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2012 Volkswagen Passat repairs by problem area

Engine (23%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (3%)

Brakes and Traction Control (3%)

Suspension and Steering (7%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (34%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (23%)

Other (7%)

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2012 Volkswagen Passat electrical repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (33%)

$500 - $999 (0%)

$100 - $499 (67%)

< $100 (0%)

Chart based on 6 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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2012 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

3300 mi compass module failed and caused short which discharged battery 

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2012 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

12000 mi Passenger side rearview mirror was not moving down when in reverse 
21000 mi The driver side headlamp was out and it was determined that the driver side headlight unit needed to be replaced. 
29000 mi Failed battery two months after warranty ended 
5500 mi Driver's side power seat (memory function) didn't work. Needed to replace the seat motor. 
11000 mi Passenger overhead light, drivers side lock switch, passenger side window switch,  
16000 mi Drivers side power mirror will not work. When selecting drivers side the passenger mirror will adjust. When select passenger the passenger will adjust. Drivers side can only be adjusted manually with force. 
31000 mi Passenger power mirror stopped tilting down, tried to fix twice and finally got it on the third try. Kessy failed and needed to be reset. Bluetooth then malfunctioned. Each on seperate occassions. 
38000 mi Kessy system stopped working 
40000 mi kessy system again 
5000 mi Antenna for keyless start replaced. 
13000 mi Keyless start error returned. Dealer reprogrammed both keys and the problem has no returned. Error with satellite radio causing it not to function. Would happen several times each week. Replaced roof antenna. Previous satellite radio error fix unsuccessful. Replaced entire radio/nav unit and so far the problem has not returned. 
23000 mi Passenger headlamp error. Bulb replacement didn't remedy. Dealer had to order new bulb holder and found the old to be melted. 
3000 mi Rear tail light replacement 

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2012 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

2000 mi Dealer kept me waiting 4 hours and didn't do a thing to resolve the problems. One-touch windows and rain-sensing wipers not working. Sold car. 

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2012 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

16700 mi

US $1166
AC needed major overhaul. 
26000 mi

US $90
Replaced Battery 
Left rear door not locking - faulty actuator 

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2012 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 2.5L I5 5-speed manual FWD

2000 mi Third repair rear windows would not go down. 

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2012 Volkswagen Passat Electrical Problems

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