Car Mechanics (UK) - - Survival Guide -

The early PD diesels may feel a lit­tle rough by mod­ern stan­dards, mak­ing the com­mon-rail a much bet­ter propo­si­tion – they have a four-let­ter en­gine code start­ing with a let­ter ‘C’. Be sure to stick re­li­giously to the cor­rect 507.00 brew. For ref­er­ence, the cam­belt change in­ter­val is usu­ally every 140,000 miles/four years.

Late 1.6 TDI and 2.0 TDI en­gines may have been caught up in VW’S emis­sions scan­dal, so check any soft­ware up­dates have been car­ried out.

Diesel par­tic­u­late fil­ters (DPFS) can throw up is­sues if a Su­perb spends all its life in town, or if the ex­haust gas tem­per­a­ture sen­sor fails (a re­place­ment costs £142 from an in­de­pen­dent), which will make it clog up pre­ma­turely.

As for the petrol en­gines, ex­ces­sive oil con­sump­tion has been re­ported with some TSI units, so keep an eye on the lev­els. And tim­ing chain ten­sion­ers can fail, es­pe­cially if those all-im­por­tant oil changes have been missed.

Early Dsg-equipped Su­perbs built be­fore Au­gust 2009 were sub­ject to a re­call due to po­ten­tial loss of drive, so check the nec­es­sary mod­i­fi­ca­tions have

TSI petrol en­gines can get through oil, so keep an eye on lev­els. How­ever, you won’t have to worry about re­plac­ing a pricey DPF!

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