Sorry for off topic
A friend of mine who is a senior citizen and want to buy a new car to repla
ce her standard old car. She is very good driver with very clean driving hi
story. Her current car is Volkswagen golf. She is thinking of buying a new
Volkswagen golf but automatic of course (easier to drive). Do you have any
other recommendation on which car (brand name) she should consider. Too man
y options and technologies are not really required, just basic stuff but mo
st be automatic.
Thank you in advance.
On Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 11:39:02 AM UTC-4, leza wang wrote:
lace her standard old car. She is very good driver with very clean driving
history. Her current car is Volkswagen golf. She is thinking of buying a ne
w Volkswagen golf but automatic of course (easier to drive). Do you have an
y other recommendation on which car (brand name) she should consider. Too m
any options and technologies are not really required, just basic stuff but
most be automatic.
avoid any VW vehicle their resale value will probably take a big hit for a
besides all auto makers need to watch vw go nearly out of business so they
dont try to pull stuff like cheating on air pollution
OTOH, there's no guarantee that "fixed" you'll want to drive it!
A dealer here purchased a bunch of BLACK (interior and exterior -- we
live in Sunny AZ!), vinyl seats, manual tranny/windows/etc. sh*tboxes
with NO ACbrrr...
For a song.
And, couldn't get rid of them! No matter *how* he sang!
It takes a large discount to get a VW into the price range of a lot
of it's competition. My friend bought his Corolla S, loaded to the
gills, for $8000 less than a base VW Golf TDI.
That surprized him as much as the fact that the Toyota was in just
about all ways, at least the match for the VW. The only thing he
missed was the torque of the Diesel.
I'm a Subaru Forester fan.
Live on a hill and all Subaru's come with standard AWD.
Height is almost perfect for us seniors as it is easy to get in and out of.
As others point out, VW is in a heap of trouble and probably best avoided.
"older models (by a few years)" is still a "new" (redesigned, not "classic")
The cars named in the recent disclosure are sure to take a hit -- in the
short term and possibly even longer. A lot will depend on the sort of
fix that VW puts forward and how it affects the perceived value of those
vehicles. My hunch is that any *cheap* fix (e.g., a software upgrade)
will result in a vehicle's performance falling below what their owners
(and prospective resale owners) would be happy with.
[If this is NOT the case, then why would VW have shot itself in the
foot so forcefully? Their actions suggest that strict compliance with
the letter of the law would have affected fuel efficiency or overall
performance in a way that would have caused potential buyers to "look
How much spillover to other models NOT named is up for debate. Note
BMW already took some heat over *suspicion* that they might be
similarly cheating (no evidence to suggest this!).
People who are fearful by nature will probably lump all VW products
into that category; perhaps even all diesel offerings there *and*
from other vendors.
If your question concerns your potential *exposure* if you opt to
purchase a used bug, I'd not be too concerned. OTOH, if you were
wondering how this would affect the purchase price of said bug,
it will depend on how much fear-mongering the media heaps on
others "competing" for that used vehicle that *you* want.
Craigslist reports that prices for used VW's are already down ~20%.
VW is expected to have a drop in sales for the month of Sept
while most other automakers are posting *record* sales figures.
How long that persists is anybody's guess...
With the prices of new Beetles, I can't really afford one right now, but
if the prices of used (automatic - not diesel) Beetles come down I may
easily be able to afford one of those.
Is the problem being discussed with VW only with diesels? I haven't
read every post on the subject and could have missed that detail.
Only diesels (currently -- and probably that's as far as it will
go *at* VW). You'll have to see how "stupid" people are in sorting
out that distinction, going forward.
As a single data point (with all that implies!), note that we had a
neighbor with a "new bug" some years back. It was always in the
shop (though I have no idea what the problems were -- these folks
don't do any of their own maintenance... so, it could have been
"replacing windshield wiper blades"!). They traded it out pretty
Why the attraction to a bug? (I can see a *classic* just for
nostalgia -- surely not SAFETY! :> ) Are you looking for
small? Fuel efficient? Cute? etc.
You just like the little flower vase. Admit it.
No offense, but after VW discovered they'd built a chick car, they tried
to reinvent it.
Its like the Miata. The Miata is really a competent car but it got the
reputation of being a chick or gay ride and never overcame it.
You never saw those in the New Beetle? Not the new Beetle; they dropped
the flowers in 2012. Little bud vase on the dashboard, sort of like a
hearse. Sometimes the German mind goes off the rails. I mean what sort
of manly man is going to drive a car with a damn sprig of pansies?
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