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2005 VW Touran 1.9 TDi SE (thankfully without a DPF!)

I don’t change my cars very often and after having a 2001 (flat floor with gearstick out of the dash type)  1.4 Honda Civic for 10 years it was time for a change, the kids are getting bigger and we needed a bigger boot. The Honda was a fab car with nothing ever going wrong with it over the 130,000 miles we had done in it, everything still worked when we PX it but it really did need a front suspension and bush rebuild as they was all the original parts and 150,000 miles they had covered in their life as needed replacing and a the cam belt was due. Approx. £250 for all the jobs and that was probably ½ the value of the car!

So my wife liked the VW Touran, so that’s what we went looking for and found this one.
Lovely are to drive, plenty of torque in the 1.9 TDi and good on diesel, it does have a few faults some I spotted when buy the car, these are family cars and this one had the usually VW problems, worn rubberised paint on the inside door handles and light switches, broken centre vent and cup holder in the back, scratches to the outside of bottom of both rear doors where someone has turned in to tight as just scuffed something (seen most of these problems on a lot of Touran’s)
One thing I did not really spot is VW have seemed to forgot to protect the middle of the bottom of the car, they have put plastic liners along the floor but towards the back it’s rusty, there is more rust on the floor than my 1978 Mk1 Scirocco, I admit it’s surface rust but the car is 11 years old, should this happen? Talking to people it seems common on newer VW, I guess VW along with other companies and the Government want us to scrap any car over 10 years old and buy a new one!

The car had been looked after by Garages so I saw lots of receipts and bits being replaced by a VW specialised garage in Southampton, CV boots, control arm bushes, front shocks and top mounts, alternator, EGR, water pump but for some strange reason they did not change the cam belt as it was nearly due???  This should of set of alarm bells but I ignored them and got the dealer to change the cam belt as part of the deal.
Car home enjoying it, kids love the tables in the back and we have 7 seats if we want to fit the grandparents in as well.

Thought I would check things over, covers off the engine found an oil leak, so I fitted a new rocker cover gasket and while removing ½ the covers and things in the way I found that 4 of the 6 bolts which hold the suspension top mounts to the car were lose, I could turn them with my fingers as they was sticking up by 10mm! How could a VW specialised Garage let a car leave there workshop in this state!!!
While checking around in the engine bay I also found the bottom radiator hose had been rubbing on a wire and worn through past the cloth weave and into hose, the Garage had cable tight the wire out of the way and left the hose in that condition so of the VW dealer and £20 later a new bottom hose, why they did not change the hose…….

I also had a CV boot which slowly sprays CV grease out while driving, they did not clean any grease off when they changed the boots so it was hard to tell until I cleaned it up and noticed more grease appearing, I removed the clip and added more CV grease and a new clip job done!
More updates as I find things,
Anyone living around the Southampton area who uses or thinks about a independed VW specialist garage and what’s to know the name of the garage who’s shoddy and dangerous I’ve been correcting/fixing PM me….

Any way… sorry for the ramblings, let’s see the pictures….

Goodbye old trusty friend…


Hello.



Hello rust?










Grinding and Jenolite.


Bottom radiator hose!


Nice rust trap.


Cleaned and painted with epoxy mastic.


More waxoyl


How I found the top mount bolts! Well done VW specialist garage!



Tail gate.




Just painted with a brush but atleast the rust has gone


Gunky EGR valve and throttle shut off so given a good clean and been playing with a EGR blanking plate but the engine management light kept coming on so had to drill a hole in the blanking plate and after 4 attempts with a bigger hole 6mm is what seems to work.



EGR valve is 12 months old, well according to the paper work I got with the car.


Cleaned up.







 

1988 Mk1 Golf GTi Cabriolet 1.8cc DX, K-jet. Daily drive. 300,000 miles and counting
1978 Mk1 Scirocco GLS 1.6cc FR, Webber carb. Weekend toy.

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We had one from new, much nicer than the latest model. One of the cars I really regret selling. We had it remapped and went really well.  Still see the car around locally with 160k on clock.

