Having driven many vauxhalls and vags I cant beleive anyone thinks Vauxhalls are better!
Whereas I can't believe that some fall for VW's "quality" image. Not all Vauxhalls are better than all VWs, and vice versa. As for equivalent models, it depends on which ones you're comparing. What Vauxhalls aren't is miles away from being competitive.
And as for them beating bmw/merc for quality thats just insane.
You haven't owned an early 2000s Mercedes, have you? You obviously believe that a German badge and a soft-touch dashboard means that the car will outlast time itself. I own a German car and am not under any illusion - in fact, We've had more trouble free miles out of a "useless" Vectra than all of the other cars in the family put together (including BMW & Mercedes). The other point I'd like to make is that when Vauxhalls do go wrong, they're usually a lot cheaper to repair than the equivalent vorsprung durch vermarkten.
The only people in Bedfordshire who buy vauxhall are ex factory workers friends & family who get massive discounts upto 50% off list. Vauxhalls are painfully dull (excluding vxr) and have a definate chav image.
Whereas what you want for excitement is a Golf SDi or Polo Bluemotion, right?
As for chavs; you see many more driving Polos and Golfs fitted with Audi wheels, DUB stickers, Halfords LED DRLs and car bras than you see in Corsas and Astras any longer.
The service from stealers is amongst the worst in the motor trade.
To be honest, that depends on exactly where you go. I could give equal examples of shocking "service" from BMW, Mini, VW, Audi and Vauxhall. The difference is that the German brands give you a leather sofa and a latté in the waiting room then charge a small fortune to change a headlight bulb because they made it so difficult to access (Audi A6) or cause havoc by not reconnecting a fuel hose properly (Mini).
I looked at Vauxhalls before ordering (yet another) VW when I last changed my car - mostly because VW know how to make quality interiors, whilst the Vauxhall interior was full of 'Matsui' grade plastic.
You wanted quality...so you bought a Passat. According to Warranty Direct, it's rated as worse than the old Vectra even though the average age of the Vetras concerned is greater. Not only that, but the Passat's dash plastics aren't exactly renowned for their solidity. JD Power is nonsense and is mostly opinion based - owners seem to be able to forgive major faults if a car has damped grab handles. The hard facts are in contrast with their "findings".
But that was Saab's chassis engineering team working with Haldex that did that, not any from Vauxhall or Opel
Saab? Oversteer? Now that's a culture shift!
We could go into the specifics of which GM engineers are responsible for what (and why shouldn't GM share the fruits of the engineers' labour? - They should do it all the more IMO), but that doesn't change my feeling that the VXR range are generally a more exciting proposition than front-biased AWD VWs. People are entitled to their own opinion of course, but reciting the same old b
ks about VAG cars being more solid and reliable just shows ignorance and stupidity.