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The Myth of Expensive Volkswagen Repair

Volkswagens are a beloved car around the entire world. They have a distinct character, good gas mileage, and superior engineering. Be that as it may, what gives many would-be buyers, or even already-owners, pause about their Volkswagen is the concern of expensive Volkswagen repair. Even those of us who don’t own one have most likely heard about the costs of repairing foreign cars, the reason being that all the parts must be imported and therefore cost so much more. The truth is, however, that many of the stories we hear about inflated Volkswagen repair are, well, inflated.

In the past, stories about expensive foreign car repair held a little bit more weight. There was a time – long, long ago – when foreign cars were produced outside the U.S., and domestic cars inside. But this is simply no longer the case. For a car to be a foreign make, 75% of its parts are manufactured outside the U.S. That means that 25% may be manufactured within our own country, eliminating any need for importing the parts and paying for extra shipping and taxes. The likelihood that the part you need to repair your Volkswagen is manufactured right here at home has increased greatly over the years.

While Volkswagen repair, especially if major, may indeed cost you a little bit more than repairing another traditionally “domestic” makes, the difference isn’t so large. Sometimes, the difference is even non-existent. For example, Frugalmechanic.com looked at the average prices for the most common parts replaced in dozens of car makes. The average price for a new air filter in a Volkswagen was $41.17, and a brake disc $56.68. Compare that to a good-old home-grown GMC: air filter $40.75, and brake disc $86.18! Combine these costs with the general better fuel-economy and more reliable engineering of a Volkswagen, and suddenly the prospect of Volkswagen repair or maintenance no longer looks dismal.

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  1. I was wondering whether it was a myth or not, so I questioned my facebook friends.

    The result was 10 or 11 of my friends detailing their horrible experiences with their Volkswagens. The result was an overwhelming no, it’s not a myth. The most positive thing anyone had to say about them was that they can be similar in cost to other vehicles with aftermarket parts. Here’s what their experiences were:

    1. In my experience, which is watching friends with Volkswagons, they’re really reliable for awhile. However, once the first thing breaks, it’s not only really expensive to fix but it sets off this weird chain reaction where you’re having to get it fixed every two months. If you sell it before it hits that point though, you’re good.

    2. (Mechanic at Pep Boys) Newer Volkswagens (within the last 20 years) are the biggest pieces of crap I’ve ever had the displeasure of working on. Thomas was spot on: you buy a brand new one and it seems like peaches and cream for awhile until one thing breaks, then everything starts falling apart and it’s all very expensive. And it’s stupid crap too, like how the thermostat, thermostat housing and water pump all go out at once. Or how beetles have plastic dipstick tubes, which of course is attached to the piping hot metal engine block. Went to check the oil in one and the whole thing snapped right off. Didn’t have one in stock so the customer had to drive home with some oil spilling out. If you get one, get it new and sell it before 50k miles.

    3. I have had a terrible experience with my VW2009 Jetta

    4. My aunt had one for like 3 years and I always thought it was a really nice car. Then at like 60k miles the transmission blew up. She bought an accord and has had that for 5 years

    5. I had a 2002 VW Jetta 1.8T. I bought it used with only 50,000 on it and had it until it hit 110,000 miles. I replaced the entire cooling system, twice. Replaced the rear axle and the front suspension. It seems like it was always leaking oil and I had an unfixable emissions leak. I finally sold it for parts last year when all of the transmission coils went out (I had to start the car in 3rd gear). Needless to say, I’ll never own another VW again. I bought a 2001 Honda CRV and I love it.

    6. Wife had a 2010 Jetta Wagen. This week she took it to the dealer for a 60,000 mile check and came home with a new Jetta Wagen TDI. Her first one had some weird things go wrong with it when it was still under warranty; had to replace the driveshaft at about 18,000 miles I think. Also, when I take it to Firestone for the oil change, they can’t reset the computer to tell it the oil change was done, so she has the car telling her to change the oil continuously.

    7. We have had a touareg for 6 years or so. Bought it used. I will never buy another VW.

    8. We had a passat station wagon. It was a great car to drive. It held up well but was falling apart by the time we got rid of it at about 120k but our kids a tough on cars.

    9. Bob’s son’s Passat’s very expensive transmission went out after 6 years.

    10. The guy I was carpooling had multiple problems with his Passat that were expensive to fix within just a few months. He ended up getting a Civic just recently.

    11. Many repair shops near us won’t work on them. We always had to take our Jetta to the dealer where I felt like I was getting ripped off. I was glad to see mine go. We buy Honda now