1794 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2000 or newer Volkswagen Passat. 584 of these members
(32.6%) have reported engine repairs for their car.
A total of 1304 engine repairs to Volkswagen Passats--an average of 0.7 per
vehicle--have been reported.
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.
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.
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,
Replace 3 ignition coils, failed, under warranty, Prior to recall
Replace Cam Chain Adjuster, Cam Seals, Timing Belt and Adjusters
Gaskets replaced because of leaks.
Temperature gauge reading erratic. Replaced ETC sensor.
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.
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.
Blown engine valley pan gasket and camshaft tensioner seal due to clogged PCV hose.
Cracked plastic engine coolant tank successfully replaced.
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.
Failed secondary air injection pump was replaced.
ECU was reprogrammed to prevent spurious catalytic converter fault codes.
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.
Exhaust manifold flex joints were broken.
Both flex joints replaced. Front motor mount broke.
Motor mount replaced.
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
Check engine malfunction light started coming on 30 seconds after car was started. This would occur everytime car was started.