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Volkswagen Passat repairs by problem area

Engine (41%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (9%)

Brakes and Traction Control (8%)

Suspension and Steering (9%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (21%)

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

Other (6%)

Chart based on 3754 repairs.
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Volkswagen Passat repair cost distribution

$2500+ (3%)

$1000 - $2499 (16%)

$500 - $999 (26%)

$100 - $499 (46%)

< $100 (9%)

Chart based on 1244 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

Volkswagen Passat problems by year

before 2001 (11%)

2002 - 2005 (38%)

2006 - 2011 (38%)

2012 - 2015 (12%)

2016 - present (0%)

Chart based on 3757 repair trips.
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What Our Members Are Saying about the Personal Experiences of the Volkswagen Passat

Volkswagen Passat Personal Experiences: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2010 4dr Wagon turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed automated manual FWD
Our 2000 VW Passat Wagon was one of the most reliable cars I have ever owned; it was rewarding to drive, had good fuel economy, and had no problem hauling all our gear for camping trips, etc full 2010 Volkswagen Passat review
2008 4dr Wagon turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Owned a B5, had good handling, road feel, reasonable reliability full 2008 Volkswagen Passat review
2007 4dr Sedan turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
This is my second Passat, and fifth Volkswagen. The Passats have been the most troublfree and reliable cars I have ever owned. full 2007 Volkswagen Passat review
2007 4dr Sedan turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Exceptional comfort for extend driving times ( over 5 hours ). Excellent fuel milage IF you keep your foot out of the throttle. Great cargo capacity, but no towing ability, but then, to tow, buy a truck. full 2007 Volkswagen Passat review
2006 4dr Sedan turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
my 3rd vw, i continue to be impressed by their value/performance/features/ride & handling full 2006 Volkswagen Passat review
2005 4dr Wagon turbocharged 134hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
reliable, well engineered cars full 2005 Volkswagen Passat review
2005 4dr Sedan turbocharged 134hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Previous car was a Jetta TDI which also was excellent, bought the Passat on the basis of our experience with that car. full 2005 Volkswagen Passat review
2004 4dr Sedan 190-horsepower 2.8L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Very low ownership cost, very reliable when serviced OUTSIDE of dealer network by experienced mechanic. Very durable. Everything works as expected all the time. Great attention to detail, great interior. Availability of parts outside dealer network. full 2004 Volkswagen Passat review
2003 4dr Sedan turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
owned a manual transmission 1999 Passat full 2003 Volkswagen Passat review
Volkswagen Passat Personal Experiences: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2002 4dr Wagon 190-horsepower 2.8L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Asking for help from the dealership. full 2002 Volkswagen Passat review
2002 4dr Wagon 190-horsepower 2.8L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
I have had such a hard time with this car that I'm never getting a VW again. full 2002 Volkswagen Passat review
 

Volkswagen Passat Problems and Repair Histories

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