Another Issue with my VW TDI

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 29/08/2018 by patrickivan


Here we go again.

More issues with my Volkswagen TDI.

Right after a hot humid day, we plunged rapidly into a cool night. That resulted in condensation in the intercooler, and once again, a difficult start.

This is the exact same issue that I went through all of last fall, winter, and early spring after warm days went cool quickly.

That resulted in a broken connecting rod, and an intercooler “fix” kit install.

That fix clearly isn’t working.

So what do I do now? I have a $10000 potential disaster (again).

VW Canada won’t respond to emails. They’ve blocked me on twitter. I’ve said nothing derogatory, defamatory, or rude.

I can’t get the buy back because I got the emissions fix BEFORE I knew about this issue.

It’s my only car. I can’t afford another. Who will buy this knowing it’s issues?

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VOLKSWAGEN GOLF WAGON (JETTA) TDI 2010. PROBLEMS AND BREAKDOWNS IN 1 YEAR OF OWNERSHIP.

Posted in Comedy, Miscellaneous, Rants, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 09/05/2018 by patrickivan

I purchased my 2010 VW TDI from Barrie VW in March of 2017. It was my first VW and the newest car I ever owned. The emissions issue was eventually to be fixed, and therefore I decided this was what I wanted for my next long term family vehicle.

This was one of their advertised certified used, 125 point inspection, Volkswagen quality, used cars. I was sold on it because it was what I was looking for, and was in high demand.

It has become the biggest purchase regret in my life.

Of all the used cars I have owned, all have been at least 10 years old. Never a used vehicle. All have had occasional issues, but never in all my vehicles, have I ever had a car with so many problems.

The car had lots of great work on it by VW just before I purchased it. And it was that work, plus their reputation, that encouraged me to get this.

DRIVE CLEAN
WIPER BLADES- FRNT-REAR
TIRES- FRONT-X2
FRONT STABALIZER LINKS/ ALIGNMENT
EXHAUST CLAMP
BRAKES REPLACED- FRNT- DISC-LINING-BOLT-SERVICE
BRAKES REPLACED- REAR- DISC-LINING-SERVICE
BRAKE FLUSH
60KM SERVICE: OIL CHANGE KIT-OIL-SCREW
                                FILTER LEM-AIR FILTER-POLLEN FILTER
                                DSG TRANS-WASHER-FILTER-SEAL RING-GEAR OIL
TIMING BELT REPLACED
WATER PUMP REPLACED

Soon after getting it home, within a month, I started to notice little issues. Light goes out right away. That’s fine, no way VW could anticipate that. We get a heavy rain, and I notice a leak in the hatch, through to the roof. It was in the wiring seal from the hatch into the car, and it was a lot. I also noted an issue with the engine pulsing on long straightaways, flat roads, while on cruise. More notably at slower speeds. The car started pulling to the right a lot as well. I even had an issue where I accelerated once on the highway, and the entire car sputtered, lost power, but then picked up back to normal after choking out a giant puff of white smoke.

I told VW Barrie about all of this, and they pretty much said the issue with the acceleration can’t be addressed unless it happens in front of a tech.

I also start to notice a clunking sound from the front end, and want that addressed  as well. But I don’t want to pay for all of this, as the car was just purchased.

I go back and forth with Barrie VW for weeks and weeks. It gets so bad, that they keep assuring me of what a great car I got, that I offer to let them take it back. If they’re so confident in it, they can take it back and sell it. They refuse of course. This is on a car loan, so I can’t sell it easily either. I have to pay it off first, or get someone to assume the loan payments. Not so easy.

I take it in for servicing at a local shop in my town, and ask them to address the clunking, and they tell me it could be my strut bearing, and get an alignment that I couldn’t get VW Barrie to fix. An expensive job. I tell VW Barrie, and they say they will not fix it at cost, but they will look at it.

I also soon note that 2 tires are going bald (evenly). This was now 3 months after I got the car. The tires they had on the car when they sold it to me, had just enough tread to pass inspection. And I was too stupid to notice how low the tread was on them when I bought the car. VW Barrie of course refused to give me tires, or do the work at cost, or EVEN Price MATCH the lowest cost I could find!

