A lot to reply to here, not brothering quoting so hopefully everyone will know the points I'm referring to...
Last Saturday is when i almost had the deal done on the new Civic. I pulled back from that because to get the Civic I wanted I jumped the payments up more than my wife wanted and to keep them where wanted to be I had a base model Civic, which i wasn't really happy with. Plus we still have winter here and I didn't want to get into the added cost of winter tires for a short time right now. I'm still taking a hit on the car anyway I do it and I've been trying to decide if it's really worth it. The deal on the Civic was good enough to make me think I should but still left me tacking part of the Jetta to the Civic which made me uncomfortable do it.
I'd take it tomorrow for a trade in on a Civic but with the way the car is running they'd know something was wrong right away. It could be fine tomorrow but I have my doubts.
It's not that I'm not confrontational, because I on certain things i can be a real dick. But like I mentioned before, it's a small town, I do business with this dealerships and almost every other one on a daily bases for my company. If i walk in like a ******* I could loose them and about 3 other dealership as customers which is alot of revenue for my business. I always dance this line, I want support who supports me but when it comes to issues afterwards it can causes type of problems. I tend let me wife handle it because I can wash my hands of it for the most part.
I've been in contact with other service departments in VW dealers. One is just as confused as my local dealer and the other 2 support the bad gas problem. But none offered any advice for the melting plastic smell. Taking a vacation day may be easy for some of you but not for me. I try to save them for stuff that really matters like family time. But yes if it came down to it and another dealer could fix it I'd take the day but none have left me with that impression.
We've been in contact with VWoC and have an open case. Not sure whats that's going to help but we'll see where it goes.
And I'm not paralyzed when it comes to vehicle decisions. I may over think a bit but I don't like to jump into stuff. I like to weight all my options before making a move. I don't have money to burn so i try to make the best buy I can.
To make my wife happy it has to be a non VW for the same payment, not going to happen. Thats another factor