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#2399 of 2551 CARBON BUILD-UP ON 02 GOLF TDI TURBO
May 23, 2008 (6:28 am)
I recently had to shell out $2000 to replace my turbo that failed due to excessive carbon buildup. I own an 02 Golf TDI with 77,000 miles on it. The extended warranty company is balking at covering the cost due to the presence of this excessive carbon. I take good care of teh car and am pissed. does anyone else have this problem? any suggestions when i sue the extended warranty company? DOES ANYONE KNOW OF A CLASS-ACTION SUIT AGAINST VW FOR THE SHITTY TURBO IN MY GOLF?
#2400 of 2551 Re: CARBON BUILD-UP ON 02 GOLF TDI TURBO [vwguy1776]
May 23, 2008 (4:50 pm)
Comon.... You are not serious about blaming VW for this? VW does not even manufacture the turbocahrger. It is built by one of the 3 companies in the world that builds turbochargers.
Most likely the problem with your turbocharger was the DRIVER. There is a reason that you need to use full-throttle accelleration at least once per tank of fuel. TO KEEP THE CARBON BLOWN OUT OF THE TURBOCHARGER!
Besides, your old turbocharger is likely to be good. I hope your repair-shop did not KEEP your expensive trubocharger. I am sure THEY sent it out for rebuild. (and got several 100 dollars for it)
As a pre-warning to you... the INTAKE-PLENUM on TDIs is known to get plugged up with carbon and needs to be cleaned. (around 80-100K miles) Did your service-poeple include this cleaning in the $2000 bill? If not, you will be in the shop again soon...
#2401 of 2551 Re: CARBON BUILD-UP ON 02 GOLF TDI TURBO [vwguy1776]
May 23, 2008 (5:16 pm)
Sorry to hear about your turbo failure. I really can do nothing about the spilled milk portion, but can offer up suggestions on how to make the new turbo you bought go longer than 77,000.
Mine is at 107,000 miles. The goals are a min of 500,000 miles plus. The EGR and intake manifold was inspected during the 100k mile TB/WP change. It was pronounced good to go for least another 100k by one of the regional gurus. It was blacked, but there was NO carbon/soot build up.
So when your water temp is cold (aka, less than normal operating temp app 190 degrees on your temp gauge) run your revs (through the gears) to not more than 2,500 rpms. When it is warm (aka app 190 degrees on your temp gauge) run your revs (through the gears) to app 3,500 rpms.
You CAN rev to 5,100 rpms BUT much over 3800 rpms does NOT much good. (economy, power, speed, wise) This type of up and down reving keeps the turbo's vanes from getting stuck.
Some might have different definitions, but you will want to run the car slightly ahead of the torque curve (again slightly to more aggressively). You do NOT want to wind it up like a Honda VTEC then shift. But you want to shift (slightly) before and let the torque pull you to where you want to go. So while I normally run the engine at higher rpms ( for the reasons stated) when I want max mpg, I run it between 1700- 2000 rpms(sweet spot) . Again, when you feel the need to down shift let the revs take you to between 2,500 to 3,500 and this will actually keep the turbo issues at bay while you can do the economy range if you so chose.
#2402 of 2551 2003 Golf GT TDI
Jun 07, 2008 (1:52 pm)
Hi, can anyone help me please, I have recently purchased a new shape Golf GT TDI. It seems to have an intermittant shuddering when the vehicle is ticking over. The whole car seems to vibrate. I was advised to change the oil and clean the throttle body which has been done but has not made a difference. Has anyone come across this before or have any suggestions for me to try. Thank you!
#2403 of 2551 Re: 2003 Golf GT TDI [ally21]
Jun 08, 2008 (5:46 pm)
There is no "throttle body" on a diesel engine... just exactly what did they do? (I hope you did not actually PAY to have a non-exastant part cleaned.)
In any case -You may want to start with a compression-test to ensure that all 4 cylinders are mechanically sound.
Then, consider one of the injectors may be mis-behaving.
#2404 of 2551 2009 VW Golf Plus Spy Pix Posted at Automotive Traveler
Jul 11, 2008 (10:52 am)
I'm new here and wanted to introduce myself. My name is Rich Truesdell and I am the Editorial Director of Automotive Traveler, which, as the name implies, is an automotive adventure travel web site. Wednesday I was up in the California desert doing a test drive on the Dodge Caliber SRT4 when I encountered a group of VWs and Audis going through some hot weather tests. As all the Audis were were not cloaked, I didn't see anything interesting there. But I did come across what I believe were two 2009/2010 Golf Plus models and the the test team and their escorts really didn't want me taking photos of the front of the cars.
It took a little bit of creativity and patience, but here's a sample of what I was able to get.
I've posted some additional views at Automotive Traveler, including some higher resolution images. Here's a direct link to the blog:
2009 VW Golf Plus Spy Shots
I invite you to drop in, take a look, and leave any comments that might better identify the cars in the shots. Feel free to post the above image on other VW-related forums if you want so long that you properly credit it to Automotive Traveler and the link above.
If the editors at edmunds.com would like to feature the images with proper attribution, please contact me directly.
Thank you and have a great weekend.
Editorial Director, Automotive Traveler magazine,
Jul 11, 2008 (11:53 am)
If you go to the VW Germany site you can see all the current cars - guess these are what you'll be getting. But maybe not the new Scirocco.
#2406 of 2551 how do you contact members
Aug 04, 2008 (10:19 am)
looking for how to contact members without interrupting a forum
#2407 of 2551 Re: how do you contact members [timbodey]
by PFFlyer@Edmunds HOST
Aug 04, 2008 (10:41 am)
If you click on a member's username and they have their email set to "public" you will be able to see their address and contact them that way. Not everyone will have their email set to public, so the other way to tackle the situation is to set your onw to public. Then if you want to contact someone off the forum youcan just let them know to click on your username and initiate the contact that way.
Only registered forums users can find email addys this way so there's no danger of exposing your email to just anyone this way.
#2408 of 2551 Re: 2003 Golf GT TDI [ally21]
Aug 06, 2008 (12:03 pm)
I have a TDI jetta and my car has been vibrating more so as well. I do agree from what I learned that doing a compression test is a good idea & then looking into the injectors. This is something i'm currently looking into as well. My car is notorious now for having its shaking and misfiring...