My Review Of Volkswagen Pasadena:
I always trusted them with the maintenance of my passat since I bought it in 2002, because they seem to be nice people when you talk to them. But I just learned that you can't always trust people who are apparently nice. I took my car there for 40,000 mile maintenance; they included a lot of items that needs to be replaced and cleaned, which ended costing me about $900. This doesn't include the problem they found out: my CV boots need to be replaced because there are holes on them which will cost about extra $550. I asked the person if this should be covered under warranty(I'm still under warranty mileage and period), she told me no, it's tear and wear like breaks, NOT Covered. I said I would need to think about it. I asked different mechanics who quoted me much lower price, around $200-300. Before having any jobs done, I called VW Pasadena again just to confirm that if I have this job done by a non-dealer mechanic, it would not affect my warranty. I talked to a different person at the service department, and I asked again if it should be covered under warranty, this time the person said it should be if it's natural wear instead of caused by an accident. So I asked to talk to their service manager. Their service manager first tried to cover it by saying that it could be caused by running over a box on the road, etc, so that's why their advisor said it's not covered under warranty the first time. I told him that I never had an accident or have the car towed. He finally agreed that probably it's natural cause and should be covered under warranty. So I took my car there and they fixed it for free. The next day when I was filing my maintenance records, I found that during my 40,000 mile maintenance, they recommended and preformed throttle body cleaning which they did the same during my 35,000 maintenance. So I called a couple of dealers and asked how often this should be done. The answer I got is that it should be cleaned every 20,000 to 50,000 miles depending on the driving habit and gas type used. So I took the paperwork back to them again, the service manager couldn't give any explanation, beside their service advisor overlooked it. He had to agree to refund me the money they charged me for it last time.
I escalated this issue to their service director, and asked him if the part is not dirty, why their technician recommended cleaning it. He said, they recommended it based on the mileage, which normally should be cleaned around every 30, 000 miles, that's why they recommended it when I had 35,000 and 40,000 miles, and their service advisor didn't check the record which shows that it has been done at 35,000 maintenance. Basically they only said sorry that their staff overlooked it.
Then my question would be, 1. The technician only recommended it because it's about time, not really because the throttle body was dirty and needed to be cleaned. 2. Did the technician really cleaned the throttle body as they claimed on record, because it should be pretty clean since it was cleaned only 3 months ago.
I found these out after double and triple checking, I can’t imagine how many times I was ripped off during the years I always trusted them.
I would never recommend anyone to use their service, because they simply not honest people.
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