"When a Volkswagen visits the service station with an issue, it returns back with two"
The saying above is quite common and many VW owners even swear by it , in fact somewhere on one of our friendly forums; the Team-BHP also there is one such mention by one of the reputed members (Can't recall the handle but credits in place) which just says it all in one line "Toyota owners Swear by their cars and VW/Skoda owners swear at the service stations"
Okay, having experienced Toyota (Most), Tata, Honda, Maruti, Hyundai etc, it came the turn of VW and I got two of them (Double fault?). Two of them within a month and both are Polo and both are orange. One is Highline diesel and one is Comfortline petrol; and the car in question is the Polo Comfortline petrol itself.
About the carWhen you buy a VW Polo petrol, what you get is:
- A safe hatchback with a good build quality
- Awesome city driveability
- Ride and handling
- It looks cool
- Clutch, gearbox and steering; all three are awesome to use
- Some thoughful touches and good features too
- Bad NVH
- Mediocre performance
- Average fuel economy
What happened?Look at the pic posted below, it will very well explain what happened and how:
It was on 16th July 2016, 9:30 am and just 0.7 kms away from my home. There was slight rainfall and I was driving at a lazy 60 kph on this well divided 4 lane road. In fact I was just picking up the speed after entering this road from my society when I noticed that a young boy (18?) without a helmet on his head is approaching towards the gap on the median at a very quick pace and he decides to turn!! No indication, no need to check if there is any traffic coming from opposite direction; he just turned and that also at a rapid pace.
Actually I could have avoided the accident if he would have kept riding without applying the brakes but he did the worse part too. As soon as he entered the gap, he applied the brakes a bit and I removed my foot from the brake pedal. And then he started moving again and that also with a heavy throttle. I swerved hard to left to avoid a collision and he sped even more; boom!! I ended up T-boning the motorcycle.
The aftermath was that the motorcyclist rolled to the roof of my car and fallen off on the mud and grass on the left from above the C pillar and his motorcycle could be seen sliding into the bushes around 15-20 feet away from the car.
I quickly came out of the car with a water bottle in my hand and rushed towards the motorcycle rider who was standing on his feet. What a relief man!! I felt like, Oh God, you just saved me from getting screwed badly, asked him if he was okay and then started shouting at him like “are you blind, you idiot, can’t you see etc.”
Within 5 minutes I left the accident spot and the returned back from just 50 meters, asked the biker if I should take him to hospital (Don’t be worried, I will pay the bill there) which he refused despite of having a fractured left hand I guess. Finally, I left the place.
Damages on my car:
- Broken fog lamps
- Broken headlamp mounts for both headlamps
- Broken front grille
- Broken font bumper
- Dented bonnet
- Cracked front windshield
- Dented roof at two points; at the top of front windshield (Biker’s elbow hit there) and just above rear left door.
Let the pictures do talking now:
To be continued..