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    I suppose it could be burning oil too, it's just I've never seen the puffs of blue and have had my wife follow while I drive. If sporadic I would miss it though.

    I might have got the 1/2 litre thing wrong but will keep a proper log now.
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    Def one of those jobs that is worth getting a fixed price and calling experienced VW specialist. The last owner had it done down south it would prob be 20/30 % cheaper in the Midalnds.

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    I've had a indicative quote from Stealth for clutch, chains, head refurb and gasket for 1650 inc VAT. It's going to take a few months to pull that cash together but at least I'll know I'll have a solid engine for a good few years.

    I thought about it last night and even if I could save a couple of hundred with my mobile vag mechanic I think I'd rather it went to Stealth as they know what they're doing and have a great rep.

    ... when my mechanic did the cambelt on my Seat Exeo his locking tool snapped and it took him 3 days to strip it down and get it sorted. Bad luck on him and he kept to his quote, he does know what he's doing but I'd rather not go through that with Corrado + if it turns out other bits are needed or even little thing like bolts at least Stealth will have the knowledge and materials within in easy reach.
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    That does sound a fair price with clutch included what is the head refurb include ?
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    Do note that the car may still burn oil after all that work due to bore wear. Sorry there is no magic bullet to a new Corrado.. there are always other bits to do!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dr_mat View Post
    Do note that the car may still burn oil after all that work due to bore wear. Sorry there is no magic bullet to a new Corrado.. there are always other bits to do!

    Would it not be worth getting the bores inspected for ovulation and scoring if carrying out a head rebuild , mine was drinking about half a litre ever 1k but ok now that I have changed the oil sump and gasket , last owner had the car that low he smashed the bottom of the sump on a speed bump. One thing I have noticed is there is a fair bit of blowback oil coming out of bottom of oil breather hose where it joins the intake , even though I have a new pcv valve and breather hose, could be the valve seals prehaps. Or could be a side effect of having a Shrick VGI inlet manifold.
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    I'll let Stealth inspect it for bore wear, I'm sure they'll advise what's best. The chains, clutch and head refurb is a package they do. I believe they send the head off to be refurbed - skim, inspect for cracks, steam, guides, seals. From reading around they've done quite a lot of them!

    One Q - if I was burning oil due to bores - wouldn't I see blue smoke from the exhaust regularly?I can't say it doesn't but I've never seen blue smoke and I've had the wife follow to inspect on a few occasions with full acceleration 2nd gear to redline test too. Nothing comes out.

    Bottom end rebuild would be +2.5k if it is bust though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pfnsht View Post
    I'll let Stealth inspect it for bore wear, I'm sure they'll advise what's best. The chains, clutch and head refurb is a package they do. I believe they send the head off to be refurbed - skim, inspect for cracks, steam, guides, seals. From reading around they've done quite a lot of them!

    One Q - if I was burning oil due to bores - wouldn't I see blue smoke from the exhaust regularly?I can't say it doesn't but I've never seen blue smoke and I've had the wife follow to inspect on a few occasions with full acceleration 2nd gear to redline test too. Nothing comes out.

    Bottom end rebuild would be +2.5k if it is bust though.


    I had a Porsche 911 996 a few years back and it started drinking oil and sooty exhaust tip at 67k on the clock, full history in mint condition , had the cylinders boroscoped and hey presto slight scored cylinders, op said might be ok for a couple of years but will need a 10k engine rebuild at some point , this is very common in a 996 and 997 , Porsche get away with murder with early flat six water cooled blocks. The most reliable engine I have ever have owned is my R129 Merc M113 V8 before they merged with Chrysler.

    If you have really bad bore scoring or ovulation you might well hear piston slap.
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    Yeah Iíve seen the issue on the 996ís plus the IMS bearing. That and the headlights put me off the only 911 I could ever afford!! Shame the air cooled stuff is so expensive.

    No strange noises on mine so fingers crossed. It is a quiet engine with no tappet noise when cold either. It has had a service every year though so probs help keep it fresh. It was also completely standard so Iím hoping itís had an easy life (ha!). Iíve installed a B12 kit but otherwise itís staying standard.
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    Yeah the scary thing is all 911 manafuctured from 1998 - 2009 are prone to several catastrophic engine failures that lead to a 10k engine rebuild , Turbo and Gt variants do not apply as a differnet engine block, it is very common none of this only happens to 5 percent and we are talking low mileage cars here. I would love a 964 could of got a white one for 12k back in 2003 with navy interior, talking of leaky engines bays these just leak everywhere your engine looks mint compared to one.

    One good way to keep your engine sweet is not going into high revs in till the oil has warmed up.

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