Touareg: 2005 V8
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Sandy, UT
Second Vehicle: Other
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Put a new engine in my water damaged Touareg???
Sadly, I recently destroyed my Reg's engine by going through a pool of water that was deceptively deep, causing non-repairable hydro lock. She sat in the water for about an hour, with minimal intrusion of water into the passenger compartment (some dampness in the passenger side carpet). A shop was able to get it briefly started, and there doesn't APPEAR to be any damage to the electrical system. A VW tech looked at and doesn't think there is any electrical damage, but said they can't be sure until it had a functioning engine in it. (Neither the insurance company nor I was considering putting a new engine in at that point, so it probably hasn't had a super thorough inspection or whatever diagnostics they might be able to do yet.)
I'm told a new engine installed (by a VW dealership) is $13K, but the value of the vehicle is only around $11K, so the insurance company has determined that it is "totalled". They would sell it back to me for $2k. I have a good mechanic (non-dealership) that might be able to do it a bit cheaper, but I haven't spoken to them yet).
Aside from this fatigue-caused lapse of judgement, I've taken good care of my baby, and I'm really not very interested in buying a used Touareg of unknown history. I have also poured a ton of money into her in the last 6 months (I was planning on driving her into the ground, not into a pool), including:
- Both fuel pumps replaced 5,000 miles ago
- Replaced brake pads and rotors (Altetta Truck Parts kit offered here, which I'm very happy with) about 3,000 miles ago.
- Bought a fifth full size spare, and put Nitto Terra Grapplers on all 5 wheels - only 5,000 miles on 4 of them
- Timing belt was also replaced about 15,000 miles ago
So, doing the math, for about $4k, I'd have a virtually new Touareg.
MY QUESTION IS: What are people's thoughts on the risk of putting a new engine in it, only to find there may be other damage? To the electrical system? What about other things, like exhaust system (she belched out a lot of water when the got it started, but I am in the dry climate of Utah so hopefully optimal for any drying)? Other risks?
My shameful pics are attached so you see the depth of the water. It was effectively a little deeper when she went in due to nose down decent into the water.
Many thanks in advance.
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