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Old September 30th, 2008, 13:19   #151
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Lugnut, I am willing to bet you have 139,000 miles with 90% highway miles.
No doubt. The prior owner had the car for 39 months in which he put on 136 of the 139k. It's not easy to put on 40k+ annually without a lot of highway use.

bmccrea,
I also had concerns about this potential problem before I bought, but I did it anyway and had been imagining any sound from anywhere as being the harbinger of immediate destruction, until I heard Grove's at the fest and had that identified as the sound for which I should be listening in mine.
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Old September 30th, 2008, 13:34   #152
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Yeah, it is strange how vastly different sounding those two cars are (were) with nearly identical mileage.

Just one more reason to pay close attention to how the engine sounds, and listen to it from OUTSIDE the car once in a while.
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Old September 30th, 2008, 19:37   #153
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My driving is 90% highway and my BS went at 94K. The rebuilt BS will be nice, but can anyone find a mechanic other than OH willing to take on the install? Hopefully, OH will be the only person other than me that touches my car. You should see the meticulous way he approaches the job.

But, come on. Can you see a dealer installing the rebuilt BS? What are the odds it would be done right? My original dealer would laugh at the prospect. And, by the way, my original dealer stopped selling and servicing VWs as of today.

After OH's work, the car is quieter and the engine runs smoother. Getting ready to put 2,000 on it this weekend on a trip to west Texas.
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Old October 1st, 2008, 01:00   #154
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No doubt. The prior owner had the car for 39 months in which he put on 136 of the 139k. It's not easy to put on 40k+ annually without a lot of highway use.

bmccrea,
I also had concerns about this potential problem before I bought, but I did it anyway and had been imagining any sound from anywhere as being the harbinger of immediate destruction, until I heard Grove's at the fest and had that identified as the sound for which I should be listening in mine.
Yes the differences are interesting. Tomo had it for around 2 years and put 40k on it. I've had it for just over 2 years and put 100k - yes 95+% of my driving is highway.

I suspect it can also be driving styles. On the highway I consistently run 75, and when I first got the car 80-85. From the highway to home (10 miles) it is very hilly and twisty so I tend to be on and off the accelerator a lot.

My goal at this point is to get the upgraded part done at the next TB - which should be around next November - and hopefully be able to just worry about the chain from then on every 200K.
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Old October 1st, 2008, 08:56   #155
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After OH's work, the car is quieter and the engine runs smoother. Getting ready to put 2,000 on it this weekend on a trip to west Texas.
Hey Mike

Will you be passing anywhere near Austin? I'd love to be able to listen to your car side-by-side with mine. (could be some BBQ and beverages of your choice in it ;o) )
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Old October 1st, 2008, 10:24   #156
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I wish it was near Austin. Midland. Nice people, but not the prettiest place on earth. A fast trip down for my brother-in-law's wedding.
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Old October 2nd, 2008, 08:57   #157
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Hey if any of you post "oilhammer" B5.5 oil pump chain folks go up to Green Bay on I-43 in Sheboygan ever, look me up as I want to hear your machine.
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Old October 2nd, 2008, 10:04   #158
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Got another one in today....131k miles, sounds like it is full of marbles. Oh, and someone did a really bad M&P timing belt job on it
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Old October 2nd, 2008, 10:55   #159
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How about a sound clip of this one and a 'normal' one?
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Old October 2nd, 2008, 10:57   #160
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Oilhammer can you do a 'before' and 'after' sound clip on this car?
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Old October 2nd, 2008, 13:20   #161
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Guys, people have already tried the sound clip thing, and to be quite honest it all sounds like a bunch of noise on any recordings. You really need to stand next to the car while it is running to understand. It simply does not reproduce well.
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Old October 2nd, 2008, 14:09   #162
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oilhammer, I would love to have you work on my car when its time is up (so far so good). But I am here in California. I would hate to make that drive and put all those miles on it. Maybe we should look ahead for people who want YOU to work on their car who are too far away and find a cheap/safe car shipping service. Got any ideas?
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Old October 2nd, 2008, 14:17   #163
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If there were a few of them (B5 TDIs) that could gather in one area and I could be provided a lift and a nice clean well lit place to work, I could fly there and do a few of them at once.
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Old October 2nd, 2008, 15:02   #164
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That would only work if we all broke at same time. Shipping a car individually would probably be the most likely way, but could be more expensive then flying you out.
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Old October 2nd, 2008, 15:04   #165
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Well, the point is to fix the car BEFORE it breaks.
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