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Old October 6th, 2016, 21:45   #1
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Good evening,
We've got a dead 2004 GLX 4mo wagon 6spd tdi in Regina SK.
My dream car was on its way from Montreal to be delivered to me in BC, but lost a ton of oil and is now making horrible sounds.
The driver is in Regina with the car and I'm still in BC!
We are hoping to find a fellow club member with a shop, or tdi savvy repair shop in Saskatchewan (ideally with a good BHW laying around!).
Any help is appreciated!
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Old October 7th, 2016, 07:03   #2
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Sounds like a cool car. Wish I could help, but good luck to yah.
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Old October 7th, 2016, 12:42   #3
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Say it ain't so!!

Don't know anyone out there... Good luck
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Old October 7th, 2016, 13:02   #4
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sadly it is so…
No fun for anyone
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Old October 7th, 2016, 13:20   #5
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Sounds like you need a towing company not a mechanic. Load it up and tow it home. Don't fall victim of shps that rip tourists off. Be prepared the engine and the turbo are shot.
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Old October 7th, 2016, 14:17   #6
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There are a couple of car transport companies that go east west in Canada -Hansens and Livingston. Call them and see if they are willing to pick up and bring to you.

Fixing a car from a distance is a recipe for $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
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Old October 7th, 2016, 17:21   #7
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CWS Tuning. Great shop. Only place I'd go in Regina.


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Old October 7th, 2016, 17:55   #8
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There are a couple of car transport companies that go east west in Canada -Hansens and Livingston. Call them and see if they are willing to pick up and bring to you.

Fixing a car from a distance is a recipe for $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
I'm in agreement with Windex, remote repair via phone or what ever device never works and is a recipe for big dollar outlay.

My preference in situations like this is to get the sale finalized with the owner and get them out of the picture. With the engine in this condition I'm sure a new price needs to be negotiated.

Next you want to have someone transport the car to you so that repairs can be made rationally without the influence of being away from home etc. The tourist repair shops can take thousands and they don't care.

If you don't own the car yet then the PO might make decisions about how to repair that you don't agree with, don't let that happen.

If you really feel like you need to have it repaired en route then you need to find someone who will baby sit the car at the repair place and watch to make sure that things are done right, or will essentially adopt the car during the repairs and have their personal mechanics fix it.

My .02, and good luck. Sorry to hear about this situation.

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I guess you got it out of Saskatchewan? http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=462262

What was the story?
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Old November 2nd, 2016, 17:01   #10
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I'm in agreement with Windex, remote repair via phone or what ever device never works and is a recipe for big dollar outlay.

My preference in situations like this is to get the sale finalized with the owner and get them out of the picture. With the engine in this condition I'm sure a new price needs to be negotiated.

Next you want to have someone transport the car to you so that repairs can be made rationally without the influence of being away from home etc. The tourist repair shops can take thousands and they don't care.

If you don't own the car yet then the PO might make decisions about how to repair that you don't agree with, don't let that happen.

If you really feel like you need to have it repaired en route then you need to find someone who will baby sit the car at the repair place and watch to make sure that things are done right, or will essentially adopt the car during the repairs and have their personal mechanics fix it.

My .02, and good luck. Sorry to hear about this situation.

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I agree 100%. We took this advice and got the car shipped using U-ship for $1000 (at the owners expense)
Once the car was in BC, we took it to a friends shop (with a hoist).
After pulling the engine and inspecting the damage, we decided the best course of action was to put in a used motor.
We (myself, the owner(he drove here to deal with the mess), and the shop owner) cleaned it up, installed a colt cam, did BSM delete, TB kit, and resealed it.
We had to use the old harness because it was wired for the swap.
I paid for all the parts and labour, which totaled $5100. I then paid the balance of the purchase price, $4900.
So I still paid the full $10K for the car, but got to oversee all the work and do a lot of it myself, the way I wanted it done.
Considerably more peace of mind..
In the end it took two weeks to deal with.
Out of province vehicle inspection was done, and I've registered and insured it as of last week.
It was an ordeal.
I was generous about it, as the situation was an inconvenience for everyone.
My wife now refers to it as the "unicorn fiasco".
The car is pretty great.
Was it worth the fiasco? Jury still out on that one. Was a pretty major interruption in my life...
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Old November 3rd, 2016, 09:31   #11
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Sounds like it worked out and you will have a great car. Impressed that the owner would drive out to deal with the problem. What was the diagnosis on the engine? Where went the oil?
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Old November 3rd, 2016, 10:14   #12
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Not 100% sure. It seemed to be a leaky valve cover gasket. But hard to say, there was sooo much oil everywhere in the engine bay. It was a real turn-off. When I saw that, I felt as if this car had been neglected, as it had been leaking for a long time.
Realistically I could've been a hard ass and low balled him, but he'd gone waay out of his way to make me happy with the car. After we'd already agreed on price, he upgraded the brakes with an S4 setup, which required swapping out the uprights, aka wheel bearing housings.
Then the wheels didn't fit back on...
So he picked up some S4 Avus wheels.
Then the tires didn't fit..
So he bought new tires.
And when the car arrived, he immediately bought a brand new battery from the dealership and installed it.
A decent fella to be sure, just needs a lesson on caring for engines...
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Old November 3rd, 2016, 10:44   #13
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To loose an engine for a valve cover gasket
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Did the seller import the car from Europe himself?
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Did the seller import the car from Europe himself?
This is the car: http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=462262

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