I was searching the most unreliable cars of the 1990's on the internet, because it just so happens that mine is one of them. As I was scrolling through the yahoo searches, I came over a Canadian Drivers Forum. On the forum there was some guy complaining about repairs in his 98 Golf. First off, all he was complaining about was a couple of hoses, a computer reset (a mere $100), and an antenna. What's that like $400 in Canadian change? Let's go over my repairs shall we?
- New hoses? I've had every hose under my hood replaced at almost $50 a pop.
- Antenna? Had that replaced too, and the rubber around the antenna is dry rotted.
- Antenna? How about a new tranny? $2,200... stop whining about a damn antenna.
- New clutch, $250.
- Engine rewire and new spark plugs, $560 in change.
- New exhaust and muffler that was hanging on the ground, $800.
- New catalytic converter, $500.
- New timing belt, $600.
- New coolant tank, which exploded 3 days after it was repaired, $400.
- Reseal engine for oil leak, $200.
-Instrument cluster went dead at 130,000, $450.
...shall I continue? Yeah, I'm only halfway there.
- Seven bearings had to be replaced in my car over the past year now, $2,000.
- Window motor, $450.
- Window regulator... went out in passenger rear window 3 times in past 4 years, $250 a pop for a grand total of $750.
- Window regulator in passenger front window and left rear window, an extra $500... somehow my drivers window, which I use the most has not gone out yet.
- Door hinge replacement in rear door... free, but will eventually need to get a new hinge.
- Engine had to be reshaped from possible blown head gasket... which we later found out, didn't even happen... $400.
- New distributor cap, $150 flat.
- New front suspension, which had to be replaced, and from the look of my rear suspension, I might have to repeat another $600 purchase.
- New starter $500... let me rephrase that... used and rebuilt starter $500.
- New tires $250.
- Looking like I'll have to get emergency brake line redone since it is rusted to the bone... $200.
...and so many more, I can't even list them all.
...If I hear another person whine about their car, I'm going to shove the over $9,000 worth of repairs in their face and make them weep. They haven't seen anything yet. My car is worth $3,000, and from the look of the repairs, this thing should be brand new.