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  1. 2.0TFSI - no power

    Hi, I know it's the GTI forum but my car is an A3 and it's the same engine as the MKV. Hope it's ok to post this here, but was wondering if anyone had any advise on my engine problem? Driving home on Friday, it seemed that the turbo just stopped working. No strange noises, just lack of power. After reading around, I assumed it was the diverter valve, although no engine warning light had come on. Apart from lack of power the car seemed to run fine. Left if for a few days for a mechanic had a quick look. He said something about a sensor code, took it for a spin and said it seemed ok. I came back to the car and he said to take it for a spin to see if it felt ok. It still (to me) had no torque/turbo, but 2 miles down the road I lost all power. There was no bang, or loud noises. I just completely lost power and the rev needle started jumping around the place very quickly. The engine will turn over but it almost sounds like there is no compression. There's certainly no attempt whatsoever for it to fire up, so it's dead at the moment.. Any ideas what it could be? The cambelt is intact, as we've checked that. Bit gutted! Thanks in advance.
  2. Hi all, Car is an A3 2.0FTSI, warranty ran out in September I think. Driving home on Friday, it seemed that the turbo just stopped working. No strange noises, just lack of power. After reading around, I assumed it was the diverter valve, although no engine warning light had come on. Apart from lack of power the car seemed to run fine. Left if for a few days for a mechanic had a quick look. He said something about a sensor code, took it for a spin and said it seemed ok. I came back to the car and he said to take it for a spin to see if it felt ok. It still (to me) had no torque/turbo, but 2 miles down the road I lost all power. There was no bang, or loud noises. I just completely lost power and the rev needle started jumping around the place very quickly. The engine will turn over but it almost sounds like there is no compression. There's certainly no attempt whatsoever for it to fire up, so it's dead at the moment.. Any ideas what it could be? The cambelt is intact, as we've checked that. Bit gutted! Thanks in advance.
  3. Remote central locking problems

    Thanks for the reply Dave. That's the thing, the problem happens wherever I go, not just at home. To be honest, the mast is probably quite a bit closer than 500m. I've heard of things (masts, alarms) interfering with cars but the problem exists all over the place. Maybe it is the car. I'll go back to the garage and ask them to investigate further. Cheers, Russ.
  4. I have an A3 2.0T which is just over a year old, and about 50% of the time, the car will not unlock or lock on the button on the key fob. If I manually use the key in the lock, the buttons work immediately afterwards. It's been like that for ages and happens anywhere I go, not just in certain areas. Audi took a look at it and said it might have picked up a 3rd key? They apparently checked for faults and recoded both keys to the car. I got home tonight and straight again I had the same problem. Has anybody else experienced this problem? The bloke at the garage said they had a few other owners who lived near mobile phone masts and thought that might be causing it. Funnily enough, there is a phone mast within about 500m of my house. Just wondering if anything had any thoughts? Thanks!
  5. Any one else switching off the TC?

    I agree with a lot of the comments made, but I'm sure that all these driver aids do actually improve safety. They may well promote risk taking in a minority, but these are general cars on general sale, not trackday specials. I myself have had a situation where I lost grip mid bend as the road surface was greasy. Just as I felt the car start to slide, I felt the ESP kick on and brake selectively and it virtually stopped the skid before it happened. Maybe if I was highly trained and/or skilled, I would have been able to adjust the attitude of the car using fine steering/throttle inputs, but the computer reacted far quicker than any human could have done and in this instance completely did it's job. I wasn't on a time trial, it was just a normal bend at normal speed. Would you turn ABS off if you could?
  6. New Car

    Looks very nice and I've always been a fan of Lexus, especially the modern hybrids. I have to say though, 'Persian Quartz metallic with Oakham Beige interior' - marketing departments have a lot to answer for these days. No offence!
  7. Revo tuning

    At risk of prolonging the agony of this thread... ;-) Surely Torque and BHP are absolutely (mathematically) related to each other and both can be expressed as a function of each other and engine speed. To say that one matters more than the other is just a simplification. It's the area under the graph that's important for performance purposes and gearing is critical as well since a gearbox is just a torque converter. There are threads all over the place about torque v hp but it always seems to turn into a diesel v. petrol argument.
  8. "Running in" new car?

