52 plate A2 1.6 FSI head gasket/cracked head or something else?


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just picked up a 52 plate A2, 1.6 FSI (BAD engine code) 91k miles full audi/specialist history

not running, the previous owner said he came out to it one morning and the coolant light was on, so he topped it up, ended up needing a lot of coolant, tried to start it, nothing, not even starter spinning

called the AA, they diagnosed a head gasket, towed to the garage, and not touched since

just removed the head, bores are full of oil/water mix, crank case full of the very same

head looks like new (havent pressure tested it yet), surface of the block look fine, bores all good

head gasket hasnt really given any clue to if its failed

question is, where is this huge volume of water likely to have come from?

oil cooler? cracked head? cracked block? head gasket?

are the fsi engine known for any likely faults?


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Have you had any success?
I have similiar issues with my 1.6
Im cosidering an engine swap or sale for spares which would break my heart.
Let me know how it goes!


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I may have the same problem. Had head gasket skimmed and it still overheats.
How much did a new engine cost and getting it fitted?
Any tips on finding an engine?
Do you know why these 1.6 fsi have overheating issues, I wonder if thers any preventive ideas to stop this happening in future?