2003 Volkswagen TDI Flooded VW Passat TDI

  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • 96,000 MILES
I live in Dublin, Ireland
My car a VW Passat 2003 is a write off because of water.
This winter the sink hole under the bonnet, where the rain water hitting the windscreen should drain - which is tiny and hidden beneath the battery and other things - got blocked with leaves and stuff.
Nobody noticed. How could they, you cannot see the thing without removing the battery - a feat in itself.
There has been a lot of rain this winter.
The water finally drained into the heating system and found it's way into the bottom of the car.

Many things started to go wrong.
The ECU controlling the automatic gearbox broke down. Cost €4,000.
Still nobody noticed the gallons of water hidden by the carpet.
In France at Christmas, the fuel pump, or some electrical part of it, went.
Cost €700.
Ten days ago, after returning from five weeks away, we set out for a drive and after 30 miles, the gearbox started to play up again
and many lights came on on the dashboard.
We limped back to Dublin and left it into my mechanic who discovered the reasons for all this trouble.
The car is now totally stripped inside and all the ECUs will have to be replaced.
Mechanic says he is trying to buy second hand ones but they are very difficult to find for diesel automatic Passat.
He says the car will never be reliable again.

I'm buying my next car.

Am I right in thinking that his diagnosis and prognosis are correct?
Do you
have the same problem?
Saturday, February 28th, 2009 AT 4:24 AM

1 Reply

Hi Andy,

Thank you for the donation.

I would agree with what your mechanic said. It is going to cost a fortune getting all the parts and since the leakages was there over a long period of time, there would be many latent faults, especially with the wiring connections.

Unless you can strip the vehicle and rebuild it completely, it is not gong to be reliable.
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Saturday, February 28th, 2009 AT 6:51 AM

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