Molgrips car #4 – A New Hope
I found a place who listened to my story and promised to have an intelligent look at the car and talk to me in detail about what we’ve both found out, rather than just lob parts at it and charge me. Currently sitting in their waiting room.
The ECU expert (I dunno if I need quotes on that or not) has not yet looked at it but apparently someone has read the codes and already told me I need a new DSG clutch and a new EGR valve.. Grr.. not looking hopeful…
Place your bets folks!Posted 4 years agomarcus7Member
If you know what the previous mechanic did (which by the sounds of it you do) why dont tell the guys at the new garage what he did?, it would mean that they could go straight to the problem?. Ultimately that would save you time and thus money although personally i’d get shut and save the hassle.Posted 4 years ago
I have VCDS, it tells me what’s wrong (with one part of it at least) but doesn’t allow me to fix it. These guys have Autologic which allows software flashing so that might fix it.
If you know what the previous mechanic did (which by the sounds of it you do) why dont tell the guys at the new garage what he did?
I did, part of the reason I’ve come here (A1 Diagnostics of Cardiff) is that they were prepared to supply an electronics specialist who’d talk to me, he understood what I’d said, agreed with my ideas and said he’d keep me informed as he worked – and he has so far.
Run away, run away fast!
Ok, who wants to buy a car with an ECU problem? Anyone? No-one?
Ok then.Posted 4 years agocr500domSubscriber
Whereabouts are you Molgrips ?
Can put you in touch with 2 or 3 very good people with the correct VAG dealer software, my Next door but 1 neighbour does a lot of VAG Diagnostics for the local garages.
Another independent with 2 ex VAG Main dealer Senior Techs who are very good too.
And a couple of others locally (East Anglia)Posted 4 years ago
About £3800 if its in good nick.
The thing is with cars that start to go wrong its not just the money that is the problem its the inconvenience. I would rather pay £250 a month for a new car safe in the knowledge of how much it will cost me every month and that if it does go wrong it is most likely a warranty job. I hate the thought of my car keeping on going wrong when I need to be at work and having to take days off to get it sorted.Posted 4 years agojohnellisonMember
EGR easy to sort – just make a blanking plate with an old coke can and blank it off (between the valve and the plenum).
Clear all the s**t out of the plenum and you’re good to go – plus you’ll get better response and better mpg. It may throw up an internal error but it shouldn’t cause any dash warnings.Posted 4 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
The thing is with cars that start to go wrong its not just the money that is the problem its the inconvenience. I would rather pay £250 a month for a new car safe in the knowledge of how much it will cost me every month and that if it does go wrong it is most likely a warranty job. I hate the thought of my car keeping on going wrong when I need to be at work and having to take days off to get it sorted.
On the other hand (my car’s about the same age) I’d rather not think that it was losing £250 a month in depreciation just sat on the driveway, and that breakdowns are statisticaly unlikely (in our house we’ve had our current cars for 5 and 3 years, with one malfunctioning sensor costing £150 in ~90,000miles).Posted 4 years agotinybitsMember
Has it been the faulty DSG that’s been limiting your overtaking performance Molegrips
Yep, it’s the fact the box won’t change that means I’m able to jump up the queue!
Back to seriousness, if the blokes still looking at it, you’ve already got a £250 bill coming! I’d crash it on the way home if I were you…Posted 4 years ago
tinas, I prefer to think of it as using value instead of loosing value. I can sleep better at night thinking about spending money to keep having a reliable newish car than I can worrying if it will break down leaving me with a big bill.
I have had my Focus from new and only the coil pack and the battery have ever caused a problem. It was 6 years old at the weekend and ticked over 100000 miles at the same time. I am concerned that the clutch or something else major will die soon and as such I am on the hunt for a new car.Posted 4 years ago
The car isn’t ‘keeping going wrong’. An idiotic mechanic told me I needed a new ECU when I didn’t, new ECU is either faulty or the wrong hardware version, not sure which.
Nothing wrong with the EGR valve, the problem is either wiring, hardware version, or a hardware fault.
Gearbox problem is either some kind of restricted mode caused by the EGR problem or it’s something going on with the oil or the clutch plates. I haven’t checked the oil yet.
Cost me £156 to have an electronics expert (who was pretty decent actually) agree with me, and update the gearbox and engine software.Posted 4 years ago
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