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Old Jun 14th, 2019, 17:47   #11
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Thanks for all the replies. It's a 6 speed manual not an auto, however a few weeks ago the gearbox came off to have a driveshaft input bearing replaced, so obviously fresh oil was put in it then. Just fingers crossed it lasts the time!
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Old Jun 14th, 2019, 22:38   #12
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Ahhhh yer fine, they’re a robust gearbox. The clutches are rubbish on em, I have no faith in Dual Mass Clutches, mine failed at 75k which seems the average for em.

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Old Jun 15th, 2019, 10:40   #13
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Ahhhh yer fine, they’re a robust gearbox. The clutches are rubbish on em, I have no faith in Dual Mass Clutches, mine failed at 75k which seems the average for em.

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Yet my previous tdi P1 is on 230,000 miles on original clutch and flywheel.
I accept the dual mass flywheel has a finite life unlike the seemingly unlimited of solid, however they are not inherently short lived if treated with a bit of mechanical sympathy.

I was taught to ease the gearstick through the gate with fingertips not ram it through as if it were a pump handle as I see so many do. To get the wheels rolling before giving it a boot full of revs not dump the clutch on 4k etc. It's shock loading kills the dm flywheel springs and it's weak or broken springs kill the dm flywheel.

5 ton sprinter cherry picker constantly on stop start journeys made it to 185k before new clutch and flywheel needed.

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I'm a bit late to the thread but 70mph is no better or worse (probably better being a diesel) than 60. I'd change the oil every 10k miles personally. Other than that, the fact you're taking it on long journeys will automatically make it more reliable than most cars of the same type.

I guess you could argue filling it up with decent fuel could help? Trouble is there's so many conflicting accounts on both sides it's hard to tell.
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Yes premium fuel can help as it has additives which clean, enhance burn, etc. Only beneficial if used predominantly, long-term, though. A tenner here, half a tank there, sporadically, will do sod-all.
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Stepping in here , from the motor trade view point . Regular oil & filter changes at less than the manufacturer's reccomendations is a sure fire winner .

Cheaper oil changed more often is way more beneficial than using better oil to it life limits , think about the junkbuilding up in suspension .

I test cars & vans all day long that are not due oil changes & the goop i find is not nice
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Yet my previous tdi P1 is on 230,000 miles on original clutch and flywheel.
I accept the dual mass flywheel has a finite life unlike the seemingly unlimited of solid, however they are not inherently short lived if treated with a bit of mechanical sympathy.

I was taught to ease the gearstick through the gate with fingertips not ram it through as if it were a pump handle as I see so many do. To get the wheels rolling before giving it a boot full of revs not dump the clutch on 4k etc. It's shock loading kills the dm flywheel springs and it's weak or broken springs kill the dm flywheel.

5 ton sprinter cherry picker constantly on stop start journeys made it to 185k before new clutch and flywheel needed.

Paul.
Agreed, I still use old skool gear shifting and avoid off the mark stresses but the DMF’s do seem to be weaker than the old school clutches. 230K... impressive

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Stepping in here , from the motor trade view point . Regular oil & filter changes at less than the manufacturer's reccomendations is a sure fire winner .

Cheaper oil changed more often is way more beneficial than using better oil to it life limits , think about the junkbuilding up in suspension .

I test cars & vans all day long that are not due oil changes & the goop i find is not nice
Absolutely agree - anecdotal I know but I knew of a chap with a 1.9TDi Golf MK V (horrid thing but each to their own) who did about 30,000 miles a year - he was having the oil changed every 9000 miles or so despite VW's much higher recommended intervals (12500 I think?) and it's not far off 300,000 miles.

Interestingly, there's a youtube channel called CarThrottle who bought a Skoda Octavia with 430,000 miles on the clock - all because the previous owner was OCD about preventative maintenance.
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Old Jun 16th, 2019, 08:05   #19
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Stepping in here , from the motor trade view point . Regular oil & filter changes at less than the manufacturer's reccomendations is a sure fire winner .
The only thing I would change here is:-

I was always told an oil filter takes a while to become effective. Effectively the filter is slowly becoming more effective as it is slowly blocking up. So a filter tends to be changed when it is actually filtering at its best. But it has to be changed before it blocks and reduces oil flow or the bypass opens.

The compromise I have been taught is to change the filter on time but to do an intermediate oil change to improve the life of the engine.

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Iain , I can see & understand the rationale in your comment , but me personally filter everytime for the small cost incurred . Especially when looking at cost of certain German makers engines £ 4 -6,000 inc labour .
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