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Hi, Just been looking through the autotrader and found a touareg 4.2 V8 with N8ENS as the number plate. The person says they currently live in czech after moving jobs from UK.... anyway long and short i think it may be a scam but it's worth a look cos it's cheap, just been doing a search and it lead me here as it seems N8ENS used to / still is a member. Anyone gott any info? Now i see this site i think someone has nicked the pics off here and trying to scam someone...

Any help is appreciated. Cheers... Jason
 

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you could try emailing him and asking. He was on our site but seemed to get mad with us in some way and edited out all his posts. :roll:
 

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Kaine and Rob will remember NBENS.....

Posted lots about his car for a while, then I saw it for sale somewhere quoting that it was previously owned by Jody Scheckter... (Ex F1 driver)

Then he removed all of his posts... whether it was to remove any bad comments about his car we don't know... Was all very strange how he left from here....

If I remember correctly he was based in North Hampshire/Berkshire area... If I find anything else I'll post...
 

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Hipflyguy said:
Kaine and Rob will remember NBENS.....

If I remember correctly he was based in North Hampshire/Berkshire area... If I find anything else I'll post...
I do remember his forum name, dut not in as much detail as you :wink:

Having just had a look through the member list I see his PM and email links are still active...you could try emailing him (hotmail address)
 

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Hello again all - cynical lot aren't you! I removed all my posts originally because my wife went mad at me spending evenings on the internet using this forum as a "total saddo" and the post deletion was some kind of symbolic nonesense for her... I've lurked on here a few times since (when she's not been around!) and obviously taken great offence at some of the less charitable comments made about me / my car (all without substance!). I can assure you that she was mad with me and not me with this forum and I can assure you (not that it matters) that my car is running as fantastically as ever (thank you very much) and apart from a few issues (new front passenger seat, new battery, new CD changer and new rear offside door handle all under warranty) I still absolutely love it... Oh and I still own the car and still live in Derbyshire, not Czech (or Berkshire!)...

I advertised the car on Pistonheads for a while a couple of months ago (as I was expecting to have to do many motorway miles) and pulled it after the extra mileage hasn't really materialised and I was finding it difficult to part with it... The pictures (and some of the advert description) were then 'pinched' and turned up on eBay (see http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topi ... 3&t=411096). I emailed eBay and the advert was removed. Now its in Autotrader? Unbelievable! Quick tip - I was asking ?22500 for my car (and wouldn't even accept that now!) and it was on eBay at ?9000 - go figure!

BTW, whilst I'm actually submitting a post, my car has just come back from Lakeside VW after recall 90D7 and I swear the steering is lighter than before - is it possible that the software updates apply to the power steering mapping as well?
 

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welcome back. Hope you feel able to post more often in the future. Just tell the wife your finding out info on the Touareg.
 

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hi N8

nice to hear from you - its a shame you needed to remove all your posts though as it makes some of your very useful threads look a bit odd now - glad your back


Kaine
 

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N8ENS said:
apart from a few issues (new front passenger seat, new battery, new CD changer and new rear offside door handle all under warranty) I still absolutely love it.
Sorry to hear about your car's identity (and possibly yours had things got worse) being stolen - far too much of it about and probably good that there are some eagle-eyed people awake and alert in this forum to work together to protect one another.

As a fellow V8 owner, I too have had battery / electrical issues even after replacing the battery - what were the problems you had and was it simply the battery replacement that fixed it? My car goes in for the 90D7 recall on Monday and note that one of the items to be looked at is the positive wiring loom for the V8 - I am hopeful this will restore my faith in a great car that I would hate to loose faith in after such a short period of ownership.

Thanks in advance for any help / experience you (or others) can provide.

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Hi N8ENS / Everyone else, thats saved me some messing, thought it was a fake but just couldnt resist for 10K but if your still interested i'll raise my offer to 12K


Amazing the cheek of some people, no wonder she wouldnt give me the VIN number. Now back to looking....

Thanks for your help, and this proves if in doubt .... GOOGLE!!!
 

