We have 2001 Passat with 2.4l turbo engine with 160000 miles on it. It is a great car.
The car has had regular maintenance and a rash of expensive repairs in the last year.
The current problem is a second blown heater core ( first was 3 years ago) and the shop is telling me that they suspect that the head gasket is the cause. The oil has no indication that it has been mixing with the antifreeze so I am confused by this diagnosis. The car did not overheat - it just spewed smoke through the vents in the passenger compartment until It was brought to rest on the side of the road very quickly.
Does anyone have any suggestions? The bill is going to be over $2000.00- Fix it or no? The car is in great shape otherwise because of all the money that has been spent on it.