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Hi all,

So I stupidly never replaced my cam shaft and followers in my 2006 Jetta TDI MkV (BRM), even after getting it up to 255,000 miles. And so of course the cam failed and the engine started complaining loudly.

I looked into getting a new cam shaft and cylinder head only, but I decided to replace the whole dang engine. Found an engine in a totaled 2006 Jetta TDI with only 130K miles for $1500, so I am going to drop that into my Jetta but I am also going to replace the cam and cylinder head at the get-go. Hopefully I can take this bad boy another 245,000 miles.

My ultimate goal is to get to 500K miles! I have been running only 95%-99% renewable diesel now for several years, mileage is still great.
 

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Best of luck! Share your results if you don't mind, once they happen. I am at ~207k with OEM cam shaft (excited/worried face). I already did the timing belt...so I may have to bite the bullet this year and do the camshaft.
 

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Best of luck! Share your results if you don't mind, once they happen. I am at ~207k with OEM cam shaft (excited/worried face). I already did the timing belt...so I may have to bite the bullet this year and do the camshaft.
I got the ball rolling. Here is a pic of the junked car where I am getting the used engine (130k miles). It's gonna take my mechanic a couple weeks to complete the job, we are guessing. My car is the same color, so perfect match!
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Ya, no joke! That thing looks great. May I ask what junker you used? I assume it was shipped from somewhere?

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Ya, no joke! That thing looks great. May I ask what junker you used? I assume it was shipped from somewhere?

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In a previous post on April 15, I posted a pic of the totaled Jetta I got the engine from. It was in a junk yard in Folsom, CA
 

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I've got some updated pics from a week ago, I went by the shop as they had my old engine out:
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This the cam shaft (cover removed). Damage is not obvious, but one of the valves is poking up through one of the followers which completely wore out.
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Here is a view of the engine compartment (from below):
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Here is the new engine, waiting for components to be swapped over. New timing belt was already installed:
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Nice!!!! Who did you buy the engine from?


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From a junk yard in Folsom, CA. A totaled 2006 Jetta TDI where the engine was in good shape (110K miles on it). But I'm replacing all the rubber hoses, wire harnesses, gaskets, etc.
 
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