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2002 Volkswagen Passat repairs by problem area

Engine (43%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (13%)

Brakes and Traction Control (10%)

Suspension and Steering (6%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (17%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (3%)

Other (8%)

Chart based on 484 repairs.

2002 Volkswagen Passat repair cost distribution

$2500+ (3%)

$1000 - $2499 (16%)

$500 - $999 (25%)

$100 - $499 (44%)

< $100 (12%)

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

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Volkswagen Passat in California, United States
Jan 2011 - Mar 2011
Mar 2011

122000 mi

US $600
My engine keeps not turning over. Nobody can find where the drain on the battery is. It is not the alternator. My car just suddenly won't start in the morning. I am going to have to get rid of it if we can't repair it. 
Volkswagen Passat in Massachusetts, United States
Feb 2010 - Jun 2011
Mar 2010

136000 mi

US $1800
Thought it was the muffler but the catalytic converter on the passenger side of car was making loud sounds and check engine light was on. Car was beginning to make loud sounds. 
Volkswagen Passat in Kentucky, United States
Aug 2007 - Mar 2010
Sep 2007

66000 mi

US $636
Oil Cooler needed to be replaced and expansion tank. I was told it happens on occasion for Passats. Also had routine oil change done. 
Volkswagen Passat in New York, United States
Mar 2016 - Apr 2015
Volkswagen Passat in Massachusetts, United States
Jan 2012 - Feb 2012
Feb 2012

178000 mi
Ignition coil failed 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

Volkswagen Passat in Michigan, United States
Apr 2010 - Feb 2011
Jun 2010

151000 mi

US $226
A/C stopped blowing cold, found ambient temp switch disconnected from prev repair, system low on freon, evac and recharged. A/C pressure switch originally mis-diagnosed as problem and replaced. 
Jul 2010

152000 mi

US $250
Car had hard starting problems and stalling problems. Was diagnosed as a bad crank position sensor. Replacement fixed symptoms. 
Sep 2010

155000 mi

US $109
Check engine light came on, indicating a lean condition. Mass Air Flow sensor was checked using VAGCOM and found to be reporting less air-flow than normal. Sensor replaced. 
Nov 2010

158000 mi

US $250
Oil press light came on. Crankcase empty and coolant tank full of oil. Faulty oil cooler. Replaced oil cooler & hoses, coolant tank, thermostat, coolant temp sens. Flushed cooling sys & heater core 4 times with shout. Refill/Drain 2x w/g12. 
Feb 2011

161000 mi

US $73
Oil pressure light came on. Pulled over and had car towed to shop. Oil pressure tested fine, faulty oil pressure switch diagnosed. Switch replaced, car drives fine and light has not come back on.  Oil press light came back on. Happened to be near dealer when valves started rattling, took car to service dept and was told it needed a new engine, 5k-7k. Conferred with my mechanic who said it could just be a head, at a cost of 4k. Traded 
Volkswagen Passat in Maryland, United States
Apr 2013 - Mar 2015
May 2013

60500 mi

US $500
Leaking seals 
Volkswagen Passat in Virginia, United States
Mar 2009 - Jun 2009
Jun 2009

78000 mi

US $550
Replaced control arms before selling. 
Volkswagen Passat in Missouri, United States
Jun 2010 - Jul 2011
Jul 2010

90000 mi

US $236
Loose outer tie rod replaced, would not pass state safety inspection. 
Feb 2011

92500 mi
Plastic part (VW calls "funnel") that oil dipstick goes into, deteriorated, replacement part was $15.95, parts person said it was common for these to fall apart after 8-9 years. Kind of a part that used to be made of metal. Grrrrrr! 
Jul 2011

94000 mi
Half axles needed to be replaced when sold. ABS light started coming on when sold. 
Volkswagen Passat in Texas, United States
Oct 2008 - Feb 2013
Aug 2011

81000 mi

US $400
Front engine mounts replaced 
Dec 2012

94000 mi

US $400
Dealer wanted $200 more for same repair 
Volkswagen Passat in North Carolina, United States
- Jan 2007
Jun 2004

25000 mi
Dealer replaced all 4 Coil packs after car started running on two cylinders. 
Jan 2007

6500 mi

US $130
Replaced both CV Joints and wheel bearings in front. Failing CV Joints will cause bearings to go bad if unattended. 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Passat in Vermont, United States
Oct 2009 - Apr 2014
Feb 2010

90000 mi

US $203
Broken left front (driver side) coil spring 
May 2010

91500 mi

US $38
Hazard relay failed, replaced with new. 
Aug 2010

93000 mi

US $825
Coolant System malfunction code (P1296), replaced thermostat and Coolant Temp Sensor as part of scheduled timing belt replacement (including water pump and accessory belts). CEL cleared and has not returned. Oxygen sensor code (P0133). Ordered new upstream oxygen sensor and will replace myself. 
Sep 2010

94000 mi

US $90
Replaced upstream oxygen sensor, cleared code, has not returned. 
Feb 2013

109500 mi

US $145
Torn R/F CV boot, discovered during annual state inspection. CV joint was still in good shape, shop R&R'd the boot while I waited. 
Jul 2013

110700 mi

US $1050
Frozen rear calipers, replaced both rear calipers with new. Failing left front upper control arms, ball joints, tie rod ends. Replaced all with new. 
Mar 2014

115000 mi

US $160
Cracked exhaust flex pipe. Repaired at independent exhaust shop. 
Volkswagen Passat in Colorado, United States
Jun 2012 - Jul 2016
Jan 2012

129000 mi

US $1000
Heater core failed 
Mar 2012

120485 mi

US $144
coolant leak fixed. bad o ring MIL on vacuum leak found and fixed. 
Nov 2013

136000 mi

US $334
replaced cv and boot. 
Jan 2014

142000 mi

US $500
New fuel pump. 
May 2014

146000 mi

US $300
Installed new shocks and struts. 
Jul 2014

147700 mi

US $280
right CV boot ripped and replaced. Load check done on alternator. 
Jun 2016

165000 mi

US $150
Battery died Replaced front rotors and pads 
Volkswagen Passat in Maine, United States
Jul 2007 - Nov 2010
Sep 2007

59000 mi
completely sworn out control arms, frozen tie rod end 
Nov 2008

73000 mi

US $60
Had an engine light. Replaced oxygen sensor. 
Apr 2009

76000 mi

US $150
replace rear pads 
Dec 2009

83000 mi

US $442
Preventative work - Boots around front axles very deeply cracked. replaced both. 
Volkswagen Passat in Maryland, United States
Aug 2007 - Jul 2015
Sep 2007

86000 mi

US $350
Vacuum Hose broken, Coolant Temp Senser, MAF, and Injection cleaner 
Jul 2015

127000 mi

US $100
Oil Cooler Supple Line Burst 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

