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Volkswagen Passat Engine Problems

1642 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2000 or newer Volkswagen Passat. 515 of these members (31.4%) have reported engine repairs for their car. A total of 1120 engine repairs to Volkswagen Passats--an average of 0.7 per vehicle--have been reported.

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Chart based on 2865 repairs.

Volkswagen Passat engine repair cost distribution

Chart based on 648 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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2006 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

6820 mi   EVAP SENSOR 
26660   Check engine . Replaced sensor on TSB. 

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2006 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

1000 mi   The car experiences throttle hesitation. There has been a TSB issued for repair, however even after the re-flash of the ECU the problem still presists. 
17000   My car had the infamous hesitation from a rolling stop. Finally VW has resolved the issue and issued a TSB to have it re-flashed. The vehicle seems to be fine and drives better with the latest software. 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

48000 mi US $1100 This was the 2nd of two trips to the dealer for a flashing Engine light that would come on intermittently. Car would also shudder and lose power a few seconds when the light was on. It would always go off after a few seconds and drive normally. This time, 

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2002.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

51000 mi   Replace 3 ignition coils, failed, under warranty, Prior to recall 
147400 US $1660 Replace Cam Chain Adjuster, Cam Seals, Timing Belt and Adjusters 
197000   Gaskets replaced because of leaks. 
239000   Temperature gauge reading erratic. Replaced ETC sensor. 
245000   It was going to need a catalytic converter in order to pass the inspection, along with a timing belt and tune up. I felt that the financial cost was too high (about the value of the car) to pursue the repairs. 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automatic 2WD

101000 mi US $388 replaced valve cover gasket as the engine had an oil leak 
107000   oil leak, replaced several gaskets 
108000   persistent oil leak on engine 

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2001.5 Volkswagen Passat

Engine not specified

151000 mi   chk engnx lght. trnxs. mssn. slppge. ongng. problem. for yrs. alwys diagnosed as tranny prblem not sure car runs fine after warms up  
141000 US $1600 throttle body and fuel injector failure 

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2001.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

76000 mi US $900 In for routine oil/filter/lube, tire rotation. Check engine light on. Needed new O2 sensor. Cam seals leaking, water pump leaking. 
116000   Replaced oxygen sensor and vacuum hose 
119000   Cam seal adjusters leaking oil. Dripping on manifold and creating burning smell.  

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

107880 mi C $200 Failed emission control evap. system purge valve 
110980   Exhaust system: flexible joints between exhaust manifold and catalytic converter had failed. 2.8 V6 camshaft adjuster seal leaking on right cylinder bank and dripping oil on exhaust manifold. Bad seal replaced. 
117180   Blown engine valley pan gasket and camshaft tensioner seal due to clogged PCV hose. 
130200   Cracked plastic engine coolant tank successfully replaced. 
146500   Leaking camshaft adjuster seal and valve cover gaskets causing oil contamination of engine external components and burnt oil fumes entering the cabin. Replaced camshaft adjuster seal and valve cover gaskets. 
161820   Failed secondary air injection pump was replaced. 
178520   ECU was reprogrammed to prevent spurious catalytic converter fault codes. 
181660   Replaced failed cooling system thermostat. Crankshaft front oil seal failed, causing catastrophic loss of oil. Accessory belt tensioner bearing noise was excessive. Imminent failure expected. 

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

6-cylinder automatic AWD

42000 mi US $180 Coolant temperature guage was intermitently failing to indicate temperature. This became more frequent and the dashboard guage would fail to provide any indication of coolant temperature. Mechanic diagnosed problem and indicated coolant temperature senso 
45000   Check engine malfunction light started coming on 30 seconds after car was started. This would occur everytime car was started. 

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