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150 TDI Anni turbo blew on the way home from work last night, just a whoosh sound then smoke like I have'nt seen before, Limped home , just 2 miles, and there was oil all over the back of the car and dripping out of the exhaust.I removed the pipe from the centre of the turbo, 9that spring hose clip is a swine) then felt inside and found broken bits of turbine blades. The car is out of warranty by 3 months but has only done 30,100 miles,so I rang VW customer services and was pleasantly surprised. It is subject to a diagnosis by vw dealer but the guy I spoke to seemed to think I could end up having to pay 50% or less. I have to get it to a dealer myself and pay for the diagnosis myself, but it could be worse, new turbo alone is around ?800-900, fitting ?300 and probably a new cat because of the oil contanination. If vw wont pay does anyone know of a good turbo specialist in the newcastle area? I'll keep you posted.
 

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I have had the car diagnosed by Carr's of Hexham and they reckon I need a new turbo, intercooler and full exhaust. VW have offered to pay 60% of the total cost and because I have paid towards the cost of the new parts they will be covered by a 2 year warranty. I was quite pleasedwith this offer. What does anyone else think? I would welcome your comments.l  
 

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Sounds like a good deal to me!

Was the car fully dealer serviced prior to the turbo letting go? I am guessing that you may have a faulty turbo as this is the first one that I have heard that has let go in any PD engine, let alone a 150.
 

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Yes the car did have a full service history, my thinking was that it would be foolish not to, certainly not while under warranty. Everybody says that they have never heard of a 150 PD letting go, but it did ,big style, expensive but I suppose VW could have said NO.
 

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dse 123,

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As the dealer is offering to cover 60%, I'd take the offer without a doubt. I would want to know the total cost before actually comitting, but hey 60% is a lot and either way you getting it done cheaper at VW and you get warranty for 2 yrs on the parts.

Maybe some VW dealers aren't that bad after all.[:p]

Get it booked in.
 

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My thinking exactly, the parts come to ?1,700, the exhaust system is actually ?10 dearer than the turbo. It is booked in and could be finished as early as tuesday 18th , plus I hope I get to keep the old exhaust and intercooler, and maybe a bit of discount from the dealer, as you say they aren't all bad.
 

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Sounds like a good deal by todays VW standards but it is still pretty scary that you can get hit by that kind of expense on a car which is just out of warranty. On a positive note I have always gone to Carrs as I have found them to be much better than the rest of the Benfield crew.
 

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I was put off Benfield's years ago by the comments of a taxi driver who had bad experiences with them, but I have been impressed with Carrs. I agree it shouldn't have happened but it has and I just have to try and make the best of it, VW must think so too when they are paying as much as 60%.
 

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Be sure to find out the labour charges as the 60% offer from VW will only be for parts.

If VW are will to pay this amount toward the parts, then I'm sure the dealer should be able to discount it's labour rate too.
 

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Sorry it took so long to reply, but right from the start I was told that the 60% applied to both parts and labour so it's only a slim possibility that I will get a discount from the dealer, but I live in hope. Will let you know when I get the car back.
 

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Right, got the car back tonight, the bill was less than I thought for two reasons- they only changed the front pipe and cat and they gave me 5% discount on parts. I asked if the service reminder had been reset as the oil and filter had been changed and I was told that the oil had beentopped up and the filter had not been changed. I was gobsmacked, but he said there was no need as the oil had gone down the exhaust. I will change the oil and filter myself but I find it surprising if VW will agree with the dealer not changing them. What does anyone else think?
 

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I guess they take the view that the oil should be OK as system is under pressure and therefore would not be contaminated but I would do the same as you and change the oil and filter just for peace of mind.
 

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There is a drain back to the sump from the turbo so I think it is possible that rubbish could have been carried back. VW say it is not neccesary to change oil or filter but that goes against everything I have learned in engineering. Anyway I am changing both tonight just for peace of mind. 
 

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Just to finish this topic, I changed the oil and filter last night and tonight I looked at the filter I had removed and found tiny slivers of white metal(turbo bearing material) in the filter so I think I did the right thing by changing it and I would advise anyone who suspects the oil could be contaminated to do the same thing.  
 

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Hello I am new to the site but have joined for some advise . I run a 2 and a bit year old 150 diesel which is weeping a small amount of oil from the intercooler pipe joints close to the radiator not enough to drip though , the car has covered about 37000 miles and runs well but does blow a small amount of smoke when driven hard as most diesels do I suppose . If this is a problem I want a repair before the warranty expires

The VW garage says this is normal but I am not convinced as I dont think that any oil at all should come into contact with the turbine just its bearings , perhaps i,m wrong?

The first 150 GTI PD I ran lasted 800 miles from new only 3 weeks old when the turbo blew .oil everywhere. I managed to argue a new car

John F
 

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Hello I am new to the site but have joined for some advise . I run a 2 and a bit year old 150 diesel which is weeping a small amount of oil from the intercooler pipe joints close to the radiator not enough to drip though , the car has covered about 37000 miles and runs well but does blow a small amount of smoke when driven hard as most diesels do I suppose . If this is a problem I want a repair before the warranty expires

The VW garage says this is normal but I am not convinced as I dont think that any oil at all should come into contact with the turbine just its bearings , perhaps i,m wrong?

The first 150 GTI PD I ran lasted 800 miles from new only 3 weeks old when the turbo blew .oil everywhere. I managed to argue a new car

John F
Yes, it's "normal".

That oil accumulation is due to the crankcase oil vapours beeing sucked in by the intake. Mine hasn't got that problem any longer since I've done a ccv bypass meanwhile.
 
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