Not sure if you are keeping standard, as they really suit 18" alloys, ours lasted an hour out of the dealers before we got some new boots…

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Golf GTI Campaign 1983 Mars Red, Ford S-Max 2015, Audi TT 180 quattro 2003, Fiat 500C 2013, Golf GTE MK7.5

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Ive an 07 tdi can't fault it , only thing got the rear suspension all rebushed due to the camber bolts all seized up and not being able to get the 4 wheel alignment done thus excessive rear tyre wear once done alignment sorted back to normal tyre wear  also like you when I dropped the rear unit out wax oiled it to death ..

91Jreg Sportline (now gone) For now 88 Ereg Mk2 16v (monza blue ) (now its gone too)Numerous mk1 tintops I  should never have sold 😰  Oh and a TDI  Touran as a daily ….latest toy mk5 Gti (showing my age) had to go serious money pit ,now cruising a Caddy Van

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We are enjoying the car and it's nice to drive, a bit high up for me but you get used to it, makes it easy to get the kids in the car seats as my daughter is 2 years old and needs a proper childs seat so it saves on the bending down to strap her in, my son is 4 and can now get himself in and out.
Wheel wise keeping the original size as it won't be long before my wife touch parks on the pavement and hit's them, she has already hit a big rock and put a hole in one tyre side wall so flat tyre and no spare in the car so I had to rescue her and take the wheel off the car and get another tyre fitted! The original front tyres was some cheapo rubbish which was at the end of there life so not worried as now fitted some branded tyres with a rim proctor.
The front alloys are creoded on the lip and when they fitted the new tyres they did say they might leak air which they are so every week I have to pump up the tyres. I have found a second hand set without tyres for £50 delivered to my door! Bargain price I thought so I'm just cleaning and painting them to swoop the tyres overs and I now have a spare wheel.

Never realised the edge was diamond cut.




Bit of cleaning!






And painted.


Broken rear vent.

New vent.


Looks better, have not found a cup holder cover as VW wants silly money for a new one.



1988 Mk1 Golf GTi Cabriolet 1.8cc DX, K-jet. Daily drive. 300,000 miles and counting
1978 Mk1 Scirocco GLS 1.6cc FR, Webber carb. Weekend toy.

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Hi Mark, I have just purchased my second touran, I would love to know how you got the air vent out to replace it at he rear of the armrest. The children love to kick them. I've seen some cup holders around if your stuck let me know. It looks like your sorting the old vw niggles nicely

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I thought I would update this thread as it's been a couple of years and alot has gone wrong and needed replacing in 2 years….

Clutch went, new Dual mass flywheel and clutch fitted by a garage is £1000.

2 sets of anti roll bar drop link bars as they were clonking away on rough roads.(done at home)

1 New rear brake caliper as that seized slightly on so new brake shoes as well. (done at home)

1 Front brake caliper as seized on good a proper and cooked the pads and discs, it took 3 hours to cool down before I could hold the caliper.. New discs and pads and new brake fluid just to be safe, my wife did not notice the smell or the car pulling to the left… (done at home)

Cruse control stopped working, light comes on the dash when it's on and ignition switched on but will not work or light up when moving. (still not fixed)

Air bag light come on a couple of times and a fault code reset turns it off for about 6 months.

Intermediate wipers don't always adjust time between wipes, cleaned up connections and works slightly better.

Car would not start when warm, it would just turn over and over (usually happened when you stop and fuel up the car, happened 3 times!), let it cool down and fired up straight away, found out that the computer needs the engine to turn over at a set speed before firing fuel into the engine, when the car is cold it fires fuel in before starting, the AA did not seem to spot this as they tested the battery….  3 year old Lion battery replaced for a new  Bosch one and it's been fine for now..

Thermostat stuck open so now it's colder the engine struggles to get above 70 degrees when moving, gets up to temperature (90 degrees) when stopped in traffic and fine in the summer months.

Rear passengers door would not open for a couple of months without pulling the handle inside the car 1st then a couple of weeks ago it would not lock at all, all the other doors locked but not that one. new lock fitted and what a pain that is getting to the lock…

Now it's in the garage with a broken drive shaft which I believe is a common problem, my dad has had both drive shafts replaced in his 2006 T5 van so I guess the Touran has the same poorly designed drive shafts. So another £450 this week.

