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I was a bit concerned to read in an online article that the timing chain on a three-year-old Volvo V60 (just outside warranty) broke and destroyed the engine (and until the newspaper got involved Volvo was going to make the owner pay for the new engine). The article also said that they were noticing an increase in timing chains breaking. Surely the whole point of a chain vs belt was that it would last. Better off with a belt and changing it at 150,000km. Costly, but, perhaps unthinkable, more secure??
Having been very taken with your recent review of the V60, I'm reconsidering going back to a Skoda, but unfortunately, the same article said that the Volkswagen Group were suffering particularly from broken chains. Does the Superb diesel have a chain or belt? Do all cars now have timing chains?
Filed under diesel - Asked by Philip Donegan (Ballina) - Tue, 08 Oct 2019 10:23
My garage has told me that the emissions light on my dashboard is due to a fault in the EGR system. However, the car is running fine with no loss of power. The emissions light is not consistently on, only occasionally in the last week. Should I get the valve cleaned first as my garage are quoting me €500 for a new part plus labour costs?
Filed under diesel - Asked by Margaret Longhurst (Roscrea) - Sat, 02 Mar 2019 10:10
I'm looking for a reasonably priced diesel car Focus/Mondeo size from Opel, Ford or Volkswagen, 2008 on, low mileage car. I would average 20,000km a year.
Filed under diesel - Asked by Fintan O'Malley (Bailieboro) - Sat, 12 Jan 2013 10:03
So with so many car makers planning to phase out diesel engine options in 2019, what are the real options for high mileage drivers? Will there be big impacts on residual values for diesel cars purchased later this year? I drive about 40,000km a year and need to change later this year.
Filed under diesel - Asked by Brian O Neill (Kilkenny) - Tue, 13 Mar 2018 17:54
I usually buy a new car every three years, which means I'm due to trade in my two-year-old Toyota RAV4 diesel at the end of 2018. Will my diesel be accepted against a hybrid?
Filed under diesel - Asked by Dan Dineen (Cork) - Wed, 07 Mar 2018 19:44
What type of engine is in the Mazda3 1.6 diesel?
Filed under diesel - Asked by Dino Deehan (Athlone) - Mon, 01 Apr 2013 23:04
Hi, what EU emission standard does the 2005 XC90 2.4 diesel comply with? Is it EU emission standard 4?
Thanks a mil
Filed under diesel - Asked by Brian Walsh (Dublin) - Thu, 05 Oct 2017 23:33
The diesel engine in the Chevrolet Cruze 1.7: is it built by VM Motori or Isuzu? It is 1,686cc.
Filed under diesel - Asked by John Delaney (Mountmellick) - Sun, 23 Jun 2013 18:46
Does the relatively new 1.6 110hp diesel engine in the Skoda Octavia have the new manifold in head technology that's meant to make real world emissions lower and make the EGR valve more durable or do you have to have the 1.6 diesel 120hp engine up, say in the Volkswagen Passat, to have this more modern technology?
I'm not really interested in the 2.0-litre diesels as I'm still a relatively young male driver and I believe you pay too much of an insurance penalty for this engine size.
Filed under diesel - Asked by Kieran Hallligan (Thomastown) - Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:42
Can you compare the Volkswagen Golf 1.6 TDI with the 2.0 TDI for me? Any reason for choosing one over the other?
Filed under diesel - Asked by Declan Fennessy (Waterford) - Fri, 09 Aug 2013 21:04