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How Volkswagen Has Stood The Test Of Time

Volkswagen, one of the most well-known automobile manufacturers in the world, traces its origins way back to 1934. The name itself actually means “people’s car” in German, and the first idea came from none other than Adolf Hitler — but don’t hold that against them. Their initial goal was to create an affordable and dependable car for all Germans. But they also wanted it to withstand the high speeds conducted on the newly-built Autobahn highway system.

The idea quickly caught on, and it wasn’t long before other manufacturers around the world — including Ford — eventually began producing prototypes.

Since that time, they have gone on to sell millions and millions of cars — everything from the VW Bus to the famous VW Beetle. And much like those first models that took to the Autobahn, the company shows no signs of slowing down.

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Who Is Buying a Volkswagen?

Today Volkswagen AG ranks third in overall car sales in the world, averaging a yearly output of 9,727,848 vehicles.

This includes a variety of popular car brands, including Lamborghini, Bentley, Bugatti, Audi, and Porsche.

According to Hedges & Company, the demographic of buyers is:

  • Age 24 and younger 1%
  • Age 25 to 54 46%
  • Age 55 to 64 29%
  • Age 65 and up 24%

Top Volkswagen Repair Problems

While most vehicles run like a well-oiled machine, there are some common problems that Volkswagen owners have reported.

Issues to Look For:

  • Coolant Leaks – If you notice coolant leaking from the water pump, the internal bearing and seals are most likely weak. This will reveal itself as a trail of coolant from the pump region down towards the engine. If coolant is visible under the vehicle, it’s most likely the radiator.
  • Engine Issues/Check Engine Light – Owners have reported a serious issue of cars stalling after going over 40 mph and the check engine light frequently coming on. The results have been a need for a new transmission or timing belt to needing an entirely new engine.
  • Steering Wheel Shakes – A frequent cause of vehicle pulsation while braking is warped or worn rotors. If your rotors are only slightly warped or worn, straightening them out might fix the problem. However, if they are new or have just been replaced, it could be the result of improperly mounting them to the axle.
  • Suspension Concerns – Drivers have reported hearing squeaking or clicking noises when turning their VW, which is likely an issue caused by faulty ball joints, which absorb shock from up-down movements and rotate with steering wheel movement.

All of these problems and more can be fixed by the Volkswagen service mechanics at Milito’s Auto Repair in Chicago.

Benefits of Getting Consistent Mechanical Check-Ups for Your Volkswagen

By keeping up with routine maintenance, you’re ensuring:

Improved Reliability

If you want your car to be there for you in the future, you have to take good care of your car now. This means not only oil changes and tire rotations, but also having routine check-ups performed by expert Volkswagen mechanics at Milito’s Auto Repair in Chicago.

Higher Resale Value

If you’re planning on selling your Volkswagen at some point in the future, keeping up with routine service and maintenance ensures that it will continue to run in optimal condition for the best resale value.

Better Fuel Economy

Make sure your tire pressure is set to the right levels to prevent your car from expending unnecessary energy and fuel while moving. In addition, your vehicle’s fuel economy can be negatively affected by up to 20% if you have a clogged air filter or leaking fuel lines.

What to Look for When Buying a Used Volkswagen

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If you’re looking for a reliable car but don’t want to pay for a brand new model, a used Volkswagen is the way to go.

Here are five things that you should do:

  1. Check the Records – Check the serial number with your local Volkswagen dealer for a service history. If they don’t have a history, ask to see the receipts for repair work and scheduled maintenance, and make sure it had credible records from the owner.
  2. Professional Inspection – You should still have the car inspected by a mechanic to find potential issues and to determine if the car has been in an unreported accident, even if you ran a vehicle history report. Make sure they pay attention to engine-related components, like fluids, hoses and belts, radiator, and the battery.
  3. Check the Tires – Tires can tell you a lot regarding the maintenance and driving history of the car. If tires are worn unevenly across the width of the tread, this could indicate aggressive driving by the previous owner of the vehicle. Also look at the surface of the tire for feathering (bad alignment). Bad alignment can be caused by worn steering or suspension components, the Chicago potholes, or frame damage.
  4. Certified Pre-Owned – The certification provides a long-term warranty which is only offered after a rigorous 100+ point test fully resolving any visual or technical flaws. It’s also factory-backed with a 2-year, unlimited mile powertrain coverage and 24-hour roadside assistance.
  5. Test Drive – You want to make sure you’re comfortable in the car. While driving, listen for any unusual sounds. Does the engine produce too much noise? How does the car handle? Pay attention to how well it responds to your inputs. Make sure the engine acceleration is strong and the gear shifts are smooth.

