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Volkswagen Passat repairs by problem area

Engine (41%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (9%)

Brakes and Traction Control (8%)

Suspension and Steering (8%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (21%)

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

Other (6%)

Chart based on 3488 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.

2015 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Secondary air exhaust system. Error codes p2440 and p0491 at 200 miles on the odometer. Check engine light came on. Replaced combination valve after talking to VW service. Trip 1 Secondary air exhaust system. Error codes p2440 and p0491 at 250 miles on the odometer. Check engine light came on. Replaced hose leading to combination valve after talking to VW service. Trip 2. CEL set to off. Secondary air exhaust system. Error code p0491 the very next day. Check engine light came on. The hose leading to the combination valve was re-fixed as the attachment and removal of it caused it to become loose. Trip 3. 
2000 mi Secondary air exhaust system. Error code P0491 at 750 miles on the odometer. Check engine light came on. Replaced entire secondary exhaust system. Trip 4. 

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2015 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 150hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 6-speed automated manual FWD

11000 mi flashing glow plug light on. Computer module replaced, no help. Turbo replaced, fixed problem. 

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2014 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

56000 mi Heater core clogged. Shows CEL with EGR Cooling System code. Common problem due to poor design. VW replaced for free after some convincing. 

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2014 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

31000 mi Turbo Failed 
24000 mi Check engine light on. Pump that injects AdBlue fluid into exhaust stream had failed. This technique used on diesel engines to reduce pollutants. 
10000 mi VCDS diagnostic said: P040D 00, EGR Temperature Sensor 1,: Signal too High. 60pin ECM engine wiring harness replaced, as well as EGR1 sensor. 
15000 mi Diesel fuel tank vent leaking. Fuel tank replaced. 
20000 mi Very little heat to passenger foot well. Clogged heater core diagnosed. Heater core replaced. 
20000 mi One of the two electric cooling fans failed, disintegrating while vehicle was at highway speed. 
2300 mi Replaced fuel tank. Couldn't fill the tank with fuel. It would immediately splash back. Something wrong with the crash protection check valves I believe. 
30000 mi antifreeze smell, leak 
38000 mi In addition to poor airflow issues. Dealer thinks heater core has failed. Car blows cold air and will not defrost. 
44000 mi In tank fuel pump malfunctioned sending metal throughout fuel system. Replaced fuel pump, lines, injectors, lines, high pressue pump. 

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2013 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

70000 mi

US $300
Heater core needed replacement for the 2nd time since new. 
15000 mi Faulty design on the 2013 tdi turbos. 
47000 mi Diesel Exhaust Fluid heater module failed, tripping warning light on dash. Module replaced by dealer under CA emissions warranty. 
10000 mi Diesel Exhaust Fluid leak from claimed faulty cap though I suspect dealer error as occurred only shortly after 10K service. 
16000 mi turbo failure 
47700 mi O2 sensor, VW decided to replace under warranty 
57000 mi No heat on passenger side. Bad heater core. Part is on backorder. 
15000 mi Failed turbo. Replaced basically everything from the exhaust manifold back. 

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2013 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

47000 mi

US $400
Oxygen sensor was replaced 
69000 mi

US $64
Turbo went, replaced. Replaced particulate filter system which was full of oil. 
21000 mi AdBlue tank and pump had to be replaced because of a bad sensor. 
25000 mi CEL came on, was able to drive to dealer, an emission sensor was diagnosed as faulty and was replaced 
22000 mi Oxygen Sensor was faulty, replaced at no cost. 
52000 mi Had an alarm ID'd in Canada Nov/14 as the ad-blue tank heater. (OBD2 alm 205C). "Portfolio Protection" repair insurance covered it. (the bill would have been about $1K.) The repair kit was priced at $625, then labor on top. 
69000 mi Turbocharger blew on I29 in SD. Had it aqnd many other components replaced by Graham Automotive VW dealer in Sioux Falls. VW had extended the turbo warranty on this 2013 Passat to 120000 miles so I lucked out. A "hidden" warranty. Figure. 
39000 mi Fuel rail replacement 
27900 mi Fuel gauge intermittently shows zero after starting to drive. Fuel gauge sender removed+reinstalled, electric fuel pump removed+reinstalled. 
44500 mi Turbo failed! Also the transmission has a delay or shifts hard between 2 and 3 gears. 
44000 mi Vehicle was loosing coolant. Dealer replaced water pump. 
47000 mi

US $463
Check Engine light came on required new O2 sensor. 
345000 mi same problem sensor for check engine came on due to EPA add blue dumb ass technology warranty repair 
71000 mi

US $270
Had to replace Oxygen Censor 
36000 mi Car wouldn't turn off. Some electrical problem. 
19000 mi

US $345
The glow plug light flashed and the car went into limp mode. Dealership drained the diesel and replaced the fuel filter. Error codes indicated that the problem was caused by substandard fuel. 
22000 mi Glow plug light began to flash and the check engine light came on as well. Drove to VW dealer who was close by. High pressure fuel pump was defective and had to be replaced. 
25000 mi Temperature sensor in the adblue tank was defective turning on the Check Engine light. Dealer replaced under warranty. 
25000 mi Radiator leak. Smelled coolant after driving. No visible loss of fluid. Full radiator replacement after testing showed a leak when under pressure. 
40700 mi

US $400
Cam sensor failure. Car would not start. Quoted $1400 repair. Escalated to VW USA and got 75% of costs covered out of warranty. 
Radiator needed replacement 
10500 mi Failed Turbo Charger and Catalytic Convertor as a result of the failed turbo 
44000 mi The heat sensor in the adBlue tank failed. VW repaired it at no charge. 
48000 mi Turbo hose came loose.  Fault in an engine control module. 
59000 mi Fuel pump shattered sending pieces throughout the fuel system. 

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2013 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

6000 mi Intermittently, the engine will shudder at stop signs and red lights for just a second or two. The Dealer downloaded new firmware to the ECM, but the problem is not fixed. Car had to be towed in one month after purchase for a stuck vavlve. 

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2012 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

20000 mi Oil housing leaking 
53300 mi

US $1050
AdBlue Heating Element. Total cost of diagnosis and repair ~$1050. Fought VW to cover at least part which they did. Lot's of reported AdBlue issues in VW and TDI forums. 
6000 mi Check Engine Light came on. A VW TSB said engine management software needed to be updated. Update done while I waited. No cost; no issues. 
16000 mi Turbo leaking oil. Noticed while on rack for oil change. Dealer replaced turbo under warranty. 
56000 mi

US $50
Took in for cel, o2 sensor recall item 
58000 mi High pressure fuel pump died 
5000 mi Replaced faulty oxygen sensor. 
13000 mi CEL illuminated 2x. Dealer performed recall to fix. 
37300 mi CEL for nox sensor. Software update performed. 
49000 mi

US $350
The secondary fuel pump failed. The problem appeared as the car failing to start. I thought it was caused by the blue additive running out. Replaced fuel pump and a fuel filter. Problem solved. No recurrence. 
58000 mi The pump for injecting urea into hot exhaust in order to reduce pollution failed and had to be replaced. VW replaced it at no charge as if covered by warranty. 
27000 mi

US $100
Modular regulater 
7800 mi Clicking sound when pressing the clutch pedal. Pedal also wobbled. 
23000 mi Creaking on turning the wheel. Caused by heat shield touching steering gear. 
42000 mi Failed urea heater. Part still on order. 
64000 mi The sensor pack (level, temperature, etc) for the reductant tank failed. Dealer replaced it under 8/80 federal emissions laws. It isn't technically covered under VW warranty, but VW covered it. 
22500 mi Fuel line leak 
49000 mi AdBlue heater went bad. Apparently this is a common issue in warmer climates ironically. 
30000 mi The turbo failed. 
49000 mi Failed turbo, seized engine. They say they are replacing the engine and the turbo and probably the exhaust system. Sad isn't it? 
9300 mi Leak at fuel filter canister gasket. Fuel filter canister (and FF) replaced, Safety Recall 20R7 
32000 mi Nox sensor/module set CEL, "out of range". ECM was reflashed to correct the issue 
37820 mi Replace heater in Urea tank. 
23000 mi Turbo failed. 
65000 mi Replaced split intercooler hose 
43700 mi Nitrous sensor was not working correctly, ordered part but then it started to function normally again without repair after a day or two. 
33000 mi Check engine light caused by AdBlue tank heater element. Dealer replaced AdBlue tank heater. 
42000 mi Car failed to start. Needed new fuel regulator valve to keep the line pressurized when car is turned off. When it fails, fuel feeds by gravity bsck into tank and engine starves. Very rarely fails (dealer had never seen this happen before). Initially $913. Repair failed. Tech Center got involved. Replaced electronic control module ($2,500), but that didn't fix the problem. Appealed to VW Customer Care. Finally a new fuel pump plus other fuel system parts fixed it. VW paid all of $5k bill except the tow. 
52000 mi Urea injection pump (Ad Blue system) failed as well as several other parts in the system. 

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2012 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

2600 mi ECU computer died. Car would not shut off. 
4000 mi

US $15
The car is equipped with KESSY. I would start the car, it would run for two seconds and then shut off. Dealer could not replicate the problem. It has happened 6 times since purchase. Driver error has been ruled out. 
5000 mi Dealer did not warn me that this engine still was one that needed a break in period. As known it will burn 1 quart of oil. This either caused the oil pressure sensor to malfunction or was coincidence. 

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2012 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

47000 mi

US $645
Engine light on & wrench off & on randomly. Also tranny seemed jumpy/clunky. Purge valve and maf sensor malfunctioning - had to replace both. 
7300 mi Loose fuel cap turn check engine light on and did not turn off after driving for couple of days. 
15000 mi Faulty fuel cap. 
17000 mi Same problem "very small gas leak" cause engine light on. Replace the fuel cap before and last time replace the purge valve, but problem came back. This time replace the "leak detection pump". I really hope this time they can fix it. 
53000 mi The car wouldn't start. Next day it did. Went to dealer. Nothing wrong was found. 
64000 mi Check engine light. Replaced throttle sensor 

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2012 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 2.5L I5 5-speed manual FWD

53000 mi

US $250
MAP sensor 
55000 mi Updated the MAP sensor limits. Repair successful. 
67700 mi

US $500
Secondary air injection valve replaced. 
2000 mi Change engine light came on twice. First repair at dealer for N80 valve replacement. Second time check engine light came on car began to stutter and less acceleration. 
6000 mi Incorrect fuel cap (won't fit in holder on re-fueling). 

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2010 Volkswagen Passat

Engine not specified

58000 mi Was shuddering one morning called AAA towed to dlr (CPO car) ignition coil need replace $0 due to ext wrnty 

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2010 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

101680 mi Intake manifold problem, covered under VW Canada warranty extension 

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2010 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed automated manual FWD

68700 mi CEL came on - code 2760 - advised by diagnostic tool that it could be related to low fuel pressure - was advised to drive the car rough - did so and light disappeared. 
75000 mi

US $1620
Rough idiling, CEL was coming on more frequently, started at once/quarter, was up to once/month. PCV replaced, $420. 
84300 mi Check engine light came on P2015, air intake manifold found bad. Dealer replaced all parts under manufacturer extended warranty. 
95000 mi

US $196
Non-local Dealer ran engine codes and found the injector to be bad; was able to replace under warranty; and offered to de-carb everything for under $200. 
56000 mi

US $97
ignition coil failed 
67000 mi

US $600
Cooling fans would run at full speed while car was running and continue to run after car was turned off for a long time. Battery would run down and car would fail to have enough charge to start 
70300 mi Ignition coil failure. 
37000 mi

US $54
Car ran rough, lost power and stalled within a few minutes. Would not restart. Car required a tow to dealer for repair. Fuel injector had failed, causing car electronics to shut down. Parts and labor covered by VW out of warranty. 
47000 mi CEL came on. Code and inspection determined the intake flap was sticking. Replaced under warranty 
55000 mi Leaking oil 
68700 mi

US $150
Oil light came on when starting. For a $66.48 diagnostic fee the dealer found leaks by the oil sensor and rear seal, which they would fix for $516.04 and $1215.32. I left without getting either repaired, but the oil light has not come on since. 
70000 mi Oil leaks. 
38500 mi Leaky coolant pump. Fixed by dealer under power-train warranty. 
44500 mi

US $300
Minor oil leak from the valve cover. Fixed outside warranty. 
36880 mi p2015 code. Malfunctioning intake manifold flap. 

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2010 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed automated manual FWD

62000 mi

C $350
Car stalled and would not start. This is a repeating problem. 
42780 mi

C $50
heat shield between muffler and trunk began to fall off, drooping down under the car. Dealer glued it back on OK but the repair was not covered under VW's 2yr so-called bumper-to-bumper used car warranty 
15000 mi dealer replaced intake manifold and ignition coil prior to me purchasing it. 
57000 mi Timing chain 
74700 mi

US $210
Carbon buildup on valves 
76300 mi

US $1200
High preesure fuel pump and regular feuel pump 
49700 mi

US $300
Engine hard to start when cold. Determined the car had a defective Crank Case Breather Valve. Replaced Crank Case Breather Value with new unit. 

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2010 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel hybrid automated manual 2WD

57660 mi

$1600
Needed to change fuel-spreader for petrol. 

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2010 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automated manual 2WD

51740 mi

C $200
engine light on. recall for intake manifold sensor. 

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2009 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

116000 mi

US $414
will need de carbonizing of fuel injection manifold 
124000 mi

US $1053
Car would not start after sitting in parking lot after dinner, replaced bad fuel pump and module assembly 
130000 mi

US $39
ignition coil replaced 
131000 mi Valve spring broke and repaired, Stuck fuel injector 
138000 mi

US $175
oil pressure sensor 
155000 mi

US $369
replaced breather valve, vehicle has multiple air leaks 
34700 mi Check engine light, not reproducible. 
81000 mi

US $800
1) cleaned carbon off intake valves (was getting misfires & getting worse by week) 2) replaced intake valve stem seals 
100000 mi

US $921
Engine using 3 Qts oil in 10K miles. Replace rear main seal. Replace transmission input shaft seal. 
110000 mi

US $737
Replaced intake manifold Fuel pump died and was replaced. 
111000 mi Fuel Pump Control Module died and was replaced. 
129500 mi

US $540
Radiator fan electrical caused constant battery draw, causing battery to be depleted. 
130000 mi PCV Valve Oil Separator failed; part replaced 
38000 mi Entire intake manifold was replaced 
32240 mi engine, parking brake and emissions warning lights have all come on recently - adjusted and repl as required. 
42780 mi check engine light, check gas cap light and check parking brake light (+ABS warning) came on in the space of a week. Some are related - parts ordered. Annoying! 
45880 mi recurring dash warning lights for check engine and gas cap - apparently all related to emissions control. VW says that their warning systems are too sensitive! 
46500 mi second failure of intake manifold. Old manifold flapper valve had a plastic tab - these almost all fail. My 1st failed at 15,000km, and now again. New part has metal tab. See service manager more often than my good friends! aux cooling fan - had an intermittent fault - which meant occasionally main cooling fan running longer than it should. Warning light was automatically assumed to be faulty (of course - VW) but this time it was showing as an emmision fault. 
82440 mi

C $700
Heavy carbon buildup mostly due to DI design - off warranty so no help from VW. 2 full handfulls of carbon where removed! Told that this is normal for 2.0T and many other DI motors. s1 injector and 1 coil also needed replacement. 
83080 mi

C $720
Fuel system - throttle body replaced. Seems premature, as are most component failures. No non proprietary parts available. 
94880 mi dashboard warning light indicated engine overheating and guage showed maximum temperature. Car was towed to service center, no overheating observed, not recorded in vehicle computer and could not be replicated. Problem has not recurred. 
108880 mi

C $1
main front crankshaft seal - leaking. Seal is a very flimsy single filament model that replaces earlier more robust units - mechanic reports common early KM replacements required. Expensive!! 
109980 mi

C $550
main engine cooling fan failed to start till temp at 130, auxiliary fan burned out. 
100000 mi

US $670
Engine running rough - spark plugs changed Engine leaking oil - Oil gasket changed 
53000 mi Turbo needed a new valve or something as it had a small leak that was under warranty. Also arbon build up started at 37K miles. It was out of warranty and was 1000 dollars plus then usually what happen they screw up the injectors. 
55800 mi

C $560
Manifold flap stuck 
38000 mi

US $50
Turbo recirculating valve (diverter valve) was leaking oil. Upper timing belt cover was leaking oil. All replaced under VW CPO warranty with $50 deductible. 
58000 mi Vehicle needed to have the Intake Manifold replaced. Included replacement of the Intake Manifold Gasket and Throttle Body Gasket. 
46000 mi Check engine light was on though the car operated normally. Intake manifold and fuel injector o-rings were replaced under warranty and that resolved the problem. 
77605 mi

US $688
Carbon build up on intake valves. Cleaned carbon from valves and intake ports. Replaced injector origns ans cleaned injector bores. Check engine light was on. Carbon build up on intake valves. Cleaned carbon from valves and intake ports. Replaced injector origns ans cleaned injector bores. 
93000 mi

US $662
Turbo bypass valve replaced. It was leaking oil into engine. Breather valve failed. It was replaced. 
117000 mi

US $407
Check engine light on. Replaced high fuel pressure sensor in injector rail 
71000 mi

US $415
Evidence of very slight engine oil leak at turbo bypass vale and timing belt cover. Valve replaced, timing belt cover gasket replaced. 
77000 mi

US $100
Rear main engine seal leaking. Replaced under extened warranty. Total bill $950, owner's share was $100 due to warranty. 

