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    Kombi Beach 2006 breakdown

    Just before the Bribie Bridge I noticed that my rear window had gone cloudy, so kept going and parked just over the bridge. I could smell diesel fuel so had a look underneath and the entire underside was covered in fuel, and all over the rear door. So opened the bonnet and everything was covered in fuel, then another bloke appeared who could smell the fuel from nearby. With a torch he could see fuel squirting out when the motor was started from the engine end of the pipe connecting the tandem pump to the head.

    There was no way it could be driven so RACQ supplied a truck and it was taken back to German Autos in Brisbane, this is the first time it has let us down ever in 16 years we have owned it. He found that the high pressure fuel hose had split near the engine end and was able to get one from Sydney and fit it. Even if you had a spare hose it would be a major job to fit it on the side of the road as you cant easily get near it. All fixed now and did a major car wash all over yesterday.

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    I'm dreading the day mine lets me down, actually on the road.

    Auto rebuilt, waterpump(did it myself), doorlocks(did 'em myself), window cables(myself), some other small bits and pieces.
    Just about to hit 200K. (km not $$$)
    Steve
    04 T5 auto 2.5L TDI

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    We had a rock punch a hole in the diesel fuel cooler on our early T5 , VW placed it on the LH side of the van behind the front wheel which in RHD models would be the most frequent one to go off the edge of the road . A stone flicked up causing a hole , at first we didn't notice any thing until a couple of kilometres along the road . We stopped at an intersection with an off camber corner that we turned into , as I turned the van suddenly did a fantastic sideways slide almost like a drift car . While we were waiting for the lights to change it had been pumping diesel all over the road !! , still managed to drive home and next morning fitted a bypass hose around the cooler .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebuild View Post
    I'm dreading the day mine lets me down, actually on the road.

    Auto rebuilt, waterpump(did it myself), doorlocks(did 'em myself), window cables(myself), some other small bits and pieces.
    Just about to hit 200K. (km not $$$)
    Mine had a perfect record until this weeks problem for faults that put you out of action. I have also fixed lots of things even the dip stick plastic top which was rubbish, the sliding window rods i fixed using bicycle wheel spokes, so many little bits of plastic like the drink holders, all break but don't let you down. We have done about 370,000 km now and still runs like the day we bought it. I was just mentioning how well it was running about 10 mins before it stopped ! Be careful of Murphey's Law.

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    I have always wondered about the wisdom of putting that little cooler right behind the wheel. at least we have a mud flap there.

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    Yes ours does have the flap but it still got past !

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    I regret selling my 2005 4motion in 2016. I had it for 11 years, I wish I had a Time Machine.
    I only had the water pump that needed replacing at around 60,000km.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Transporter View Post
    I regret selling my 2005 4motion in 2016. I had it for 11 years, I wish I had a Time Machine.
    I only had the water pump that needed replacing at around 60,000km.
    I have the AXD which also needed the water pump replaced, since then only the tandem pump and the high pressure fuel line that just split has worn out, otherwise these are the perfect low maintenance engine that we all dream about. The only thing that it needs is the 506 or 507 oil and I use diesel injector cleaner about twice a year. I just remembered, (edited in) that the exhaust manifold had to be replaced due to cracking recently, that was the most expensive fix at $3000.
    Last edited by BrianJ; 08-04-2024 at 07:04 AM.

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