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    Polo GTI 1.8. Any problems to look out for?

    My son is thinking of a Polo GTI 1.8 around 2015,around 40000 mile.

    Is there anything he should be looking out for?

    I understand the engines have a timing chain. Is this correct. Does it have the same tensioner problems as the earlier 2.0 tsis?

    Thanks in advance.
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    It depends on the engine code as the Polo uses a few 1.8 engines, I would guess its a chain.

    Manufacturer: VW, Date(s) Used: 11/2014-, Model: Polo GTI, Engine Code: DAJB, 141Kw, 192PS, 1.8 Ltr, 4 Cyls, Remarks: Japan ("JP") ("EU"): Turbo Fuel Stratified Injection (TFSI) GTI Chain HighLine
    Manufacturer: VW, Date(s) Used: 11/2014-, Model: Polo GTI, Engine Code: DAJA, 141Kw, 192PS, 1.8 Ltr, 4 Cyls, Remarks: Japan ("JP") ("EU"): Turbo Fuel Stratified Injection (TFSI) GTI HighLine
    Manufacturer: VW, Date(s) Used: 09/2005-11/2009, Model: Polo GTI, Engine Code: BJX, 110Kw, 150PS, 1.8 Ltr, 4 Cyls, Remarks: GTI
    Manufacturer: VW, Date(s) Used: 07/2006-11/2009, Model: Polo GTI, Engine Code: BBU, 132Kw, 179PS, 1.8 Ltr, 4 Cyls, Remarks: GTI
    Manufacturer: VW, Date(s) Used: 11/2014-10/2017, Model: Polo/Derby/Vento/Classic Polo/Classic, Engine Code: DAJB, 141Kw, 192PS, 1.8 Ltr, 4 Cyls, Remarks: India ("IND"): Turbo Fuel Stratified Injection (TFSI) Chain
    Manufacturer: VW, Date(s) Used: 11/2014-10/2017, Model: Polo/Derby/Vento/Classic Polo/Classic, Engine Code: DAJA, 141Kw, 192PS, 1.8 Ltr, 4 Cyls, Remarks: India ("IND"): Turbo Fuel Stratified Injection (TFSI)
    Manufacturer: VW, Date(s) Used: 11/2014-11/2014, Model: Polo/Derby/Vento/Classic Polo/Classic, Engine Code: CWYA, 136Kw, 185PS, 1.8 Ltr, 4 Cyls, Remarks: India ("IND"):
    Manufacturer: VW, Date(s) Used: 09/2005-06/2008, Model: Polo/Derby/Vento/Classic Polo/Classic, Engine Code: BJX, 110Kw, 150PS, 1.8 Ltr, 4 Cyls, Remarks: India ("IND")
    Manufacturer: VW, Date(s) Used: 07/2006-06/2008, Model: Polo/Derby/Vento/Classic Polo/Classic, Engine Code: BBU, 132Kw, 179PS, 1.8 Ltr, 4 Cyls, Remarks: India ("IND")

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    The car has a 1.8 version of the EA888 engine, the code being DAJA (manual) or DAJB (DSG) and it is a lovely engine. Yes the EA888 did and still can have timing chain issues but these can be reduced by doubling up the oil changes to every 9000 miles. It would be worth asking what the oil consumption is like, there WERE issues back up to around 2012 production of the EA888 but seem to have been resolved.
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    Thanks both of you. Good tip on the oil changes.
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    I forgot to mention, if the oil consumption is very low, such as nothing between services, then I would also use a ZDDP oil additive which helps protect the chain. If you use ZDDP in an engine which burns oil it WILL damage the catalyst.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crasher View Post
    I forgot to mention, if the oil consumption is very low, such as nothing between services, then I would also use a ZDDP oil additive which helps protect the chain. If you use ZDDP in an engine which burns oil it WILL damage the catalyst.
    Surely if your using good quality oil you should't need additives.
    I thought ZPPD additive was for classic cars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by upyerkyber View Post
    Surely if your using good quality oil you should't need additives
    All engines with wiping surfaces benefit from metal additives like ZDDP. The modern cars with roller tappets and timing belts don't need this protection but cars with timing chains seen to suffer accelerated wear. Luiqi Moly are developing a chain protection additive for new builds to try and help but with emissions regulations stipulating you can't have ZDDP it has been a difficult task and even then they are only talking about a 30000 kilo extra protection so ostensibly the first fill of oil after repairs on the long life schedule.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crasher View Post
    All engines with wiping surfaces benefit from metal additives like ZDDP. The modern cars with roller tappets and timing belts don't need this protection but cars with timing chains seen to suffer accelerated wear. Luiqi Moly are developing a chain protection additive for new builds to try and help but with emissions regulations stipulating you can't have ZDDP it has been a difficult task and even then they are only talking about a 30000 kilo extra protection so ostensibly the first fill of oil after repairs on the long life schedule.
    Eh? Could you clarify?
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