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2009 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

23560 mi Intake flap sensor replaced 
26040 mi Intake manifold replaced 
71900 mi Engine Light On, Intake manifold replaced a second time. 

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2009 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

101000 mi

US $109
Cam chain tensioner failure resulted in engine locking up. Repair would cost more than car value. Sold to different mechanic for very little who said he would replace engine and then sell. Bought Camry as replacement. No more VWs. 
27000 mi Intake was replaced under extended warranty for problems with intake flap valve and actuator 
28000 mi

US $50
Radiator had a seam leak. Replaced with new 
5051 mi Check engine light / gas cap light (evap leak warning) 
8195 mi Check engine light /gas cap light (evap leak warning) 
12228 mi Check engine light/gas cap light (evap leak warning). Dealer replaced N80 purge valve. 
19000 mi Check Engine light diagnosed as bad flap/motor in intake manifold. Parts replaced, but check engine light came back. Car immediately returned, dealer performed some adaptation procedures, but check engine light again illuminated. Car returned to shop after a new intake manifold that was ordered, arrived; however, the dealer could not finish the installation because dealer failed to order a few bolts that were also needed. Faulty intake manifold replaced along with two seals for injectors that came out when original manifold was taken out. Check engine light no longer comes on and driveabiliy improved, so I think this fixed the problem 
107700 mi

¤500
Fuel pump replacement 
37000 mi Faulty fuel injector. Repaired under certified used car warranty.  
85000 mi

US $1800
Needs new intake manifold, $650. Apparently, this is a common issue with Passats. The engine light will come on and you will notice a decrease in power. It should be brought in for repairs as soon as possible,. needed new fuel pump, $1150. 
111500 mi

US $350
I noticed a squeal coming from my engine and brought it to my independent repair shop the next day. The 'blower' stopped working and had to be replaced. About $170 for the part and $180 for labor. 
115000 mi

US $720
replaced water pump 
43000 mi

US $200
Fuel injector stopped working 
47300 mi

US $675
Warning light on. Initially it was reset (one day and free). It came back on. Flapper sensor valve replaced.($675 - second day). Light came on. Rechecked and determined to be a VW extended warranty repair item for an intake manifold probem. 
60000 mi

US $458
the coil for the spark generation went bad for one cylinder. All 4 were replaced. 
8281 mi Check Engine Light On, hose replaced 
11206 mi Engine Light On, hose replaced 
79000 mi

US $430
breather valve clogged 
103000 mi

US $800
Needed to "decarbonize" the valves - also about $800. 
104300 mi

US $600
Then needed new water pump - about $600 
115300 mi

US $1109
Water pump - intake manifold studs - injector seal 
51000 mi

US $470
Intake manifold replaced under warranty. $470 charged to clean deposits from intake. 
79000 mi Engine light was on. Mechanic diagnostic as a manifold problem. Stated VW would have to fix also stated that this is a known problem with this vehicle. I have not taken it to VW yet to fix. Mechanic estimated the cost to be around $800. 
98000 mi

US $2000
Had to replace all four fuel injectors 
99000 mi

US $600
turbo valve being broke. I was told it was wide open and thus pushing oil through the engine. Main rear seal was leaking oil like a sieve. The valve problem caused the seal to leak. The cost to repair the seal would have been over 2 grand, so I fixed the valve and traded in the vehicle within a week. 

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2009 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 110hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 5-speed manual FWD

128800 mi

€500
turbo actuator faulty. replaced ok but oil line damaged by tech, also replaced 

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2009 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automatic 2WD

66000 mi

US $980
Intake manifolds valve and valve position sensor. Valve stuck in open position. 

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2008 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

46334 mi Replaced breather valve (warranty) 
47000 mi

US $540
Replaced thermostat; required removal of several components, radiator flush, drain coolant. 
70000 mi

US $250
Coolant container was cracked. It was not leaking, but decided to replace. 
85700 mi

US $1289
Engine chirp when cold; fixed by replacing timing belt, water pump, rollers, tensioner (kit).  Replaced dipstick. 
32000 mi Check engine light on. Engine surging. 
48000 mi one of the two electrical cooling fans had stopped working 
100000 mi

US $150
Coil packs were replaced due to missfire 
68000 mi Intake manifold carbon build-up. Hampered throttle valve movement. Replaced under an unpublished courtesy warranty by VW. 
69000 mi

US $875
Water pump leaking due to cracks in the pump body. Complete unit (including thermostat, temp sensor)was replaced. 
78000 mi

US $140
Air pressure light was on, but tires were full. Engine light came on shortly afterwards and that was caused by carbon buildup on direct injection ports. Both lights reset and we were given VW branded intake cleaner to apply to next 3 tanks . 
110000 mi

US $250
replace engine coolant temp sensor and thermostat 
57700 mi Bad intake manifold. Fixed under warranty. 
22000 mi Engine started making loud high pitched constant shriek/whistle. Didn't vary with engine or vehicle speed but only appears after driving for more than 5 minutes. Diagnosed as turbo vacuum pressure issue. Part replaced under warrantee. 
2000 mi Software reflash. Computer picked up undervoltage code from engine knock sensor...could have been due to brief electrical disconnections. 
28000 mi Dealer replaced defective PCV valve, which had a cracked diaphragm; creating a "screech" or high pitched whistle while engine was running. 
33000 mi The car lost power and the MIL came on and made a high pitched noise while coasting. The exhaust bypass valve was broke and was replaced by the dealer. It seems to be a common issue, they knew exactly what it was when I showed up. 
50000 mi

US $190
Intake manifold flaps 
56700 mi

US $50
Fuel pump, in tank, failure 
75300 mi

US $1500
Intake manifold racked 
93300 mi

US $580
Coolant loss due to cracked inlet housing. Had to replace inlet housing. Cost listed also includes an oil change. 
98000 mi Engine has a slight misfire. 
107000 mi

US $800
Random misfire reported. Changed plugs, removed carbon buildup. 
108000 mi

US $700
Lack of power and random misfire; took apart and cleaned carbon buildup. 
110000 mi

US $1900
Fuel pump housing cracked causing strong fuel smell in car. Fuel intake valve stuck on wide open flooding one cylinder. 
3000 mi Ordered sensor that controls flapper valve. Replaced sensor that controls "flapper" valve. Required removal of intake manifold to replace. 
27300 mi Had misfire on a few cylinders. Swapped a couple of spark plugs. 
52000 mi

US $531
Cold start issues. Engine sludge cleanup 
53500 mi

US $532
Cleaned the manifold - 531$ after 20% rebate. Didn't fix the problem. Replaced the coils - Didn't fix the problem. Replaced the injectors - Fixed the problem. VW extended warranty to 120,000 miles on the injectors and manifold. 
61300 mi

US $700
Fuel pump defective, caused car to stop at highway speed or idling 
34700 mi Car was running too cool, so replaced thermostat. 
26500 mi Intake flap malfunction. 
81000 mi Rear crankshaft seal replaced. 
9300 mi O2 Sensor. 
21080 mi Fuel pressure sensor. 
29760 mi Faulty Gas Cap 
40300 mi Knock Sensor 
76100 mi

C $800
Timing Belt - 120,000km - Tensioner was seizing.  

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2008 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

112500 mi

US $1800
Water pump, Thermostat and belt replaced because water pump was leaking. 
77000 mi

US $400
check engine light, Thermostat replaced 

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2008 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

39000 mi Oil leak on top portion of engine. 3 gaskets replaced under powertrain warranty. 
73500 mi

US $350
Serpetine Belt Tensioner Pulley seized up, causing the belt to fall off. Car had to be towed home. Parts purchased at local VW dealer, service performed by owner. 
86000 mi

US $350
Replaced both radiator cooling fans. Replaced low pressure fuel sensor. 
73000 mi

US $100
CEL was on and had dealer pull the code, after some diagnostics they determined that the EGR valve needed replacement. Total cost would have been $275, but was covered under extended warantee so only cost me $100 out of pocket. 
86000 mi

US $100
Final check of car before 85K warrantee expired. Found leaking radiator.  Also found 2 engine oil leaks that required gasket replacement. 
73700 mi

US $300
Low pressure sensor replaced 

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2008 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

20000 mi Was hearing a loud high pitch sound from engine compartment. Dealer determined that some pressure regulator had been broken and was losing vacuum pressure which was causing high pitch whistle. 
35000 mi Check engine light showed up and result was a low-pressure fuel sensor had gone bad. 
12000 mi Car would sporadically not start. Steering column and EMC replaced. 
30000 mi Engine light came on. Problem was diagnosed as a faulty valve. It was replaced. 
40700 mi

US $750
Spark igniter failed. Needed to replace all igniters and plugs. 
42000 mi

US $250
Turbo diverter valve seal was leaking 
20000 mi Fuel pressure sensor defective, reading low. 
36000 mi Blown gasket on crank-case sensor. 
103000 mi

US $805
High pressure fuel pump destroys cam follower, which wears down intake camshaft. About $2000. New hpfp, cam follower, and intake camshaft to repair it. 
60000 mi Fuel pump control module failure. Replaced under Certified warranty. 
75000 mi

US $300
Cracked intake manifold. 
95000 mi

US $77
A hole rusted the an exhaust sleeve connecting two pipes. sleeve replaced 
57000 mi

US $100
PCV Valve issue causing a vacuum leak. Reinstalled after applying Silicone but started again after 100 miles. Needs that part and possibly other parts 
58300 mi

US $300
Same problem as before, PCV valve causing a vacuum leak. 
149000 mi

US $1150
Also replaced an oil seal 
152300 mi

US $900
Engine was leaking coolant from freeze plugs between engine and transmission. Transmission had to be pulled to repair coolant leaks. 
32240 mi

$300
Engine overheating, showing symptom of radiator fan running overun for more than 5 minute everytime after engine switch off, temperature rising more than 100 degree C, when running above 120KMH. 
66000 mi

US $600
Hesitation. Found to be high pres fuel pump mechanical interface. Cam shaft has to be replaced. Replaced interface only, cam shaft repair is $1500 job, and timing belt replacement is soon. Do together. 
103000 mi Intermittent check engine light under full acceleration 
43000 mi "Small Evaporator leak".  
48000 mi Ignition switch required steering column repair 
45000 mi Breather Valve faulty. 
72000 mi

US $400
PCV Valve Replaced 
29000 mi Third time had to take car in to re-place the gas cap. Check engine light comes on with the fuel cap indicator as well. Check engine light came once again after only one day after being fix 
40500 mi replaced leaking valve cover gasket 
116000 mi

US $200
The ignition coil on cylinder 2 went bad so I replaced all 4 coils and 4 plugs. The plugs were due to be replaced in 5k miles anyway. Could have repaired the car for $35 but did all the coils just in case. 
124300 mi

US $400
Thermostat and sensor replaced 
140000 mi

US $150
Replaced pcv valve and purge valve 
145000 mi

US $250
Turbo Failed and destroyed intercooler and Catalytic convertor 
62300 mi

US $400
Intake code po2015 
54700 mi

US $233
MIL came on, thermostat found to be bad also changed temperature sensor mechanic found turbo bypass valve to be leaking oil 
59000 mi

US $800
roller on timing belt squeaked, roller changed on warranty, owner had timing belt & water pump changed 
52000 mi

US $310
Engline light code showing system too lean. Proper amount of gasoline not flowing into system due to faulty sensor. Repaired successfully. 
37000 mi turbo solenoid 
115000 mi we have had several problems with the fuel injectors and ignition coils. On several occasions had to have the water pump replaced. We ended up taking the car in for about 6 times to get water pump replaced. 
90000 mi PCV Valve recall 
66340 mi

C $355
Check engine light on. Not sure if it is being caused by evap purge valve. Car has not been driven much since summer. 
94000 mi

US $7200
Timing chain tensioner broke and destroyed engine 
43000 mi oil drain plug/lower pan, common problem with 2.0T engine, not covered by warrantee. cost est $200/300. traded instead of fixing because got a good deal on a CC. 
87000 mi

US $1739
Failed crankcase breather caused rear main oil seal to leak 
81000 mi

US $1800
-Intake valve carbon cleaning 
17300 mi Fuel system 
15000 mi Ignition coil, they replaced coil pack on cyclinder 2.  
24000 mi Car would only start after two tries dealer could not reproduce it or imo did not even look. Still car starts funny or almost does not catch when turning over for the 1st crank.  
24500 mi I have a few issues like over the speed bumps or a dip the front right side makes a noise that seems like the suspension is loose, the car would take more then one try to start, rattles all over the palce. So of course in VW fashion nothing 
74400 mi

C $800
muffler and tail pipe replacement 
81220 mi intake manifold cleaned from carbon deposit sensor and thermostat replaced (cooling system) 
79500 mi

US $330
faulty breather valve 
52366 mi Replaced worn out Cam Follower, Camshaft. Performed Cylinder Head repair. Replaced the Premium 7 radio head unit. 
98300 mi

US $2500
replace valves 

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2008 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 160hp 1.8L I4 6-speed automated manual FWD

45260 mi

$270
Fuel pump control module was faulty. Part No 1K0 906 093F. 
47120 mi

$100
Exhaust downpipe header joint cracked and required welding. 
63860 mi

$2550
1. Changed rocker arms and hydraulic lifters as they were loose and giving out knocking sounds. 2. Leaking vacuum valve gasket. Rear fuel pump and relay module faulty. 
68200 mi

$700
Water pump and coolant pipes were leaking. 

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2008 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

43000 mi Car was missing. Ended up being a bad ground to the fuel pressure regulator. Repaired, and no problem since. 

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2008 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

53300 mi

US $550
High pressure fuel pump on engine not working. 

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2008 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

35500 mi engine runs uneven and rev meter goes up and down in even rythem, excessive burn of fuel 

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2007 Volkswagen Passat

Engine not specified

38620 mi

﷼600
The oil cooler mixed oil and coolant, they replaced it for me. $600 US. 
30000 mi Some kind of hose broke on top of the engine. Leaked oil, shorted spark plug and car died on me. Then started again but oil kept leaking. They replaced the hose. During normal driving car started to sound like it had no muffler. Dealer replaced broken Catalic converter. 900 dollar repair covered by warranty. 
96000 mi

US $272
EPC system short 

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2007 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

60000 mi

US $980
Exhaust pipe broke just after turbo 
90000 mi

US $1100
Thermostat replacement 
94000 mi

US $120
Slight misfire at full throttle. Decided to replace coils and plugs since car was coming up on a major service interval anyway. 
70000 mi For 2+ mo.: push key does not start engine on first try; now "steering column defective" error; eventual no start if untreated (dealership says); dealership repaired/replaced comfort module on steering column and no further issue. 
81000 mi

US $634
Fuel smell in engine compartment & cabin; shop found fuel leak in fuel injector rails but special tool required to fix, recommended take to dealership. Shop recommend drive straight to dealer. Car at dealership now, on separate repair trip. At least one fuel injector seal leaking fuel from pressurized system. All four seals replaced. (Note: self repair would have required $250 special tool to pull injectors and 4 o-rings $25.) 
85000 mi

US $8000
Engine head replaced. Timing belt tensioner broke and the timing belt skipped a tooth. Interference engine caused all 16 valves to get crunched. 
80000 mi

US $50
Engine light on replaced thermostat 
85000 mi

US $1000
Cam follower failed damaging the head beyond repair. This was repaired under VW extended warranty. While the engine was apart timing belt and tension pulleys were replaced along with spark plugs and oil changed. This I had to pay for. 
86300 mi

US $1120
Exhaust pipe broke at catalytic converter. Entire exhaust system replaced. 
77700 mi

US $280
Had to replace a sensor that affected fuel pressure in system, causing low fuel pressure and therefore stalling. 
81000 mi

US $250
Cam Follower - Issue often found with these engines. Fixed under extended manufacturer warranty applied to this issue specifically. 
234000 mi The timing belt let go, and the engine needed a valve job. I sold it to someone more ambitious than I, and he's going to get it going again. 
97000 mi

US $182
Cooling fans not working 
32000 mi No problems found but Fault Code: P0456 - Evaporative Emission System Control System Very Small Leak Detected Sporadic. They performed the "OY12" Recall Software Update and erased fault codes and reset computer readiness codes. 
60800 mi Had 3 "Campaigns" performed: 1) PCV Valve Update, 2) Engine Control Software Update, 3) Airbag Wiring Update. Also had BG Products Intake Manifold Cleaning service. 
117500 mi

US $1240
Exhaust leak at the pipe immediately after the Turbo Exhaust Outlet where the Pipe joins the Flange. The Pipe broke completely free from the Flange. New Exhaust Pipe Catalyst section (VW P/N: 3C0-254-505-X) installed plus Clamp and Gasket. 
129000 mi

US $290
The Engine was taking a much longer than normal to warm up in cold weather. The Coolant Thermostat was stuck open. The Coolant Thermostat was replaced. 
132000 mi

US $79
I replaced all 4 Ignition Coils and Spark Plugs due to P0303 Cylinder 3 Misfire Code. The Code has remained off for >1200 Miles so far. 
141000 mi

US $1100
Cleaned Carbon Deposits off Engine Intake Manifold Flaps and Engine Intake Valves. Changed Engine Oil/Filter. Cleaned Evap Valve. 
142000 mi

US $36
I installed a new Evaporative Emission (EVAP) Canister Purge Regulator Valve (N80 Valve). It stopped the P0171 Fuel Trim, Bank1 System too Lean and P0455 EVAP Emission Contr. Sys. (Gross Leak) Leak Detected DTCs from triggering/logging. 
152000 mi

