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Volkswagen Passat repairs by problem area

Engine (41%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (9%)

Brakes and Traction Control (8%)

Suspension and Steering (8%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (21%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (6%)

Other (6%)

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Volkswagen Passat brake repair cost distribution

$2500+ (4%)

$1000 - $2499 (15%)

$500 - $999 (23%)

$100 - $499 (41%)

< $100 (18%)

Chart based on 279 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2015 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

10000 mi Squeaking sound from left tyre audible at low speeds. Caliper was digging into the rotor and caused minor damage and caused squeaking. After repair, some noise gone, but still remains. Will take it back. 

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2014 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

5000 mi Traction control light illuminated, intermittently, when making right turns. Dealer could not reproduce problem. Dealer inspected, cleaned, and reinstalled speed sensors. Seems to have worked, problem gone. 

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2014 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 6-speed automated manual FWD

10000 mi Rear rotors gouged. 
21000 mi Rear rotors grooved for second time. Fought with VW to replace at 10k miles and they replaced rotors only. At 20k miles rotors grooved again. VW paying for rotors and pads this time. 
32000 mi

US $300
Brakes have always been weird on the car. Replaced rotors and pads all 4 corners. Brakes are still unusual. They grab a lot when slowing down all of a sudden. Almost feels like engine brake. 

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2013 Volkswagen Passat

Engine not specified

5000 mi no brakes at hi speed car would not stop in a panic situation, they are too small for the car very poor design dealer replaced rotors (4) and pads rotors had a build up on them they were not smooth 
31620 mi Squeaking front brakes, pads re-beded. 

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2013 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 6-speed automated manual FWD

11000 mi New front rotors were installed. 
33000 mi

US $200
rear brake pads and rotors replaced due to excessive squealing 
8700 mi Traction control seems to grab occasionally when slowing down from high speed, makes grinding noise at least. 
13500 mi Noticed scraping noise when driving, like metal on metal. Only audible with window down. Mech said noise from "rust ridge which is normal on these kinds of brakes." 
15300 mi Faulty ABS sensor causing stability control fault messages. ABS sensor was replaced under warranty 
20000 mi Bad plunger on clutch master cylinder. 

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2013 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 2.5L I5 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

70000 mi

US $250
Brakes and rotors replaced 
10000 mi You had to push very deep to get the brakes to apply. 
The brake pedal sticks to the floor after applied. Dealer said there was a leak in main cylinder. They replaced it but problem still exist. It is about go in the shop for 3rd time. 

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2012 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 6-speed automated manual FWD

21500 mi Brakes were vibrating on stops, due to warped front rotors 
42300 mi

US $1
Routine replacement of brake pads and rotors. 
123500 mi

US $300
New front rotors and pads 

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2012 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

280-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed automated manual FWD

53000 mi

US $500
Brake pads and rotors, all 4 wheels 

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2012 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 2.5L I5 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

40300 mi 1 front brake rotor warped. Repaired under warranty. 
46700 mi Rotors warped, repaired under warranty 
20000 mi Vibration in steering wheel when braking at high speed on highway. Dealer said brake pads were not covered by warranty and were functioning within spec. However was able to get VW to replace under warranty 

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2012 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 2.5L I5 5-speed manual FWD

77000 mi

US $50
Rear disc pads worn to metal; quote of 1200 for pads and discs. Did it myself for >50 with Wagner and Delco parts from Amazon. 

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2010 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed automated manual FWD

65000 mi

US $500
repaired worn rear brakes (rotors, pads, etc.) 

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2010 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed automated manual FWD

87420 mi Burning smell from front drivers side wheel which was also very hot to the touch. Replaced brake caliper that was stuck. 

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2009 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

27000 mi Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) module failed. 
89280 mi

C $140
parking brake switch indicated fault - dealer indicated this was a known high occurrence item. 

