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    Hi All,
    I have a company 57reg Vectra 1.9CDTI 120. After 14 months and 19000 (mostly motorway) miles the engine developed a loud rattle which sounded like a loose metal cover.
    The next day all turbo boost was lost and the car became almost undriveable. I called the AA who instantly diagnosed a blown turbo just from the noise, but told me it would be OK for me to drive the car to the nearest Vauxhall dealer (about 6 miles).
    The car has now been at the dealer for 3 weeks and a replacement turbo has been fitted, however they now tell me that by me driving the car with a blown turbo the engine has also been destroyed (which could be classed as negligence on my part and as such invalidate the warranty).
    The car was serviced by a Vauxhall main dealer 4 weeks prior to these problems and when checked by the AA the engine was full of oil.
    Is this a common problem with this particular engine?

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    No not that I know of, but any part can fail at any time i guess.
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    I would be speaking to the AA if they told you to drive the car to the dealer!
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    Quote Originally Posted by stiffler4141 View Post
    Hi All,
    I have a company 57reg Vectra 1.9CDTI 120. After 14 months and 19000 (mostly motorway) miles the engine developed a loud rattle which sounded like a loose metal cover?
    Is all they should need to know
    With an engine thats failed with so low miles why should they question you, esp after a recent service?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stiffler4141 View Post
    ..however they now tell me that by me driving the car with a blown turbo the engine has also been destroyed (which could be classed as negligence on my part and as such invalidate the warranty).
    What's their reasoning for saying this? What exactly are they saying has destroyed the engine. It obviously wasn't oil starvation given what the AA said. Any parts that may have come from the turbo are more than likely to have headed down the exhaust as opposed to into engine internals. What are they saying has specifically failed on the turbo?

    Sounds like they're trying to wriggle out of it TBH.

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    More likely the engine failed and killed the turbo than the otherway round. Unless the bearings went and the compressor wheel flew apart and got sucked in?
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    I have to agree with Dunc and Big Sig, your turbo going will not wreck the engine, sounds like VX trying to get away with it.

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    I know this person be aware of his threads, I have seen his driving!!! lmao

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    Even if the turbo totalled itself where will the pieces go??

    Compressor wheel parts would go into the air intake system, and get trapped in the charge air cooler, and go nowhere
    Turbine wheels parts would go down exhaust

    Just cos it's got oil in it, doesn't mean it is being pumped around.

    However, I would be asking exactly how driving a car with a blown turbo has damaged the engine, also what do they mean exactly by a blown turbo? What damage has occured to the engine?

    In reality, I don't think you could call it negligence on your part as you acted in good faith from a supposedly reliable source of infomation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Sig View Post
    No not that I know of, but any part can fail at any time i guess.
    I had that very same excuse from Nidd Vale this week when I questioned certain items been checked on mine....

    Quote Originally Posted by 900ss View Post
    Is all they should need to know
    With an engine thats failed with so low miles why should they question you, esp after a recent service?
    As above... except mines less.

    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan View Post
    What's their reasoning for saying this? What exactly are they saying has destroyed the engine. It obviously wasn't oil starvation given what the AA said. Any parts that may have come from the turbo are more than likely to have headed down the exhaust as opposed to into engine internals. What are they saying has specifically failed on the turbo?

    Sounds like they're trying to wriggle out of it TBH.
    I'd say they are defo wriggling out of it how ever worse case you where advised by the AA it was safe to drive. May be give them a call because I hear they know a thing or two about fixing cars and may wade in on your behalf.

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