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1 leaf + snow + Plenum chamber = biblical flood.

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    Posted: 13 Dec 2017 at 6:18pm
After the recent snow storm I experienced a flood whilst driving.

I brought the car to vw and they told me the plenum seems to be blocked and that even a single leaf can cause this kind of damage.

I'm a bit dumbfounded cause I was under the impression they were more robust. My family have owned countless VAGs for much longer then this and this has never been an issue. I appreciate I should have checked more often, but there didn't appear to be many leaves under the bonnet.

They want £650 (haggled down) to dry out the carpets and water test the car.

It's still under warranty, but this isn't covered.

Is this a fair price?

I've seen other posts where it looks as if some may have gotten vw to so this for free but not much more info on them..

Would I be better off hiring a dehumidifier from selco or ripping out the carpet and drying it myself?

Would appreciate any advice. I know I'm stupid. I love my up and it's sick.

Edited by Chirish - 13 Dec 2017 at 6:23pm
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I see they still haven't fixed this common VAG problem, which was notorious on the B5 Passat and related models. A fellow motorist once flagged me down to say that he had seen several litres of water coming out of the side of the bonnet of my B5.5 Passat when I went round a roundabout.

Your best bet is to find out if others are affected and then take that evidence to the dealer. There may be a simple fix to stop this recurring - on the Passat it was simply to remove the rubber grommets in the plenum drain holes. I certainly wouldn't pay them to dry out your carpets!


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P.S. This will give you a flavour of what we are talking about for the Passat:

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