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Thread: Things to look out for when buying a 2nd hand MKV GTI

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    Things to look out for when buying a 2nd hand MKV GTI

    I thought this thread would be useful for potential future MKV GTI owners.

    Maybe everyone with a MKV GTI can share what's gone wrong with their cars over the year (if anything at all) and offer some advice.

    A few threads also worth checking:

    Pet Peeves with your MKV:
    http://www.vwgolf.net.au/showthread....-with-your-MKV

    DSG vs. Manual:
    http://www.vwgolf.net.au/showthread....-DSG-vs-Manual

    Your opinion: 3 door vs. 5 door - Appearance vs. Practicality?
    http://www.vwgolf.net.au/showthread....s-Practicality

    How many kms has your VW done
    http://www.vwgolf.net.au/showthread....s-your-VW-done

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    1) Diverter valve which is a common issue. They get cracks in them which in-turn causes the car to loose boost and lack power. You can feel the car lacking power as it will often have a bit of strange whistle to it under load. And up top in 5th/6th gear you'll find it won't pull hills very well.
    http://www.my-gti.com/476/volkswagen...-valve-upgrade

    2) Common thing, but do all the doors line up and close easily? The MKV (and MKIV come to think of it) are very air tight but don't mistake that for a repair job. One MKV Golf we looked at had been in a prang and the passengers door didn't line up properly (the giveaway was the over spray)

    3) Air conditioning compressors in earlier MKV Golfs (and Jettas) had a tendency to fail. Symptoms are blowing hot air, not cooling properly and a very annoying whine from the air compressor unit. I know because the dealer has a part on order for me because mine is doing it! The air is nice and cold but it often has a pretty bad whine, it was noted by the technician and they are looking at replacing a fan and seeing if that fixes it. If not, it will be a new compressor I think.
    http://www.my-gti.com/1038/volkswage...ressor-failure
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    the cam follower is another thing to look out for as well as coil packs

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    Fuel lines that tap against the chassis

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    should be a sticky..
    - 120,000km timing belt + water pump + rollers change will be in the 1k range (non-vw mechanic)
    - DV (Diverter Valve) must be change to latest revision even running stock
    - Possible faulty Coil packs
    - weak PCV
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    I suppose I better do the Diverter Valve on my car then huh?

    Link to product:
    http://www.ecstuning.com/Volkswagen-...alve/ES263879/
    Last edited by Justin Fox; 14-04-2010 at 10:09 AM.

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    There's been a couple of voluntary recalls and if they've been done there should be two little recall stickers inside the driver's side door jamb, roughly in line with the ignition. Off the top of my head I can't remember what they were for exactly, an ECU tweak and something to do with the brakes maybe. Nothing too major anyway, and they don't affect all GTIs. Ours was built in August 2006 and if your car (or prospective car) was built 12 months either side of that I'd just double check to see if the car was affected.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Justin Fox View Post
    I suppose I better do the Diverter Valve on my car then huh?

    Link to product:
    http://www.ecstuning.com/Volkswagen-...alve/ES263879/
    Yeah
    Tim from dubbaddiction supplies them too, not sure whether they still have some on stock or not. You could maybe look on to the aftermarket route like apr or forge.
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