Makes sense to me. In my family, the cars with the most rattles are in order of the softest dash/interior materials. 2006 Xterra is the worst, 2006 Subaru is a bit better, my Accord is still rattle-free after 12 years.Surely softer dash materials have a better sound deadening effect than hard wheelie bin plastic?
Could be a big fallacy though, and an obvious tactic for a big company to sell more cars. Make it look good on the surface and the marks won't look beneath the skin.One of the main reasons I bought the Passat, was for the nice interior plastics and soft dash. I think it sort of sets the tone for the car, if the interior is nice, it means the manufacturer has a commitment to quality and more thought has been put into everything else, as well.
Yep. Spectre has a picture around here of the bolts used by VW for their current cars' front subframes. The things are a joke.Could be a big fallacy though, and an obvious tactic for a big company to sell more cars. Make it look good on the surface and the marks won't look beneath the skin.
Even some of the jukes center stack controls feel cheap. Other offenders in this department are any small newish Toyota product with manual climate controls. The "grasp the outside and twist" knobs do indeed feel cheap.Soft dashes really matter in the showroom. Once you buy the car, you're not going to caress the the foam padding and soft paint all day long, but you will touch it on occasion when fiddling with other things. Most of all you know it's there, which re-assures you that you bought a nice car.
I, as I usually do, took a round in the dealerships down dealership road when I picked my car up from service on friday, and after knocking on many a french-japanese and korean hard dashes I was re-assured my car was nicer then them (altough I won't complain if anyone gives me a Mercedes or Volvo ) when I got back in because of soft touch materials and leather highlights. Koreans are gaining though, the french-japanese, not so much. The Juke feels like the entire car was made from hard plastic. And because of that, I wouldnt buy a Juke, even if it wasn't hideous.
Nah it's fine, it's just that VW, being one of the forerunners in the softlack department, and as one of the big volume manufacturers, have been subject to much publicity regarding the issue of softlack peel and bubbling, predominantly on older cars. Also we must not confuse softlack with soft foam dashboards, altough they usually come hand-in-hand.Do you think the situation is THAT bad?