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    Thread: Fair price to replace thermostat on a 1.8t?

    1. 08-04-2008 05:03 PM #1
      Dealer is quoting me $285 to replace the thermostat on my 2003 Passat wagon with 1.8t motor. Looks like the thermostat lists for $28 and can be bought for $15 on line. Any reason I should pay another $250 for labor?

      Thanks,

      Jim


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      08-04-2008 06:04 PM #2
      Are you even somewhat mechanicly inclined? If so this is a fairly simple job, and can be done in less than an hour. Just remember you'll need some coolant too, because you will lose some once you remove the old housing.

    3. 08-04-2008 11:21 PM #3
      This is the RIGHT way to go about dealing with these people!

      http://en.allexperts.com/q/Vol...g.htm

      This is with a 1.8T jetta though it should be the same for a passat 1.8T the location and procedure seems like something even I wouldn't want to tackle as a seasoned DIYer although it is the thing you'd need to replace to get the stealer the most money!

      http://www.volkswagentalk.com/....html


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      08-05-2008 02:08 AM #4
      Quote, originally posted by JimMartin »
      Any reason I should pay another $250 for labor?

      Thanks,

      Jim

      because people in the past have payed that much and they figure they can get more people too?

      I don't know but it's actually laughable they would charge that much.

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      08-05-2008 07:06 AM #5
      It is a fairly labor intensive effort. I'd bet book time of two hours minimum.

      http://www.passatworld.com/for...66611


    6. 08-05-2008 08:07 AM #6
      Agree...it's funny how most folks think the labor is the same for a Passat as it is for Jetta. The motor is longitudinal vs. lateral, makes so much difference on most engine parts. Especially timing belt jobs - a real treat on a Passat vs. Jetta.

    7. 08-05-2008 03:45 PM #7
      Quote, originally posted by Donuts »
      It is a fairly labor intensive effort. I'd bet book time of two hours minimum.

      http://www.passatworld.com/for...66611

      Book rate on a TSTAT for a 1.8T AUG engine is 2.6 hours. I got them to do it for half that in conjunction with the full timing belt experience, but according to the mech there is no real overlap in labor. Apparently varies significantly based on engine code, as some earlier 1.8T owners have said they replaced theirs in 20 minutes. On mine, they had to remove the alternator.


    8. 08-08-2008 09:50 AM #8
      Here is a writeup I did for replacing my thermostat on my 2002 1.8t. it was pretty easy and yes you do need to buy coolant. It took me about 30 minutes and I did not have to remove the alternator.

      http://www.passatworld.com/for...50868


    9. 08-09-2008 08:11 PM #9
      Quote, originally posted by King Gordon »
      Here is a writeup I did for replacing my thermostat on my 2002 1.8t. it was pretty easy and yes you do need to buy coolant. It took me about 30 minutes and I did not have to remove the alternator.

      http://www.passatworld.com/for...50868

      Cool - makes me wonder why the book rate on tstat replacement on the AUG engine is 2.6 hours. I saw it with my own eyes. But like I said, he did it for half that (1.3 hours) which isn't too terrible I guess. The mech did remark it was a real PITA on my engine.


    10. 10-07-2008 12:31 PM #10
      Ugh
      I am about to leave for the stealership. They replaced the T sensor under warranty, but the CEL is back on for the same reason.
      I am going to see if they effed up the T sensor installation, but fear they will say Tstat!

      Trying to decide to just Not go and replace Tstat and see if all is well after that.


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