Thermostat on 2003 Volkswagen Passat W8

I need to replace my thermostat - it is not warming up properly - how much should this cost me with labor and parts?

by in Reno, NV on December 07, 2009
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4 answers 1 comment
ANSWER by , December 18, 2010
The thermosstat in under the intake manifold on the top of the engine. The engine should not have to be removed, although, the thermostat is electronically controlled and is an expensive part.( A couple hundred dollars i think.) Are the fans running constantly? If so, try replacing the temp sensors first for approx $20.00-40.00 ea for parts. There are two.. Also you might want to try disconnecting the battery for a minute and see if the problem goes away.
ANSWER by , December 08, 2009
You should be able to look up an estimate for this job on RepairPal's estimator:
COMMENT by , December 08, 2009
Tried that and replacing the thermostat and the sensors was not an option on the repairpal estimator. My check engine light has been coming on and when they did the diagnostics it said that my engine was at 72 degrees celsius (I drove it over 40 minutes and in in the mountains).
ANSWER by , December 09, 2009
Hi Julie, Thanks for pointing this out, we have added this estimate to our RepairPrice Estimator, you can find it here:
ANSWER by , November 21, 2012
Dealer repair is $800. Takes one day.