270-horsepower 4.0L W8 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Volkswagen Passat in Florida, United States
Mar 2010 - Sep 2013
Nov 2010

77000 mi

US $125
Check engine light diagnosed as lean fuel in left intake bank. Fuel filter and sensor replaced. Problem solved. 
Aug 2011

86000 mi

US $1655
At highway speed very loud roaring wind noise was coming through A/C vent. Diagnosed as a failed mixer box in the ventilation system. Only fix was to replace evaporator unit under dash. Ouch. 
Sep 2011

88000 mi

US $1200
Smell of oil burning on engine block revealed a leaking valve cover gasket. Both sides were replaced as precautionary. 
Feb 2012

94000 mi

US $359
Driver's side sun visor housing Homelink experienced a wiring short when moving visor from front position to left position. Short blew a fuse that operated A/C, cruise and all steering wheel buttons. Required a new, expensive sun visor. 
Mar 2012

95000 mi

US $1000
Upon brisk acceleration, felt like a gear or axle tooth had chipped or broken. Examination determined 3 of 4 motor mounts were worn with one actually broken causing engine to move - a LOT. 
Jun 2012

98000 mi

US $190
Vehicle A/C failed to produce cold air. Repair included replacement of a clogged valve and sealing one leak. System recharged and operating optimally. 
Aug 2012

100500 mi

US $600
Left rear of vehicle was lower than the other three points and ride quality degraded. Inspection found a broken shock. Decision was made to replace all 4. 1st delivery was wrong rear shocks. 2nd delivery was correct shocks. All replaced 
Oct 2012

103000 mi

US $165
Noticed an odor of hot oil burning after engine was turned off. Shop determined valve cover gasket was leaking. Decision made to replace both valve cover gaskets. 
Jan 2013

106000 mi

US $354
Started hearing exhaust getting louder. inspection revealed rusting at end of muffler such that could not be repaired. Decided to replace both rear mufflers with a more tuned system. 
May 2013

109000 mi

US $679
After a 106,000 mile full brake service including fluid drain/replacement and braided hose replacement, the brake pedal intermittently pulsated at slow brake speed. ABS light engaged followed by Check Engine icon. All 4 actuators replaced. 
Jul 2013

110000 mi

US $1300
After previous replacement of ABS accuators at each wheel, ABS problem light again came on. ABS modulator had to be replaced. 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

Volkswagen Passat in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2009 - Dec 2015
Dec 2009

94860 mi

C $520
While driving in the city at about 30 km/h inner joint of driver-side axle shaft suddenly self destructed (greasy bearings all over the road) leaving the car stranded with no drive. Replaced entire assembly with new part and two hours labour. 
May 2011

106640 mi

C $200
While changing to summer wheels, I noticed front passenger outer drive-shaft boot was shredded. Had local mechanic replace the part. 
Jun 2011

106640 mi

C $800
Loud rumbling noises coming from undercarriage. Exhaust sleeves were loose and worn. Replaced both (twin exhaust) at cost of $120 Very slow oil leak into spark plug wells - worn valve gasket. Has been an issue for the past 18 months. Decided to replace it now for approx. $500. 
May 2012

111900 mi
Turn signals working intermittently or at double speed or not at all. Replaced two burnt out bulbs $6 - no change. Replaced the Hazard Relay Switch, $36, fixed. Problem might have been caused by incorrect shop-installed bulb. 
Mar 2013

115320 mi

C $100
MAF sensor dead. New part ($232) Dead alternator on startup. 
Nov 2014

122940 mi

C $200
Dead cylinder cleared. 
Volkswagen Passat in North Dakota, United States
Nov 2008 - Mar 2014
Dec 2008

99000 mi

US $414
Left wheel bearing was slowly going out. The shop replaced it and there are no further issues. Replaced both drive axles when I discovered the CV boots were torn. 
Jan 2010

117000 mi

US $100
Rear windshield washer hose fitting broke off.  
Volkswagen Passat in Pennsylvania, United States
Jun 2010 - Sep 2013
Apr 2010

104600 mi

US $95
F/L outer tie rod replaced 
Oct 2010

110797 mi

US $745
Alternator and alternator assembly replaced. 
Apr 2011

115811 mi

US $250
Replaced rear brake pads, rotors 
Jan 2012

122469 mi

US $821
Water pump broken, replaced by shop. Timing belt replaced at same time- preventive measure. 
May 2012

125000 mi

US $110
wiper fluid motor replaced 
Jun 2012

125074 mi

US $832
Replace left exhaust flex pipe, replace l/f axle 
Sep 2012

127029 mi

US $1300
Car needed major repairs to pass PA inspection: front brake pads and rotors, left side tie rod, 4 new tires, buff headlights, replace rear left tailight ass'y, etc. 
Dec 2012

128704 mi

US $45
Coolant had leaked from car. Shop found loose connection in coolant system and tightened. 
Jun 2013

130000 mi

US $200
Coolant hose had a leak, shop installed replacement hose. 
Jul 2013

130000 mi

US $200
Exhaust making loud noise; "check engine light" on. Right front flex pipe was replaced. 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

Volkswagen Passat in California, United States
Dec 2007 - Jun 2016
Jun 2009

52000 mi

US $104
Airbag warning light came on. Problem was diagnosed and defective part (left seat belt buckle) was ordered. I was told it was OK to drive it. 
Aug 2010

61000 mi

US $621
replaced both motor mounts 
Jan 2013

73000 mi

US $26
Check ABS light came on but no problems were detected. 
Oct 2013

75500 mi

US $538
Removed and replaced passenger-side mirror housing, it wouldn't fold inwards. 
Jun 2014

77000 mi

US $189
Replaced inside door handle on passenger side. 
Sep 2015

83000 mi

US $51
Replaced strut that holds up the hood. 
Mar 2016

83000 mi

US $18
back wiper hose comes off 
Volkswagen Passat in Oregon, United States
Feb 2012 - Sep 2014
Mar 2012

80000 mi

US $310
The rubber sleeve on an intake (injection?) had torn, car ran very rough, caused the Engine Light to come on, and stay on. Dealer replaced the part. Car runs fine again. 
Jun 2012

82000 mi

US $1350
Timing Belt Replaced. Water Pump Replaced. 2 Belts replaced. Vent on A/C unit fixed. 
Dec 2012

90000 mi

US $450
The dash PRND432 light came on and stayed on all the time no matter what gear car was in. 
Jan 2013

98912 mi
One day driving I noticed that my 'gear indicator' row of buttons was all lit. Dealer did some diagnostics, indicating this was a nightmare to repair, but nothing dangerous to drive with. Cost to chase it down was prohibitive. Just driving. 
Sep 2014

96000 mi
Power passenger seat quit working. 
Volkswagen Passat in Idaho, United States
Oct 2007 - Mar 2015
Dec 2012

