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Volkswagen Passat Engine Problems and Repair Histories

1597 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer Volkswagen Passat. 548 of these members (34.3%) have reported engine repairs for their car. A total of 961 engine repairs to Volkswagen Passats--an average of 0.6 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently Volkswagen Passat problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the Volkswagen Passat problem descriptions below.

Don't infer Volkswagen Passat problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of Volkswagen Passat repairs by problem area

40% of the Volkswagen Passat repairs were to the engine, 9% to the transmission, 8% to the brakes, 8% to the suspension, 23% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 6% to the body and trim, and 5% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 2429 repairs.

Volkswagen Passat engine repair cost distribution

Of the Volkswagen Passat engine repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 12% cost less than $100, 41% between $100 and $499, 26% between $500 and $999, 17% between $1000 and $2499, and 5% more than $2500.

Chart based on 591 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
Non-members can see only ten Volkswagen Passat Engine problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2006 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

Volkswagen Passat in Quebec, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2006 0    
6820 0 EVAP SENSOR 
26660 0 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

Volkswagen Passat in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2006 0    
1000 0 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 0 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

Volkswagen Passat in Washington, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2006 46000    
48000 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

Volkswagen Passat in New Hampshire, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 Replace 3 ignition coils, failed, under warranty, Prior to recall 
1660 Replace Cam Chain Adjuster, Cam Seals, Timing Belt and Adjusters 
197000 800 Gaskets replaced because of leaks. 
239000 175 Temperature gauge reading erratic. Replaced ETC sensor. 
239000 0 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

Volkswagen Passat in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2006 91000    
101000 388 replaced valve cover gasket as the engine had an oil leak 
107000 720 oil leak, replaced several gaskets 
108000 350 persistent oil leak on engine 
 

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2001.5 Volkswagen Passat

Engine not specified

Volkswagen Passat in Pennsylvania, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2006 150000    
151000 0 chk engnx lght. trnxs. mssn. slppge. ongng. problem. for yrs. alwys diagnosed as tranny prblem not sure car runs fine after warms up  
 
Volkswagen Passat in Georgia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2006 140000    
141000 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

Volkswagen Passat in Ohio, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2006 67000    
76000 900 In for routine oil/filter/lube, tire rotation. Check engine light on. Needed new O2 sensor. Cam seals leaking, water pump leaking. 
116000 380 Replaced oxygen sensor and vacuum hose 
119000 575 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

Volkswagen Passat in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2006 106640    
107880 200 Failed emission control evap. system purge valve 
110980 1327 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 1400 Blown engine valley pan gasket and camshaft tensioner seal due to clogged PCV hose. 
130200 50 Cracked plastic engine coolant tank successfully replaced. 
146500 2500 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 550 Failed secondary air injection pump was replaced. 
178520 250 ECU was reprogrammed to prevent spurious catalytic converter fault codes. 
181660 750 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. 
182900  

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

6-cylinder automatic AWD

Volkswagen Passat in Nevada, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2006 42000    
42000 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 125 Check engine malfunction light started coming on 30 seconds after car was started. This would occur everytime car was started. 
 

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