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2005 Volkswagen Passat Repair Histories

86 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2005 Volkswagen Passat. 51 of these members (59.3%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 221 repairs to 2005 Volkswagen Passats--an average of 2.6 per vehicle--have been reported.

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Chart based on 221 repairs.

2005 Volkswagen Passat repair cost distribution

Chart based on 124 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 - Aug 2014
34875 mi C $46 reconnect loosened turbo boost hose. Would have been covered under warrantee but went to local GURU to avoid the hassle. 
47120   ceramic glow plug defect. Self diagnose and paid out of pocket. VW recall notice issued in August. Seeking for reimbursement. 
48360   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 
60740   Drivers door lock module failed requiring replacement 
61380   Replaced drivers door lock module. Leaking window washer fluid pump. Self diagnosed, ordered and repaired part myself. 
83700   Cv boots replaced 
86780   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
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
52000 mi US $530 Bad fuel pump. 
93000   Motor Mounts  
103000   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
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. 
65720 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 - Aug 2014
99200 mi C $500 Front ball joints. 
99820   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. 
101060   Replacement of previously diagnosed worn CV joint and boot. 
101680   No. 1 cylinder glow plug had failed as verified by VAG-COM scan done at home. Glow plug replaced, repair successful. 
107260   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. 
112220   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. 
123380   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. 
136400   Intercooler hose leaking. Replaced. 
141360   Replaced outer CV joint and CV joint boot. 
142600   Replaced rusting front fenders and trunk lid, repaired rusting left rear quarter panel. 
153320   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. 
157480   Rust perforation on two front doors. Doors replaced and repainted under VW corrosion warranty. 
165540   Slightly leaking power steering hose Door lock seized. Using remote to enter car. 
167080   Slow loss of power steering fluid. Replaced power steering pump and hose. 
Volkswagen Passat in Alberta, Canada
Jun 2008 - Jun 2011
49600 mi   Engine light came on. #4 glow plug. 
70060 C $1300 Timing belt. 
Volkswagen Passat in Colorado, United States
Feb 2008 - Jun 2011
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
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
65000 mi US $360 Check engine light was on. Reflash eliminated problem. 
81000   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 - Aug 2014
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. 
36580   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. 
45880   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. 
48980   Passenger side CV Joint boot failed, had both the passenger and driver side replaced at my mechanic. 
61380   Diverter valve, engine speed sensor and solinoid related to turbocharger needed replacement to clear EPC light on dashboard. 
65720   Windshield washer pump leaking. Replace pump and rubber grommet to resevoir. Easy DIY job. 
66920   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. 
75000   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. 
76880   cam chain tensioner gasket had a slow leak. Repaired myself. 
79980   RR Window retainer pin fell out from people slamming door closed too often. Replaced pin, repair completed with no need to purchase parts. 

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