Good day everyone. So I'm on my way home from work and notice what appeared to be my son broke down on the other side of road. I turn around pull behind the car and to my surprise some young kid came out the drivers seat that wasn't my son. o wait this aint my kids car lmao. so I ask the kid if he needs help. starts it up after 2 min antifreeze blows out overflow. so I tell the kid he has cracked head or head gasket blown. kid almost started to cry said he just bought it. I have been looking for a parts car for my son and when I told the kid this he offered it to me on the spot. so I give him 400 he hands the pink. Day later load it on roll back and off to the garage I go. now I live in upstate ny. salt is the number 1 killer of cars up here. I get this thing on the lift and cannot find a spec of rust anyplace. inside is like new paint is still shinny suspension seems perfect. I have a 15 year old who will be driving soon should I just put a head on this thing and go? it only has 97000 on it. must be the former owner had the water pump go out he replaced the pump and belt but I think the damage was done already. sold after realized needed possible head. my oldest wants hood doors trunk but I hate to part out such a nice looking Passat. Head or no Head. That is todays Question.
Update!!!!! I have got in contact with original owner. Internet is a great thing. They have owned since new. water pump went out on it. They changed pump and timing belt but when mechanic said 1200 more for head after the rest they said no and sold. I have now all maint records. new cv axles and front end. new struts shocks car is bone stock. I will be doing all the work myself. I have lift and every tool you can think of. oil was changed every 5000 with Valvoline synthetic. I even have all the oil window stickers since day 1. This is a 1.8t and I can get a complete rebuilt head with cams for 500 so im going for it.