Hi all.... Mine is a 55 plate cdti (150) which has just this week flashed up the dreaded p1109 code (Swirl valve actuator).
Been to the local stealers to get investigated as I thought that the EML was for the EGR valve (I have already had two in the 15 months that I have owned the car so I am pretty good at recognising egrvalvitis!!). They tech 2'd it and diagnosed the real problem of the swirl valve actuator.
OK... The car is six months out of warranty, I missed the last service (number 3) through, I have to say, some uncharacteristic apathy on my part (Probably my undoing, as you will read!) and I am the third owner of the car.
I'll give the stealers their due they contacted VX to see what they could do but I have been told that they will not contribute towards any of the £835 costs apparantly due to me not being the original owner.
Fair one considering what goes against me as I have listed above.
Now, this is what I think I have going for me...
1 - I have had a string of problems (most of which are commonly recognised ones) since I have been the owner of the car...
All in all around £1500 worth of parts according to my warranty claims history.
- 2 broken springs replaced
- 2 broken front shox replaced
- 2 x EGR valves replaced
- 1 x Alternator replaced
- 1 x wheel bearing replaced
2 - I have been told by the stealers that there has been a bulletin circulated identifying the known problem with Inlet manifold / swirl valve on the CDTi. So proving VX are well aware of this recurring nightmare!!
3 - I believe that there is now a modified manifold - swirl valve assembly which further confirms VX's knowledge of the problem.
4 - Under the sale of goods act "Goods must last a reasonable length of time" (not sure about this as I wasn't the original owner)
I have VX customer care's number and my case number so I'll give them a go myself. But I would appreciate any constructive comments on what I should say.
I reckon that I am going to have to bite the bullet and cough up but as they say up here in Northumberland "Shy bairns get nowt!"