I have a mk6 golf which so far has been very reliable, cheap to run and looks ok. I bought it because I’ve always liked the look of golfs (though I prefer the older ones) and wanted something reliable and cheap for commuting as my old fiesta was too expensive and feeling very rattly approaching 100k. Get twice as many miles in one tank as I did with the fiesta and it’s only a little bit more expensive for a full tank. I’m happy with it even if it is a bit of a boring/safe car choice.Posted 3 years agoyunkiMember
Errr, isn’t vw the exact opposite of expressing individuality?
Aren’t you buying into a cult?
A cult of cool?
Herbie, hippies, surf bums, vw festivals..
Aren’t you just saying you identify with those groups?
VWs are cool… Get over it
Not quite as cool as my high mileage, underpowered, grey Renault Scenic though obvs 🙂Posted 3 years ago
I shortlisted Civic, Focus and Golf after reading around and listening to the motoring fanbois about Focus handling. Previously had bought Seat then Toyota. Test drove all three. Decided sharp handling would be wasted on me on motorways, so the Focus wasn’t nice enough in other areas plus you couldn’t get cruise control without leather. Went for the Civic, based on engine and interior, but there were none at my price range when I wanted to buy. Went back to the VW dealer, the Jetta I looked at had gone, so was offered a Passat for less. Liked the performance, gearbox and interior.
In my mind all the “brand image” of the middle tier manufacturers is the same. Competent everyday cars, nothing really to choose. The next price bracket is the aspirational thing.Posted 3 years agounovoloMember
Well if we all liked the same things life would be terrible dull, personally I like them and don’t mind a bit of stance or a bash with the lowering stick.
The Splitty I’ll admit is a bit ott but the point was there all Individual something which the OP was stating that owning a VW wasn’t.Posted 3 years agoEdukatorMember
That Splitty looks like it’s being driven left to right.
I owned a T2 Devon, it ran reliably for five years and I sold it it excellent condition for £1200 – probably worth over ten times that now if you could find one in similar condition.
The exhaust manifolds often leaked into the heat exchangers which meant you had the choice of freezing (Alps/Pyrenees in Winter) or being poisoned with carbon monoxide. The engine was gutless, clattery and used fuel as a coolant. Engine fires were common due to fuel leaks onto the dizzy so I fitted proper braided fuel lines. Stability in cross winds wasn’t good and there were a few inches of slack in the steering when it was properly adjusted. It’s the only vehicle I’ve owned where the lack of performance was dangerous; joining the Autobahn was quite exciting. Condensation was an issue, but as we often had to drive windows down to keep the screen clear it soon dried out.
On the plus side it was home and great in the snow, it’s nice to look at the old photos but I wouldn’t buy another.Posted 3 years agoP-JaySubscriber
Why do people buy any brand?
Pick the one that suits you best, personally I look for the right car for me considering a load of factors – almost by accident all my cars bar 3 have been VAG cars, a Toyota which broke (although it was the fault of the last owner) a Honda which broke all the bloody time and that was Honda’s fault and a Ford which was so horrible it actually made me question where Id gone wrong in life.Posted 3 years agobolMember
I’m very excited to be getting my first VW for over 20 years next month. I like the neutrality of VW over the other German brands (or did until recently at least). It’s going to allow me to do most of my driving on electricity, will cost very little to run, will go fast when I want it to and look nice (in my view). Can’t wait. Still interested to know what the debonair Mr Sasquatch drives though?Posted 3 years ago
Why do people buy Volkswagens? Are you buying into the adverts? Are all Volkswagens the same? By choosing a different colour are you trying to be an individual? I don’t understand why people would buy a VW. Are you trying to tell a story? You think you’re being individual but you’re not.
Can someone please explain?
People buy Volkswagens because the brand appeals to them; same with anything else. The boring/safe/white//slightly snobbish middle classes, that’s who they appeal too – just look at the way they’re advertised/branded – completely different to the French/Italian/Asian brands. I’ve never seen anyone other than a white person in their adverts for a startPosted 3 years ago
Given david was presumably referring to the UK marketing I’m not sure any of those examples disprove his point – and you’re certainly not disproving his suggestion that he’d never seen an ad with somebody non-white with adverts he won’t have ever seen.
What a shock that VW tailor their adverts differently for different markets and don’t feature white people when selling in India or Japan – I’m guessing in those other countries those ads are aimed at they probably don’t have the same concept of aspirational middle classes.Posted 3 years ago
I’m not trolling at all – and david’s is pretty mild given his usual output if it is a troll. It’s an interesting suggestion to make given the google bashing which took place in an attempt to disprove him – I doubt the posters had ever seen those ads before they went searching.Posted 3 years ago
Ermmm! They’re VW ads with different races in, do you really have to then claim it has to be UK only?
Aracer has basically made sense out of what I was trying to say in my first post.
I’m not saying VW are racist or owt like that; but they just seem to have a certain way of marketing their cars the nice white uk middle class families, I think.Posted 3 years ago
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