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2002 Volkswagen Passat repairs by problem area

Chart based on 471 repairs.

2002 Volkswagen Passat repair cost distribution

Chart based on 272 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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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

Volkswagen Passat in Maine, United States
Jul 2006 - Oct 2013
Jan 2007

48000 mi

US $650
Rear pads & rotors and front pads 
Feb 2007

48000 mi

US $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. 
Jun 2008

59000 mi
Left low bean headlight bulb replaced. 
May 2009

72000 mi

US $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 
Jul 2009

73000 mi

US $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. 
Jun 2011

85000 mi

US $115
Stabilizer bar bolt worn out. Was replaced. 
Mar 2012

93000 mi

US $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. 
Aug 2012

99300 mi

US $115
tighten left front wheel - adjusted sway bar brackets 
Apr 2013

103500 mi

US $750
fluid leak 
Oct 2013

106000 mi
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
Sep 2006 - Mar 2007
Feb 2007

78000 mi

US $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
Aug 2006 - Mar 2010
Nov 2006

98000 mi

US $220
3 vacuum hoses needed to be replaced 
Dec 2006

98000 mi

US $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 
Jan 2007

101000 mi

US $388
replaced valve cover gasket as the engine had an oil leak 
May 2007

107000 mi

US $720
oil leak, replaced several gaskets 
Jun 2007

108000 mi

US $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
Feb 2007 - Mar 2010
Mar 2007

65000 mi

US $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
Feb 2007 - Mar 2010
May 2007

82000 mi

US $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
Dec 2006 - Mar 2010
Jan 2007

151000 mi
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
Aug 2006 - Jun 2009
Jan 2007

41000 mi

US $235
Pads needed to be replaced. 
Nov 2007

45000 mi

US $125
CV boot was cracked and needed replacement 
Nov 2008

51000 mi

US $350
Both CV boots this time. 
May 2009

57000 mi

US $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
Apr 2006 - Dec 2012
Jan 2007

76000 mi

US $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. 
Nov 2009

116000 mi

US $380
Replaced oxygen sensor and vacuum hose 
Dec 2009

118000 mi

US $80
Brake pad sensor light came on. Inspection revealed damage to wire connected to sensor. Repaired wire, brake pads did not have excessive wear. 
Jan 2010

119000 mi

US $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
Apr 2006 - Mar 2010
Mar 2007

70000 mi

US $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
Jul 2006 - Nov 2007
Feb 2007

98000 mi

US $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 
Mar 2007

100000 mi

US $500
Valve and cam gaskets 
Apr 2007

105000 mi

US $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. 
Oct 2007

117000 mi

US $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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2002 Volkswagen Passat Repair Histories

155 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2002 Volkswagen Passat. 102 of these members (65.8%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 471 repairs to 2002 Volkswagen Passats--an average of 3 per vehicle--have been reported.

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