Hi - I bought the car 3 weeks ago and it was running great. Yesterday I was doing around 70-80mph when it suddenly lost power. It struggled to get back to 60mph and when I stopped the car then started it up again the engine sounded very loud and rattley. It drove ok for a bit but as I went to pull away in first, it felt as if I had to accelerate more and the car struggled for a little while - Again it fought its way up to 60pmh. Any ideas?
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how many miles has it done?is it remapped? we have had the same problem and done the same repair as above and the next stage for us is to remove the turbo and strip it down and clean the veins inside the turbo as these can stick and give a loss of power,this is on a 2002 gti tdi pd with +-130000miles and its remapped.my car is gt tdi 130bhp stock 140000miles no faults
Hi ...... It sounds as if the turbo bearings or seal has blown, white smoke is a sign ........ or your head gasket. Try taking compression readings across the engine and/or looking into the expansion bottle for evidence of oil (head gasket def'ly).
Let us know how you get on.
Best check for this is to get the car around 30mph, put it in top gear, and floor the gas. If the clutch is going to slip, this is when it'll happen. If it slips, you'll need to replace it. If it doesn't, there's likely no issue with the clutch and you'll have to look elsewhere for the problems you're seeing.