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Nick,

Ask the dealer to check that the 'battery cut off' switch from under the drivers seat has been correctly removed and the bolt tightened correctly. Due to trickle current draw on the Touareg, during transportation a battery cut off switch is installed. Once it gets to the dealer, this switch is removed and a bolt is put in its place to remake a solid connection - ask them to check this bolt is securely fitted

They should of course be aware of this as it was an early Treg problem that led to battery, but its worth asking as it can cause battery problems if not done correctly

Kaine
 

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Kaine said:
Nick,

Ask the dealer to check that the 'battery cut off' switch from under the drivers seat has been correctly removed and the bolt tightened correctly. Due to trickle current draw on the Touareg, during transportation a battery cut off switch is installed. Once it gets to the dealer, this switch is removed and a bolt is put in its place to remake a solid connection - ask them to check this bolt is securely fitted

They should of course be aware of this as it was an early Treg problem that led to battery, but its worth asking as it can cause battery problems if not done correctly

Kaine
Thanks Kaine - I will do... Regards, NickW
 

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Welcome back Ben..... I hope you didn't take offence by our comments of you, was just all so strange when you vanished along with all your posts, as Rob said, some were very informative... shame... As for the location... shows how good my memory is... At least my guess ended in 'shire..
I was half right... (or is it half wrong?)

Nick,

I had issues with my cars power too, (V8) would never hold a charge above about 12 volts when this should be 14+ flat battery on two occasions with replacemnet battery first time....

Second time turned out to be an alternator issue, a part of the casing had sheered off and was shorting occasionally.... After a complete engine removal, new alternator and fuel pump. or water pump, she's returned better than ever... Never had an issue since....

Maybe this is a common characteristic on the V8.... I need to get all the paperwork from the Garage anyway (Colbornes Guildford) maybe if I can I'll scan and pm it to you so you can show your technician.
 

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Nick,

I had issues with my cars power too, (V8) would never hold a charge above about 12 volts when this should be 14+ flat battery on two occasions with replacemnet battery first time....

Second time turned out to be an alternator issue, a part of the casing had sheered off and was shorting occasionally.... After a complete engine removal, new alternator and fuel pump. or water pump, she's returned better than ever... Never had an issue since....

Maybe this is a common characteristic on the V8.... I need to get all the paperwork from the Garage anyway (Colbornes Guildford) maybe if I can I'll scan and pm it to you so you can show your technician.
Thanks HipFlyGuy, that would be great...

I had a new battery about 5-6 weeks ago, but after leaving the car unused for 5 days it was totally dead last weekend. Have taken it for a run every 3 days since, and so far fingers crossed, it is starting just about OK. i look forward to your paperwork when you get a chance.

Thanks again,
Regards,

NickW
 

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Well nice to see that I've been welcomed back into the fold! Funnily enough someone emailed me for advice about which model to buy and I looked on this forum for a post I remember writing about the difference between air and standard suspension and the different merits of each engine - and of course I'd removed it. Doh!

We never really got to the bottom of the reason for the original battery failure. When it went in for the CD changer replacement I got a Workshop Running Gear Fault upon collection (typical result of a low battery charge) which (as the technician advised) disappeared after the alternator had juiced the battery for a bit. Then I had the tow bar fitted not long after and the same Workshop Running Gear Fault appeared. After that the battery was completely dead a few times when I went to the car in the morning (sometimes fine for weeks, sometimes dead overnight!) and got fed-up with using a trickle charger so it went in for VW to check. I had to pay for the labour (battery is handily located beneath the drivers (electric) seat but the battery test proved it was completely goosed / cells buckled so they put a new one in (despite arguing, perhaps reasonably) that the low usage the car has might be a contributing factor. Been fine ever since...

What works are done during the 90D7 recall are entirely dependent upon the model and its history. Mine needed the following: 01, 04, 10, 15, 16, 21 and 22 which equated to a new wiring loom for the starter motor (nightmare engine out job apparently), a new water pump, a hard wired connection beneath the drivers seat rather than the previous sliding contact and software upgrades.
 
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