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In the near future, I am considering a TDI and have been looking for information about the reliability of the engine. Interesting to find out about the camshaft issues of the 2006. I am trying to figure out if replacement of the camshaft is a reasonable DIY job for someone comfortable with doing timing belt changes. My current car is a Mazda Miata.

Looks like you have a very active forum here and that is good to see.

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Brian
 

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http://www.myturbodiesel.com/1000q/multi/camshaft-inspection-replace-vw-tdi.htm Here is a writeup on how to change it. IMHO, it's a design flaw. I don't know why some cars don't seem to have the problem though. Bad flywheels seem to be the most common problem. A single mass flywheel will fix that permanently but get manual transmission if possible. There is no aftermarket replacement for the DSG flywheel. There is a buying guide for the 2006 w/common problems, see this article for more: http://www.myturbodiesel.com/1000q/a5/2005-2006-VW-Jetta-TDI-buying-guide.htm

Miata <- great car.welcometomyturbodies
 

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http://www.myturbodiesel.com/1000q/multi/camshaft-inspection-replace-vw-tdi.htm Here is a writeup on how to change it. IMHO, it's a design flaw. I don't know why some cars don't seem to have the problem though. Bad flywheels seem to be the most common problem. A single mass flywheel will fix that permanently but get manual transmission if possible. There is no aftermarket replacement for the DSG flywheel. There is a buying guide for the 2006 w/common problems, see this article for more: http://www.myturbodiesel.com/1000q/a5/2005-2006-VW-Jetta-TDI-buying-guide.htm

Miata <- great car.welcometomyturbodies
Thanks for the links and info about the flywheel. It helps a great deal.

I love the Miata ('94 M-Edition with ~170k), just need something a little bigger. It will kept around as spare/project car.
 

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In the near future, I am considering a TDI and have been looking for information about the reliability of the engine. Interesting to find out about the camshaft issues of the 2006. I am trying to figure out if replacement of the camshaft is a reasonable DIY job for someone comfortable with doing timing belt changes. My current car is a Mazda Miata.

Looks like you have a very active forum here and that is good to see.

Thanks,

Brian
Very reasonable. It's only a few more steps. Beware though, to do the timing belt on these engines you have to remove the motor mount and support the engine.
 
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