107000 mi

US $90
Replace both cam plugs at rear of engine. 
Sep 2013

115000 mi

US $75
surge tank for radiator cracked-fluid loss tripped COOLANT flash warning. 
Volkswagen Passat in Colorado, United States
Sep 2009 - Jun 2014
Oct 2009

101000 mi

US $1000
Nozzle for the rear window washer replaced. 
Dec 2009

104000 mi

US $600
4 brake pads & rotors replaced due to normal wear. 
Apr 2010

106000 mi

US $650
The light bulbs inside the head light assemblies are loose. As a result the entire head light assemblies had to be replaced. 
Mar 2011

113000 mi

US $200
Windshield wiper fluid tank leaking. Repaired at a mechanics. Passenger side door handle broke. Ordered parts and fixed. 
Oct 2011

115700 mi

US $50
 
Feb 2014

134000 mi

US $1200
A coolant leak through the thermostat housing. Besides, the rubber material in a pulley went bad. It stick out of the pulley and worn out the pulley housing, which is unusual. Much of the repair cost was on the pulley and its housing. 
Mar 2014

134000 mi

US $200
One oxygen sensor was replaced. 
Volkswagen Passat in Ontario, Canada
Aug 2011 - Sep 2011
Sep 2011

143840 mi

C $245
Alternator replacement after alternator workshop warning, and gradual loss of drivability over 3 day period 
Volkswagen Passat in Florida, United States
May 2007 - Aug 2010
Jun 2007

70000 mi

US $200
ac fan replaced 
Feb 2008

80000 mi
Brake pads. 
May 2008

83000 mi
Tail light bulb replaced. You have to remove this whole panel and it seemed too complicated for me so I had it done at the VW dealership. 
Jun 2008

89000 mi

US $800
The car was in for a recall notice and also was smelling like burning oil. Was discovered that valve cover gasket is in need of replacement....seems very expensive. $1200 unless my extended warranty still applies... Update: warranty partially covered. 
Jan 2009

91000 mi

US $700
Engine reseal which I felt could have been done back when gasket was replaced so they gave me a discount from 1200 to 700 dollars. I paid the whole 700 because my extended warranty is expired. 
Aug 2009

95000 mi

US $800
the transmission was found to be leaking because it needed a new prop shaft seal or something on the transmission...it was pretty expensive between the diagnostic and the repair..almost 600 dollars.  
Nov 2009

96000 mi

US $1000
cooling system 
Apr 2010

100000 mi

US $850
The car went in for the 100 000 mile maintenance and they found that the rear brakes needed to be replaced...the cost came to 550 for that...the rest of what they did I believe is maintenance and wear items... Engine light was coming on and it ended up being a thermostat/some kind of sensor...it was replaced. 
Jul 2010

101000 mi

US $760
transmission slipping and interior shifter mechanism loose...they repaired the shifting mechanism but it still feels like the gears are slipping.. 
Aug 2010

101000 mi

US $760
the tranmission still sounds funny...a guy who had a VW Passat in the past told me that his did the same thing and it turned out to be an electrical harness or something rather than the actual transmision. I am looking further into this 
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. 
Volkswagen Passat in Michigan, United States
Jul 2011 - Jun 2016
Nov 2011

101000 mi

US $215
Replaced leaking motor mounts 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

190-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Passat in New Jersey, United States
Dec 2013 - Dec 2015
Jun 2014

115000 mi

US $350
A/C compressor clutch failed. 
Jul 2015

123000 mi

US $600
split CV boot needed replacement exhaust system flex couplings required replacement 
Dec 2015

128000 mi

US $50
worn out wiper arm 
Volkswagen Passat in California, United States
Sep 2008 - Jun 2012
Jun 2012

70000 mi

US $900
waterpump 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

Volkswagen Passat in Florida, United States
Mar 2011 - Jan 2012
Oct 2011

30000 mi

US $85
Hydraulic hood strut lost oil and would not hold hood open. Hood strut replaced. 
Volkswagen Passat in Texas, United States
Dec 2008 - Aug 2012
Aug 2009

122000 mi

US $30
Replaced windshield washer head. 
Apr 2012

130300 mi

US $30
Engine trouble code P0171. Parts store guy recommended injector clean. While researching possible causes on web, found several had refer suction hose failure. Inspected mine, bad. Got new hose, cleared code. No repeat. 
Jun 2012

133000 mi

US $130
A/C not cooling. Complete system check revealed nothing more than low refrigerant. 
Aug 2012

133000 mi
Evaporative emission trouble. Can drive with lowered mpg but CEL being on I can't tell when another issue arises. 
Volkswagen Passat in Pennsylvania, United States
May 2003 - Mar 2010
Sep 2003

9088 mi
Replace Ignition Coils (4) 
Dec 2008

67010 mi

US $95
Replace vacuum hose from combi valve to intake. Replace vacuum hose from fuel pressure regulator to intake manifold. Replace ignition coil cylinder 1. 
Jun 2009

70000 mi

US $60
CV Joint Boot torn and replaced. 
Volkswagen Passat in Virginia, United States
Mar 2009 - Apr 2014
Sep 2009

76627 mi

US $1355
Replace both front axles with VW axles  
Oct 2009

76841 mi

US $895
New brake booster, vacuum pump, brake line, pressure sensor; brake lines bled; lower brake bulbs replaced; ignition coils (4) replaced under recall  
Aug 2010

82000 mi

US $300
Leaky coolant flange replaced (299.85+tax) Brake booster vacuum pump replaced under warranty (was replaced less than 12 months ago). 
Feb 2011

85000 mi

US $230
Little to no heat. Shop flushed heater core. Problem fixed. Water entering front passenger side. Repaired problem myself by pulling down headliner and noticing that sunroof drain tube had become disconnected. Reconnected drain tube and replaced headliner. 
Nov 2011

94000 mi
Right engine mount leaking fluid. Decided to postpone repair. 
Dec 2011

95000 mi
Fluid leak. Diagnosed as coolant leak from coolant flange o-ring. Fixed under warranty, as coolant flange had been replaced 15 months earlier. Little to no heat in cabin. Heater core clogged. Heater core filled with caustic solution then flushed. 
Sep 2012

103000 mi

US $130
Coolant leak. Diagnosed as problem with coolant tank and/or cap. Coolant tank and cap replaced. 
Oct 2012

104000 mi
Coolant leak continuing. Replaced o-ring on temperature sensor. 
Nov 2012

105000 mi
Continued coolant leak after 2 unsuccessful repair attempts. Replaced o-ring at coolant flange pipe. 
Nov 2013

118000 mi

US $2624
Rear cylinder head coolant flange replaced Camshaft chain tensioner gasket set replaced. Exhaust downpipe, gasket, and clamp replaced due to a leak. Right outer CV boot replaced. Right and left motor mounts replaced (broken and leaking hydraulic fluid) Serpentine belts replaced (badly cracked) No heat. Shop flushed the heater core. 
Jan 2014

