Hi all, I need your advice on what to do.
I bought my car (2006 A3 TDI 140 S line) at the start of April from a trader, and at the time it was apparent a new turbo was fitted. Not a problem, as things do go wrong so this didn't bother me too much. Anyhow, it had an oil leak which was quite bad so I took it back who then got their local garage to fix it - the problem was in the top half of the engine on the rocker cover, this was fixed no problem, however they never cleaned the excess oil off the engine (it was covered).
I got my friend who is a mechanic to steam clean the whole engine, and there was still an oil leak. This time it appeared the intercooler was full of oil, and it was leaking from the EGR valve. At the time it looked more serious, however they said it was just this and they tried to get out of fixing it (sort of) - I even got my friend mechanic to talk to the mechanic of the local garage. At the end I thought everything was fixed, so put the underside tray back on.
3weeks later I have started to notice oil dripping over the weekend (by pooling on the underside tray hence I didn't notice the leak earlier - I store it in my garage so the oil spot is in the same spot every time). It today has been up on the ramp (at my mates garage), and its leaking, albeit very slightly, from the turbo pipe (or somewhere above it) - however it can't be seen where exactly it is leaking from.
I'm now in the situation I've got to go back to the garage, and I know they will just fob me off. You can't see the leak from looking under the bonnet, you need it on a ramp which means it needs to be booked in before it can be looked at. The reality is (as I can see how these things work) the garage is told to do the absolute minimum by the trader - so I don't believe it's the garages fault (e.g. why the hell didn't they clean the engine to see if there were any more oil leaks).
Now, if I was a normal customer I would have never noticed the oil leak and the pooling oil would just be blown off when I drive it; and if I'm honest I just don't want the hassle - I've got enough on my plate at the moment as it is.
What do you think? I'll post pics.