[Vwdiesel] VW Trucks-Travis G
familykeith at comcast.net
Sun Jul 6 10:22:08 PDT 2008
< I was wondering the other day after seeing a lot of this
little micro trucks (Some foreign asian brand,with two seats and
the cab looks like a mini van front with a little truck bed) why
wouldn't vw bring there truck back to the US. People want the
usability of a truck but can't afford the fuel of the US trucks.
Everyone is jealous when I tell then what mine gets for MPG and
while everyone realizes you can't haul a trailer very well or
really large loads,the vw truck does do furniture, beds, wood
(wood stoves) school supplies. It does even hold quite a bit of
hay bails I have found. Most people I talk to would love to get
one. Just food for thought. I know if they did ever bring one
back my whole family would each buy a new one (because our old
ones even rebuild are still old on safety and noise control). I
do seem more and more of this mini trucks everywhere I go and I
just thought there is a market for those so why not VW also since
they to have experience. I even see farmers with the mini trucks
Actually, the VW Rabbit (Caddy) truck has been available for
years in South Africa. Probably still is.
But for us, forget it. VWOA is too busy selling to the 30
somethings who don't know better, and didn't live through the
last gas crisis. You can see it in the "new rabbit" which still
has yet to be offered in a diesel version (to my knowledge) and
yet was offered as a direct competitor to the Honda Civic EXCEPT
VW decided to offer it with an overblown engine - and little more
than half the gas mileage.
I have an A4 Golf TDI bought new in 2003 and it was hen's teeth
to get it to me then. A full three months delivery, you took it
the way it came, with options decided for you, and with no choice
in color. And this was back when diesel fuel was $1.29 a gallon
and the diesels were in little demand. But, you want a VW, you
play VWs game. I liked the car. It still had some of the
"plain jane" appearance of the 1980 Rabbit I owned many years
A BIG purchase difference from when I was forced by the dearth of
VW diesels in the early 1990s to settle for a Honda Civic. Want
Air Conditioning? No problem, we'll add it. Don't want a
radio? No problem, we'll take it out. The car will be here
later this afternoon. Later a problem with an exhaust leak in
the catalyic converter? No problem, it's handled by the recall
Honda offered in 1994. Did I say I was forced? Hondas were
pretty cushy manacles.
After 12 years and 300K miles of Honda I decided to try to a
switch back to VW. Is it a decision I would repeat? Maybe not
after that $360 hosing I got on a burned out glowplug. The
same glowplug that I diagnosed and changed myself for a grand
total of $16 in the 1980 rabbit. But "self diagnosis and
correction" is no longer a part of VWOA's ownership vocabulary.
Ross-Tech here I come!
Gosh, such hubris about the 1000 litre circumnavigaton of the
world in the 80 day Lupo diesel. The website while it existed
was a master of web design with moving pix and shadows and all
sorts of gimmicks. Did we see the remarkable car here in the
US? It got like a 3rd page headline in the New York Times when
the car passed through the Big Apple. I learned about it a full
two years after it happened and only because I wondered if any
Lupos existed in the US through the car "greymarket."
VWOA could have made the Lupo happen here but instead chose to
fall into line with the EPA and DOT.
VW made their name in the world as "the people's car." Not so
now. It's now a car (and a company) who have "upscaled" (i.e.
read sold the consumer "up") and no longer follow in the spirit
of the original name. More apt name "The Sheeple's car."
OK everyone. You can go back to sleep now. Rant over. And
yes, I still have the 2003 TDI and no plans to replace it -
mostly because there are few options better - short of finding a
used Honda Insight, or a 1980 Rabbit that isn't a rot box.
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