As a followup to my last post… I’ve encountered another glitch in the newer is better BS. My new (used) Beetle is in the shop already.
Seems I couldn’t get the key out of the ignition without playing with the steering wheel for fifteen minutes. End result? Ignition cylinder needs to be replaced. Estimated arrival time from the factory? Two weeks.
Now this is covered under my warranty and I’ve got a loaner car to use but what bugs the sh$t out of me is that if my bug had a “real key” and not one that was designed liked a road map this could have been fixed in a day, but noooo it needs to come from the factory because no one individual can infringe on progress without paying the piper. A key, a freaking key for crissakes!
I’m sure most of you have push button start/stop vehicles and can’t relate to this. Good for you. This old guy doesn’t have the money for such a luxury. I have a “fob”. The definition of fob pretty much sums up my problem:
“a small security hardware device with built-in authentication used to control and secure access”
I read that as “you’re screwed, we own your ass forever more”…..
The ole Pug Bug had a key fob and a valet key, neither of which could be duplicated by the local hardware guy and God forbid your fob, which also opened the door, rolled down your windows, turned on the radio and mowed your lawn, had to be reprogrammed. That would set you back about a hundred smackeroos.
The old and the new….
I also remember the first recall on the Pug Bug….window would get stuck and not go back up. Here again a simple turn type of handle would have allowed a mechanic or handy man to finagle and fix, but nooooo we can’t be allowed that luxury, this is the new age we’re in. It had to set for a full day at the service center.
I have no idea where I’m going with all this. Just that I am not going to contemplate another new anything ever and that goes for cars, detectors, phones, toasters and jockey shorts. Right now I think I will pop the cork on a nice bottle of Merlot. No way to screw that up and it only goes bad when you don’t finish a bottle in a day.
That never happens here at the Amesbury house.
Be sure to check out the John Winter blog when you have time….lots of great information!