Was thinking on purchasing a Bora but I think these Mexican built vehicles are very inferior & VW does not want to admit..
an intresting read:
I spoke at length with VWoA and NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) representatives.
VWoA claims they will NOT voluntarily issue a Safety Recall on the DSG/Mechatronics Unit even with the recent surge in DSG failures. "There's no reason for it", they said. Nor would they comment on the actual number of DSG failures they have on record or if anyone has reported a serious incident like many here on VWvortex.
They did admit to a parts shortage for the components needed to build replacement Mechatronic Units back in Germany. But their official excuse for the long delay is that replacement Mechatronic Units are made custom VIN specific. That may be, but some believe this firmware flash could be reloaded into the Mech.U. here in the USA. VWoA said the current lead time is approx. 4-8 weeks to deliver replacement Mech.U.'s to each service center. Whatever the truth is, it's causing a severe repair backlog at dealerships and long hardship delays for owners. It's going to hit critical mass, especially now since Mech.U. that were recently replaced are beginning to fail again. Repeated failures are being reported country wide. Some owners have even reported 2 or 3 Mech.U. before a whole new tranny does the trick! But even then, some new DSG replacement transmissions are reported failing soon after they are installed. (Does anyone else hear taps being played off in the distance?)
VWoA said they will continue to repair faulty DSG's or Mechatronic units under warranty but only "as they fail". For those out of warranty, they will need to pay for the rather steep repair out of pocket. ($3 to $4,000.00) (But what about the safety factor for those either in or out of warranty?) VWoA would not admit that these documented DSG failures point to a possible reliability issue, or at least to an inherent design flaw that may reduce the DSG's overall lifespan or produce repeated component failures. (Most defect-free DSG's are lasting between 50 and 100,000 miles before some type of failure occurs. As brilliant as this design may be, it's clear that this transmission may not have been ready for prime-time, especially when measured against today's longevity standards.)
It was no surprise that VWoA would not acknowledge that this defect could pose a safety risk to the owners and occupants of their cars as well as to other motorists. This type of PR suicide is what every business should fear most but VWoA is not budging. One would think that parent VW-AG would take this ticking time bomb a little more seriously before it hits the media with blood on their hands! (Remember what happened to Ford and their flipping Explorer?... or to Firestone and their crummy tread-less tires?) It's only a matter of time. They're obligated by the terms of their warranty to repair defective cars, but we're talking about preventing serious injury and loss of life here.*
The NHTSA appears to be VERY interested in our DSG cars. They said that we should each file a Safety/Defect Complaint with them On-Line ASAP... that these reports SEND UP MORE RED FLAGS FASTER than a written petition... that we should tell them EVERYTHING we have experienced along with our fears if this defect is allowed to go unchecked. They were clearly eager to hear our stories.
Therefore, my thanks to all those who have voted thus far... but PLEASE file your complaint directly with the agency... & please pass the word to other Vortex members or to other Forum Sites. We should stand together on this. It appears to be worldwide.
Here is the LINK to the NHTSA form. If you are one of the many with DSG issues, please take the time and fill one out. It should take no more than 10 min. tops:https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoqhttp://forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.p ... ure-Update