I brought my GTI in for service today after I noticed a small fluid leak from the front side of the engine over the weekend. Since I have a Certified Pre-Owned car (03 GTI VR6 w/ 59K miles), I brought it right to the dealership. After checking it over all day I get a call and I'm told that the timing chain cover seal is leaking. I asked what's involved and they said it's a 12.5 hour job and they must pull the engine to replace the seal. I ask if this is covered by my CPO warranty and I'm told that a similar car with the same problem last week was denied coverage!!! My service writer will talk with the warranty clerk in the morning to verify, but he's not holding his breath.
12.5 hours of labor at $125/hour =
Anyone else had this issue before? Is the 12.5 hour estimate and pulling the engine correct? Was it covered under either the new car warranty or the CPO?