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Shocking news about some imported cars be warned..

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I have come across this story, and thought this should be shared with you all, especially the guys and gals who are in the market for an imported car from certain company's, and this is where we all go to do our research before committing our hard earned cash.

I am sorry if this has been posted before, and before we get into arguments or different opinions, I am in no way or intentionally to put people off buying imports, as i have previously imported a golf myself and saved a fortune and will do so again, this is just a warning for you fellow readers.

good luck and hunting for your dream gti.

I hope this is a good read, sorry if its not up to the high standards off other posts here.

corrosion on new gti's

take care all, and thanks for viewing my post.

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I went to see a Candy White GTI about 6 weeks ago at a well known franchise depot in Burnley. It wasn't uk spec and was MY2005. It was also in a bit of a state but nowhere near like this one....

Me thinks they should be knocking a tad more than £4k of the dealers prices.

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Hi... I was at Priory Pk the other day getting the ECU software updated and 4 new centre wheel caps (4 new wheels next year) and the guy who I was dealing with was telling me about some GTi's that had been stood at a port somewhere in Saudi waiting for shipment to the Uk as UK Imports (Saudi Spec NOT UK Spec) and they had damage like the one in the photo (Alloy corrosion) as well as other bits and bobs. He also said that they had been sat there that long they only had 9-12 mths left on the warranty and not the two years like imports have. Something to do with VW using the date of manufacture rather than the date of reg... He did let it slip who had imported them but I think it would be wrong of me to say. All I know is that they have three depo's in this town where they keep the motors.........

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Bloody hell! I live on the south coast (salt sea air) and if my car looked like that even when it was year and a half old i'd be ashamed of myself. How a company can think it's ok to sell something like that i'll never know.

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Seen worse and its not what i was expecting to be shown from the title.

Why did i say that i will tell you, Theres a car maker very near me, i know some of the top guys there and some on the production lines and the different anti-corrosion measures that are fitted or not depending on were the car was ordered from Country wise are quite amazing.

Most people think because they are ording a certain spec car thats what they will get but if the car was build for a certain market were anticorrsion does not need to be as good then thats what they get. Even if they ordered it in say RHD and to the same spec. The UK is a VERY corrosive location infact quite a few car company test here for that very reason, Our road salt is one of the main causes.

Now i have not had an imported GTI on the ramp and compared it like for like or inspeced box sections etc but it would not suprise me if theres differences, they may not be but known car companys and the way VW say they make 93 different varients of the GTI for different markets there may just be. Mind saying that the UK market ones are not great.

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The UK is a VERY corrosive location infact quite a few car company test here for that very reason, Our road salt is one of the main causes.

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.....Tell me about it! Re white worms on Monza 18's.

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One thing I can't understand is why you guys don't name the company involved. It's all very well sitting behind a screen accusing so and so, but if they are doing something wrong why not name and shame. For instance the Citygate Colindale dealership consists of management who will lie, connive and are generally dishonest (as proven by my recent small claims win). For me to sit here and say I know XXX dealer is bad but I won't name names and watch somebody else get taken is just plain wrong. It's like falling in a hole and climbing out and sitting by watching other fall into the same hole!

I thought the point of the forum was to help each other?!

cheers

smizit

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you get what you pay for.

i was offered a candy white GTI which must have been part of this 'batch' of cars which have been to Saudi/Cyprus and so glad now that i did'nt go for it.

just imagine the state of it in another 2 years !

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I was wandering around Motorpoint in Glasgow recently, and they had two types of GTI.

Basic spec, 17s, no leather, manual etc and very high spec, including leather, DSG and xenons.

They were both the same price. I then wandered round to their preperation area, and there were a few of the well specced cars waiting to be cleaned.

Well, let me tell you, that after spending years in the Middle East, I know when a car is properly dusty. These cars were, in my opinion, awful - and prime candidates for being in the group of cars outlines above.

There was a couple looking at a filth Candy White one and talking to the sales guy. He was not impressed when I started asking why this well specced car cost the same as the basic ones, and why there was a suspiciously Arabic sounding dealer badge on the back - partly obscured by the baked on dust.

This kind of thing is exactly what puts you off buying an imported car - it's ridiculous.

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I was wandering around Motorpoint in Glasgow recently, and they had two types of GTI.

Basic spec, 17s, no leather, manual etc and very high spec, including leather, DSG and xenons.

They were both the same price. I then wandered round to their preperation area, and there were a few of the well specced cars waiting to be cleaned.

Well, let me tell you, that after spending years in the Middle East, I know when a car is properly dusty. These cars were, in my opinion, awful - and prime candidates for being in the group of cars outlines above.

There was a couple looking at a filth Candy White one and talking to the sales guy. He was not impressed when I started asking why this well specced car cost the same as the basic ones, and why there was a suspiciously Arabic sounding dealer badge on the back - partly obscured by the baked on dust.

This kind of thing is exactly what puts you off buying an imported car - it's ridiculous.

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Hi Flat_Eric,

Thank you for your post, I have seen these cars at Morotrpoint and the stealer is not truthful ask over 3 sales reps and you will get 3 different answers as i have done so before.

we have had other stealers/ importers who sell decent cars and at a decent saving to the buyers, so its not all imported vehicles that are bad, we have had fellow TSN buys who have imported cars and they have been ok.

bottom line is you will have to be careful.

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One thing I can't understand is why you guys don't name the company involved. It's all very well sitting behind a screen accusing so and so, but if they are doing something wrong why not name and shame.

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I will tell you why i don't Defamation & slander claims, the prolem is if you don't have written proof of something a dealer may have said or done you are open to been took to court for putting something in print they could use against you. This has happened to a family member about 3 years ago when they wrote something on a forum about a certain company, the company then got there legal team onto them, tracked them down as they said it effected the companys buisness. You have to watch what you put down in print abit like a newspaper does as it can be used against you for upto 2 years after it was written.

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One thing I can't understand is why you guys don't name the company involved. It's all very well sitting behind a screen accusing so and so, but if they are doing something wrong why not name and shame.

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I will tell you why i don't Defamation & slander claims, the prolem is if you don't have written proof of something a dealer may have said or done you are open to been took to court for putting something in print they could use against you. This has happened to a family member about 3 years ago when they wrote something on a forum about a certain company, the company then got there legal team onto them, tracked them down as they said it effected the companys buisness. You have to watch what you put down in print abit like a newspaper does as it can be used against you for upto 2 years after it was written.

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that is very true, that is why i dont not name and shame, its a pity though, but cant afford to go to court.

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as there is justified reluctance in posting names and details of offending dealers/importers due to the threat/fear of legal comeback i have a suggestion:

why not set up a separate Tyresmoke forum which users can recommend/advise against a specified dealer/supplier (without lengthy potentially libelous comment)? no details or specific reasons should be given but it would be a reference for other Tyresmoke users, after all this is a consumer forum! i know that there is already a 'Dealer/Supplier/Specialist' forum, but this should be a separate and quick to view section maybe along the lines of an eBay style feedback vote system.

For example i could start a new thread titled 'CAFFYNS VOLKSWAGEN - HAYWARDS HEATH, West Sussex' and give a green tick/positive feedback, then AN Other user could give a red cross/negative feedback. The threads should be locked to prevent comments being made (preventing the forum from losing it's focus and clarity)...

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