119700 mi
Engine oil pressure light; shop proposed engine flush as part of diagnosis. Separately, identified PCV valve broken and oil leak. 
Apr 2014

121000 mi
Problems reported earlier still present when sold. 
Volkswagen Passat in Texas, United States
Nov 2011 - Mar 2015
Dec 2011

80000 mi

US $10
Passenger headlight bulb replaced. Replaced all four coil packs under recall program. 
May 2012

82000 mi

US $120
Replaced headlights due to severe clouding of plastic lenses 
Oct 2013

98000 mi

US $100
Coolant expansion tanked cracked and leaked coolant. 
Volkswagen Passat in British Columbia, Canada
Nov 2008 - Dec 2013
Dec 2008

57478 mi

C $165
Check engine light flashing and car vibrating badly - diagnostic turned up faulty ignition coil (#1) - replaced 
Mar 2009

62546 mi

C $424
Replaced coolant temp. sensor (due to check engine light); replaced secondary air hose (leaked) 
Jul 2009

66874 mi

C $68
Turn signal wouldn't continue to flash - Flasher relay faulty - replaced. Vacuum leak - replaced broken vacuum hose front - the intake to the vacuum valve 
Feb 2010

77133 mi

C $358
signals ticking when not activated (first noticed in Dec 09 with no action at that time). Suspected Signal light switch and replaced it. (Saved old part) Appears to have solved the problem. 
Apr 2010

79756 mi

C $414
EPC light and MIL on, vehicle stopped and wouldn't restart (in left turn lane on busy road!) Engine speed sensor out of spec and replaced. Haven't had same problem again (as of Jan 2011) 
Jan 2011

90978 mi

C $1063
Coolant warning light had come on. Shop performed diagnostics and discovered leak at cylinder head and cracked coolant bottle. Gave estimate for repair. During scheduled service inspection turned up requirement for Left and Right outer CV boots and possibly CV joints. Repair estimate given. Cooling hose flange and seals replaced, expansion tank replaced. Left and right CV axle shaft assemblies were replaced. 
Mar 2011

94860 mi

C $41
Left cover was off causing connectors to corrode. Leaned connectors and replaced cover. Recommend new headlight wiring harness (Est: $255 + tax) 
Feb 2012

111320 mi

C $137
Diagnosis and repair - brake light on. Wire on right front brake pad rubbed through, left was also rubbing, both were repaired. 
Oct 2012

122520 mi

C $710
Brake, ABS and Traction lights all came on, flashing or steady, sporadically. Went for diagnosis - brake inspection done (and reg.maint.) and pads, calipers replaced, rotors refinished and fluid topped - next evening lights came back on. Previous repair did not eliminate warning lights - returned for further diagnosis - electrical issue - between systems and warning light triggers - repair not attempted as shop did not have access to necessary electrical diagrams. Need dealr Diagnostic inspection for brake fault light, etc not clearing.DTC's GFF, Power and Ground, fuses, power and ground at ABS module - all OK. Requires ABS control module. Quote: 1980.00(VW) or used 650.00 (90 day warranty) Repair not done:$$ 
Oct 2013

136400 mi
Coolant leak diagnostic - coolant flange special order; reg inspection turned up valve cover gasket and timing adjuster gaskets leaking oil - parts special order Installed SOP Coolant flange on rear of cylinder head. Topped Coolant. Re-checked for leaks. Road tested - ok Replaced leaking valve cover and cam adjuster gaskets 
Dec 2013

136400 mi

C $262
Driver's side window regulator broke and window fell inside the door ABS Control Module still needs to be replaced There's a minor leak somewhere in the exhaust system (can smell it but did not bother to investigate yet). 
Volkswagen Passat in British Columbia, Canada
Aug 2007 - Jun 2011
Apr 2010

69440 mi

C $6000
The warning lights came on, I called the dealer they told me, that it was a sensor, to drive it anyway. Drove another 100 kms, more warning lights, called dealer - same. Car stopped engine gone, dealer said never said that, bill $6000. HATE< HATE THEM 
Volkswagen Passat in California, United States
Nov 2008 - Nov 2011
Feb 2009

116000 mi

US $615
New rear brake pads and grind rotors. Total cost - parts and labor was $615. New timing belt and new water pump at the same time. Total cost for these items was $447. 
Jul 2009

123000 mi

US $332
O2 sensor was malfunctioning. Replacement sensor ordered, installed and warning light went out and has stayed out. 
May 2011

157000 mi

US $493
Replaced some axle parts on each front side based on muffled ratcheting sound we noticed. Long trip after repair and seemed more solid and noise gone. 
Nov 2011

162000 mi
Oil pressure light on I-5, could not get to a garage or have anybody test the oil pressure before engine quit. Approx $7,500 to fix. Lack of oil pressure caused by sludge that had clogged the oil path. Sold car for $500. 
Volkswagen Passat in Rhode Island, United States
Nov 2007 - Dec 2008
Jul 2007

86500 mi

US $350
Passenger-front window regulator replaced 
Jan 2008

95000 mi

US $450
Driver-front axle replaced 
Mar 2008

90000 mi

US $1800
Replaced timing belt, fluids, water pump, tensioner, etc 
Sep 2008

102500 mi

US $350
Driver-front window regulator replaced 
Volkswagen Passat in Wisconsin, United States
Feb 2007 - Jan 2009
Apr 2008

94000 mi

US $1050
Both CV boots/axels were replaced - ripped boots caused loss of grease. 
Volkswagen Passat in Minnesota, United States
Nov 2014 - Oct 2015
Sep 2015

223000 mi

US $100
Cooling system reservoir 
Volkswagen Passat in Washington, United States
Mar 2006 - Apr 2010
Nov 2006

62582 mi

US $75
CV Boot replaced, new tires Emergency flasher sw 
Mar 2010

86578 mi

US $3212
Emission control CPU, new timing belt, new water pump 
Volkswagen Passat in California, United States
- Jan 2008
Jan 2008

115000 mi

US $450
Heater Core Flush 
Volkswagen Passat in Wisconsin, United States
May 2008 - Oct 2011
Jul 2008

86000 mi

US $355
Replaced all braided cloth vaccuum lines and Evap System purge valve due to VAG codes:16795 - Secondary Air Injection System: Incorrect Flow Detected 16840 - EVAP System: Very Small Leak Detected P0456 - 002 - Lower Limit Exceeded - Intermittent Both outer CV boots cracked and leaking grease. Had both boots replaced with OEM parts by an independent mechanic. 
Feb 2009

98000 mi

US $435
Turn signal stopped working. Replaced hazard switch in dash. Flexible exhaust pipe broke, between cat and mufflers, causing extremely loud exhaust. Independent mechanic replaced pipe. 
Jun 2009

