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I am told that a rattle in my 1997 Passat 1.9TDI automatic estate is likely to be a cracked torque converter drive plate and the repair will cost £350. I do not wish to scrap the vehicle. I get the rattle in idle but this much reduces when in Drive. Otherwise I am offered £1,000 for this trusty stalwart that tows a trailer and carries my Bee kit, grandchildren and moves house as required by children. I have a second 2003 Passat estate, but this is Tiptronic and less loved, perhaps I should move this one on instead to fund my continuing affair with the old girl? I would appreciate your advice before taking the plunge.

Asked on 29 May 2010 by RK, via email

Answered by Honest John
I can't give psychological advice. If you are fond of your old car then it's worth spending money on it. But the day will come when it needs so much money you cannot sensibly keep on repairing it.
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