Oil pump ad­vice

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Help! -

Q: I have read in past copies of CM about oil pump fail­ures in 2.0-litre VAG cars, eg the Passat 2.0 TDI. I have seen one that I much like, but would it be a risky pur­chase? It is a 2007 model. SP Skelton

A: You do not men­tion the mileage of the ve­hi­cle you have seen. There are plenty of ex­am­ples still run­ning hap­pily with be­tween 100,000 to 150,000 miles. The age range mostly af­fected by this prob­lem is ve­hi­cles built be­tween 2004 and 2006, al­though the fully mod­i­fied en­gines weren’t in­tro­duced un­til 2008. If the ve­hi­cle you are look­ing at is a low-mileage ex­am­ple that has a full ser­vice his­tory, it should serve you well, but the only way to be sure would be to drop the sump and phys­i­cally check the con­di­tion of the pump drive.

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