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    Hi all, going look at 2004 3.2 Gsi automatic (43,000 miles) Apart from all the usual what probs / faults should I be checking out. Is it correct the auto box on these is water cooled??

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    make sure its got a good history its a 2004 so cambelt should be done in next 6mth mines a gsi on a 54 plate vx told me on the 3.2 its due a cam belt at 70k or every 7 years im not sure how true this is as i dont beleive anyone at the stealers but im sure people on here will correct me
    had mine a few mth only problem ive had is a lamba sensor go which i replaced my self
    ive changed plugs to denso ik20 and put a k&n panel filter not that it needed them just from reading on here made me do it and its much better with them done
    im not sure on any other problems O yes one other problem watch your right foot as speeds on the motorway become very high very quick lol

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    Cam belt is every 40,000 despite what the book say's. There are threads on here that will show that. The GSi engine is solid and very reliable and a lot of fun to drive.

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    The autos have a weak point - transmission oil and coolant mixing due to a rubbish cooler design - do a search on here and google, and find out what to look for. Once the fault occurs, the only remedy is a new transmission. Make sure the gearbox performs perfectly on the one you test drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jezzy View Post
    The autos have a weak point - transmission oil and coolant mixing due to a rubbish cooler design ...
    Very common across a range of cars with a single unit radiator/oil cooler - I had a Volvo auto once which died with water in the gearbox. (Volvo fixed it for free even at 5 years old though!)

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    i can only say to check what has gone on mine i dont have an auto tho so have no idea about the transmission.

    rocker gaskets, check for oil down the back of the engine and the front, not expensive if you do it yourself but takes a few hours work. a leaking one at the back cost me a starter motor as oil leaked onto it a it packed up.

    cambelt will be important and its rather expensive at the dealer, just paid out 550 quid for the full lot changed on mine.

    not had many problems as such but seems this engine is pretty bulletproof tho not invinceable. and with the forum any problems that come up you get an answer to what is wrong very quickly. normally........ lol

    other thing is expect a rather large amount of time spent refueling but if your looking at a Gsi you know your infor that

    all in all great cars and mine make me smile all the time, if you do buy it hope you enjoy it and happy motoring

    oh and welcome to the forum

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