US $68
18DEC2014 - @152,591 Miles I replaced the Thermostat. It was difficult to remove and replace but probably saved ~$600 doing it myself. 
153000 mi Suspect a secondary Thermostat failed. Engine didn't circulate PCV Vapor through the Catch Can as a tan milky substance clogged its hose. Condensation trapped. Engine oil became watery and this led to oil pump failure which ruined the engine. 
55000 mi Oil found dripping, vaccum tube replaced, found drip still happening, faulty turbo seal. Seal not repairable, turbo replaced. 
70000 mi In omaha, NE. Faulty PCV. Replaced.  In Novi. MI. Weld on Turbo catalytic converter broke. New cat converter installed. 
92000 mi evap system malfuntioning. There is a TSB but car is out of warranty. Faulty system design. 
11066 mi Harsh transmission shift diagnosed as faulty valve body on previous service visit. Correction: Install new valve body 
12025 mi Reported continuing harsh tranmission shifts. Correction: Tech solution 2012810 - reflash for valve body. Auto-up window stops and goes back down. Correction: lubricate window channels 
19314 mi Returned for flash "OY" Correction: Flash completed 
29596 mi (New) driver door seal coming off - repaired. Rear hatch groaning - new lock plate & motor ordered. MIL light on. Replace charcoal canister. Reset pwr windows to basic setting re: auto up/down issue. Harsh 1-2 shift continues - no solution. 
28746 mi Repair door seal (install ordered parts from last service). Lubricate window channels (auto-up going down). Check engine light on again - install vacuum pipe. Water dripping into car through car washes. No leaks found by dealer. Re-programmed ECU RVUTB 03 
48140 mi Harsh 1-2 transmission shift - VTA 497265 replaced fuel pump control module. MIL light on. TSB#2013354 - Replaced N80 valve, hose & clamps. 
51165 mi

C $125
RPM's surging at idle - Fault P2187, replace breather valve. 
51395 mi Hard starts and stalling: Car turns over and starts but dies within 3-5 seconds. Replace steering column control module, comfort control module and N80 valve. Repair not usually covered by warranty, but covered as a goodwill gesture. 
64000 mi Turbo was leaking oil. Replaced a gasket. 
82300 mi

US $400
the weld that connects the exhaust to the turbo flange failed. It had to be rewelded. 
40000 mi they were still investigating why it was losing a quart every 1k and also not showing a warning when there was low oil. 
24800 mi The warning lamp for exhaust emission lit up. This required replacement of a certain part. 
71300 mi

$23
Broken carbon canister shutoff valve 
42780 mi A flange on the catalytic converter failed, requiring replacement of the cat converter. 
72540 mi Check engine light was on. Loss of power. 
80160 mi

C $200
Engine exhaust gasket was replaced 
85560 mi Checked oil and it was completely dry. Three liters were added. No leaks found. Must go back to dealer after 1000 km 
170000 mi

US $729
Both radiator fans failed & were replaced @ dealership. One of the fans is required for A/C. 
14000 mi Flapper valve motor needed to be reset to spec. Was told if problem reoccured,the motor would be replaced. No mil so far after2 weeks! 
47000 mi REPLACED HIGH PRESSURE FUEL PUMP AND RELATED PARTS AS PER FACTORY EXTENDED BULLETIN.Also intake flapper motor as documented on earlier visits,CEL on. No charge on repairs,rental car for one day. 
65000 mi

US $335
Check engine light,evaporator sensor replaced Recall on PVC valve,replaced under warranty 
75000 mi

US $390
Check engine light,intake sensor,ran intake deposits cleaner. 
88660 mi Check engine light came on, took into the dealership and they were not able to locate the problem. They did note that there was a technical note on the exhaust lobes of the camshaft and if the engine starts to miss-fire we should return. 
38500 mi Vacuum leak in exhaust system caused check engine light to illuminate. Covered under extended warranty. 
40000 mi Check engine light reilluminated--replaced several parts in the turbo and emissions system 
52000 mi

US $900
All four motor mounts were worn. Thought this was odd since one was replaced only a week before. After driving away from the dealership the original problem was noted namely that the car jerked when downshifting on automatic transmission. 

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2007 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

7440 mi Fuel cap and check engine lights intermittently illuminating; codes cleared, no recurrence, repaired under warranty 
39680 mi Check engine light illuminated; check with my VAG-COM scan tool revealed a series of codes related to the intake runner flap motor. Took the scan result and downloaded TSB to the dealer during routine service. Computer reflashed, problem corrected. 
53940 mi CEL for random misfire cyl 4 and second random misfire cyl 1, diagnosed by owner (VAG-COM). TSB for crankcase breather valve. Valve replaced by dealer under warranty 
58280 mi Squeaking belts when cold. Dealer unable to reproduce. 
80600 mi

C $800
Preventive timing belt replacement 
24000 mi air intake manifold bad 
40000 mi Replace intake manifold again. Fuel pump replaced. 
82000 mi

US $1040
Down pipe including cat had to be replace. Pipe cracked after turbo 
81220 mi

C $50
Intake flap module was replaced 
10000 mi CEL - o2 sensor code. replaced intake flapper, covered under warranty 
12000 mi re-repair o2 sensor 
66000 mi Car would start, but wouldn't continue running. Covered outside of warranty under a recall 
74300 mi

US $500
Valve cover gasket cracked 

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2007 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 170hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 6-speed automated manual FWD

76000 mi

£250
Engine speed sensor failed. Bolt sheared on attempted removal resulting in gearbox having to be removed 

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2007 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

41000 mi

US $119
Intermittant immobilizer. 
49000 mi Check engine light. Replaced gas cap. Also ordered sensor. Sensor replaced. Check engine light out. 
76000 mi

US $500
When fixing the hose they found a small leak in the radiator and replaced it. 
23000 mi Oil pump bolt loosened. Replaced with new model bolt, oil changed because of metal fragments. Requires pulling transmission for access. 
30000 mi replaced chain tensioner and bolts 
32000 mi bas coolant level sensor replaced 
40000 mi

US $100
check engine light on; no error code 
43000 mi Catalytic Converter had to be replaced. Owner noticed major vibrating noise and took it to the dealer. Dealer immdly diagnosed problem and resolved it within 4 hrs. Car was over the 4yr/40k warnty - but the prts/lbr was covered 
61700 mi

US $84
Coolant low warning sign - had to flush out coolant and new coolan 
70000 mi

US $280
Replace Vent Hose 
100000 mi

US $340
Water hose had to be replaced, it was a formed hose and needed special clamps per the dealer and the hose alone was $200. This hose was rubbing the electric fan and developed a leak. 

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2007 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

24000 mi Bolt to oil pump broke causing engine to loose oil pressure. Oil pump and timing chain along with all applicable gaskets and hoses replaced under warranty. Known issue on early build 3.6 motors. 
33000 mi Took car for routine maintenance. Dealer discovered leaking radiator. Fixed under warranty at no cost. 
63000 mi

US $1200
Serpentine belt roller melted, belt snapped, engine overheated. 

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2007 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

250-horsepower 3.2L V6 6-speed automated manual AWD

64100 mi Replaced faulty lambda sensor 

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2007 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

59000 mi Valve cover gasket failure, repaired under powertrain warranty 
99300 mi

US $63
N80 purge valve failure 
132700 mi

US $129
R&R valve cover gasket 
88700 mi

US $400
Coil caught fire 
110000 mi

US $550
Could not remove key from electric lock 
121000 mi

US $732
Multiple coil pack failure, other sensors. Coils are a constant headache. Going to sell the car! 
127300 mi

US $650
Ignition coils smoking 
9000 mi Emissions warning light (gas cap) comes on which eventually leads to the check engine light coming on. Replaced the gas cap and some sensors, had to order some hose from Germany. 
9000 mi Return to replace a hose related to emissions ordered after previous visit. 
51000 mi Flap motor on air intake malfunctioned, produced and error code and was replaced. Codes reset. 
52000 mi Motor that controlled air flap on intake quit working again, VW replaced under warranty 
70000 mi

US $1200
replace valve cover gastket to repair small oil leak 
101000 mi

US $1450
The exhaust pipe cracked just before Catlytic converter and had to be replaced. 
56000 mi

US $500
Replaced 4 coils - cylinder 1 misfire Replaced front brakes too 
33400 mi Excessive oil usage. Diagnosis: one of the cylinders was not round. Entire engine was replaced under warranty. 
47000 mi I lemoned this car after 13 months of ownership. It had 49k on the clock. Said vehicle burned 1.3 quarts of oil per 1000 miles. 
38000 mi

US $60
Repaired the Valve that controls the oil pressure I believe PAF valve 
56000 mi

US $3000
Bent intake valve broken spark plugs 
37000 mi pvc valve bad...causing oil leak. must be taken to dealer to be covered by warranty. 200 mile one way. ordered part to perform DIY repair. trip 
37000 mi

US $159
made appointment. drove to dealer. told many items on warranty/computer needed update/repair. dealer would only do oil leak as that was why i had an appointment after i returned home (200mi) i found a tube/pipe not reconnected. 
42780 mi

$1300
Water pump and thermostat failure at 69,000 KM. 
67000 mi

US $987
A filter in the emissions system broke down and clogged the systems causing a loss of power. 
83000 mi

US $1800
Manifold replaced 
87000 mi

US $957
Serpentine belt Emission failed 
20000 mi Oil filler cap had a leak, replaced 
21000 mi Replaced leaky oil cap. 
81000 mi

US $600
I had 2 separate issues: 1. Crank Case Valve & gasket leaking/spraying oil. Repaired by Strong VW Dealer in SLC. 2. My car spun on ICE & hit the cement barrier. Had to fix steel wheel & wheel bearing assembly. Repaired at other shop 
108300 mi

US $3700
The factory turbo down pipe snapped and broke free which meant the turbo system was no longer functioning properly and there was a drastic loss in power and increase in exhaust noise. 
118000 mi

US $1500
oil was leaking into the coil packs and causing misfires. Coils replaced. Transmission work done as well (fluids for tiptronic auto) I think my previous trip to do some upgrades may have opened up gasket and allowed oil into coils 
65100 mi Service light on - air mass sensor ordered 
15000 mi Emission sensor. 
25000 mi Engine light came on, fixed, then came on again, half an hour after leaving shop, took three trips. Had this problem six times while owned the car. VW dealer said they did not know why, never offered to replace the sensor. Engine started shaking while driving at low speeds. Shop could not replicate problem, but started as soon as we left dealarship. Car returned to us dirty. Sold the damned car. Now just have the Accord to save on money 
14000 mi Key fob sticking in ignition. New ignition switch ordered. 
15000 mi Ignition switch replaced under warranty. 
36000 mi PCV valve replaced 
57000 mi

US $1763
Broken valve spring Engine control management module and throttle sender unit both failed 
113300 mi

US $1070
valve cover gaskets and breather tube leaking; worn spark plugs replaced. oil return line off turbo leaking. Part and required gaskets replaced. 
20000 mi Catalytic converter replaced under factory warranty. 
87000 mi

US $2300
Crankshaft malfunction. Check engine light came on. Dealer said it will cost 2300 to fix. We decided to trade in the car with its remaining value with a brand new crv. Would never buy a vw. Not in this lifetime. 
55000 mi pcv valve replacement 
139100 mi Flex exhaust pipe leaking Other shop advised I wait till it breaks more to do repair 
22000 mi Intake Motor was working incorrectly on recent road trip. CEL came up for a couple of hours and then disappeared. Dealer checked the fault codes and replaced the motor under warranty. 
43800 mi CEL denoted a small EVAP. Dealership replaced the entire EVAP line. 
111000 mi

US $80
Just bought the car. Broken motor mount bolt point found when changing a timing belt. Used the Diesel Geek park to fit the missing piece of block. Did not take off turbo, just used one of two bolts and JB Weld. Timing belt replacement. Need to use new bolts on these cars. Last bolts used to connect the mount to the block were weak. Two of the three were sheered off almost causing the old timing belt to break and drop the engine. 
85300 mi Bad coil, new plugs, 
85700 mi

US $45
Ignition coil Another bad ignition coil 
29000 mi I believe it was a PCV valve that was replaced. Had an intermittent whine or high pitch whistle. 
1200 mi Realigned trunk lid that was crooked at delivery. Lubricated key/shifter interlock mechanism to stop the key from getting stuck in the ignition. Brake pedal easily goes to the floor - dealership states this is "working as designed." Passenger-side dash 
67000 mi Flange that holds front catalytic converter to rear of turbo housing broke off, creating an open exhaust. 
36000 mi Purge valve was replaced. Notorious issue for the FSI 2.0 turbos. Replaced with updated and improved factory part by local VW dealer under warranty. 

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2007 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

16000 mi

US $80
Malfunction Indicator Light on. 2 problems: a) Evap emission ctrl sys recall. New parts installed;  Second problem b) 3 cyls intermittent miss per OBD II. Software flashed 
85000 mi

US $440
CEL came on due to "Performance Malfunction in Cooling System" (error code P2181). After various diagnostics (by myself and by the shop) it turned out that the thermostat had to be replaced. 
40000 mi Performed required vehicle update (RVU) which fixed engine light problem. 
133000 mi

US $220
Replace thermostat 
97000 mi

US $2300
fuel pump that runs off the camshaft broke and camshaft needed replacing. 
100000 mi

US $400
Thermostat replaced 
60000 mi

US $1225
Car started rough and then stalled when cold. After restart, car ran normally.  

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2007 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 170hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 6-speed automated manual FWD

43060 mi

A $1600
Faulty fuel injector sensor replaced - significant cost of $1600, which I consider a high cost / risk for a vehicle with barely 40,000 miles! 

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2007 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

37200 mi

A $350
Replace Cam Shaft Position Sensor 
45880 mi Injector Failure. 4 Injectors replaced. 
54140 mi Replaced injectors failed again. All 4 injectors replaced for second time. 
66960 mi

A $1600
Engine Light On. Glow Plugs replaced but problem not fixed. 

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2007 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

105500 mi Seems that there may be an emissions issue, perhaps catalytic converter? Will need more diagnostics. 

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2006 Volkswagen Passat

Engine not specified

84000 mi intake manifold kept getting stuck open. 
24000 mi PCV valve 
35000 mi ignition coil replaced 

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2006 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

125000 mi Cam follower, VW repaired under extended warranty for known problem coverage. 
101000 mi leak in coolant system Broken dipstick receptacle leaking and defective vacuum hose 
134540 mi

C $185
Camshaft position sensor working intermittently according to VAG-COM. Replaced sensor and reset codes. Coolant temperature sensor causing an engine code. Replaced sensor and reset codes 
9900 mi Flashed TCU with software update (1135)and replaced transmission's Valve Body, problem fixed. 
18000 mi Installed new Fuel Pump Control Module, per TSB 010806. RVU 17D1/07 on PCV Valve and Hose.  
20200 mi

US $45
Installed "D" version of Diverter Valve on turbo. 
8400 mi Failed Ignition Coil...took break downs and two trips to the dealer to determine the issue. Read many bad reviews regarding ignition coils in vw. I'm praying I make it home from work today!! 
58000 mi

US $80
MIL came on, dealer scanned and said it was an evaporative leak code but they could not find a problem.  Same visit, ignition coils were replaced via recall/warranty, no cost to me, and car runs noticeably better. My $80 cost was the diagnostic charge. 
42000 mi Boost Pressure Control Valve replaced with redesigned part. Intake flap or intake manifold runner remained stuck and caused CEL. Part was ordered and changed. 
45000 mi

US $315
Problem fixed on second visit to dealer with the replacement of the N80 valve. On initial visit, the dealer had replaced several parts but the CEL reappeared on the way home. 
51000 mi

US $450
Catalytic converter weld failure: the flange between the cat and the turbo cracked at the weld line. Replaced with an after-market part at a fraction of the OEM cost. 
105000 mi

US $50
OBDII error code shoes small leak detected 
112000 mi

US $100
Thermostat failure: engine takes long time to warm up, especially in cold weather. 
116000 mi Alternator clutch (pulley) started slipping and then froze. Replacement was easy, but a special tool ($12 on ebay) is needed. 
15000 mi Flash update. 
59000 mi Intake manifold runner flap motor was stuck open. This problem initially came up in March, but was repaired with a computer flash. Dealer covered replacement under warranty even though warranty was expired. 
65000 mi Drove 1 block from home and a warning sounded instructing me to shut down the engine because of critically low oil pressure. The dealer could find no leaks or other issues, but oil was low over 2 qts. None was showing on the dipstick. 
72000 mi Same oil pressure problem as before. This time when the light came on I was near a PepBoys and added a quart of oil. I took it in 2 days later. An oil change was performed and was told to monitor it regularly. No leak was found. 
110000 mi

US $172
The Exhaust converter/adaptor from the exhaust manifold weld failed causing serious noise. 
156300 mi

US $300
Car stumbled occasioanly 
19000 mi The camshaft on the fuel pump was binding. Part was replaced and new bolts installed. 
21000 mi

US $1468
The car would not start, no sounds were made, the lights would come on and prompted to turn wheel, eventually vehicle would start after trying for 2 minutes. Steering column control module internal malfunction and faults with comfort control module. 
26000 mi

US $354
Cam breather stuck closed causing the engine to idle rough and stall when stopped. 
29000 mi Fuel sensor replaced. Fuel, sensor, pump, and injector on national back order took 5 days to come in. Fuel injector replaced Fuel pump replaced 
97000 mi

US $800
Electronic parts that controlled vacuum and emission needed to be replaced 
105000 mi

