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If you think you had a bad run with your car then wait till you hear this story.

I must have the worst luck known to any Audi.. sorry car..owner in the world. I bought a TT over a year ago and only covered 1500 miles in the space of that year. The reason being due the engine failing about 2 weeks after purchasing so i decided to go through and get a engine rebuild at the cost of £3200 at some indi in Birmingham. The car was sat at the indi for several months with more and more bad news being revealed to me along the way just bringing the costs up to something that started off at £1200 up to the final figure of £3200. However, they did a very bad job and the engine failed catastrophically so i did my research and did the right thing and called Awesome GTI. Awesome who took my car in and started work on the engine replacement from Awesome GTI's own staff, John's car along with his turbo i believe. I spent around 4k on the engine replacement by awesome along with a few extras such as FK Highsport Coilovers, 42 Draft design induction kit and a forge 008 recirculation valve. Also included in that price was some mechanical work such as track rod ends, GEO setup, trailing arms etc so the car was mechanically sweet all ready for its MOT next week. Awesome GTI have been brilliant with me, giving me time to save up large sum of money in order to pay for the car over the 6 months or so it has been there.

Within 4 days of having the car back, the turbo blown. I wasnt driving the car hard or anything but John from awesome sent my Turbo off for rebuilding and got it all fitted back for me yesterday. During testing, there seems to be another problem with oil in cylinder 3. After having a conversation with John, the car can now go either way. Fixed under warantee for the engine alone (head gasket, valve dropped etc) or i will be charged for whatever other reason to why it has failed (previous revo remap, oil starvation, driver error etc)

Awesome GTI have given me 6 months warrantee on the engine and 1 year warantee on the workmanship and any other component that was replaced, such the new fan control (as mine didnt work) and other things such as oil pump as an example.

I know however at the time, the car never overheated, the fans kicked in fine, coolant level was fine and there was no signs of this happening. Basically the turbo went bang whilst coming off a slip road joining a dual carriage way (lots of white smoke everywhere) whilst on a 500 mile return journey. The car was happily sat in 6th gear cruising at 60-70mph to conserve fuel for a majority of them miles.

Whilst i wait to hear back from Awesome GTI, whats the worst case scenario that i could be facing. I havent been able to sleep or think or function since hearing the news especially with spending close to 12k to date on a 2000 plate Audi TT 1.8t 225 with 145k on the clock.

John from Awesome GTI has by far given the best customer relationship i have encountered in my life. We have a history of emails/phone calls that go back about 6 months now and he has always gone that extra mile to get things done for me. He is a top bloke and i'm glad i dealt with him during my on going experience with Awesome to see what can be done about this matter.

However, the car is worth nothing in relation to what i've spent so far, so i really want to know just how bad this could be and what costs i could be facing as i have completely ran out of money paying for the 2 rebuilds and the purchase of the car in the first place. I am willing to sell everything i own to get my car back as its my pride and joy. I've only driven the thing for a total of maybe 20 days since ownership.

I mean i could get a phone from Awesome GTI saying something along the lines that the headgasket went, or the valves dropped, cylinder head has cracked in which then it should be covered under warantee and everything will be good again, in my world.

But if its something i just cant afford, then look out for parts in the for sale section as i will be selling what i can before scraping the car and leaving the Audi community 12k down with nothing to show for it [smiley=bigcry.gif]
 

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WOW! That is a horror story, don't know if I would have stuck with her that long but you never know, you've spent so much now that I can see why you feel reluctant to give up on her but sometimes you have to step back and say enough is enough. I hope its warranty work and she's back cruising soon. Fingers crossed for you... [smiley=thumbsup.gif]
 

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I remember this car from when you first got it and the PMs we exchanged it's a heartbreaking chain of events you have had to endure.

I do think in this case you will be covered by Awesomes warranty so wait to see what John says I know him and he's a good bloke.
 

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olibb said:
That's very bad news. :twisted: how come the first company didn't foot the bill?
My thoughts exactly! Surely they should?

Im sure you have tried though.

Really gutted for you! I fel like crying when my clutch went and cost me 1k at audi 3 months after buying mine so i have no idea what u must be feeling :(
 

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Really feel for you well done for sticking it out this long ! iv been caught out with
some pretty hefty bills nothing like yours though its a horrible feeling
when you know something major has gone your heart sinks to your stomach :(

For me the TT is a bit of a love hate thing honestly worst car iv ever
had for reliability !! ..... but i just love the car

there was a study some one at work mentioned that TT was rated 3rd
worst car for reliability and break downs

by the sounds of it there has been some second rate work you have paid enough
hopefully your covered by warranty good luck with it mate
 

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Hey Saz, it's not just you that has been having sleepless night's. I have no idea at the minute what has happened but we will be getting to the bottom of it as soon as we can.

Thank you for your first post, it is a very honest account of where and what we have been up to, mark my words whatever the outcome it will be a honest and truthful account of exactly what is wrong with the car and the fact that i have already personally paid out just over £400 of my own money to replace the turbo i am sure is testament to that.

Just remember the engine itself was not one that was provided by Awesome, it was the one i sold from my own car that i broke for parts earlier on in the year. My own personal opinion is just one of disbelief! After everything that you had gone through previously and the amount of in depth conversations we had prior to working in your car to make sure it was a complete engine that was replaced with the questionable wiring loom too, i have no idea why an extremely well serviced 80 something k motor could do what it has done.

When the car 1st came back to us the pipes where removed from the turbo and there was an amount of oil in them, the turbo itself had slight play in the shaft so it was removed and sent away to our re conditioners who on bringing the turbo back to us just said it needed new seals and a bearing. I paid for it. We got the turbo back and fitted it back to the car, all sorted no issues and no sign's of anything untoward till we started it up.

