I would guess that they told you "new" but it was actually "reman."
The same happened to me - broken off bolt - at 75k miles.
So I was out of warrenty and fought hard to get my cost down to 30% of total. And I was told by many persons that I needed and would get a new motor; but then found that they cannot even provide a truly new motor. Attached parts were new or mine that were not hurt.
Production Date: 03/2006
Failure: oil pump/timing gear bolt failure
Mileage on motor ~ 41,000 Miles
3.6 4Motion fixed under warranty and runs fine. Took approx. 4 days in VW shop. Replaced various parts and not a rebuild. Dealership was very good to deal with
Modified by toogrumpy at 10:05 AM 4-13-2010
Modified by toogrumpy at 10:15 AM 4-13-2010
im looking to buy an 06 passat i do alot of driving all over new england and the tri state area is this really something to worry about i have the vin#WVWBU73C06P161766 do we kno if there is a certain factory that it is happening to. is it still a good idea to buy this car
So I had never heard of this problem till I was on the Touareg forum. A guy posted about the oil pump bolts failing on the 3.6's
Now that I am on this thread everyone here seems to own a Passat. Did the Touaregs suffer from this problem?
Thank you, and Good Luck
So at 50k I am unhappily a new member of the failed oil pump bolt club. I am trying to get VW to do the right thing and replace the engine. They have stated that the only course of action right now is to replace the pump, chain and tensioner. I cant see how the engine can be any good after the bolt sheered off. For those that did not have the engine replaced how is your car running now? Just feels like the car will be a ticking time bomb. Unless they do a compression test and rip the engine down to its core I wont feel comfortable. How off am I on that feeling?
This is the second time this has happened with VW. First we lost a tdi engine and now this one. I have all but lost faith in VW. Minus a small miracle I will never buy another.
I will work on getting the details and post the information out here...
I've a '08 3.6 put together in Emden. Still going strong. Bought the car new and the oil's been changed fairly consistenly at 5k. Runs great, so far. It sounds like the problem could be related to early production. You would think they would get a hand on the source!
I didn't post my first one, '06 Passat 4Motion, 30 K check oil pressure warning and noisy valve train. Dealer dissassembled, told by VWoA(c) to stop looking further when filing were found in oil pan. New long block installed under warranty. Latest 07' Passat Wagon 4Motion, 71 K. Same story, different book. Oil light came on while driving, car sounds like a diesel. Dealer assured me after first engine failure that this was *rare*. If all turns out good, post will stop, if VWoA(C) disavows themselves of this known problem will post further. I've taken stats, VW suggested that 1/1000 engines fail, probability of 2 is 1/1000000, maybe I should take up playing lotteries.
If it helps anyone, the engine started to bog 2-3 days before catastrophic failure. Only had issues with engine performance below 3K rpm. Car would not hold cruise uphill after this started. CEL came on, but did not flash, suspected EGR error as light had previously been cleared due to EGR fault diagnosis.
Well, VWoC came back, told me that was what warranty was for, denied all responsibility. Dealer recommended replacing engine. Quoted $17,000 for replacment, knocked it down to $16,000. Not the dealer's fault, but definitely VW's fault. I'm sending it to a third party to have the engine replaced or redone, I will never deal with VW again, that is my last VW product. The only time my A6 will see an Audi dealership is when the CEL comes on and I have a warranty claim. Looks like I'm moving over to BMW.
Wanted to post this to inform that we may have some gold at the end of the rainbow....finally.
Good luck! If you thought Germans built junk the Japanese and Domestics are not better! This is 2012 where cars are built by bean counters.If you want a solid car that was built like a tank then you have to go back in time, not switch platforms. Volkswagen stopped building reliable cars in 1992. Family member has a CTS and from day one has had nothing but issues (and issues that will make your hair stand up i.e. merging onto a highway and power shuts off...no throttle control ).
Still one of the most reliable volkswagen's I have ever owned has been the B6 3.6 the last one being a MKII Gti.Other than a failed coil pack and 2 sets of control arm bushings , it has been pretty sound.
MKIV 1.8T's were plagued with faulty coil packs and PCV failures
MKV's - fuel pump followers & camshafts
MKVI's - dual mass flywheels - pcv issues.
When Volkswagen introduced the MKII's the only issues I could even remember the tech's @ our garage complain about was CIS and G60 failures. This is straying off topic but all in all compared to other brands , VW's are still very well built and if you would like to sample another non-german brand then by all means go right ahead but dont expect miracles.
I just did the bolt on my wife's 07 passat 4mo wagon . Had 150358 kms @ 90000 miles or so . Bolt had walked out about 20mm of thread . Gears were wobbling around . Actually had damage on teeth and keyway areas . I changed the bolt , gears , oil pump , chains and all guides/tensioners . The car did give me warning though , I had a cam sensor code . I tried a sensor cause it was cheap but of course as I had assumed not the issue . I couldn't have been that lucky . It's been up and running for two weeks since the repair . All seems good except idle is a bit rough . Had a misfire code cyl3 swapped coil with cyl1 , disappeared .
Did the control arm bushings and subframe shims and an alignment while all was apart . Hope the car behaves itself now . Next money going on it some hankooks with studs.