MK1 TDI Swap
So my options were, at the denial of service, to do the following:
1) Say ok and pick the car up;
2) Say "could you service the car, pretty pretty please;" or
3) Mention that what they were doing was in violation of federal law, and tell them to service the car.
I chose option 3. That's me. You may have done it differently.
However my MK7 did that sometimes at the beginning of the fall/winter when it would get cooler in the morning and would have to top it off a little. My MK7 in the 30k miles I had it never gave me an issue w/ the water pump.
Give them hell Schnell. Blanket denial is illegal, and they should be held accountable for it.
Second off, they aren't going to "Blacklist" me. Nobody out here is that organized. Hell, when I sued Chrysler and the Jeep dealer and they settled with me, the Jeep dealer was calling me the next week trying to get me to buy another car.
Not to mention that "black-balling" me from service would itself potentially be illegal, and certainly in violation of Audi's dealer franchise agreement.
Finally, legally, before you can sue, you actually have to make a demand, and have the demand denied. That's where the phrase "demand letter" comes from. I have demanded that they service my car under warranty. At some point I had to do it, and when they denied me service seemed like the appropriate time to do it.
Schnell, you had to have seen all this coming when you started this thread, right?
Now this was a superior machine. Ten grand worth of gimmicks and high-priced special effects. The rear windows lit up with a touch like frogs in a dynamite pond. The dashboard was full of esoteric lights and dials and meters that I would never understand.
This thread is hilarious.
Side note - do these have an auxiliary water pump for when the car is turned off, and it runs? More than one VW/Audi product Iíve owned have had problems with those, and itís annoying to track down.
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Some people here have a very obvious bias against attorneys and show it in their posts. I have yet to see a single indicator that Schnell has ever acted like an ass or thrown his lawyerly weight around, so there's no need to act like he's trying to defraud your grandma. He's trying to get what we're all legally entitled to.
so end of day two, on day one they said they looked everywhere and found nothing, and presumably did the softball 30k service at that time.
so what the hell was day two for?
FWIW I don't think the tune "broke" the thermostat like a lowered car could break a control arm, rather, I believe extra actuation sped up wear. It'd be like wearing out 40k mile warrantied tires at 39k miles when a burnout was likely done at some point. Entirely reasonable the burnout made the difference between 39k warrantied and 41k not.
Yup. In this case, on engineering grounds alone I would generally expect SFV to lose. But warranties and laws aren't engineered, they are written and debated and have meaning. With his persistence and tact, I rather expect him to win here, and even though I believe the tune could have contributed, the TD1 concept in general is pretty well overboard and well deserving of pushback, and for a dealer to blanket refuse without knowing why is problematic, so I'm definitely rooting for him.Originally Posted by Sold Over Sticker
Last edited by ghost03; 10-14-2020 at 07:39 PM.
I say go for it...if anything the complete VAG deserves a class action lawsuit for shi*y water pumps on all their EA888 engines across the board.
My mk7 GTI has been eating / losing coolant and dealer pressure tested it twice and found no problems, but itís going somewhere for sure.
I really like my car but this issue is digging in a bit to deep. This should never happen at 18,000 miles.