The car sounded fine (no rattles, knocks or bangs) but there was a slight missfire and the car was just smoking. Still not a problem as this is quite common for it to take a while to clear but it didn't. On further inspection we have found that there is oil in number 3 cylinder. I am just waiting to get the cylinder head off, hopefully by the end of today to find out what has happened.

The car had been here for a long time after the engine work was carried out and had a lot more work done, each time requiring a road test. The car always drove great, no smoke, no hesitations and no fault codes!Just as perfect as it was when removed from my car. How after Saz has had the car back for 4 days we have ended up with all these problems God only knows.

Once we have the cylinder head off it will be very apparent where the failure is and what has caused it.

I will update the post as soon as i know some more,
 

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A few other things worth mentioning was when the car 1st came to us before my engine was fitted we inspected the old engine to find out what the issue was with it. The failure was down to a conrod shell had come out from number 1 piston and caused the piston to travel so far up the bore it was contacting the cylinder head, the crank was also damaged beyond repair.

On completion of the engine swap on it's road test the car appeared to be overboosting, obviously this was checked and it was found the boost gauge in the car was reading incorrectly and only doing about 20psi, very safe for one of these.

Just wanted to show that we didn't just jump in blind and swap the motor without trying to get an understanding of what when wrong in the 1st place,
 

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Feel for you mate, I also had to get an engine rebuild after my big bearing collapsed this year and had the turbo rebuilt the year before.
I also use Awesome who I have got to know very well over the years of my tt ownership and can honestly say I would not trust anyone else with my car and I travel down from Glasgow, they are very courteous and have always helped me out where ever possible and always honest to boot. My tt is a 2001 and I went through the same thoughts whether to break her up or get her repaired but am glad I did the latter the only downside they are costing me a small fortune in irn-bru :grin: lol. Stick with it and wait and see what they come back with in the knowledge your car is in the best of hands and they will bend over backwards to help wherever they can.
 

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I spent £14k on a dog :cry:

Literally a pooch. Was very ill, but all better now
Not really helping you much other than it might make you feel a little better knowing that I got nothing out of this and I can not even sell the dog to recoup some of the money.

I can recommend you a good Vet if you want though... :lol: :lol:

J
 

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An unfortunate series of events indeed. I'm sure John will get to the bottom of it for you - as you say, very good on looking after customers. You'll get there in the end and it will be reliable I'm sure.
 

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Fair play to you for persevering with it, I would have given up after the first engine rebuild I think! Hope it all gets sorted with no or very little expense.

hooley said:
I spent £14k on a dog :cry:

Literally a pooch. Was very ill, but all better now
Not really helping you much other than it might make you feel a little better knowing that I got nothing out of this and I can not even sell the dog to recoup some of the money.

I can recommend you a good Vet if you want though... :lol: :lol:

J
I can recommend a good pet insurance company! :eek: :eek:
 

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Brendanb86 said:
Fair play to you for persevering with it, I would have given up after the first engine rebuild I think! Hope it all gets sorted with no or very little expense.

hooley said:
I spent £14k on a dog :cry:

Literally a pooch. Was very ill, but all better now
Not really helping you much other than it might make you feel a little better knowing that I got nothing out of this and I can not even sell the dog to recoup some of the money.

I can recommend you a good Vet if you want though... :lol: :lol:

J
I can recommend a good pet insurance company! :eek: :eek:
:D
 

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WOW, thats terrible new..

It's amazing to see how some of these cars get very little punishment and fail in spectacular fashion, where as others are abused and should have blown up years ago..(mine being one of the latter)

Very good chaps at awesome, They know my motor inside out, and whilst she has survived everything i throw at her. the work that goes into the car from the awesome staff is second to none.. my car admitantly always seems to be a pain to work on, But they always get it sorted for me...

Shocked about Johns engine, seemed to be good runner when it was in his car...

Good luck with it... and rest assured your in safe hands !!
 

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It is not pretty, basically there has not been any kind of failure as such and something has happened to cause cylinder number 3 to melt by detonation / pinking. Basically something has happened to make the engine run lean and melt this cylinder! We now have to determine exactly what the cause of this is. I have an engine specialist who is coming over to inspect the damage, hopefully tomorrow to determine what will be needed to repair it.

Everything is still a little bit up in the air at the minute and hopefully we will be able to come up with a conclusion very soon.

Here are the pics as soon as the head came off with no damage,



And the cylinder block, note the piston that has meted along the top edge,



A lot of things to be checking next, mainly on the fuel side, make sure the pump is ok and delivering the right pressure, fuel filter flow not restricted, no air leaks (manifold, gasket, hoses to the manifold etc) injectors (more than likely sent away to be flow tested) and i am sure quite a few other things too, mapping is another thing that we will need to look in to. We have been informed that it is Revo so as far as i am concerned with the amount of vehicles we have put it on i can not see this to be an issue at all, Revo is a very good product on the TT as many of you can verify,

I will post more when there is some more information,
 

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I'm shocked, reason being is i took the head off a 180tt yesterday with suspected headgasket damage as it was down on 2 cylinders to be presented with this!

See any similarities...

Huge amount of Knock, and a melted piston....




Now I think that either the knock sensor has failed or the injector bunged up.. I removed the ECU as well and am going to pull the map off it tonight to see whether it's had the fuelling adjusted for the extra boost.

Out of interest was the engine the same as the one removed from the other car ie where the engine codes the same from your car into the Op's?
 
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