Larry Roesch Volkswagen puts a GTI through its paces – Click above to watch video after the jump

Buying a used vehicle can be a scary experience. You just never know what kind of abuse the car has been subjected to by the hands of a previous owner, which is why plenty of people knowingly take the depreciation hit and buy new. After all, what kind of harm can a vehicle endure from the time it leaves the production facility until you sign on the dotted line? Quite a bit, according to the video after the jump. One very overzealous Volkswagen dealer set about taking to the YouTubes to demonstrate the sturdiness of his wares.

An innocent GTI was subjected to a few full-force door slams. That's cringe-worthy enough in our book, but the wayward salesman wasn't quite done. He then proceeded to use the full force of his body weight to jump up and down on the open driver's door. While we appreciate a dealer's desire to prove how well the vehicles he sells are built, we wouldn't want that done to our own cars... and we'd hate to see what these guys do to the vehicles when the camera isn't rolling.

Hit the jump to see the mayhem for yourself. Thanks for the tip, Mateusz!



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      jimjjhnj
      • 3 Years Ago
      You wouldnt happen to work at that dealership would you ??....lol... "I purchased a VW last year from Checkered Flag VW in Virginia Beach and would go back there in a heartbeat...." lol...
      Master Austin
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well the door won't fall off, but the rest of the ownership experience leaves much to be desired... Never seen such unreliable vehicles like VW, wow...
        Lachmund
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Master Austin
        why are you spreadig lies like that?!
          NightFlight
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Lachmund
          Seriously dude, you are from outside of the country. Reference JD Power, TrueDelta, and Consumer Reports and see why people bash VW so much in the states. Statistically sound reliability and dependability studies > Personal opinion
      kthnxbye
      • 3 Years Ago
      Reading the comments below just make me laugh as a VW employee. It turns out that the window regulators were the same ones that were used by toyota and bmw that we had problems with; however we acknowledged the fact that we had an problem, so we issued a service bulletin and had a voluntary recall on these things for owners to bring the vehicles back in to get the issue corrected. Volkswagen is one of the only car companies to not have a government mandated safety recall, but of course I assume that was never taken into consideration or looked into before making these comments, or passing judgement. Lets also consider the window regulator issue... those were primarily in the mkIV jettas and beetles, 98-99, that we had problems with... we are currently in the second decade of the next century... are we all really still tainted... or simply "butt-hurt" by this? get over it... cars break... things happen... move on... Also on the sales level side of things Volkswagen wants "us" to actively demonstrate why our vehicles are better than anything else on the road. The trainers have told us for many years to grab the B-pillars to show how thick they are or to jump on the doors to show just how strong our hinges are in order to keep the client actively involved and engaged in the sales process. Call it idiotic, call it what you will, but how many people actually recall there salesperson doing this? My point exactly... it stands out... it's not vanilla... As an active member of the Volkswagen community I can attest to this as I'm on GTI #4 by choice, my most current being a 2011. However my point in the whole thing is that I also have a 1996 GTI that has more or less been turned into a show car for various VW events around the country although it has roughly 150k on the clock... anyway turns out the same hinge technology we use today was used back in 96 and even pre96 as well... So the car is roughly 15years old, yet the doors don't sag... who else can say that?... use of higher quality materials = longevity. As it has been put, while other car companies spend money on "glitz and glam" Volkswagen spends money engineering a sound vehicle. You get what you pay for. Find a safer and higher quality vehicle on the road for the same money. i know this post is going to get torn apart, but so be it. If I can make one person reconsider purchasing a Volkswagen, or put one more person in the door of a dealer then i have done my job.