    Can't remember off the top of my head but the manual will give you specific instructions about the first 500/1000 miles. Other people may well point you to various links suggesting other beliefs but I've had a few new VAG cars and have always run them in according to the manual. I'm happy to believe that they know best and I've never had problems with excessive fuel or oil consumption. Enjoy the new car!
  9. Revo tuning

    According to Whatcar.co.uk if you compare the Golf 1.4 TFSI (petrol) and the 2.0 TDI then both have the same top speed but the petrol is quicker to 60, although both have the same bhp (138). To say that a diesel with x bhp will always beat a petrol with the same bhp is completely wrong. Diesels inherently have more torque than petrols, but as soon as you turbocharge the petrol engine then things get more complicated. The 'up a hill' argument is flawed as well. If two cars are neck and neck on a flat bit of road, then how can one magically become quicker than the other just because they are driving up a gradient? Both have the same handicap in that they are both driving up the same hill.. They both have the same amount of work to do in a given period of time, just as they did on the flat surface.
  10. Some pics at 2 years old

    I'm glad it's worked out well for you too. You're right, in that I've got an a3 sline with the same engine at the moment. It's the same as I remember, but I'm planning on a visit to Revo after the first service. Well, how to describe it and stay objective at the same time.. For a start, the diesel is more efficient. Not surprising since amongst other things diesel fuel has a higher calorific value than petrol anyway. A lot of people when they compare diesel to petrol are of course comparing a naturally aspirated petrol to a turbocharged diesel. One of the things that annoys me actually! Diesels feel quick because of the low down shove/torque that a turbocharger gives you. With the 2.0 TFSI, you basically get the lowdown characteristics of a diesel (but smoother) and the top end of a petrol. The diesel would run out of puff at 4500rpm and would feel slower at high speed on the motorway, whereas the petrol turbo just has more urge all throughout the rev range. It all comes down to personal preference in a sense, but from my point of view, the TDI would probably do about 10mpg more, but sounded bad and lacked excitement, even with a DSG box. A friend has a landrover Samurai with a 6.2 V8 diesel. Now that does sound good! :-)
  11. Some pics at 2 years old

    Looking really good Ryan. I'm kind of jealous in a strange way! A little off topic, but you might have seen from another post that after the chuggy 2.0 TDI I went back to another 2.0 TFSI. It's such a great engine. For the miles I do I worked out that I'd only saved a couple of hundred quid by having the diesel...
  12. S_Line Gone Soft?

    Are you sure it's the same as sport? I used to think it was but a friend was convinced otherwise. Also, I went from an 06-reg reg Sportback sport to a 56-reg S-line 3 door and the ride is completely different. For a start, it rolls much less so that can't be just down to wheel size...
  13. 2.0T or 2.0T Quattro sportback

    Or, get the 2 wheel drive version and modulate the engine output with the throttle. Sorry. Quattro obviously gives superior traction but it's more money, it's more weight, and it blunts straight line performance in probably the majority of situations. It will also return lower MPG.
  14. TDI 170 / 2.0 TFSI overtaking

    But isn't 'percentage of revs' an arbitrary measurement? I agree that with power/torque differences it will be quite close, but gearing is what comes into play here. What you're really looking at is a 2000rpm 'power' range versus a 3500rpm 'power' range. All that said, I know I'm not really helping to answer the original question though! ;-) I agree with CarMad, the diesel feels quicker because of the nature of the power delivery but the petrol is slightly faster.
  15. Diesel Quattro Vs 2wd

    Like others have said, the Quattro carries a weight penalty plus it loses more power through the transmission so it will always be slightly slower and thirstier. 0-60 comparison is a bit misleading since the extra traction the quattro gives helps to cut this figure down slightly and makes up a bit for the weight/transmission losses. In my opinion, one of the best measures of a cars performance is in gear acceleration times anyway Oh, and did I read somewhere that the DSG boxes have slightly different gearing or did I dream that one up?