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About phil40000

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  1. In the handbook of VAG cars iirc it says that oil consumption of 1LTR per 1,000kms is within normal limits. BMW petrols can use a LTR every 1,000 MLS or so. Some engines consume oil when in normal use, Ford/Mazda 1.8 petrol, Peugeot/Mini VTI 1.4/1.6 petrol variants etc. The OP does not state how old their Audi is but increasing oil consumption is all part of running a car as it gets older. Some people think cars are like washing machines and will just run without attention for 15 years. The modern combustion engine is a miracle of human engineering with some components moving with the same intertia/speed as a bullet when it leaves the barrel of a firearm. Audi dealers will perform a consumption test on these TFSI units where they top up the oil and then ask the owner to run the car to accurately measure the oil being used to see if it is within tolerance.
  2. Most diesel engined cars need to cover at least 12 miles or so before the oil starts getting warm. Forget the water temp gauge or the fact that warm air is coming through the cars interior vents as most diesels have electric air heaters as the engines themselves take so long to warm up. At Skoda, for example, i remember the sales staff being instructed to advise customers that DPF equipped vehicles should be covering 25k per year, now 25k sounds a little excessive but ive seen problems with VW's that were doing circa 16k miles per year. Many DFP equipped cars rarely get hot enough to perform passive regeneration. Every time a forced regen is attempted it shortens the lifespan of the filter and puts the engine under strain. Most of the time the filters are replaced they didn't need to be in my experience, plus the OE part is then replaced with a pattern part which does not have sufficient flow rate to work properly. Many companies charge around £200 to perform a DPF clean where the filter is placed in a rig and chemically cleaned. This can also be done in DIY fashion using Cillit Bang and a pressure washer! If you are using poor quality fuel you will most likely find that the car will attempt to perform a regeneration more frequently. For every person moaning saying they are having DPF issues there are many others who have never had a single issue driving DPF equipped cars. If your car had a hydraulic fault with the clutch the supplying dealer should have come to the party. The DPF issue is less clear though, is it a fault with the system on your car (pressure/temp sensor etc) or is it simply not being used enough, and in the correct fashion, to passively regenerate. When hooked up to decent, dealer level diagnostics the live data should indicate how the filter is functioning (if its blocked and if the flow rate is ok ETC).
  3. That does sound like a hydraulic fault rather than the friction plate being burnt out. You can burn a clutch out within 50 miles if hard of hearing or inexperienced. That is precisely why i suggested the first call would have been for the garage to inspect the clutch and go from there. Regarding the DPF if you are saying you are only doing 30 miles per week then a diesel is not suitable for your style of driving. Some 6 speed cars are so low revving that even at 60-70mph in top gear the revs are too low to create the heat to regenerate. Did you do any research before buying a diesel car?
  4. If you only did 200 miles in six weeks it would suggest that you should not have purchased a diesel vehicle. If you do lots of short runs or a majority of your driving is urban driving then the car is completely unsuitable for your usage. A clogged DPF is a sign it is not getting hot enough to regenerate (every 300/500 miles usage/model dependant). Diesel engines are very thermo-efficient so take a long time to warm up. For a DPF to regen the car needs to be driven at 40mph plus with the revs not too low. The supplying garage not even getting involved with the clutch is a poor show but how do you know the clutch failure was not down to driver error?
  5. It is only considered 'best practice' to list cars with finance outstanding on an HPI/Experian check. There is nothing to make finance companies declare an interest in a vehicle. I know this as i was in a very similar situation and ended up paying for the car again. This was 2 years after we purchased the car. The dealer had a finance agreement on the vehicle and then went bust. At the time of purchase the vehicle was 'clear' on the Experian check. I think the 'insurance' against the information will not help. The finance company own the car and will win in court.
  6. Im glad no one is overacting at all here, in any way. This is merely an admin error at the supplying dealers end (which it sounds like doesn't exsist now anyway, at least in the same ownership). How much is your insurance excess? The trade cost of painting an entire cars bumper (notr smart repair) is £120, even if you said retail was £250 its surely less than your insurance excess. As the owner of the vehicle it is you alone who is responsible for ensuring the vehicle is road legal. Sure, it sounds like MB 'owe' you an MOT. All this talk about accidents that could have happened has nothing to do with anything.
