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That's exactly why I spend the extra money on Genuine.
I know others here have used aftermarket with success but my luck has run against me.
I'm stubborn. I'll always go aftermarket and just swap out until I get one that works. Being an extra car right now, helps. I can let it sit until I want to replace the defective part. I think the 1.8T coolant flange was the only thing I bought OEM on the engine besides plugs or coil packs. Did NOT want to do that again any time soon.
 

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I'm stubborn. I'll always go aftermarket and just swap out until I get one that works. Being an extra car right now, helps. I can let it sit until I want to replace the defective part. I think the 1.8T coolant flange was the only thing I bought OEM on the engine besides plugs or coil packs. Did NOT want to do that again any time soon.
I’ve categorized my OEM and aftermarket purchases; 1. hoses, computerized sensors/controls, external lights or chromed/badged trim bits -> OEM, and 2. suspension or related, tubing, plain sensors, gaskets, emissions and such -> aftermarket, 3. starters, alternators, calipers -> rebuilt OEM

not that it makes any particular sense, it’s just what works for me.
 

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Finally got the salvage title for the donor that's been sitting in my garage for 6 years. So technically, I own another Passat wagon. It will be leaving soon, I have to clean some parts out of it.

I also might be able to sell my son's 00 wagon without working on it (since I can't). I'll update once I know.
 
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Finally got the salvage title for the donor that's been sitting in my garage for 6 years. So technically, I own another Passat wagon. It will be leaving soon, I have to clean some parts out of it.

I also might be able to sell my son's 00 wagon without working on it (since I can't). I'll update once I know.
What?
There goes my twist beam. :cry:
 
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So, we were able to get the upper oil pan off the engine without taking it out. Was pretty difficult, but well worth it for kids to learn something I guess.
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This is the underside of the engine as was removed. Oil pump was harder to remove than initially expected.
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And you can see the crack in the lower left side. Was pretty bad, but having to smack it with a hammer didn't help.
 

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What?
There goes my twist beam. :cry:
Unfortunately, I can't do any work. It's why I sold my wagon as-is and why I am selling my son's wagon in the same shape. I visit the spine specialist today to see what is wrong and what can be done.
 

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Unfortunately, I can't do any work. It's why I sold my wagon as-is and why I am selling my son's wagon in the same shape. I visit the spine specialist today to see what is wrong and what can be done.
Crossing fingers for you bro.
 

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Unfortunately, I can't do any work. It's why I sold my wagon as-is and why I am selling my son's wagon in the same shape. I visit the spine specialist today to see what is wrong and what can be done.
Don't sweat it.
When I changed out that rear bearing hub the twist beam itself really wasn't as bad as I had anticipated. Sure I'd love to have a rust free part under the car but actually when I get into our new house I'll be tearing the car apart anyways. A quick blasting and a repaint will have that twist beam looking pretty good.

Hopefully the doctor can offer up some good news. Hang in there Paul.
 
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Doc said no disc issue in my back, but my neck is pretty bad and is causing all of the pain. Bone spurs and substantial arthritis. They will treat it with injections starting next month, so hopefully the pain will fade.
Looks like my son's wagon will sell Friday to the same buyer as my car.
 

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Doc said no disc issue in my back, but my neck is pretty bad and is causing all of the pain. Bone spurs and substantial arthritis. They will treat it with injections starting next month, so hopefully the pain will fade.
Looks like my son's wagon will sell Friday to the same buyer as my car.
My Dad had similar issues - give a serious look into a Reflexologist. After 4 years of injections with little improvement he went to see a Reflexologist and within 6 months was back to playing tennis with no pain. His issues weren't compounded by arthritis, but... think about it
 