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2009 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

37180 mi faulty sensor replaced 

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2009 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

84000 mi

US $45
Electronic Parking Brake Switch was not releasing and giving fault. Replaced as research showed VW had updated. Working as should now. 
99300 mi

US $450
needed new rear brakes 
165000 mi

US $375
Rear brakes repaced 
101000 mi

US $800
3 service visits - all about a month apart - needed new pads and rotors - cost about $800. 
31700 mi

US $1200
Brake booster had a vacuum leak and needed to be replaced. 

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2008 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

29000 mi Parking brake fault. Brake would only release after several attempts. Dealer cleared fault and reset logic. Parking brake fault. Bad parking brake module diagnosed. New module ordered. 
85700 mi

US $1289
Also replaced brake booster vacuum line. 
26500 mi electronic parking brake would not engage replace mechanical brake. 
16500 mi Parking brake (actuated by electronic dash button, not a direct mechanical linkage) would not reliably disengage [or engage] leaving us concerned about using it for fear of getting stranded. Dash button replaced by dealer under warrantee. 
80000 mi

US $700
Vacuum pump for braking system failed and was leaking engine oil. 

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2008 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

120000 mi

US $300
Parking brake motor stripped drive gear. Needed to replace entire pass. side caliper. Replaced all pads and rotors 

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2008 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

227000 mi

US $40
Brake caliper serviced 
42000 mi

US $250
Steering column lock needed to be replaced 
34300 mi

US $400
Needed rear brake pads; alignment. 
31500 mi changed rear brakes, done by owner 
59000 mi

US $800
brake boost had vacuum leak 
83500 mi

US $200
Normal wear. First set of rear brakes since new 
72000 mi

US $800
Steering column lock fault. Replaced lock assembly. 
30380 mi

C $220
Rear brake pads worn. 
47700 mi

US $225
car in foor rear brakes. found electonic parking brake would not release shop replaced rotor electric parking brake release motor. Now problem has returned. Will take to dealer. 
50000 mi electronic parking brake not releasing was told repair would cost $300/1000 and $130. diagnostic fee. Not using parking brake. 
50500 mi

US $50
parking brake still not right after replacing switch.Traded car in for a new vw 2015 passat S 

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2008 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 6-speed manual FWD

75000 mi

£260
Brakes worn out 

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2008 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

280-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

48000 mi Replaced speed sensor. 
61000 mi

US $45
Replaced electric parking brake switch.. 

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2007 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

90000 mi

US $455
LR Parking brake motor burned out. Dealer wants $860 for repair. Local garage did it for $455. Dealer wanted $475 for the part alone! 
97960 mi

C $1700
Replaced brakes and pads on 4 wheels 
13459 mi Recall P7 (VW) Correction: Install brake vacuum line 
49999 mi update - no cost issues at all - performed oil change and standard service (at dealers) - Warranty replacement of Parking Brake switch plus warranty replacement of rear lift gate module. Still have original tires and original brakes. 
104000 mi

US $50
EPB emergency parking brake switch failed. car was immobilized at home in garage w/brake fully engaged, no way to over ride or reset. ordered epb dashswitch, replaced it, problem was solved.  
158300 mi

US $200
replaced front rotors & pads 
29140 mi

$2000
Abs pump replaced 
84000 mi

US $900
Rear pads and rotors replaced due to grinding noise. 
90000 mi ABS Warning light came on. Issue was repaired as followup to a recall previously performed. 
111000 mi

US $225
Original front brake pads and rotors changed at 111k miles. 
72700 mi Replaced rear brake pads, flushed/replaced brake fluid, flushed/replaced engine coolant. 
114000 mi

US $325
I replaced the front Brake Rotors and front Brake Pads. The original Rotors/Pads had never been replaced in 114k miles. 

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2007 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 170hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 6-speed automated manual FWD

76000 mi

£250
Electronic parking brake stuck on. Calipers seized. 

