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Old 07-21-2015, 10:44 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by mmmoose View Post
Yeah exactly. I bought mine without expecting to keep it after my extended warranty ran out. But this may change things.

Is the timing tensioner really that big of an issue? Even in the later model years?

I've always read that the water pump and carbon buildup were the two biggest problems surrounding the Mk6 GTI. With the water pump thing out of the way now, it's all basically down to cleaning the intake manifold occasionally (which I can live with).
A lot of cars require carbon cleaning or just that most people don't do it. The reason MAYBE that this car is put on blast with it is because it's a "performance" car that requires it probably more than the usual? I think that's because the car keeps the RPMs so low when just cruising around to save MPG and that causes crazy build up since your not burning it out from driving hard. How many cars you drive tell you to be in 5th gear at between 30-35mph? lol

Oh and in regards to the topic, that's cool and all but I had mine replaced about 10k miles ago. So far so good. Take the chance?
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