Well since I've only had to change a throttle cable
once in over 500,000 miles of driving, I'd say they're
Also, once adjusted properly, they rarely stretch.
You get great throttle response, no lag, and if the
computer freaks out, geuss what? You can *still*
drive the car!!
I had HUGE problems with the drive by wire in my old
'99.5 Mk4 VR6 GTI, both with and without the GIAC
chip. The scenario: Motor mount breaks, engine
lunges forward, yanks on engine harness, resets drive
by wire settings. Car runs like ass until I get the
ecu reset. Than it takes 1 week or so for the ecu to
relearn everything. Get motor mount replaced, 3 weeks
later, same thing happens.
If the damn car had a throttle cable, it would've been
running fine, despite the broken mount. This was
before the urethane and VWMS moutns came out, so I was
stuck with the stock replacements. This was so
frustrating that I got rid of the car. Well, that and
the fact the sunroof motor died twice and the power
door lock motor died as well. All in 10 months.
By far the WORST car I've ever owned.