Originally Posted by PatO
My 5 years ends this July. The van is in the shop right now with the turbo removed (TRL came on: "Turbo Replacement Light"). I do not know right now what the repair will be. I only have 33K TOTAL miles on the vehicle but this is my 3rd turbo.
My understanding is the turbo needs to be run every week or so. If it sits, it can corrode internally and fail. So the best advice to prevent turbo failures is to drive the van at least 20 miles (fully warm it up) once a week.
Before I did that, I had a turbo failure. Being a Sportsmobile may only see intermittent use (mine sat for 3 months between trips), turbo failures are common. Since I started driving it once a week between trips, no more problems in 40K miles.