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2005 Volkswagen Passat repairs by problem area

Engine (41%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (18%)

Brakes and Traction Control (5%)

Suspension and Steering (8%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (17%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (6%)

Other (5%)

Chart based on 279 repairs.

2005 Volkswagen Passat repair cost distribution

$2500+ (4%)

$1000 - $2499 (15%)

$500 - $999 (22%)

$100 - $499 (50%)

< $100 (9%)

Chart based on 150 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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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 134hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Volkswagen Passat in British Columbia, Canada
Mar 2008 - Sep 2015
Jun 2008

34875 mi

C $46
reconnect loosened turbo boost hose. Would have been covered under warrantee but went to local GURU to avoid the hassle. 
Jul 2009

47120 mi

C $500
ceramic glow plug defect. Self diagnose and paid out of pocket. VW recall notice issued in August. Seeking for reimbursement. 
Sep 2009

48360 mi
Factory engineered defect in chain driven balance shaft/oil pump module. Noise and vibrations increase. Replaced with factory gear drive part under warranty. I feel for those w/o warranty = $3000 USD repair. VWoA not officially awknowledging the issue 
Oct 2010

60740 mi

C $350
Drivers door lock module failed requiring replacement 
Nov 2010

61380 mi

C $900
Replaced drivers door lock module. Leaking window washer fluid pump. Self diagnosed, ordered and repaired part myself. 
Dec 2013

83700 mi

C $495
Cv boots replaced 
Jul 2014

86780 mi

C $275
Replaced thermostat, original was stuck open, perhaps for years. 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

Volkswagen Passat in Colorado, United States
Mar 2008 - Jun 2011
Apr 2008

23000 mi
Roof trim would not stay in place, dlr replaced trim pcs, OK for now. This is the second time these were replaced, first was upon vehicle delivery. 
Volkswagen Passat in Maryland, United States
Apr 2008 - Aug 2011
Feb 2009

52000 mi

US $530
Bad fuel pump. 
Dec 2010

93000 mi

US $2500
Motor Mounts  
Jun 2011

103000 mi

US $450
rear brakes & rotors 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 134hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Volkswagen Passat in Nova Scotia, Canada
Jun 2008 - Dec 2011
Aug 2008

39680 mi
Ignition would not turn most times when proper key was inserted. You had to wiggle it and move the steering wheel to get the car to start. Over time the condition worsened. 
Jun 2009

65720 mi

C $450
Car shudders every time brakes are applied. Also stopping distance was compromised, thereby making car dangerous to drive in city traffic. 
Volkswagen Passat in Quebec, Canada
Mar 2008 - Sep 2015
Aug 2008

99200 mi

C $500
Front ball joints. 
Sep 2008

99820 mi

C $325
Noticed during routine maintenance that a CV joint boot was split. Investigation showed that the CV joint was worn, clicking and needed to be repaired. Part ordered, replaced in subsequent visit on 01 Oct. 
Oct 2008

101060 mi

C $500
Replacement of previously diagnosed worn CV joint and boot. 
Nov 2008

101680 mi

C $75
No. 1 cylinder glow plug had failed as verified by VAG-COM scan done at home. Glow plug replaced, repair successful. 
Apr 2009

107260 mi

C $600
Split left outer CV joint boot. 4 front ball joints clunking and needing replacement. Deferred to later to fit in budget later. Chain noise and vibration from engine. Suspect balancer shaft module/oil pump chain drive. Dealer investigating the problem with VW technical, will repair later. 
Aug 2009

112220 mi

C $3200
Replaced chain driven balance shaft module with gear driven module; 75% cost assistance from VW Canada. Other wear items replace at same time: suspension arms, left outer CV joint. Replaced suspension arms. Replaced left outer CV joint. 
May 2010

123380 mi

C $875
Steering failure. Leaking seals on steering rack, could not retain power steering fluid. Replace steering rack with remanufactured unit. Failure of right front power window mechanism. New winder mechanism on order to be installed in July. 
Jun 2011

136400 mi

C $760
Intercooler hose leaking. Replaced. 
Nov 2011

141360 mi

C $280
Replaced outer CV joint and CV joint boot. 
Dec 2011

142600 mi
Replaced rusting front fenders and trunk lid, repaired rusting left rear quarter panel. 
Oct 2012

153320 mi
Power steering leak Rust perforation on passenger door within warranty period (12 years). The body shop manager evaluated it and sent in a claim to VW, we are still awaiting VW's verdict. 
Apr 2013

157480 mi
Rust perforation on two front doors. Doors replaced and repainted under VW corrosion warranty. 
Mar 2014

