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 Post subject: eGolf in Florida
PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 3:00 pm 
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So, now that I've purchased my 2015 eGolf, I've found out some interesting news. Since I bought it from a specialty dealership, I decided to go to my local VW dealerships in order to discuss servicing. I asked the first dealer, and they said, "Yes we can service the eGolf, but we only have 1 or 2 people that can, so that may affect scheduling". Okay, then I decided to check out one of our other dealers. "We are not certified to work on the eGolf. Nobody in FLORIDA is. Because they were only sold, initially in the California market, engineers in Florida never bothered with getting certified."

After some digging, we learned a bit more. Apparently the CAN work on them, but if it ends up being a problem with the High voltage system, they have to call it in, send in a specialist or send out the car.

So I don't know if the first guy didn't know, or just kept the other part secret.

It will interesting if I need to use one of them.


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 Post subject: Re: eGolf in Florida
PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 8:47 pm 
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sounds about right, they fly someone in if no one is certified.

Can you call VW and see if they can point you to the nearest dealer with a certified tech?

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 Post subject: Re: eGolf in Florida
PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 7:33 am 
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rjtopper wrote:
I asked the first dealer, and they said, "Yes we can service the eGolf, but we only have 1 or 2 people that can, so that may affect scheduling".


That's not a lie. I'm in California, and when I had to take my eGolf in last year for a safety recall (to address the "mysterious shut down" issue some complained about), the tech himself told me that they only had 2 eGolf certified techs, and the other guy just happened to be on vacation.

Nissan only requires one tech for a dealer to get Leaf certification as well.

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 Post subject: Re: eGolf in Florida
PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 5:51 pm 
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I might take it in for a test run "check up" and see what they do.


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 Post subject: Re: eGolf in Florida
PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 11:02 pm 
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rjtopper wrote:
I might take it in for a test run "check up" and see what they do.


The 2018's will be on dealers lots probably by July or August, 2017, maybe Sept.... and by then, almost all dealerships, if it's a 50 state car, will be trained with technicians to service. Much of the e-Golf is in common with regular Golfs. Some of it, drive train related, of course is all ECU and firmware driven. There will be a learning curve of sorts, for most technicians, especially if yours is the first to break. Having your dealership call any VW dealership in and around San Jose or Silicon Valley, CA, to talk to fixes on e-Golfs with tehnicians local in that area usually will get you a fix, as they work on more e-Golfs than any other dealerships in the USA... Ton's of nerds and early adopters there with e-Golfs.

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 Post subject: Re: eGolf in Florida
PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 1:18 pm 
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JoulesThief wrote:
rjtopper wrote:
I might take it in for a test run "check up" and see what they do.


The 2018's will be on dealers lots probably by July or August, 2017, maybe Sept.... and by then, almost all dealerships, if it's a 50 state car, will be trained with technicians to service. Much of the e-Golf is in common with regular Golfs. Some of it, drive train related, of course is all ECU and firmware driven. There will be a learning curve of sorts, for most technicians, especially if yours is the first to break. Having your dealership call any VW dealership in and around San Jose or Silicon Valley, CA, to talk to fixes on e-Golfs with tehnicians local in that area usually will get you a fix, as they work on more e-Golfs than any other dealerships in the USA... Ton's of nerds and early adopters there with e-Golfs.



Well it is July 2019 and VW America says the closest dealer that can do my 30K maintenance is in Maryland and I live in Tallahassee Florida.... yea

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 Post subject: Re: eGolf in Florida
PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2019 11:23 am 
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Ranchofla wrote:

Well it is July 2019 and VW America says the closest dealer that can do my 30K maintenance is in Maryland and I live in Tallahassee Florida.... yea

Rancho


I live in Atlanta, and all the VW dealerships here have gotten their maintenance guys certified on the e-golf. Not super helpful as it's still outside your car's range, but it's at least closer than Maryland.

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 Post subject: Re: eGolf in Florida
PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:01 pm 
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Ranchofla wrote:
JoulesThief wrote:
rjtopper wrote:
I might take it in for a test run "check up" and see what they do.


The 2018's will be on dealers lots probably by July or August, 2017, maybe Sept.... and by then, almost all dealerships, if it's a 50 state car, will be trained with technicians to service. Much of the e-Golf is in common with regular Golfs. Some of it, drive train related, of course is all ECU and firmware driven. There will be a learning curve of sorts, for most technicians, especially if yours is the first to break. Having your dealership call any VW dealership in and around San Jose or Silicon Valley, CA, to talk to fixes on e-Golfs with tehnicians local in that area usually will get you a fix, as they work on more e-Golfs than any other dealerships in the USA... Ton's of nerds and early adopters there with e-Golfs.



Well it is July 2019 and VW America says the closest dealer that can do my 30K maintenance is in Maryland and I live in Tallahassee Florida.... yea

Rancho


Why don't you find out what a 30k mile maintenance consists of? Rotate tires, check tread depth, check wiper blades, set tire air pressure, lubricate hinges on the door, check brake linings and disc (fine on an e-Golf), check door latches. That's about it, a million inspections and not much else being done. See if you are smart enough watching YouTube to learn how to do these things yourself, it's not rocket science with an electric car.

Almost all of those items don't require a VW dealership at $150 /hr to do such minor technical work. You can do them yourself. Take it to a tire shop and just pay to have tires rotated, and if they aren't shaking, don't re balance them.

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