105000 mi

US $440
Replaced pads and rotors on all 4 wheels. Front pads were worn to point of wear sensor activating; rear pads were very thin, worse than front. Old rotors were not salvageable. 
Dec 2009

114000 mi

US $3500
Engine seized due to low oil pressure as a result of sludge build-up. Complete engine replacement was necessary. Replaced with a used engine. 
Jan 2010

115000 mi
Intermittent starting problem - still undiagnosed - leaning toward starter issue. 
Feb 2010

116000 mi

US $300
Starter replaced 
Dec 2010

133000 mi

US $35
Bad connector on blower motor, replaced by independant mechanic, not under warranty. 
Volkswagen Passat in Indiana, United States
Aug 2007 - Dec 2015
Mar 2008

66000 mi

US $24
Passenger side constant velocity (CV) boot failed and threw grease inside wheel well. 
Nov 2008

71700 mi

US $21
Replaced drivers side VC joint. 
Feb 2009

75000 mi

US $105
The side motor mounts had failed and released the dampening fluid. Both side mounts were replaced. 
Apr 2010

83700 mi

US $42
Oil was leaking from the passenger side of the engine in both the front and rear corners. Valve cover gasket was replaced. 
Mar 2015

125000 mi

US $250
Drivers side CV joint boot was split and needed to be replaced Valve cover gasket was leaking and needed to be replaced. Replaced VC gasket and adjuster gasket 
Volkswagen Passat in New Mexico, United States
Feb 2009 - Mar 2010
Mar 2009

76000 mi

US $849
Door actuator replaced.  Brake sensor replaced. Vacuum lines replaced. 
Volkswagen Passat in Alabama, United States
Jul 2006 - Jun 2015
Sep 2008

43000 mi

US $100
Hose was replaced to get rid of check engine light and to pass smog test. 
Jun 2010

52000 mi

US $350
Refilled freon for the AC. 
Aug 2010

53000 mi

US $75
Torn vacuum hose replaced. 
Dec 2013

91000 mi

US $2500
Transmission had to be rebuilt. 
Volkswagen Passat in Pennsylvania, United States
Sep 2007 - Jun 2011
Aug 2008

184000 mi

US $504
Shocks were replaced front and rear. 
Sep 2008

186000 mi
ABS unit went bad. Not a real safety concern, so will get unit refurbished and re-installed at a later time. 
Feb 2009

201000 mi

US $120
Cable of front window regulator broke at the motor - cable got chewed up and could not be re-attached. Replaced window regulator. 
Jan 2010

226000 mi

US $770
Replaced turbo. 
Mar 2010

230000 mi

US $250
Replaced torque converter. 
Jul 2010

240000 mi

US $75
Replaced engine speed sensor. 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Passat in Maryland, United States
May 2011 - Jun 2012
Jul 2011

114300 mi

US $400
Oil leak; gasket replaced 
Volkswagen Passat in Massachusetts, United States
Sep 2010 - Apr 2012
Oct 2010

62000 mi

US $200
Vacuum leak 
Jul 2011

65000 mi

US $1500
CV boots 
Apr 2012

67000 mi

US $170
Flex pipe exhaust leak 
Volkswagen Passat in New York, United States
Apr 2006 - Jul 2015
Dec 2010

150000 mi

US $175
CEL-replace vacuum hose 
May 2011

156000 mi

US $300
cv boots 
Oct 2011

160000 mi

US $390
R & R rear brake pads and rotors 
Apr 2012

164000 mi

US $188
Reset readiness monitor/run drive 
Jun 2012

167000 mi

US $242
Evap system leak-replace evap purge valve 
Sep 2012

170000 mi

US $488
Replace flex pipe/exhaust repair emergency brake caliper 
Dec 2012

170000 mi

US $354
Replaced left and right CV joints 
Mar 2013

174000 mi

US $320
Replace thermostat 
Jul 2015

186000 mi

US $100
Cel, p0441 code. Replaced gas cap. 
Volkswagen Passat in Ohio, United States
Jun 2012 - Jul 2012
Jul 2012

182000 mi

US $35
removed oil pan and installed new oil pickup tube. Engine was making extremely loud noises. changed oil to Mobil 1 (0w40). runs perfect now. 
Volkswagen Passat in Wisconsin, United States
Jun 2010 - Mar 2016
Jun 2011

109000 mi

US $53
Airbag light came on. Independent repair shop identified problem: Passenger side curtain airbag. Advised me to not do anything unless it comes on again. 
Jul 2013

122300 mi

US $400
both lowbeams 
May 2014

126000 mi

US $154
Windshield washer pump was leaking washer fluid 
Jul 2014

131000 mi

US $555
rust made hole in exhaust system 
Apr 2015

135300 mi

US $30
replaced coil pack A/C not working, probably compressor or clutch. Choose not to repair at this moment 
Volkswagen Passat in Texas, United States
Dec 2009 - Oct 2014
Sep 2011

64000 mi

US $500
thermostat. Also changed many maintenance items associated with timing belt change. CV joint (new axle installed).  
Aug 2012

72000 mi

US $300
Left front axle 
Oct 2012

72700 mi

US $1000
replaced secondary air intake system including pump, valve, hoses 
Apr 2013

76000 mi

US $1000
Cam Tensioner was replaced. 
Volkswagen Passat in Florida, United States
Apr 2015 - Mar 2016
Apr 2015

157000 mi
Radiator was leaking. Replaced all the hoses. 
Jan 2016

168000 mi

US $280
Rear brake pads worn out. Lights - Right headlight was burnt out. Serpentine Belt needed to be replaced. 
Volkswagen Passat in Quebec, Canada
Apr 2006 - Mar 2010
Apr 2008

83080 mi

C $600
Oil was leaking in several places---cracked gasket. 
Volkswagen Passat in Oregon, United States
Aug 2008 - Jul 2013
Sep 2008

95000 mi

US $10
Coolant temperature sensor went out, replaced in about an hour with new sensor, O-ring. Total cost $10, total PITA to get to and replace though 
Mar 2009

100000 mi

US $100
Coolant temp. sensor broke loose from it's housing. 
Sep 2009

109000 mi
Frayed and broken vacuum line, replaced stock fabric wrapped rubber with silicon  
Mar 2010

115000 mi

US $120
All four coil packs failed. I upgraded to "bolt down" style packs as opposed to the stock "push down style." 
Jul 2012

144000 mi

US $400
Timing belt tensioner broke causing the timing belt to lose teeth. Motor was almost destroyed. Motor was compression tested, timing belt, water pump and timing belt tensioner replaced. 
Mar 2013

152000 mi

US $200
ABS module failed, module was removed and sent out for repair as a new one would cost 1200 vs 200 
Jul 2013

155000 mi

US $100
Brake line failed and was leaking fluid into the wheel 
Volkswagen Passat in Ohio, United States
Jan 2012 - Oct 2012
Jul 2012

