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My GTV sounds like a diesel on start up!

When I start my car up it sounds like a diesel. It is prob overdue a service but could it be anything else?

I will get it serviced next week as it has to go into the garage for another couple of issues.
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Re: My GTV sounds like a diesel on start up!

u need to get ur variator replaced the next time u are in for a new cambelt chum!.

Had to get mine done when i bought my car too as it sounded more like a Tractor than a Twinspark on startup.

Funnily when i bought the car i was so in awe of the interior that i didn't notice what the engine sounded like until a week later
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Re: My GTV sounds like a diesel on start up!

Yep, classic failed Variator symptoms. Won't effect the engine or power to any great degree but the noise is embarrassing !

Good news is that a new one is only about 100, bad news is that all the belts have to come off to replace it. As you're here anyway best to replace all belts and tensioners and perhaps the Water Pump as well.

For the belt and Variator job I'm afraid you're looking at a bill of 300 - 500.
If it has had a belt replacement job recently you may want to live with it for a while. All the belts and tensioners should be replaced at 36K/3 years, whichever is the sooner.

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