• Jan 30, 2008
It's not for us, but Volkswagen's moving ahead steadily with readying their new coupe. Heading a car for the showroom means that all the ancillary materials need to be created, too. They're likely shooting pictures of some preproduction model in an exotic locale as we write this, and the mundane things like owner's manuals need to get done so they can be lovingly tucked into gloveboxes. Some quick thinking with a digital camera has netted the interweb some closeups of a Scirocco's instruction booklet, which coincidentally carries closeups of an uncamoflaged Scirocco. The shots are small, out of focus, and not terribly informative, so we studied them for hours, naturally. You can see the final shape of the headlamp and down the flank, some fuzzy images of the interior and details like the rims, HVAC controls, and switchgear. We wish there was a shot or two of the rear, but at least we now know that the headlights are going to have an underbite that reminds us of the early '70s 412.
[Source: LLN]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      looks like 4 window switches.

      we need to start a petition that the USA wants this car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      *yawn* Yet Another GTI.

      Things that would make me want this car that will probably not be there:

      -RWD (or Rear-biased AWD, but it has to be there in even the base model)
      -The turbo or FSI in the base model

      And most importantly:
      - 10 year/100000 mile warranty from VWUSA

      I got a REALLY bad golf a few years back. It seems that they were making 80% perfect little darlings and 20% hideous goblin infested turds... hence how there seems to be a large cachet of "I love my precious vee-dub, it's been perfect" against a smaller cabal of "God those cars sucked and VW USA was horrible about fixing all the $600 parts that kept falling off."

      Needless to say, VW hasn't been topping any long-term or initial quality surveys for about a decade, and they keep trying to make more Audi-ish cars when Audi already exists. I'll be interested in VW again when they make reliable cars and back them up with a bigass warranty, until then, I'm just going to see a bundle of expensive, over-engineered parts waiting to give their owner trouble, and slowly watch as their owner succumbs to Stockholm syndrome.
        • 6 Years Ago
        VW Warranty's are useless because no matter what, they'll tell you whatever is wrong isn't covered, unless you know someone at the dealer. I love VWs, and I've owned 25 of them, and have a VW tattoo... but I hate VW. Get that? Love the cars, hate the company. Such bastards.
        I also have this theory that VWs don't really break any more than any other car, except that when a Corolla breaks, Toyota fixes it and sends you on your way, whereas the VW dealer wants to argue with you, tell you its your fault, and then charge you $2000 for a $200 part and 1 hour of labor.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I guess the saddest thing about the whole scenario is I loved that Golf. I got it with 30K on it... and it was devoted and delightful and only had one or two minor quirks that were in no-way dangerous and I didn't mind dealing with. It had great mileage, looked wonderful, was one of the last cars on earth to come in a shiny dark green, was peppy and fun to throw around corners, had all sorts of neat safety features, and I saw no reason why I wouldn't want to keep it until at least 200,000 miles...

        Then around 65,000 miles, really expensive things important to making sure the car kept moving forward started needing to be replaced... and taking it into service shops and dealers revealed all sorts of emerging problems, and I finally ditched it after it started setting off the alarm and shutting down the car in the middle of intersections despite the other $5000 in repairs.

        It was like a lover that had been with me through most of my college years decided to try drugs one day and developed a crack habit and started stealing my money.

        Now I see that VW doesn't even offer ANYTHING like the old MK IV golf. The new MkV golf (ahem, Rabbit) has a starting cost of 17,000... and is so heavy it needs to be pushed around with a gas-hungry 5-cylinder and has squishy handling. I keep hearing more and more reasons about why VWUSA will bring over expensive crap like some new Phaeton and the Tiguan and the Passat coupe and the Scirocco and will only grudgingly sneak in a few Polos for CAFE standards.

        Who knows, I hear rumors that SEAT will be coming to the US... maybe they can be the new cheap euro car and leave VW in that uncomfy "middle brand" position like Mercury and Buick and (formerly) Plymouth and Oldsmobile.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, just read many of the posts. VW USA, ARE YOU LISTENING?? Seems like everyone or someone they know has major reliability issues. Ive known a few people personally as well including my dad who had warranty repairs done on his NEW Passat but got SO tired of fighting with the dealer he sold the car and vowed NEVER to own a new VW. He had NO such problems getting his Audi TT fixed under warranty though it, like the Passat, had its share of issues. I gotta say, having driven these cars...that it at first seems a miracle that you can get a German car with its technology, solidity, and driving refinement for comparatively SO CHEAP! But you quickly realize that, as is usually the case, you get what you pay for.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Your comments are dead on...I love the feel, look, and efficiency of vw TDI's. But every time I consider picking one up, I get cold feet precisely for the nightmarish stories I hear from all the "I'll never buy another VW again'ers". A ten year unlimited warranty might warm my feet, but then you'll have to put up with the terrible service from dealers who behave as if they're doing you a favor when they "let" you purchase one of their cars, and are not surprised or even apologetic in the way any company should be when you ask them to repair in the first two years of ownership; a busted sunroof, a window that just drops in the door, dash lights that stop working, fuel entry mechanism that malfunctions resulting in half hour fill-ups (all this happened to a family members Jetta). I heard Honda is coming out with a diesel...so I'm waiting.
      • 6 Years Ago
      You know, I, like many people, love the Golf GTI for all that it offers at its price point. But I refuse to buy it because an enthusiast car needs to look like one and a the shrunken-down minivan looks just dont do it for me. So they go out, update what is largely the same car, make it look much better, and decide, hmm, lets not bring it to the states??? Nice work VW.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm not puzzled at all. Its BS.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I feel like I'm looking at porn......like bad homemade porn.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Your comments are dead on...I love the feel, look, and efficiency of vw TDI's. But every time I consider picking one up, I get cold feet precisely for the nightmarish stories I hear from all the "I'll never buy another VW again'ers". A ten year unlimited warranty might warm my feet, but then you'll have to put up with the terrible service from dealers who behave as if they're doing you a favor when they "let" you purchase one of their cars, and are not surprised or even apologetic in the way any company should be when you ask them to repair in the first two years of ownership; a busted sunroof, a window that just drops in the door, dash lights that stop working, fuel entry mechanism that malfunctions resulting in half hour fill-ups (all this happened to a family members Jetta). I heard Honda is coming out with a diesel...so I'm waiting.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This "brochure leak" is BS. Its an Eos bruchure:

      http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=3658903&page=2
      • 6 Years Ago
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