128000 mi

US $525
recharged AC rear passenger door jammed CV joint replaced 
Oct 2012

132000 mi

US $1000
Steering rack was leaking hydraulic fluid 
Volkswagen Passat in Virginia, United States
Feb 2004 - Mar 2010
Nov 2004

27704 mi
Replaced broken glove box lid and light - warranty 
Jun 2005

36044 mi
Replaced blown headlight bulb right front - warranrty 
May 2006

49613 mi
VW Open Recall Install drivers side seat heater harness/Install updated seat heater switch passenger side 
Jan 2007

65904 mi

US $52
Replaced bulb A/C control panel. Replaced burned out driver's side marker bulb. 
Jun 2007

67000 mi

US $296
Replaced passenger outer CV boot - broken 
Jul 2007

69500 mi

US $1197
Check engine lamp - Replaced evap canister and N-80 valve, performed throttle body service, induction service, replaced engine coolant temp sensor, set readiness codes. 
Mar 2008

78500 mi

US $975
Replace driver's side outer CV Boot, Replace valve cover gasket, replace vacuum hoses 
Volkswagen Passat in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2012 - Nov 2015
Jan 2013

104160 mi

C $230
Belt Tensioner 
Nov 2013

111600 mi
Burnt out passenger side headlight 
Dec 2014

119040 mi

C $800
Rear Brakes Worn Water leak. Drivers seatbelt was damp after car being outside in rain. Leak in sunroof drains. Trunk lid would not pop up or rise easily. Trunk strut. 
Volkswagen Passat in Illinois, United States
Dec 2008 - Jun 2016
Oct 2011

85000 mi

US $100
Cel came on - code indicated o2 sensor or hoses - hose was replaced 
Jun 2014

98000 mi

US $600
Front CV axles replaced Trunk Hinge required replacement 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

Volkswagen Passat in California, United States
Aug 2014 - Oct 2014
Oct 2014

170000 mi

US $518
Both valve covers leaking oil. The left leaked severely. The right valve had chain tensioner leaking, did not replace to avoid paying $600 more. Coolant temperature switch and seal was replaced to stop coolant leak. Temp sensor replaced. 
Volkswagen Passat in New York, United States
May 2015 - Aug 2015
Aug 2015

59000 mi
Hole in exhaust near the front. 
Volkswagen Passat in Illinois, United States
- Feb 2007
Feb 2007

67668 mi

US $1350
all oil leaked out of engine during extreme cold. after 45 min of driving, stop error came on and there was zero oil in engine and it was all over the front of it. It was negative 20 degrees in chicago. Camshaft seal, valvecover gasket, oil line, and pump 
Volkswagen Passat in California, United States
Jun 2010 - Jan 2011
Jul 2010

95000 mi

US $1200
Faulty ABS sensor 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

Volkswagen Passat in Colorado, United States
Jan 2012 - Apr 2013
Nov 2012

74500 mi
Turn signal fault - Ghost signaling. Fixed with a focused spray of WD-40 into the turn signal stalk base. VW Vortex forums save my sanity again. 
Dec 2012

75000 mi
Auto dim mirror fails to stay switched on. Finally hacked the switch to stay in the "on" position with a rubber band. Looks bad but at least I'm not getting blinded at night any more. 
Feb 2013

76500 mi

US $1500
Bad sway bar end links replaced. Car sounded like a pirate ship before repair. Leaking transmission seal Warped rear rotors and worn out pads Front control arms going bad. All 4. Engine mounts failing. Broken light in passenger sun visor. Needs to be replaced to fix. Valve cover gasket leaking oil onto exhaust manifold. Cracked coolant bottle. Will need to be replaced once it is leaking. 
Apr 2013

77000 mi

US $1200
Alternator failed which also killed the battery. Alternator repair requires the car being put in service position which is very expensive for labor. 
Volkswagen Passat in Massachusetts, United States
Jun 2010 - Sep 2010
Jul 2010

71000 mi

US $4700
Transmission was discovered to be burned out. Discovered leak in A/C compressor. 
Aug 2010

71000 mi

US $595
Rainwater leak, unsuccessfully addressed by recall, soaked transmission control module. Corroded exhaust flex pipe. Rebuilt transmission went back into limp mode. Transmission is okay. Unclear whether the problem is the electronic TCM or the connections to it: the TCM checked out okay, the connections were already repaired and checked twice. Rainwater still leaking into car. Replaced windshield cowl. 
Volkswagen Passat in New Jersey, United States
Jul 2010 - Nov 2010
Aug 2010

137000 mi

US $2560
Car engine light came on at 136500 miles. Car then began shuddering and losing the ability to climb inclines. Mechanic replaced spark plugs and coilpacks to make it driveable. Next job will be cat convertors for $2100. 
Nov 2010

138000 mi
Needed new catalytic converters when traded. 
Volkswagen Passat in Colorado, United States
Feb 2010 - Aug 2014
Dec 2012

90000 mi
Cranking problem 
May 2013

93000 mi

US $1700
Intermittent engine temp. Bad sensor, thermostat, leaking water pump. 
Sep 2013

95000 mi

US $450
Out of alignment and needed frozen tie rod replaced. 
Aug 2014

101000 mi
Cracked fuel tank, on top. Quoted $4,000, traded car. 
Volkswagen Passat in Utah, United States
Feb 2007 - Mar 2016
Mar 2009

65000 mi

US $210
Replaced worn Rt side front wheel bearing. 
Oct 2010

80000 mi

US $600
Inner and outer tie rods replaced. 
Aug 2011

88000 mi

US $120
Engine Speed Sender (Sporadic), Removed and replaced. 
May 2012

96000 mi

US $2220
R&R'd Springs, shocks, control arms, and tranny and motor mounts. 
Aug 2013

106000 mi

US $100
Cam caps were leaking oil. R&R'd cam caps. 
Mar 2014

110000 mi

US $65
Leaking heater hose. R&R. 
Volkswagen Passat in New Jersey, United States
Oct 2007 - Oct 2011
Aug 2008

103000 mi

US $450
Very satisfied with 3rd party parts + repair. Pads and rotors replaced. 
Nov 2008

107000 mi

US $400
Valve cover leaked, ignition cables damaged, 2 plugs cracked, all replaced and engine tune up peformed. Running great now. 
Apr 2009

115000 mi

US $600
Radiator replaced due to slow leak. 
Nov 2009

127000 mi
cat codes 
May 2010

134000 mi

US $285
Immobilizer failed. "Coil" or antenna unit inside dash replaced by dealer. This is my 2nd replacement! 
Apr 2011

154000 mi
Both rear springs broken, replaced along with rear struts. 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

190-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Passat in Maryland, United States
Nov 2012 - Jun 2014
Mar 2014