US $300
replaced the head gasket 
47000 mi occasional lack of power. Checked intake runner flap, reflashed. 
33000 mi Replaced defective cam shaft due to abnormal wear on the lobe that drives the fuel pump. Also replaced the fuel pump. This is a known problem. 
53000 mi broken weld on exhaust manifold 
50000 mi

US $600
Thermostat needed to be replaced, causing "check engine/smog" light to come on. 
60000 mi

US $873
Replace turbo pressure regulating valve,replace left outer axle boot, replace both low beam headlights plus 60,000 mile service. 
70000 mi

US $468
warning light. took to dealer, thermostat, one sensor also replaced. way too expensive. 
83000 mi

US $620
turbo underboost sensor/switch defective. 
128000 mi

US $800
two coils had developed shorts. One died completely and the other was misfiring 
146000 mi

US $2200
Massive pcm failure, continued after 2200 in repairs. Dealer unable to repair. Ended up trading it in 
65700 mi Valve cover gasket leak. 
60000 mi

US $800
Turbo bypass valve failed causing CEL light to come on. 
83300 mi

US $850
Some kind of EGR valve replaced, as well as CV boot, and tuneup. 
41000 mi check engine light on and scan showed intake runner motor caused error. reset successful with no error for two weeks after visit. 
68500 mi

US $550
Changed Thermostat and cooling sensor Changed Thermostat sensor 
42000 mi high pressure fuel pump and cam shaft needed replacement 
71000 mi

US $600
thermostat needed replacement 
75000 mi

US $1200
catalytic converter became dislodged. 
48000 mi Transmission downshifting hard 5TH To 4TH gear, intermittently...Dealer performed latest software upgrade. Car is still covered under CPO warranty. 
78700 mi

US $200
CEL came on and problem was identified...replaced thermostat 
32000 mi Main computer software reflash per TSB. Car has been consuming over 1 quart of oil every 2,500 miles, which I consider excessive for a modern piston engine. Volkswagen says anything under 1 quart per 1,000 miles is within spec, although I countered that I doubted my car would meet emissions sp 
41000 mi Catalytic converter fell off 
32000 mi

US $750
Replace thermostat. 
21000 mi Check Engine Light came on, Dealers said it ws Intake Manifold Sensor, had to be special-ordered from Germany 
61000 mi

US $112
replaced valvetrain cover 
92000 mi

US $1500
cel - cooling system reported a probem 
58000 mi

US $250
car would shut off spontaneously. Fuel pump replaced. 
44000 mi Thermostat not functioning. Replaced. 
85000 mi

US $5000
oil pump chain and possibly turbo went. They can't replace the chain, since VW has converted to a different system. They will convert it to their new oil pumping system for a mere $5,000. 
85000 mi Passat finally had new turbo put in in September. Engine light still on sold it Oct 1 to somewill willing to play with it. 
45000 mi Car stopped on a highway, with CEL and ECP flashing. Had to be towed to a dealer. They could not find a problem for almost an hour. After that they said a fuse had shorted... replaced it... did not charge me. 
84000 mi

US $380
Diverter valve and another part were bad and replaced 
95000 mi

US $1000
Down pipe had to be welded back on to turbo.  
34720 mi Valve body failure - cause MIL to come on. Changed under warranty, quick and painless. 
43400 mi The car had a broken coolant line bracket (or something like that) 
45260 mi I had a faulty fuel pump. The pump was replaced along with the TSB to replace the fuel cap. 
58000 mi

US $875
Fuel pump modulator failed, also caused some wiring in fuse box to fail. 
60000 mi Coil packs replaced On way home from repair 1, cam follower failed causing engine damage. Entire cylinder head needs replacement at cost of $3000! 
60500 mi

US $4800
Repairs necessarily included new oil pump ($1300) and main bearings. 
63000 mi

US $600
Main bearing seal. 
63000 mi

US $400
Bolt sheared on gear from timing chain to oil pump. Entire engine needs replacement. 
6820 mi EVAP SENSOR 
26660 mi Check engine . Replaced sensor on TSB. 
146000 mi six separate OBD codes, fuel system low pressure, cooling system out of range 
84000 mi

US $306
Exhaust separated from down pipe after Turbo. VW did not weld this connection and separates pretty easy over time. Took to local shop and had it welded up 
86000 mi Cam Follower had wore out. After inspection dealer noticed that the cam had signs of wear from the follower so Both the cam and follower where replaced. Fell under a VW TSB. 
95000 mi

US $300
Turbo Diverter Valve failed. Car would not build boost 
44000 mi Catalytic Convertor light came on steady. Took Passat to dealership and they had to repair a sensor. Took two days. 
68000 mi

US $680
Engine Warning Light On. Fuel Pump code indicated failure. Replaced fuel pump. 

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2006 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

109000 mi Mass airflow sensor 
85000 mi

US $2400
Issue with the coolant sensor - was reporting false "low coolant level" 
85000 mi

US $1300
Cam chain phaser assembly replaced 
86000 mi

US $300
Oil Leak 
70000 mi

US $25
Replace cam follower (for High pressure fuel pump). Clean Intake Valves (carbon buildup due to Direct Fuel Injection design deficiency). 
63000 mi

US $1500
Valve repair. Very successful as this corrected the problem immediately (sluggish acceleration, lower than typical gas mileage).  
146000 mi

US $1600
high pressure fuel pump 
10216 mi Vacuum hose(s) replaced 
40805 mi Intake air tempature sensor replaced 
57495 mi

US $283
MIL came on @ 57025 miles. Replaced spark plugs and reset code. Total cost $282.56. MIL came on @ 57147 miles. False positive. Code reset. $0/No charge. MIL came on @ 57495 mi. Injector flush and code reset. $0/no charge. 
75768 mi Replaced intake camshaft and valve cover gasket. Replaced high pressure fuel pump. Replaced PCV valve and turbo pipe/tube. All repairs covered under TSB #17D2. 
83107 mi

US $260
MIL came on. Replaced Engine thermostat and code cleared. 

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2006 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

37000 mi

£1000
Having driven approx 3 miles from home, 'engine fault - workshop' message displayed; engine stopped, would not re-start. Local repair shop recovered vehicle; faulty injector (diesel 2.0L PD engine) diagnosed. 
38000 mi Inlet manifold pressure sensor failure (warning light on dash illuminated - but problem occured a few weeks before light came on) vehicle would go into 'limp home mode' intermittently (usually after fresh start from cold). 
42000 mi Previous problem (intermittently going into limp mode)returned within an hour of 'repair' - i.e: inlet-manifold pressure-sensor showing overboost! Turbo removed & cleaned; also, VNT checked-ok. Refitted turbo - fault cleared. 
42000 mi

£40
Limp-mode 6 weeks after turbo clean-up; checked all vacuum lines etc also, vac-tested related parts of system, all ok. Removed turbo for checks, cleaned all relevant parts & re-fitted; still in limp-mode. MAP sensor fault, ordered sensor. 
43000 mi While at dealer for replacement injectors VCDS flagged MAF fault but car ok - not going into limp-mode & no warning lights on dash. Vehicle runs fine. 
47000 mi Vehicle would not start; then, after a few attempts, started but went into limp-home mode with engine management light luminated on dash. Dealer repair consisted of replacement ecu loom. Car would not start but no warning lights illuminated on dash - also, no fault-codes logged on system! Dealer retained vehicle for tests but drew a blank & returned car but, on return fault re-occurred but after a few minutes all was ok. 
47500 mi Engine cutting-out on long run to Paris. Nursed vehicle home & drove to dealer for repair. Lots of fault codes evident but main problem (they said) was camshaft positioning sensor; this part being replaced under extended warranty. Engine cutting-out but able to re-start it. Crankshaft positioning sensor replaced. 

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2006 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

US $100 Replaced ignition module 
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. 
57000 mi Fuel pump light I believe came on to stop car and turn off engine. Towed in on Sunday. Found a bolt head broke off near the timing chain. Ordered all the parts and got the car 8 days later. 1 in a million chance problem I was told. 
15000 mi Check engine light came on while driving. Diagnostics indicated small leaks in tank ventilation system and evaporative emission system. Fuel cap was defective. New fuel cap installed. 
27000 mi Check engine light on. Fault P2401 evaporator emission system leak and P0456 tank ventilation system small leak recognized. Cleaned small amount of "debris" from fuel cap gasket. GFF test plan showed system ok. 
64500 mi

US $2463
Timing chain broke. EPC indicator on, and no power on acceleration. 
24500 mi Car started and died about three times Gave a little rest and the car started up NOT FIXED by dealership 
59000 mi Catalytic converter is falling apart at 59k miles. Parts ordered. Repair will be covered under 80k emissions warranty. 
61000 mi Front catalytic converter replaced under 80k emissions warranty 

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2006 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

53000 mi Oil Pump bolt sheered off. Timingchain and support assemblies replaced. If we had continued driving the car the engine would have been lost. 
88000 mi

US $8000
oil bolt failure, common with this year motor, VW does not recognize the problem as a defect even though I found 58 exact same engine failures due to this faulty oil pump bolt Needed complete new engine. 
94000 mi Ignition key lock working intermittently, air bag recall defect 
146500 mi

US $260
Oil cooler pipe leak 
151000 mi

US $1000
Oil leak, replace head gasket 
79000 mi

US $1400
Engine shut off while driving with no warning. Diagnosed problems were fuel pressure sensor, evap canister, and eap purge valve (N80). 
119000 mi Diagnose OBD code, replace O2 sensor. 
67580 mi Catalytic Converter was replaced. 
10000 mi Check engine light on. Replaced gas cap with new one. Light is now out. 
94000 mi

US $405
The engine didn't upshift Properly. Cam shaft and crank shaft sensors replaced, delay for part availability sent from Canada!Fixed, one week later light back on. another wire ? had to be replaced under the car which had to do with this. 

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2006 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automatic 2WD

20460 mi Engine malfunction light came on. 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat

Engine not specified

75640 mi

C $450
Internal Oil leak 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

85000 mi

US $545
Brake Light came on - oil shop said "pads looked great" 1 month later, turbo shut down and car was riding rough. REAL VW Mechanic said front pads needed replacement, all spark plugs and 1 coil. Car running excellent again! 
122700 mi Thermostat replaced 
124300 mi Coolant flange was leaking--replaced flange. 
133000 mi

US $80
Left and right motor mounts, front snub mount replaced. 
134500 mi

US $44
Misfire on cylinder one--coilpack replaced. 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

130000 mi

US $456
Mass airflow sensor 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual AWD

58000 mi

US $700
Fuel pump stopped working. Had to replace it. 
92000 mi

US $1400
Replaced timing and serpentine belts, leaking valve-cover gasket. 
118000 mi

US $420
exhaust downpipe rusted through at flexible elbow. replaced it. 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

34875 mi

C $46
reconnect loosened turbo boost hose. Would have been covered under warrantee but went to local GURU to avoid the hassle. 
47120 mi

C $500
ceramic glow plug defect. Self diagnose and paid out of pocket. VW recall notice issued in August. Seeking for reimbursement. 
48360 mi Factory engineered defect in chain driven balance shaft/oil pump module. Noise and vibrations increase. Replaced with factory gear drive part under warranty. I feel for those w/o warranty = $3000 USD repair. VWoA not officially awknowledging the issue 
86780 mi

C $275
Replaced thermostat, original was stuck open, perhaps for years. 
111600 mi

C $3500
Replaced chain driven balance shaft with gear driven one 
192700 mi

US $700
Engine oil pump weak, replaced with upgraded oil pump assenbly and removed balance shaft assemblies. Both known to be failure spots with this design. 
192820 mi

C $150
Turbo hose needed replacing. 
87754 mi

C $65
Replaced Freewheel Clutch pulley for alternator. Had gotten Electrical Fault alarm & MIL indicator, battery was no longer charging. 
166500 mi

US $1600
Emissions. Check engine light came on. Replaced Mass flow meter. Also replaced 2 motor mounts. Light came on again, replaced turbo boost tube that had a small hole. So far working well. 
189000 mi

US $1500
Had taken to dealer. They wanted to replace trans. Prob was fouled throttle body. Very dirty causing poor performance and late trans shifting. Since cleaned, runs better and gets better mileage. Still feel trans not quite right though. 
110360 mi

C $1600
Removed balance shaft assembly Oil filter / change 
35000 mi Ceramic glow plugs replaced with steel plugs. ECM reflashed with updates. 
37000 mi

US $2000
TDI engine balance shaft module was making noise. If balance shaft module failed would starve engine of oil pressure leading to catastrophic failure. VW aware of the design flaw but denies it exists. VW makes a gear drive OEM part for the problem. 
142498 mi

C $469
Alternator replaced with a quality re-built unit. 
146424 mi

C $137
Coolant reservoir return line replaced 
152356 mi

C $612
Turbo issues...no turbo. Mass airflow sensor replaced, and air filter clogged, was also replaced. 
152560 mi

C $368
Turbo issues. Solenoid replaced. Vacuum lines checked. 
157317 mi

C $452
Issues with leaking and "flushing noise": Coolant thermostat/housing and lower rad hose replaced + system flush. Assessment of Radiator core problems...estimate on the repair of the core by VW dealer: $1500 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

108000 mi

US $880
Replaced coil pack and purge valve. Had to rent car for 5 days while part was delivered. 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

124300 mi Fuel tank replaced due to 2008 recall (NHTSA Reference #08V156000). The valve mentioned in the recall passed inspection in 2008 and later failed. Having VW cover it took a few calls, but they covered it in the end. Valve cover gasket leak. 
127000 mi Valve cover gasket leak 
52000 mi

US $530
Bad fuel pump. 
93000 mi

US $2500
Motor Mounts  

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

76260 mi

C $300
replaced valve cover gasket and spark plugs 
86180 mi

C $101
coil pack 
88680 mi

C $101
coil pack another one failed 
49500 mi

US $800
Oil cooler rubber seal was cracked, resulting in loss of oil pressure. Repair involved pressure test before and after, removal of entire cooler, engine flush and oil change, and replacement of seal, which was apparently known to be faulty. 
58000 mi

US $1300
Oil Pressure warning light came on while on highway and in town. Somewhat sporadic the following week. Problem was with the oil pump - it's pumping erratically. Had to replace the pump. 
58000 mi

US $280
Check Engine Light went on. Code said cooling system performance. Problem was bad sensor. The shop replaced. 
59300 mi

US $400
Check Engine light came on. 2 codes came up, one was a thermometer/thermostat. The other had something to do with a fan blowing vapors out on start-up that wasn't working. Emissions-related. 
64000 mi

US $900
Turbo "flap" was stuck open causing loud engine at start-up,smelly exhaust and poor mileage. A gasket had been blown apparently. Check Engine light was on. I forget the code. 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

107040 mi

C $130
Turbo Underboost P0299 CEL - Cracked turbo hose 
99000 mi Timing belt was replaced as PM, and while changing the mechanic noticed that the water pump was starting to leak, so that was replaced as well. 
101680 mi

C $75
No. 1 cylinder glow plug had failed as verified by VAG-COM scan done at home. Glow plug replaced, repair successful. 
107260 mi

C $600
Chain noise and vibration from engine. Suspect balancer shaft module/oil pump chain drive. Dealer investigating the problem with VW technical, will repair later. 
136400 mi

C $760
Intercooler hose leaking. Replaced. 
171120 mi

C $216
Engine fan belt damaged. Charged 3 hours labour, the entire front of the car has to come apart for access!!! 
172760 mi

C $50
Exhaust system heat shield had come loose and was rattling. 
115000 mi

US $350
power steering belt began to slip requiring new belt and tensioner 
118000 mi power steering belt replacement failed and required 2nd replacement 
119000 mi

US $725
Persistent rattle from engine compartment at idle. Frozen alternator pulley found. 
54320 mi

C $326
A prior recall to change ceramic glow plugs and flash the computer caused hard cold weather starting. Coolant sensor is acting up. Goes up to about 2/3 then drops to zero and then eventually goes to normal. My dealer quoted $330 to repair. Another dealer quoted $176 and a third $128. I will wait until I get out to the dealer at $128. 
75000 mi

C $4500
There is a noise like a chain rubbing coming from the balance shaft area. May need to be repaired at a steep cost. 
39680 mi Ignition would not turn most times when proper key was inserted. You had to wiggle it and move the steering wheel to get the car to start. Over time the condition worsened. 
125000 mi

US $838
Coolant had been leaking for about 2 months. A pressure test at the dealership revealed that the radiator was the source of the leak. Dealership replaced the radiator and coolant. 
136000 mi

US $291
Alternator pulley has an integrated clutch that had begun to whine or squeal when under load. Replaced alternator pulley with new part. 
143000 mi

US $479
Crack in hose from turbo exit to intercooler. Once hot enough, crack released all pressure rendering no boost from turbo. 
146000 mi

US $1003
Replaced both engine support mounts (not the front torque mount). Mounts had leaked fluid and showed excessive play under stress. 
160000 mi

US $1020
Exhaust Gas Recirculation system had a faulty EGR cooler, causing coolant to leak into the exhaust system and come out the tailpipe as white smoke. Replaced the EGR Cooler and related gaskets. 
174000 mi

US $2032
Oil leak from engine valve cover gasket. 
70060 mi

$1200
Engine not working in parameters. 
49600 mi Engine light came on. #4 glow plug. 
70060 mi

C $1300
Timing belt. 
87000 mi

US $350
Cleaned Intake Manifold from fouling due to EGR. EGR bypass flap (throttle). 
100000 mi

US $2262
water pump replaced 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

70060 mi Removed air filter box, cleaned out crappy gasket and replaced with silicone sealent. manufactured cover for filter and fitted.Replaced relevent parts and tested water tightness. All OK. 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder manual 2WD

42000 mi carbon in the engine, was fixed previously by the dealer 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automatic AWD

65000 mi

US $360
Check engine light was on. Reflash eliminated problem. 
82000 mi The turbo-lifter, oil pan and coolant tank caught fire. Estimate cost to fix? $10,500 

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2004.5 Volkswagen Passat

Engine not specified

74000 mi

US $185
code P2096 comes on constantly. Dealer never acknowledge cat under warranty. Had flex pipe repaired and told right side converter needs to be replaced. The dealer wants $ 1000. each, on ebay the pair is $499.99. 
78000 mi

US $439
Catalytic converter covered under 80K rule but dealer would not honor warranty. They wanted a $1000 for each cat plus 325.00 each to install. Ordered cats from company in Canada for $239.00 each and $200.00 to install. MIL light gone. 

