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2005 Volkswagen Passat repairs by problem area

Engine (41%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (19%)

Brakes and Traction Control (5%)

Suspension and Steering (8%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (17%)

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

Other (5%)

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2005 Volkswagen Passat electrical repair cost distribution

$2500+ (5%)

$1000 - $2499 (8%)

$500 - $999 (22%)

$100 - $499 (44%)

< $100 (20%)

Chart based on 59 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2005 Volkswagen Passat

Engine not specified

52000 mi

US $800
ac module 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

62000 mi

US $5000
Remotes did not work, interior lights did not work. Locks did not work. Cause of problem shorted out comfort module (located under passenger seat) 
121300 mi Seat heater burned a hole through driver's seat. Heater element, seat padding, and seat cover replaced. 
129000 mi

US $5
Windshield washer fluid sensor failed. 
134500 mi

US $10
Fuel door release switch failed--replaced with new part. 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

115000 mi

US $460
AC not blowing cold, garage had me recharge. Still not blowing cold and garage replaced a relay on second visit. 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

45000 mi

US $574
A/C compressor relay malfunctioned and was replaced. A/C stopped blowing cold air. 
148800 mi

C $80
Air conditioner does not come on despite fan working. Likely electrical and many hours to trace wiring problem. Abandoned repair. Repair shop could not diagnose problem, Research on TDI site led to dx of circuit board problem- cleaned and resoldered and works fine. 
176700 mi

C $10
Central door locks, windows, etc not working. Replaced a bad fuse eventually but the rear tail gate door is still not working manually or electronically- cannot open it. 
108500 mi

C $154
Checked for leak and refilled Air Conditioner gas 
117800 mi

C $320
Lost gas again. They found where but just re-charged it, didn't fix it. 
C $150 Window washer motor replaced 
60740 mi

C $350
Drivers door lock module failed requiring replacement 
61380 mi

C $450
Replaced drivers door lock module. 
103000 mi

US $1200
Heater core blocked and needed replacement. 
203000 mi

US $1000
Noise in front of engine. TDI alternator has clutch similar to ac pump so alternator only runs when needed. Clutch froze up damging alternator, so replaced alternator with new clutch, belt and tensioner pulley. Now needs tires. 
137368 mi

C $85
washer pump leaking and was replaced 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

124000 mi

US $330
Both headlights failed 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

68000 mi Seat warmer, set to 3 and on for approximately 10 minutes, burned a hole through the seat, burning my leg. Wires were exposed and hot, seat cover was smoking. 
57660 mi compressor crapped out would coat 1900 to repair decide to not to fix 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

42527 mi

US $472
ENGINE OIL & FILTER CHANGE ($67.) REPLACE FAILED LF PWR WINDOW REGULATOR ($390.) 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

87854 mi

C $40
Radio antenna broke. Purchased from the dealer 
61000 mi

US $1500
Replace heater core 
89250 mi

US $60
Replace A/C relay switch 
119000 mi

US $725
Failure to start, original battery depleted after 9.5 years. New battery installed. 
75000 mi

C $258
Battery is weak but still working. Car did not start when around -15C. Need to replace. Could be tricky but I will attempt it. Replacement battery from dealer is $150 or $258 if dealer installed. 
80600 mi

C $600
Current unrepaired issues: driver mirror signal out, airbag warning light on, trip tronic not up shifting in manual mode, driver door fails to lock occasin 
83000 mi

US $155
Replaced Alternator Regulator 
87000 mi

US $880
Engine compartment whined under engine load. Replaced belt, tensioner, and alternator. Was told had a bad one-way clutch in alternator. 
129000 mi AC not effective most of the time 
123380 mi Failure of right front power window mechanism. New winder mechanism on order to be installed in July. 
125000 mi

US $60
Passenger headlight bulb (daytime running light) was defective. Dealership replaced bulb while also replacing a leaking radiator. 
175000 mi

US $203
Air conditioning worked but would not cool air immediately. Inspection revealed AC compressor clutch not receiving exciter signal. Clutch control relay defective and replaced. 
96000 mi Air Conditioning Replacement 
50000 mi

US $550
A/C switch only worked sometimes. 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

26000 mi

US $553
Door locks do not reliably work with key fob. Sometimes have to use the key to unlock. Per dealer problem reported on computer as being the driver door lock assembly. Awaiting part delivery. Out of warranty, VW will pay labor Door locks not working again. Now they say they are seeing a problem code. More parts ordered. 
29000 mi

US $245
Door locks not working with key fob. New part installed by VW, now working fine. 

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2004.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

65720 mi

C $25
Windshield washer pump leaking. Replace pump and rubber grommet to resevoir. Easy DIY job. 
75000 mi

C $160
Multi function turn signal switch no longer allowed the high beams to be turned on. Ordered parts and special 12mm triple square socket to allow self repair. 
88040 mi

C $25
HVAC system drain for AC condensate was plugged and caused water to leak onto floor of passenger side. Removed drain, removed debris plugging the drain hole, cleaned & dried carpets. Repaired rusted hole on rear floor area. 

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2004.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual AWD

53000 mi

US $10
Right front halogen headlight bulb. 
60500 mi

US $13
Left low beam (daytime running light) headlight bulb replaced. 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat Electrical Problems

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