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2002 Volkswagen Passat Problems and Repair Histories

144 TrueDelta members own a 2002 Volkswagen Passat. 94 of these members (65.3%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 348 repairs to 2002 Volkswagen Passats--an average of 2.4 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2002 Volkswagen Passat problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2002 Volkswagen Passat problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2002 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 2002 Volkswagen Passat repairs by problem area

46% of the 2002 Volkswagen Passat repairs were to the engine, 12% to the transmission, 11% to the brakes, 7% to the suspension, 17% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 2% to the body and trim, and 5% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 348 repairs.

2002 Volkswagen Passat repair cost distribution

Of the 2002 Volkswagen Passat repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 13% cost less than $100, 44% between $100 and $499, 24% between $500 and $999, 16% between $1000 and $2499, and 3% more than $2500.

Chart based on 238 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.

2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

Volkswagen Passat in Maine, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2006 42000    
48000 650 Rear pads & rotors and front pads 
48000 125 All warning lights came on including stop engine after driving over 325 miles in extremely cold temperatures. Vehicle would not accelerate but rpms went up while depressing accelerator. 
59000 0 Left low bean headlight bulb replaced. 
72000 60 All warning lights came on simultaneously. STOP ENGINE/low oil pressure. Stopped engine/retarted/ Loud clunk/then all lights reappeared/tach fluctuation/drove to shop.Reset all mods per computer analysis/Car runs poorly with airbag default light on 
73000 288 Air bag default warning came on, engine lost acceleration, all warning lights came on. Restarted engine, drove to shop with default light on and uneven acceleration. They reset the computer and the airbag default light went out.  After unlocking the door and getting in, you must quickly start the engine or door will automatically lock and the theft alarm may sound until you turn the key. The door does not know it has been unlocked, opened and closed! For now we're living with it. 
85000 115 Stabilizer bar bolt worn out. Was replaced. 
93000 600 The Passat went in for service to have one oxygen sensor replaced and it also needed the temp sensor for the computer replaced in order to clear the check engine light. 
99300 115 tighten left front wheel - adjusted sway bar brackets 
103500 750 fluid leak 
106000 0 Wiring, electrical components, and brake booster damaged when drain for battery well got plugged up, caused flooding of engine compartment. Airbag alert. Consuming oil and needed timing belt replacement. 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Volkswagen Passat in Florida, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2006 74000    
78000 2133 Replaced CV Boots; also timing belt Under certain driving conditions the automatic trransmission will "bang" down into a lower gear vs shifting down. 
 
Volkswagen 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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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

Volkswagen Passat in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2007 64000    
65000 500 evaporator plugged and draining into passenger floor board. Design flaw..drain tube hard to get to and subjected to too much heat from manifold. Second occurance in two years. Mechanic not sure if problem is permenantly fixed.  Also found damaged CV boot 
 
Volkswagen Passat in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2007 80000    
82000 650 Timing belt, water pump and related components. This was not an "emergency repair". It was a planned maintenance since I keep cars for a long time. 
 

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2001.5 Volkswagen Passat

Engine not specified

Volkswagen Passat in Pennsylvania, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2006 150000    
151000 0 chk engnx lght. trnxs. mssn. slppge. ongng. problem. for yrs. alwys diagnosed as tranny prblem not sure car runs fine after warms up  
 

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2001.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Volkswagen Passat in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2006 37000    
41000 235 Pads needed to be replaced. 
45000 125 CV boot was cracked and needed replacement 
51000 350 Both CV boots this time. 
57000 950 Replaced right motor mount Replaced thermostat, temp sensor and coolant jug. Replaced rear break pads.  
 

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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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2001.5 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Volkswagen Passat in Washington, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2006 58000    
70000 350 Check engine light came on, electrical short needed to be repaired. The belly pan underneath the car broke loose and had to be replaced. 
 

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2001.5 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

Volkswagen Passat in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2006 86000    
98000 100 Engine flood relating to a bad coolant temp sensor in extremely cold (-10 to -20F) conditions. Also diagnosed a rather significant oil leak (~4qts per 5k mi), however, that will not be rectified until March due to time and money. Diagnosed an oil leak (from cam chain and valve cover gaskets). Will be fixed in March 
100000 500 Valve and cam gaskets 
105000 700 Water pump (not the orginal part, but an OEM replacement) bearing was going out. You may see a bunch of these as the OEM "new" replacement waterpumps are refubs. 
117000 25 Airbag light went on. Cleared and did not return. $25 for code clear Problem with bank 1 cat warmup, either O2s or cat. Will still pass emissions with some "love." Likely cause by an engine flood in January. 
 

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