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Volkswagen 99 passat wagon 1.8L Turbo dual shift: Does a

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Hi Does a 99 Passat wagon 1.8L turbo run ok without the turbo?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: VW
Expert:  Billy replied 2 years ago.
Hello and Welcome! I'm Billy and i will assist you with your inquiry. Feel free to ask if any further info is needed.
Is the turbo damaged, or removed?
It will run. But it will not run ok. It will have very poor performance to start with.
Kindly get back to me on the turbo, so we proceed..
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I test drove. It was sluggish on starting from stop. Passing gear kicked in and manual shift seemed ok. Concern is how do I tell if sluggish is caused by no turbo or poor engine?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Need for Hiway travel ... 300 round trip once a month
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Car in very good condition otherwise,
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I will check on turbo this morning but I think they told me it doesn't have a turbo. But I will get clarification. Thanks SO VERY MUCH!!!!!
Expert:  Billy replied 2 years ago.
Hello again,
If it's in very good condition, i would first get clarification on the turbo.
A good way to check if it's working, would be by revving the engine at first or second gear, you should get good power (very good) when the rpm exceeds 3000 rpm. And when you reach around 5 or 6000 rpm, release the accelerator pedal, and you should hear some air release from the turbo (like an athlete's exhale).
Kindly get back to me on this...
While at it, i would check some common failures on this model (the sedan):
- check if the boot lid opens easily.
- check if it has erratic idle
- check if it starts easily
- check if central locking is working with ignition off
- check if the engine overheats (when test driving)
- And it would be great if you could get the service history.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Hi Billy,
Turbo still in vehicle, doesn't work. Starts up solid, quiet ride, no overheating, etc. just sluggish taking off from stop. Is that preferable to turbo removed? What are my concerns about this turbo issue as all else seems good. They want $3K. Thanks
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Also idles smooth too
Expert:  Billy replied 2 years ago.
If the turbo is not working, but everything is good (idle, etc..), i would not touch it. Leave it as it is. If you want to go through the cost of removing the turbo, i would install a used one while at it. As the labor charges would be the same, and a used turbo from the junk yard or other (i would check should not be too expensive.
Kindly get back to me if further assistance is needed.