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Hi, just heard off a mate in the trade that Tdi Galaxys etc. have a problem with crankshaft/cam belt pulley spinning on high mileage (100,000+ miles) examples and trashing the engine. Any one out there had/heard of any such problems and if so what happened. We're just about to do a deal on a 51plate Galaxy Tdi with 92,000 miles on the clock, at a good price, and now we're wondering if this is such a good buy. Snag is, low mileage models are too expensive for us just now.

Any one help us out here?....Jim

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Hi, just heard off a mate in the trade that Tdi Galaxys etc. have a problem with crankshaft/cam belt pulley spinning on high mileage (100,000+ miles) examples and trashing the engine. Any one out there had/heard of any such problems and if so what happened. We're just about to do a deal on a 51plate Galaxy Tdi with 92,000 miles on the clock, at a good price, and now we're wondering if this is such a good buy. Snag is, low mileage models are too expensive for us just now.

Any one help us out here?....Jim

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If you're buying from a dealer insist on a warranty - you can get these for a few hundred quid to cover most anything for up to a few years. Peace of mind just in case. Many of these vehicle (Airport Carz at Stansted etc.) do 200,000 miles plus and the VW TDi engine is pretty bomb proof (but they do use a bit of oil though).

 

Si.

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Now I’m depressed, I’ve been planning to replace my Passat and so far the Alhambra was favourite. I like to replace my car every 13 years or so whether or not I need too (I’m that kind of guy). Are there any diesel MPV’s which look like they might go the distance!! :(

 

Tadge

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Remember the Galaxy uses a Ford engine and VW/Seat use a VW, so this may be a problem just with the Galaxy. It's always good practice to get the cam belt changed and a full service done by the dealer (if there is one involved) before you buy it.

Regards,

Nev and Tina

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Well that’s good to know. Thanks, I’m feeling better already :rolleyes:

 

Tadge

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Well that’s not so good to know. Thanks, I’m feeling worse already. (Just joking, I suspected as much, but was happy to be convinced otherwise) :rolleyes:

 

Tadge

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Hi Folks The Tdi engine should have its timing belt and tensioner replaced every 60000 miles. When a belt is changed the tensioner should always be replaced at the same time.

I dont know of many examples of timing belt failure if this 60000 mile rule is followed.

Bob :):)

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I have read on a couple of threads, on either this site or another I use, that the Galaxy'Sharan/Alhambras do suffer from gearbox problems when used for towing. I have no details of models or anything but I do remember reading about it, and it wasn't just an isolated incident.

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  • 3 months later...

Anybody out there got any updates on the diesel engine Sharan/Alhambra/Galaxy gear box failures due to towing!

 

Tadge

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Guest iancjc

well I can give you advice on the alhambra.

 

I had one from new did 96,000 miles in 40 months - by the time I part exed it I was spending approx £600 every 3 months on replacement parts.

 

The air con on these is very suspect - I went through £3000 of repairs under warranty and a further £1000 after it ran out - and it wasn't working again when I p/xed it.

 

the engine 1. 8 20v turbo petrol was fine - everything else was dreadful - including the supply of parts - often a weeks wait or in the case of the front wipers which seized up 3 weeks and the first repair on the air con 10 weeks!

 

Although the milegae was high I never towed anything and for 70 % of the time I drove alone - I really would think twice about using a high mileage one to tow.

 

A spanish car built in portugal with german parts sourced in eastern europe - a recipe for success I think not!

 

Good luck

 

Ian

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I have a ford Galaxy - 2001Y reg - 51,000 on the clock

 

Warranty work:

- Air condition unit and condenser completely replaced

- New brake drums and discs

- new clutch and dual-mass flywheel

- Cruise crontrol failed (replace corroded coil)

- Sat nav failed (new aerial)

- new waterpump (after it failed and left me stranded)

 

Out of warranty work:

- Electrical problem (loom damaged and battery box melted)

- Starter motor / power hold relay problem

 

Most of this work involved a lengthy wait for parts.

 

They did supply a courtesy car, replacing a 7 seater MPV with a 4 seater Ford KA as a replacement - which I needed for 4 weeks over Christmas!!

 

Also, the Out of Warranty work cost a fortune.

 

The Galaxy is a fantastic car - when it works!!!!!

 

The Hodkys

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Most of this work involved a lengthy wait for parts.

 

They did supply a courtesy car, replacing a 7 seater MPV with a 4 seater Ford KA as a replacement - which I needed for 4 weeks over Christmas!!

 

 

The Hodkys

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jealous of that Ka - seat used to supply an arosa to me (approx 3 foot long) - looks like the aircon is a major problem for all owners - I know 3 other sharan/galaxy owners who have had the same failures.

 

Ian

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