  7. I was in a fuel station this week and witnessed a similar situation. The customer called the police who said it is not theft as he has not attempted to leave without paying and has brought it to the business's attention.
  8. I guess you are not aware of the class action suit regarding Glynn Hopkin? This suit is based on company/ex-fleet vehicles being sold without this being stated to the end purchaser. I agree that company cars, in theory, are ‘better’ cars sometimes due to often being run without cost constraint and new cars benefit from being run in by a variety of driving styles. The customers angle is that a fleet car has had multiple drivers but is still often advertised as a ‘one owner’ vehicle.
  9. The retailer has an obligation to disclose any facts that may influence the person buying the vehicle. An evans Halshaw branch (in Wales IIRC) lost a small claims case last year due to this exact issue with the car previously being a hire car. If you look at many main agents adverts now they will say 'This vehicle may have previously been owned by a daily hire company'.
  10. If an auxiliary belt ‘comes off’ it can cause major issues, the same belt normally drives the power steering pump (if not electric), the alternator plus the AC compressor. Sometimes a belt comes off and gets wrapped around the other pulleys/tensioners causing a right mess.
  11. Yes, well. Maybe my post came across a bit strong but if it were someone asking for help with a land registry issue for example thats something i know nothing about and i would be tempted not to comment. I realise that people have the best of intentions and are only trying to help. Peace, out.
  12. To break it down your main responsibility as a private seller is to not mis-represent the vehicle in the advert text. You dont have to declare if it has been a previous insurance total loss for example. I keep seeing civillians making the same mistakes when advertising their vehicles. If you start putting things like 'great runner, very reliable and won't let you down' then one is asking for trouble. Really just list the mileage, history and main features of the vehicle thats it. Its a good idea to write a 'Bad Points' list though and many do. The only real chink in your armour is when you start putting 'clutch and flywheel solid too', i take it you meant it was servicable and not that it had a solid flywheel conversion. I would tell the guy to do his worst. Its almost a given now that certain minority groups will do this very thing after getting a car home as a matter or course. The 'my wife is crying' bit is a common ploy. The guy bought a vehicle that was beyomd its design life (both on age and mileage) for the same as what some spend on a pushbike at Halfords. Don't give in.
  13. £300 at an independant garage, a smaller garage might do it for £150 and you buy the clutch.
  14. Talk about a little bit of knowledge being dangerous lol. Why are people with obviously zero mechanical knowledge advising someone on what to do. It beggers belief. I realised straight away by the first post that it would be the Powershift 'box. The ex-motability cars with this transmission go through BCA every week and make thousands less than CAP. This gearbox is generally considered not fit for purpose and many have been replaced at circa 5k miles (so much for a clutch should not fail at 53k, you can burn a manual clutch out in less than 100mls btw, usually the driver will be deaf). The Powershift gearbox actually utilises two clutches BTW. https://axleaddict.com/cars/Powershift-Automatic-Transmission-Faults The OP would be better joining a Ford forum for the latest TSB and owners experiences, then maybe coming back on here and getting advice. If you dont know what you are talking about then please stop making it up. Good luck OP, these gearboxes are terrible and are being replaced at ever decreasing mileages.
  15. The process is called 'dual notification' and is ideally supposed to be done in each others presence. As others have commented this should have been done online and a copy of the notification given to yourself to cover this very eventuality. It is a big deal if that car is driven round getting tickets etc. Officially proving that you were not the owner/driver is a nightmare and stories abound. I 'scrapped' a £100 Ford Ka a couple of months ago and took it to the yard i use myself. Because i have a relationship with them i always trust that they will post out the notice of destruction etc. I have just recieved the first speeding ticket...... Call the dealer and ask them to confirm that they have completed taking your name off the car. A lot of traders do not show cheap part exchanges on the invoice. This means they can reduce the price of the car you are buying and save a little VAT. It also means they can sell your swapper for cash without paying VAT on that as well due to the fact it has never come into their stock officially. Cheap smokers are often sold to undesirables who drive them with no tax or insurance. When they are stopped and the car confiscated they just repeat the process. You need conformation in writing from the dealer just in case you get anything back, if you read a logbook/V5c it clearly states that it is the registered owner's responsibility (i.e. YOU MUST) and also states 'Failure to tell the DVLA may result in a fine or prosecution', you can decide for yourself if that sounds like a 'big deal' or not.
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