems with Fords over the years than a lot other makes, bought and sold over 5,000 cars so I have bit of experience.
     
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  14. Drago

    Drago Flouncing Nobber

    Location:
    Valhalla
    To be fair, I've only had a couple of Fords, and they've never given me any problems.

    I'm quite looking forward to the XC90. In 140,000 miles it suffered a catastrophic breakdown when a headlamp bulb blew. Dad replaced both just to be sure. Imagine the state a Range Rooney would be in by that mileage?
     
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  15. SpokeyDokey

    SpokeyDokey Nearly 63 - oh dear! Moderator

    Generally our VW's (5 over the years) have been pretty much spot on although our current little VW has its traction control and abs lights in warning mode. :cursing:
     
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