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Volkswagen Eos FAQs
Check out real-world situations relating to the Volkswagen Eos here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.
Dealer stitch up
I can understand your frustration. I wouldn't buy the extended warranty, that's the dealer trying to stitch you up. To suggest that you would need an extended warranty is tantamount to saying the car will break down again, and suggests the dealer doesn't have much confidence in the product. First and foremost the dealer and VW should be fixing the car, no question. Under American laws your car would most likely be declared a lemon and VW would have to reimburse you for the cost of the car or replace with another one. We don't have those laws, pity, so you have to battle with a company that has shown a reluctance to fix problem cars. The oil leak is one issue that should have been fixed the first time to car went in, there's no excuse for it not to have been fixed. The second problem would appear to be the dreaded DSG gearbox, and there's no reason for that not to be fixed. It all should be at VW's expense.Show more
Can you convert me?
FOR a stylish drive there's the VW Beetle cabriolet and the Mini cabriolet. Both look smart and are fun to drive, and you will be able to get them for about $40,000. Another way to go is to buy a coupe/convertible -- one that has a folding metal roof instead of a soft-top. That way you get the security and refinement of a coupe and the fun of a convertible. The VW Eos is a good one, as is the Holden Astra Twin-Top, but they will set you back about $50,000. For a sportier ride there is the Mazda MX-5 coupe/convertible, which is more fun but is only a two-seater. All those cars will be reliable and all represent good value.Show more
Volkswagen Eos 2009: What's a reasonable price?
The market value of your car, Clare, if you were to sell it privately is probably between $10,000 and $12,000, so $7000 as a trade-in is roughly what you’d expect. It might be a fraction low, but without seeing the car in the flesh, that’s difficult to say for sure. In any case, it’s in the ball-park. That’s how dealers make money on used-cars; they buy them at their price and sell them at yours.
Assuming you’re trading the car in on a new vehicle, the important thing is not how much the dealer offers for your trade-in, but rather the change-over number. That is, the amount you have to pay to get into the new car. A dealer can often flatter you into thinking you’re getting a good deal by discounting the price of the new car, but if they also slice a few dollars off the value of your trade-in, you’re back to square one, right?Show more