Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
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Advice re: 2004 V10 TDI with electrical issues
I have a 2004 V10 TDI with ~140k miles, which I donít drive much -- itís a backup vehicle for guests and whatnot. I recently discovered that a water leak in the rear-right trunk window has gotten into the nearby electronics, and tripped ďall of the alert codes,Ē according to my nearby VW Service shop in Oakland. (Iím in the SF Bay Area)
The engine is fine and the car drives normally, but it doesnít start reliably due to this issue. e.g. after a day or two, the little red lights in the doors that blink when itís locked, stop blinking. And the dash screen doesnít light up when I open the door, but does once I turn the key a few times while trying to start it.
I was hoping the official service shop could get it back in good order without spending a bunch of $ (hah!), but of course theyíre telling me it will be 5-6 hours (and likely $ thousands) just to pull up the carpet and check + fix all the sensors and alert codes that are currently erroring.
Iím wondering if anyone here has any advice, guidance, or ideas on what to try? Iíve sunk a fair amount of $ into the car over the years, and am definitely ready to part ways with it. e.g. I could spend $ a few hundred to get it back in working order, but not $ a few thousand.
Options Iím considering:
A dealership trade-in for a more practical (and cheaper to maintain) used car as my secondary fallback + guest vehicle?
Donating it via these charitable car donation programs, which seem like sort of a black hole as far as the ultimate value fetched via their auctions?
Selling it via something like Craigslist or eBay, and I would definitely disclose the current state of its service issue -- so maybe someone might want it for parts or the body? I dunno.
Thanks in advance for your input and advice!