A sad, sad story – revised

My wife took the VW to the local Wal-Mart and decided to let them change the oil while she shopped. When she returned, she found five guys standing around scratching their heads and presenting her with a sad story. Apparently "whoever changed the oil before" didn't install the drain plug properly. As a result the car now leaks oil.


The repair job at my local shop is in excess of $700, mostly because VW feels the need to screw small car repair shops on their prices for replacement parts. I have to suck it up, and pay the man.

And now the car won't start. Turns out that VW has a security feature that kills the fuel pump when the  Engine Control Module shuts the car down. The only way to start it is to re-set the computer and re-program all the keys to the car. I can't wait to see what this will cost. The work can only be done at a VW dealer, not mentioning the fact that I must tow the car to VW to have it done.

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The final tally includes two towing jobs, oil pan and gasket, valve cover gasket, fuel pump and filter, catalytic converter (warranty – free!), and assorted hardware bits. Grand total in excess of $1500. Add another $200 for lost wages. It's been a tough week.

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10 Responses to A sad, sad story – revised

  1. Drude says:

    Oh no! and VWs used to be famous and loved for being cars you could repair yourself with a bit of chewing gum, duct tape or bits of wire… they got too fancy for their own good now.

  2. Hannahbanana says:

    I love my VW, but I don't think I'll buy another one precisely for reasons like this.

  3. Lauri says:

    UGH! This IS a very sad story.I am so sorry! One more Ugh, for you! 😦

  4. jaklumen says:

    used to be famous and loved for being cars you could repair yourselfAye, I understand (and very vaguely remember) my father maintaining a blue VW Beetle when I was very, very young.Ugh, indeed.

  5. Doug says:

    I know, I used to have a '66 Beetle. This has been a good car until now, an incident almost entirely preventable. Ugh.

  6. Doug says:

    I love my Beetle too. However almost all new cars are similarly equipped. That computerized security system with the R/C keys? That's it. Time to switch to agrarian power, mule or donkey…

  7. Doug says:

    Yep, me and my dad spent many hours staring at the inner workings of cars. Now we pretty much have to leave them alone.

  8. Lucy says:

    Ouch! Sorry for the travails.

    Lucy

  9. Seery says:

    Oh hell. I too drive a VW. My local car guy warned me recently about the cost of attaining parts from VW. Not only that but they drag their heels with delivering them too. Sigh. Got us over a barrel. Oil. We're so fixated with the damned stuff aren't we? Time we got serious about moving on.

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