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Car is done...here is a list of what was done.

Picking it up Monday & praying they did not damage bumper or anything they removed...All the cylinders except 1 & 3 had coolant in them & cylinder head was warped. What a joke that they could have this problem for almost 2 years & not catch it during assembly...makes you wonder.

03H-103-063-AG
Labor Type: WV03 Part Description
Qty List CYL HEAD 1
N-101-243-06 BOLT 1
03H-121-041-A WASHER 1
03H-121-041-B WASHER 1
095-323-971 SEAL RING 2
WHT-005-184 SEAL RING 1
N-908-946-01 NUT 12
N-910-717-01 BOLT 2
N-101-244-08 BOLT 8
N-911-180-01 BOLT 2
N-106-221-01 BOLT 3
WHT-005-465 BOLT 13
03H-121-041 WASHER 1
N-107-418-01 BOLT 7
03H-109-140-B GASKET 1
03H-133-237-E GASKET 1
03H-133-237-G GASKET 4
03H-133-237-D GASKET 1
03H-133-237-J GASKET 2
03H-145-113 GASKET 1
WHT-005-466 BOLT 7
03H-198-149 GASKET SET 3
03H-198-149-A GASKET SET 3
03H-133-322-H HOSE 1
03H-109-091 GASKET 2
WHT-000-729-A BOLT 3
03H-253-050-D GASKET 1
03H-253-039-H GASKET 1
D-176-501-A1 SEALANT 1
03H-103-383-K GASKET 1
03H-103-483-E GASKET 1
G-013-A8J-1G COOL.ADD. 1
03H-115-562 FILTERELEM 1
N-908-132-02 SCREW 1
5W40 SYNTHETIC OIL 60
5Q0-819-644-A POL FILTER 1
03H-109-507-A TENSIONER 1
03H-121-118 CONNECTION 1
D-454-300-A2 SEALANT 1
N-104-514-05 BOLT 2
N-105-821-03 SCREW 2
N-106-139-01 BOLT 1
N-902-929-03 BOLT 2
N-909-658-02 BOLT 1
N-909-658-02 BOLT 3
03F-919-501-B SENDER 1
3939 Verified customer concern of coolant smell with no leaks present. Pressure tested system and verified no leaks under pressure, Kept pressure tester on and removed ignition coils and spark plugs to check for leakage into cylinders. Found cylinders 2, 4, 5, and 6 to have coolant leaking into cylinders. Removed battery, intake, battery tray, both front wheels, wheel liners, radiator grille, front bumper cover, lower engine cover, upper intake manifold, vacuum pump, high pressure fuel pump, lower fuel rail, lower intake manifold, upper fuel rail, valve cover, catalytic converter heat shield, cats from head, upper timing chain cover, cam adjusters, timed engine, cam bridge, vacuum pump sprocket, removed cylinder head. Check cylinder head for distortion and found .127mm distortion. (max .05mm). Replaced cylinder head, cylinder head gasket, valve cover gasket,
 

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Car is done...here is a list of what was done.

Picking it up Monday & praying they did not damage bumper or anything they removed...All the cylinders except 1 & 3 had coolant in them & cylinder head was warped. What a joke that they could have this problem for almost 2 years & not catch it during assembly...makes you wonder.

03H-103-063-AG
Labor Type: WV03 Part Description
Qty List CYL HEAD 1
N-101-243-06 BOLT 1
03H-121-041-A WASHER 1
03H-121-041-B WASHER 1
095-323-971 SEAL RING 2
WHT-005-184 SEAL RING 1
N-908-946-01 NUT 12
N-910-717-01 BOLT 2
N-101-244-08 BOLT 8
N-911-180-01 BOLT 2
N-106-221-01 BOLT 3
WHT-005-465 BOLT 13
03H-121-041 WASHER 1
N-107-418-01 BOLT 7
03H-109-140-B GASKET 1
03H-133-237-E GASKET 1
03H-133-237-G GASKET 4
03H-133-237-D GASKET 1
03H-133-237-J GASKET 2
03H-145-113 GASKET 1
WHT-005-466 BOLT 7
03H-198-149 GASKET SET 3
03H-198-149-A GASKET SET 3
03H-133-322-H HOSE 1
03H-109-091 GASKET 2
WHT-000-729-A BOLT 3
03H-253-050-D GASKET 1
03H-253-039-H GASKET 1
D-176-501-A1 SEALANT 1
03H-103-383-K GASKET 1
03H-103-483-E GASKET 1
G-013-A8J-1G COOL.ADD. 1
03H-115-562 FILTERELEM 1
N-908-132-02 SCREW 1
5W40 SYNTHETIC OIL 60
5Q0-819-644-A POL FILTER 1
03H-109-507-A TENSIONER 1
03H-121-118 CONNECTION 1
D-454-300-A2 SEALANT 1
N-104-514-05 BOLT 2
N-105-821-03 SCREW 2
N-106-139-01 BOLT 1
N-902-929-03 BOLT 2
N-909-658-02 BOLT 1
N-909-658-02 BOLT 3
03F-919-501-B SENDER 1
3939 Verified customer concern of coolant smell with no leaks present. Pressure tested system and verified no leaks under pressure, Kept pressure tester on and removed ignition coils and spark plugs to check for leakage into cylinders. Found cylinders 2, 4, 5, and 6 to have coolant leaking into cylinders. Removed battery, intake, battery tray, both front wheels, wheel liners, radiator grille, front bumper cover, lower engine cover, upper intake manifold, vacuum pump, high pressure fuel pump, lower fuel rail, lower intake manifold, upper fuel rail, valve cover, catalytic converter heat shield, cats from head, upper timing chain cover, cam adjusters, timed engine, cam bridge, vacuum pump sprocket, removed cylinder head. Check cylinder head for distortion and found .127mm distortion. (max .05mm). Replaced cylinder head, cylinder head gasket, valve cover gasket,
Yup. A lot of atlas’ out there I’m with this repair. They need a recall. Ours had this exact same repair completed and then the coolant was low again. We took our loses and dumped it. Best decision ever
 

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So how quickly did your coolant drop after the repair? Man I hope I don’t have that issue too...

