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Hey guys
just thought i mgiht come and have a little rant.

We bought a van, 2700 it cost
1st weekend we had it, the driveshaft broke and we were recovered. It was collected by the garage we bought it from, they "fixed" it.

Constant knocking was still apparant, so took it to my local garage who replaced the cv joint and boot. £70

Couple of weeks later, van won't start. Insurance provides [email protected], so it gets started, and taken back to the garage.
new fuel filter and apark plugs(think it's a generic invoice, glow plugs??). £121
Warned the starter motor is lazy.

last week, struggling to start still, get the starter motor replaced. £170

Came to drive it this morning after struggling so far, IT WONT :* START

Time to ask for my money back. It came with a warranty which so far hasn't helped as none of it has been covered.

Failing that, small claims court.

What's annoying is we bought this van after our brand new suzuki swift was written off. It was the beginning of our plans to move from east devon to north. Not happy.
 

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I would get the timing checked to make sure its spot on next seeing as you have covered all the easy stuff also check the leak off pipes on the injectors are not split. The leak off pipes if split cause the fuel in the pipes to drain back to the tank which in turn causes a lot of spinning the engine over to get the fuel. They literally are pence to sort out!

Good luck bud T:
 

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I would get the timing checked to make sure its spot on next seeing as you have covered all the easy stuff also check the leak off pipes on the injectors are not split. The leak off pipes if split cause the fuel in the pipes to drain back to the tank which in turn causes a lot of spinning the engine over to get the fuel. They literally are pence to sort out!

Good luck bud T:
thanks for the advice there, our local garage, who i trust 100% have checked all that stuff. that's why they replaced the fuel filter as well and it's no better.

To be honest I'm fed up with having things checked, my gut instinct it telling me it will be problem after problem, we bought it 5 weeks ago and have had so many problems since then, I've given up on it.
 

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Never trust a back street/local garage 100% bud that's why I'm replacing my engine head and doing the timing myself this time, it was a friends garage and i don't trust the work they did. A second opinion from a VW diesel specialist will go far! It's the ABL 1.9td engine isn't it?
 

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Never trust a back street/local garage 100% bud that's why I'm replacing my engine head and doing the timing myself this time, it was a friends garage and i don't trust the work they did. A second opinion from a VW diesel specialist will go far! It's the ABL 1.9td engine isn't it?
mm.. my mistake, what i meant was 100% MORE than the people i bought it from!

I've learned many times that I should really my gut instinct so this time i'm sticking with it.

Yeah ABL 19td
 

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there are good vans out there , try and buy from a forum member if you can mines had money spent on it a fair amount but its n regd and its definatley done the rounds . its been to a few meets and gazzagee has stood on the roof had bbq's in the back and probably done a few things i'd rather not know about . but its a good vehicle and i love it .
vw cost some are like holes in the ground and its like chucking money in that hole . if you've had all this stuff done so soon i'd be asking for my cash back unless you can get the work done somewere else a vw garage . ask at your local vw garage ,ask them to do a survey on the van and you can go to smallclaims court with a list of faults .
you may even find its worth spending the money at vw to get the jobs fixed properly.
good luck anyway , i always have issues with vehicles but touch wood this one is ok for now ....T:
 

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we did originally look on here for a van but there was nothing in our price range at the time and we needed something :(
This is definitely a money pit, i just want rid.
I hope we don't need the small claims court but it is reassuring to know it's there to protect us if it comes to that.
We're gutted :(
 

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mm.. my mistake, what i meant was 100% MORE than the people i bought it from!

I've learned many times that I should really my gut instinct so this time i'm sticking with it.

Yeah ABL 19td
An extremely simple engine fore a good diesel specialist to work on. They could probably diagnose your problems in a couple of hours where a backstreet garage could spend a day on it. It really cant be that much, theres not much it can be. Chin up buddyT:
 

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An extremely simple engine fore a good diesel specialist to work on. They could probably diagnose your problems in a couple of hours where a backstreet garage could spend a day on it. It really cant be that much, theres not much it can be. Chin up buddyT:
reassuring, thank you :) My concern is I think the problems go beyond the non-starting.
I know i'm sounding negative / pessimistic but like I said i've fallen foul of not trusting my instincts before so this time I would rather take the gamble and possiblyy loose out on the van that spend even more money that we don't have - our original MAXIMUM budget at a stretch was 2500, we're now over 3100 and i dont like that.
 

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reassuring, thank you :) My concern is I think the problems go beyond the non-starting.
I know i'm sounding negative / pessimistic but like I said i've fallen foul of not trusting my instincts before so this time I would rather take the gamble and possiblyy loose out on the van that spend even more money that we don't have - our original MAXIMUM budget at a stretch was 2500, we're now over 3100 and i dont like that.
I'm in the same boat mate. Had a rebuild done prior to my tour of Europe 30 miles from home the head failed. I'm out of pocket £700 inc parts for a rebuild and need to buy another new head for £400 and fit it myself because i'm a minimum wage Coastguard and cant afford another labour bill.

What keeps me going is i know the van is good and will be like new and i've covered all the bases when its done, and should be good for another 100k miles. Plus there are soooooo many :* vans out there which could give you trouble.

Choice is yours obviously bud.
 
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