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Re: Purchasing a high milage 2000 Golf/Jetta TDI...help? (MXTHOR3)

Is it a 5 speed or auto. If 5 speed, make sure it has had a second timing belt done. They are supposed to be done every 96k, so it is due for one if not done already. Expect to pay around $500-$700 to have that done. It should also have a waterpump installed at this time too. If you can, look into the EGR valve. You need a pair of pliers to remove the rubber elbow, but looking inside (deep inside, so may require a flashlight) will tell youif the intake is clogged. It is inevitable with these cars. If its clean, it was probably cleaned already. If its clogged, add another $200-$250 to have the intake removed & cleaned. If you test drive it and it feel underpowered, try unplugging the MAF sensor as those are also frequent problems with these cars. If it runs better with it unplugged, you need a new MAF sensor. These are around $500 at the dealer, but can be found online for as low as $150. Make sure all the maintenance was done on it. Check receipts if available. Oilchange intervals are every 15k, so don't be scared about that if you notice the long intervals. If you do get the car, make sure to join Freds aka http://www.tdiclub.com for lots of valuable info. Make friends with locals who drive these cars and attend GTG's (get togethers) for some good times. I'm sure there is a member close to you who has a Vag-com, an essential tool for checking things out. I'm sure there are lots of other things that I forgot, but these are some of them. If you need more details, feel free to ask.
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