I’m still having the occasional issue with the car sputtering when I accelerate. An immediate loss of power, followed by a giant cloud of smoke, with increasing power back to normal. No engine codes, and the same: We have to see it happen to ascertain.

Soon after that, a rear coil spring breaks, 200km from home. VW Barrie won’t do that for a reasonable price either. I have to get two news ones, and an alignment.

After months of complaining to VW, they offer to take it in, look at it on their dime, and do some work for a REDUCED rate, but it still costs me over $1000.

I tried getting VW Canada involved, but everyone knows no car company has any say over the day to day operations of their dealers. They are all adamant about that. They don’t care about their branding with the little guy. Only if it affects many many people.

While the car is at Barrie VW, of course there is no issue with the engine or power.

And they clearly state there is no issue with the front suspension.

Time goes on. It’s getting colder, and now once per month, starting in October, the car won’t start. It turns over but will not fire at all. It take about 15 minutes of trying with a boost, and when it finally does start, it’s with a lot of white smoke, and is very rough for about 30 seconds. Then you wouldn’t know there was any issue.

Again, no engine codes, and Barrie VW, another VW, and two other shops all say they can’t diagnose unless it happens, especially without engine codes. 2 places suggest glow plug issues.

The clunking issue has been determined to possibly be the front CV, but they couldn’t be sure without pulling it, and of course it WOULD NOT make that sound while at the garage.

We’re now into April of this year, and the car will not START at all…. I have to get it towed from Toronto. I go to Alliston VW because, well, Barrie VW is useless to me.

Turns out my car is hydrolocked. The issue with the starting was because of water from condensation in the Intercooler! Apparently a known issue. Fortunately, it is a warranty item. Despite the inconvenience of the car being gone, it was hopefully the solution to the starting and sputtering issue.

Well now it’s May. No Air Conditioning now! Heat wave and no A/c… Terrific. Another issue.

And a few days later, the engine light comes on. P020C code. Cylinder 3 compression issue. I take it into Alliston VW and it turns out I may have a bent rod….

Seriously. I can not believe all of this. I babied this car. Took care of it, and it just keeps dumping all over me, and I owe SO much on it.

I don’t know what to do anymore. But my faith in VW is greatly shaken.

I have a car that won’t work consistently over 14 months of ownership. I can’t easily sell it. I owe so much on it. I can’t afford to keep fixing it. I can’t afford to buy another car. I have no public transit. This is just incredible.

So here I am, waiting to hear what can be done with my car. I do have a loaner, but if warranty doesn’t cover the engine, I’m in a LOT of trouble.

SERVICE: EUROHAUS
OIL FILER- OIL
AIR FILTER-CABIN FILTER
FUEL FILTER
ALIGNMENT
LUBE-INSPECTION
*POSSIBLE NEED DRIVER FRONT STRUT BEARING REPLACEMENT
 (RULED OUT AS POSSIBLE RIGHT CV- SEE 23012018)
CANADIAN TIRE (STUPID)
TIRES- REAR MICHELEN DEFENDERS-X2
SERVICE: EUROHAUS
OIL FILTER- OIL
COIL SPRINGS (HD)- REAR-X2
TIRES ROTATED
SERVICE: VW BARRIE
INSPECTION: FRNT SPRINGS-STRUTS-MOUNTS- REAR BUSHINGS
EGR REPLACED
PARKING BRAKE CABLE REPLACED
FRNT LEFT OUTER AXLE BOOT REPLACED
ALIGNMENT
COST $1059
SERVICE: VW ALLISTON
OIL-OIL FILTER-AIR FILTER-FUEL FILTER
OBD SCAN
FLUIDS
INSPECTION
VW ALLISTON
CHECK FRONT CLUNKING SOUND
NOTHING AT TIME- POSSIBLE PASSENGER SIDE CV
VW ALLISTON
INTERCOOLER FIX (ENGINE HYDROLOCKED IN TORONTO)
VW ALLISTON
ENGINE LIGHT (P020C) CYLINDER 3 COMPRESSION ISSUE
AC STOPPED WORKING- NEW COOLING FAN
*NOTE: P020C ISSUE POSSIBLE BENT ROD!

