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VW MKVI-A6 Golf family including Jetta SportWagen (~ 2010-2014) Discussions area for A6/MkVI (2010-2014) Golf and Golf Wagons (Jetta Sportwagon in the USA).

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Old January 12th, 2020, 14:41   #1
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Fellow TDI drivers. Has anyone experienced heater core problems with their 2014 Golf TDI? Mine is scheduled to be replaced Tuesday. I understand 2014 Jettas were vulnerable. Thank you for any input. The Golf has 82K miles.
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Old January 13th, 2020, 06:17   #2
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I have a 2012 golf and mine had to be replaced. It sounds like a pretty common thing on the mk6 cars, especially with them sitting for long periods during dieselgate. Was yours CPO? Mine was covered so it was only the $50 deductible to replace.
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Old January 13th, 2020, 09:17   #3
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Seems like this might be a thing with the MKVI platform cars. Guy over on bobistheoilguy just had to replace his heater core on I think a '15 Jetta 1.8T w/58k miles. His lovely VW service department mentioned to him that he had never flushed his coolant......glad to see terrible VW service departments are still out there going strong.

For some reason i recall reading that the dieselgate warranty was expanded at some point to include heater cores if they went bad but don't quote me on that, may have been something I dreamed up.
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Old January 13th, 2020, 10:11   #4
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Is yours leaking or plugged? I read somewhere that the newer years used a soldier flux that caused a acidic corrotion build up that plugged the heater core. Is your heater running cold? Youtube has multiple heater core backflush vidios, seems to really work.

I confirmed my 2011 with 75k condition by using a coolant temp. Gauge in the center vent/full heat on low speed. It maxes 10* +- cooler (180*) than full engine temp of 190* (acording to dash).

I havent got around to it yet but I want to check the PH level before a good maintenance flush.
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Old January 13th, 2020, 16:20   #5
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I am sorry. CPO? My car got the fix. Might be going to dealer tomorrow. Estimate is 1K. Yikes.
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Old January 14th, 2020, 08:28   #6
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I bought mine certified pre-owned (CPO) from VW. Heater core was replaced for only the $50 deductible. $1k seems steep and no fun at all. Good luck!
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Old January 14th, 2020, 09:37   #7
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Wow. I am the original owner, post fix. The car went to the dealership today, and had a heat core I bought and brought sitting on the passenger seat. Dealer couldn't get a VW core for 3 or 4 weeks. It's cold here. 3 mechanics refused to get involved. I am just hoping maybe the heater core failure is covered under the extended warranty. 2014 Golf 6m.
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Old January 14th, 2020, 13:25   #8
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The heater core is 1.4hr labor on these cars. They are not hard. There is no need to take hardly anything apart. The dash does not come out. The heater case does not come out. The core slides out of a slot in the side by the pedals.

Where is this crazy nonsense of $1000 estimate coming around? That is ridiculous. List price for a brand new OEM core from Volkswagen is less than $240. Aftermarket offerings, but for half the price (and are often from Valeo, which is who made most of them in the first place).

I really would like to see how 1.4 hours of labor, some coolant, a couple o-rings, and a heater core, can come to a whopping $1000. These dealers should be ashamed of this crap. All the later VAG products are mostly arranged the same way. A5+ Golf, Jetta, Eos, Tiguan, even some of the newer longitudinal cars like the Audi A4, etc. are like this too. Easy peasy.
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The heater core is 1.4hr labor on these cars. They are not hard. There is no need to take hardly anything apart. The dash does not come out. The heater case does not come out. The core slides out of a slot in the side by the pedals.

Where is this crazy nonsense of $1000 estimate coming around? That is ridiculous. List price for a brand new OEM core from Volkswagen is less than $240. Aftermarket offerings, but for half the price (and are often from Valeo, which is who made most of them in the first place).

I really would like to see how 1.4 hours of labor, some coolant, a couple o-rings, and a heater core, can come to a whopping $1000. These dealers should be ashamed of this crap. All the later VAG products are mostly arranged the same way. A5+ Golf, Jetta, Eos, Tiguan, even some of the newer longitudinal cars like the Audi A4, etc. are like this too. Easy peasy.

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Old January 15th, 2020, 05:08   #10
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As a previous owner of several older A3 VW's I think it's smart on VW's part to make heater cores easily replaceable.
Maybe some dealers are making up for the time spent on A3's. LOL
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I got screwed and didn't enjoy it.
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Where is this crazy nonsense of $1000 estimate coming around? That is ridiculous.
Probably the same place as my $600 and 3 hr estimate to fix my ABS sensor error.
It took me 30 mins and $34 to fix.
There is a reason I don't go to the stealership.
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Probably the same place as my $600 and 3 hr estimate to fix my ABS sensor error.
It took me 30 mins and $34 to fix.
There is a reason I don't go to the stealership.
I worked dealerships for a 7 year period in the past. The horror stories Ive witnessed... Although there can be the rare dealership exception. IMO Ill only use them to statigically apply warrenty. Unfortunately my experiance finding good qualified VW techs more often than not in a general repair shop.
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I got screwed and didn't enjoy it.
That sucks . I find dealers usually have good prices on one or two services, like loss leaders. For example they charge me $100 for oil + fuel filter change, but they quote my friend 9k to replace k03s on a b5 S4.

Idk what in the world costs so much about the heater core. Nothing at all like an F-body or an F150 where the entire dash comes out. I just watched a guy on YT get his out in 17 mins.
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