Originally Posted by Right Lane Cruiser
I had heard that VWs often have electrical issues due to design choices and parts sourcing.
I have to agree. Many of the electrical problems I read about in MkIV's (my car's generation) come down to bad solder or loose grounds. I also blame dealers for some of VW's reputation, I recently saw a survey where VW dealers were put in last place in terms of satisfaction. The dealers seem especially bad with the TDI's, probably because it's a rare engine that works very differently. Things are improving though, I have heard that the late Jettas and Rabbits are ranking average in Consumer Reports' reliability surveys, instead of below average where they have been for a long time.