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2004.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

36580 mi

C $46
Engine temperature sensor failed, no drivability issues, but temp gauge on dash was showing erratic readings. Apparently a common problem, replaced old sensor myself in approximately 1 hour. 
45880 mi CEL came on, mechanic found 2 minor codes that showed intermittant and very minor leaks in EVAP system. Codes cleared, no drivability problems and CEL has not come back on. 
61380 mi

C $530
Diverter valve, engine speed sensor and solinoid related to turbocharger needed replacement to clear EPC light on dashboard. 
66920 mi

C $40
Coolant expansion tank - sensor within that reports on fluid level in tank was failing & sending error message to driver. Not leaking. Replaced expansion tank myself, no other issues. 
76880 mi

C $50
cam chain tensioner gasket had a slow leak. Repaired myself. 
83080 mi

C $202
exhaust flex joint needed replacement, original still intact but showing need of attention. 
84940 mi

C $416
Engine Crank Position Sensor failed while car was out of town. VW of Sudbury Ontario did the diagnosis and repairs. 
92380 mi

C $467
Coolant Flange, Temperature sensor, flush cooling system. 

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2004.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual AWD

34781 mi Fuel pump replaced (warranty repair) 
34920 mi

US $97
Fuel (EVAP) system valve replaced 
49556 mi

US $24
Coil pack (ignition coil) replacement 
53000 mi

US $210
Oil leak, valve cover gasket and cam chain tensioner seals.  
80000 mi

US $210
Flex pipe (part of exhaust piping) mesh ruptured. No noise or exhaust leak yet, but crack developing in pipe required repair. First exhaust problem in 10 years: this system is one of the more durable I've seen. 
87000 mi

US $1475
Cracked intercooler. Replaced intercooler, 2 pressure sensors, associated intake hoses. Replaced oxygen sensor. 
91000 mi

US $160
Plastic flange at back of engine leaking coolant slowly. Replaced without incident. Plastic flange at back of engine leaking. Replaced without incident. 
103000 mi

US $200
Exhaust flex pipe welded in. Similar to repair 2 years ago. 
106000 mi

US $280
Thermostat partially stuck open, rendering passenger compartment heater unusable. Car warmed up normally, no CEL. Heater core flush and new thermostat fixed problem 
81800 mi

US $2100
Replaced clutch because it was beginning to slip 

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2004.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

101000 mi

US $150
Water pump impellor shaft broke - new water pump just replaced with timing belt a week before. 
117000 mi

US $150
Serpentine belt tensioner worn out - causing power steering chirp. 
126000 mi

US $100
Engine stumbling, check engine light and "emission workshop!" warning due to faulty mass airflow sensor reading. Removed, cleaned, and reinstalled sensor. 
136000 mi

US $1000
Failure of hydraulic lifter & worn camshaft. 

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2004.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

80000 mi

US $2000
replaced timing belt and water pump, replaced valve cover gaskets and cam tensioner seals. replaced 2 engine mounts. 

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2004.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual AWD

187240 mi Bought vehicle with rough running engine. Previous owner was told no compression on one cylinder, but I didn't suspect that. The problem was several vacuum leaks so a complete pvc replacement system is on order along with new vacuum hoses. 
187860 mi

C $325
The newly purchased vehicle had a flashing CEL. It turns out there were PCV hoses that were split. These were replaced and that corrected the flashing CEL. There is still a CEL which might indicate a faulty O2 sensor 
191580 mi

C $510
Had lower O2 sensor replaced Replaced down pipe and flex joint. Had to replace vacuum lines. 

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2004 Volkswagen Passat

Engine not specified

55800 mi Very big noise from engine when I push on the gas. 
160000 mi

US $99
I think I'm finally going to have to buy a new car. After putting a lot of money in. I'm faced with a Turbo that's starting to fail, oil intake pump needs replacement, clutch is almost gone and the interior roof and side liner is separating. 
130000 mi

US $15
Car won't start. CEL with P2180 and P3081. Magic 8 ball (ODBII scanner ELM327 mini) says all symptoms point to bad coolant temp sensor (black version) or related wiring. Checked wiring, sensor. Replaced sensor w/green version. 
53000 mi

US $300
Replaced 4 ignition coils. 

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

35000 mi Ignition coil replaced under warranty 
142000 mi

US $75
Plastic reservoir for coolant leaked due to heat making plastic brittle. Nipple for hose disintegrated, requiring entire new reservoir and hose. Bad design! 
145700 mi

C $500
replaced bearing to cooling fan 
62000 mi

US $900
Plastic impeller on water pump came detached from the shaft causing engine to overheat. Full timing belt service performed since mileage was close and waterpump runs off timing belt. 
144000 mi

US $400
Cooling system leak. 
106000 mi

US $1200
Coolant reservoir snapped at point where a hose connected, rendering the entire cooling system useless. 

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

65100 mi

C $1600
Water pump impeller broke. I had replaced the timing belt 1 month earlier. Water pump should have been replaced then. 
75640 mi

C $250
Check engine light lead to a faulty ignition coil. It would periodically idle rough. 
69000 mi

US $68
2 Coil Packs replaced. Known issue on 1.8T engines. Car started shuddering, running really roughly, CEL light on (flashing) and a strong burning smell. Classic symptoms!! 2 coil packs purchased and installed within 1 hour, car now running correctly. 
49600 mi

C $600
Fuel pump. 
78120 mi

C $200
thermostat 
79980 mi

C $200
replace engine thermostat 
164000 mi

US $150
Engine failure. Oil in coolant. Probably water impeller. Car junked. 
128000 mi

US $85
Persistent slow oil leak and oil in plug wells due to plugged PCV. Replaced Valve Cover and Cam Chain Tensioner Gaskets, along with PCV valve and some rubber fittings. 
128700 mi

US $250
Motor mounts were leaking. Both replaced. 
137000 mi

US $35
Blinking, then solid, CEL with codes indicating misfire. Coil pack replaced. 

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

28730 mi Transmission software updated to fix jerking at low speeds. Under warranty. 
44375 mi Ignition switch would not turn with key. Had to be replaced. Under Warranty. 
71523 mi

US $649
Fuel Pump failed. Repaired at purchasing dealership. 
137300 mi

US $771
Fuel pump failed. 319.00 for new assembly and 40 for filter. Trouble shooting and labor remainder of cost 
155000 mi Significant oil leak observed during commute home. Burning oil smell prevalent in cabin. Under hood appeared oil was spraying vs. just seeping. Dealer suggested replacing numerous gaskets, but unable to commit to a cause of the sudden leak. 

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

115000 mi

US $1100
Change oil pumped 
130000 mi

US $200
Thermostat replaced 
133000 mi

US $1650
Had to change camshaft sensor, check engine light was on oil pump replacement, plastic got stuck in oil pump, paid for labor and this was a recurring issue 
64000 mi

US $250
My W notice a check coolant light. Friends "helped" by putting non-synthetic coolant in the car. VW found the coolant reservoir was leaking.  
66000 mi

US $140
A check engine light came on, and the car smelled of exhaust.  
70000 mi Car started to barely run - it would not idle and die. We had received a recall notice from VW notifying us of the coils going bad, and that proved to be the problem. 
76000 mi

US $153
We kept getting a low coolant warning light.  Motor was rough when idling. A bad motor mount was discovered. 
90000 mi

US $170
Got a CEL the said the thermostat was bad. Took it back to VW, pissed that they didn't think to replace the thermostat when the did the timing belt & water pump. 
103000 mi We have started smelling fuel when the car is full of gas. My father in law pulled the rear seat out, opened the access panels and found a fuel leak on the top of the tank. I have a case # from VW, but no promise from them for any help. 
105000 mi The fuel smell was traced to a leaking vent valve on the fuel tank. This should have been addressed in the R3 recall, but the dealer treated our car as a FWD, not AWD. VW replaced the fuel tank and paid for the repairs. 
112000 mi

US $500
The car was in for 110K service. They discovered some cracked vacuum hose tied to the turbo and replaced it. 
47000 mi

US $200
Ignition Coil 
202700 mi

US $500
Coolant leak at back cylinder head.Replaced plastic pipe. 
217000 mi

US $352
low oil pressure warning, removed oil pan to find oil pump pickup clogged with carbon and junk. Replaced with new pickup. Problem solved. 
226000 mi

US $40
Installed new COP (coil on plug) module, cyl#3. 
87000 mi

US $135
flex pipe in exhaust system replaced due to leak 
90300 mi

US $360
check engine came on - discovered to be due to a leaking valve cover. Replaced seal, valve cover, and all spark plugs. 
175000 mi

US $225
Replace water pump and thermostat. Think latter had started to fail. 
46000 mi Coil pack cylinder 3. 
61000 mi

US $350
Vacuum hose 
67000 mi

US $200
Crankshaft sensor. 
77000 mi

US $321
ignition 
84300 mi

US $250
Water pump leaking 
100000 mi

US $420
Down pipe exhaust 
105000 mi

US $100
coil packs  
126700 mi

US $50
Coolant flange o-ring degradation. 
143000 mi

US $130
Combi valve. 
77000 mi Coolant fill / header tank has leak, declined repair by dealer, owner to replace. 
78000 mi Coolant fill/header tank replaced no additional issues 
72000 mi

US $850
Oil leaking from gaskets on spark plugs. Subject of recall. Also did 85,000 service while there. 
78000 mi

US $850
While being repaired was told motor mounts were leaking. Replaced.  
81700 mi

US $900
The Stop Engine light came on and the oil was down over 2 quarts. The local VW dealer in Austin, Texas identified the problem as a leak in the oil reservoir thus mixing oil with radiator fluid. Cost to repair was over $900. with a 10 % discount.  
86000 mi

US $600
Water hose running into a housing that feeds back to radiator was leaking at flange.  
112000 mi Had leaking coolant hose replaced and flushed radiator. Next day dealer replaced heat sensor. 
123000 mi

US $180
Vacuum leak , replace engine breather tube 
152000 mi

US $65
Replace coolent resevior and cap 
152700 mi

US $110
Coolant leak. Replace oil cooler and hose. 
68600 mi

US $1125
Mechanic discovered coolant flange on rear of engine cracked. Replaced. Also informed that engine appears to have sludge issues. No oil pressure problems, so advised to use only synthetic oil at 5K intervals and hope no problems develop. 
70000 mi With colder weather setting in, attempted to get heat inside the car. Determined heater core was clogged. Was able to flush/back flush and get coolant flowing thru the core. Now have plenty of heat. Replacing the core normally cost $900. 
86000 mi Valve cover gasket leaking and can bearing caps needed replace ing. However this oil leak had contaminated the barely one year old timing belt and the repair cost exceeded $1500. I opted to trade the car in. 

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

118000 mi

US $149
Car stalled and had to be towed to a repair shop, which was not open on the weekend. I got a fuel pump and installed it, solving the issue. 
127500 mi After a long trip, I noticed a strange smell. I popped the hood and noticed that the coolant reservoir was dark. It contained oil. Taking the auto to a mechanic revealed a cracked block. I elected not to attempt repairs due to high cost. 
164000 mi

US $900
Replaced crank position sensor. That did not fix it, so then replaced fuel pump. 
109000 mi Check coolant warning came on; antifreeze was below minimum, so we filled it. Couple days later, same warning, and temp gauge going all the way to red. Replaced water pump, thermostat, timing belt. 
117000 mi

US $350
Coolant leak-flange replaced 

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

172000 mi

US $500
Belt tensioner had to be replaced. 
77000 mi

US $250
Independent shop replaced glow plugs with non-standard glow plugs in order to "fool" engine computer and clear "Check Engine" light. VW has still not made software update available. 
110000 mi

US $125
Auxiliary electric cooling fan failed - Owner replaced with new one. 
112000 mi

US $1070
Thermostat failed shut causing overheating condition - since car was due for timing belt change had water pump and thermostat replaced along with timing belt. 
125000 mi

US $350
Coolant leak developed at rear of engine. Shop replaced plastic coolant hose flange and coolant temperature sensor. 
130500 mi

US $125
Charge air hose between intercooler and intake manifold developed air leak. New hose installed. 
142700 mi

US $108
Fuel leak from in-tank fuel pump seal; shop removed fuel pump from tank, installed new seal on existing fuel pump and replaced. 

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

270-horsepower 4.0L W8 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

176300 mi

US $150
Engine misfiring. Replaced valve cover gaskets - oil seeping into plug wells and causing shorts. Replaced wires and ignition coil. 
130000 mi

US $150
purge valve needed replacement - 2x in one year 
138700 mi Trouble codes and rough idle and surging. Cleaned throttle body 
154000 mi This car has never ending engine emission codes. Repair then another one come up in a month. This can is not worth the effort anymore and I'm glad to get rid of it. That is the end one VW for me. 

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

69000 mi

US $2400
Fuel intake and gas cap was faulty.  Engine mounts were leaking. 
47000 mi

US $161
ECT Sensor had to be replaced. Replaced with newer "green body color" ECT sensor 
88000 mi Engine trouble light comes on, stays for several days then turns off. Repairman interrogates compute and finds P 0118 Coolant temp out of spec - but it was not. He suspects sensor. 
88000 mi temp out of spec - see April 2015 unsuccessful repair 
29000 mi Throttle sticks wide open if kicked down. (Dangerous- run away acceleration). Throttle linkage would stick when fully opened. Freed it up at the throttle shaft ball joint so the problem would no longer occur. This should be reported to authorities. 
69000 mi

US $2000
Bad coolant leak. Need new water pump; also timing belt deteriorated. 
75000 mi

US $800
head gaskets leak 
85000 mi

US $900
Fuel pump died. Died on Freeway, lost all power and control. The computer portion of the pump would not communicate with the car's computer. 
95000 mi

US $250
Engine temp sensor bad. Sometimes car won't start. 
36000 mi

US $914
Check engine light on; diagnosis was bad water temp sensor and bad thermostat. All replaced. Parts were $86; labor$830.  

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

60000 mi catalytic converters need replacement 
87000 mi

US $85
Fan clutch bracket(accessory driven pulley and mounting bracket) replaced due to bearing noise. 
97000 mi Car's gas tank cracked and was partially covered by Volkswagen. Soon after the car stalled out while driving on the highway. After several repairs and a few days in the shop, it stalled on again a few weeks later. 
60516 mi Replace vacuum line 
63379 mi Replace engine temperature sensor 
85098 mi

US $800
Replace fuel pump 
140263 mi

US $293
Replace left valve cover gasket 
3000 mi Transmission Software Update 

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

190-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed manual FWD

133000 mi

US $750
Car died as I was driving it. Diagnosed as bad fuel pump at the dealer. Dealer replaced fuel pump, fuel filter and fuel pump relay. 
141000 mi

US $2200
Noise from engine compartment diagnosed as sheared mounts; had to replace R&L motor mounts. Replaced torque mount. Replaced R&L transmission mounts.  Replaced O2 sensor. 
173000 mi

US $2385
Coolant loss. Looked for coolant leaks. Replaced cracked coolant expansion tank. Replaced coolant temp sensor, O-ring and clip. Coolant loss and burning oil smell/smoke under hood. Replaced water pump, timing belt, tensioner roller, tensioner dampner relay roller. Replaced both valve cover gaskets, cam chain tensioner gaskets. 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat

Engine not specified

270000 mi

US $148
oil leak in an engine seal and a flat tire. 
70000 mi

US $900
Water pump leaking. 
152000 mi

US $100
Heater core failure. A known weakness in Passat and other VW models. $1500 to $2000 repair, if anyone will even do it. 10 to 20 hours of labor for a $100 part. I bypassed the heater core with some fittings. Cannot drive car in cold weather. 
98580 mi

C $350
Check engine light on. Replaced a sensor to pass Ontario Drive Clean check. 
98580 mi

C $150
Multiple failures... including timing chain 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

123300 mi Leaking coolant 
128000 mi

US $128
ignition coil bust on Cylinder #2 Check Engine light has come on again! 
135000 mi

US $480
Engine and transmission mounts broken. Ignition coil bust. Again! 
137000 mi Engine oil leaking Engine overheating 
113000 mi

US $650
replace oil pump and oil pan flex pipe between catalytic converter and muffler cracked 
31500 mi Engine runs rough when cold. Reset computer. 
41990 mi

US $79
Oil pump replaced under warranty. 
97000 mi

US $1527
One spark plug coil failed 
166000 mi

US $404
Secondary air intake hoses cracking/splitting. Timing magneto fault. 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

71300 mi

C $1500
Head gasket leak, replaced. 
79360 mi

C $300
Engine oil major leak - oil cooler failed. Replaced.  
93620 mi

C $1000
Water pump failed, caused engine to overheat. As a result, timing belt was changed at same time. 
105780 mi

