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Offline Wugga

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Thinking of getting a mk7
« on: 28 January 2022, 11:29 »
Hi ! I’ve recently been thinking of trading in my mk6 and getting there mk7 14/15plate - I had a few issues lately with my mk6 09plate and wanted some advice from you kind forum peeps.

So here goes !

Is it worth getting the mk7 or should I keep and enjoy my mk6 ?

What are the common issues to look out for when looking at the mk7s

Thanks in advance as I really appreciate any comments/advice/tips !

Offline JMS

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Re: Thinking of getting a mk7
« Reply #1 on: 28 January 2022, 11:54 »
Common issues:

-Leaking tailgate drain hole at top of hatch or near wiper (mine was fixed when I got the car - someone will confirm)

-Water pump can fail causing leak in coolant system (my 14 plate is ok so far)

-Keyless entry gets through a key fob battery every 12months (easy to change)

-Front left wheel bearing can start to drone before the others. You have to replace the whole hub assy)

-Screen on infotainment system can go a bit haywire in cold weather (£650 to upgrade to later MIB2 unit). I can live with this

-start/stop can be erratic and is irritating (I coded mine off)

-inside of headlamps gets a crazing effect with age. Needs new headlamp to fix (expensive!). I’m tolerant of mine. You may be able to use as a negotiation point if the seller is unaware they all do it)

-If you are getting a PP (which I strongly advise)- the VAQ diff needs a fluid change every 3 years - often overlooked (not a problem but use it as a negotiation point)

-check for evidence of sunroof leaks like any sunroof car.

No real problems though- they are quick and easy to make very quick with a cheap remap.

Heated leather is lovely  :smiley:

Happy shopping!
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Offline Guzzle

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Re: Thinking of getting a mk7
« Reply #2 on: 28 January 2022, 12:34 »
What are the issues with the Mk6 and how expensive would it be to fix them?

I'd push the boat out for a 15 plate onwards if you can. Cars built after week 22 2015 got a much better standard spec than cars built before.
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Offline Wugga

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Re: Thinking of getting a mk7
« Reply #3 on: 28 January 2022, 14:07 »
Mk6 issues I’ve had to sort since owning it - most recent as in last week - coil pack and spark plug change new radiator, turbo went but luckily got it replaced on warrenty  - oil leak - water pooling in driver footwell - just to name a few these have all been sorted .

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Re: Thinking of getting a mk7
« Reply #4 on: 28 January 2022, 14:09 »
Sorry what is a pp &vaq diff ? @jms

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Re: Thinking of getting a mk7
« Reply #5 on: 28 January 2022, 15:25 »
Sorry what is a pp &vaq diff ? @jms

PP= Performance Pack  - gives you bit more power, bigger brakes and the VAQ

VAQ = trick electronically controlled limited slip differential... better cornering capability.
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Offline Finglonga

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Re: Thinking of getting a mk7
« Reply #6 on: 28 January 2022, 17:49 »
The Mk7 is a completely new and improved platform over the Mk6 so you will enjoy the upgrade.


Only main issue is the housing for the water pump and thermostat that leak and easy to spot. Not heard of many suffering with ones in the post up above, a few have had the tailgate drain leak including me but that is pennies to fix.

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Re: Thinking of getting a mk7
« Reply #7 on: 28 January 2022, 18:03 »
How reliable are the turbos on these ? Turbo failures always seem to follow me around ! Car I’m currently looking at is a 14 plate with 49k miles on it


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Re: Thinking of getting a mk7
« Reply #8 on: 28 January 2022, 18:57 »
There have been a few blown turbos but not many... So far.

It's clearly age related, it will only increase as these age.
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Re: Thinking of getting a mk7
« Reply #9 on: 29 January 2022, 01:04 »
Another think to check is the rear speakers. The seals fail allowing water into the car. I’ve had two mk7s now, both bought at 3 years old and both had this issue.
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