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Old 12-24-2010, 06:01 AM   #1
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On my way home while sitting in traffic and while getting off freeway car started to make a loud sqeel and check engine light came on! Ugh! My neighbor thinks the water pump is on its way out! I am sick, this car only has 18,230 miles on it!
Called dealer and the soonest they can take it is Monday. I have to call Sunday night to set up a tow! This car is becoming a total headache and I think it may just totally fall apart before it is even paid for. Anyone have similar problem and what was the diagnosis and outcome?
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Old 12-24-2010, 07:52 AM   #2
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On my way home while sitting in traffic and while getting off freeway car started to make a loud sqeel and check engine light came on! Ugh! My neighbor thinks the water pump is on its way out! I am sick, this car only has 18,230 miles on it!
Called dealer and the soonest they can take it is Monday. I have to call Sunday night to set up a tow! This car is becoming a total headache and I think it may just totally fall apart before it is even paid for. Anyone have similar problem and what was the diagnosis and outcome?
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Did the battery symbol light up as well?

If so, it might just be a broken fan belt - this will affect both the water pump and alternator. In your climate, the life of a fan belt is significantly reduced by the high engine bay temperatures that normally prevail.

A water pump failure after 18,000 miles is very rare. The best indication of a water pump failure would be the temperature gauge going immediiately to its highest reading [certainly within a minute or two at the most] and the battery [alternator] light remaining off. If the temperature gauge is reading high and the battery symbol is lit, the problem is a broken fan belt.
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Thanks Silver Shadow. Drive belt ok and no overheating. The whistle/sqeel happens when the engine warms up and is ideling. The check engine light is on so I hope the fault code is in the computer which will hopefully make the diagnosis easier. Fun cars, but the dealer in Hawaii seems to not have a vast knowledge of this car since they sell and service multiple brands. I will keep my fingers and toes crossed! Merry Christmas!
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Diverter valve for 2.0T. I have read that this has a high failure rate and could be the cause of the problem? Anyone had a high pitched whistle/sqeal at idle? Check engine light is also on.
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Just finished with the VW dealer/service and it was the diverter valve on the top of the engine. It had indead failed, caused a lean condition and loud whistle/sqeal. My service advisor new what it was as soon as he heard the car drive up. He said that they have had others come in 2.0T engine with the same problem. The scary part is there is no updated valve and they just put on another crapper valve.
I am concerned that when this car is out of warrantee that it is going to be one expensive ride!
Checked on a 2011 Volvo C70 and Volvo will cover the car including all service for the first 5 years! More money up front, but NO maintenace costs for the first 5 years including brakes and brake pads. Any suggestions if I should trade out?
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I am concerned that when this car is out of warrantee that it is going to be one expensive ride!

Checked on a 2011 Volvo C70 and Volvo will cover the car including all service for the first 5 years! More money up front, but NO maintenace costs for the first 5 years including brakes and brake pads. Any suggestions if I should trade out?
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MARKETING 101:

If your product doesn't sell on merit alone - start to include additional "bells & whistles" in the sale package until customers begin to respond. However, despite the inducements; the basic package may not be as good as or as rewarding as its competition and your subsequent satisfaction with your purchase may be substantially less than what you are experiencing with your Eos despite your problems. A car with character [i.e. an occasional problem] is often more satisfying overall than a bland car with no problems which is invariably boring to drive.

As far as your Eos goes - given the extent of the problem and that it is a known warranty issue; you can be certain VW are working on a modified/replacement valve right now. The most likely outcome will be a dealer retrofit programme as cars come in for service rather than a recall as it is not a safety issue. If the valve fails again outside warranty, you have every justification for VW to replace the valve free-of-charge.
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Thanks Silvershadow,
I love the fun and enjoyment with the EOS, I guess my pratical side is kicking in and I hope VW starts working on the whole ownership experience and does not just stay focused on selling as many new cars as they can.
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Here's what TM tuning calls a performance version of the original diverter valve. I guess if there's any worry $59.00 isn't too much to spend for a new diverter valve.

http://www.tmtuning.com/HOME/catalog...t_product=1777
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Thanks Darren. Maybe VW will take the hint and fix the problem instead of just putting on another crapper valve. Car runs great again and my dealer has been great, I think it is more a VW corporate issue to minimize their costs at the expense of their customers. Do they want me to buy another one? Lots of choices in the USA.
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