Star Trek Discover Enterprise Comparison

Posted in Star Trek on 19/02/2018 by patrickivan

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A Side by side comparison of Star Trek Discovery’s USS ENTERPRISE 1701 and master modeler, Doug Drexler’s render of TOS ENTERPRISE with updated textures and lighting.

Opinion: Trek BBS Board Members And Star Trek Discovery

Posted in Rants, Star Trek, Uncategorized with tags , , on 23/09/2017 by patrickivan

I wouldn’t ordinarily go through all this trouble, but it seems that some Trek BBS posters and Moderators have made some incredibly serious comments about another group of people.

I have no bones in this, but as someone who regularly reads the TREK BBS (for years now), there seems to be an incredibly bias of some mods to allow some members to get away with incredible statements.

The mean spirit of some members, particularly long term ones, is so disappointing to read. And the mods give them incredible lee way that other members get carded for over and over.

Again, I am NOT a member, and most people there are decent. But again, it’s those loud, obnoxious, opinionated members that float to the top of the pack, and stand out the most.

The reason I am even going through all of this, is because of one long term member. He has been one of the loudest of the group who gets away with pretty much whatever he wants. It’s pretty impressive. The mods love him ever so much.

And it’s the following that made me upset. King Daniel Beyond has decided that it’s appropriate to equate the Facebook group

We Hate The Star Trek Reboots & related JJtrek content & ST Discovery

https://www.facebook.com/groups/56045735885/

with hate groups that target Jewish and Muslim faith people.

In a TREK BBS Thread entitled:

Why Does Midnight’s Edge have such a hate boner for Discover?

by PixelMagic

https://www.trekbbs.com/threads/why-does-midnights-edge-have-such-a-hate-boner-for-discovery.290052/

King Daniel Beyond makes the following statement:Capture

No moderator in sight, and no one coming in to challenge King Daniel Beyond on his incredibly dangerous statement.

And in reality, the mods don’t like people confronting the big dogs on the Trek BBS. KDB has a lot of pull from what I’ve read and concluded.

The issue that I really have, is not how they moderate their own group, but it this particular statement.

To equate a group that “hates” new Star Trek, with groups the HATE of black people, Jews and Muslims, is such a horrible conclusion and statement to make.

There is NO comparison. They’re hate for new Star Trek is no different than MY hate for peas. If I created a group called: We HATE Peas and all Pea related vegetables, would King Daniel Beyond swoop in and start publicly putting me on the same plain as those who hate PEOPLE? If he did, it would be wrong. Because the say that one hate group is literally the same as another, when the context is LITERALLY completely different, is LITERALLY beyond opinion and borderline libelous.

No to be fair, the Facebook group that King Daniel has made a statement about, is a closed group. I have no idea if they actually hate black people, Muslims and Jews. And if they do, the group should be shut down. But if not, if ALL they hate is a fictional TV show, then King Daniel Beyond needs to issue an emphatic apology to this group and their members, as do the mods for not reigning in KDB.

You can NOT equate the hate of something harmless, with the hate of people. It is NOT the same thing. It really is that simple and if they don’t know that on Trek BBS, then they have gotten to full of themselves.

The mean spirited on that site, (and others), is incredible considering what the Spirit of Star Trek was supposed to be about. And what it is that made these people fans, I think, has been forgotten. They’ve been twisted into something undesirable, and I have LONG since disengaged from.

 

 

Volkswagen Canada: Friend or Foe?

Posted in Miscellaneous, Rants, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 15/09/2017 by patrickivan

My wife and I bought our newest and most expensive car to date. A 2010 VW Golf Wagon TDI automatic.

Purchased in April of 2017 for about $15000, it was a car that was perfect for our needs.

VW Certified used, with their rigorous inspection, and the trust that comes with buying from VW.

And to the date of this publish, I have spent almost as much on repairs and new tires, as I have on the monthly payments.

