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Volkswagen Passat Suspension Problems and Repair Histories

1598 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer Volkswagen Passat. 292 of these members (18.3%) have reported suspension and steering repairs for their car. A total of 204 suspension and steering repairs to Volkswagen Passats--an average of 0.1 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently Volkswagen Passat problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the Volkswagen Passat problem descriptions below.

Don't infer Volkswagen Passat problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of Volkswagen Passat repairs by problem area

39% of the Volkswagen Passat repairs were to the engine, 9% to the transmission, 8% to the brakes, 8% to the suspension, 23% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 6% to the body and trim, and 5% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 2446 repairs.

Volkswagen Passat suspension and steering repair cost distribution

Of the Volkswagen Passat suspension and steering repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 16% cost less than $100, 38% between $100 and $499, 26% between $500 and $999, 15% between $1000 and $2499, and 5% more than $2500.

Chart based on 282 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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Repair costs are in local units.

2007 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Passat in Massachusetts, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2007 0    
5000 0 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

Volkswagen Passat in Illinois, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2007 0    
0 Steering wheel not aligned in the center, in other words car felt like it was moving to the right. 
43000 0 TSB repair - Steering jam in 2007 Passat. I experience this jam - twice while starting(stationary). Restarting the engine - corrected the problem. 
63000  

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Passat in Maine, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2007 53000    
59000 0 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

Volkswagen Passat in Virginia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2007 64000    
67000 1400 Replaced broken CV boot. 
 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Volkswagen in Florida, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2006 74000    
78000 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

Volkswagen Passat in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2006 106640    
117180 1400 Both front sway bar links worn out -- replaced.  
182900  

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder manual 2WD

Volkswagen Passat in Massachusetts, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2007 180000    
196000 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

Volkswagen Passat in Iceland
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2007 109120    
111600 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

Volkswagen in Alberta, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2007 151280    
155000 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

Volkswagen Passat in Connecticut, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2006 81000    
87000 0 Right CV Boot wide open, throwing grease, Left CV Boot cracked. Replaced both CV Boots. 
99000 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 605 Felt ball joint clunking from front suspension. Tech found passenger side upper control arm worn. Ordered parts. Parts installed 
114000 1550 Front suspension made clunking noise going over bumps. Tech found tie rods worn. Replaced tie rods and did 4 wheel alignment. 
117000 0 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  

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