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Replacement Intercooler

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23:04
April 15, 2011


Vel Haggis

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Spoke to Hypertech (Bonnybridge) today. They have fitted the new intercooler. Test drive by them reports it is a little bit smokey (has been running over-rich and crappily with an intercooler looking like a swiss cheese potentially since we bought it) but otherwise all okay. Will get some injector cleaner from Halfords and give it a heavy boot when I get it back, which will hopefully clear the pipes a bit. I won't name the dealer we got the car from yet, as matters are still under discussion.

13:09
April 17, 2011


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Post edited 13:16 – April 17, 2011 by Vel Haggis


Got the VS back today. Duncan at Hypertech had test driven it and said it was still a bit smokey, but it was now more of a blue smoke (/byebye turbo). I drove it over to Falkirk to get some fuel and injector cleaner. Result: the mpg is hovering around 35mpg, the engine feels a little more urgent but the "Dick Dastardly" style black smoke is fast being replaced by a rather fatal looking blue haze Cry Fuel injection fault light came on again on an uphill section of the M876 towards Cumbernauld at about 70mph and didn't clear itself all the way home.

13:55
May 5, 2011


Vel Haggis

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Now have a "clown car" style blast of smoke on cold start and the first time the turbo spools up when cold looks like a rehearsal of the red arrows. It reduces once warm but is still visible whenever the engine is under load and the turbo is spooling. Dealer is still procrastinating over repaying me for the intercooler and it is now obvious we need a new turbo before it destroys itself and takes the engine with it… ho hum Yell

21:20
May 10, 2011


Vel Haggis

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Dealer eventually coughed up the £150 quid he paid for the wrong intercooler, leaving me to stomach the extra 120, plus the 250 it cost us to hire a car for the week to go on our pre-booked holiday.

On top of that, we have put it in to get the turbo replaced, looking at £480 for a recon more for a brand new. We got to the point of "do we scrap the car and walk away, or invest another grand to have it run for 3 years."

Very unhappy with the dealer who sold it to us, feel he has procrastinated and tried to worm his way out of things all the way down the line.

22:33
May 10, 2011


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Vel Haggis said:

"do we scrap the car and walk away, or invest another grand to have it run for 3 years."

 

A dilemma faced by quite a few Vel Satis owners.  Sorry to hear of this disaster story…

06:35
May 11, 2011


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Vel Haggis said:

Dealer eventually coughed up the £150 quid he paid for the wrong intercooler, leaving me to stomach the extra 120, plus the 250 it cost us to hire a car for the week to go on our pre-booked holiday.

On top of that, we have put it in to get the turbo replaced, looking at £480 for a recon more for a brand new. We got to the point of "do we scrap the car and walk away, or invest another grand to have it run for 3 years."

Very unhappy with the dealer who sold it to us, feel he has procrastinated and tried to worm his way out of things all the way down the line.

You do seem to have had more than your share of problems, but if the turbo is the end of them, then you have a comfortable and (relatively) enconomical car.

I've had mine for 15 months, and have done close on 30k miles, with only a couple of minor niggles. The 3.5 will pass everything except petrol stations, and is great on long trips.

For what I paid, (£2800), it could have been a poor investment; but what else could you get for the money?

Good luck!

20:42
May 11, 2011


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Totally agree with the above!

I have to say that the 3.5 litre is a superb reliable unit – engine/gearbox wise. It's the Q35 nissan unit (as fitted to the 350Z) and as such is bullet proof and sounds lovely. It was also in the top ten 'world engines of the year' for ten years. Not a bad effort!!

21:33
May 11, 2011


R9UKE

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I need to own a 3.5 V6 very soon.  Every Vel I've had so far has been diesel!

I drove a 3.0 Laguna V6 the other week.  What a car!  Can't beat the hum of a V6 gulping it's way through the petrol tank Laugh

19:01
May 12, 2011


Vel Haggis

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Spoke to Hypertech and their turbo people can repair our unit rather than need a new one, so it will not be £720 for a new unit at least. Getting a new oil filter and filled up with 5W30 fully synth too as I have no idea of the age or quality of the current oil.

Have to wait until the weekend to get it back and see if this finally sorts the thing.

21:00
May 19, 2011


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Spoke to Hypertech today. They were waiting on a gasket that was due to arrive today, the turbo was expected to go back on tonight. Duncan let me know that whilst they were working on the car they found a leaking fuel hose on the top end of the engine, which had leaked enough fuel to have soaked the undertray. They will be replacing that as well. hope to pick the car up tomorrow and see if it runs!

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