Due to all the issues so fast, and some quite predictable, I wouldn’t have made such a stink about this if VW paid for most of it.

Unfortunately,  while VW Barrie did offer 20% off some stuff, I was stuck with full bills on things like tires that went bald within 10000km of the car purchase. New rear springs that broke. Time off work due to no loaner vehicle that sales promised would be available if needed.

So the lack of good faith and confidence in their own vehicle has made me want to fight.

I want them to take back their car. VW Barrie says no. It’s all good- though not apparently good enough for them to take it back.

VW Canada, after escalation, says nope. It’s up to the dealer. They can’t do anything.

Makes sense. They are just a lil ole business anyway. Smaller than me?

VW head office Germany has ignored all contact.

Well first off, the lack of help with this has ensured this is my last VW. Secondly, it has made me go public. And finally,  I will not stop.

Here are the issues to date:

CAR ISSUES WITHIN FIRST WEEK OF PURCHASE

 

  • NEW WHEEL LUGS ON BILL- NEW WHEEL LUGS NOT INSTALLED (REFUNDED EVENTUALLY)
  • ENGINE RYTHMIC PULSING ON STRAIGHTAWAYS CRUISE (VW SAID IT WAS THE DSG TRANSMISSION AND NORMAL OPERATION- STILL PULSES TO THIS DAY)
  • REAR LICENCE PLATE LIGHT REPLACED DAY AFTER GETTING THE CAR
  • DIRTY ENGINE (LATER FOUND OLD RODENT NEST UNDER ENGINE COVER)
  • REAR HATCH REQUIRES FORCE TO CLOSE COMPLETELY
  • STALLED TWICE AFTER COMING TO A COMPLETE STOP
  • LARGE PAINT CHIP FLAKED OFF OF PASSENGER FRONT QUARTER PANEL (APPROX 3cm x 3cm)

 

ISSUES/ REPAIRS

  • ENGINE STALLED TWICE DUE TO LOW RMP FROM STOP TO START
  • WATER LEAK – REAR TOP RIGHT HATCH WIRE HARNESS GASKET (TOP OF CEILING UPHOLSTRY SOAKED)
  • CLUNKING SOUND IN FRONT SUSPENSION. FRONT DRIVER STRUT BEARING NEEDS TO BE REPLACED (HIGHLY RECOMMENDS BOTH FRONT SPRING REPLACEMENT DUE TO KM ON VEHICLE BY MECHANIC- VW DISPUTES THIS)
  • 2 ALLIGNMENTS SINCE PURCHASE – OVER $200
  • REAR DRIVER SIDE BRAKE DOESN’T HOLD WHEN PARKING BRAKE ENGAGED (VW REPLACED AT THEIR COST)
  • 2 REAR TIRES BALD AFTER 15OOOKM (2 FRONT WERE REPLACED WHEN PURCHASED) –OVER $350
  • REAR DRIVER SIDE  COIL SPRING BRAKES (REPLACED BOTH REAR) –OVER $350
  • PASSENGER SIDE AXLE BOOT –OVER $200
  • CHECK ENGINE LIGHT ON
  • GLOW PLUG LIGHT FLASHING – CAUSE: EXHAUST TEMPERATURE SENSOR REPLACED- TWICE – OVER $600

Over $1700 in repairs, not including taxes since getting the car. That’s on top of the regular servicing costs, and the time I’ve missed work, and use of the car.

Vulcan Warp Sled Shuttle

Posted in Sci-Fi, Star Trek with tags , , , , on 23/08/2017 by patrickivan

This is more of a practice model before skinning my 1/350 TMP E. 

I’ve never used decal sheets like this before. So it was a learning curve. 

I actually don’t mind some of the imperfections at this scale. And once weathered, it’ll look like an in use shuttle. 

Star Trek Discovery

Posted in Uncategorized on 11/08/2017 by patrickivan

I thought STDs Discovery nacelles looked familiar. And fitting, because since I was a little kid, the signal and light indicators on my family’s cadillacs, always seemed Trekky to me.