By W. R. Jones
I don’t want to hear a word about the vaunted German engineering. Their cars suck. I have a 2000 Eurovan. As a van it is a totally pathetic design. Why did I buy it? It is a van conversion to a camper by Winnebago. They also produce junk. But, you can raise the roof to stand, you can cook in it, it has a bed and a fair amount of room. So I put up with the expensive unreliability.
This weekend, for the second time, the transmission failed. By failed I mean it would not shift and would only creep forward. I paid $130 to have it towed to Barber VW in Ventura. They could not find anything wrong. I asked them to change the transmission fluid at least. I was looking for a placebo effect like the doctors give me when I think I have galloping cancer and less than a week to live. The sugar pill does me a world of good and never fails to cure my ailment.
Seven hundred dollars gets me the placebo. I should have taken the van to a doctor. It would have been cheaper. And probably at the doctor’s office I would not have had my 2Gig thumb drive and my photo memory transfer device stolen.
This clever German designed auto cost $1000 to have the spark plugs changed. I know this because I’ve had it done 5 times at 5 different dealers in two states. I exaggerate, at one dealer, when I returned to pick up the van I remarked, “Don’t tell me, let me guess; this is going to be $1000.” “Oh no, nothing like that. You are going to be pleasantly surprised. It is only $850.” “Wow”, I say, “Just like Christmas.”