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Old 11-29-2012, 05:08 PM   #1
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The Eos is to be discontinued as a folding hard top and will be replaced by a larger soft top convertible according to Autocar. http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/industry/vw-kill-eos
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Old 11-29-2012, 06:16 PM   #2
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Yeah that rumour has been around for a year or more.

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Old 11-29-2012, 09:41 PM   #3
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My expectation is that the next Eos range will carry an Audi badge and a much higher price to give VW a competitive vehicle in the luxury convertible market and the Golf convertible will cover the lower end of the market.
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Old 11-29-2012, 11:43 PM   #4
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I have noticed a trend with many manufacturers of going back to soft-top convertibles rather than hard-top convertible. I think the cost and complexity has ruled it out. So it would not surprise me if the EOS disappears and is not replaced. Look at all the Audi convertibles, the A5 could easily have been a hard top convertible like the EOS but they went with a soft top.

The talk is of a Passat CC based convertible on the cards, so with that and the Golf convertible VW have a good choice of convertibles without having a separate model.

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I really like the Golf convertible actually.
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:30 AM   #6
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I really like the Golf convertible actually.
I agree, it does look really good! I suspect the boot is tiny though, that is one of things I really like about the EOS, it has a very spacious boot (with the roof up).

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I agree, it does look really good! I suspect the boot is tiny though, that is one of things I really like about the EOS, it has a very spacious boot (with the roof up).

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That is probably the worst downside of the Golf compared to the Eos. However the Golf boot/trunk is better than the Beetle Cabriolet I had. It is not so much the size with the Golf (it remains the same roof up or down) but that you have to bend over to access it rather than drop the contents down into it.

I don't really miss the sunroof and the fact that the Golf's roof closes so much quicker and whilst still moving, is a distinct advantage, also there is no need for the car to be on the level when operating the roof.
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Old 11-30-2012, 01:23 PM   #8
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I liken my golf boot lid to a cat flap, and you have to be a gynaecologist just to put anything in it although it is quite spacious inside. I believe that from what I have heard from VW dealers that the EOS will not become an Audi (its all to do with weight and cost) but will be replaced by the Passat cabriolet in 2014.
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Hi All,
Got an inside scoop that production of the EOS has been ramping down for the US and that the Dealer can't stock them in numbers needed for sale. With low volume, the complexity of build and cost of the vehicle to VW, I would think the profit margin would be small if any versus build and repair expenses.

From how VW has handled my case, they are out for maximum profits and maximum cars sold! Not going to do much for quality or customer service.
Just an observation from my experience.

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Well, if this is true, just think what collector's items our Eos will become one day! Low production numbers will only add to their rarity and cache. I don't drive a lot of miles (under 7,500 per year) so with any luck I hope to have mine for many years to come. I'm just glad I got one while they were still making them. A hardtop convertible is my only drop-top option here in the city.
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Well, if this is true, just think what collector's items our Eos will become one day! Low production numbers will only add to their rarity and cache. I don't drive a lot of miles (under 7,500 per year) so with any luck I hope to have mine for many years to come. I'm just glad I got one while they were still making them. A hardtop convertible is my only drop-top option here in the city.
I am also disappointed to hear that the Eos may be ending production. It's certainly not without it's quirks but given that I need a car I can also drive in the wintertime a hardtop, front wheel drive car like this one (that gets decent gas mileage) was just the answer I was looking for. Neither RWD or a soft top appeal to me at all because of that requirement, I suspect I am not alone in that.
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Old 12-09-2012, 02:46 AM   #12
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I am also disappointed to hear that the Eos may be ending production. It's certainly not without it's quirks but given that I need a car I can also drive in the wintertime a hardtop, front wheel drive car like this one (that gets decent gas mileage) was just the answer I was looking for. Neither RWD or a soft top appeal to me at all because of that requirement, I suspect I am not alone in that.
I completely agree with you. I'm thinking though that the EOS has some future as a VW classic. Perhaps I overreacted to the news as I have a very strong desire to keep the EOS in tip top shape for another 3 decades or so. In an effort to preserve some miles off my EOS and in a moment of temporary insanity, I added a used Audi A6 to our "fleet" today. Much as the EOS is perfectly capable of handling less than ideal weather, I didn't want her to have to
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LOL @ Darren....any excuse is good enough...!!..at least it is still in the 'family'... :-)
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LOL @ Darren....any excuse is good enough...!!..at least it is still in the 'family'... :-)
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I doubt it will make any difference, but I noticed that Consumer Reports finally lifted their "Recommended" check mark ban on the Eos as they determined it's reliability had risen to be "Average" now. That made for a huge difference for people that look there for recommendations as it now places the Eos at the very top of their "Recommended 4 seat convertibles". Interesting enough, it is not only at the top of their recommendations, but the other 3 convertibles in that category are all at least 10k higher in price than the VW, and only one other vehicle was sporting a folding hardtop.