Misfire fault code picked up and 8 times in 10 lumpy tick over when cold, ok when driving or engine warm (still not fixed)

114,000 miles on the clock so it's not mega miles but things keep going wrong with it, low mileage must be all the time it spends broken down in a garage or on a tow truck….''

Now looking for something else to replace it with in the new year as wife and I had enough of fixing the thing…

I don't get time to clean/play with my cars as the mk1 Golf never seems to go wrong…  :lol:  

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1988 Mk1 Golf GTi Cabriolet 1.8cc DX, K-jet. Daily drive. 300,000 miles and counting
1978 Mk1 Scirocco GLS 1.6cc FR, Webber carb. Weekend toy.

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The amount of £ on repairs, MOTs, depreciation, interest on loan(?), hire cars(?) etc you could have prob leased something brand new?

 

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1987 Alpine White 1.8 Clipper Cabriolet

The trouble with doing nothing is that you never know when you are finished.

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Lucky no loan on the car and only needed to hire another car once as my wife was off to London for work, my parents are not far away, both retired and my dad has his van and a little Smart car which we have borrowed before or worse case my wife has had to drive my Mk1 golf as I work at home on Fridays…

Forgot I've also had to replace a rear wish bone bush as well so more to list above…

I do have a love hate relationship with the car as sometimes it's very handy, it’s a easy car to drive and comfortable, I’ve spent a few hours in drivers seat on long journeys and got out fresh as a daisy. I picked up a new tumble dryer at the weekend and that fitted in the boot without needed to drop the rear seats, you can just about fit in a 6ft x4ft fence panel in the boot with the rear seats removed so it's very handy sometimes, I just wish it's a bit more reliable like my Mk1 golf, I can understand why VW had to drop the old ad campaign which ran in the late 80s, "If only everything in life was as reliable as a Volkswagen " I don't think they could run that ad now a days…  :lol:

1988 Mk1 Golf GTi Cabriolet 1.8cc DX, K-jet. Daily drive. 300,000 miles and counting
1978 Mk1 Scirocco GLS 1.6cc FR, Webber carb. Weekend toy.

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Well it broken down again…. 2 days before Christmas lots of oil and smoke from the exhaust and if left running it drains the oil out of the sump, looking online it's a blown turbo.

So it's up for sale on ebay as spares or repair, we have decided not to spend any more money on it just trying to get back some of the many £'s spent on it the last couple of years.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/vw-touran-1-9-tdi-se/332994659752?hash=item4d880745a8:g:vmcAAOSwiwZcLeOr:rk:5:pf:0


Now got a replacement family car, not a good time to go car shopping over the Christmas holidays but we now have a Mazda 6, SE-L 2.2 diesel, 67 mpg and £20 a year road tax and still 150 bhp!
We've had it a week and it's a really nice car to drive and be in, lots of toys to play with inside, lets hope we have more luck with this one as I just want a family car that we can drive and I just have to service as I've my 2 old cars to tinker with.

1988 Mk1 Golf GTi Cabriolet 1.8cc DX, K-jet. Daily drive. 300,000 miles and counting
1978 Mk1 Scirocco GLS 1.6cc FR, Webber carb. Weekend toy.

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VW Touran 2005 1.9 TDi SE






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1988 Mk1 Golf GTi Cabriolet 1.8cc DX, K-jet. Daily drive. 300,000 miles and counting
1978 Mk1 Scirocco GLS 1.6cc FR, Webber carb. Weekend toy.

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Does appear the VW was cursed and knew you were getting shut of it….. Hope this one works out for you

1983 Mars Red 1.8 Golf GTI
1987 Alpine White 1.8 Clipper Cabriolet

The trouble with doing nothing is that you never know when you are finished.

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I recon if it does sell and someone fixes the turbo it will probably never need anything else for a long time….. :thumbs:

1988 Mk1 Golf GTi Cabriolet 1.8cc DX, K-jet. Daily drive. 300,000 miles and counting
1978 Mk1 Scirocco GLS 1.6cc FR, Webber carb. Weekend toy.
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