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2007 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

280-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

61500 mi

US $129
Parking brake fault light. Required software update. 
62000 mi Brake light, parking brake light, ESP, ASL lights came on. Also wouldn't shift out of 3rd gear. 
63000 mi

US $100
Last problem re-occurred after 1 week. Multiple warning lights. VW suggested replacing ABS but not sure that's the problem. So far OK after a week and a half. 
83000 mi

US $403
Rear brake pads needed replaced. 
119300 mi

US $700
Right Rear Caliper Exploded. I was able to drive to the dealership using my brakes minimally. 
120000 mi

US $1500
paid 1500 to replace brake controller and rewire the wires from right rear caliper to brake controller which was leaking brake fluid *into* the brake controller 

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2007 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

280-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

34000 mi Electronic parking brake would not disengage, rendering car undrivable. Switch replaced under warranty. Took 3 days to get part.  
15500 mi Received message "Parking brake fault." Took it in. Replaced parking brake switch under warranty. 

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2007 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

250-horsepower 3.2L V6 6-speed automated manual AWD

5580 mi Brake noise at low speed 
6200 mi Brakes squeaking 
21080 mi Electronic handbrake failure. 
23560 mi

A $450
Rear brake pads. 

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2007 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

83000 mi

US $1800
Master Cylinder went out. 
150040 mi

C $300
Pads and rotors front 
170460 mi

C $600
Break pads rear 
49000 mi

US $300
Rear brake pads / machine rotors 
52000 mi

US $80
Electronic Parking Brake failed, car not drivable. Car electronic full reset and reflash fixed it, but problem returned a week later. Next fix attempt is to replace EBP module (several hundred $). 
79360 mi

C $185
Emergency brake seized 
93300 mi

US $62
Ebrake switch malfunction 
61000 mi

US $600
Replaced brake pads and rotors. 
23000 mi Parking brake switch would not operate. Malfunction light on dash turned on. Bad parking brake switch was replaced under warranty.  
23000 mi

US $242
Replaced rear brake pads. 
2000 mi Brake pedal goes to floor with moderate pedal pressure. 
21000 mi Rear brakes replaced. 

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2007 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

53000 mi

US $185
Electronic parking brake malfunction light and warning tone came on. Took to dealer, who diagnosed a malfunctioning parking brake motor/actuator. Dealer replaced with manufacturer assistance of 80 percent of repair cost. 
41000 mi Dashboard switch for electric parking / emergency brake failed and needed replacement 
55000 mi

US $130
Replace brake pads 
31000 mi Park brake would not release. Park brake ingauge/release actuator motor replaced on passenger side. 
33480 mi Electronic parking brake failure, driver side actuator replaced. 
69000 mi

US $160
Rear brake pads worn to about 20% of original thickness. Replaced as preventive measure. 
27000 mi Faulty parking brake switch. Dealer diagnosed and repaired under warranty. I dropped off car before work, was ready at lunch 
15000 mi parking brake will not disengage replaced switch for parking brake 

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2007 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 6-speed automated manual FWD

54140 mi Electric Park Brakes fails often. Software Updated. 
57040 mi Electric parking brake failed. Required computer reset. 

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2007 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

280-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

27000 mi Replaced defective ABS unit. Replaced faulty brake pressure sensor 1. 

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2006 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

53000 mi

US $305
Rear brakes replaced. 
31000 mi Electronic parking brake would not disengage after setting the brake. Required a battery disconnect to release brake. New switch was installed. 
35000 mi Electronic Parking Brake malfunctioning 
106700 mi

US $430
The Electronic Parking brake would not release 
123000 mi

US $690
Brakes worn down 
66000 mi

US $354
Regular maintenance brake repair. 
110500 mi

US $400
ABS, parking brake fault, ESP warning lights all came on at the same time 
133300 mi

US $2300
All brake and abs lights on. Replaced multiple parts over 3 week period. Kept recommending more work even though the problem was not isolated or corrected 
141000 mi

US $1100
continued brake issues from previous repair trips. Once again, dealer charged 1100 (more actually) and was unable to repair. Again, dealer kept recommending more work and was unwilling to stop charging even though the work was unneeded. 
144000 mi

