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Volkswagen Passat Problems and Repair Histories

1598 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer Volkswagen Passat. 777 of these members (48.6%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 2443 repairs to Volkswagen Passats--an average of 1.5 per vehicle--have been reported.

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

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

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

Percentage of Volkswagen Passat repairs by problem area

39% of the Volkswagen Passat repairs were to the engine, 9% to the transmission, 8% to the brakes, 8% to the suspension, 23% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 6% to the body and trim, and 6% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 2443 repairs.

Volkswagen Passat repair cost distribution

Of the Volkswagen Passat repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 10% cost less than $100, 46% between $100 and $499, 26% between $500 and $999, 15% between $1000 and $2499, and 3% more than $2500.

Chart based on 965 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
Non-members can see only ten Volkswagen Passat problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2006 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

Volkswagen Passat in Virginia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2006 12000    
13000 0 Front passenger window would not work on AUTO up or down. Would work if you held the button only. 
 
Volkswagen Passat in Quebec, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2006 0    
6820 0 EVAP SENSOR Radio clipping - new radio ordered 
9920 0 replaced defective radio under warrant. Parts finally came in 
26660 0 Check engine . Replaced sensor on TSB. 
39680 0 Electronic parking brake sensor needed replacing.  
 

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2006 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Passat in South Carolina, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2006 19000    
20000 0 Small Issue with airbag. I took the car to the dealer when the "airbag falure" light came on. Dealer took about an hour and told me that I the conection to the seat sensor (wire under the seat) came disloged/loose and that they pluged it back in. Less 
20000 0 Same old issue with airbag warning light. Dealer replaced connection clip under passenger seat. Problem continues. 
131000 300 wheel bearing  axle boot 
146000 1600 high pressure fuel pump 

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2006 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

Volkswagen Passat in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2006 0    
1000 0 The bi-xenon headlight bulb burnt out prematurely. The front park assist sensor will beep continuously when wet. Dealer washed the car and sprayed the sensor but was unable to reproduce the problem. Car stereo showed NO SAT RADIO message. Radio software has been upgraded it hasn't shown since. 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. 
4000 0 Passenger side rear bass speaker was not working. Computer registered the fault at mile 254 on 06/20/06. I did not take delivery of the car until 9/30/06 so this fault has always been present. Dealer ordered replacement part then replaced faulty speaker. Driver front window was not rolling all the way down and the auto up feature would work only intermittenly. Dealer acknoweldged that the error code was recorded however they could not reproduce the problem. They seem to have lubricated the window rails as The headlight connector pulled itself loose from the headlight assembly causing the front passenger headlight to go out again. This time I explained to the dealer that there is a TSB for this issue and it is not a faulty bulb but a loose connection. Deale 
17000 0 My car had the infamous hesitation from a rolling stop. Finally VW has resolved the issue and issued a TSB to have it re-flashed. The vehicle seems to be fine and drives better with the latest software. My stereo had the sudden bass syndrome. This problem has allegedly been resolved with the latest software update. We shall see, so far so good. 
18000 0 The electrical emergency brake switch finally went completely broke. The car was stuck in my driveway and had to be towed. Dealer replaced the switch and everything has been fine since then. 
27000 0 Driver side headlight was inoperable. This is the 3rd time it happened. It has to do with the Adaptive Light System motor loosening the connector, there is a TSB out for it. Hopefully it's fixed for good this time. 
35000 0 Electronic Steering Lock was inoperable. Locked car down twice. Managed to drive it to dealership, dealer replaced faulty lock and electric module. Rear LED tail light had two LEDs not working. Replaced whole assembly with new one. 
 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

Volkswagen Passat in Washington, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2006 46000    
48000 1100 This was the 2nd of two trips to the dealer for a flashing Engine light that would come on intermittently. Car would also shudder and lose power a few seconds when the light was on. It would always go off after a few seconds and drive normally. This time, 
 

