Before you decide to buy, consider that they typical extended "warranty"
is first really just an insurance policy and that about 50% of the price you
pay goes directly to the seller(s) of the policy. The remaining 50% has to
cover administrative cost and repairs. Most people will be better off
financially by not buying. Also keep in mine they do not cover all possible
However if the security of having coverage and if the policy really does
provide security and is backed by a reliable company, then it may well be a
good buy for you. Clearly some are better than others and it certainly
appears you are trying to do your homework, which indicates you are on the
right track. Sorry I don't have any information on specific policies.
I do seem to recall that Consumer Reports did report on them not long
ago. You might try doing some research on them. Many public libraries keep
copies of Consumer Reports.
Your response is very well appreciated and an excellent synopsis of
what is going on. I would like to add that these extended warranties
now seem to be more liberal in terms of mileage and age on the car.
That said, my Father doesn't drive much and is well under 50K when
it comes to mileage. Also when the time comes switching the warranty
over to my Mother or myself whatever the case may be. It would have
to be able to transfer to another owner for a small fee.
The next step was to weed out the bad brokers. The bbb.org site
did this well. Believe me, there are some hard sell brokers with
high BBB complaints.
After I found a broker I was willing to work with, I got a couple
of quotes which were a powertrain or a drivers choice warranty. They
were both pretty reasonable but the PT one did not do the AC and the
DC one did not do the turbo. The PT one also didn't allow a transfer
for some reason. I have to double check on that.
I will check out the consumer reports which I believe my parents have
a copy of since they have been getting that for a long time. I try not
to do anymore magazine at my home. My GF controls all the paper input
here and I try to get her to get rid of it.
So I am back to finding more input and thoughts regarding TDI.
So how much does this extended warranty cost and how many miles and
years? My 2003 TDI with almost 180,000 miles has been fairly low
Intake manifold cleaning when doing 100,000 mile timing belt. On my
TDI I recall changing an EGR valve. The only other major repair was my
injection pump sprung a leak. I changed a $9 o-ring in the pump. That
o-ring change took me an hour to do but is not an official VW repair.
Only wise VW mechanics know about it or attempt it. I do not think
since it is a sanctioned repair that a VW dealer could do it. They
would have wanted $2,000 or so to replace the pump with a new or
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