165540 mi
Slightly leaking power steering hose Door lock seized. Using remote to enter car. 
Jul 2014

167080 mi

C $480
Slow loss of power steering fluid. Replaced power steering pump and hose. 
Nov 2014

171120 mi

C $216
Engine fan belt damaged. Charged 3 hours labour, the entire front of the car has to come apart for access!!! 
Feb 2015

171740 mi
Multiple areas of rust perforation: rear doors, rear quarter panels, trunk lid. Took to dealer mandated bodyshop for evaluation under the VW corrosion perforation warranty. Note: should be an option "estimate only" in what done dropdown. 
Apr 2015

171940 mi

C $40
Rust repairs, partially under VW 12-year corrosion warranty. 
Jul 2015

172760 mi

C $50
Exhaust system heat shield had come loose and was rattling. 
Volkswagen Passat in Alberta, Canada
Jun 2008 - Jun 2011
Aug 2008

49600 mi
Engine light came on. #4 glow plug. 
Mar 2010

70060 mi

C $1300
Timing belt. 
Volkswagen Passat in Colorado, United States
Feb 2008 - Jun 2011
Jun 2008

50000 mi

US $550
A/C switch only worked sometimes. 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder manual 2WD

Volkswagen in Illinois, United States
Nov 2006 - Mar 2010
Mar 2007

42000 mi
carbon in the engine, was fixed previously by the dealer 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automatic AWD

Volkswagen Passat in Minnesota, United States
Mar 2008 - Jun 2009
Jun 2008

65000 mi

US $360
Check engine light was on. Reflash eliminated problem. 
Jun 2009

81000 mi
The turbo-lifter, oil pan and coolant tank caught fire. Estimate cost to fix? $10,500 

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2004.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

Volkswagen Passat in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2008 - Nov 2015
Aug 2008

29760 mi

C $4
Plastic pin that holds glass to RR window regulator failed, I purchased pin at dealer and replaced it myself using information available on the internet for this common VW Passat window problem. 
Sep 2009

36580 mi

C $46
Engine temperature sensor failed, no drivability issues, but temp gauge on dash was showing erratic readings. Apparently a common problem, replaced old sensor myself in approximately 1 hour. 
Jul 2010

45880 mi
CEL came on, mechanic found 2 minor codes that showed intermittant and very minor leaks in EVAP system. Codes cleared, no drivability problems and CEL has not come back on. 
Nov 2010

48980 mi

C $352
Passenger side CV Joint boot failed, had both the passenger and driver side replaced at my mechanic. 
Jun 2012

61380 mi

C $530
Diverter valve, engine speed sensor and solinoid related to turbocharger needed replacement to clear EPC light on dashboard. 
Jan 2013

65720 mi

C $25
Windshield washer pump leaking. Replace pump and rubber grommet to resevoir. Easy DIY job. 
Feb 2013

66920 mi

C $40
Coolant expansion tank - sensor within that reports on fluid level in tank was failing & sending error message to driver. Not leaking. Replaced expansion tank myself, no other issues. 
Jan 2014

75000 mi

C $160
Multi function turn signal switch no longer allowed the high beams to be turned on. Ordered parts and special 12mm triple square socket to allow self repair. 
May 2014

76880 mi

C $50
cam chain tensioner gasket had a slow leak. Repaired myself. 
Aug 2014

79980 mi
RR Window retainer pin fell out from people slamming door closed too often. Replaced pin, repair completed with no need to purchase parts. 
Nov 2014

81840 mi

C $153
Drives side CV boot torn at hub. Mechanic replaced. Rear brake rotors (aftermarket, not VW) were badly rusted. Replaced rear & front rotors (originals) and all brake pads. 
Dec 2014

83080 mi

C $477
exhaust flex joint needed replacement, original still intact but showing need of attention. Front brake pads & rotors, replacement of OEM items, not bad for 10.5 years! 
Mar 2015

84940 mi

C $416
Engine Crank Position Sensor failed while car was out of town. VW of Sudbury Ontario did the diagnosis and repairs. 
May 2015

86800 mi

C $158
Passenger side CV joint rubber boot failed, too much wear to rebuild, replaced axle complete. 
Jun 2015

88040 mi

C $25
HVAC system drain for AC condensate was plugged and caused water to leak onto floor of passenger side. Removed drain, removed debris plugging the drain hole, cleaned & dried carpets. Repaired rusted hole on rear floor area. 
Nov 2015

92380 mi

C $467
Coolant Flange, Temperature sensor, flush cooling system. 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat Repair Histories

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