US $2700
Abs controller was defective. Controller was replaced. Part cost $1800. 
39680 mi Electronic parking brake sensor needed replacing.  
109400 mi

C $140
The front brake pads worn excessively on the inside. The caliper pins were seizing up. Shop put new pads and freed up the pins. 
111600 mi

C $945
Left parking brake motor needed to be replaced. We had the right one replaced 2 years ago under warranty. This one cost us 545.00 just for the part 100.00 for the diagnostic and then labor and taxes. 
122760 mi

C $300
Started doing my own repairs using VCDS software. No more $95/hr shop fees for me. Just changed rear pads and tried to get parking brakes to work again. No luck. This car has been super reliable so far and still runs & drives like new. 
12000 mi electronic parking brake malfunctioned - would not activate, and inoperable parking brake message appeared on MultiFunction Display. repaired under warranty 
42000 mi

US $600
badly squealing rear brakes, replaced pads/rotors electronic parking brake repaired 
49000 mi

US $700
Brake pads and rotors 
3000 mi VW P7 recall 
11000 mi The Passat has an electric parking brake. The electric switch on the dash malfunctioned. The parking brake system would cycle on/off about once a week. The dealership diagnosed the switch itself with a malfunction. The switch was replaced, but the trim ar 
91000 mi Needed new brake pads, down to 1mm. Replaced rear pads and rotors. 
77500 mi

US $100
The electronic parking brake would work intermittently saying "Parking Brake Fault, contact..." Took it in, they updated the computer and installed a newer system that doesn't have the problem. 
103000 mi

US $470
parking brake motor, right side rear failed..complete caliper relacement performed. 
39000 mi

US $200
front rotors needed to be resurfaced 
45000 mi

US $370
Rear brake pads replaced. 
142000 mi

US $578
Parking Brake Fault - dash alarm going off over 5mph. Replaced rear parking brake motor with salvage part (new part would have been over $400 just for the part). Parking Brake Fault - dash alarm going off over 5mph. Replaced rear parking brake motor with salvage part (new part would have been over $400 just for the part). Paid $200 for used parts. 

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2006 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

76000 mi

US $60
Replaced electronic parking brake switch. 
85300 mi Electronic parking brake motor, passgr side, seized up, locking rear wheel. Removed motor, cleaned and lubricated drive mechanism - unit is working OK for now. Will probably need to replace motor eventually. 

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2006 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 6-speed manual FWD

47000 mi Auto parking-brake fault; lights flashing on dash. Vehicle driven (audible warning constant)to local dealer for diagnosis. Nearside rear caliper failure evident - not covered on my extended warranty (Warranty Direct uk) as I later discoverd 
52000 mi Electronic parking brake fault (warning lights/beeping) appeared on dashboard. Replaced switch (as brakes were functioning ok) but still fault showing; will reset all codes when laptop available. 
52500 mi Vehicle taken to my usual repair dealer who reported both rear brake motors (e-parking brake) faulty; one replaced under VW parts warranty (only 15 months/6K miles covered)but other motor not covered - awaiting decision from ext warranty. 

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2006 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

280-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

70700 mi

US $350
Replaced pads around the car 

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2006 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

280-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

121300 mi

US $600
Replaced parking brake electro-mechanical caliper which would not disengage, and dash switch 
86611 mi

US $70
electronic parking break locked car up - had to be towed. had to pay towing after 5 miles. Dealer had to fix as I just got the car that day. 
85000 mi

US $570
Brakes rear replace pads and service, also tune up done 
70700 mi

US $320
Front brake pads and rotors replaced,they were original parts so can't complain. It was time, I replaced rear (pads and rotors) at about 60k, Rear always goes first on VW 's. This is totally normal. 
89000 mi

US $500
"check brake pads" light came on and after inspection found brake pads to be find but sensor torn this was after driving it thru major deep snow. 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual AWD

101000 mi

US $375
Leak in left rear brake assembly, replaced assembly. 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 134hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

158000 mi

US $380
Sticky left front brake caliper caused noise, steering vibration 
148800 mi brakes became shuddering 
174180 mi

C $125
Brake line leaked through area friction with plastic item above, wore through plastic covering and steel line. Brake failure while driving. 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

190-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

103000 mi

US $450
rear brakes & rotors 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

72000 mi

US $1500
New back brakes needed.  

