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    Just purchased a 2012 132TSI Pacific!

    Hello!

    We just got a 2012 132TSI Pacific 4Motion and are waiting to pick it up in a few days.

    The price was under 10K, with above average mileage of 167K.

    Drove the car for a few minutes 3 times and no issues, drove fantastic and no error lights or sounds.

    I have now found out it does not have the DSG, which is probably a good thing.

    What are some things to look out for with the Tiguans of this age?

    My wife does very little mileage so the high KM's should not keep increasing as they did for its first 8 years.

    Surprised it has the advanced SATNAV with parking assist and reverse camera with optical guidance!

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    I'd be checking that it has the updated timing chain and/or has had it replaced at ~100,000km. If it hasn't been done I'd budget to do it.

    Other thing I'd look to get done is a carbon clean of the inlet valves. If it hasn't been done you'll probably have a significant degradation in performance and if let go too long will end up with misfiring/limp mode in worst case.

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    Thanks for the tips tigger!

    I was wondering about the timing belt but not sure how one could check if it's the updates one or has been changed at 100k?

    Might give barloworld VW a call too as they sold the car new and it's always been serviced there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yapa View Post
    Thanks for the tips tigger!

    I was wondering about the timing belt but not sure how one could check if it's the updates one or has been changed at 100k?

    Might give barloworld VW a call too as they sold the car new and it's always been serviced there.
    The TSI engine in your Tig has no timing belt, it has the chain driven camshafts and therefore it should last the life of the engine. Though, instead it’s a very weak link in the TSI engines like yours.

    Get it inspected and replaced if need it, otherwise you might need to spend around $5,000 on repairs or on fitting a secondhand engine.
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    Thanks for the advice.

    Called the dealer who has serviced it from day one and up until the last service.

    They said the timing chain has never been done (167K on the clock) and the service manager said that its not something that is in the schedule.
    I told him about what you guys said and he said that it's not a problem and does not need to be done, even with the high mileage.

    So he wasnt really keen on doing it, he said it was going to be a couple of grand to do the timing chain.

    Can you guys advise on rough price to pay at dealership or other? I'm in VIC so any recommendations on workshop who does these would be appreciated.

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    At least make sure you have the latest revisions of the timing chain tensioner. To check and replace it is close $1000 but still better than kill the engine. Any VW mechanic should be able to do the job.

    We’re wrecking Octavia RS of the same age with the same engine because of failed tensioner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Transporter View Post
    At least make sure you have the latest revisions of the timing chain tensioner. To check and replace it is close $1000 but still better than kill the engine. Any VW mechanic should be able to do the job.

    We’re wrecking Octavia RS of the same age with the same engine because of failed tensioner.
    I'm taking your advice on hand, after having a 118TSI Jetta with blown engine and blown 7-speed DSG, I know what it's like.

    I will get a quote from VW to check "timing chain tensioner" and the carbon buildup too. If it's around 1K to do then its worth it I know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yapa View Post
    I'm taking your advice on hand, after having a 118TSI Jetta with blown engine and blown 7-speed DSG, I know what it's like.

    I will get a quote from VW to check "timing chain tensioner" and the carbon buildup too. If it's around 1K to do then its worth it I know.
    I would also get a price from an independent specialist VW/Audi workshop. There’s plenty of these around Melbourne who would be very familiar with this issue and able to assist.

    It sounds like the VW dealers have their heads in the clouds around this issue and don’t want to admit there’s a problem with these engines.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Yapa View Post
    I'm taking your advice on hand, after having a 118TSI Jetta with blown engine and blown 7-speed DSG, I know what it's like.

    I will get a quote from VW to check "timing chain tensioner" and the carbon buildup too. If it's around 1K to do then its worth it I know.
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    Had it checked Volks repair in Essendon and they said all good after road test.

    Will get it serviced and properly checked soon.

    Thanks for all the advice.

    We like the car a lot, very sporty drive yet still comfortable.

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