Now there’s an idea. If I win the lottery, I can hire a tow truck to follow me around everywhere, since I don’t trust my car. That way I don’t have to sell my car, or carry spare parts. Win win winOne in a million. Might want to consider buying a lottery ticket.
Mehhh….Im denying nothing. I’m back in our service department daily. Everything will fail sooner or later, and the more complicated they make these things, that complexity just adds to the likelihood that somethings’ gonna break.Working where I work has taught me one thing. That one thing is that all newer cars suck. If you're lucky to have one, that hasn't given any issues with over 100k, pat yourself on the back. You've done something right. My mustang service plan said it needed a decarb intake cleaning every 15k....some said 30k. All the direct injection cars build heavy carbon on the valves. Certain driving styles can reduce it. Type and grade fuel helps some. Type of oil helps...but eventually they will all hang valves if not cleaned.
Vw and Audi are the worse...followed by BMW / Mini. Chevy is right behind them all and should come with spare intake and exhaust variable valve timing solenoids, but they don't. The Chrysler products are plagued with TIPM issues, transmission problems, and charging system problems. Let's not forget how they left casting sand in the cooling systems. Subaru has problems with the high pressure fuel pumps eating themselves....but they don't come with spare pumps and camshafts in the trunk.
Mike knows this about BMW but he's in denial. They still don't require you to travel with an ECU or Vanos solenoid. They don't even require you to have a sand blaster loaded with walnut shells ( even though I recommend it ).
I carry a tool kit, water, multimeter, test light, a couple bulbs, and a cell phone when I take my car out. The bulbs are there just because it's really a given that one will eventually blow. There used to be TFI modules and all types of stuff I used to carry in my other cars. One of them liked eating clutch cables so I kept a spare in the trunk. Unless I have a repetitive issue I won't be carrying spare parts anymore.
Kurt, Mad Mike put it more nicely that I was going to, and probably kept me from being censured. VW building a premium compact that is disposable has sucked the fun out of my oldest’s first car, a used “New Beetle”. The dash warning lights play whack a mole. Now I have the ECU fixed so it will talk with the $25 Wal-mart scanner, it still will not talk with the snap on one to read the ABS codes. And the secondary air pump went out while I was getting the ECU immobilizer delete programmed. It is putting out two codes and likes to intermittently sound like a Siamese cat being pulled backwards through a key hole. An M-1 Cardone rebuilt secondary air pump is $400+ from the local FLAPS, $200 at Rock Auto, (and less for brands I do not know or trust enough to last long enough to sell the dung beetle.)Maybe Audis can’t be trusted to drive over 50 miles w/o having a spare ecu in the trunk?
Maybe it’s VW’s?
Maybe because they’re the same car,…
Or, is it because you have all that on the shelf along with 5L5? You guys are hoarding all the ECU’s and driving the price up through supply and demand affects
Define running lean? The computer will actually bounce between rich and lean constantly. Based on what my dual wideband is showing it bounces between 14.2 and 15.5 once it has reached steady state conditions (idle or cruising at steady speed).
sorry for late response but Im still on this.As for lean my afr is in the 20s!Thats with the original a9l.Its weird My car is a 89 maf 5 speed ,I also have a microsquirt but I cannot run it as maf with the microsquirt so I have to run it sd.When sd the car is running rich at 12 to 13s.I sent apl to get rebuit recently.I tried diffent maf that are also maching injectors and still lean.Plugs white.What could cause car to run lean with my original a9l but run rich with microsquirt?I was assuming the maf but I tried another one still same.O and lean is at idel.Not sure what it should be at wotDefine running lean? The computer will actually bounce between rich and lean constantly. Based on what my dual wideband is showing it bounces between 14.2 and 15.5 once it has reached steady state conditions (idle or cruising at steady speed).