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I just bought a pre owned VW Atlas 2018 model 3.6 V6 from a VW dealer which had come off of a lease. The truck was in great shape and had only 50,000 KMS (31000 Miles) and was selling at a decent price so I bought it. I have driven it around 1000 Kms since i bought it (approx 1 Month in) and over the weekend I noticed 3 small drops of a brownish liquid on the ground, on the left side (if your facing the front). I raised the vehicle up with a jack and couldnt see much due to the protective shield covering the bottom. I put my camera through one of the holes at the bottom and tried taking a picture of where the leak could be coming from. The SUV does not have any engine light etc on and since that day i havent seen any other leak. Does anyone have an idea of what this is? is it an oil leak or coolant leak? I have attached a photo.
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That is likely coolant - I know it shoudl be pink but after it leaks like that it will appear in color to be similar to oil. That's likely the water pump leaking. I had mine replaced with the exact same issue/look to the fluid. Fixed under warranty. You are still under warranty so in to the dealer you go!
 

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That is likely coolant - I know it shoudl be pink but after it leaks like that it will appear in color to be similar to oil. That's likely the water pump leaking. I had mine replaced with the exact same issue/look to the fluid. Fixed under warranty. You are still under warranty so in to the dealer you go!
That is likely coolant - I know it shoudl be pink but after it leaks like that it will appear in color to be similar to oil. That's likely the water pump leaking. I had mine replaced with the exact same issue/look to the fluid. Fixed under warranty. You are still under warranty so in to the dealer you go!
I'll concede to your expertise but the circled area to the right of the image looks like the leak is above the water pump pulley which is directly above the AC Compressor pulley at the bottom center of the image. I maintain that it's oil. Hope the OP updates after he (hopefully) lets the dealer look at it.
 

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I'll concede to your expertise but the circled area to the right of the image looks like the leak is above the water pump pulley which is directly above the AC Compressor pulley at the bottom center of the image. I maintain that it's oil. Hope the OP updates after he (hopefully) lets the dealer look at it.
Could be but that's exactly where mine was leaking from and I told my guy at the dealer it had an oil leak and when I got it back he noted that it's often confused for oil but it was the water pump.
 

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That is likely coolant - I know it shoudl be pink but after it leaks like that it will appear in color to be similar to oil. That's likely the water pump leaking. I had mine replaced with the exact same issue/look to the fluid. Fixed under warranty. You are still under warranty so in to the dealer you go!
Sadly the warranty that the dealer gave was only 30 days and I bought the car Sept 27th. I’ll give them a call tomorrow and see what can be done. Now I’m regretting not taking this 2 year warranty for $2000 grand.
 

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I'll concede to your expertise but the circled area to the right of the image looks like the leak is above the water pump pulley which is directly above the AC Compressor pulley at the bottom center of the image. I maintain that it's oil. Hope the OP updates after he (hopefully) lets the dealer look at it.
Thank you both for the info and advice, I’ll update y’all after I see the dealer. I hope this isn’t going to be too pricey.
 

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Your 2018 has a 6/72 B2B warranty from VW...
Is that warranty transferable to a new owner? fwiw, for anyone else considering buying a used Atlas (or any VW) from a dealer, buy the 2-year warranty. I am so glad we did. We had to replace the AC compressor and the driver's door lock assembly. The AC compressor replacement alone was almost $1500 once labour and taxes were figured in. Only thing we found it didn't cover was the battery replacement.
 

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Is that warranty transferable to a new owner? fwiw, for anyone else considering buying a used Atlas (or any VW) from a dealer, buy the 2-year warranty. I am so glad we did. We had to replace the AC compressor and the driver's door lock assembly. The AC compressor replacement alone was almost $1500 once labour and taxes were figured in. Only thing we found it didn't cover was the battery replacement.
Manufacturer's warranties always follow the vehicle for all brands here in the U.S.

On the dealer-sold warranties...always just a math question of cost vs. risk. I never buy them but your results may vary obviously and some folks make out with them. On my Golf Sportwagen, it would have saved me nearly $4K for a timing chain issue. That's the first time in my life I ever would have "won" with an extended/additional warranty. In the end, I'm ahead overall not buying them.
 

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Hello Folks,

I just bought a pre owned VW Atlas 2018 model 3.6 V6 from a VW dealer which had come off of a lease. The truck was in great shape and had only 50,000 KMS (31000 Miles) and was selling at a decent price so I bought it. I have driven it around 1000 Kms since i bought it (approx 1 Month in) and over the weekend I noticed 3 small drops of a brownish liquid on the ground, on the left side (if your facing the front). I raised the vehicle up with a jack and couldnt see much due to the protective shield covering the bottom. I put my camera through one of the holes at the bottom and tried taking a picture of where the leak could be coming from. The SUV does not have any engine light etc on and since that day i havent seen any other leak. Does anyone have an idea of what this is? is it an oil leak or coolant leak? I have attached a photo. View attachment 3043
I had oily brown fluid leaking from the drivers side on our 2020 Cross Sport SEL R-Line 3.6L this summer (2022). It started as a minor drip and worsened until it was leaving puddles, especially after a trip from Minneapolis to Door County WI. I brought it into our dealer and they diagnosed and fixed it quickly:
"Inspected and verified concern. Fount the leak to be ATF coming from a cross over pipe on the top of the transmission. Replaced pipe, cleaned oil residue and topped off transmission fluid, test drove and released vehicle."

The repair described was performed in a couple hours. I haven't seen a drop of fluid since then.
 
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