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Volkswagen Passat repairs by problem area

Engine (40%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (9%)

Brakes and Traction Control (8%)

Suspension and Steering (8%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (22%)

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

Other (6%)

Chart based on 3402 repairs.

Volkswagen Passat engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (4%)

$1000 - $2499 (18%)

$500 - $999 (27%)

$100 - $499 (41%)

< $100 (10%)

Chart based on 766 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 mi 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 mi 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 mi

US $1660
Replace Cam Chain Adjuster, Cam Seals, Timing Belt and Adjusters 
197000 mi

US $800
Gaskets replaced because of leaks. 
239000 mi

US $175
Temperature gauge reading erratic. Replaced ETC sensor. 
245000 mi 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 mi

US $720
oil leak, replaced several gaskets 
108000 mi

US $350
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 mi

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 mi

US $380
Replaced oxygen sensor and vacuum hose 
119000 mi

US $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

107880 mi

C $200
Failed emission control evap. system purge valve 
110980 mi

C $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 mi

C $1400
Blown engine valley pan gasket and camshaft tensioner seal due to clogged PCV hose. 
130200 mi

C $50
Cracked plastic engine coolant tank successfully replaced. 
146500 mi

C $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 mi

C $550
Failed secondary air injection pump was replaced. 
178520 mi

C $250
ECU was reprogrammed to prevent spurious catalytic converter fault codes. 
181660 mi

C $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. 
184420 mi

C $685
Exhaust manifold flex joints were broken. Both flex joints replaced. Front motor mount broke. Motor mount replaced. 
192820 mi

C $530
Failed oxygen sensor 

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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 mi

US $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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Volkswagen Passat Engine Problems

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