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What do you guys think about this Sportwagen. Dealer is telling me it has the following issues but I think they are just feeding me story to prevent having to ship it to me.

http://www.mountainstatestoyota.com...en-Jetta-542e63e90a0d06490046752d6096313e.htm


  • Wipers are inorperable
  • Turbo lines and boost sensor are leaking oil
  • Rack is leaking
  • Trans shaft seals are leaking
  • Dash is cracking


I'm just having a hard time believing an '09 has all these problems?

Anyone in Denver want to check the car out?
 

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A Couple of Thoughts From Around the Block...

I bought an SEL long distance earlier this year. See the Storm Trooper thread in this forum.

I looked at the free car fax for you here: http://www.carfax.com/VehicleHistory/p/Report.cfx?partner=DLR_3&vin=3VWTJ81K19M272895&zipCode=

Three owners. Number two drove the snot out of it for a year. Few indications of service, but each owner seems to have stopped by VW a few times.

If you're serious about the car, get the VIN over to your VW parts or service guy/gal and have them look up the history of the car. If nothing scares you from that, then start moving out. You might also consider paying to have a VW dealer do a pre-purchase inspection on it though I really think you'd need some on-scene help.

Next, figure out what a busted SEL would go for at auction. As a WAG, I'd guess maybe $12-13K and it could be less. You also have to sort out what you think it would cost to fix plus whatever you'd expect to pay for the repairs. I'm not factoring in repair costs much, but you've got to think it's about $1K. BTW, the car still has power train warranty left. That won't help with CV joints, but a leaky transmission and engine could be another story.

Don't pay any premium for the Thunderbunny. The flip side of TB kits is that they're an accessory. The bits are finally available as "service packs," but these are kind of expensive. If an SEL is collectable, the TB kit is likely neutral to negative to its originality and thus to its value.

Ask the manager what she'd want to get for the car at auction.

You'll also need to figure out shipping. Lots of places will do this for you via the Internet. I'm guessing shipping from CO to NC at about $800 give or take $100. Even if I knew my car had issues, I'd have shipped it here to do the work so I could more easily enforce the warranty.

Why I'd go after the car...It's an SEL and it already has a Thunderbunny kit. Problems? You can fix problems, but you can't waive a wand and make an SEL pop out of a hat.

Why I wouldn't go after the car...anybody who put a Thunderbunny kit on it must have driven it like they stole it. (Except, me...) I also doubt it had the 40K DSG service. Also, you should get the car cheap...say $14K or less...because you're taking a lot of risk. I wouldn't buy if they want too much...

Why is the dealer acting this way? IMO, they probably care about their reputation. My SEL had a few issues when it showed up. I made a pretty good case that they should have caught and fixed the problems on a pre-sale inspection and I had the corrective work done at a competent shop. The GM didn't blink. I got a check and a couple of nice notes. In turn I've let anybody who asks know that they're straight shooters. They value their reputation and get good karma and PR. Subaru of Kings Automall in Cincinnati, OH.

P.S. - Now that I think about it, my rear wiper was inoperative when it came in. 7.5 AMP fuse was blown.
 

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I bought an SEL long distance earlier this year. See the Storm Trooper thread in this forum.

I looked at the free car fax for you here: http://www.carfax.com/VehicleHistory/p/Report.cfx?partner=DLR_3&vin=3VWTJ81K19M272895&zipCode=

Three owners. Number two drove the snot out of it for a year. Few indications of service, but each owner seems to have stopped by VW a few times.

If you're serious about the car, get the VIN over to your VW parts or service guy/gal and have them look up the history of the car. If nothing scares you from that, then start moving out. You might also consider paying to have a VW dealer do a pre-purchase inspection on it though I really think you'd need some on-scene help.

Next, figure out what a busted SEL would go for at auction. As a WAG, I'd guess maybe $12-13K and it could be less. You also have to sort out what you think it would cost to fix plus whatever you'd expect to pay for the repairs. I'm not factoring in repair costs much, but you've got to think it's about $1K. BTW, the car still has power train warranty left. That won't help with CV joints, but a leaky transmission and engine could be another story.

