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2014 DSG, 2.0 diesel Yeti, 89,300-odd miles on the clock. I've had it since May 2017 and this is my first problem with it, ever. I bought it around 40,000 miles.

For a wee while, it's been making a knocking noise, like a tractor idling, from the engine bay in neutral. I suspected it was the DMF. The noise seemed louder and more persistant this week, so I took it to a VAG independant specialist garage. Yep, DMF. Mechanic guesstimated around £1500 to fix it, which includes some of the other components in the gearbox, but he isn't sure, as his gearbox guy isn't in until Monday. I should have a proper estimate by then, but does that sound about right? Has anyone else had this problem with a six-speed DSG?

Obviously not thrilled with a big garage bill, but if I replaced the car, I would end up with something else that had around 100,000 miles and probably different, expensive problems.
 

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I take it at the mileage you have 2 new clutch packs would be included while they have it apart.
 

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Presumably, Urrell.

This is the VAG specialist I've been using for DSG and Haldex maintenance, and my partner has used them for a few repairs on his Passat Alltrack. So far, they have been very good.

Is this something that isn't uncommon on cars of this age/mileage? This is my first DSG. Its predecessors were all torque convertors.

There's not many garages open at the moment.
 

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At around £800-£900 for a DMF & 'regular' clutch on a 4x4 manual, a DSG with it's magic clutch pack ($$$?) and the extra time for the job would not seem too unreasonable at £1200+

It looks like a fun job !


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Agree with Spag. A £900-£1200 figure is not unusual for a DMF and manual clutch replacement. With the added complexity of dual clutches for a DSG box, £1500 therefore doesn’t seem out of ballpark, if on the high side.

My tame car MoT and repair specialist told me a year ago, that solid flywheel and clutch kits are now available for most VW diesels that had DMFs fitted in the first place. At 50-60% of the cost of a DMF+clutch. And that many customers were going this route. At the “expense” of slightly more vibration, that is reportedly barely detectable in regular driving. That’s with manual gearbox fitments though. I have no idea if solid flywheel conversions are available for DSG transmissions though.

Our Yeti had its DMF replaced by the selling garage, an independent Skoda specialist, just before we bought the car, as part of the deal. As the honest seller reckoned it was noisy. That was at 3-years old and 78,000 miles. It is still on the same DMF and clutch 144,000 miles later. Although I do detect a slight, faint rattle recently. The MoT garage has had a listen to it, and reckon its still good for multiple 10,000 miles yet. Depending on how aggressively the clutch is used.

I’m told by the same two, independent sources that two manufacturer’s DMFs were fitted on the engine assembly lines. (VW make neither DMFs nor clutches themselves, but are supplied with sub-assemblies to VW’s specifications by both Sachs and LuK/Shaeffler). Which brand of DMF any particular car was fitted with being pot-luck. Depending on whose container full of units had just unloaded at the time your car reached that point on the assembly line. Both specialist repairers say the Sachs units are “sh1te”, while the Schaeffler/LuK unit’s are “much more durable, but I’d still rather have a solid flywheel myself”.
 

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y tame car MoT and repair specialist told me a year ago, that solid flywheel and clutch kits are now available for most VW diesels that had DMFs fitted in the first place. At 50-60% of the cost of a DMF+clutch. And that many customers were going this route. At the “expense” of slightly more vibration, that is reportedly barely detectable in regular driving.
Our 1.6 TDI Greenline does not have much vibration with it's standard solid flywheel unless you let the revs drop to silly levels in the higher gears.
 

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Thanks for the info, Flintstone. When we speak to the gearbox guy on Monday, we will ask if there is a solid flywheel kit for the DSG.
 
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