New owner - 'old' T5.1

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New owner - 'old' T5.1

Post by Janrap »

Hi All, I'm new here, and totally new to the VW brand... I love my Renaults...

But... I recently failed to resist the itch, and bought a 2011 T5 BiTDI DSG 4Motion Caravelle :driving: . The guys I bought from were... nice enough people... , but I'm concerned about the issues on the vehicle that I may not know about. I had a 'comprehensive' Dekra done before buying it, but there are a few things that they did not pick up, so now I am worried.

Electronically/electrics I am aware of problems:
- PDC front and rear seems to not work
- nothing seems to happen when the diff-lock button is pushed
- radio mic not working - it gave an 'open circuit' fault during the inspection
- front 12V socket not working

I'm aware of the following things that need attention, mechanically:
- Roof rack was removed, leaving exposed screw holes in the gutters
- Drive train boots needs replacement (front CV boots and one on the drive shaft)
- Ignition cylinder(?) worn - getting the key turned sometimes takes quite a lot of jiggling!
- one of the rear windows' lock pin mechanisms is broken (or at least the pin is un-hooked and does not retract)

From the trip we did, she certainly has oversized tyres, and probably raised suspension (hence the cracked and leaking rubber boots).

Question 1: She drives quite nicely, but at ~12.3l/100km (fairy steady 120km/h on the GPS) the consumption is higher than I expected - or am I just optimistic?

After 100,000 km it has only had (stamped) services done at ~130,000km and ~160,000km, so I would like to take it to a real specialist for a thorough check-up. I am close to Hatfield VW, but have had my fingers burned with agents (others) before, in terms of their knowledge, diligence and willingness to consider affordable reparation options.

Question 2: Is there someone non-agent in Pretoria that you guys can point me towards for the full thing, or should I at least for the first service stick with the agent, and is Hatfield (the Hatfield branch) the right choice then? It is the third vehicle, so I would prefer to have a good, affordable, slower job done over having a good, expensive, fast job done.

Question 3: Is there anything else I should be looking out for, except for oil and coolant, as mentioned in other threads?
Question 4: The central locking doesn't automatically lock once moving - is it only a matter of RTFM to figure out what's up?

Thanks in advance for any advice!
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Re: New owner - 'old' T5.1

Post by J0NN0 »

Hello @Janrap and welcome to the VW Club Forum! :hi:

We all hope that you enjoy your stay here and consider the wonderful opportunity of becoming a VWCSA Member which gets you awesome vwclub merchandise and discount to our events for only R350.

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As well as the rules we have for Private Sales.

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Please feel free to join in on the Events, its huge fun, and non-members are also more than welcome to join in on the action. Hope to see you at an event soon.

Now that you have introduced yourself to the forum, have a look at starting a Rides Thread and show us what you cruise the streets with. :driving:

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We look forward to having you on the forum, and hope to see you grow in the club, by becoming a member, and most of all, making new friends.

Cheers :hug:

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