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 134hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

108280 mi

C $50
Noise was coming from front right wheel. Fixed by removing rust from the brake disk. 
80600 mi

C $600
Replaced brakes and rotors after 130,000 of service with original VW premium parts.  
65720 mi

C $450
Car shudders every time brakes are applied. Also stopping distance was compromised, thereby making car dangerous to drive in city traffic. 
174000 mi

US $2032
Leak from brake system vacuum pump. 
30000 mi brake light switch under brake pedal 

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2004.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

81840 mi

C $153
Rear brake rotors (aftermarket, not VW) were badly rusted. Replaced rear & front rotors (originals) and all brake pads. 
83080 mi

C $275
Front brake pads & rotors, replacement of OEM items, not bad for 10.5 years! 

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2004.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual AWD

99000 mi E-brake malfunction, required new rear brake caliper. 

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2004.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

190-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

78000 mi replace rear pads and rotors for the first since the car was new 

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2004 Volkswagen Passat

Engine not specified

46000 mi

US $500
 

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

45000 mi

US $200
The brakes had issue when I purchase my car. When 2 years ago major mantainace test drive, dealer did not found it. Last year when major service, the rotors need change. Too short life. My Toyota Camary 10 year just charge break pads once! 
140000 mi

US $526
Brake light on. Replaced Brake pads and hoses. 
89500 mi

US $100
just a rear brake job. Original pads lastest 90K. rotors replaced due to mileage. 

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

270-horsepower 4.0L W8 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

55000 mi

US $800
Brake pads were worn. Needed rotors and pads. AC needed a reprogram/reset. Pollen filter replaced. 

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

190-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

778 mi Replaced brake rotors due to warping and vibration. Replaced brake switch which caused reverse lights and right side mirror to activate. 

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

78000 mi

US $850
ESP light came on display.  

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

128300 mi

US $100
Needed new pads. 
130000 mi

US $80
Right rear caliper was leaking. Replaced caliper. 

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 134hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

179000 mi

US $130
Right rear brake caliper was stuck. I had to replace the brake bracket. 
33063 mi Replacement brake light switch failed - replaced again under warranty 

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

190-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

55000 mi

US $370
Brakes became ineffective without pumping of pedal multiple times. Master cylinder failed. 
51000 mi

US $1400
multiple times multiple shops denied there was a braking problem. Caused accident. Will not do hard braking, as if grease were on rotors. Pads & rotors like new, but repl anyway. Port Valve, then ABS replaced. Each helped some.  

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

166000 mi

US $404
Front rotors warped. Rotors and pads replaced. 
54500 mi Brake light switch recall 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

121760 mi

C $200
Broken caliper 
132060 mi

C $1200
brake lines cracked, replaced 
134540 mi Brake lines replaced by Dealer in Dec 2013 were found to be bubbled and almost ruptured by independent shop. Car returned to dealer, where they were replaced without question. 
140120 mi

C $200
broken brake calliper, some fluid leak 
130000 mi changed brake pads rotors front and rear 
115320 mi

C $344
Needed to replace rear brake rotors and pads.  

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

270-horsepower 4.0L W8 6-speed manual AWD

123220 mi

C $800
Front and rear brake pads and rotors replaced 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

190-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

103000 mi

US $300
Replace front and rear disc brake pads. 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

190-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

126000 mi

US $130
Brake caliper bolts needed to be replaced due to binding. 
129000 mi

US $300
Brakes needed normal replacement. 
66000 mi

US $100
ABS light came on - switch replaced ($4.00) part. Car is starting hard in winter and will be checked again. 
144000 mi

US $160
Front brake replacement 
158300 mi

US $700
Rear calipers were frozen and were replaced as were the rotors and pads. 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