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So.. Coolant return pipe from heater core - 10 hours of getting down there, replacing with OEM and rebuild. Then test drive; slow easy warm-up and then drive it like you stole it! Do you know the sound of the car burping like air coming out of a really big balloon? I now know that sound... The quick connector wasn't seated correctly and popped off! Three or four litres of at-temp coolant sprayed all over the engine and road. [sigh] Empty reservoir... Rip into the engine bay again... take out the return hard water pipe and remove all traces of paint that I thought was a brilliant idea. VW OEM quick connectors DO NOT like any extra layers of paint to make up for a bad aftermarket quick connector. Removed all paint... I basically had to stand on the pipe to get it into the OEM quick connector. (thunk... yay!) and visually saw the clip seat in the groove. Next test drive.. and... STEAM everywhere and fogging up the view... What now?? Reservoir half empty.. The top of the return hose's squeeze-clamp snapped as it was 16 years old and simply wore out... the firewall was sprayed with more coolant... ok..

so new clamp... test... drive... hmmm

drive into town to go to work, come to a stoplight and STEAM! And smell that coolant in the vents... well... huh... this is getting crazy... So I came to work and let it cool off before I checked again. No coolant loss - not a drop. I think what happened was that some of the 3 or 4 litres of coolant that got trapped somewhere in the bay spilled onto the engine when I came to a stop at the light? I'll test again on the drive home.
 

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More activities planned for the weekend!
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My Dad had similar issues - give a serious look into a Reflexologist. After 4 years of injections with little improvement he went to see a Reflexologist and within 6 months was back to playing tennis with no pain. His issues weren't compounded by arthritis, but... think about it
Unfortunately, it's a degenerative disc issue in my neck, compounded with bone spurs. My Mom had it, at least one of my sisters has it too. I don't know if either ever had surgery, but they had pretty limited neck movement as it progressed.
 

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Unfortunately, it's a degenerative disc issue in my neck, compounded with bone spurs. My Mom had it, at least one of my sisters has it too. I don't know if either ever had surgery, but they had pretty limited neck movement as it progressed.
Sorry to hear that.
 
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Sold my son's 2000 V6 wagon today, same buyer as my wagon. 258K on it, but the interior looked great. We bought it 7 years ago with 147K on it. It caught fire on the test drive. He pulled up with some smoke under the hood and said the oil light flashed on a corner. It had not been started since April when my son came home from Ohio. The buyer went to check the oil while I looked to see where the smoke was coming from. Strong smell of burnt leaves and 4" flames coming from the top area of the cats behind the passenger side. Luckily, I had an extinguisher in the garage and it was out quickly. I then washed out the area with the hose set to blast. We ran it another 15 minutes and there was no smoke. I let him keep the extinguisher for his 20 mile drive home, he made it without issue.

Bentley manual, Haynes manual, spare new keyfob and a bunch of other small parts went with the car. I sold it as-is, I never even checked it after my son got back. It's leaking a little at the VCG and he was told the CV boots are going bad. The one year old battery was shot, I pulled it out 2 days ago (and have been regretting it since), but they did not have any replacements in stock. It's under warranty along with the axles, so the buyer can swap it out for free. Timing belt was done 2019 as well as all 4 brakes (including hoses). Ran great after a little while and the trans fluid/filter was changed again last year. The clearcoat is gone off the roof and half gone off the hood. I've done a ton of work to it each summer he came home as I expected he would keep it for another 2-3 years before it died.

He will be taking our 05 Golf 2.slow that we bought new in Oct 2004. It has 64K on it and once I get my neck shot up with steroids and painkillers, I have to change the timing belt, maybe rear brakes, door lock modules, headliner, oil dipstick and whatever else I find that can go bad in the next 25K he may do in a year. Tires are brand new and it has a GTI suspension with Neuspeed front and rear sway bars.
 

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So that leaves you with what now, the Tiguan and the salvage car?
 

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So it weren't easy, but she's in.
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Got it bolted together, oil pump on with new orings. Just have to finish bolting up and test it out. Going to also change the timing belt while at it, no clue when it was done last. The owner is super happy to have her car back.
That looks like a brand new upper pan.
 
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So that leaves you with what now, the Tiguan and the salvage car?
Yes, salvage car will go away next month too. I am using it for parts storage and have to remove them all before it's hauled away. Who knows, maybe underscore will take it too! It has a non-repairable title.
 

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Yes, salvage car will go away next month too. I am using it for parts storage and have to remove them all before it's hauled away. Who knows, maybe underscore will take it too! It has a non-repairable title.
What are you gonna do with all that garage space?
 
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