2018 has been a terrible year for our vehicles.
- W8 Passat hit a pothole and ripped the bottom of the engine out. It’s still sitting in the lot at Tom Wood. May have to look at seeing if I can install a 1.8T into it, providing it can mate to the transmission and 4 motion in an acceptably working fashion. I can probably eek more power out of a 1.8T anyways, and I believe it’ll be more reliable and less expensive to maintain.
- Next came the BMW X5, with the 4.4l, that I bought from GT Autosports in Westfield, with “123,xxx” miles on the car. When I received the title weeks later, I realized the car had the mileage not only rolled back once, but twice. It has been plagued with transmission issues, that I have dealt with until it broke the timing chain a month ago. It’s sitting in a half tore down state, and appears the VANOS system on the drivers side bank came apart and tore the chain up. It’ll be a hefty bit to get it on the road again, I’m sure, as it will need both the VANOS systems rebuilt, the timing chain replaced, and that is only after I have the ability to check to see if we didn’t trash the pistons or valves when the chain broke. I’m assuming it is the original timing chain, and with the roll backs, it likely has close to 225k-250k miles on it. Not happy with that, as I was told the car has 123k miles on it when I purchased.
- Recently scrapped the Tahoe, it was enough to pay for the designated summer car, which was needed when I realized the BMW was going to be down.
- Summer car, I found a 1999 VW Golf GL Coupe (as a coupe, it’s basically a Rabbit). It has the AEG 2.0, and a 5 Speed Manual. I bought it running/driving, but would shut down after 10 minutes of driving until cool, when it would start right back up again. I’ve had enough AEG based engines to know that is a Crank Position Sensor going bad (~$100 from Autozone, $35 from Amazon). I replaced the CPS, and all was good, until I found the 10mm socket the previous owner dropped into the timing belt cover, which chewed the belt basically 1/2 as wide. In replacing the timing belt, I didn’t pay enough attention to the crank bolt torque. When I started the car the next time, it ran for about 30 seconds until the crank bolt came loose, slamming the valves into the pistons, which of course bent the valves. I’ve got another head sitting herewith good valves, and a top end gasket set, I just haven’t had the time to deal with it, between life, and um, life. It’ll also need a water manifold, as it broke during removal, and there is a vacuum hose port that broke off the intake runner after the MAFS.
- Porsche 1 & Porsche 2 remain down, haven’t had a chance to look at either of them as well.
- Finally, the GTI, the one reliable car we have. Last brake change, the pad with the sensor broke the wire, so we have the brake light on. Jennifer apparently hit a parking block, and ever since, we have had the check antifreeze light on, and no matter how much we add to the bottle, it still drops to the bottom of the bottle, with the light coming back on. The A/C doesn’t seem as cold as well, so I am sure there is something going on there.
Luck needs to change this summer…