The Atlas SE Tech 4 motion loaner with 4,200 miles already has low coolant too, lower than mine. This was today before starting.
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So how quickly did your coolant drop after the repair? Man I hope I don’t have that issue too...

The Atlas SE Tech 4 motion loaner with 4,200 miles already has low coolant too, lower than mine. This was today before starting. View attachment 1159


It was low again within 2 weeks of picking it up from getting over $12k of repair work completed. I specifically asked before I left the service center if I should experience ANY coolant loss in the puke tank. They said NO. I confirmed there should be no pressure build up or additional coolant being pulled into the lines because it was all rebuilt and they assured me that my tank should stay full and they test drive it for xxx amount of miles to ensure it was in perfect working order. Well it wasn't in perfect working order and I was done with it, couldn't deal with the headache anymore.... Too many excuses on why coolant gets low. " low from the factory, cant find why, its a vw thing, its actually normal" All BS. I heard it for months and then i needed a complete engine rebuild along with a new transfer case.


Do your self a favor and take the kick in the shorts now, the resale value is horrible and will only get worse. Especially the more issues that arise and are public knowledge, the softer the market will get.
 

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Mine is a lease & it’s only 3 years so we will be ok & they discounted the car $9000 & interest rate is almost zero so as long as I get a loaner during warranty repairs we will be fine. Will run not walk away from lease & will not pay any disposition fee if it keeps having to be repaired. Really is a shame because I like how it looks & drives & fits our family’s needs quite well. I think a 2.0T Rline would be the ticket but not available yet.
Thanks for your input.
 

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Mine is a lease & it’s only 3 years so we will be ok & they discounted the car $9000 & interest rate is almost zero so as long as I get a loaner during warranty repairs we will be fine. Will run not walk away from lease & will not pay any disposition fee if it keeps having to be repaired. Really is a shame because I like how it looks & drives & fits our family’s needs quite well. I think a 2.0T Rline would be the ticket but not available yet.
Thanks for your input.
totally agree with you. We had very high hopes for the atlas and it fit our family of 6 very nice. Actually better than my wife’s Escalade esv we traded for it. Too bad it was junk and the model has too many serious issues to consider another one.
 

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So just picked it up. Fortunately looks like everything was installed nicely & other than some fingerprints no marks on the bumper, hood, or front fenders. Curiously the coolant level is at 3/4 mark when hot...I thought it would be at Max line. I wonder if that Max line is set when car is cold & has sat or if it supposed to be at normal operating temp with the car running? Guess I will ask the Service Advisor. They were kind enough to also fill the fuel tank.

Time will tell how it holds up. Dealer did mention they have done a ton as they service the LAX Rental
Fleet too so it looks like their Techs are well versed in this repair.
 

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I was in the waiting room and figured I’d check to see if my atlas sold on Carvana. It’s pending for $400 more than they paid me for it. But the funny thing is 4 of the 6 atlas’ they have for sale have had either coolant/head gasket , catalytic converter, and/or intake manifolds replaced according to their car faxes. The car fax for my old Atlas doesn’t tell a fraction of the issues it’s had. Makes me not believe in that service as much.


Another fun story about the major issues and headaches of these things. I could smell the coolant walking by a total strangers atlas a few weeks ago. They may want to get that looked at because it not “normal”.
 

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  • So two things I’ve noticed since head was replaced...
    1. While at a stop car will randomly have a miss..some days it does it more frequently & it feels like it’s underneath the car more than in front. Is that what the cats feel like when they go bad?
    2. Front suspension clunks over raised bumps & road imperfections. Fine on big bumps & dips but small things like reflectors make a sound that sounds like sway bar mounts or the springs rattling in their perches.
    I wonder if the warped head sucking coolant into 4 of 6 cylinders & spitting it out exhaust somehow fouled the cats...it would make sense as many people report problems after dealer visit & I bet most dealers top off coolant so more gets sucked in...
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Folks, check your coolant every fuel up - it's easy enough to pop the hood. I check my oil, coolant, and air pressure in my tires once every few weeks. Get some G13 rated coolant and some distilled water, mix up a 50 50 blend and keep an eye on it.
Not for nothing, but people buy new cars so they can expect trouble-free service for the first few years. Having to check the coolant level at every fill up, and top off as necessary is so 1970’s. A modern car, especially in the $40k range, should not be losing coolant.
 

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I have a 2018 and had the water pump replaced last year along with a bad battery, Dealership mentioned that there was a bad batch of batteries installed in some of the 2018 models. I also had the power drivers seat fail on me as well and they had to replace the module.
 

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Not for nothing, but people buy new cars so they can expect trouble-free service for the first few years. Having to check the coolant level at every fill up, and top off as necessary is so 1970’s. A modern car, especially in the $40k range, should not be losing coolant.
seriously... excellent solution to a major manufacturer issue lol.... I dont even need to do that on my 86' f 150 beater.
 
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