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Volkswagen Passat Suspension Problems

1672 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2000 or newer Volkswagen Passat. 176 of these members (10.5%) have reported suspension repairs for their car. A total of 244 suspension repairs to Volkswagen Passats--an average of 0.1 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page to see vehicles with no repairs or vehicles with more than three repairs. To see how frequently Volkswagen Passat problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

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Percentage of Volkswagen Passat repairs by problem area

Chart based on 2967 repairs.

Volkswagen Passat suspension repair cost distribution

Chart based on 309 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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2007 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

5000 mi   Strut mount bolts were loose which lead to a clunking noise. I thought it might be the "loose sub-frame bolts" problem I had read about but it was the strut bolts. 

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2007 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

280-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

  Steering wheel not aligned in the center, in other words car felt like it was moving to the right. 
43000 mi   TSB repair - Steering jam in 2007 Passat. I experience this jam - twice while starting(stationary). Restarting the engine - corrected the problem. 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

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

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

67000 mi US $1400 Replaced broken CV boot. 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automatic 2WD

80000 mi US $1756 Replaced CV Boots; also timing belt 

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

117180 mi C $1400 Both front sway bar links worn out -- replaced.  
183520   Upon attempting wheel alignment, all front control arm bushings and tie rod ends were found to be worn out. All control arms, tie rod ends and stabilizer links replaced. 
183520   Rear axle bushings worn out, making alignment impossible. Replaced rear axle lower bushings and did four-wheel alignment. 

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder manual 2WD

196000 mi US $1100 Bad wheel bearing discovered during road test, new one ordered New wheel bearing installed 

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

4-cylinder manual 2WD

111600 mi $500 Rubber hose/seal on the front axle next to the wheel needed replacing. 

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1999 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

6-cylinder manual 2WD

155000 mi C $3136 Installed a control arm kit, replaced the passenger's side axle,replaced tie rods and replaced front wheel bearings by an independent shop. 

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1999 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

87000 mi   Right CV Boot wide open, throwing grease, Left CV Boot cracked. Replaced both CV Boots. 
99000 US $700 Felt clunking in front end. Tech found upper left control arm worn. Ordered parts. While diagnosing problem 1, tech found front sway bar bushings worn, not holding sway bar. Ordered parts.  Installed new control arm. Installed new sway bar bushings. 
109300   Felt ball joint clunking from front suspension. Tech found passenger side upper control arm worn. Ordered parts. Parts installed 
114000   Front suspension made clunking noise going over bumps. Tech found tie rods worn. Replaced tie rods and did 4 wheel alignment. 
117000   Clunking noise in front end when going over bumps. Tech took car for test ride, didn't hear the noise. Customer took ride with service writer, service writer heard the noise. Tech inspected front end and couldn't find cause. 
119000   Also replaced orig front and rear shocks/struts and strut mounts. 

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