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AndyKH

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1,456 posts

76 months

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Hi guys, i'm going to be buying either a 1.8t GTI or either a 130bhp or 150BHP GTTDI in the next couple of weeks. I've found a nice low mileage example of each apart from the 150 model and was wondering what i need to be asking and looking for when viewing?

Cheers Guys and girls.

steebo888

780 posts

78 months

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I've had my gt tdi 150 for 12 months doing 27k. Now on 134K

only broke down once due to blocked fuel filter which cost me £12 to replace. No problems since apart from rear axle bushes going which is common on high mileage.

Make sure cambelt has been done every 4 yrs/60K and has FSH showing serviced every 10-20K depedning on service schedule it is set at. Should be filled up with proper VW spec PD oil.

I have heard stories and seen possts of the cam lobes breaking but touchwood i have not had that issue.

For more info check - http://uk-mkivs.net/

JKY

358 posts

72 months

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Windows - they WILL fall into the door unless they have had the upgraded metal clips / regulator replaced.

Cambelt change along with tensioners and water pump (plastic impeller fails).

Rear axle bushes go soft.

Climatronic can cause expensive problems so manual aircon is best.

Main thing is to buy one that has been well cared for and is original - they are great cars but will show up problems / wear if they have been abused.

1.8t is a great alrounder with good smooth performance, better/lower suspension (150 TDI may have this too) and superb MPG - easy 35 average and 40 possible.
130 TDI is very good with few issues but poorer spec. 50ish MPG
150 TDIs are know to have engine and possible clutch/gearbox issues.


AndyKH

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1,456 posts

76 months

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The 1.8 T i've seen has only 51000 on the clock and i'm just awaiting a reply on the what the service history is on the car at the minute. Another 1.8 i've seen has 90000 on the clock but comes with a full VWSH. Is it really the case that mileage isnt an issue if it has been serviced as per VW's schedual? What about turbo lifespan on the petrol and diesel models?

JKY

358 posts

72 months

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I have had a couple of 1.8Ts - bought at 80k and sold at 125k. Both were mint when bought (and still were when sold) and gave no problems, except for the windows!!! Turbos etc all original. Both bought privately from sensible mature owners - I was very comfortable with fact they had not beeen abused.
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Emmapuma

415 posts

79 months

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my 130 gt tdi is fantastic

nothing has gone wrong with it at all and runs like a dream even at 110k miles.

just make sure cam belt has been replaced every 60k ish miles and be wary of the turbos on the 150s, they are prone to breaking especially if you get the car remapped.

oh yeah and as someone else has mentioned you need to use proper vw oil in them.

To the guy who said 130s are poorer spec what do you mean? mine is quite a high spec one fair enough it doesnt have leather seats but its got recaro style seats, air con, electric all round, alloys, colour coded and spoiler.

MElliottUK

786 posts

92 months

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No falts from my 130GTTDI 121,000 miles now.

Basically everything said above, cambelt is pricey so try and get one thats been done (with water pump).

Great on motorway and in a straight line, i would not get another mainly beause its to heavy and wallows in corners and parts are pricey (but not needed any yet, touch wood)

Plan to take mine to the 170,000 make, will see if it makes it.

JKY

358 posts

72 months

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I meant lesser spec compared to a 1.8t - a standard 130tdi will not have the turbo spec sports suspension, no wood trim, differnt alloys possibly, etc. Still a good spec though and sounds like yours has a couple of options too.

Edited by JKY on Friday 30th January 13:16

sparkesp

298 posts

75 months

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My 115 GT Tdi done 170K and no major faults.
2 minor niggles. Rear wash wipe leaks in to the boot sometimes, so i replace the clips and the washer bottle sensor has packed in...
I get it regularly serviced at a good independant, who uses VW parts.
MOT last week, full clean bill of health.
Gonna push mine to 250K!

benjdr

189 posts

82 months

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Before buying, check your radiator fans if the car has climatronic.
http://uk-mkivs.net/forums/t/59897.aspx

flakeypaul

427 posts

70 months

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Friday 13th February 2009 quote quote all
Are you finally going to admit now that the pic of ur car on ur profile has been heavily photoshopped? Last time I looked outta the window it didn't have those alloys!

caveo

13 posts

62 months

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My cupra ( also 1.8t ) has done 125000 miles so iv seen Every common fault...
1. coilpacks ( control the spark plugs ) around 70 quid
2. MAF sensor about 40 quid
3. Plastic waterpump tends to shatter
4. oe diverter valve fails ( also known as a dump valve ) , replace with a Forge 007p dump valve.
5. Door seals are crap so check for wet carpits.
I know this sounds alot but its well worth it for an turbo engine which is easily tuneable.

g3rrd

605 posts

68 months

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My 150 TDI has been brill. Do not be put off by the scare stories
about 150's. Clutches only need upgrading with torque over @300+ ftlb.

A 150 with a remap is well worth doing. No exploding internals yet wink

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