Re: Recently sold thread
Here's a list of things it needed when i finally stopped driving it (with 115k on the odometer)...
Originally Posted by Ipheuria
- Transmission rebuild (because of faulty gear syncros that VW knew about shortly after release of the MKIV gen, but never issued a recall as they could legally attribute it to being induced by "driving behavior", essentially rendering the consumer powerless to prove the parts would go bad anyways, which they did in a staggering amount of the models). The funny thing to is, only about a year after the MKIV was introduced, VW decided to put a 6speed in the GTI model (the 20th AE edition and the lesser known 337 edition)...this one had no syncro issue, but is almost impossible to find in the 2nd hand market. Thanks VW!
- Waterpump...and this would be the 2nd one installed, because VW decided to use plastic impeller fans on them (genius!) which deteriorate so quickly that the average life span of the OE one and standard replacement one was about 45k miles...Audi used the same 1.8T motor in many of their cars, but used a metal impeller fan water pump to prevent this issue...average life on those? 150k.
- Timing belt...average life span of timing belt? 80k. Show me another car with that kind of life span on the timing belt, lol! They should have used a chain like their Japanese competitors moved to on the higher horsepower motors, but no, they stuck with the belt, and the cost of replacing the timing belt on the 1.8T? About $1,000...and add to that the water pump replacement in there because it usually needs to be replaced when the timing belt is ready to go anyways. Forget to change the timing belt and let it run over that said mileage? You might get lucky, or you might end up with a completely destroyed engine...cost to rebuild, on average, about $3,000. I can buy 4 of my Preludes motors for that and replace the timing belt on it for the same amount, lol.
...i wont even get into the emissions controllers and the various rubber hoses and plastic connectors directly controlling the coolant flow of the car, lol! Just before i sold it, i spent $250 on a hose set called a "coolant flange", and had to spend another $100 on getting it installed because it required a special tool (VW wanted $65 for this tool alone) to remove the flange from the side of the motor...where it is mounted, and routinely sees extremely high temperatures...and is made out of cheap plastic.
Sorry for the long winded vent...but dear god you'd think VW made cars for mechanics ONLY. This was my second (and last) Volkswagen, good luck to you if you own one or plan to, i bought a little daily driver Honda Prelude (1997 model) that is just as fast as the GTI, and i can replace the entire engine on it for the cost of the clutch replacement on the GTI, lol!