Touareg: 2003 V10 TDI
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: New Zealand
Second Vehicle: Still looking
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Touareg V10TDI Turbo Error Codes
Was hoping to get some advice on a proposed turbo replacement i was given by 2 different mechanics.
Start off by explaining the issue im having then get into the error codes i get and what the mechanics have told me.
Car: 2003 Touareg V10 TDI 245,000kms have owned it since 2005 with 15,00kms
I will get put into limp mode when accelerating up an incline. Doesn't do this all the time but seems to be random when it goes into limp mode i dont do anything different that indicates a certain driving style. Slow, mid or flooring it. If i pull over restart the car it goes back to normal driving immediately and wont go back into limp mode until i reach another incline it might not like (as i say its random can be a steep gradient and might not have a problem then a slight incline will send it to limp mode and vice versa). I dont get any black smoke coming from the exhaust when i floor it, or during normal driving. No smoke comes from the exhaust when its idling. No issues with the car at all, everything is in working order. I am far from a home mechanic so you will have to excuse my explanation.
P1952 Turbocharger control unit 1 - Component defective
P1953 Turbocharger control unit 2 - Component defective
Took it to my local private mechanic who has serviced and repaired the car since i have owned it. He has advised only option is to replace both turbos. Hes given it a good once over and cannot find any other causes of the error codes and has left me with one option.
Took it to the VW dealer who sold me the car and is the largest VW dealer in the country and they told me the same as my private mechanic only difference was they quoted me a much much higher repair price.
Reason i am asking is to see if anyone else has run into this problem and turned out the repair was something other than the turbos, maybe something my mechanic could have overlooked? Im at a real cross roads as the turbo replacement cost is nearing the value of the vehicle, do i just drive it and deal with having to pull over an restart it (always happens at the worst times, high speed pull outs etc) or do i fork out the cash and have the repair done on an old high mileage car....