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Old 19th September 2013, 10:09 AM   #43561
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I changed it every 3k as specified in the warranty. This was a problem that was endemic to the '03 Passat 1.8T (don't know about other years) because of a design flaw which caused the oil to run too hot and form sludge, leading to engine seizure. Consumer Reports's expose a few years later was cold comfort, and you can still find lots of stories online about this problem.

Never again will I own a German car.
That makes two of us. Here's a list of problems I had on a brand new Audi A4.

1. On delivery drivers electric window faulty... had to have a new motor assy fitted.

2. Int illumination of ABS warning light on starting... design fault, relay dropping out under low voltage starting.

3. Major electrical fault... I ended up fixing this myself, the dealer couldn't find it !! traced to a loose earth on passenger A frame causing all weird wonderful faults.

4. Passenger electric window steel cord frayed and chewed motor gearbox up.

5. One of the twin horns "failed", told by dealer... they all do that, don't worry.

6. Disintegrating trim such as the highly tensioned damped ashtray which never used. Had to extract and repair the gears.

7. Squeaky clutch pedal.

8. The accelerator pedal large pad "fell off" .... it has a plastic hinge (CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT)

9. Radio interference... again traced by me to the reversing light switch contacts that were arcing.

10. Recall... new oil pump required, could cause major failure.

11. Another recall... vibration damper to be fitted to camshafts.
12. Oil leaks.

13. Suspension trouble... rear shock absorber gaiters disintegrated, I fitted universal steering gaiters as replacement without needing any dismantling.

14. Creaky ball joints on anto roll bars. I injected with hypoid oil... they never creaked again... this was a common fault.

15. Oh yes... radio incorrectly wired, switch engine off with lights on and radio locked up with a Disco lights display.

16. Heated mirror element lasted a few weeks at best... design fault.

17. The evaporator for the air con developed a leak. That was the last straw, £500 for the part and 15 to 20 hours labour... no thanks.

18. The boot light switch was poorly designed... had to whack the lid to get it to activate.

19. Heated washer jets failed.

20. After the self destructing ashtray the cup holder also flew apart by themselves... a first year student would realise the materials used were under to high a stress by the "gate springs" used.

21. Thermostat failed... stuck open.

22. Burned oil too.

And being absolutely mad I had a new Audi A2 1.4 TDi. That suffered turbo failure while running it in at three weeks old.

So it was back to Toyota The Auris I have uses a special 0/20 grade oil (thats like water) but it obviously does its job. Our 10+ years old Corolla has never even had a replacement bulb. All its had were new front brake discs and pads this year following an MOT advisary... it would still have passed without. Thats reliablity.
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Old 19th September 2013, 10:19 AM   #43562
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Quality, man! The one major defect that they did actually cover under the warranty was when the driver's seat suddenly started to burn and smoke. My then-wife, who was driving at the time, was not amused.
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Old 19th September 2013, 10:22 AM   #43563
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Its not good is it.
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Old 19th September 2013, 10:37 AM   #43564
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I changed it every 3k as specified in the warranty. This was a problem that was endemic to the '03 Passat 1.8T (don't know about other years) because of a design flaw which caused the oil to run too hot and form sludge, leading to engine seizure. Consumer Reports's expose a few years later was cold comfort, and you can still find lots of stories online about this problem.

Never again will I own a German car.
I think things have changed. My Audi want new oil every 30k km. So far, 175k km with no problems except a broken vacuum sensor in the turbo, which did confuse the diagnostic software some, to be honest.

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Old 19th September 2013, 10:53 AM   #43565
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Could be, but I'm not a believer is second chances.
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Old 19th September 2013, 11:15 AM   #43566
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That's what my second wife said
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Old 19th September 2013, 11:21 AM   #43567
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I am also a Toyota fan. Their cars are boring to look at and boring to drive, but they work. My first was a second-hand Starlet. Then three new Corollas. Now a second-hand Yaris. Only two problems:
- spare parts (when you need them) are eye-wateringly expensive
- the wiring loom always seems to rattle behind the dashboard
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Maybe you should try the Antilles again
Make my day, I'm willing to learn how to play golf and haven't hit someone with a club yet (odds look far from favorable though).
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Old 19th September 2013, 03:10 PM   #43569
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I had an E Class for 3 years. Wonderful car. Then a Beamer for 2 before going to Japan. Wonderful.

In Japan I caught the train, walked and taxi - no car. Wonderful.

Now, it's a Lexus. Wonderful.

I am lip lucky - I never has problems with my cars - but I am a sedate kind of driver.

Only problem was in Japan. Man, I went through a new pair is shoes every 4 months despite oiling them ever few days.
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Old 19th September 2013, 03:48 PM   #43570
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Fortunately all true , Mercedes is the pits too , as BMW, my brother switched to lexus years ago , swears by them , never looked back or owned a german car again , i drove his Lexus ....

Definitely not German, the dynamics is not the same , but having damn near zero issues is real tempting ...
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