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    confused What is the normal running temp of 1.8 VVTi

    As above guys, I need some help. Any temp guage pics also would be great, reason is below............................



    Had the motor in the local dealer today to get the thermostat replaced under warranty.

    The History

    Had the car since april, temp guage has never really moved much in all that time, only in the summer when stuck in traffic with aircon on did it move up to the middle.

    Now it's winter the car is freezing cold in the mornings and i arrive at work 20 miles away not very warm at all. The fans blow luke warm at best.

    Monday

    Booked the car in, was advised that if no fault was found I would have to pay a fee (around 60 quid), I was quite confident that my cars behaviour was not normal, so went ahead to get it fixed under network q warranty.

    Today

    Arrived at the dealer about 5.30, was told they had been trying to ring me for a while, I was surprised as I had no missed calls on the mobile, they had been trying the house number even though I told them i would be on the mobile all day, they then said "we have not fitted the new thermostat because we wanted to check with you first because with the part and all the coolant they are quite expensive", they then quoted a figure in excess of 200 quid (i cant remember for certain what the amount was)

    I then pointed out that the car is under warranty at which point the receptionist said well actually there is no fault with the car and because of that they wanted me to pay the £60 fee. I was agast and she offered to get the manager.

    The manager then explained that there was nothing wrong with the thermostat, the mechanic had taken it for a 5 mile drive and the car warmed up as normal. (so why had they quoted me for a new part????)

    After a bit of a discussion we agreed that I would pay nothing and I would bring the car back as soon as the fault returned.

    Tonight

    I have just been for a 23 mile drive on B roads, A roads and Motorway (M6) the temp guage did not move a milimeter and whats more I have it all on a nice video which I intend to show the service manager on Monday morning.


    thanks for reading this long post, any pics of your temp guages after a drive would be welcome.

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    85ish is normal. A short slow drive won't show up the fault as you need the air movement over the rad to cool the water.
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    if that was me i would send them a letter saying you want the state changed, is it VX warrenty if so contact there customer services about it, they was happy to change it if you was paying for it, i would of made a fuss

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    The gauge Starts at 70 on the 1.8 vvt. I have not seen the car at 85 since about July.

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    Yes the warrant is 12 months network Q. It does not expire until April 11

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    defo kick a fuss up, you know your self if the car aint right,

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    The stat starts to open at 83ish so it should sit around there.
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    Mine sits just a tad over half way once warmed up and the heaters work well after about 5 miles in this weather. Does sound very odd, take it to another dealer and get a second opinion or even a non vx garage.

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    I am going to 'have it out' on Monday defo.

    I just want to be prepared for the inevitable 'it's perfectly normal for the car' response

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    so what she was saying is there is a fault but they dont want to do it under the warrenty, jokers


    i had touble with a peugeot dealer about a picasso i had stand your ground dont let them fob you off

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