I have a problem, dear readers. I’m not on any drugs (that I’m aware of) and my marriage is still going great! My problem is that I’m too stubborn to give up. I keep buying steaming piles of Piëch-era Volkswagen junk that break and suck money out of my bank account. Yet, I keep on buying more of them hoping things will work out better.
[Ed note: Oops, forgot about this one yesterday. – MH]
On Friday, we published my story about how I’ve purchased four Volkswagen Passat TDI wagons hoping to find the one that is perfect for me. For now, the fourth Passat appears to be that car, even if it’s a bit more rusty than I want it to be. Oh, and the limo tint windshield is too dark to see out of at nighttime and someone thought it would be a great idea to take an already shaky engine and improve on that experience by installing a polyurethane engine mount. It’s like driving a gosh-darned vibrator!
That article generated some warming responses and surprisingly, some relatable stories. I felt weird for buying four of the same car in a desperate search, but it turns out I’m not the only one to do that. So, thank you all for your comments, they made my weekend!
With that out of the way, here are some COTD nominations, maybe a couple of days late. A. Barth wins with:
“… It sank into the swamp, so I bought a second one. That sank into the swamp, so I bought a third one. That burned down, fell over, *then* sank into the swamp.
But the fourth one… stayed up!” ????
It’s a great reference to Monty Python and the Holy Grail:
Vetatur Fumare got me laughing with this bit:
Polyurethane engine bushings combined with balance shaft delete is hilarious.
Seriously, someone looked at the engine, which now vibrated more because of the balance shaft delete, and apparently thought that more vibrations would be a good thing. The silly part? Whoever did the poly mount likely considered putting in an OEM-style mount. In the back of the car is an unopened package housing an OEM mount, presumably purchased around the same time the poly mount was.
For another weekend comment, we have PaysOutAllNight with some Torch appreciation. This was a response to all of the sweet custom cars that Jason draws for all of you lovely people:
I have to mention that these are far better quality than I would have ever hoped for when I saw a website founder offer to draw a car for everyone who chips in at a certain level.
Amazing. I was expecting “Paying Bills With Spider Drawings” level of quality.
Well played, Torch. Your commitment to your obligations is absolutely incredible.
Finally, we have some low-key humor from Ben, who commented on Monday’s Morning Dump about Toyota and EVs:
Says the guy selling the Bees Forks.
In my experience 0% financing almost always involves giving up some direct cash incentives and is rarely a good deal, especially if you have a decent down payment. As always you have to do the math on how much interest it would save you over the course of the loan, but at best you generally break even and there’s no chance of refinancing later to a lower interest rate to make it an even better deal.
It took me a while to realize “Bees Forks” is “bZ4X.” There’s also some good advice in there, too. Always do the math before signing the dotted line on what seems like a good a deal. Have a great evening, everyone!
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