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2002.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Passat in New Hampshire, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 Replace 3 ignition coils, failed, under warranty, Prior to recall 
80 Diagnose door remotes, no longer working. Dealer failed to repair. 
368 Replace door latch assy 
1660 Replace Cam Chain Adjuster, Cam Seals, Timing Belt and Adjusters 
197000 800 Driver door window regulator failed. Gaskets replaced because of leaks. 
223000 600 Alternator failure. "Alternator Workshop" message on dash and Battery light on. Battery went dead before able to get to dealer (75 miles at night), so had to tow($125) 
239000 175 Temperature gauge reading erratic. Replaced ETC sensor. 
239000 0 It was going to need a catalytic converter in order to pass the inspection, along with a timing belt and tune up. I felt that the financial cost was too high (about the value of the car) to pursue the repairs. 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Volkswagen Passat in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2006 91000    
98000 220 3 vacuum hoses needed to be replaced 
98000 1000 brought car in for driver's window which stopped working and a **stop brake indicator light that came on when making right turns; technician determined that rotors and pads were worn and needed replacement 
101000 388 replaced valve cover gasket as the engine had an oil leak 
107000 720 oil leak, replaced several gaskets 
108000 350 persistent oil leak on engine 
 

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2001.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

Volkswagen Passat in Ohio, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2006 67000    
76000 900 In for routine oil/filter/lube, tire rotation. Check engine light on. Needed new O2 sensor. Replace rear brake pads/rotors. Cam seals leaking, water pump leaking. 
116000 380 Replaced oxygen sensor and vacuum hose 
118000 80 Brake pad sensor light came on. Inspection revealed damage to wire connected to sensor. Repaired wire, brake pads did not have excessive wear. 
119000 575 Cam seal adjusters leaking oil. Dripping on manifold and creating burning smell.  
 

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1999 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder manual 2WD

Volkswagen Passat in Michigan, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2006 145000    
149000 170 ABS sensor broken; problem returned after about 3 weeks Air bag sensor broken; problem returned after about 3 weeks 
158000 100 oil pressure sensor broke and was leaking oil. 
164000 450 Needed new pads a rotors. 
168000 940 Rocker Arm Broke off 
169000 60 Part of the exhaust system rusted off. 
177000 110 Flex pipe rusted in exhaust. 
178000 0 Airbag light on becuase one of the wires in the system for the drivers side airbag read a high level of resistance; lived with until sold car. The ABS sometimes would randomly fire and then turn off for the rest of the trip, bad sensor; lived with until sold car. 

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1999 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

Volkswagen Passat in Connecticut, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2006 81000    
82000 0 Automatic transmission hesitating during upshift and banging into gear during downshift. Automatic transmission replaced under 10yr/100K warranty. Tech found transmission fluid burnt and black. 
87000 0 Right and left valve cover gaskets leaking oil. Repaired under 10yr/100k powertrain warranty. 
87000 0 Remanufactorered transmission found bad. Ordered another transmission Installed new transmission Right CV Boot wide open, throwing grease, Left CV Boot cracked. Replaced both CV Boots. 
99000 700 Felt clunking in front end. Tech found upper left control arm worn. Ordered parts. While diagnosing problem 1, tech found front sway bar bushings worn, not holding sway bar. Ordered parts.  Installed new control arm. Installed new sway bar bushings. 
101000 300 Engine would turn over but not start. After many attempts, engine started. Drove to mechanic. Found bad ignition switch. Switch replaced. 
105000 235 ABS warning light on with audible alarm, brake light/oil pressure light flashing, braking characteristics different. Numerous reports of same problem on VWVortex pointing to Electronic Brake Control Module. Removed module, sent for rebuild. Electronic Brake Control Module was recieved after rebuild and installed. Repair successful! 
109300 1205 Engine oil leak. Tech found both valve cover gaskets leaking and camshaft adjuster seals leaking. Ordered parts. Felt ball joint clunking from front suspension. Tech found passenger side upper control arm worn. Ordered parts. Parts installed Parts replaced 
114000 1550 Car running cold. Suspected a failed thermostat in open position. Tech confirmed bad thermostat. Replaced thermostat. Front suspension made clunking noise going over bumps. Tech found tie rods worn. Replaced tie rods and did 4 wheel alignment. 
115000 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. 
117000 0 Clunking noise in front end when going over bumps. Tech took car for test ride, didn't hear the noise. Customer took ride with service writer, service writer heard the noise. Tech inspected front end and couldn't find cause. 
119000  

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