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2005 Volkswagen Passat electrical repair cost distribution

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.
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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) 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

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. 
60740 mi

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

C $450
Replaced drivers door lock module. 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

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

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. 
129000 mi AC not effective most of the time 
50000 mi

US $550
A/C switch only worked sometimes. 
123380 mi Failure of right front power window mechanism. New winder mechanism on order to be installed in July. 

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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 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

93 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2005 Volkswagen Passat. 27 of these members (29%) have reported electrical repairs for their car. A total of 47 electrical repairs to 2005 Volkswagen Passats--an average of 0.5 per vehicle--have been reported.

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