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Hi

This is a pretty brutal story-i'll try to keep it short and would welcome anyones advice.

Me and my girlfriend spent all our savings to buy our first VW last year. 1999 lwb 2.5 t4 Only 65,000 on the clock, great body, spent a million hours lovingly converting it ready for euro trip 2016.

At xmas she broke down. I had it rescued by a family friend of the missus. He said dual-mass fly wheel was the problem. I asked him to replace the cambelt and water pump at the same time as I knew it probably needed doing and we were going to europe summer 2016.

6 months later just outside of St Tropez a huge amount of steam issues and we break down in extravagant style.

French garage says the cambelt has NOT been replaced 6 months ago. Returned it to a garage in England to do a full strip down.

Findings
In his opinion neither cam belt nor water pump have been changed at xmas.
New dual mass fly wheel but gear box badly damaged, smashed housing such that gearbox is only connected by one (obviously wrong sized) bolt. Quote for used gearbox £650
The cambelt/waterpump fail has damaged the engine. Cylinder head repairs £388

total quote for repairs including (obviously) new cambelt and water pump £1697

Having spoken to the local mechanic today he has suggested it may actually be cheaper to buy a whole 2nd hand engine box in order to save money on labour etc.

I am not very knowledgable about engines and it seems strange to me that he would suggest to put another engine in, surely my engine with low mileage can be reconditioned to a better standard than a mystery 2nd hand engine off ebay?

I appreciate this is a fairly basic question to level at the expertise present in this forum, however i'm hoping the injustice of situation might get the clans blood boiling. What would you do id this were your van.
a)basic repairs-as quoted
b) find a used engine box
c)reconditioned engine and used gearbox

PS-I am obviously taking this delightful mechanic and "friend of the family" to court. Currently he's deciding not to respond. I will keep you posted and will name the individual when the case is concluded.
 

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Sorry to hear about your van troubles

My engine blew up in France - I ended up getting a reconditioned one from AW engineering who come highly recommended on here- my van has been running great since. My garage who are T4 specialists rang me up a few months after to find out where i'd got the engine from as it was the best they'd seen/installed.

Whatever you do, make sure to get a trusted mechanic to do the engine repair/swap!

Good luck
 

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Wow, I comiserate, mate.
With friends like that, who needs shysters? Hope you get it sorted and back on the road asap...
 

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Sorry to hear of your troubles. There is a place called Cali Campers in New Milton that breaks vans, I have never bought from them but they are active on some Facebook pages and seem to have a good reputation. They always have engines complete.

I use a guy called Steve Emms for working on my T4 he is knowledgeable and is mobile and only does vans. Maybe worth contacting him as he seems to rebuild a lot. He set my timing after a previous garage did a job of changing the belts.

I don't think it will be cheap either way sadly.
 

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Thanks for the commiserations and suggestions! I'm totally committed to getting it back on the road and have been saving the pennies.



I would welcome peoples opinion on whether I should just get my engine head fixed or go for a reconditioned engine.Apparently the damage isn't to expensive and the quote is only about £360 for that part of the work. Or is is the case the it will never perform the same again? I'm considering going for the much more expensive option of getting a fully reconditioned engine from AW engineering which will be around £1500.

does the fact that my engine only had 65000 on the clock mean i should try and resurrect it? or is the value of the low mileage totally eradicated when you have catastrophic water pump failure, cam belt fail etc.

Anyways Im staying positive as the beast will rise again and the court papers have been delivered to my lovely "family friend" mechanic Rasp:
 

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Thanks for the commiserations and suggestions! I'm totally committed to getting it back on the road and have been saving the pennies.



I would welcome peoples opinion on whether I should just get my engine head fixed or go for a reconditioned engine.Apparently the damage isn't to expensive and the quote is only about £360 for that part of the work. Or is is the case the it will never perform the same again? I'm considering going for the much more expensive option of getting a fully reconditioned engine from AW engineering which will be around £1500.

does the fact that my engine only had 65000 on the clock mean i should try and resurrect it? or is the value of the low mileage totally eradicated when you have catastrophic water pump failure, cam belt fail etc.

Anyways Im staying positive as the beast will rise again and the court papers have been delivered to my lovely "family friend" mechanic Rasp:
Have you talked to AW about reconditioning your own engine so at least it still has the same engine in as out of the factory?
 

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do have any contact details for steve emms?
If you are on Facebook he has his own page, called Steve VW Emms T4/T5/T6 specialist.

Steve did a service and pump timing and all new shocks on my van and was a good price and seems to know his stuff. He does a lot of full rebuilds looking at his page.
 

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As a matter of interest, is that 65,000 miles guaranteed? It's just that 4000 a year seems a bit low...
 
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