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      Best response here. :thumbup: I'm an avid...

      Best response here. :thumbup: I'm an avid Volkswagen enthusiast and have been active in a club and attending shows for 14 years. I like my VWs just as they come from the factory. I have a Bone Stock...
    2. I haven't been in a current Passat, but I loved...

      I haven't been in a current Passat, but I loved my B6 and I love my current B5.5. Lots of room and a smooth ride.
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      I love Volkswagens, regardless of model, but...

      I love Volkswagens, regardless of model, but speculated on the CC, Touareg, and Beetle because these models have tanked far more drastically in sales for their respective production runs than the...
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      VW CC, Touareg, and Beetle. None are selling well...

      VW CC, Touareg, and Beetle. None are selling well at all. Any of those (or a combination) could see the chopping block within a year or two.
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      I agree. 20K units is far better than I thought...

      I agree. 20K units is far better than I thought VWoA would sell. Back in the early to mid 00s, after the fanfare of the New Beetle wore off, VWoA sales began a years-long tanking that eventually came...
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      VW typically starts out the year slow. I'm...

      VW typically starts out the year slow. I'm guessing "dieselgate" and a lack of inventory of Passats on lots account for its 43% drop. That will likely only be temporary as this model is VW's...
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      I was just going to say even though I have no...

      I was just going to say even though I have no mechanical aptitude whatsoever and hence pay the pros big bucks, I still love Passats, anyway. I figure in the case of people like me (those who can't...
    8. VW will be fine in the end. Back in 1993, sales...

      VW will be fine in the end. Back in 1993, sales in the US were less than 50,000 units across the board, and even with this current mess, I'd guess they'd still sell at least 200K a year even if...
    9. I would think a buyback would be cheaper than...

      I would think a buyback would be cheaper than some of the horrendous fines that certain journalists have predicted. VW could buy them back, forget about diesel, replace the non-compliant TDI engines...
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      My (probably unscientific) theory was that maybe...

      My (probably unscientific) theory was that maybe VW's 12-yr rust warranty had something to do with better sheetmetal all-around (galvanized and thicker) than your standard car with a 5-year warranty.
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      I found this to be very interesting and wonder if...

      I found this to be very interesting and wonder if other Asian makes are also "thinner" than Volkswagens. In northern climates, Asian cars rust a lot faster than VWs, and this could be one reason why.
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      I've never driven or even been a passenger in a...

      I've never driven or even been a passenger in a Camry, but from personal experience, my Passat has a very smooth ride when compared to a New Beetle or a Golf. Thanks to arthritis and sciatic nerve...
    13. Way back in 1957, my dad bought a Euro-spec Type...

      Way back in 1957, my dad bought a Euro-spec Type 1 Beetle used as a demo at a dealership in Kansas City with a Metric speedo and it still had semaphores instead of US-spec turn signal lights on the...
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      The irony of it all is that I'm sinking another...

      The irony of it all is that I'm sinking another 3-4K into it to get it to "like new." Granted, I'm not a DIYer at all, and I pay dearly by having my local VW dealership do all the work. This depletes...
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      I have a Base GL, so that's part of it. I would...

      I have a Base GL, so that's part of it. I would still think a Passat, regardless of trim, would still be worth more than a comparable Beetle, Golf, or Jetta. As for more complex electronics than the...
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      I'm keeping it anyway, and investing even more...

      I'm keeping it anyway, and investing even more money to get it to as-new condition. Still, those values shocked me to no end. :what:
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      Awful KBB Trade-in Values for B5

      I of course realize that the ongoing problems at VW are bumping values down, but in the case of B5s, they're particularly horrid. So much so that I thought it was a misprint. Just for fun, I looked...
    18. My main failure in thought was that the New...

      My main failure in thought was that the New Beetle (and later the 21st Century Beetle) was a continuation of an icon except with a 19-year hiatus. VWoA even advertised it as such in the beginning, so...
    19. I sadly question whether or not they will hit...

      I sadly question whether or not they will hit even half a million before they're killed again, and that's a shame, because I think the NBs of 1998-2010 and the 2012+ models are light-years ahead of...
    20. This. Unfortunately, most do not agree, for...

      This. Unfortunately, most do not agree, for otherwise the sensation of the then all-new water-cooled Beetles wouldn't have died in less than 5 years.
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