I have just registered on this site and I look forward to contributing to what looks to be a very informative community.
I also look forward to hearing advice and suggestions from all of you...
I will start by making a confession.....I own a 146ti 2.0 TS, I bought it about 2 years ago albeit reluctantly. Long story short, a friend was having financial issues, so I stepped in. Anyway, about 3 months after purchase, on 68K km's, bye bye cambelt! The service manual says it needs to be replaced at 75K km's but in the Middle East they perform this operation at 65K, the previous owner failed to inform me of this and I sit with the screw up! Nice eh? Anyhow, the equivalent of 1K squid later, the job was done and she is still good at 90K km's to date, with reg services.
The problem is this, I have NO respect for this car and have negelected it although I enjoy driving it. Since getting rid of my regular wheels 6 months ago, I have been in her non-stop and I am getting serious guilt now as she has rescued me on many occasion, and I think she deserves to be looked after...(Her name used to be "Jealousy" because jealousy gets you nowhere, but I have changed her name to Romy now)
This is where you lot step in - > see where I am going with this??
For starters, the AR agents here are rip-off artists, used spares are as rare as rocking horse $h1t so I am going to tackle some probs on my own.
This dieseling sound you all refer to caused by the variator, Is it a big job? And how much might one expect to pay?
This car is now into 90K km's, and starting to smoke a bit, should I still use synthetic oils?? I am thinking of a thicker oil now...
That's it for now, look forward to your responses......