Originally Posted by CousinVin
The FSI 2.0T's are known for burning oil. The VW's aren't horrible, but there are actually TSB's out for that. It's just something they do. I don't know if the FSI's share this with the TSI's, but the TSI engines, being direct injected get a lot of carbon build up. So much so that regular fuel system cleaner stuff won't fix it. They need to have the intake manifold taken off to soak and scrape the intake valves clean.
If you want a RELIABLE commuter and want a newer VW, get a 2.5L 5 cylinder. They don't break anywhere near as often as the new turbo's.
only difference FSI to TSI is belt vs chain.
oil consumption spec is quart per 1k.
timing belts deposit rubber on rollers and make noise
carbon buildup on valves (fuel cleaner doesn't fix it because direct injection. it never hits the valves) average rate is 4 hours labor, totals like $650-700 with parts/supplies.
breather problems always
cams wear out and destroy the thousand dollar high pressure fuel pump. 10 hours labor, $500 camshaft and $1k pump.
TSB for lifter noise
TSB for control arm bushings
need rear shocks frequently, like to cup up tires.
flywheel is a grand on its own when you wear the clutch out
DSG's have both mechatronic unit and clutch issues
intake manifold flap actuators break
cam chain/tensioner problems causing valve damage (even the belt drive FSI has a chain between the two cams)
buy it, move to north carolina and give me your money to keep it on the road.
edit: diverter valve diaphragms tear causing CEL/no boost
in tank fuel pumps like to fail
wastegate actuator doesn't fit properly and wears out the wastegate arm causing loose wastegate and thus boost leaks, requires turbo replacement to correct.