Where Your Author Ultimately Decides to Give Up Golf (Part II)

where your author ultimately decides to give up golf part ii

Last we left off in the Golf Sportwagen Ultimate Decision story, the appointment was set for corrections on the headliner and panel issues I’d pointed out as a result of the headliner service. A late June morning, already a hot and muggy day. Your author is seen waiting by the door.

The 28th (last Monday), I was fully prepared to hand off the keys for the 10:00 AM appointment time. I’d planned to head out by 10:15 as I had a couple of places to be. The minutes ticked to 10:00, then past it, then past a bit more. Off to a good start on my appointment.

At 10:30 I tried calling the service manager directly to see what was up with the appointment, but couldn’t get through. As soon as I hung up and dialed the main service line, I got a text from some local number. There was no name or intro in the text so I’m not sure from whom it originated. They were sorry (whoever it was), but had been busy that morning and the time got away from them. There would be someone coming out to bring me the loaner, leaving in “a few minutes.”

I guess I was under the impression that service departments ran on appointments and that most days were busy, but perhaps that was a faulty assumption on my part. I replied to the text and asked about an ETA, as I had things to do this morning and it was messing with my schedule. No reply.

After waiting a few more minutes (about 18) I got a phone call from someone at the dealer, confirming my address to pick up the car. “Didn’t they call you to let you know what’s up?” No, no they didn’t. This new associate reassured me he was on his way in a couple of minutes. And finally, at 11:10 they showed up for the 10:00 appointment, with a white 2021 Tiguan SE. That one wasn’t worth reviewing because I covered the S trim already. In short, the SE added nicer seats and trim and a big glass roof but did nothing to improve the uneasy relationship between engine and transmission.

Overall, the morning was a frustrating experience on what should’ve been a very simple key exchange. Those feelings of frustration stuck with me the next few days. Neither of the overarching headliner issues were caused by the dealer’s service department – one was down to poor quality control and the other to bad design. But what was down to the service department were the missed appointments, forgotten calls, and inattention to detail regarding headliner cleanliness, installation, trim panels, and all the rest. Was it really worth dealing with this for years? I’d started to think it wasn’t. In Part III we’ll wrap up this saga once and for all.

[Images: Corey Lewis / The Truth About Cars]

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  • Flipper35 Flipper35 on Jul 09, 2021

    The dealer we purchased our Avenger V6 at had good service for both oil changes and any warranty issues. Oil changes were free the first 3 years, we don't go there for paid oil changes. They did give us a Pacifica minivan for warranty work on the paint as it had a couple bubbles under the hood coming from underneath the paint, not from rock chips as they originally tried to pass them off as being from. The owner retired and sold to another chain and we haven't been back since. Prices were way up on everything from service to the vehicles. We had to drive a bit, but saved $5k on our minivan and got a Pacifica Limited for the price of the new dealership owners Pacifica Touring, not even a Touring +. The local Nissan dealer sent a letter with a free oil change as they just "changed the culture" at the service department and in the past couple dealings with them left a bad taste in our mouth. My wife took the Nissan in (it was given to us, we didn't buy it there) and they were very polite, professional and she asked about the cabin air filter and they showed it to her and it was in good shape yet. They rotated the tires for free as well, even though it wasn't on the gift certificate. I guess some dealerships want to change. Some even for the better.

  • Lightspeed Lightspeed on Jul 11, 2021

    Why I take my 21-year old Lexus to the dealer, they treat me like I just bought a new LS. I took my car in to get the snow tires switched, $80 and I got a nice new GS to drive all day, got a breakfast voucher for the hotel next door and they washed the outside and wiped down the interior of my car.

  • FreedMike Back in the '70s, the one thing keeping consumers from buying more Datsuns was styling - these guys were bringing over some of the ugliest product imaginable. Remember the F10? As hard as I try to blot that rolling aberration from my memory, it comes back. So the name change to Nissan made sense, and happened right as they started bringing over good-looking product (like the Maxima that will be featured in this series). They made a pretty clean break.
  • Flowerplough Liability - Autonomous vehicles must be programmed to make life-ending decisions, and who wants to risk that? Hit the moose or dive into the steep grassy ditch? Ram the sudden pile up that is occurring mere feet in front of the bumper or scan the oncoming lane and swing left? Ram the rogue machine that suddenly swung into my lane, head on, or hop up onto the sidewalk and maybe bump a pedestrian? With no driver involved, Ford/Volkswagen or GM or whomever will bear full responsibility and, in America, be ambulance-chaser sued into bankruptcy and extinction in well under a decade. Or maybe the yuge corporations will get special, good-faith, immunity laws, nation-wide? Yeah, that's the ticket.
  • FreedMike It's not that consumers wouldn't want this tech in theory - I think they would. Honestly, the idea of a car that can take over the truly tedious driving stuff that drives me bonkers - like sitting in traffic - appeals to me. But there's no way I'd put my property and my life in the hands of tech that's clearly not ready for prime time, and neither would the majority of other drivers. If they want this tech to sell, they need to get it right.
  • TitaniumZ Of course they are starting to "sour" on the idea. That's what happens when cars start to drive better than people. Humanpilots mostly suck and make bad decisions.
  • Inside Looking Out Why not buy Bronco and call it Defender? Who will notice?
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