VW to Cut Warranty

vw-logo You know how Volkswagen is always trying to play up the “German Engineering” angle?  You know, ignore the fact that we make some of the least reliable cars on the road.  They’re made by Germans, damnit!  No, it doesn’t work very well, as evidenced by the fact that no one buys VW’s anymore.  At least here in the US – I hear they have a little better luck across the pond.

Anyway, VW has made the decision to cut their bumper to bumper warranty – from 4 years, down to 3.  So beginning with the 2009 model year, VW has less confidence that their vehicles will make it past 36,000 miles without a catastrophic failure.  That’s reassuring, all right.

As a consolation prize, standard maintenance will now be included for the 3 year period.  Of course, the oil change period has conveniently been increased from ever 5k miles to every 10k.  Coincidence?  Nah.  Severe cost-cutting measure… If VW wants to sell more cars in the US and start making money here, this is the wrong way.  Building reliable cars is step one, but step two is certainly standing behind those cars.  Cutting the warranty just doesn’t make sense.  VW wants to die.

Published on April 21, 2008 in Volkswagen

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