Technological Innovations from Volkswagen

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Parking Steering Assistance

The new Parking Steering Assistance scans the space and maneuvers the vehicle in, and can also perform multiple-move parking maneuvers, all activated by pressing a button.

MARTA (Mobile Augmented Reality Technical Assistance)

This repair system shows real and virtual parts in three-dimensional relation to one another, giving technicians a new way of identifying work items more quickly and accurately.


This model is one of the most fuel-efficient cars in the world. The tiny 1 litre twin cylinder diesel engine uses only 2.0 L/100 km. Because of the light 795 kg curb weight, it can also accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 11.9 seconds.

DCC Adaptive Chassis Control System

This uses electronically-controlled suspension struts that react to changes in the road environment within milliseconds, and can change the feel of your ride in a split second. Just push a button and you can go from “normal” to “comfort” to “sport.”

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The History of Volkswagen

1937 – The German Labour Front established the “Gesellschaft zur Vorbereitung des Deutschen Volkswagens mbH”. The company was later renamed to Volkswagenwerk GmbH the next year.

1938 – The Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg, Germany is established and the first Type 1 — the Beetle — was rolled off the assembly line.

WWII – Civilian vehicle production was limited because of the war, and Volkswagen primarily focused on military vehicles. However, due to the Allied air attacks, the Volkswagen factory sustained heavy damage.

1945 – After the Allied victory, the British helped rebuild the Volkswagen factory and mass produce new cars. In fact, credit is often give to Volkswagen for playing a major role in rebuilding Germany’s post-war economy.

1949 – Volkswagen vehicles became available in the United States, and soon became a favorite worldwide brand. The Type 2 (known as the VW Bus) was also introduced, and along with the Beetle, would become a popular vehicle choice during the Hippie movement of the 1960s.

1955 – To better serve the growing US market, the Volkswagen Group of America is established. That same year, the millionth Type 1 Beetle also rolled off the assembly line.

1968 – Thanks to the Disney film, The Love Bug, moviegoers are introduced to Herbie, a headstrong Volkswagen Beetle with #53 decals.

1972 – On February 17, the Volkswagen Beetle surpassed the Ford Model T in production numbers (15,007,034). This made it history’s most produced single model at the time, although it would later be surpassed by the Toyota Corolla.

1974 – Volkswagen begins to produce its Golf hatchback model, which would arrive in the US in 1978 as the Rabbit. Models for the American market are produced in a new factory in New Stanton, PA.

1979 – The Volkswagen Jetta is introduced to great acclaim and sales in Europe. It wouldn’t arrive in the US until 1993, and when it did, sales were initially dismal.

1985 – The AutoMuseum Volkswagen in Wolfsburg, Germany opened its doors. In 2000, a secondary museum (the AutoStadt) was opened.

1998 – The Volkswagen New Beetle is produced and would remain in production until 2011.

2002 – Volkswagen introduced their first modern SUV, the Touareg.

2003 – The last Type 1 Beetle (production number 21,529,464) is made on July 30. Where is it now? You can find it at the AutoMuseum Volkswagen in Wolfsburg.

2008 – A new Volkswagen production plant opened up in Chattanooga, TN.

2009 – Volkswagen merges with Porsche.

2016 – For the first time ever, the Beetle is available with a factory-produced shade of pink (Fresh Fuschia) and is dubbed the #PinkBeetle. This would be the first car in automotive history to have a hashtag in its name.

2017 – Volkswagen introduces its first-ever full size crossover with third-row seating, named the Atlas.

Fast Facts

The Volkswagen name means “People’s car.”

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The company used to award savings bonds to babies that were physically born in a VW Beetle.

Volkswagen was founded by Adolf Hitler in 1937, and he built an entire city meant to house the factory and workers.

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The popular dogs toy, the Kong, is inspired by part of a Volkswagen bus suspension that the creator’s German Shepherds played with all the time.

Volkswagen AG’s Beetle had been in production for more than 65 years, which set a record for the longest single-make vehicle produced in the history of cars.

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From oil changes to wiper blades, Milito’s can keep your Volkswagen driving smoothly down the Chicago streets, any time of the year (even in pothole season).

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Whether you need standard repairs from regular wear, or have a more complex problem with your Volkswagen vehicle, rely on Milito’s!

Our Volkswagen Service Specialists will care for your vehicle like its their own. We can diagnose and repair any issue quickly!

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Milito’s takes care of Chicago’s Volkswagens, inside and out!

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