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- The VW Mistake
Other Car Is Not A VW"
My Last VW Mistake
Rigid plastic photo protectors self-stick (velcroed) to windows
(rigid plastic sheet protectors available at FLAX or other arts
suppliers); Plastic flyer dispenser self-stick (velcroed) to
window (available at TAP or other plastic suppliers). Window
or vehicle sign self adhesive ready to apply (RTA) vinyl (from
FASTSIGNS or other sign supplier). Sign on front side window
is removable during operation to avoid blocking visibility.
Be Very Wary
(VW?) or you may get VW'd too...
- 1. Undisclosed defects
written representations faxed twice on contract documents and filed
with the Department of Motor Vehicles (Mileage and date of contract
impact exposed gas tank extended outside chassis frame beneath driver's
seat and door.
brittle fiberglass bumper -- you have not seen ugly until you see the EuroVan
with its cheap plastic bumper caps down (caused by minor bumper
fuel pump failure
(towing charges, too)
cooling system failure (towing charges, too)
and dealer no help in addressing manufacturing or deal shortcomings
and dealer refuse to merely reimburse the fair market value of
the undisclosed defects and hidden damage repairs and the misleading
statements regarding future rebates. -- Consistent with reportage
in 1993 Advertising Age saying VW rated by JD Powers and Associates
as 30th out of 32 in customer satisfaction (CSI) and 32nd out
of 32, dead last in initial quality (IQS).
have experienced far worse VW horror stories and nightmares then ours.
We've heard them!
VW experience varies from ours.
documentary title: "VW and Me..." or "Car Talk TV",
brought to you by the consumer service departments of the automobile
industry. (:-) Like they say, "with VW it appears to be
one "THING" after another." (:-)
supply contract slashing guru and therefore corporate management
darling, Jose Ignacio Lopez de Arriortua (Jose Lopez), who worked
for General Motors squeezing material and supply vendor contracts,
was hired away by VW a couple of years ago. At first, Mr. Lopez
equivocated when VW's job offer was made public, and waffled
on his decision to jump ship from GM to VW, evenutally deciding
to take VW's unbeatable offer.
has sued VW and Mr. Lopez for theft of proprietary information
from GM having to do with materials pricing and global marketing
strategies which GM feels unfairly benefits VW in competing with
GM in the global auto markets.
deny(ied) the charges level by GM. The suit is pending adjudication
in US and German Courts. The question we ask is, with VW's side
impact exposed gas tanks on the EuroVan, why would VW need GM's
gas tank placement secrets? Did Mr. Lopez stall in deciding to
jump ship because he needed more time to collect more GM secrets?
Perhaps the suits will reveal this.
The VW Squeeze Play...
from VW today (Friday, November 29, 1996) after a court in the
US ruled that GM can continue with its suit under Federal racketeering
statutes usually reserved for drug dealers. This will permit
GM to seek tripple damages for the corporate espionage claim
it has filed against VW.
that General Motors may use the racketeering statutes against
another corporation when similiar statutes are not available
to the general consumer against auto manufactures and dealers
who have been caught laundering lemons or engaging in other unsavory
sales or service practices. The virtual-persons in the form of
corporations enjoy greater beneftis and protections under law
then do real people it seems. Whatever traffic allows...!!!
Lopez was lauded
by VW at his resignation (which was accepted with regret, even
though VW promised to hire Mr. Lopez back as a private consultant)
as instrumental in returning VW to profitability. Hum? Mr. Jose
(The Squeezer) Lopez returned VW to profitability. By squeezing
suppliers and slashing supply contracts...? Consumers should
inspect any VW very carefully before purchasing for a few years
until the quality and durabilty of VWs can be determined and
rated by credible auto consumer ranking organizations. Squeeze
those VW lemons before VW's lemons squeeze you....!!!
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