John Steele is a man without integrity!!!! He does not live up to his commitments! I have experienced this many times - yet again at Carlisle when he failed to show up to look at my car as promised MULTIPLE TIMES.
All I have ever wanted from JPS was for this car to work. Is that unreasonable?
John Steele considers his cars "used VWs" (read one of his latest emails to me below). So understand what you are really buying in John Steele's eyes - a used VW! Nothing more.
I have tried to be reasonable. I have tried to give JPS every opportunity to help. Result is always half-hearted and produces poor results.
BEWARE. You WILL be on your own. I have been promised many many things and received 1/10th of what was promised.
Warranty - forget it. How good is it if JPS won't help you or find someone to help you?
Following is what John says to me despite NOT EVEN taking 10 minutes to meet me and look at the car as he promised he would do (multiple times) at Carlisle last weekend (both on Saturday and Sunday):
"Because, I have seen the abuse that you have done to that car and I paid for mistakes you made already, even giving you a discount on the purchase price because I believed you would understand about owning a kit car especially one as complicated as yours. I have tried everything you asked within reason to help you with the car. Now it is your turn to meet me halfway. I am still willing to help but if you think legal action over a used VW is necessary go ahead."
John P. Steele JPS Motorsports, Inc.
11323 Vanowen St.
North Hollywood, CA 91605
The abuse he talks about refers to brake rotors that overheated because they do not cool very well with drum skins on (How should I know that?) & a nerf bar that was torn off the first time I drove it because they were never test fitted for clearance by JPS. The discount was to honor the price he quoted me in writing and I had to fight for weeks to get him to honor.
I LOVE THIS CAR. IT IS MY DREAM CAR OR LEAST IT COULD BE, but it has been an abomination thanks to JPS.
NOW John wants to ship the car back to JPS again (at my expense). He wants me to spend more money on this expensive piece of junk that needs a total going over. How do I meet him halfway when he won't even look at the car first hand when he has the chance? How do I trust him to fix it when he did not do it last time it was sent back? Why should I spend more money to fix what should not be a problem at all????
Does this look like an abused car?
Be sure to check out the result of driving home 90 MILES in the rain. 4 inches of "Lake Steele" water came off my floor into my 12X12 SHOP VAC CONTAINER!
BEWARE. UNLESS YOU LIVE IN JPS PROXIMITY YOU WILL GET STUCK WITH LITTLE OR NO WAY OUT.
There is much much much more to this story. All documented in hundreds of emails. I have tried to work quietly & constructively, but it is not and has not been working. So I am going public with my advice. John Steele is an arrogant and unreasonable man to try to do business with. Nothing is ever his responsibility and he does not do much of what he says he will do. Many of my problems persist from the beginning with no resolution strategy from John Steele.
BY THE WAY - John says water damaged carpet is NOT covered under warranty.