Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Watch: Jay Leno Drives a Patina-Heavy ’55 Beetle


By: Sebastien Bell
For all his Bugattis and McLarens, Jay Leno still has a soft spot for humbler cars, like the Beetle. This week, he’s featuring a 1955 Beetle that’s still wearing its original paint on his video-graphical web log (or vlog, as the kids say) Jay Leno’s Garage.

Although the owner’s added a lot of period-correct aftermarket parts, under it all this Type 1 still almost all original. From the engine to the paint, this Beetle’s been lovingly cleaned, but its originality has been painstakingly maintained. The result is a patina-heavy Beetle with oodles of personality.
Owner Matt Jacobson bought the Beetle on The Samba, and is the third owner to try cleaning it up. It was a lengthy process that involved scraping off new paint jobs with scotch-brite pads and plenty of care.
Meanwhile, inside, the seats were blown apart and the headliner worn. Unfortunately, the mohair headliner was too far gone to restore, but the seats, thanks to a talented upholsterer, were salvageable.
It’s a little sad to think that these once ubiquitous cars are now becoming rarer, but at the very least it means that people who are willing to pour hours of work into their Beetles are getting recognized for their good work. So we salute Matt Jacobson for his hard work.


Call us for an appointment
Office :305-823-5112
or visit our shop:
9803 NW 80 Ave
Hialeah Gardens, FL 33016

Conveniently located close to the Hialeah Gardens Wal-Mart Super Center and the Bj's Wholesale Club.

vw, volkswagen, audi, porsche, specialist, specialists, sales, used cars, hialeah,used vw, used volkswagen,
used audi,hialeah gardens, miami, fort lauderdale, vag-com, vcds, vagcom, service,
reapirs, MIL, check engine, ECU mapping, chip tuning,engine tuning, reparacion,, fix, service,
easy financing, oil change, liqui moly, Quantum Tuning, easy finance, 
credito facil, vw shop, audi repair, garage,water cooled, air cooled, mecanico volkswagen audi,
garaje vw, parts volkswagen,beetle,golf,jetta,passat,eos,tiguan,touareg,cc,GTI,
High performance tuning, VW shop, Taller, respuestos, air conditioning, AC, aire condicionado 
reparación expertos de VW, Audi,Taller de reparación, Mecánico de automóviles VW y Audi
volkswagen specialist, Audi specialist, mechanics, brakes, auto repair,oil change, automotive repair,
car service, car repair, auto service,auto mechanics, transmission repair, DSG repair, auto shop, automotive service, auto shops,
 car repair service,
auto repair service,car service and repair, auto service and repair, vehicle repair,car mechanic, mechanic,
pre-owned vw, pre-owned audi, pre-owned volkswagen, parts, oem, aftermarket, genuine parts, piezas, respuestos 
shopvdub.com, used car inventory

Monday, February 27, 2017

Volkswagen's 7 Billion-Euro Man


When Volkswagen AG admitted in 2015 to rigging 11 million cars to cheat emission tests, few people would have guessed its sales would surpass Toyota the following year -- thus securing its crown as the world’s biggest seller of automobiles.

The German carmaker's 2016 earnings, released late on Friday, were marred by another 7.5 billion euros ($7.9 billion) in diesel scandal costs, bringing the total to 22.6 billion euros. But net profit still exceeded 5 billion euros, a level beaten by fewer than 20 western European companies last year, Bloomberg data show. 

After a stomach-churning 12 months, VW investors will be tempted to relax. Yet a public spat over cost cuts between the company's labor chief Bernd Osterloh and the man hired to slash costs at the core VW brand, Herbert Diess, shows it’s still too soon to breathe easy.


For a good precis of the saga, read Bloomberg News's Christoph Rauwald here. Industrial relations plumbed new depths last week when Diess said he was examining claims that promotions at VW were often tied to being a member of the IG Metall trade union.
Though it’s true that nothing of importance happens without the union’s say-so (workers fill half the supervisory board seats and can veto plant closures), Diess is grabbing the third rail of VW politics by challenging worker power. You just don’t go there.
German press reports casting doubt on his future have proven unfounded so far. On Friday both the Porsche/Piech families (big shareholders) and VW group CEO Matthias Mueller defended Diess. Even so, the situation is hazardous. Arndt Ellinghorst, an analyst at Evercore ISI, says a Diess departure would push VW’s stock down more than 10 percent, equivalent to about 7 billion euros of market value. 

Why attach so much importance to one man? Since VW poached him from BMW AG in 2014, the skilled cost-cutter has become the great hope for fixing the company's two biggest problems:

  1. The substandard profitability of the core VW brand;
  2. VW's weak corporate governance, where workers and the State of Lower Saxony have too much influence.
If Diess left, investors would probably conclude that the plan to raise the VW brand's profit margin to 4 percent by 2020, from 1.5 percent in the most recent quarter, won’t succeed and that protecting workers, not investors, is the priority.

