So last night after work me and some mates went up to col de la Bonnette for a long board back down, One of the highest tarmac roads in Europe, about 2802 meters, we got up there fine but at 21:30 last night on the way back down, 3 miles from the top, the turbo went pop!
I coasted 15.5 miles believe it or not, back down to the nearest village, Still 50 miles from the nearest French "town"
I called up my breakdown assistance to be greeted by what sounded like an angry confused male teenager with hormonal issues. He said he couldn't get hold of a truck with 4 passenger seats and that he had tried every taxi company to come and get us but refused to as we were so far up in the mountains. Call centre man said that there is nothing he could do and for us and to start knocking on house to find somewhere to sleep for the night. wasn't going to happen here.
3 hours later a Flat bed truck arrives with only 2 seats for the 4 of us, refusing to take us all incase he was caught by the police..... It got to the point where we let him load my car on and then without him looking we all jumped in the cab and claimed squatters rights! It worked. I'm sorry but when your breakdown company agrees to take the vehicle and its passengers to its destination, thats what should happen, I don't pay all that money to be stranded in the Alps over night!
The truck took us as far as another little village in not the ideal direction and luckily I managed to wake up a friend to drive 80 miles to pick us up. If it wasn't for him we would have all seriously been stranded with no help from the Breakdown company.
The car is still at a citroen garage..... (God help me) waiting for diagnosis....... "TURBO MATE" I'm a mechanic myself! Then once it as been condemned not drivable they then have to calculate the costs of getting it back to the UK as long as it doesn't exceed the value of the car.
Its a 2007 sportback 2.0TDI BKD, I had it remapped when I bought it at 62,000 miles, 18 months later it has 100,000 miles on it so I cannot complain one bit, it hasn't missed a beat all of this time.
I think I am taking it straight to Darkside developments, Scott seems like a good lad. But While its in the UK I don't know if it's worth going for a standard turbo with new hard boost pipes, a hybrid with hard boost pipes or keep everything standard................
Here is where it happened last night