C $200
Oil Seals leaking, had to be replaced 
128960 mi

C $750
Check Engine Warning (Emissions) Directed to Cooling System - causing car to run too rich or lean Replaced Thermostat, Coolant Temp Sensor, Broken Coolant Recovery Tank, Coolant Flush 
129580 mi Check Engine warning still comes on, replaced PCV valve at no cost. Turbocharger intercooler also had an airleak, was replaced, no cost. 
132060 mi

C $1200
Downspout from turbo exhaust cracked and leaking - caused exhaust smell to enter cabin 
134540 mi

C $540
Valve cover gasket leaking oil, replaced 
144220 mi

C $300
Oil leaks from oil hoses were dropping on exhaust, causing burning oil smell to enter the cabin. Hoses replaced. 
159140 mi

C $300
Coolant Recovery Tank replaces and some worn out hoses Also - fuel line leak (in another spot from previous) 
50840 mi

$31600
the exhaust had a defect 
100000 mi

US $440
leaking gasket 
35000 mi "MIL" light on for 200 mile trip back to dealer. No mileage or performance degradation. Dealer says fuel pump relay coded and replaced. 
60000 mi

US $485
solid check engine engine light. code was cooling system and sensor. R&R thermostat and sensor, add coolant. Dealer great but awful expensive. 
76000 mi

US $160
I thought coolant leak (very slight a pint every month) was from head gasket. Shop could have charged $2000 but this honest shop found flange corroded on rear of head. My go to shop and I provide free advertising for him. 
77890 mi

US $1325
Water pump replaced. Went ahead and changed timing belt,rollers, serpentine belt 
98000 mi

US $80
CEL on. Ran VagCom. Indicated faulty MAF. Replaced with new MAF. 
112000 mi

US $180
Fuel pump bad, replaced 
73160 mi

$85
Flex joint on downpipe was about to fail. Joint has been damaged by road roughness in countryside far before. Whole downpipe replaced. 
88000 mi

$100
AC Compressor tensioner roller 
111000 mi

US $1500
Replaced clutch. 
128000 mi

US $500
coolant lean - coolant flange leaked. fixed. 
50000 mi

US $600
Thermostat failed and needed replaced. 
52000 mi

US $600
Coolant temperature sensor failed, causing CEL to illuminate. Recently received a letter in the mail noting that there will be a warranty extension regarding this exact problem. Have not yet received reimbursement. 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

270-horsepower 4.0L W8 6-speed manual AWD

114080 mi

C $180
Thermostat on blink. Since repair would cost $1200, and there didn't seem to be a major problem with overheating, we have left it for the time being. 
144920 mi

C $1500
Failed thermostat. Part very expensive and hard to get at. Also needed new serpentine belt which cost $170 plus an hour's labor. 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

270-horsepower 4.0L W8 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

111000 mi Cam chain adjuster throwing error codes. Problem solved through early oil change combined with Seafoam to remove varnish. 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

110000 mi

US $1100
Antifreeze was leaking and had to replace water pump and have timing belt replaced 
133000 mi

US $345
Leak in the coolant system had to replace the coolant container. Also, electrical switch was clicking and had to repair this also. 
134000 mi

US $1265
Water pump failed which caused a problem to the timing belt which had to be replaced also. 
135000 mi

US $550
Heater Core has gone out but did not fix.  However had to replace the catalytic converter 
138000 mi Car overheats, replaced the temp sensor, auxiliary fan and expansion tank. Car is still overheating 
91000 mi

US $1064
Oil leak, burning smell when drive car.  
94000 mi Small oil leak from valve cover onto exhaust. Burning smell when engine cold. 
134000 mi

US $50
Reset computer before smog check 
139000 mi

US $350
Replaced loose motor mount. 
143000 mi

US $300
Leaking heater hoses replaced, losing coolant. 
154000 mi

US $700
Heater core leaking and no heat in car. Replaced heater core. 
158000 mi

US $2000
Leaks in thermostat housing and hoses. Replaced hoses, timing belt, and other parts during repair. 
166000 mi

US $3000
Replace both catalytic converters to pass California smog test. 
173000 mi

US $1400
Replace leaking water pump and hoses. Replace leaking motor mount. 
181000 mi

US $1000
Replace transmission mounts. 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

98000 mi

US $324
Ignition switch failing, intermittent no start. 
113700 mi Intermittent no start. Could not reproduce problem. Problem still exists. 
55000 mi

US $412
Fuel pump replaced, air filter replaced, oil change, having troubles going up steep inclines mechanic cleaned out filters. 
88000 mi

US $10
Secondary Air Intake Pump Vacuum lines replaced 
89000 mi

US $1500
Cam seals 
113000 mi Check Engine Light on - fault diagnosis is secondary air pump - only needed during warmup 
101000 mi

US $375
fuel pump had to be replaced 
51000 mi

US $780
Check engine light: faulty camshaft sensor; used VW recommended fix - rewired connections. 
64000 mi

US $677
Replaced leaking valve cover gaskets, flushed cooling system. 
124000 mi

US $310
CEL indicated low secondary air pump flow. Pump not working replaced. CEL remained with same code. Valve and vacuum hose replaced. 
126000 mi Secondary air system CEL back on 
134000 mi

US $110
oil pan crack developed - replaced oil pan 
135000 mi

US $500
Replaced secondary air pump, O2 sensor, and evac system components. 
137000 mi

US $110
O2 Sensor after the catalytic converter failed 
153700 mi

US $350
Replace center muffler and exhaust pipes 
165000 mi

US $495
Leaking hose. Intake manifold required to be removed for access. 
65000 mi

US $100
Lost fuel pump - replaced and under warranty 
95000 mi

US $1000
Had the Timing Belt and water pump replaced. 
96700 mi

US $60
Failed timing belt tensioner. Found and fixed before catastrophic engine failure. 
126000 mi MIL came on for O2 sensor. Used Scan tool to monitor the output, found nothing amiss. Reset code and has not reappeared. 
145300 mi

US $10
MIL indicated. Coolant sensor failure. PIA to replace, but inexpensive part. 
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, 
160700 mi

US $450
Emissions issues caused CEL to light. Had to clear codes to get car smoged. Evaporator canistor and nose had deteriorated due to exposure to gas fumes (function is to vent gas fumes!!). 
180300 mi

US $2500
Head gasket. Second on this car. 
212000 mi CEL on due to malfunctioning gas gauge. 
70000 mi Replaced both catalytic converters 
120700 mi

US $1200
Replaced spark plugs and battery and head gaskets 
122000 mi

US $300
Replaced temperature sensor 
129700 mi

US $1500
Replaced "combi" valve set 
131000 mi

US $485
Engine light reappeared dealer recommended replacing the coil pack and ignition wires. 
136000 mi

US $896
Replaced spark plugs. 
139700 mi

US $300
Car was not providing full heat dealership cleaned the heater core system. 
145000 mi

US $1900
manifold gasket needed replacement engine mounts required 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

190-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed manual FWD

93000 mi

US $60
Valve cover gaskets blown due to issues with PCV system. Replaced gaskets. 
96700 mi

US $2500
PCV system components shot 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

109000 mi

US $215
Coolant leaks 
88000 mi

US $1500
Sludge build up engine. Replaced oil pump, oil pick up tube and flush engine. 
66000 mi

US $200
Replaced water pump with loose plastic impeller, timing belt w/ tensioner and pulley, serpentine belt and AC belt. Overheating incorrectly diagnosed as A-thermostat and B-fan clutch. Paid shop for both repairs. Saved $1,100 by doing this one myself. 
69000 mi

US $400
2 of 4 ignition cables were in bad shape. One had failed, leaving engine running on 3 cylinders. 
68000 mi CEL had recently come on when sold. 
52000 mi

US $234
Replaced broken vac hose. 
70000 mi

US $670
oil leak 
74300 mi

US $1250
Coolant leak repaired by replacing coolant hose flange outlet. Engine mount also replaced. 
77000 mi

US $280
Water temperature sensor malfunction 
78000 mi

US $171
Recirculating Air Valve Malfunction 
79300 mi Replace timing belt, tensioner & water pump 
113000 mi

US $90
I replaced the Left and right Motor mounts, front snub mount. Parts were about $90 and I did the work myself. 
142300 mi

US $170
Sludge/condensation in oil 
96000 mi

US $6000
"low oil pressure-stop driving" light came on. Turned out to be the dreaded oil sludge problem. New engine. Waiting on VW response to the issue. Oil changes always synthetic, but not always done at dealer and they don't want to cover it.  
115000 mi There were always a myriad of issues with the Passat-it was intermittently running hot but could not be duplicated and same with the "low oil" so even though it was well maintained it was wisely dumped for fear of sludge issue again. 
117000 mi

US $225
Replaced coil packs after misfire (at cranking) caused Check Engine light to come on. Multiple misfires recorded by computer. 
118000 mi

US $40
Oil dipstick handle broke off, and dipstick tube disintegrated. Replaced both (fairly easy replacement). 
129000 mi

US $100
Check engine light on. Computer says "running lean". Replaced gas filter and MAF. 
134000 mi

US $360
Replaced thermostat. 
134000 mi

US $200
Small coolant leak that I could not find. Mechanic also had trouble finding, had to remove parts (covers, hoses, maybe valve cover?) to find leaking hose and o-ring behind engine. 
134000 mi

US $145
Coolant leakage continued. Had to replace plastic coolant piece (containing 3 orings) on rear of engine. 
150000 mi

US $120
coolant fluid leaking from flange on rear of engine. Bought new flange, o-rings and replaced them. Also replaced coolant since I had drained radiator. 
175000 mi

US $275
PCV system needed replacing. Plastic hoses had broken and cracked. Had to remove intake manifold to get to all items. Replaced plastic pipes, vacuum hoses, pcv valve. Had exhaust smell entering cabin. 
189000 mi

US $160
Secondary air pump, which only runs at startup, became very loud. Replaced pump. 
65000 mi

US $329
No one could seem to tell me why my car was misfiring and running rough until I did some research on the VW's and there it was another recall, on the coil pack. Some minor engine repairs. Also, VW never specified synthetic oil, but since turbos run very hot the regular oil turns to sludge. VW just started sludge recall in November, and mine was included. Sold it because feared future problems. 
228000 mi

US $450
tuneup - plugs and coils replaced 
69050 mi Attempted to determine why cylinder #1 was not firing. Claimed they couldn't reproduce problem. Replace valve cover gasket, timing chain tensioner seal, and coolant flange on the back of the cylinder head. Investigated why cylinder #1 was not firing. Injector #1 losing pulse signal after 5 min, suspect ECU, which only dealer can replace. 
69350 mi

US $346
Fuel injector not working. 
159000 mi

US $570
Fuel pump, Engine light was on. 
80000 mi

US $120
Fuel system coolant temperature sensor G62 was out of spec and needed to be replaced. It was accurately diagnosed by a DTC stored in the engine controller memory. 
90000 mi

US $493
Exhaust down pipe (between cat. and front muffler) was rusted out and leaking exhaust. The vehicle was very loud. 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

166000 mi

US $175
coolant leak,  vacuum hose leaked 
89000 mi

US $25
Intermittent Coolant Temperature Sensor failure triggered the Check Engine Light. Replaced the sensor. DIY took about 30 minutes and $25 for parts. 
95000 mi

US $100
Failed Diverter Valve replaced. Torn CV boot replaced on the passenger side. 
149000 mi

US $300
Water pump leak. This WP was replaced during the first Timing Belt job. Replaced WP along with (second) Timing Belt job which was due later this year anyway. 
87279 mi

US $989
Water pump failure. Timing Belt replaced 
98000 mi

US $81
Replaced belly pan and dowel pins as old one ripped off. Replacement was for W8 engine. 
130000 mi Trade-in, repairs required: Air Conditioning Compressor Exhaust Brakes Purge Valve 
165000 mi

US $210
MIL was lighted, the engine stalled once, this was what made me go to the mechanic. Per mechanic, fault codes seemed to indicate a bad crank sensor. Crankshaft sensor was replaced. It helped some, but engine light came back on the next day. When the sensor replacement didn't fix problem, mechanic suggested I had used poor quality oil (Mobil1). He recommended "engine flush" and then use higher quality oil. This worked! Light has not come on since. Oil sludging had been the cause 
171000 mi

US $75
Multifunction Indicator Light is on again. It was determined that the car would not pass smog test without repairs. Cost would be around $2000 because trouble is with cam timing. Car runs ok, just won't pass smog. Selling... 
77000 mi

US $40
replaced cam tensioner and seal valve cover gaskets 
100440 mi

C $1400
Blew out the clutch learning to drive standard on it. Shop installed a new Valeo single-mass flywheel and clutch for $1400. 
64400 mi

US $360
Thermostat found to be faulty. Coolant temp sensor also faulty. 
83000 mi

US $1350
Cam valve cover gasket was leaking oil. Had gasket and cover replaced. Motor mount leaking. 
175000 mi

US $100
coil replaced Oil warning light came on occasionally. Shop replaced oil pressure switch. 
200000 mi

US $280
1. replaced ignition coil 2. replaced spark plugs 3. read and reset check engine light 4. engine tune 
201500 mi

US $170
Replace 3 ignition coils Hole in exhaust system 
147000 mi turbo vacuum tubing decayed in the cold weather. 
151700 mi

US $300
Coolant flange was leaking, had it replaced. 
134500 mi

US $250
Exhaust flex pipe developed a crack and was making a very loud noise; replaced flex pipe. 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

270-horsepower 4.0L W8 6-speed manual AWD

118000 mi

US $200
Passenger side motor mount failed, motor mount fluid leaked out. Replaced with upgraded solid rubber mounts (as opposed to fluid filled "active" variable stock mounts). 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

270-horsepower 4.0L W8 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

87000 mi

US $150
Fuel purge valve replaced. 
62000 mi Radiator was weeping. Replaced radiator under manufacturer CPO program. 
67000 mi

US $1267
Blown valve cover gasket resulting in oil leak. Replaced several gaskets and seals. 
96000 mi

US $500
Timing retarded when warmed up. Labor was diagnosed at $2200 and parts at $7500. Same issue was covered under factory warranty at 42,xxx miles. 
78000 mi

US $600
Electric cooling fan was bad. Shop diagnosed and ordered part, owner installed. 
118000 mi

US $500
Radiator leaking. Also replaced water pump as preventive maintinance 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

36943 mi Recall on fuel pump. 
39007 mi Replace temperature sensor. 
41982 mi Cannister leaking charcoal. 
49702 mi

US $55
Fuel system leak. 
88000 mi

US $1300
Valve cover gaskets replaced. $160 
119000 mi

US $350
Water pump leaking. This was a replacement water pump that had been changed as part of the timing belt service 18 months earlier. 
122000 mi

US $425
Problem was oil drips hitting exhaust creating smoke in engine compartment that would often enter the cabin. Replaced both valve cover gaskets and one camshaft end plug seal. 
144000 mi

US $500
Tensioner broke off 
147000 mi Flex couplings and catalytic converter were determined to be bad 
82000 mi

US $550
CEL came on, sensor replaced. 
69000 mi Replaced EVAP Purge Valve 
76000 mi

US $183
Check Engine light, replaced purge valve 
90000 mi

US $500
Very Small Evap Leak, Code P0456 
95700 mi

US $200
Exhaust leak at flex joint 
78300 mi

US $700
Oil leak. Replaced cam tensioner seals. 
151900 mi

C $900
Linking oil and had camshaft work. 
41540 mi Injector failure. Car stopped. Had to be towed. Workshop said injector design fault. All injectors replaced. 
96000 mi

US $80
Replaced breather tube and broken vacuum line. 
58000 mi

US $515
Engine temp sensor failure. Defective Thermal switch for cooling fan replaced. 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

190-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed manual FWD

58280 mi

C $200
Ignition Control Modules needed to be replaced ( 2 were damaged/worn out) 
115320 mi

C $2400
3 month tune up found issues. Had recommended service completed. Engine gaskets. Catalytic converter. 
122140 mi

C $900
Engine light ended up being MAF and cat and muffler assembly. 
122760 mi

C $1700
engine light on again. reflashed computer and changed maf and hoses/clamps 
123660 mi

C $900
Car hesistates on acceleration. Changed MAF and vaccuum hoses. 
130200 mi

C $900
Again, hesitation with acceleration, dealer cannot find the problem as checked vac hoses etc, maf and not faulty. 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

turbocharged 6-cylinder diesel manual 2WD

109000 mi

£400
No heat from Heater.Motor to Marix,radiator and thermostat replaced 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder manual 2WD

71920 mi A soft noise coming from the dashboard like boiling of water, persistent for months. 

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2002.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

60000 mi

US $235
Vehicle would stall while driving....sometime would not start on the first two to three attempts. Problem was a "Speed Sensor" that needed to be replaced. Successful outcome of repair. 
74000 mi Check engine light, engine felt like it was misfiring. Coil packs were bad...there was an open recall/TSB for them and the dealership replaced them. 

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2002.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

65300 mi

$1000
Exhaust was white/blue smoking which was especially noticed while idling. Finally lost turbo charger boost.Turbo charger had to be replaced. 