93000 mi

US $95
Brake pads and rotors were worn, needed replacement. This was the first replacement of the front pads and rotors, which lasted 92,000 miles! 
218000 mi

US $320
ABS warning light on. ABS module may be damaged. Vehicle i still not repaired. 
233000 mi ABS never fixed 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

196000 mi

US $130
seized caliper 
142000 mi Break backing plate was loose and making noise. Straightened out plate. 
76000 mi

US $300
replaced front and rear brake rotors and pads. 
165000 mi

US $210
Mysteriously, there was a small hole in the brake fluid reservoir. It was near the top at the RH rear corner of the reservoir. Brake fluid reservoir was replaced. 
150300 mi

US $1000
4 new disks, 4 new sets of pads (done myself), new master cylinder, new left rear caliper (done by mechanic, caliper was my fault). 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

270-horsepower 4.0L W8 6-speed manual AWD

116000 mi

US $500
Parking brake cable ceased. 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

270-horsepower 4.0L W8 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

107000 mi

US $800
Front calipers rebuilt 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

190-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

58000 mi

US $450
Replaced defective disc rotor and pads that were installed only after 13,000 of use. 
231080 mi

C $200
changed rotora and pads 
11283 mi Brake booster vacuum leak. 
80012 mi

US $255
Rear break pad replacement and service. 

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2002.5 Volkswagen Passat

Engine not specified

160000 mi

US $610
Replaced rear pads and rotors. Replaced brake fluid reservoir which had crack due to age. 

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2002.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

64000 mi

US $350
Needed to have front rotors and pads replaced. Original parts lasted almost 7 years and 64K miles so I can't complain! Price above include price i paid for parts (I bought online) and what mechanic charged to install.  
68000 mi

US $68
Kept hearing a scraping noise from the drivers side rear wheel. Turns out there was a "lip" on the rotor that my mechanic "shaved down". Seems to be OK now. 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

94000 mi ABS light started coming on when sold. 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

165000 mi

US $150
Replaced front rotors and pads 
110700 mi

US $1050
Frozen rear calipers, replaced both rear calipers with new. 
76000 mi

US $150
replace rear pads 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

270-horsepower 4.0L W8 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

109000 mi

US $679
After a 106,000 mile full brake service including fluid drain/replacement and braided hose replacement, the brake pedal intermittently pulsated at slow brake speed. ABS light engaged followed by Check Engine icon. All 4 actuators replaced. 
111700 mi

US $1300
After previous replacement of ABS accuators at each wheel, ABS problem light again came on. ABS modulator had to be replaced. 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

190-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

115811 mi

US $250
Replaced rear brake pads, rotors 
127029 mi

US $1300
Car needed major repairs to pass PA inspection: front brake pads and rotors, left side tie rod, 4 new tires, buff headlights, replace rear left tailight ass'y, etc. 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

190-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

80000 mi Brake pads. 
100000 mi

US $550
The car went in for the 100 000 mile maintenance and they found that the rear brakes needed to be replaced...the cost came to 550 for that...the rest of what they did I believe is maintenance and wear items... 
73000 mi

US $26
Check ABS light came on but no problems were detected. 
104000 mi

US $600
4 brake pads & rotors replaced due to normal wear. 
48000 mi

US $650
Rear pads & rotors and front pads 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

76000 mi

US $849
Brake sensor replaced. 
76841 mi

US $895
New brake booster, vacuum pump, brake line, pressure sensor; brake lines bled; lower brake bulbs replaced; ignition coils (4) replaced under recall  
82000 mi Brake booster vacuum pump replaced under warranty (was replaced less than 12 months ago). 
105000 mi

US $440
Replaced pads and rotors on all 4 wheels. Front pads were worn to point of wear sensor activating; rear pads were very thin, worse than front. Old rotors were not salvageable. 
186000 mi ABS unit went bad. Not a real safety concern, so will get unit refurbished and re-installed at a later time. 
90887 mi

C $54
During scheduled service inspection turned up requirement for Left and Right outer CV boots and possibly CV joints. Repair estimate given. 
111320 mi

