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    Posted: 15-Jul-2009 at 13:20
Hey guys.

Even if it´s not what I planed, I´m going to travel 1000km/1600mi on saturday to eventually buy a -02 Sedan AT, it´s just o cheep.... the thing is, it´s so cheep, I get worried, something might be broken.

The car has traveled 140000km/225Kmi. Is the something you think I should look for?
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Just your basics...belts, tranny fluid, plugs, bushings on the suspension, shocks, make sure it still shifts smooth.... other than that, I haven't heard of any major things related to W8's (i'm still pretty new to them :D ) I would also see if they would allow you to take it to a shop and do a quick compression check. Those engines are beyond expensive to repair/replace
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  Quote Majorn Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15-Jul-2009 at 17:04
Okej, May I ask how I check the tranny fluid?

My biggst consern is that he has´nt got any service records, so I don´t know when the next services is up. I can think of funnier stuff then have to pay up for a service after a week.

Still, it´s a good deal, it´s not worth for me to translate you what it costs, because the cars are much cheeper on your side of the lake, but I´v got the price down about 33%.
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  Quote Goofy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15-Jul-2009 at 17:28
Originally posted by pogi_passat

I haven't heard of any major things related to W8's (i'm still pretty new to them :D )

Maybe read this thread.


To the OP... You might be able to give the VIN to a VW dealer and find some service history? If the cam adjusters fail/need replacing then it's probably gonna cost more than the car is worth, the torque converter on the automatic is another fairly costly repair. I'd do a bit of research before buying and a warranty is a must IMHO. Do some digging and hopefully you'll find a great car.

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  Quote Majorn Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15-Jul-2009 at 17:39
Have read that thread, it´s a bit scary, but I think I´ll risk it.

Gonna call my dealer tomorrow, and I get a warranty with the car, it´s just for 6 months, but it´s the best I can get, extra warranty is´nt that common here.
Even if the car have been serviced not to long ago, I think I´ll change the oil ASAP. It seems to be a wise thing to do, better safe.
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