[s-cars] Advice solicited on dealing with VW
smarinello at entouch.net
Wed May 2 18:50:33 EDT 2007
This is semi-off topic, except for VW and Audi being one.
As I noted in an earlier email, the new GTI has been getting lousy
mileage. The stick is rated at 23/32 mpg and probably 98% of the 4500
miles on it have been early morning/early afternoon commutes to avoid
Houston traffic. I've only had to slow down on three occasions from a
running in the 70 -75 mph range, I think, which may be right there in
wrong spot for the 5th/6th transition being at 3000 to 3300 rpm...whihch
it shouldn't be because the torque curve is essentially flat from
In any case, a high of 24.8 mpg, usually around 23.4, and a most recent
of 21.9 mpg. Oil still at max; dry black dust on the tailpipes, which
VW says is what it should be. Dropped the car off this morning for the
codes to be pulled to see if they can find a cause. No codes, oxygen
sensor checks out, etc. The dealer, which I still rate highly, called
in the factory tech rep who was across town today and brought him in for
a discussion. Nothing he'll do...but then he hasn't met me yet.
Considering the mileage other 2.0T's are getting in A4's , A3's and
other GTI/GLI's, this is pretty ridiculous and I am about to start,
nicely, having it out with VW about it. I have no qualms about getting
ugly if they play it that way. The car is leased and I would consider
getting an attorney with regard to addressing various options, but would
rather not. I can be about as problematic as any attorney, particularly
with the web. Any guidance would be appreciated with respect to similar
occurrences or other thoughts on the subject. Considering I swapped the
S6 sedan to get better mileage for the commute, this is especially
aggravating, as it got better, or at least equivalent, mileage on the
same drive with 165k+ and bad cats.
Thanks in advance for any guidance, warnings, etc.
By the way, except for the too stiff rear suspension and the shitty
mileage, the car is nice...much more appealing to me than the A3.
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