188000 mi

US $200
Broken drivers side cv axel 
Volkswagen Passat in Colorado, United States
Aug 2012 - Sep 2012
Sep 2012

124000 mi

US $1800
Failed compressor 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automatic 2WD

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 
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 Passat in Indiana, United States
Feb 2008 - Mar 2010
Mar 2008

48000 mi

US $400
Rear passenger side door lock was not opening/closing. Had to manually push the knob in to lock/unlock it. Apparently it was an issue with the lock relay. Was replaced under CPO warranty. 
Volkswagen Passat in Massachusetts, United States
Jan 2008 - Mar 2010
Jun 2008

50000 mi

US $600
Right front axle shaft damaged Faulty wire to power window motor 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

6-cylinder automatic AWD

Volkswagen Passat in Wisconsin, United States
Jul 2012 - Aug 2012
Aug 2012

175000 mi

US $410
needed new rotors and brake pads on back and also needed 2 calipers on both back tires 

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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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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

6-cylinder automated manual 2WD

Volkswagen Passat in Illinois, United States
Jul 2012 - Aug 2012
Aug 2012

180000 mi

US $50
A/C hose crack, and now I have to replace another A/C hose 

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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  
Volkswagen Passat in California, United States
Nov 2010 - Jan 2011
Dec 2010

201000 mi

US $2000
check engine light on 

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2001.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

Volkswagen Passat in North Carolina, United States
Nov 2010 - Nov 2011
Sep 2011

112000 mi

US $299
Turn signal relay failed, replaced Replaced drivers side outer cv boot. installed whole aftermarket axle. 
Nov 2011

112000 mi

US $150
Replaces passenger side cv axle, boot failed. 

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2001.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Passat in North Carolina, United States
Dec 2013 - Nov 2014
Apr 2014

94300 mi

US $1200
Replaced Camshaft Chain Tensioner, as well as gasket. Replaced front axle. 
Sep 2014

97000 mi

US $150
Cleaned throttle body Alternator going bad- car has trouble starting- replaced alternator 
Volkswagen Passat in Washington, United States
Dec 2008 - Apr 2014
Feb 2011

81000 mi
Floor was getting very wet at rear, passenger side footwell. Took three trips to VW dealer to get this fixed. Turns out it was a leak around the pollen filter located on the firewall. They charged $170 first trip, but nothing additional. 
Feb 2014

106000 mi

US $2300
Rear passenger power lock not working. Broken wires in door frame. Not an interior problem. Hood strut gave up, so was replaced. Front brake lines cracked and leaking. Replaced. New valve cover and cam chain tensioner gaskets. Axle service for both front axels, and new CV boots. Dipstick was replaced, as it broke. How does a dipstick break? I was just checking the oil one day, and the handle snapped off. That is goofy. The dipstick tube also has a leak and needs to be replaced, but that didn't happen this trip. 
Volkswagen Passat in Connecticut, United States
Nov 2006 - Oct 2014
Jun 2007

83000 mi

US $230
CV boot cracked - was replaced 
Nov 2007

87000 mi

US $500
PCV breather, vacuum line to brake booster, mass air flow sensor. Result: check engine light off - acrid smell enters the cabin when car stops at stops signs, red lights and destination 
Dec 2007

90000 mi
Engine oil leak . Fix: Replaced cam tensioner seal and valve cover gasket . 
Feb 2008

92000 mi
Broken breather pipe at intake manifold was repaired under warranty - all oil smells stopped after this repair. 
Mar 2010

115748 mi

US $629
Replaced thermostat, flushed heater core 
Oct 2011

135700 mi

US $350
Crank sensor 
Jan 2012

137300 mi

US $1800
cv boot, front axle,  cooling leak, oil leak,  alloy wheels needed grinding, seat mechanisms (front) needed to be fixed, rear hatch latch, front hood strut, front brakes (maintenance) 
Jul 2012

141300 mi

US $1500
abs computer needed to be rebuilt Heater core might need to be replaced - but first, it is filled with oxyclean for the summer to try and flush out corrosion. Then in September we will see if it works or has to be replaced. air conditioning belt was tightened 
Sep 2012

142000 mi
Heater core flushed out, fine since. 
Dec 2013

154000 mi

US $680
tie rods replaced 
Sep 2014

165000 mi

US $933
camshaft adjuster 
Oct 2014

165000 mi

US $900
alternator went out a weak after replacing the camshaft adjuster the right front tie rod end (defective from last year) had to be replaced. 

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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
Mar 2010 - Sep 2010
May 2010

107500 mi

US $1500
Brake fade quite noticeable - took to shop where I was advised that only 15% of brakes left. Needed to be replaced along with several other smaller items. 
Jul 2010

110000 mi

US $20
Engine coolant tube leak - tube was replaced for $20.  
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

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Passat in Washington, United States
Feb 2008 - Mar 2010
Mar 2008

106000 mi

US $4000
Needed new clutch, timing chain, and an oil leak had developed on the rear side of the motor which cost about $1800 to repair. Total cost of repair bill was over $4000 at 106,000 miles Rear brakes 
Volkswagen Passat in Wisconsin, United States
May 2014 - Jun 2016
Aug 2014

184700 mi

US $70
Torn CV boots on both front axles 
Jun 2015

193000 mi

US $5
Headlight height adjustment broke 
Nov 2015

197700 mi
Starter wiring connections corroded and became loose. Repaired by applying contact cleaner and tightening connections 
Volkswagen Passat in Florida, United States
Apr 2008 - Apr 2013
Oct 2009

73000 mi

US $100
Right outer CV joint boot failed. Grease observed in wheel well. Right drive axle assembly replaced. 
Dec 2009

74000 mi

US $5
Idle controller and throttle body needed cleaning. Cold start idle would not function properly. 
Apr 2010

74158 mi

US $30
Replaced #4 ignition coil due to failure. Could be a possible second coil failure. Started intermittent, but became constant loss of #4 cylinder. 
Dec 2010

77000 mi

US $600
Driver door lock failed. Power brake vacuum line replaced. 
Nov 2012

85000 mi

US $97
Driver side half shaft was replaced due to failed outer CV joint boot. 
Volkswagen Passat in Minnesota, United States
Apr 2009 - May 2010
Jun 2009

105000 mi

US $130
Cracked vacuum line running to intake manilfold that cause check engine light to come on. Replaced vaccuum line and cleared codes for check engine light. No more issues 
Oct 2009

107000 mi

US $600
CV BOOTS HAD TO BE REPLACED DUE TO TEARS. DEALER DID BRIEF INSPECTION OF VEHICLE BECAUSE CAR WAS IN SHOP FOR IGNITION COIL RECALL. ALL 4 IGNITION COILS REPLACED AT NO COST TO ME DUE TO RECALL. TOTAL COST FOR REPLACEMENT OF BOTH CV BOOTS WAS $600. 
Volkswagen Passat in New Jersey, United States
Jul 2003 - May 2008
Aug 2003

18000 mi
coil packs(under warranty) 
Feb 2008

90000 mi
CEL, loss of power. After new DV installed, all was good. 

