[Vwdiesel] Dead (still) TDI progress (or lack thereof)
sshourds at flash.net
Fri Jun 25 20:59:32 EDT 2004
Well, good news is that the pistons are not damaged, only one valve
really got smashed and the most serious damage is in the bore of the
casting where the #1 intake valve lifter rides. It's a little rough in
there. Hopefully, it can be sleeved. BTW, the pistons on the TDI are
like nothing I've ever seen. The mechanic was really helpful and cool.
Bad news is then I went and talked to the owner of the shop. Started
off defensive and got worse from there. He's spent a lot of time
thinking about how to get out of this obligation. He made his points
clear and I made my points clear. Conversation ended about the time he
said, "I would take personal offense to that." Didn't figure it was
worth pushing past that point. He's about twice my size :) Smarter and
better looking, yes. Tougher in a fight, no. Ergo, smarter and better
I did call up another very good local VW shop that I wish I'd taken the
original car to. Just wanted to make sure that I wasn't crazy. They
gave me some much needed affirmation.
Tragic dualism in this whole ordeal. I love the mechanics. Spent an
hour today talking to one about hunting. I really hate the shop owner.
Makes it hard to firm up your feelings.
Went back later when the owner wasn't there to get a total repair
estimate from the head mechanic. I told him that it would be worth $300
for me not to have to fight over all this. I figure that's about what
it will cost me to file a claim.
Otherwise, I don't know. The car's totally disassembled. Even if I
were to get it back now, I'd have a hard time putting it back together
since I didn't take it apart and most of the engine would be in a
cardboard box. And I don't even own the Bentley yet.
One question, since I never deal with mechanics, I never did sign any
kind of work authorization for this fiasco. Anyone know any helpful
Sorry for the rambling news, but hopefully, it will improve the
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