I wonder how many GTI Mk6 still have old style tensioner and none the wiser that part has been upgraded and have covered over 100k with no ill effects.Not everone joins a forum and is aware that there could be a problem.
agreed. and reliability is a relative term. IMO these cars are some of the easiest to work on (once you know what you are doing), in that they were engineered well, and if you follow the steps, things go back together very well. a lot of other makes are a cluster fuck to work on, and the lack of engineering is apparent.Unfortunately there are a lot of mk6 TSIs out there still riding with the angels on the old tensioner. If you have a 2012 and below it is almost guaranteed to have the old style unless it has been addressed.
But its VW so what else is new? The mk4 1.8t was notorious for blowing the timing belt at literally any mileage. If you are buying a VW you have to know what youre getting into. I never recommend these cars to people who 'just need a reliable daily' because if you dont know much about VWs youre just setting yourself up for failure.