TDI Turbocharger

Discussion in 'VW Mk3 Jetta, Passat TDI and other/older diesels' started by frnk, Aug 15, 2012.

  1. frnk

    frnk New Member

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    Car:
    2013 VW 4dr Golf TDI MT
    What is the durability of this seemingly costly item? What is range of time to the point it needs replacement or heavy duty repair? Cost?

    What are the practices to optimize useful life?

    This is for soon to acquire '13 Golf TDI.
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  2. chittychittybangbang

    chittychittybangbang Administrator

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    2006 Jetta TDI
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    CT
    It lasts pretty much forever. Bearings are floating on oil so as long as it's never run dry or doesn't rust and seize internally. Over a very long period of time the wheels will develop some wobble from wear but we're talking hundreds of thousands of miles. If there's some debris that passes through engine it'll touch the housing and self destruct instantly.

    Then there's always a few defective ones which just fail early, nature of manufacturing.

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