        Rich M
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kthnxbye
        VW is still at or near dead last in long term dependability as far as JD Power is concerned.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kthnxbye
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        anonymous guy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kthnxbye
        That's all fine and dandy. Now tell that to the people who step on the brake pedal and their turn signals, reverse lights, AND brake lights all light up. That's just one example of VW's great electrical engineering. Of course, for some reason, that doesn't apply as a safety issue to the NHTSA so no recalls have been issued. Then there's the issue of just turning the key and the car won't start. If VW can solve their electrical gremlins, THEN they will be a reliable automobile.
        axiomatik
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kthnxbye
        "door hinge technology"? This demonstration is completely pointless. How many times have you heard someone complaining about their door sagging? My 89 240SX doesn't have any issue with sagging doors, and it's older than your 95, so Nissan must have better door hinge technology, huh? The issues that really make people mad is when their car leaves them stranded.
        Lachmund
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kthnxbye
        it's ridiculous americans tend to generalize..especially concerning vws in the states. here in europe they are among the most reliable cars and age much better than most of the competitors, but who are you to tell these idiots?!
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Lachmund
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          kthnxbye
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Lachmund
          spot on.
        bobmarley
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kthnxbye
        talk all you want about whatever you want...VW's reliability ratings are what they are for a reason. I think a lot of people like myself like the GTI but couldnt pull the trigger on one because they are scarred from a past experience or by just researching VW's reliability. And the same goes for used GTI's and VW's....X10
        erjhe
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kthnxbye
        "Also on the sales level side of things Volkswagen wants "us" to actively demonstrate why our vehicles are better than anything else on the road. The trainers have told us for many years to grab the B-pillars to show how thick they are or to jump on the doors to show just how strong our hinges are in order to keep the client actively involved and engaged in the sales process. Call it idiotic, call it what you will, but how many people actually recall there salesperson doing this? My point exactly... it stands out... it's not vanilla..." Sorry, but when the salesman put on that show for me, I thought he was just a fool and made me embarrassed to been seen talking to him. I'll admit, I did consider he'd be easy to talk down in price, but his sales manager, on the other hand, wouldn't budge. ;)
        kix27145
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kthnxbye
        off yourself moron STFU dolt
      • 3 Years Ago
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        NUTS_302
        • 3 Years Ago
        the only problem with the DSG transmittion is it shifts to fast, ppl coming out of a toyota have issues with knowing what speed really is... inless they had one of the cars that they couldnt stop. any VW owner would have got a chubby if their car wanted to go faster! dont just drive a car, feel the experience! buy a VW
          kthnxbye
          • 3 Years Ago
          @NUTS_302
          Not to mention that the affect DSG cars were given a 10/100k warranty rather than the original 5/60 bc again vw acknowledge a problem and stepped up to the plate.
      Dog Shart
      • 3 Years Ago
      My friends Jetta is total ****. That thing is constantly breaking down, usually an electrical issue. The doors work great though. I guess the point is, once your POS VW stops working, you can turn it into a jungle gym for your kids.
      EnzoHonda
      • 3 Years Ago
      So you can stand on the open door while you wait for a tow because, you know, it's a Volkswagen? VW: Spend less time on doors that people can stand on and more time figuring out how to make your electrics work for more than a year.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        axiomatik
        • 3 Years Ago
        So, are you here just to promote your website? If you ever spent time reading the articles and comments, it's practically a Hyundai/Kia lovefest. The Optima is regularly called the most attractive midsize sedan, and the Sonata gets lots of kudos too.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @axiomatik
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        NightFlight
        • 3 Years Ago
        Accent more durable than the Golf? No. It is without a doubt more reliable though.
          Leather Bear
          • 3 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          Exactly! Too few people understand the difference between these two concepts.
        NUTS_302
        • 3 Years Ago
        HYundai's are JUNK! thats why AB doesnt like them, NOTE: alot of their postings are for real cars, like Porsche, VW, Audi, Ferrari, Lambergini. you never hear anything good about hyundai's beer can trannys and carry along cooler engines!
      anonymous guy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hahaha ... but does it start every time? Hyundais and Hondas do.
        longducdong
        • 3 Years Ago
        @anonymous guy
        No they dont. I was stranded twice by my Civic, and once with our Hyundai. By stranded, I mean STRANDED... we lived out in the middle of nowhere. That was great with our newborn in the car on a sub zero night, waiting w/o a running car for 45 minutes for a tow truck driver to show up. Ill put our Sonata up to a challene any day of the week. Ours was in the shop a total of 17 times. 17!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was such a piece of junk that even though Hyundai is making better cars now, Im still hesistant. I have nightmares about that heap.
