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Old March 13th, 2018, 04:48   #31
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A long time ALH owner I bought my 04 with 259k miles on it.
It needed a heater core and suspension work but now at 28xxxx miles it has been dead reliable.
A little smoky on cold starts, and still with the original cam.
It still has the MK4 foibles but I am used to them.
With a VNT 17, tune and EGR delete, it is fast , fun and economical car.
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Old March 13th, 2018, 16:45   #32
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If VW hadn't built the ALH the BEW would have been a great engine.
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Old March 13th, 2018, 17:06   #33
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If VW hadn't built the ALH the BEW would have been a great engine.
or, the ALH is a great engine because VW built the BEW
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Old March 14th, 2018, 02:37   #34
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390k miles on my 05' bew w/ stock cam, runs great ...but i still prefer the alh over all others
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Old March 14th, 2018, 16:29   #35
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I replaced the cam on mine at a timing belt change and it cost about an extra $500-600 if I remember. It's not that bad, and you only have to do it once. I'm at 175K and it's running great. I did invest in a VNT17 and a tune when the original BW turbo took a dive, likely from a horrible experience at the dealer several years ago. The tune/turbo combo turned out so great that I went for a better clutch and SMF. That's been the most expensive adventure.
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Old March 20th, 2018, 11:59   #36
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I think have worked on EVERYTHING that is a VW diesel(Except an 8.7l Skoda V-8). I have worked on engines that don't go into cars.

I can honestly say that when you have good maintenance, the right oil, and drive the car the way it is supposed to be driven, the BEW is maybe not on par with the ALH, but in some respects, it's more durable. We do not get a lot of work on the BEW. We get a TON of work on the BRM. It is not just that the BRM has 10 more horsepower, but the way the cam was overloaded.

Probably the one way that the BEW is better than the ALH is that the injectors are very durable. But to upset the WVO crowd, susceptible to failure if using biodiesel. We strongly discourage of any excessive amount of biodiesel n the PD motors.

One of the best vehicle setups is the 2005-6 Jetta Wagon or Golf. They often come with the DSG and that combination is really quite sweet or a 5-speed manual. It's not a barn-burner, but it will work very well for a long time.

If there is any one thing I don't like about the BEW is the split intake port and the 'Sardine Can' EGR cooler. Most of the time, it's a non-issue.
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Old March 20th, 2018, 19:24   #37
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I think have worked on EVERYTHING that is a VW diesel(Except an 8.7l Skoda V-8). I have worked on engines that don't go into cars.

I can honestly say that when you have good maintenance, the right oil, and drive the car the way it is supposed to be driven, the BEW is maybe not on par with the ALH, but in some respects, it's more durable. We do not get a lot of work on the BEW. We get a TON of work on the BRM. It is not just that the BRM has 10 more horsepower, but the way the cam was overloaded.

Probably the one way that the BEW is better than the ALH is that the injectors are very durable. But to upset the WVO crowd, susceptible to failure if using biodiesel. We strongly discourage of any excessive amount of biodiesel n the PD motors.

One of the best vehicle setups is the 2005-6 Jetta Wagon or Golf. They often come with the DSG and that combination is really quite sweet or a 5-speed manual. It's not a barn-burner, but it will work very well for a long time.

If there is any one thing I don't like about the BEW is the split intake port and the 'Sardine Can' EGR cooler. Most of the time, it's a non-issue.
I thought the DSG, BEW combo only came in the beetles....or am I mistaken?
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Old March 21st, 2018, 05:30   #38
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Mine has the Jatco 09A transmission which has proved to be very reliable and spontaneous. No major problems with the BEW, but I only have 152K miles; bought new in '04.
I do have a Malone stage 1.5 tune with Dynamic EGR and a VNT delete.
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