@aftermath999, speaking for myself and other mechanics I’ve known; none of use a torque wrench for certain things. Those things would include valve cover bolts, spark plugs, and so on.
A “feel” is developed and it’s much safer than a torque wrench. Many torque wrenches may be accurate at higher torque numbers but down low they can be off a bit. This presents a problem when a 3/8 or 1/2" torque wrench is used for lower torque setting.s
I’ve got a very accurate 1/4" drive German made torque wrench and I seldom ever use that.
As for the old VW Rabbits, they had their issues. The biggest one was the cantankerous CIS fuel injection system.
They also had their weird issues such as the faulty radio antenna grommets. During a heavy rain water could run down the cable, inside the car, and onto the fuse box. The water would short the starter solenoid wiring and away the starter motor would go.
This was a big problem if the car was a manual transmission left in gear with the park brake not set.
There was one towed in once in which the female owner had reported it stolen. It had rained the previous night and the VW had taken off on its own. The cops found it a block away against a utility pole with a dead battery and fried starter.
Another oddity was when the gas tank vent would screw up. Engine vacuum would suck the tank near flat; much like blowing up a paper bag and then inhaling until it’s flat. People were wondering why they were running out of gas after filling it up and why it only took 3 gallons to fill an empty tank.,.,…