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2001 Volkswagen Passat repairs by problem area

Chart based on 94 repairs.

2001 Volkswagen Passat repair cost distribution

Chart based on 49 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2001 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

Volkswagen Passat in Massachusetts, United States
Jun 2009 - Jun 2011
Aug 2010

132500 mi

US $250
Replaced 2 ignition coils 
Volkswagen Passat in California, United States
Dec 2007 - Jun 2015
Apr 2008

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. 
Jul 2010

48000 mi

US $50
PCV system -- pressure regulator, valves, and suction pump, to fix oil leak. 
Apr 2011

51300 mi

US $30
coilpack (one went bad, replaced all 4 @ $22 ea.) 
Jun 2011

52000 mi

US $20
Replaced fourth of four OEM 3.5mm vacuum hoses. (Intake manifold to diverter valve control port.) 
Nov 2011

52100 mi

US $113
Replaced O2 sensor 
Sep 2012

54000 mi

US $110
Replaced Mass Air Flow (MAF) sensor. 
Apr 2013

55000 mi

US $25
ECU relay intermittent -- replaced 
Mar 2014

57000 mi

US $60
Oil cooler replaced. 
Oct 2014

58300 mi

US $98
ABS control module -- removed myself, sent out for resoldering of bond wires (well-known Bosch 5.3 module problem), replaced myself. 
Mar 2015

60000 mi

US $16
Blown fuse for security system prevented starting, as well as windows, mirrors, sunroof from operating. Required replacement of defective mirror control to prevent recurrence of fuse blow. 

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2001 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 150hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Passat in Virginia, United States
Feb 2010 - Jun 2015
Jul 2010

95000 mi

US $230
replaced right front control arm because of bad ball joint. 
Sep 2010

97000 mi

US $730
ABS sensor unit went kaput 
Dec 2010

100000 mi

US $250
right front CV joint and boot 
Mar 2012

109000 mi

US $100
replaced clouded front headlights with new units 
Jul 2012

109000 mi

US $360
replaced driver side CV boot and joint replaced hoses for air intakes 
Aug 2012

109000 mi

US $350
drivers door window regulator clips broke. this is a common problem replaced corroded brake hoses to comply with state inspection 
Jul 2013

112500 mi

US $850
replaced main fan bearing (involved removing the front bumper!) replaced motor mounts - they were leaking fluid 
Mar 2015

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

Volkswagen Passat in California, United States
May 2010 - Jun 2011
Jun 2010

100000 mi
replace fuel pump after car died while being driven. drains connected to moonroof plugged, leaking into vehicle when it rains 

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2001 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

190-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Passat in Iowa, United States
May 2008 - Oct 2010
Oct 2008

37000 mi
Air conditioner intermittently not blowing cold air After ordering the part, they were unable to replicate the issue. No work done. 
May 2009

38000 mi

US $450
CV shaft needed to be replaced 

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2001 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

Volkswagen Passat in Washington, United States
Jul 2008 - May 2012
Oct 2009

130000 mi

US $200
Replaced worn CV boots 
Dec 2009

133000 mi

US $400
Clean throttle body and some other fuel intake problems Changed rear brake pads 
Feb 2011

150000 mi

US $400
Thermostat stuck and had to be replaced 
Aug 2011

153000 mi

US $400
Bad oil sensor was triggering low oil pressure warning 
Oct 2011

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. 
May 2012

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.) 

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2001 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 150hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Passat in Oregon, United States
Jun 2008 - Oct 2010
Aug 2008

78000 mi

US $575
CEL for MAF - replaced buy independant shop. Upper control arms, front right side. 
Oct 2008

79000 mi

US $554
Breather tubes replaced/CEL now stays off. New rear shocks. 
Mar 2009

83000 mi

US $1470
Tie rod ends replaces, front lower right control arms replaced. ABS module replaced. 
Jan 2010

89000 mi
Ignition coil went bad again 

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2001 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

6-cylinder manual 2WD

Volkswagen Passat in New Jersey, United States
Jun 2009 - Dec 2009
Sep 2009

115000 mi

US $120
2 exhaust joints replaced.  
Oct 2009

116000 mi

US $490
Tie rod ends replaced $490.00 1 hour extra labor charged due to rusted frozen parts Also 4 wheel alignment ($150) 

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2001 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

Volkswagen in Florida, United States
May 2008 - Aug 2008
Jun 2008

70000 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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2001 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

5-cylinder manual 2WD

Volkswagen Passat in Great Britain
Jun 2009 - Apr 2011
Sep 2009

62000 mi

£500
brake disc and pads changed ignition coil no. 2 replaced CVT boot replaced front right 
Mar 2011

68000 mi

£200
Replace springs and check shock absorbers 

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2001 Volkswagen Passat Repair Histories

73 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2001 Volkswagen Passat. 25 of these members (34.2%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 94 repairs to 2001 Volkswagen Passats--an average of 1.3 per vehicle--have been reported.

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