It’s not as if what he’s proposing is radical. Peugeot SA achieved a 6 percent operating margin last year. And while VW said it would cut 30,000 jobs in November, that’s not as bad as it sounds. Total headcount rose to a record 627,000 at the end of December. There won’t be compulsory redundancies in Germany.

The question over who calls the shots at VW is one reason investors don't give much credit to its hefty profit. The carmaker trades on less than 7 times estimated 2017 earnings. The fate of Diess's efforts will show how far that discount is justified.



Call us for an appointment
Office :305-823-5112
or visit our shop:
9803 NW 80 Ave
Hialeah Gardens, FL 33016

Conveniently located close to the Hialeah Gardens Wal-Mart Super Center and the Bj's Wholesale Club.

vw, volkswagen, audi, porsche, specialist, specialists, sales, used cars, hialeah,used vw, used volkswagen,
used audi,hialeah gardens, miami, fort lauderdale, vag-com, vcds, vagcom, service,
reapirs, MIL, check engine, ECU mapping, chip tuning,engine tuning, reparacion,, fix, service,
easy financing, oil change, liqui moly, Quantum Tuning, easy finance, 
credito facil, vw shop, audi repair, garage,water cooled, air cooled, mecanico volkswagen audi,
garaje vw, parts volkswagen,beetle,golf,jetta,passat,eos,tiguan,touareg,cc,GTI,
High performance tuning, VW shop, Taller, respuestos, air conditioning, AC, aire condicionado 
reparación expertos de VW, Audi,Taller de reparación, Mecánico de automóviles VW y Audi
volkswagen specialist, Audi specialist, mechanics, brakes, auto repair,oil change, automotive repair,
car service, car repair, auto service,auto mechanics, transmission repair, DSG repair, auto shop, automotive service, auto shops,
 car repair service,
auto repair service,car service and repair, auto service and repair, vehicle repair,car mechanic, mechanic,
pre-owned vw, pre-owned audi, pre-owned volkswagen, parts, oem, aftermarket, genuine parts, piezas, respuestos 
shopvdub.com, used car inventory

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Carbon cleaning on TSI/FSI/TFSI Engines



Carbon build up in the intake system has been an issue ever since bad fuel was invented. Carbon used to just rob power and mileage. With the advent of direct injection in 2005.5, the Audi and Volkswagen 4 cylinder 2.0T TFSI and 6 cylinder FSI engines seem rather prone to carbon build up that will eventually lead to misfiring and finally a breakdown. FSI engines inject directly into the combustion chamber, and so do not have atomized fuel in the intake air to help keep the intake valves and ports clean.
Understand that there is no way of seeing carbon inside a motor, so the procedure is a process of deduction. We start by consulting with the customer about oil consumption. If the oil consumption is above a quart per 2000 miles, we recommend replacing the PCV valves during our procedure. Even if your current misfire issue is not due to carbon, if your engine is consuming large amounts of oil then you will eventually have to do a carbon cleaning process. You do not want to be caught out in some Podunk town if the car becomes undrivable. Continuing to drive with a misfire problem will surely damage the catalytic converter among other components.
Diagnosis that may lead to 2.0T carbon cleaning begins with a DTC code check. We also review the measuring value blocks for other parameters of your fuel system to see if there are signs of other problems, such as a fuel filter clogging. We find misfire codes. We log into the MVB and watch the engine recording misfires in front of us. We may or not see misfires. But the codes don’t lie. If the misfire codes point at a particular cylinder or two, then we carefully switch ignition coils and spark plugs in a particular order, clear the codes and try again. Usually the codes come right back, sometimes requiring a test drive. If the codes moved to to another cylinder, we replace the spark plugs and/or coils as necessary. Sometimes the codes do not come back, and we release the car to the customer for further driving. If the plugs are old or damaged, we replace the plugs before we give it back. If the coils are original in an early engine, although most have been replaced, then we would replace them before returning the car for driving. Replacing ignition components fixes the misfire problem maybe 30% of the time for these engines. When and if the car returns with a misfire, or if it just continued to misfire in front of us, and the codes stayed on the same cylinder(s), we then check compression and leakdown to verify that the engine is not damaged. The misfires might becoming from low compression. The odds of the engine having low compression are very low, usually the damage can be traced to bent valves which got damaged during a timing belt job.
If there is no sign of damage, then we move on to carbon cleaning. The intake manifold and injectors get removed. Both the head and the intake manifold will have carbon build up and must be cleaned. Two cylinders are cleaned at a time, sometimes after soaking in a carbon cleaner bath



