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Offline EL TATE

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Re: Do not buy a Volkswagon!
« Reply #50 on: March 29, 2016, 10:28:24 AM »
I was just quoting Alan Jackson to DOT up your thread...  :P
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Re: Do not buy a Volkswagon!
« Reply #51 on: March 29, 2016, 10:57:37 AM »
...and i was just being a smart......alick...alex...allique. Oh, whatever.
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Re: Do not buy a Volkswagon!
« Reply #52 on: March 29, 2016, 11:11:57 AM »
Don- I just had a thought given the inaction from the politicians (not that I would stop dealing with the agencies as they might be able to make something happen). But you might try your vehicle insurer. If you crash they are on the hook. They certainly would want to know if they are insuring a whole class of unsafe vehicles. As an insurer they have more to lose than some govt bureaucrat.

ETA: They are still advertising significant weight towing capability:

The Touareg boasts a 280-hp 3.6L V6 engine perfect for touring or hauling when you need it.5 The 4MOTION? all-wheel drive and an advanced steering system can help you stay in control of all that power.6
?4MOTION? all-wheel drive
?280-hp 3.6L V6 engine 5
?8-speed automatic transmission
?Up to 7,716 lbs. of towing capacity


http://www.vw.com/models/touareg/?cid=sem_6WA5ZY9V_11240433379_c

ETA2: You also might try Consumer Reports. I am guessing they would pay a lot of attention.

Other entities who might "take up" the fight:

http://onlinetowingguide.com/tests/2004VolkswagenTouareg.html
http://www.onlinetowingguide.com/tests/2010VWTouaregTDI.html
(same entity different stories both pushing the 7700 lb capacity)



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Re: Do not buy a Volkswagon!
« Reply #53 on: March 29, 2016, 12:45:52 PM »
My experience seems to be more with that of the British. There a Mercedes is called a Merc!

Yes, well all things considered my good man, we DOTs are American! We shan't be responsible for your hoity toity vocabulary causing a wee bit of a misunderstanding amongst us.
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Do not buy a Volkswagon!
« Reply #54 on: March 29, 2016, 01:24:44 PM »
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Re: Do not buy a Volkswagon!
« Reply #55 on: March 29, 2016, 02:12:17 PM »
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Re: Do not buy a Volkswagon!
« Reply #56 on: April 07, 2016, 09:09:39 AM »
Where are we on this process?

Do you still have the VW?  I can't say I'm surprised that your local politicians couldn't (wouldn't) help you.


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Re: Do not buy a Volkswagon!
« Reply #57 on: April 07, 2016, 10:38:59 AM »
 I have a Jetta and it is my first and last car I will ever own from vw.  Pure garbage cars


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Re: Do not buy a Volkswagon!
« Reply #58 on: April 07, 2016, 03:33:28 PM »
Where are we on this process?

Do you still have the VW?  I can't say I'm surprised that your local politicians couldn't (wouldn't) help you.


We still own it...I am making payments on it. It is a heck of a great SUV, best I've ever driven, however the fact that It can't tow but 1500 ish pounds where they advertise a 7700 towing ability turns my stomach.

You see what companies do these days is to use the narrowest of definitions to rate something. My Toureg could theoretically latch onto a stalled truck, say that weighed 7700, with a tow strap and pull it a short distance. But you absolutely cannot place more than 618 lbs of weight onto the hitch.

So using DOT standards that say tongue weight is equal to 10%-15% of total weight, how then could you tow a 7700 trailer which had a tongue weight from 770-1155 pounds?

So in the real world you can't do it, however in the strictist of definitions, you can.

They are liars and false advertisers!

So I offered them a deal which I think would have been fair.

Since I purchased the thing wanting to buy a Lance camper and pull it around the US, I estimate about 1/3rd of the Toureg's time would be spent towing. Since I can't actually do that now, I esentially lost 1/3 of what I purchased the thing to do.
I offered that they refund me 1/3rd of my purchase price, or, simply refund my purchase price and take the thing back, their call.
Is that fair?
They balked and Jack Conway, Kentucky's useless attorney general did nothing to help me. Politicians are only interested in helping those who help them first. They lie to us all the time.
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Re: Do not buy a Volkswagon!
« Reply #59 on: April 07, 2016, 09:08:02 PM »
Ahhh, the difference between "towing" and "hauling"...  They have chosen to obscure their position between the definition of those two very different things.

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