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Old October 8th, 2010, 02:25 AM   #101
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Maybe this has to do with the bad quality of the roads in the US / Canada?
Nope most of the North American VW's are built with terrible quality in Mexico, as for the rest I have no idea. Honestly the road quality isn't that bad that it would cause a large quality difference.
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Maybe this has to do with the bad quality of the roads in the US / Canada?
Heh I hope this is a joke... But in all seriousness, like I-275westcoastfl, it mostly has to do with the fact that many (actually, most) of our "import" cars are in fact made in North America, though the quality of many of the cars made in the US and Canada (mostly Japanese cars) isn't really known to be worse, in most cases. However, I have heard complaints about cars made in Mexico. In fact, the quality of Nissan went down when production switched from Massachusetts to Mexico, so I guess this is the issue with VW as well (I actually didn't know that they are also made in Mexico).

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^ that's just american protectionism, making a bad reputation of european cars, to make people buy domestic ones.
Many American brands are still on the bottom of the reliability list, whereas most Japanese brands (even the ones that have recently suffered from issues, like Toyota) are still at the top, so this argument is not valid.
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Old October 8th, 2010, 04:13 PM   #103
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Why they look like funny?????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Really I don't understood your point!!!!!!!!!
funny for european eyes. plus one of two of them are old models already.
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Old October 8th, 2010, 07:08 PM   #104
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Many American brands are still on the bottom of the reliability list, whereas most Japanese brands (even the ones that have recently suffered from issues, like Toyota) are still at the top, so this argument is not valid.
I don't know where you get that from, American brands are no longer the bottom, both for and GM have significantly increased quality, Ford is ranked higher in quality than Toyota btw.
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Old October 8th, 2010, 07:18 PM   #105
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Most German cars are made in Germany from what I understand. Only VW models, BMW SUVs, Z4, and Mercedes SUV cars are made in North America. BTW, have you noticed that German cars don't have the same bad reputation in other parts of the world like in NA?
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Old October 8th, 2010, 08:30 PM   #106
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my parents previous car:
1994 Mazda 626 Sedan 1.8I-16V GLX 105hp
Very good and reliable car.
Exported to Africa now.






my parents current car:
2001 Mitsubishi Carisma Hatchback 1.6 Classic 100hp
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Old October 8th, 2010, 09:21 PM   #107
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funny for european eyes. plus one of two of them are old models already.
you can still buy a brand new VW Transporter T2 in Brazil, with water cooled engine
http://www.volkswagen.com/br/pt/carros/kombi.html



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Old October 8th, 2010, 10:18 PM   #108
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I'll soon be driving this baby... on the left.


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Old October 8th, 2010, 10:30 PM   #109
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Old October 9th, 2010, 12:50 AM   #110
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funny for european eyes. plus one of two of them are old models already.
The VW Fox in Brazil is different from that exported to Europe, the VW Fox made in Brazil is more modern ...........( better finish, better desing, etc.)

I've seen the VW Fox exported to Europe and did not like, only has two doors, finishing a little weird .....


VW Voyage is a Brazilian model, but I do not think that should be nothing to European models of the same class, on the contrary, what I see here is that there are many European cars seem funny in the eyes of the Brazilians!!!!!!

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Old October 9th, 2010, 01:19 AM   #111
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Nice! I used to be big fan of Mercedes Benz, but I like Audis and BMWs more.
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Old October 9th, 2010, 04:55 AM   #113
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Most German cars are made in Germany from what I understand. Only VW models, BMW SUVs, Z4, and Mercedes SUV cars are made in North America. BTW, have you noticed that German cars don't have the same bad reputation in other parts of the world like in NA?
Well again nearly all german cars in NA are cheapened versions their german counterparts.
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Old October 9th, 2010, 09:53 AM   #114
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German cars are also known for their top-notch maintenance. Germans maintain their cars much better than in other countries. For example, if you want to buy a somewhat more high-end German car in the Netherlands, it could be interesting to import it from Germany.
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Old October 9th, 2010, 03:18 PM   #115
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Is that a Slovenian vignette in Dubai?
Are you referring to the background building? That's The Atlantis Hotel


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I've seen Dubai here once.
And I've seen a Slovenian hotty driving in Dubai once. She had a sticker at the back of the car.


BTW, if I'd have to return back home soon, I'm thinking of ways to keep the original number plate. If I have to export the car, they will take it back and provide a very ugly square and blue in colour Export number plate.
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Old October 9th, 2010, 10:14 PM   #116
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Are you referring to the background building? That's The Atlantis Hotel
No, a vignette (vinjeta) is a sticker for motorways. That blue sticker you have on your windshield.
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Old October 10th, 2010, 12:06 AM   #117
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you can still buy a brand new VW Transporter T2 in Brazil, with water cooled engine
http://www.volkswagen.com/br/pt/carros/kombi.html



It haven't water cooled engine for a long time, and this car sold few units.

This car is only for hippies!!!!!

You can buy much more models of the VW made in Brazil like this:

http://www.volkswagen.com/br/pt/carros/CrossFox.html

or that:

http://www.volkswagen.com/br/pt/carros/Saveiro.html

But VW is only one of the 12 global manufacturers (like GM, Ford, VW, Fiat, Renault, Honda, Toyota, Citroen, etc) that have factory in Brazil, and this year will be made 3.6 millions units

So there are plenty of models to buy here in Brazil, while my wife and I have these models in the VW, but next year, should I change car !!!!!!!

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Old October 10th, 2010, 04:35 AM   #118
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German cars are also known for their top-notch maintenance. Germans maintain their cars much better than in other countries. For example, if you want to buy a somewhat more high-end German car in the Netherlands, it could be interesting to import it from Germany.
That is true but to have electric problems on fairly new cars is ridiculous.
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Old October 10th, 2010, 06:46 AM   #119
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Well again nearly all german cars in NA are cheapened versions their german counterparts.
Not nearly always. We only get the higher-end BMWs, MBs, and Audis here in the US, with some exceptions. Ever seen one of the aforementioned brands with cloth seats and hubcaps Stateside?
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Old October 10th, 2010, 09:49 AM   #120
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I'm really surprised to see that Germans cars are considered unreliable in NA but I guess this continent vs. continent thing is pretty universal. For example, nobody in Europe would dare to say that an American car has a better quality level than it's European counterpart.
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