      nicnpontarelli
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hi everyone... I'm Nick Pontarelli...the General Manager at Larry Roesch Volkswagen.....I am also the "Guy" in the video.... I assure you that the GTI was tough enough to handle our FUN demonstration and is currently safe in the hands of its new owner...with absolutely no problems with the door !!!! As a matter of fact...VW product instructors have been doing that demonstration for quite some time...we just had some fun with it...rest assured...these cars are built tough... I appreciate all of the feedback... obviously everyone has thier own opinion and I respect them all...and Thank Autoblog for all of the attention....Volkswagen is on the rise....we at Larry Roesch VW are prepared to take customers through a process that explains the product, the service after the sale and we never pressure prospects into making a rushed decision.....We give them solid information which allows them to make an educated decision when the time is right for THEM. In a nutshell...We are prepared to take care of you..... All the best to everyone!!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @nicnpontarelli
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          anon914
          • 3 Years Ago
          I'm wondering what happened to you that makes you this angry?
        Benx3 O.G.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @nicnpontarelli
        How big of a discount did you give the retard who would want the car after you did this "demonstration" to it? Or did you act like a stealership and not even tell him about it?
          NUTS_302
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Benx3 O.G.
          customers that know what saftey is worth to their family and other on the road pay sticker, NO QUESTIONS ASKED!
      donny
      • 3 Years Ago
      Too bad he didn't do anything to prove that the car won't have severe throttle body issues, need to replace a brittle cam follower, have intake issues, and develop a vacuum issue at idle. I'm very certain that I'll always remember the GTI I had as the worst car I ever owned.
        John
        • 3 Years Ago
        @donny
        As a counter point to what kthnxbye posted: I had a stellar experience with my last generation GTI. Between service writers and a dealership owner who belittled me for insisting the numerous problems be addressed, a $600 DGS oil change quote, 13 different rattles, paint peeling from exterior mirrors, door weather stripping that failed when the double sided tape holding it on let go in cold weather, taking delivery of the car with shipping blocks in the suspension still intact and being charged to have them removed, a strangely rough idle, and a schizophrenic transmission, it was an unforgettable experience. And yes fanboys, it was from VW's finest factory in Wolfsburg. My best decision in all interaction with Volkswagen was the moment I decided to force a repossession. As someone many friends and family turn to for advice when shopping for new wheels, I take great pleasure knowing I've personally steered more than two dozen purchases away from that particular dealership and even more from VW in general. I will happily continue to make such a positive contribution to the lives of those I care about. Not even a three year lease with included free maintenance (a la BMW) would make any of their turds desirable.
        NightFlight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @donny
        You aren't the only one. My best friend had an '08 GTI and it spent nearly 45 days in the shop out of the two years he owned it. It was CONSTANTLY having some sort of issue, malfunction, or "glitch" as the dealers called it. VWoA refused to lemon the 100% stock vehicle, even after threatening legal action. Speaking of lemons, FOUR late model VW products were lemoned where I work, two Touaregs, a Passat, and an A4. Yes, VW really is as bad as the reliability studies have proven they are, this ad proves nothing.
          longducdong
          • 3 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          It almost seems like VW is getting desparate, doesnt it?
      joe shmoe
      • 3 Years Ago
      how about those electrical failures ? if i want to slam doors and jump on stuff, I'll go to the playground.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Jonathan C Baker
        • 3 Years Ago
        Another slam would have proved nothing. Its easy to get a mis-aligned door to shut properly if you slam it hard enough ( something I know from years of owning old convertibles). His closing the door lightly is correct for the demonstration. The next thing he needs is a 15 year old son continually slamming down the hatch despite how many times you tell him to do it lightly (something I know from...oh nevermind.)
        RICK
        • 3 Years Ago
        Have you talked with the dealership owner or called VW customer service or did you choose to be a neutered consumer and take it?
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