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Worst car luck EVER! new turbo fitted..car still has zero boost and white smoke!

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by akash_sky1, Feb 4, 2011.

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    My turbo blew afew weeks ago at the turn of the new year....

    So firstly I sent my turbo to Turbodynamics down south, who then gave me the bad news my turbine housing was cracked and the turbo no use.

    So then I found a seemingly good deal, a low mileage 18k k03 off a mk5 gti on eBay, paid for that, waited waited.never recieved it. Totally shafted by the seller, recieved the refund thru Paypal over 2 weeks later (today).

    Bought another turbo off a guy on here, decent chap, he never fitted it, was sold to him as working , also low miles. Sent this to TD again, apparently in worse state then my own turbo and also of no use!!!!!

    So car off the road for weeks and zero progres made but hundreds of pounds down the pan...

    Then I remember Turboactive who sold me a recon turbo for my old Bora, which is still going strong 40000 miles later.

    So finally after another week I had this turbo fitted and got the back today, to a big dissappointment.
    While been driven in the car by the mechanic, noticed there was pretty minimal boost, and severely lacking power in pump or stock mode. He was not convinced it was mapped right but it was running spot on before the turbo trouble, he doubted that is was faulty and said get it RR'd for proper boost log etc.

    But then on further driven the car felt severely flat and only got worse later as i drove the car around myself.
    Initially with the mechanic it felt flat but some boost. Now there is virtually no boost at all, can hear a faint turbo spool but pretty much feels not much better then limp mode.
    Then on my way home from GFs house tonight I smelt burning oil...!!!

    Parked the car leaving it idle, and low and behold white smoke..WTF! Looks like I've been sent another ****** duff turbo. This turbo comes with 1 year warranty but does NOT cover labour costs, which I was not told before, and of course it has to be removed and sent to England for Turboactive to assess.....The car is in almost exact same state as it was 3 weeks ago and Im f*ckin raging.

    So even if they find this turbo faulty, which even a total imbecile individual could manage to see, Im still gonna be liable for more big labour costs and more inconvience of no car.

    After having my Sachs clutch fitted the wrong way around in November this is the 'cherry' on top!!!
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    Your really having no luck at the moment. Did I see you today? Phoenix in Paisley?
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    No not been a good day/ month :-(. Was at the quay on Paisley road but not in Paisley not me! You wouldve seen the smoke!
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    paddy Audi=No fault code, no idea

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    I feel for you mate....I went through this sort of **** for 4 months last year with my misfiring 3.2 and a totally incompetent Audi main dealer.

    good luck ..
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    I have spent thousands now making the car better and on long term maintanence in the past year, Sachs Clutch, Remaps, Cambelt etc..so I really want to keep it but its just taking the pee now :-(
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    paddy Audi=No fault code, no idea

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    Thats how i felt...lol i still dont really like this car even tho it works fine........... because i just know it hates me :) I keep it just to piss it off :)
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    I really dont fecking believe that mate, unfecking believable that this has now happened, after all you've been through, I'd be spitting blood down the phone at them, I would seriously tell them they have to cough up for the labour now as it was sent buggered so therefore, should have labour covered aswell, unreal.
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    as nigel has said - this isn't a warranty issue. the turbo was faulty from the beginning, it didn't fail. get trading standard on the blower and ask for a full refund, including labour charges for removal and replacement
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    Sorry to hear about your car mate. Are you 100% sure that the white smoke is not condensation in this weather. Most cars smoke white smoke in this weather, mine smoke loads and when turbo's fail they smoke blue.

    Any fault code or anything come up on a diagnostics
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    paddy Audi=No fault code, no idea

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    As Nige says, this is not a warranty matter, its a " parts not fit for purpose in the first place" issue and you have rights under the sale of goods act that over ride any warranty small print.
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    Sorry to hear this! This is when cars aren't fun! When things start goin wrong!
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    Its proper thick white/grey smoke, and there virtually NO turbo spool at all. Feels almost exact same as when i gave the car in.

    Even more messed up thing is, if i had a complete turbo to send to Audi, a new unit would be £617, but my old units stripped so gotta shell out the full whack for a new one, and still not gna have a car for another 10 days atleast...FFS!
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    feel for you brother :( as Nige said i would go apeshit! maybe even take the turbo down yourself? absolute p155 take!!
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    I can fully sympathise because my 2.0 TDI is back in the garage I bought it from for the 4th time due to Turbo problems..... They replaced some hosing after it going into limp mode, then the air mass flow meter then fitted a re-furbed turbo and now I have it back there because it appears the replacement turbo is also faulty!!!

    Haven't had my car back properly for about a month and because I only bought it just before xmas, I have a pile of parts in my bedroom which I haven't been able to fit yet!!!
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    A colleague had 3 refurbed turbos on his Golf, all ****, took a new one to cure the problem.
    Seems an issue generally with badly refurbed Turbos.
    Bit of trend from recent forum feedback too, buyer beware!
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    I had one fitted to my remapped Bora PD115, although a completely different turbo and reason for turbo failure, thats going still going strong, hence why i considered this.
    Would NEVER do it again though, learnt the very very hard and expensive way :-( I just hope they give me a full refund and pay the labour.

    Ps DONT BUY FROM TURBOACTIVE!!
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