C $137
Diagnosis and repair - brake light on. Wire on right front brake pad rubbed through, left was also rubbing, both were repaired. 
122520 mi

C $710
Brake, ABS and Traction lights all came on, flashing or steady, sporadically. Went for diagnosis - brake inspection done (and reg.maint.) and pads, calipers replaced, rotors refinished and fluid topped - next evening lights came back on. Previous repair did not eliminate warning lights - returned for further diagnosis - electrical issue - between systems and warning light triggers - repair not attempted as shop did not have access to necessary electrical diagrams. Need dealr Diagnostic inspection for brake fault light, etc not clearing.DTC's GFF, Power and Ground, fuses, power and ground at ABS module - all OK. Requires ABS control module. Quote: 1980.00(VW) or used 650.00 (90 day warranty) Repair not done:$$ 
141360 mi

C $262
ABS Control Module still needs to be replaced 
116000 mi

US $615
New rear brake pads and grind rotors. Total cost - parts and labor was $615. 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

160000 mi

US $390
R & R rear brake pads and rotors 
170000 mi

US $488
repair emergency brake caliper 
168000 mi

US $280
Rear brake pads worn out. 
119040 mi

C $800
Rear Brakes Worn 
152000 mi

US $200
ABS module failed, module was removed and sent out for repair as a new one would cost 1200 vs 200 
155000 mi

US $100
Brake line failed and was leaking fluid into the wheel 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

190-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

95000 mi

US $1200
Faulty ABS sensor 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

190-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

103000 mi

US $450
Very satisfied with 3rd party parts + repair. Pads and rotors replaced. 
76500 mi

US $1500
Warped rear rotors and worn out pads 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

6-cylinder automatic AWD

175000 mi

US $410
needed new rotors and brake pads on back and also needed 2 calipers on both back tires 

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2001.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

106000 mi

US $2300
Front brake lines cracked and leaking. Replaced. 
141300 mi

US $1500
abs computer needed to be rebuilt 

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2001.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

107500 mi

US $1500
Brake fade quite noticeable - took to shop where I was advised that only 15% of brakes left. Needed to be replaced along with several other smaller items. 
41000 mi

US $235
Pads needed to be replaced. 
57000 mi

US $950
Replaced rear break pads.  

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2001.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

106000 mi

US $4000
Rear brakes 
77000 mi

US $600
Power brake vacuum line replaced. 

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2001.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

190-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

92969 mi

C $987
Front and rear brake replacement. ASR light comes on highway off ramps only (dry pavement) - found to be caused by one front tire (of 4 brand new ones) being smaller than the other 3. Oil change. Smell still present. Oxygen sensors needed. 
150040 mi

C $367
Brake pads worn prematurely, possibly due to winter salt. Rotors warped but did not replace. 
76000 mi

US $900
Replace rear brake pads/rotors. 
218000 mi

US $300
rear break calipers were locked up and needed to be replaced. 

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2001 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 150hp 1.8L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

113000 mi

US $175
ABS control module failed. Removed module, sent it out for repair. Re-installed. 
58300 mi

US $98
ABS control module -- removed myself, sent out for resoldering of bond wires (well-known Bosch 5.3 module problem), replaced myself. 

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2001 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 150hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

97000 mi

US $730
ABS sensor unit went kaput 
109000 mi

US $350
replaced corroded brake hoses to comply with state inspection 

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2001 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

190-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

123500 mi

US $1400
Front brake lines were rotting and needed replacement 
170500 mi

C $1300
replaces all pads, rotors and 3 of 4 calipers 
179140 mi

C $750
abs system 

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2001 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 150hp 1.8L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

133000 mi

US $400
Changed rear brake pads 

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2001 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 150hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

95000 mi

US $627
Brake lines cracked. 
83000 mi

US $720
ABS module replaced. 

