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Q: Tell Evonne (Carsguide, Sept) that the problem on her 2006 2.0 FSI Golf is the valve body in the gearbox and is a about a $3000 fix at a transmission specialist. I know because I had the same problem and was also quoted $7000 by VW who told me the box was shot. The tranny specialist informed me if I let the problem continue it would eventually lead to irreparable damage to the gearbox. I chose to let the specialist fix it, which they did in one day. I notice the problem is common with Golfs, and Audi A3s and TTs – so common that in the US it is fixed free, even outside warranty. Andy, e-mail. A: We also heard from Rick Pringle, of J. Pringle Automotive, in Melbourne, who told us that it is a problem with the valve body, which needs to be replaced. It is common on all Aisin Warner six-speed transmissions, he says, and it can be fixed without removing the transmission from the car.
Q: I bought my Nissan Patrol 4.2 turbo-diesel ST Ute new in 2006. Now, with 97,000km on the clock, I find the white paint flaking off in patches. Spray painters I have consulted say that it appears the white coat has not adhered to the undercoat. I have kept the ute in very good condition and it is well maintained, cleaned and polished, and has never been pressure-sprayed. What are my chances of a claim against Nissan, and whom could I approach about the problem? Des Hughes, e-mail. A: Start with your dealer and ask for a factory representative to inspect the car. If that approach isn’t success- ful, go straight to Nissan headquarters in Melbourne and talk directly to the customer assistance people. It would also help if you had a report from a paint specialist that backs your contention about the white topcoat not adhering to the undercoat.
Q: We are in dire straits regarding the auto transmission in our 2004 VW Transporter T5. When the van had done around 70,000-80,000km we noticed some unusual gear changes and odd behavior. I asked our VW dealer about having it serviced and, to my surprise, was told that it was ‘‘sealed for life’’ and could not be serviced. The service adviser then told me if I wanted it fixed I would need to replace the whole auto box at a cost of $8000-plus at the time. The cost is now $11,000. VW was no help at all; they just told me that our dealer was the best place to get a problem fixed. Now, VW has said they ‘‘should’’ be serviced at 60,000km as Australia has been declared a hot climate country, which contradicts what I was told some time ago about servicing the vehicle. Seven weeks ago, the van was at VW for another problem and they said they would now service the auto and apply a software update that would solve some problems. Well, 5km from the dealership, it failed