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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

Engine not specified

136000 mi

US $1800
Thought it was the muffler but the catalytic converter on the passenger side of car was making loud sounds and check engine light was on. Car was beginning to make loud sounds. 
178000 mi Ignition coil failed 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

60500 mi

US $500
Leaking seals 
25000 mi Dealer replaced all 4 Coil packs after car started running on two cylinders. 
152000 mi

US $250
Car had hard starting problems and stalling problems. Was diagnosed as a bad crank position sensor. Replacement fixed symptoms. 
155000 mi

US $109
Check engine light came on, indicating a lean condition. Mass Air Flow sensor was checked using VAGCOM and found to be reporting less air-flow than normal. Sensor replaced. 
158000 mi

US $250
Oil press light came on. Crankcase empty and coolant tank full of oil. Faulty oil cooler. Replaced oil cooler & hoses, coolant tank, thermostat, coolant temp sens. Flushed cooling sys & heater core 4 times with shout. Refill/Drain 2x w/g12. 
161000 mi

US $73
Oil pressure light came on. Pulled over and had car towed to shop. Oil pressure tested fine, faulty oil pressure switch diagnosed. Switch replaced, car drives fine and light has not come back on.  Oil press light came back on. Happened to be near dealer when valves started rattling, took car to service dept and was told it needed a new engine, 5k-7k. Conferred with my mechanic who said it could just be a head, at a cost of 4k. Traded 
81000 mi

US $400
Front engine mounts replaced 
92500 mi Plastic part (VW calls "funnel") that oil dipstick goes into, deteriorated, replacement part was $15.95, parts person said it was common for these to fall apart after 8-9 years. Kind of a part that used to be made of metal. Grrrrrr! 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

73000 mi

US $60
Had an engine light. Replaced oxygen sensor. 
93000 mi

US $825
Coolant System malfunction code (P1296), replaced thermostat and Coolant Temp Sensor as part of scheduled timing belt replacement (including water pump and accessory belts). CEL cleared and has not returned. Oxygen sensor code (P0133). Ordered new upstream oxygen sensor and will replace myself. 
94000 mi

US $90
Replaced upstream oxygen sensor, cleared code, has not returned. 
115000 mi

US $160
Cracked exhaust flex pipe. Repaired at independent exhaust shop. 
129000 mi

US $1000
Heater core failed 
120485 mi

US $144
coolant leak fixed. bad o ring MIL on vacuum leak found and fixed. 
142000 mi

US $500
New fuel pump. 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

270-horsepower 4.0L W8 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

77000 mi

US $125
Check engine light diagnosed as lean fuel in left intake bank. Fuel filter and sensor replaced. Problem solved. 
88000 mi

US $1200
Smell of oil burning on engine block revealed a leaking valve cover gasket. Both sides were replaced as precautionary. 
95000 mi

US $1000
Upon brisk acceleration, felt like a gear or axle tooth had chipped or broken. Examination determined 3 of 4 motor mounts were worn with one actually broken causing engine to move - a LOT. 
103000 mi

US $165
Noticed an odor of hot oil burning after engine was turned off. Shop determined valve cover gasket was leaking. Decision made to replace both valve cover gaskets. 
106000 mi

US $354
Started hearing exhaust getting louder. inspection revealed rusting at end of muffler such that could not be repaired. Decided to replace both rear mufflers with a more tuned system. 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

122469 mi

US $821
Water pump broken, replaced by shop. Timing belt replaced at same time- preventive measure. 
133000 mi

US $200
Exhaust making loud noise; "check engine light" on. Right front flex pipe was replaced. 
106640 mi

C $800
Loud rumbling noises coming from undercarriage. Exhaust sleeves were loose and worn. Replaced both (twin exhaust) at cost of $120 Very slow oil leak into spark plug wells - worn valve gasket. Has been an issue for the past 18 months. Decided to replace it now for approx. $500. 
115320 mi

C $100
MAF sensor dead. New part ($232) 
122940 mi

C $200
Dead cylinder cleared. 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

196000 mi

US $500
replace throttle body 
115700 mi

US $50
 
134000 mi

US $1200
A coolant leak through the thermostat housing. Besides, the rubber material in a pulley went bad. It stick out of the pulley and worn out the pulley housing, which is unusual. Much of the repair cost was on the pulley and its housing. 
134000 mi

US $200
One oxygen sensor was replaced. 
80000 mi

US $310
The rubber sleeve on an intake (injection?) had torn, car ran very rough, caused the Engine Light to come on, and stay on. Dealer replaced the part. Car runs fine again. 
101000 mi

US $215
Replaced leaking motor mounts 
72000 mi

US $60
All warning lights came on simultaneously. STOP ENGINE/low oil pressure. Stopped engine/retarted/ Loud clunk/then all lights reappeared/tach fluctuation/drove to shop.Reset all mods per computer analysis/Car runs poorly with airbag default light on 
93000 mi

US $600
The Passat went in for service to have one oxygen sensor replaced and it also needed the temp sensor for the computer replaced in order to clear the check engine light. 
107000 mi Consuming oil and needed timing belt replacement. 
107000 mi

US $90
Replace both cam plugs at rear of engine. 
115000 mi

US $75
surge tank for radiator cracked-fluid loss tripped COOLANT flash warning. 
61000 mi

US $621
replaced both motor mounts 
52000 mi

US $5000
headgasket 
89000 mi

US $800
The car was in for a recall notice and also was smelling like burning oil. Was discovered that valve cover gasket is in need of replacement....seems very expensive. $1200 unless my extended warranty still applies... Update: warranty partially covered. 
91000 mi

US $700
Engine reseal which I felt could have been done back when gasket was replaced so they gave me a discount from 1200 to 700 dollars. I paid the whole 700 because my extended warranty is expired. 
96000 mi

US $1000
cooling system 
100000 mi

US $300
Engine light was coming on and it ended up being a thermostat/some kind of sensor...it was replaced. 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

190-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed manual FWD

123000 mi

US $600
exhaust system flex couplings required replacement 
70000 mi

US $900
waterpump 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

86578 mi

US $3212
Emission control CPU, new timing belt, new water pump 
90000 mi

US $1800
Replaced timing belt, fluids, water pump, tensioner, etc 
226000 mi

US $770
Replaced turbo. 
240000 mi

US $75
Replaced engine speed sensor. 
80000 mi Replaced all four coil packs under recall program. 
98000 mi

US $100
Coolant expansion tanked cracked and leaked coolant. 
69440 mi

C $6000
The warning lights came on, I called the dealer they told me, that it was a sensor, to drive it anyway. Drove another 100 kms, more warning lights, called dealer - same. Car stopped engine gone, dealer said never said that, bill $6000. HATE< HATE THEM 
9088 mi Replace Ignition Coils (4) 
67010 mi

US $95
Replace vacuum hose from combi valve to intake. Replace vacuum hose from fuel pressure regulator to intake manifold. Replace ignition coil cylinder 1. 
76000 mi

US $849
Vacuum lines replaced. 
130300 mi

US $30
Engine trouble code P0171. Parts store guy recommended injector clean. While researching possible causes on web, found several had refer suction hose failure. Inspected mine, bad. Got new hose, cleared code. No repeat. 
136000 mi Evaporative emission trouble. Can drive with lowered mpg but CEL being on I can't tell when another issue arises. 
82000 mi

US $300
Leaky coolant flange replaced (299.85+tax) 
94000 mi Right engine mount leaking fluid. Decided to postpone repair. 
95000 mi Fluid leak. Diagnosed as coolant leak from coolant flange o-ring. Fixed under warranty, as coolant flange had been replaced 15 months earlier. Little to no heat in cabin. Heater core clogged. Heater core filled with caustic solution then flushed. 
103000 mi

US $130
Coolant leak. Diagnosed as problem with coolant tank and/or cap. Coolant tank and cap replaced. 
104000 mi Coolant leak continuing. Replaced o-ring on temperature sensor. 
105000 mi Continued coolant leak after 2 unsuccessful repair attempts. Replaced o-ring at coolant flange pipe. 
118000 mi

US $2624
Rear cylinder head coolant flange replaced Camshaft chain tensioner gasket set replaced. Exhaust downpipe, gasket, and clamp replaced due to a leak. Right and left motor mounts replaced (broken and leaking hydraulic fluid) Serpentine belts replaced (badly cracked) No heat. Shop flushed the heater core. 
119700 mi Engine oil pressure light; shop proposed engine flush as part of diagnosis. Separately, identified PCV valve broken and oil leak. 
121000 mi Problems reported earlier still present when sold. 
43000 mi

US $100
Hose was replaced to get rid of check engine light and to pass smog test. 
53000 mi

US $75
Torn vacuum hose replaced. 
223000 mi

US $100
Cooling system reservoir 
75000 mi

US $105
The side motor mounts had failed and released the dampening fluid. Both side mounts were replaced. 
83700 mi

US $42
Oil was leaking from the passenger side of the engine in both the front and rear corners. Valve cover gasket was replaced. 
125000 mi

US $250
Valve cover gasket was leaking and needed to be replaced. Replaced VC gasket and adjuster gasket 
86000 mi

US $105
Replaced all braided cloth vaccuum lines and Evap System purge valve due to VAG codes:16795 - Secondary Air Injection System: Incorrect Flow Detected 16840 - EVAP System: Very Small Leak Detected P0456 - 002 - Lower Limit Exceeded - Intermittent 
98000 mi

US $365
Flexible exhaust pipe broke, between cat and mufflers, causing extremely loud exhaust. Independent mechanic replaced pipe. 
114000 mi

US $3500
Engine seized due to low oil pressure as a result of sludge build-up. Complete engine replacement was necessary. Replaced with a used engine. 
116000 mi

US $615
New timing belt and new water pump at the same time. Total cost for these items was $447. 
123000 mi

US $332
O2 sensor was malfunctioning. Replacement sensor ordered, installed and warning light went out and has stayed out. 
164000 mi Oil pressure light on I-5, could not get to a garage or have anybody test the oil pressure before engine quit. Approx $7,500 to fix. Lack of oil pressure caused by sludge that had clogged the oil path. Sold car for $500. 
57478 mi

C $165
Check engine light flashing and car vibrating badly - diagnostic turned up faulty ignition coil (#1) - replaced 
62546 mi

C $424
Replaced coolant temp. sensor (due to check engine light); replaced secondary air hose (leaked) 
79756 mi

C $414
EPC light and MIL on, vehicle stopped and wouldn't restart (in left turn lane on busy road!) Engine speed sensor out of spec and replaced. Haven't had same problem again (as of Jan 2011) 
90978 mi

C $1063
Coolant warning light had come on. Shop performed diagnostics and discovered leak at cylinder head and cracked coolant bottle. Gave estimate for repair. Cooling hose flange and seals replaced, expansion tank replaced. 
138100 mi Coolant leak diagnostic - coolant flange special order; reg inspection turned up valve cover gasket and timing adjuster gaskets leaking oil - parts special order Installed SOP Coolant flange on rear of cylinder head. Topped Coolant. Re-checked for leaks. Road tested - ok Replaced leaking valve cover and cam adjuster gaskets 
141360 mi

C $262
There's a minor leak somewhere in the exhaust system (can smell it but did not bother to investigate yet). 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

182000 mi

US $35
removed oil pan and installed new oil pickup tube. Engine was making extremely loud noises. changed oil to Mobil 1 (0w40). runs perfect now. 
83080 mi

C $600
Oil was leaking in several places---cracked gasket. 
85000 mi

US $100
Cel came on - code indicated o2 sensor or hoses - hose was replaced 
95000 mi

US $10
Coolant temperature sensor went out, replaced in about an hour with new sensor, O-ring. Total cost $10, total PITA to get to and replace though 
100000 mi

US $100
Coolant temp. sensor broke loose from it's housing. 
109000 mi Frayed and broken vacuum line, replaced stock fabric wrapped rubber with silicon  
115000 mi

US $120
All four coil packs failed. I upgraded to "bolt down" style packs as opposed to the stock "push down style." 
144000 mi

US $400
Timing belt tensioner broke causing the timing belt to lose teeth. Motor was almost destroyed. Motor was compression tested, timing belt, water pump and timing belt tensioner replaced. 
64000 mi

US $500
thermostat. Also changed many maintenance items associated with timing belt change. 
72700 mi

US $1000
replaced secondary air intake system including pump, valve, hoses 
76000 mi

US $1000
Cam Tensioner was replaced. 
69500 mi

US $1197
Check engine lamp - Replaced evap canister and N-80 valve, performed throttle body service, induction service, replaced engine coolant temp sensor, set readiness codes. 
150000 mi

US $175
CEL-replace vacuum hose 
164000 mi

US $188
Reset readiness monitor/run drive 
167000 mi

US $242
Evap system leak-replace evap purge valve 
170000 mi

US $488
Replace flex pipe/exhaust 
174000 mi

US $320
Replace thermostat 
186000 mi

US $100
Cel, p0441 code. Replaced gas cap. 
62000 mi

US $200
Vacuum leak 
67000 mi

US $170
Flex pipe exhaust leak 
157000 mi Radiator was leaking. Replaced all the hoses. 
168000 mi

US $280
Serpentine Belt needed to be replaced. 
114300 mi

US $400
Oil leak; gasket replaced 
104160 mi

C $230
Belt Tensioner 
131000 mi

US $555
rust made hole in exhaust system 
135300 mi

US $30
replaced coil pack 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

59000 mi Hole in exhaust near the front. 
67668 mi

US $1350
all oil leaked out of engine during extreme cold. after 45 min of driving, stop error came on and there was zero oil in engine and it was all over the front of it. It was negative 20 degrees in chicago. Camshaft seal, valvecover gasket, oil line, and pump 
170000 mi

US $518
Both valve covers leaking oil. The left leaked severely. The right valve had chain tensioner leaking, did not replace to avoid paying $600 more. Coolant temperature switch and seal was replaced to stop coolant leak. Temp sensor replaced. 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

137000 mi

US $2560
Car engine light came on at 136500 miles. Car then began shuddering and losing the ability to climb inclines. Mechanic replaced spark plugs and coilpacks to make it driveable. Next job will be cat convertors for $2100. 
145000 mi Needed new catalytic converters when traded. 
71500 mi

US $595
Corroded exhaust flex pipe. Rebuilt transmission went back into limp mode. Transmission is okay. Unclear whether the problem is the electronic TCM or the connections to it: the TCM checked out okay, the connections were already repaired and checked twice. 
76500 mi

US $1500
Engine mounts failing. Valve cover gasket leaking oil onto exhaust manifold. Cracked coolant bottle. Will need to be replaced once it is leaking. 
93000 mi

US $1700
Intermittent engine temp. Bad sensor, thermostat, leaking water pump. 
102000 mi Cracked fuel tank, on top. Quoted $4,000, traded car. 
107000 mi

US $400
Valve cover leaked, ignition cables damaged, 2 plugs cracked, all replaced and engine tune up peformed. Running great now. 
115000 mi

US $600
Radiator replaced due to slow leak. 
127000 mi cat codes 
88000 mi

US $120
Engine Speed Sender (Sporadic), Removed and replaced. 
96000 mi

US $2220
and tranny and motor mounts. 
110000 mi

US $65
Leaking heater hose. R&R. 

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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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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

82000 mi

US $650
Timing belt, water pump and related components. This was not an "emergency repair". It was a planned maintenance since I keep cars for a long time. 

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2001.5 Volkswagen Passat

Engine not specified

201000 mi

US $2000
check engine light on 
141000 mi

US $1600
throttle body and fuel injector failure 
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  
86000 mi

US $350
Vacuum Hose broken, Coolant Temp Senser, MAF, and Injection cleaner 
127000 mi

US $100
Oil Cooler Supple Line Burst 

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2001.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

87000 mi

US $500
PCV breather, vacuum line to brake booster, mass air flow sensor. Result: check engine light off - acrid smell enters the cabin when car stops at stops signs, red lights and destination 
90000 mi Engine oil leak . Fix: Replaced cam tensioner seal and valve cover gasket . 
92000 mi Broken breather pipe at intake manifold was repaired under warranty - all oil smells stopped after this repair. 
115748 mi

US $629
Replaced thermostat, flushed heater core 
135700 mi

US $350
Crank sensor 
137300 mi

US $1800
cooling leak, oil leak,  
141300 mi

US $1500
Heater core might need to be replaced - but first, it is filled with oxyclean for the summer to try and flush out corrosion. Then in September we will see if it works or has to be replaced. air conditioning belt was tightened 
142000 mi Heater core flushed out, fine since. 
165000 mi

US $933
camshaft adjuster 
94300 mi

US $1200
Replaced Camshaft Chain Tensioner, as well as gasket. 
97000 mi

US $10
Cleaned throttle body 
106000 mi

US $2300
New valve cover and cam chain tensioner gaskets. Dipstick was replaced, as it broke. How does a dipstick break? I was just checking the oil one day, and the handle snapped off. That is goofy. The dipstick tube also has a leak and needs to be replaced, but that didn't happen this trip. 

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2001.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

57000 mi

US $950
Replaced right motor mount Replaced thermostat, temp sensor and coolant jug. 
110000 mi

US $20
Engine coolant tube leak - tube was replaced for $20.  

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2001.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

74000 mi

US $5
Idle controller and throttle body needed cleaning. Cold start idle would not function properly. 
74158 mi

US $30
Replaced #4 ignition coil due to failure. Could be a possible second coil failure. Started intermittent, but became constant loss of #4 cylinder. 
105000 mi

US $130
Cracked vacuum line running to intake manilfold that cause check engine light to come on. Replaced vaccuum line and cleared codes for check engine light. No more issues 
106000 mi

US $4000
Needed new clutch, timing chain, and an oil leak had developed on the rear side of the motor which cost about $1800 to repair. Total cost of repair bill was over $4000 at 106,000 miles 
18000 mi coil packs(under warranty) 
90000 mi CEL, loss of power. After new DV installed, all was good. 

