I have a 2004 Passat W8 with around 80,000 miles. Without any warning at all, when driving on a local road, a message popped up on the dash screen that said STOP and, in substance, there is no oil pressure do not drive the car. I had the car towed to the dealer. They told me there was no oil pressure, but could not diagnose the problem unless they dropped the oil pan. After doing so, I was told that there was a catastrophic failure that they could not identify, there was metal filings in the engine, some metal pieces of the engine were missing, the engine was a total loss and I would have to pay $12,500 for a new engine, plus labor and other costs, if I wanted to get the car repaired. Having just paid $1,200 to replace a thermostat, and having purchased new tires and brakes in the last few months, this is all I had to hear. What made it even more frustrating was being told that they had no idea what caused the problem, and that no one will likely ever know.
I am hopping mad. Anybody hear of these issues with the W8? Anybody seeking legal recourse? Any groups coming together? Any advice on what I should do?