So yesterday i was test driving a pre-owned 2015 DSG GTI. I fell in love with the car, 50k miles, aftermarket exhaust and an extremely good price point. While i was on the test drive a cloud of white smoke came out of the exhaust for about 5 seconds then did not reappear for the remainder of the test drive. This was after the engine had heated up but it also was not the hardest i pushed the engine. Being that i am potentially going to buy this car and do not necessarily trust the dealer to be honest on wether or not it passed their inspection, i just wanted to see if this could possibly not be a blown head gasket or cracked cylinder block. The car had sat for about a week before i drove it so idk if that had anything to do with it. if anyone has any idea on if this could be a fluke please lmk, i really did love that car…
AFAIK white smoke shouldn’t happen under any circumstances. I’d steer clear and keep looking. Sorry.
run away from this one
It sounds like you could be in for some extremely expensive repairs
I’d be curious why a nice 2015 car with only 50K miles was on the used car lot. And for a “good price point”.
You may have discovered the reason for the good price. Count yourself lucky. I’d walk away too.
If that exhaust system is a “performance-oriented” one, that might give you a clue as to the reason for possible engine damage. People who modify a car in the interest of higher power output are typically not those who will drive in a conservative manner. Or, to be more blunt, the engine was likely flogged–
I don’t buy used cars, but if I did, I would definitely avoid those with performance upgrades.
If you are really interested in it, take it to a mechanic you trust for a prepurchase inspection. Maybe they can sort it out for you.
2015 could be lease turn in. 50k miles is 3-4 yrs on avg and folks get bored. if the price is lower then any other you have seen, then it is probably low for a reason.