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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.  
87000 mi

US $950
Fuel tank level sender failed (leading to incorrect fuel level readings). Fuel tank sensor replaced. 
106500 mi

US $85
Radiator expansion tank valve was leaking, allowing coolant to drain. Expansion tank valve replaced. 
96315 mi

C $862
Replacing both oxygen sensors and air filter. 
142840 mi

C $600
Exhaust: flex pipe and rear catalytic converters. Exhaust leak fixed, but sporadic engine light because nearly constant. 
150040 mi

C $367
Engine light on for catalytic converter. 
77500 mi

US $330
Sticky purge valve caused a CEL. Replace all spark plugs and ignition wire. Radiator leaking and low coolant. Suggested replacing radiator. 

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2001.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

65000 mi

US $300
Idler pulley on belt was worn and making noise.  

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2001.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

190-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed manual FWD

94000 mi

US $475
Coolant pipe dry rotted and cracked which resulted in leaking coolant. problem repaired succesfully 
101000 mi fuel evap canister leak 
169000 mi

US $75
Coolant sensor change; Leaking WP gasket, filled with Bars leak; Tail light changes *2 
169000 mi

US $410
Water screwed up the connections of the gas pedal. Replaced. 

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2001.5 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automatic 2WD

142000 mi

US $45
Car misfiring. Got home and determined it was cylinder coilpack. Got a new spare one from trunk (always keep at least 2!) and replaced. Also noticed cylinder 3 full of oil (enough to cover over spark plug) due to valve cover gasket(s). 

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2001.5 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

98000 mi

US $100
Engine flood relating to a bad coolant temp sensor in extremely cold (-10 to -20F) conditions. Also diagnosed a rather significant oil leak (~4qts per 5k mi), however, that will not be rectified until March due to time and money. Diagnosed an oil leak (from cam chain and valve cover gaskets). Will be fixed in March 
100000 mi

US $500
Valve and cam gaskets 
105000 mi

US $700
Water pump (not the orginal part, but an OEM replacement) bearing was going out. You may see a bunch of these as the OEM "new" replacement waterpumps are refubs. 
120000 mi

US $25
Problem with bank 1 cat warmup, either O2s or cat. Will still pass emissions with some "love." Likely cause by an engine flood in January. 

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2001 Volkswagen Passat

Engine not specified

156000 mi

US $1800
Water pump and then along with the timing belt were replaced. 

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2001 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 150hp 1.8L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

103000 mi

US $55
Coilpack failure. Diagnosed myself and replaced failed part. 
108000 mi

US $357
Crankshaft sensor replaced 
41000 mi

US $5
There are 4 3.5mm cloth-over-rubber vacuum lines on the 1.8T engine. So far, two of mine have ruptured where they are forced to make sharp bends, and I have replaced them, plus a third, with high temperature silicone, for what should be a lifetime fix. 
48000 mi

US $50
PCV system -- pressure regulator, valves, and suction pump, to fix oil leak. 
51300 mi

US $30
coilpack (one went bad, replaced all 4 @ $22 ea.) 
52000 mi

US $20
Replaced fourth of four OEM 3.5mm vacuum hoses. (Intake manifold to diverter valve control port.) 
52100 mi

US $113
Replaced O2 sensor 
54000 mi

US $110
Replaced Mass Air Flow (MAF) sensor. 
55000 mi

US $25
ECU relay intermittent -- replaced 
57000 mi

US $60
Oil cooler replaced. 
132500 mi

US $250
Replaced 2 ignition coils 
182000 mi

US $80
Flush the heater core, so the heater works well. 

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2001 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 150hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

109000 mi

US $360
replaced hoses for air intakes 
112500 mi

US $850
replaced main fan bearing (involved removing the front bumper!) replaced motor mounts - they were leaking fluid 
120000 mi

US $270
thermostat failed 

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2001 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

100000 mi replace fuel pump after car died while being driven. 

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2001 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

108000 mi

US $80
Car would not start until tried multiple times. Then it idled hard and surged. Temperature gauge replaced. 
121500 mi

US $219
Exhaust leak in the flex pipe 
136000 mi

US $900
Replaced heater core 
151900 mi

C $2600
replaced heater core, no heat coming into passenger cabin. replaced cam seals. Engine was leaking oil onto the engine block causing terrible burning oil odor and fumes 

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2001 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 150hp 1.8L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

133000 mi

US $400
Clean throttle body and some other fuel intake problems 
150000 mi

US $400
Thermostat stuck and had to be replaced 
155000 mi

US $800
Oil cooler had a crack in it that caused oil to be fed back into the cooling system. Had to replace the oil cooler, replace the coolant reservoir, and flush the cooling system several times. 
159000 mi

US $95
Drop in oil pressure over time of driving, assumed to be sludge or clogged intake. I ended up selling it as non-working to someone on Craig's List who was going to part it out. (Initially reported in March.) 
154000 mi

US $90
Replaced 4 ignition coils 

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2001 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 150hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

115940 mi

$1000
Bad engine 
78000 mi

US $575
CEL for MAF - replaced buy independant shop. 
79000 mi

US $554
Breather tubes replaced/CEL now stays off. 
89000 mi Ignition coil went bad again 
70000 mi

US $1600
Thermostat failing. Also replaced timing belt, water pump, tensioner. 
73000 mi

US $350
PCV system clogged. 
75000 mi

US $700
PCV system clogged. Cleaned part and replaced part. 
91000 mi

US $120
Replace vacuum hose on secondary air pump 
95000 mi

US $627
Oil cooler seal leak. 
100000 mi

US $85
Exhaust clamp rusting thru. 
111000 mi

US $280
Flex joint damaged. Replaced. 

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2001 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

75000 mi

US $2147
Oil smell caused by oil leak - cam plugs on back of cylinder head leaking oil onto exhaust. Valve cover gaskets and tensioner seals. Plus Preventive replacement of timing belt and coolant system flush. 
78000 mi

US $1800
Air conditioning stalls on start up - have to turn it totally off and restart it to make it work. Told we had to replace 2 motor mount gaskets and alternator belt plus new fresh air sensor 
135000 mi

US $500
Coolant Leak was found coming from lower radiator hose where it connects to engine via a plastic hose fitting. Required removal of timing belt, so lots of labor! THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN REPLACED WHEN THE TIMING BELT WAS REPLACED TO SAVE LABOR$ 

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2001 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

122300 mi

US $40
Oil leak at 2 year old valve cover gasket. 
133000 mi

US $150
Replaced some belt (not timing belt) 

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2001 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

71000 mi

US $800
Gurgling sound behind the dash, then received "stop engine" warning and had a near-empty radiator. Dealer was unable to replicate. Occurred twice more before VW figured it out, replaced the radiator. 

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 150hp 1.8L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

135000 mi

US $2150
Oil pressure light came on while driving. Pulled off the road, the light went out. Did this 3 times. 3rd time, display said 'STOP!'. Called tow truck totake to dealer. They replaced the oil pump and pressure switch. Also, while there, changed trans fluid 
158000 mi

US $10
SAIP hose had broken and was giving an Emmissions Workshop warning. 
205700 mi

US $135
exhaust pipe needed replacing. front end needed alignment. Air hose from metal pipe on turbo side was broken. Replaced part, all systems OK. 
75000 mi

US $1000
Exhaust, vacuum hoses 
102000 mi

US $1000
ECU failure, but car had been "chipped" many years ago. Sold car to shop after excessive cost of new ECU considered 

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 150hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

108000 mi

US $1000
Oil leaks were beginning to increase -- so replaced top engine oil seal gasket and oil pan gasket. Also replaced a ruptured breather tube and the cam adjuster seal.  
75500 mi

£150
Air Mass Flow meter replaced, car was jerky to drive, not smooth at all. 
90000 mi

£620
Sump dropped, cleaned out sludge, new oil pump. Cam-cover removed and de-carboned/desludged around cams. 
92000 mi

£330
Exhaust flexible connector after catalytic converter had split 
98000 mi

£140
Coolant sensor reading high. Sensor replaced. Lambda sensor (O2 sensor) reading high. Sensor replaced. 
119500 mi

£75
Would not start at home, would have required a tow or getting to a shop to buy new spark plugs. Spark plugs replaced. Turbo by-pass hose. Small dia. hose going from inlet manifold sensor to air-bypass near turbo. Might be EGR. The hose had uncoupled itself, the ends were split, not able to reinstall, hose rubber degraded. Coolant thermostat had failed, planned to replace anyway at 120,000 mile major service. It was only after it was replaced that I realised how bad it was, particularly overcooling going down hills with fuel injection cut-out on over-run. 
126300 mi

£320
Coolant leak from water-oil heat exchanger on top of oil filter. Heat exchanger replaced 
142000 mi

£266
LPG ECU alarm sounded with single instantaneous misfire. 100s of miles between events. Changed spark plugs fuel pump relay LPG pressure sensor NO CODES. Finally changed Ignition Switch as blower speed went up on one misfire. Not fixed, must be ECU itself. 

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

128000 mi

US $300
viscous fan clutch was replaced 
131000 mi

US $300
Flex joint gave way. sent out for weld in new flex. Came back fixed, but 1 week after CEL. Going back to replace an O2 sensor. 
131000 mi

US $450
Original problem of EMISSIONS WORKSHOP CEL discovered in Feb. Re-cap - flex joint, then O2 sensor, but still no fix. Finally gave it the entire CAT and pipe and so far no CEL after a week which appeared to be the previous limit. Caut. optim 
135000 mi

US $400
Replaced Cam chain tensioner gaskets, and valve cover gaskets 
141000 mi

US $150
upstream oxygen sensor. Replaced it with a Bosch from auto parts store secondary air insufficient flow codes thrown with CEL. It took 5.5 hours to troubleshoot it to the relay, then .5 hours to replace and put it all back together again 
145000 mi

US $800
3 motor mounts 
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 
116000 mi

US $66
Coolant reserve tank replaced. 
120000 mi

US $333
replace belt tensioner 
123700 mi

US $440
remote coolant hoses replaced 

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

99200 mi

C $145
Update to turn off sensitive Cat code 
127720 mi

C $180
Check engine light. Scan codes. Sensor 2 Bank 2. Replaced sensor.  

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

190-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed manual FWD

108000 mi

US $620
Oil leak. Two trips to fix leaking valve cover gaskets and rear seals. Second trip no charge. 
143220 mi

C $1500
Shaking and rattling in engine compartment. Main engine mount replaced. 

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 150hp 1.8L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

182000 mi

US $120
Intermittent starting up and not starting. The mechanic thought that it was an issue with the computer relay. So we replaced it ($120). 
110000 mi

US $693
Mass Airflow Sensor -idling high and engine light turned on day after ac repair. 

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 150hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

165000 mi

US $600
Misfiring and CEL. iginition coils and module replaced. 
177000 mi

US $300
Upper downpipe Exhaust rotted out.  
82300 mi

US $50
Engine did not maintain temperature. Replaced thermostat and temperature sensor. 
93000 mi

US $400
Replaced the oil pump to repair a low oil pressure problem due to a clogged pickup screen 
158000 mi

US $30
Replaced temperature sensor 
159000 mi

US $190
Replaced thermostat 
96000 mi

US $1200
Leaking valve gaskets. Had to be towed as the engine lights went on and smoke started coming from the hood. 
114000 mi

US $150
Replaced Mass air flow sensor (MAFS). Was giving faulty reading causing lean fuel trim and pinging. Problem fixed by replacing faulty MAFS. 
136300 mi

US $250
Replaced PVC and turbo vacuum tubing to address drivability issues. Also replaced a single failing ignition coil pack, a common problem with these cars.  
138000 mi

US $1100
Exhaust flex pipe needed replacing 
179000 mi

US $4
Evap Purge valve clogged. Cleaned with Carb Cleaner, issue resolved. 

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

126000 mi

US $744
Oil leakage from the engine. 

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

144000 mi

US $250
replacement of leaking camshaft tensioner (right side) 
155000 mi

US $450
leaky valve cover gaskets and leak camshaft seals replaced. 
163500 mi

US $100
replaced left flex joint in exhaust system. 
164000 mi

US $690
waterpump pully failed. replaced pump and timing belt 
170000 mi check engine light on 

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder manual 2WD

216000 mi

US $500
Oil breather leaking, repaired cam seals leaking. Not repaired. Too expensive. 

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automatic 2WD

85560 mi

C $648
Secondary Air Pump inoperative - Replaced  
86180 mi

C $925
Secondary Air Injection Pump not working - replaced Replaced Air Mass Meter 
52000 mi

US $412
Replaced Secondary Air Injection Pump (SAIP) 
52000 mi

US $463
faulty coolant temp. sensor and repinning of connector. Throttle body also cleaned and reset. Codes cleared to normal. 

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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. 
93000 mi

US $3000
Carbon build up in the engine. Unsuccessful repair, sold car. 

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

132000 mi Replaced torn / broken front and side engine mounts. 

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

137000 mi

US $2500
Exhaust system rusted through. Oxygen sensor rusted through. 
108000 mi

US $1000
Check engine light on. 

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1999 Volkswagen Passat

Engine not specified

117000 mi

US $730
Bad ignition control module. 
135000 mi

US $535
Turbo needed to be replaced 
69700 mi

US $900
Timing mechanism had to be replaced 

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1999 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder manual 2WD

158000 mi

US $100
oil pressure sensor broke and was leaking oil. 
169000 mi

US $60
Part of the exhaust system rusted off. 
177000 mi

US $110
Flex pipe rusted in exhaust. 
155000 mi clutch + flywheel replaced 
158700 mi

US $50
replace failing ignition coils 

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1999 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automatic 2WD

157000 mi

US $450
Engine control module failed... stopped firing #2 cylinder. Sometimes no power. The turbocharger is failing. 
160000 mi The Turbo-charger had seized and there was an engine misfire problem making it no longer drivable. 
120000 mi

US $140
Mass Air Flow Sensor failure. 
119000 mi

US $500
replaced oxygen sensor 

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1999 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

6-cylinder manual 2WD

97000 mi Needed new thermostat. 
151000 mi waterpump(original)replaced,new thermostat(3rd),radiator replaced-starting to leak at seams; new belts @148K no damage to belts New injector seals - gas smell in car @ times, most noticable when stopped or after shutdown. one week after prob #1 (sigh) 
157000 mi

US $250
Battery was dead for > 1 week computer needed to be reset Valve cover gasket, PCV system repaired. Still needs new cat passenger side. 
160580 mi Hydraulic tensioner on timing belt failed. Replaced idle pulley tensioner, hydraulic tensioner and timing belt; also replaced water pump, serpentine belt and oil filler cap gasket (maintenance items). 
126000 mi

US $2400
Coolant leak Valve cover gasket leaked 
191000 mi Oil and transmission leaks were fixed by resecurring some loose components. 
195000 mi

US $30
Acting as though throttle was sticking very intermitently. Same problem caused some difficulty starting the car at times. Mechanic couldn't find specific fault, suggested using fuel injection cleaner frequently. 
201500 mi Leaking oil from a seal on the back on the engine. Mechanic tried to seal the leak with silicone sealant. 
202000 mi

US $40
Intermitent difficulty starting when engine was hot, coolant temperature gauge not functioning. Replaced the coolant temperature sensor. 
214000 mi Secondary air injection pump has failed along with air injection hose. Not uncommon. This problem doesn't hinder the normal functioning of the car. It just causes some annoying noise for 90 seconds after a cold start. 
222000 mi

US $250
The whining noise reported earlier turned out to be a belt pulley and tensioner. The part was replaced on this trip. 
115000 mi

US $120
2 exhaust joints replaced.  

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1999 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

60000 mi The car suffered a major mechanical malfunction. An idler pulley stopped turning and the timing belt overheated and shredded itself. This occurred 300 miles from home, so I had no choice but to sell it to a service tech at the dealership. 
140120 mi

C $88
Secondary injection pump is very noisy on startup. I can live with this for a while but will soon have to replace it. 
148180 mi

C $128
Temperature gauge was not functioning. Sensor had to be replaced. This repair was successful. Apart from this I had new brakes installed AND they attempted to fix the engine warning light but to no avail. Problem with air pump, part of the environmental air intake. It was emitting a loud shrill sound on engine warm-up. They rebore the screw or containment nuts and bolts but this did not solve the problem. New parts too expensive. 
157480 mi

C $120
Losing engine coolant. Temperature light coming on. Did pressure test of system and found leak, replaced faulty part or bracket.  
73000 mi

US $330
replace radiator fan Replace motor mounts 
86000 mi

US $950
Changed water pump 
89000 mi

US $600
AC pressure sensor failed, causing fan to operate constantly and completely drain battery. Had to call AAA for jump start before taking car to dealer. 
120000 mi

US $300
Computer problems 
87000 mi Right and left valve cover gaskets leaking oil. Repaired under 10yr/100k powertrain warranty. 
101000 mi

US $300
Engine would turn over but not start. After many attempts, engine started. Drove to mechanic. Found bad ignition switch. Switch replaced. 
109300 mi

US $600
Engine oil leak. Tech found both valve cover gaskets leaking and camshaft adjuster seals leaking. Ordered parts. Parts replaced 
114000 mi

US $1550
Car running cold. Suspected a failed thermostat in open position. Tech confirmed bad thermostat. Replaced thermostat. 
115000 mi

US $942
Oil leaking from PVC breather hose. Tech found breather hose clogged. Replaced 2 PVC breather hoses, PVC suction pump, PVC check valve, PVC gasket and about 9 feet of brittle vacuum lines. On previous visit, tech noticed engine motor mount worn/ leaking hydraulic fluid. Replaced motor mounts. 
119000 mi

US $1574
Left and right cam plugs leaking oil. Replaced cam plugs.  

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1999 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

138000 mi

£207
severe bang from gearbox on selection of drive, no tiptronic operation 

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