Don't pay any premium for the Thunderbunny. The flip side of TB kits is that they're an accessory. The bits are finally available as "service packs," but these are kind of expensive. If an SEL is collectable, the TB kit is likely neutral to negative to its originality and thus to its value.

Ask the manager what she'd want to get for the car at auction.

You'll also need to figure out shipping. Lots of places will do this for you via the Internet. I'm guessing shipping from CO to NC at about $800 give or take $100. Even if I knew my car had issues, I'd have shipped it here to do the work so I could more easily enforce the warranty.

Why I'd go after the car...It's an SEL and it already has a Thunderbunny kit. Problems? You can fix problems, but you can't waive a wand and make an SEL pop out of a hat.

Why I wouldn't go after the car...anybody who put a Thunderbunny kit on it must have driven it like they stole it. (Except, me...) I also doubt it had the 40K DSG service. Also, you should get the car cheap...say $14K or less...because you're taking a lot of risk. I wouldn't buy if they want too much...

Why is the dealer acting this way? IMO, they probably care about their reputation. My SEL had a few issues when it showed up. I made a pretty good case that they should have caught and fixed the problems on a pre-sale inspection and I had the corrective work done at a competent shop. The GM didn't blink. I got a check and a couple of nice notes. In turn I've let anybody who asks know that they're straight shooters. They value their reputation and get good karma and PR. Subaru of Kings Automall in Cincinnati, OH.

P.S. - Now that I think about it, my rear wiper was inoperative when it came in. 7.5 AMP fuse was blown.
Thank you for the insightful response and yes I've been drooling over your thread since you started it. The TB kit is a major selling factor for me as well as the potential to get the car for a cheaper price if it truely has the problems they are stating. Good idea on having VW pull the VIN for service. I've got a buddy that works at my local VW dealer so I'll see if can pull any info on the car tomorrow.

I made a quick call to VW customer care this afternoon and the car is still covered under the 5yr 60K powertrain warranty as well as the 100K DSG warranty. I would think that these two warranties would cover most of the issues except the wipers?
 

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OP, any update?
Nothing.....I'm tempted to call the used car manager and offer to buy the car for auction price, but something just doesn't seem right about the whole deal. :(

I really wish a Vortex member in the Denver area could swing by and see the car in person to confirm what condition it really is in.


On another note....a quick nationwide AutoTrader search for SELs only lists 15 for sale and only 1 with a 6MT at a CarMax in AZ. The search continues.....
 

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I Gotta Admit, This is Still Eating at Me

Probably because of the Thunderbunny kit... I'll admit it, I strongly prefer the MK VI JSW front end to the MK V's. Partially, it's the chrome, but I also like the horizontal flow and the MK VI lights. The TB kit really evens things out cosmetically.

I feel lucky to have found my TB kit. It was a good deal, but getting a used car with the kit already installed seems so much the better...at least pricewise.
 

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Probably because of the Thunderbunny kit... I'll admit it, I strongly prefer the MK VI JSW front end to the MK V's. Partially, it's the chrome, but I also like the horizontal flow and the MK VI lights. The TB kit really evens things out cosmetically.

I feel lucky to have found my TB kit. It was a good deal, but getting a used car with the kit already installed seems so much the better...at least pricewise.
I'm with you....I LOVE the look of the Tbunny kit on this car. For some reason it just flows so nice :D I've never been a real fan of the Tbunny kits on Jetta sedans or the Golf/GTIs either. As of this morning the car is still listed on their site. Seems weird to me that if it was going to auction this week because all of the so called problems it has that they would still have it listed at full asking price....:screwy:
 

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Dead deal.....

I had a good friend send an inquiry email yesterday using a Denver area zip code and as of this morning he's gotten no response so unfortunately I think this car isn't going to be moving to my garage anytime soon. Really sucks because the pics of the car make it look like a really nice vehicle....:mad:

The search continues.....
 
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