i had posted earlier about my passat motor death. to what i have received from the tech here in germany, the motors have been manufactured in a different location and the problem has been fixed. the fault was started in the Emden plant in northern germany and was a design flaw. this flaw has been fixed in the new motors that go into the passat cheyene and the Q7. the reason that VW did not do a recall is because to do a recall for 20000 motors would not be cost effective so they waited until the motors broke down and then they replaced them. kind of a crazy thing but this is what i have been told.
VW replaced the motor without conflict and it took 4 days to get my car back. the car now runs and i am having to take it easy because of a wear in period. i will post pics and data on another thread concerning the pics of the failure and the data that i have received from the tech.