The $16k ra­di­a­tor re­pair

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Ask Smithy -

I BOUGHT a 2005Vw­golf Sportline in Fe­bru­ary last year and all was good un­til I had a leak­ing ra­di­a­tor over Christ­mas. I had the ra­di­a­tor re­placed by a me­chanic close to my work but the week­end I got it back an en­gine warn­ing sys­tem code came on. The lo­cal me­chanic had sev­eral at­tempts at fix­ing the car but all to no avail, so I gave it to the Vwdealer where I had bought it. They said water had got into the wiring loom and there was cor­ro­sion at sev­eral points. The ser­vice man­ager told me it would cost $16,000 to fix, com­pris­ing $9000 for parts and $7000 for labour. Can a leak­ing ra­di­a­tor cause this dam­age or have I been sold a lemon? I cur­rently have the car at an­other me­chanic but he is say­ing he can­not fix it. Do you thinkvw­should be able to do some­thing other than want­ing to charge out­ra­geous amounts of money to help me?

Greg Weir, email You have had enough run­ning around. I sug­gest you take it to an in­de­pen­dentvw spe­cial­ist for a sec­ond opin­ion. POW­ER­LESS MY fac­tory 2011 dual-fuel Com­modore V6 has cut out on me three times while turn­ing left and this has been quite fright­en­ing as I lose power for the steer­ing and brak­ing. The dealer hasn’t been able to find the cause of the prob­lem and told me to drive it care­fully. Have you heard of any prob­lems with this model?

Brett Ma­jor, email Weasked our con­tacts at Im­pco, the com­pany that de­vel­oped the sys­tem for Holden, and they are at a loss to ex­plain what might be the cause of your prob­lem. Gen­er­ally the sys­tem is very re­li­able, which leads them to think it’s an in­ter­mit­tent prob­lem, some­thing like an elec­tri­cal con­nec­tion. EPICA SAGA WHEN we re­cently took our

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