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jamie128 Monday 29th July 2013    
Whats the cheapest way to replace a turbo?, is a recon ok to do and how much do they usually cost?

Also has anyone had a blown turbo? What did you do about it? How much did it cost?
oilspill Tuesday 30th July 2013    
jamie128 said:
Whats the cheapest way to replace a turbo?, is a recon ok to do and how much do they usually cost?

Also has anyone had a blown turbo? What did you do about it? How much did it cost?
£265 off ebay trader for new genuine garret, renault dealer wanted nearer £700, mechanic said dont bother with re-con (without him knowing price)

adeel_gt Tuesday 30th July 2013    
Home rebuild for me, seal and bearing kit off ebay and sent the shaft off for balancing. Although I am handy with with a spanner and was quite confident in what I was doing.
Baryonyx Tuesday 30th July 2013    
A friend of mine rebuilt the turbo in his Laguna himself, a days work to remove it, strip it down and clean it and then bolt it back in again. Seems like a fairly simple job.
Rammy76 Tuesday 30th July 2013    
jamie128 said:
Whats the cheapest way to replace a turbo?, is a recon ok to do and how much do they usually cost?

Also has anyone had a blown turbo? What did you do about it? How much did it cost?
I got a recon turbo for my Passat PD130 just over a year ago.

The seals on the original blew at 129000 miles just as I was leaving for a holiday rolleyes

It cost £565 including full flush of intercooler/oils and labour.

It's now on 145000 miles and is running great, so from my experience I'd certainly recommend a recon turbo.

My car was an ex company car (up to 75000 miles) and always on the long life 20000 mile service intervals before I got it, I personally believe these service intervals are too long and contribute towards premature turbo failure.



neiljohnson Tuesday 30th July 2013    
It's a bit like engines it depends where you buy them from!!

What car is it?? Turbos can be rebuilt but unfortunately there are a lot of companies out there that do a substandard job.
Have a ring round the big companies ie turbo technics, turbo dynamics, aet turbos are a few off the top of my head who all have excellant reputations smile
Rammy76 Tuesday 30th July 2013    
neiljohnson said:
It's a bit like engines it depends where you buy them from!!

What car is it?? Turbos can be rebuilt but unfortunately there are a lot of companies out there that do a substandard job.
Have a ring round the big companies ie turbo technics, turbo dynamics, aet turbos are a few off the top of my head who all have excellant reputations smile
yes Very true, definitely depends where you go.

I used the Turbo Clinic in Leeds, I found them to be excellent.
jamie128 Tuesday 30th July 2013    
Why do people pay in excess of a grand to replace turbos if it can be done much cheaper?
Captain Muppet Tuesday 30th July 2013    
jamie128 said:
Why do people pay in excess of a grand to replace turbos if it can be done much cheaper?
People are ignorant, incompetent, lazy, stupid or rich enough not to care.
neiljohnson Tuesday 30th July 2013    
jamie128 said:
Why do people pay in excess of a grand to replace turbos if it can be done much cheaper?
Depend a lot on the car & your spannering ability, some turbos are a lot more expensive than others & some are an hours work compared to 8 hours for others so makes a huge differance to labour bills.

When considering the bill you also have to take into account additional work, it's not unusual to replace pipes, intercoolers, egr valves, oil feed & return lines etc or to remove the sump for inspections
McSam Tuesday 30th July 2013    
Captain Muppet said:
jamie128 said:
Why do people pay in excess of a grand to replace turbos if it can be done much cheaper?
People are ignorant, incompetent, lazy, stupid or rich enough not to care.
Also an excellent summary of why people buy tyres from Kwik Fit, thanks, I'll use that hehe


Krikkit Tuesday 30th July 2013    
neiljohnson said:
jamie128 said:
Why do people pay in excess of a grand to replace turbos if it can be done much cheaper?
Depend a lot on the car & your spannering ability, some turbos are a lot more expensive than others & some are an hours work compared to 8 hours for others so makes a huge differance to labour bills.

When considering the bill you also have to take into account additional work, it's not unusual to replace pipes, intercoolers, egr valves, oil feed & return lines etc or to remove the sump for inspections
Agreed - changing a turbo on a FWD hatch can often be very simple, especially compared to one on a Disco 3 (I think it's the 2.7 diesel) where you have to take the body off the chassis for access!
neiljohnson Tuesday 30th July 2013    
Krikkit said:
Agreed - changing a turbo on a FWD hatch can often be very simple, especially compared to one on a Disco 3 (I think it's the 2.7 diesel) where you have to take the body off the chassis for access!
Your not wrong!!
This was a tdv8 range rover

RJP001 Tuesday 30th July 2013    
I like the spillage. laugh
jamie128 Tuesday 30th July 2013    
Are the vag 1.9's turbos cheap to replace/recondition and remove/fit again?
longblackcoat Tuesday 30th July 2013    
Rammy76 said:
jamie128 said:
Whats the cheapest way to replace a turbo?, is a recon ok to do and how much do they usually cost?

Also has anyone had a blown turbo? What did you do about it? How much did it cost?
I got a recon turbo for my Passat PD130 just over a year ago.

The seals on the original blew at 129000 miles just as I was leaving for a holiday rolleyes

It cost £565 including full flush of intercooler/oils and labour.

It's now on 145000 miles and is running great, so from my experience I'd certainly recommend a recon turbo.

My car was an ex company car (up to 75000 miles) and always on the long life 20000 mile service intervals before I got it, I personally believe these service intervals are too long and contribute towards premature turbo failure.
My wife's Passat had the turbo go at 155k; just have to accept that they won't last forever. We paid £900, but that was for a brand-new turbo at about £600. Did a full service at the same time as the oil and filter had to be chnaged anyway.

Turbo for my Disco 3 was a lot pricier.
neiljohnson Tuesday 30th July 2013    
jamie128 said:
Are the vag 1.9's turbos cheap to replace/recondition and remove/fit again?
Not very hard tbh the oil feed pipes a bit of a bugger. The turbo has to be done from underneath so a lot easier on a ramp, if your replacing it yourself get a new oil feed pipe & the metal clips that secure the boost hoses as you will likely need them smile
Escy Tuesday 30th July 2013    
I've just bought a re-con turbo for my 2.0 Mk5 Golf GT TDI from Gap turbo's for £252 delivered. That's cheap. Not heard of them before but a friend recommended them.
skinny Wednesday 31st July 2013    
I got aet to refurb my smokey turbo - and upgrade to 360 thrust bearings (or something like that) on my old garrett t25. Cost over £400 - but a refurb kit would have been over £100 and I don't have the resources to re-balance the turbo. Get what you pay for imo.
neiljohnson Wednesday 31st July 2013    
skinny said:
I got aet to refurb my smokey turbo - and upgrade to 360 thrust bearings (or something like that) on my old garrett t25. Cost over £400 - but a refurb kit would have been over £100 and I don't have the resources to re-balance the turbo. Get what you pay for imo.
360 bearing supports the shaft better improving reliabilty especially when running higher boost levels.
A proper Garret 360 bearing alone is @ £100 to put the rebuild cost into perspective.