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Hi All,<p>I posted a while back about an oil leak I found at the rear of my car (at the time I thought that was were the Angle Gear was and that was the title of my post).<p>I took it in last weekend, believing the leak to just be a gasket/seal and to get my reverse lights and sensors to work (all my reverse oriented electronics seems to have gone out). Dealer had it all day and calls me at the end of the day telling me they don't know why none of my reverse item aren't working and mumble something about the ECU being weird. Then they tell me the leak in my rear differential is "internal" and that it is not a seal. The crazyness is that they claim they will have to install a whole new rear differential (over $5K!!) to fix the leak!!!!<p>Needless to say I was a little disappointed that they had the car all day and didn't get anywhere with it. Now I am waiting on the part to come in and hopefully they will be able to do the install correctly and get my damn reverse lights and park assist to work again.<p>Anyways, just wanted to share my ordeal.<p>FYI, I do have CPO so I'm not paying for any of it <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Leaking Rear Differential Follow Up (so_calR)

Lack of anything working in the rear sounds like the reverse sensor. (Thingy on / near the shifter that tells the ECU that you have placed the car in reverse gear, thereby activating all the rear stuff). <p>$5k?!?! PLEASE, PLEASE tell me that they are covering that under warranty?!?! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>-Steve
 

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With the Reverse Sensor, I told them to look there (I was given some advice on here that the most likely culprit for my reverse issue was that sensor) and they claim they "did" and it wasn't the issue (I am very doubtful about this). They tried to tell me it was the ECU, but this doesn't seem right. The ECU is a computer and it shouldn't have issues if its inputs are fine. Faulty inputs will cause software to error, software won't just stop working all of a sudden without some sort of stimuli. **edit: assuming the software is good in the first place**<p>As for the $5K, it is under warranty so not my problem thank goodness.<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by so_calR at 11:52 AM 7-23-2009</i>
 

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So, fixing a leak in one part of your drive train is going to cost (or would cost if you had to pay for it) is about 20-25% of the value of the car!?! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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LOL, right.<p>I am interested to see, after the labor hours are put in, how much the whole thing is going to cost...which also leads me to wonder what the most expensive fix has ever been on these cars (that someone has actually paid for or warranty has paid for)?? <p>The main reason it's so expensive is that instead of fixing the actual part that might be bad (still don't know what they mean by "internal" leak) they are actually shipping in a whole new rear differential unit, so the whole rear end drive train is getting replaced.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>so_calR</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">LOL, right.<p>I am interested to see, after the labor hours are put in, how much the whole thing is going to cost...<b>which also leads me to wonder what the most expensive fix has ever been on these cars (that someone has actually paid for or warranty has paid for)??</b> <p>The main reason it's so expensive is that instead of fixing the actual part that might be bad (still don't know what they mean by "internal" leak) they are actually shipping in a whole new rear differential unit, so the whole rear end drive train is getting replaced.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I never saw an actual price quote (I do have the service receipt tho) - but my engine replacement (with a brand new unit) must have easily run over $10k + $2k more for the new clutch/flywheel (engine was covered by warranty, I paid out of pocket for the clutch/flywheel)
 
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