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2001 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

5-cylinder manual 2WD

62000 mi

£500
brake disc and pads changed ignition coil no. 2 replaced 

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2000 Volkswagen Passat

Engine not specified

63000 mi

US $1000
Replace ABS controller. Technically this is the Brakes system, but I believe it is a computer or computer service. 

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 150hp 1.8L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

161000 mi

US $200
ABS Module error. Removed module and sent out for repair. Will install in September. 

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 150hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

91000 mi

£860
Rear brake caliper seized ON, decided to get new calipers, pipes, cables, discs for rear. 
102000 mi

£110
front brake hoses cracking - replaced 
116000 mi

US $400
Replaced front brake pads and rotors 

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

190-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

110980 mi

C $1327
Rear brake pads and rotors replaced due to excessive wear. Fronts still OK. 
117180 mi

C $1400
Front brake flexible lines out to wheels were cracked -- replaced. 
126480 mi

C $900
ABS electronic control unit failed and was replaced. 
146500 mi

C $2500
Seized left rear brake caliper and parking brake cable. Both rear calipers and parking brake cables replaced. 
192820 mi

C $530
Brake discs and pads worn out. 
117000 mi

US $500
Rotors 
127000 mi

US $2000
Routine 
130000 mi

US $480
Brake Fault - ABS failure. I used VwVortex as source for ordering a re-built AB electronic module. Will install tonight. Update results on the next survey After installing ABS, I took it to be programmed to my local indie shop. They claim they programmed it successfully yet the fault lights and indicators all remain as before. The indie shop reports an error 65535 with J217 code 
130000 mi

US $475
Installed a warranty replacement of the ABS Electronic Control unit i had just bought 2 weeks before. It worked indicating the first one that BBA-REMAN sent was broken. BBS-REMAN did not credit me my $$ at exposing their faulty new unit!!!! 
131000 mi

US $1200
ABS Control unit replaced. NJ re-inspection. 

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

190-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

99200 mi

C $145
Brake warning light flashing. ABS light on. Scan showed intermitant problem between ABS contoler and dash connections.  

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

190-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed manual FWD

138880 mi

C $3125
rear pads and rotors 
143220 mi

C $1500
Parking brake failed on hill.  
147560 mi

C $1200
Brakes, rotors and pads 

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 150hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

121000 mi

US $177
The Bosch ABS module developed a problem indicated by warning lights and error codes. I removed the module and sent it out to http://www.modulemaster.com for repair. Car driveable without module. Received repaired module back after 1 week and reinstalled. 
140000 mi

US $450
Frozen caliper replaced 

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

190-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

126000 mi

US $744
ABS control not responding. Needs a new one to install. Cost to fix unrepaired problems about $2,800. 

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

190-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed manual FWD

72000 mi

US $100
Failed abs controller 

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder manual 2WD

101000 mi ABS module and pump need to be replaced 

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1999 Volkswagen Passat

Engine not specified

163000 mi

US $500
brake sensor computer 

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1999 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder manual 2WD

149000 mi

US $170
ABS sensor broken; problem returned after about 3 weeks 
164000 mi

US $450
Needed new pads a rotors. 
179000 mi The ABS sometimes would randomly fire and then turn off for the rest of the trip, bad sensor; lived with until sold car. 
139500 mi

US $1100
rear brakes maintenance, in addition to regular maintence @ 140k miles 

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1999 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

6-cylinder manual 2WD

180000 mi seized rotor 
132000 mi The ABS control unit failed late last year, which is apparently not uncommon in this car. 
126000 mi

US $2400
Front rotors replaced. 

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1999 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

105000 mi

US $235
ABS warning light on with audible alarm, brake light/oil pressure light flashing, braking characteristics different. Numerous reports of same problem on VWVortex pointing to Electronic Brake Control Module. Removed module, sent for rebuild. Electronic Brake Control Module was recieved after rebuild and installed. Repair successful! 
121300 mi

US $900
ABS module replaced 

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1999 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

4-cylinder manual 2WD

133920 mi One of the Flexible Brake Hose has snapped away 

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1999 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

139000 mi replaced both front brake discs  

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