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Old 01.10.2015, 18:28
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Re: Buying Second Hand Diesel Car

I'd not worry about an engine per say at 275'000km but rather the other things on the car that wear out. Gearing, final drive, suspension I guess being the important ones.

Just bear in mind that a 100'000 franc car has the same costs to fix it on day ten and in year 10.
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Old 01.10.2015, 18:38
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Re: Buying Second Hand Diesel Car

Like said above me. It is not so much the engine that is the issue but more all the Mech components (steering,injectors, suspension, electronics etc etc. )
also if the engine has issues a diesel is often much more spendy to repair than a gasser.
There are much better deals out there under 5k then a car with 300k on it. All vehicles I have ever owned had more than 200k on it and on all the same components fail..... and you will be putting in a lot of money if you cannot do it yourself.

Just bought a 2002 golf4 auto,1.6 for the wifey with 160k for 2300 . Already put in 1k with doing most of the work myself. But she is (should be) good for a few more years to come.
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Old 01.10.2015, 19:08
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Re: Buying Second Hand Diesel Car

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I'd not worry about an engine per say at 275'000km but rather the other things on the car that wear out. Gearing, final drive, suspension I guess being the important ones.

Just bear in mind that a 100'000 franc car has the same costs to fix it on day ten and in year 10.
Not unless you are one of the forum regulars who, upon being told the make, model and year will tell you that it's not expensive to service at all, you just have to go to this obscure Greek website and find the part by it's 15 digit id number (which they can and will quote on request). Then all you need is not years of experience servicing cars but just a bit of elbow grease - anyone can do it really, I myself just recently spent 2 hours changing the brake discs and cleaning the spark plugs. Really no effort needed at all.

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Just bought a 2002 golf4 auto,1.6 for the wifey with 160k for 2300 . Already put in 1k with doing most of the work myself. But she is (should be) good for a few more years to come.
Who, the wife or the car ?
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Old 01.10.2015, 19:34
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Re: Buying Second Hand Diesel Car

When I was living in CH I was driving about 50,000 a year & I considered buying a diesel. I mentioned this to a couple of Swiss clients who were shocked as they believed even a diesel with a particle filter was a no no. I was thinking about buying an old diesel without a particle filter however I never said as much! Instead I bought a second then third petrol BMW which handled the high KM's without any issues.
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Re: Buying Second Hand Diesel Car

Paid a visit to the owner. Some middle eastern person with ridiculous manners and i decided to leave the place.
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Old 01.10.2015, 20:38
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Just bought a 2002 golf4 auto,1.6 for the wifey with 160k for 2300 . Already put in 1k with doing most of the work myself. But she is (should be) good for a few more years to come.
That's all very well, but will the car last as long?
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That's all very well, but will the car last as long?
The Golf 4 is one of the best cars VW built. Personally I would avoid the 1.4 petrol engine because they tend to break down more often than the other engines. But the 1.6 petrol engine and almost all 1.9 diesel engines are built to last. The Golf 4 body is zinc protected and as long as it is not involved in accidents or very deep scratches it will remain rustfree.

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Paid a visit to the owner. Some middle eastern person with ridiculous manners and i decided to leave the place.
I did tell you.
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Then all you need is not years of experience servicing cars but just a bit of elbow grease - anyone can do it really, I myself just recently spent 2 hours changing the brake discs and cleaning the spark plugs. Really no effort needed at all.


Unless this is troubleshooting where an engine or other complex system malfunctions and then you need this experience and tools to figure out what's the issue.
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Who, the wife or the car ?
Well lets hope both but I doubt 1k will cover the other one.....
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Re: Buying Second Hand Diesel Car

Thanks for the info - answers some questions for me too. As I am also looking to buy a good second hand car!
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