Just wondering if anyone has encountered problems with these cars. In early july 2013 I replaced a starter motor on this car, it was replaced with a refurbed item though a local auto factor - a big one, not a small company. The motor removed was original vw/audi.
2 months after the replacement, the refurbed item failed - in a different manner to the first I should add. I bench tested it here and found what appeared to be in intermittent solenoid operation, and when it did operate the armature turned very slowly with no torque behind it. At times when it wouldn't turn at all a sharp tap on the solenoid casing seemed to get it going.
I had filed a warranty claim against the cost of recovering the vehicle and labour to fit another starter motor - which was replaced by another refurbed item - provided by the same firm as the first.
Today I had the news that the warranty claim has been rejected on the grounds of the motor having been 'burnt out' - seems a tall order after just two months service. I phoned the firm who re-furbish the motors and spoke with the tester who inspected my motor. He says the brushes had been overheated and sighted possible extended cranking as a reason, or sticking igniton switch contacts.
The car is a good starter, though lumpy once running, but that isn't really a factor, and I know the battery to be in good condition.
Anyone come across this kind of thing? I'm dissapointed not to be getting re-imbursed but this post isn't a moan, more a request for info.