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2001 Volkswagen Passat Problems and Repair Histories

Don't infer 2001 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 2001 Volkswagen Passat repairs by problem area

48% of the 2001 Volkswagen Passat repairs were to the engine, 11% to the transmission, 10% to the brakes, 17% to the suspension, 10% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 2% to the body and trim, and 1% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 81 repairs.

2001 Volkswagen Passat repair cost distribution

Of the 2001 Volkswagen Passat repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 12% cost less than $100, 45% between $100 and $499, 31% between $500 and $999, and 12% between $1000 and $2499.

Chart based on 42 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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Repair costs are in local units.

2001 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

Volkswagen Passat in Massachusetts, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2009 104000    
132500 250 Replaced 2 ignition coils 
 
Volkswagen Passat in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2007 39000    
41000 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 50 PCV system -- pressure regulator, valves, and suction pump, to fix oil leak. 
51300 30 coilpack (one went bad, replaced all 4 @ $22 ea.) 
52000 20 Replaced fourth of four OEM 3.5mm vacuum hoses. (Intake manifold to diverter valve control port.) 
52000 113 Replaced O2 sensor 
54000 110 Replaced Mass Air Flow (MAF) sensor. 
55000 25 ECU relay intermittent -- replaced 
57000 60 Oil cooler replaced. 

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2001 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 150hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Passat in Virginia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2010 91000    
95000 230 replaced right front control arm because of bad ball joint. 
97000 730 ABS sensor unit went kaput 
100000 250 right front CV joint and boot 
109000 100 replaced clouded front headlights with new units 
109000 360 replaced driver side CV boot and joint replaced hoses for air intakes 
109000 350 drivers door window regulator clips broke. this is a common problem replaced corroded brake hoses to comply with state inspection 
112500 850 replaced main fan bearing (involved removing the front bumper!) replaced motor mounts - they were leaking fluid 
118000  

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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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2010 99000    
100000 0 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2008 33000    
37000 0 Air conditioner intermittently not blowing cold air After ordering the part, they were unable to replicate the issue. No work done. 
38000 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2008 114000    
130000 200 Replaced worn CV boots 
133000 400 Clean throttle body and some other fuel intake problems Changed rear brake pads 
150000 400 Thermostat stuck and had to be replaced 
153000 400 Bad oil sensor was triggering low oil pressure warning 
155000 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 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2008 76000    
78000 575 CEL for MAF - replaced buy independant shop. Upper control arms, front right side. 
79000 554 Breather tubes replaced/CEL now stays off. New rear shocks. 
83000 1470 Tie rod ends replaces, front lower right control arms replaced. ABS module replaced. 
89000 0 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2009 112000    
115000 120 2 exhaust joints replaced.  
116000 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2008 70000    
70000 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2009 60000    
62000 500 brake disc and pads changed ignition coil no. 2 replaced CVT boot replaced front right 
68000 200 Replace springs and check shock absorbers 
 

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