I didn’t know if it would be better to post this under General Discussion or here, so I chose this one because I thought I’d get more answers here.
I’m looking at buying a used '06 VW GTI (the newer version) with 96,000 miles on it. Since the car was not located close to me, I arranged for an inspection before proceeding with the purchase, and when I got back the results, I was mostly pleased, except for two things. One, was that the power door locks and key fob were not working. The other was, and I quote from the inspection report: “The engine had a loud ticking on start up that went away after a few seconds. The oil level and condition appeared ok. The engine seemed to run well with no check engine light or diagnostic codes in memory.” I looked online briefly and from what I heard, it might be the hydraulic lifters. This was not an inspection where they put the car on a lift and take things off, so there’s no help there, and it was also cold that day, if that has an effect on anything.
My questions are:
- The power door locks may be as simple as a fuse, but if something more complicated, how much will that cost?
- What could be the culprit behind the noise in the engine and how serious is it? What are the estimated costs for repairing the problem? Should that be a dealbreaker, because I like everything else about it, but if that is a sign of something serious, then I’ll keep looking.
The inspection service doesn’t allow for customers to speak with the inspectors as they are busy, so I won’t be able to get any help there. Can anyone offer their insight/opinion. I am fairly knowledgeable about cars, but I’m not sure what to make of this.