The $16k radiator repair
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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