Will it be too little, too late to save it? Who knows, but I'm willing to bet that little check mark cost them a lot of sales to date...
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After returning the A6, I decided to purchase my neighbor's 2010 Q5 in Garnet Red Pearl. It has the 3.2L V6 and panoramic sunroof. It is a very nice addition to our fleet and will probably be my DD through the winter.
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very nice Darren,,,a great addition to the 'fleet'...:-)
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Opinion: For what it's worth Jeremy Clarkson (who he?) recently pooh-poohed the Golf convertible and said the EOS was a much better choice.
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Expect it's going to get increasingly expensive to service and get spare parts for over time. Resale value will take a hit and go down faster once it's officially discontinued.

Truly a shame...I was looking forward to buying an MY09 mid next year as my first car... But now reconsidering whether to look for something elsewhere.
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Expect it's going to get increasingly expensive to service and get spare parts for over time. Resale value will take a hit and go down faster once it's officially discontinued.

Truly a shame...I was looking forward to buying an MY09 mid next year as my first car... But now reconsidering whether to look for something elsewhere.
You might just find it could turn into a future classic and the value go up accordingly. Mick
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I think I can understand why manufacturers have steered away from solid tops. Complexity of the roof control system, design, propensity for leaks and expensive after sales warranty claims mean the true cost of the model is propped up by other models in their portfolios.

The mostly glass construction of the EOS roof and additional chassis strengthening add a lot of extra weight over a 'rag top'. But my wife would rather have that physical security when driving alone, than 911 programmed into her cell.

I can see that the EOS resale price could drop as they finish the line, but waiting long enough could see its rarity add value. Another factor here is the complexity of the roof will write off most EOS's as uneconomic insurance repair, further reducing the numbers on the roads.

Roof and electronic problems will increase the cost of getting work done and EOS roof training budgets for the VW techs will reduce, whilst finding specialists will be hard and expensive. There is an oportunity for specialist firms to offer EOS roof repairs, as long as VW can still support the EOS with 'affordable' prices for parts.

As the EOS moves from mainstream showroom road car to 'enthusiast rare car', those that own them will have to accept they need VCDS plus technical service information and will bite the bullet to do their own maintenance and repairs as much as possible. That is the way many classic and enthusiast car owners run their cars.

I suppose I regard myself as an enthusiast so nothing phases me about tasks. However, I do quite a bit of research in advance as best as I can because there are things that can catch out the average mechanic. The biggest problem with these cars is many service operations require diagnostics, after you have dealt with the mechanicals.

My EOS is 2007 with warranty replaced roof seals. I have already taken a hit on depreciated value as with most cars. But I would not feel so good if I had a much newer model and heard VW were dropping it from their portfolio.

There are very few true 4 seater hard top convertibles around. I did see a new Lexus cab hard top the other day which looked cool with plenty of rear seat room, but I guess it came with an expensive price tag.

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Voxmagna -could not agree more with the above summation .
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...There are very few true 4 seater hard top convertibles around. I did see a new Lexus cab hard top the other day which looked cool with plenty of rear seat room, but I guess it came with an expensive price tag.
The IS and Infinity G Hard-top convertibles are RWD and do not offer AWD IIRC. Not as good for winter driving as an FWD... Not to mention being north of $50K with a few options.
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Mine is an 07 and I am a bit worried about the sort of issues the top might give me as the car ages. I'm in no real hurry to get rid of it but I have been watching the convertible market closely to decide what model I'll be looking at next. I am really curious to see if VW adds another convertible to the lineup after the CC drops off the showroom floors or if they let the Beetle fill that market.
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Mine is an 07 and I am a bit worried about the sort of issues the top might give me as the car ages. I'm in no real hurry to get rid of it but I have been watching the convertible market closely to decide what model I'll be looking at next. I am really curious to see if VW adds another convertible to the lineup after the CC drops off the showroom floors or if they let the Beetle fill that market.
There is already a Golf convertible which, I read somewhere, is coming to the USA soon.
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