I did this job several years ago and I'm fairly sure I removed the intercooler. Unfortunately I have to do it again tomorrow (Saturday). I should know more tomorrow as I hope to get it all done in one day. Send me an email and we can exchange contact info in case you have questions. firstname.lastname@example.orgStarted disassembling my Passat on Wednesday but didnt have a whole lot of time. Got most of the hoses disconnected I believe. For those who have completed this on the 2012 Passat, did the entire intercooler have to be removed or just loosened? The triple squares are buried in there at a weird angle... Is it easiest to remove oil cooler and then the filter housing or is it completely doable to remove them as one? Hoping to get back to it Sunday, thanks again for any tips!!