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About benpaul12

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    Benjamin Paul
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  1. benpaul12

    New member - seeking advice

    Having owned an E39, two E46s and an E87 I was very surprised how reliable they were, they were all jap imports too. Even the E39 - which had 250,000kms when I bought it was fine! Even though everyone's situations are different and perhaps I had some good luck I find that BMW has an unfair reputation of unreliable.
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    MK5 Golf rough idle following start

    Had it back for 2 days now and running much better. 2 coil packs replaced in total (1 more in the recent drop off). This has solved the misfire during normal running (so far). The engine doesn't feel amazing after a cold start, but isn't running anywhere near as rough as before. Someone on the VASK forum and other forums has pointed out that this is a very common issue on FSI engines that's resolved by a carbon buildup clean. Am going to live with this for the time being as apparently it doesn't improve anything else (performance, economy).
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    MK5 Golf rough idle following start

    ^ Yeah I had a mk4 Polo and it was a dog's breakfast when it came to sensors throwing whoopsies. I'm happy that this Golf is under warranty, so the car will continue to go back until it's all fixed - if it keeps causing problems it will just have to go back... lol
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    MK5 Golf rough idle following start

    Funnily enough I took it back to the dealer this morning as the light came back on and running rough again - misfiring. Let's see what they replace now.
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    MK5 Golf rough idle following start

    Interesting. Before you upgraded it, how did you find the reliability of the engine etc.? And yes, it is I.
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    MK5 Golf rough idle following start

    Tell me more? How come only some models do?
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    MK5 Golf rough idle following start

    haha yes I have seen how much they are! Parts came ex Germany so maybe they did go for new?!
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    MK5 Golf rough idle following start

    Picked up today, they've replaced the NOX sensor and the coils. Hopefully it's all sorted now - feels much better.
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    MK5 Golf rough idle following start

    As it's under warranty from the dealer (3 months) they will probably try and fix it in the most cost effective manner - but again, that could also equal not fixing the problem at all
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    MK5 Golf rough idle following start

    Thanks, it is going back in next week. I have a feeling this will be interesting.
  11. No more BMW have bought a 2005 Golf GT - was the only decent thing available at a good price, BMWs were either too old or too expensive! Anyway... One day after buying the car (from a dealer) the engine light came on. As it's under 3 month warranty it went back, it was due to the knock sensor which has been reset - engine light hasn't come on again (had it for a few days now). I had a feeling that the engine light was tripped because I put 98 in the tank - perhaps this shocked the car after probably running on 91 fumes (good-damn dealers). While the engine light was on the idle after starting up (cold) was rough. After getting underway the car is fine and does not rough idle at all. This was resolved when I picked up the car. However, this morning the rough idle following cold start has returned. The rev counter isn't bouncing around, it's more of a car shake - feeling like misfires. Looking around on forums this sounds like a difficult issue to diagnose, and many owners say it's common - and not actually a problem. Something you just have to deal with. Has anyone experienced this or have any ideas? I am in a position where a non-diagnosed issue which is not easy to fix is difficult to argue when taking a car back to a dealer.
  12. benpaul12

    Odd running noise

    Thanks Glenn.
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    Odd running noise

  14. Had an issue for a wee while now, after a long, higher-speed, windy drive (non-commute driving) the front left wheel/strut area of the car makes a creaking noise at lower speeds when turning right. The noise is not a metallic grinding, but like a low grind or similar to worn shock sound. Someone at the Shock Shop end of last year looked at it, drove it, and found nothing. A recent wheel alignment hasn't solved the issue. I never get the noise on commutes, it always seems to be on longer drives when "pulling-in" to the location. Once the car sits for an hour or overnight - doesn't replicate again until the next long drive. Anybody got an idea on what this could be? I am going to take it in end of next month, just seeing if anyone can point me in the right direction. Seems to me as if it is when the car has to exert itself or some parts produce some heat etc.
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    Run flat tyres - Yes or No

    Does anyone know the answer to this?