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Old 02-03-2013, 06:22 AM   #142
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Joined: May 2007
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Oddometer: 232
I've had a 03 Golf TDI that, aside from needing a steering rack at 80k (DIY at about 500$ for the part, plus an alignment) and now needing a brake booster at 130k, has only needed regular maintenance (including brakes and timing belt) and a couple small items (glow-plugs, brake-light switch), none of which were more than a hundred dollars to fix.

The key to owning a VW post-warranty is to find a trust-worthy indy shop for any work you don't want or can't tackle yourself. For TDIs (are there any Volkses that aren't TDI?), this is helpful. A lot of boost-related check engine lights result in dealers throwing a whole turbo assembly at the car, for a couple thousand $, while more careful diagnosis will often reveal a faulty pressure valve or actuator, which can both be fixed for much less.
I adventure-tour on my GSXR. 160 mph is adventurous, no?
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