Call us for an appointment
Office :305-823-5112
or visit our shop:
9803 NW 80 Ave
Hialeah Gardens, FL 33016

Conveniently located close to the Hialeah Gardens Wal-Mart Super Center and the Bj's Wholesale Club.

vw, volkswagen, audi, porsche, specialist, specialists, sales, used cars, hialeah,used vw, used volkswagen,
used audi,hialeah gardens, miami, fort lauderdale, vag-com, vcds, vagcom, service,
reapirs, MIL, check engine, ECU mapping, chip tuning,engine tuning, reparacion,, fix, service,
easy financing, oil change, liqui moly, Quantum Tuning, easy finance, 
credito facil, vw shop, audi repair, garage,water cooled, air cooled, mecanico volkswagen audi,
garaje vw, parts volkswagen,beetle,golf,jetta,passat,eos,tiguan,touareg,cc,GTI,
High performance tuning, VW shop, Taller, respuestos, air conditioning, AC, aire condicionado 
reparación expertos de VW, Audi,Taller de reparación, Mecánico de automóviles VW y Audi
volkswagen specialist, Audi specialist, mechanics, brakes, auto repair,oil change, automotive repair,
car service, car repair, auto service,auto mechanics, transmission repair, DSG repair, auto shop, automotive service, auto shops,
 car repair service,
auto repair service,car service and repair, auto service and repair, vehicle repair,car mechanic, mechanic,
pre-owned vw, pre-owned audi, pre-owned volkswagen, parts, oem, aftermarket, genuine parts, piezas, respuestos 
shopvdub.com, used car inventory

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Configure that New Golf You Can’t Quite Buy Yet

By: Sebastien Bell

Volkswagen  is officially launching the international marketing campaign for its newest Golf, the updated Mk7.5. And although we lowly Americans can’t yet buy the car, we can configure it.
As well as a site for building the most desirable, or hideous Golf your twisted imagination can conceive of (surprisingly difficult given VW’s tasteful color options), the marketing campaign is what Madison Avenue types call 360 degree.
db2017al00030_small
No, not like the videos, rather it features print ads, billboard ads, online ads, and a TV spot. An idea of  what VW wants to get across, though, can already be had with the launch video that accompanied the reveal of the updated Golf.

“We are not just launching a new campaign for the next Golf, but are also starting a new chapter for the Volkswagen brand: we make the future real,” says Jürgen Stackmann, Brand Board Member for Sales. “Volkswagen is thus underscoring its promise to make mobility and the latest technological developments accessible to everyone.”
The Mk7.5 Golf promises more power across the line, a slightly updated look, and gesture controls for the infotainment system.


Call us for an appointment
Office :305-823-5112
or visit our shop:
9803 NW 80 Ave
Hialeah Gardens, FL 33016

Conveniently located close to the Hialeah Gardens Wal-Mart Super Center and the Bj's Wholesale Club.

vw, volkswagen, audi, porsche, specialist, specialists, sales, used cars, hialeah,used vw, used volkswagen,
used audi,hialeah gardens, miami, fort lauderdale, vag-com, vcds, vagcom, service,
reapirs, MIL, check engine, ECU mapping, chip tuning,engine tuning, reparacion,, fix, service,
easy financing, oil change, liqui moly, Quantum Tuning, easy finance, 
credito facil, vw shop, audi repair, garage,water cooled, air cooled, mecanico volkswagen audi,
garaje vw, parts volkswagen,beetle,golf,jetta,passat,eos,tiguan,touareg,cc,GTI,
High performance tuning, VW shop, Taller, respuestos, air conditioning, AC, aire condicionado 
reparación expertos de VW, Audi,Taller de reparación, Mecánico de automóviles VW y Audi
volkswagen specialist, Audi specialist, mechanics, brakes, auto repair,oil change, automotive repair,
car service, car repair, auto service,auto mechanics, transmission repair, DSG repair, auto shop, automotive service, auto shops,
 car repair service,
auto repair service,car service and repair, auto service and repair, vehicle repair,car mechanic, mechanic,
pre-owned vw, pre-owned audi, pre-owned volkswagen, parts, oem, aftermarket, genuine parts, piezas, respuestos 
shopvdub.com, used car inventory

Friday, February 24, 2017

Volkswagen Arteon to be an Audi A7 for Smaller Budgets


By: Jodi Lai
Volkswagen is teasing its new Arteon, a luxurious fastback sedan that will be like a more affordable Audi A7.
The Volkswagen Arteon will make its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March as a flagship sedan that sits above the Passat in the German automaker’s lineup, likely replacing the CC. The teaser image Volkswagen shared shows new design language for the brand, as the grille and headlights merge to look like a single piece.
Volkswagen promises the Arteon will have all the latest driver assistance features and safety technology as well as a spacious cabin. Expect it to launch with gesture controls and a configurable digital dashboard.
The Arteon is expected to have an eight-speed automatic transmission and be powered by VW’s ubiquitous turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and output about 290 horsepower. Front-wheel drive should come standard, while 4Motion all-wheel drive will also be offered.
The Volkswagen Arteon should be in dealerships late 2017 as a 2018 model year car.


