I own a MkII Jetta, so I'm a member here. A buddy at work has a 2003 Passat VR6 Sedan. He parked the car in the driveway last Friday and when his wife went to go shopping on Saturday, it wouldn't start.
She says the dash lights lit up, but no crank / no start. He went out and indeed it did not start. He said while looking around he noticed a smell of smoke from around the firewall. His wife insisted they look at new cars, and they ended up buying a new Honda that same day. The plates and registration were transferred to the new Honda.
He wants the car gone and offered it to me for $1,000.
Now, I know this is a pretty vague description of the problem, but since he doesn't live very close, I figured I would ask if there is a common problem to these cars? Where should I start looking?
I'm not an idiot (despite what my previous writings imply) and I worked as an auto mechanic for around 10 years ending in 1994. I know that he maintained the car very well. It has 180K, has had the timing belt done twice, the a/c compressor done twice, and a recent repair or two that I can't remember. I'm just trying to get my head around if I want to get started on another car / project.
Thanks in advance for any helpful advice.