Australian Car Repair Issues? Ask an Auto Mechanic for Answers ASAP
Hi Erik. Glad to hear that you were able to determine what the problem was.. Sorry to hear that it's not a simple fix. To answer your question, I am unsure of what is available in New Zealand. Here in the states, we have Jasper Engines, and multiple other places to obtain a short block, but I rarely use any of them. I usually rebuild my own engines and use a local machine shop for any machine work that I need done. If the block is damaged, then I usually pick up another engine off craigslist or the junk yard and tear it apart for the parts I need. As far as what VW has done to address this issue, or what other engines may be a perfect swap, I can't honestly say as I don't know. I would suggest calling VW customer care and addressing this with them.