Call us for an appointment
Office :305-823-5112
or visit our shop:
9803 NW 80 Ave
Hialeah Gardens, FL 33016

Conveniently located close to the Hialeah Gardens Wal-Mart Super Center and the Bj's Wholesale Club.

vw, volkswagen, audi, porsche, specialist, specialists, sales, used cars, hialeah,used vw, used volkswagen,
used audi,hialeah gardens, miami, fort lauderdale, vag-com, vcds, vagcom, service,
reapirs, MIL, check engine, ECU mapping, chip tuning,engine tuning, reparacion,, fix, service,
easy financing, oil change, liqui moly, Quantum Tuning, easy finance, 
credito facil, vw shop, audi repair, garage,water cooled, air cooled, mecanico volkswagen audi,
garaje vw, parts volkswagen,beetle,golf,jetta,passat,eos,tiguan,touareg,cc,GTI,
High performance tuning, VW shop, Taller, respuestos, air conditioning, AC, aire condicionado 
reparación expertos de VW, Audi,Taller de reparación, Mecánico de automóviles VW y Audi
volkswagen specialist, Audi specialist, mechanics, brakes, auto repair,oil change, automotive repair,
car service, car repair, auto service,auto mechanics, transmission repair, DSG repair, auto shop, automotive service, auto shops,
 car repair service,
auto repair service,car service and repair, auto service and repair, vehicle repair,car mechanic, mechanic,
pre-owned vw, pre-owned audi, pre-owned volkswagen, parts, oem, aftermarket, genuine parts, piezas, respuestos 
shopvdub.com, used car inventory

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The New e-Golf Will Get You 50% Farther Says EPA


By: Sebastien Bell
The EPA has officially announced that the Volkswagen e-Golf has a range of 125 miles, a 50% improvement over the previous model.
That’s thanks to a new lithium ion battery that has an increased capacity of 34.8 kWh, up 30% from the the last e-Golf.
The EPA estimates that the 2017 e-Golf will therefore achieve 126 MPGe in the city and 111 MPGe highway. That’s roughly equivalent to the 2017 BMW i3 and the Chevrolet Bolt and it amounts to an annual fuel cost of just $550, assuming you’re paying 13 cents per kWh.
Thanks to the now standard 7.2 kW on-board charger, the battery can be charged in less than 6 hours at a 240V charging station. Meanwhile, the optional DC Fast Charging can get you to 80% charge in just one hour.
That new battery doesn’t just mean more miles, it means more power, too. Thanks to a new 100 kWh motor, the 2017 e-Golf produces 134 hp and 214 lb-ft of torque, which is 19 hp and 15 lb-ft more than the 2016 model. Moreover, all of that torque—and I know you’ve heard this before, but it really does make a difference—is instantly available.
The 2017 e-Golf hits showrooms in the spring and pricing will be announced closer to then.


Call us for an appointment
Office :305-823-5112
or visit our shop:
9803 NW 80 Ave
Hialeah Gardens, FL 33016

Conveniently located close to the Hialeah Gardens Wal-Mart Super Center and the Bj's Wholesale Club.

vw, volkswagen, audi, porsche, specialist, specialists, sales, used cars, hialeah,used vw, used volkswagen,
used audi,hialeah gardens, miami, fort lauderdale, vag-com, vcds, vagcom, service,
reapirs, MIL, check engine, ECU mapping, chip tuning,engine tuning, reparacion,, fix, service,
easy financing, oil change, liqui moly, Quantum Tuning, easy finance, 
credito facil, vw shop, audi repair, garage,water cooled, air cooled, mecanico volkswagen audi,
garaje vw, parts volkswagen,beetle,golf,jetta,passat,eos,tiguan,touareg,cc,GTI,
High performance tuning, VW shop, Taller, respuestos, air conditioning, AC, aire condicionado 
reparación expertos de VW, Audi,Taller de reparación, Mecánico de automóviles VW y Audi
volkswagen specialist, Audi specialist, mechanics, brakes, auto repair,oil change, automotive repair,
car service, car repair, auto service,auto mechanics, transmission repair, DSG repair, auto shop, automotive service, auto shops,
 car repair service,
auto repair service,car service and repair, auto service and repair, vehicle repair,car mechanic, mechanic,
pre-owned vw, pre-owned audi, pre-owned volkswagen, parts, oem, aftermarket, genuine parts, piezas, respuestos 
shopvdub.com, used car inventory