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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.  
Volkswagen Passat in Georgia, United States
Apr 2009 - Mar 2010
Dec 2009

129000 mi

US $113
Heater not working blowing cold air. To put in a new heater core was going to be $1200 which I can't afford. They flushed the hoses which helped a little. 
Volkswagen Passat in Colorado, United States
Dec 2007 - Feb 2011
Feb 2008

78000 mi

US $50
Radio mast antenna rubber boot rotted, exposing some connector area. Replaced mast antenna. 
Dec 2008

87000 mi

US $950
Fuel tank level sender failed (leading to incorrect fuel level readings). Fuel tank sensor replaced. CV boot on one front wheel was torn. Replaced CV boot. 
Jun 2009

91000 mi

US $120
Sunroof drains plugged, leading to leak. 
Feb 2010

96000 mi
Sun-roof drain lines clogged and causing minor leak - flushed out and working properly after repair 
Jan 2011

106000 mi

US $85
Radiator expansion tank valve was leaking, allowing coolant to drain. Expansion tank valve replaced. 
Volkswagen Passat in Virginia, United States
Oct 2014 - Feb 2015
Nov 2014

77500 mi

US $330
Sticky purge valve caused a CEL. Lost the low note on the horn (this is a multi-note horn) so only the high note was sounding. Replace all spark plugs and ignition wire. Upper control arm bushings (inner) broken. Mechanic quoted replacing all control arms because comes as a kit. Radiator leaking and low coolant. Suggested replacing radiator. 
Volkswagen Passat in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2001 - Mar 2014
Jun 2001

1991 mi
Check high-pitched sputtering noise when revving up. No fault found. 
Oct 2001

5202 mi
Weird sputtering noise ... still present, went again to check it out. No fault found. 
Nov 2001

5836 mi
Driver seat knocks when braking. Removed, lubricated, reinstalled. Repeated my sputtering noise concerns - no fault found. 
May 2002

8713 mi
Replaced seat and backrest frame. That solved the problem. 
Jun 2002

9006 mi
Sputtering still bothered me... and still no fault found. 
Jul 2002

10366 mi
Turn signals acting up. Replaced the turn signal switch and remove and install emergency light switch. 
Apr 2003

18597 mi

C $172
Shift knob cracked - replaced. Wheel alignment performed. 
May 2004

29066 mi

C $416
DOT Inspection. White dust still there on the carpet - they claim it is salt, but it is only coming from the vents under the driver's seat ... and lots of it! Replaced rear discs/rotors. 
Sep 2004

32559 mi

C $152
Car pulls to the right. Recommended new tires. Not sure that was it, though. Oil leaks on the right side - removed and installed camshaft adjuster and camshaft ($0, in warranty). Also 48,000 km / 36 months service. 
Oct 2004

33233 mi
Oil leak. Removed and installed ATF pan and gasket. 
Feb 2007

56312 mi

C $3565
Oil leak - replaced gasket sets and camshaft adjuster seals. Realignment (slid into a ditch after avoiding crash on ice). New rim (bent). Replaced deffective ECT sensor. Also Type 3 maintenance. Replaced timing belt and tensioner. 
Mar 2008

71582 mi

C $1065
Type 2 maintenance + driver power window not working (faulty lifter replaced). Replaced left and right outer CV boots due. 
Dec 2008

83099 mi

C $1311
Hazard switch clicking randomly while driving (replaced). Coolant flushed, pollen filter replaced, licence plate lights replaced, fan belts replaced. Rear pads and rotors. Brake fluid flushed. Checked burning smell (nothing found). 
Feb 2009

86326 mi

C $378
136,000km service. Burning smell still reported (replaced vacuum hose but did not help). Engine light - possibly oxygen sensors (reset only). 
May 2009

92969 mi

C $987
Front and rear brake replacement. ASR light comes on highway off ramps only (dry pavement) - found to be caused by one front tire (of 4 brand new ones) being smaller than the other 3. Oil change. Smell still present. Oxygen sensors needed. 
Jun 2009

94234 mi

C $439
Turn signal switch ticking again. This time this is a switch under the drivers steering wheel air bag... very expensive to fix. 
Jul 2009

96315 mi

C $862
Engine light day after car was repaired. Replaced purge valve and clip. Replacing both oxygen sensors and air filter. 
Sep 2009

100524 mi

C $1504
Slurping noise during acceleration after cold start. Water pump, thermostat and housing needed to be replaced. While we are at it, timing belt was replaced, too. This finally fixed the burning smell. So what for did I pay before for years? 
Apr 2010

105607 mi

C $1378
Engine light... again. They stated that catalytic converters needed to be replaced. Next-day exhaust test proved that cats were just fine. Oil was leaking again... replaced both side valve cover gaskets and chain tensioner gaskets. 
Jan 2011

111600 mi

C $2
Rear licence plate light casing rusted and cracked and one of two light bulbs burned out. I paid for the light bulb, but the dealer installed a new casing they found available for free. 
Aug 2013

142840 mi

C $600
Exhaust: flex pipe and rear catalytic converters. Exhaust leak fixed, but sporadic engine light because nearly constant. 
Jan 2014

146940 mi

C $350
Cv joint replaced 
Mar 2014

146940 mi

C $367
Brake pads worn prematurely, possibly due to winter salt. Rotors warped but did not replace. Engine light on for catalytic converter. 

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2001.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

Volkswagen Passat in Minnesota, United States
Nov 2008 - Jul 2009
Jan 2009

65000 mi

US $300
Idler pulley on belt was worn and making noise.  
Jul 2009

70000 mi

US $140
Replaced worn-out hood strut. Replaced two low beam bulbs. 

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2001.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

190-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Passat in Wyoming, United States
Dec 2011 - Apr 2012
Jan 2012

169000 mi

US $75
Coolant sensor change; Leaking WP gasket, filled with Bars leak; Tail light changes *2 
Feb 2012

169000 mi

US $410
Water screwed up the connections of the gas pedal. Replaced. 
Volkswagen Passat in Arizona, United States
Sep 2009 - Mar 2010
Oct 2009

94000 mi

US $475
Coolant pipe dry rotted and cracked which resulted in leaking coolant. problem repaired succesfully 
Dec 2009

101000 mi
fuel evap canister leak passenger side lo beam failed 

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2001.5 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Volkswagen Passat in Florida, United States
Oct 2012 - Nov 2012
Nov 2012

142000 mi

US $45
Car misfiring. Got home and determined it was cylinder coilpack. Got a new spare one from trunk (always keep at least 2!) and replaced. Also noticed cylinder 3 full of oil (enough to cover over spark plug) due to valve cover gasket(s). 
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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