North Richland Hills Auto Informative - Selling Defective VW Beetle
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, TEXAS -- My wife and I bought a 2001 VW Beetle from North Hills Auto Inc. in North Richland Hills (NRH), Texas, in July of 2005. It only had 41k miles on it and looked in great condition for its age. Basically the car had an electrical defect, we found out a few weeks later. I suspect it was probably caused by the previous owner. It was going to require a new wiring harness which a VW dealer quoted at a cost of $5,700 (we paid about $12k for the car), so not too practical.
We believe this dealer was aware of it but somehow was able to conceal it. We were even provided a ninety day extended warranty that was purchased by the dealer through a third party company – so you can understand why we were relatively comfortable buying the car since we thought we had some protection against defects. But of course as you might expect, a wiring harness was one of the few things the warranty did NOT cover.
The effect was that certain electrical components wouldn't work on occasion. But the main thing was the speedometer and odometer. The speedometer indicator hand would bounce back and forth so you couldn't readily see how fast you were driving. With the odometer it became apparent that it was only logging 10-15% of the actuall miles traveled. Other problems due to this electrical short were fuses blowing on occasion, the radio going out, electric windows/sunroof not working, etc.
We tried to get North Hills Auto to fix the problem or take the car back, but to no avail. We learned our lesson the hard way. Don't ever do business with small car lots or dealerships, especially this one.