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Volkswagen Passat Transmission Problems

1701 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2000 or newer Volkswagen Passat. 205 of these members (12.1%) have reported transmission repairs for their car. A total of 283 transmission repairs to Volkswagen Passats--an average of 0.2 per vehicle--have been reported.

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Percentage of Volkswagen Passat repairs by problem area

Chart based on 3012 repairs.
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2007 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

36000 mi   @37545 Miles Süds in Bloomington, IL installed the Transmission Valve Body according to Technical Bulletin 2012810. They also FLASHed the Transmission Software update. So far the Transmission works fine and seems a bit smoother than before. 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

59000 mi US $200 Right outer CV joint went bad. Probably because outer boot failed. Replaced entire right axle assemble and left outer boot. I did the work myself. Left boot was also splitting as so was replaced. 
74000   Driver's side axle CV joint worn out. Entire axle was replaced. 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

54000 mi   Torque converter seal was leaking transmission fluid between the engine and transmission bell housing. Engine and transmission removed to replace torque converter seal. 
63000 US $15 Torn right front outer CV boot. CV joint still good, but replaced complete axle for $200 - put down $15 b/c a boot was all that was really needed. 
78000   Transmission output shaft seal was replaced 
87000   Driver side half axle was replaced. Outer CV boot was ripped. 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

94000 mi US $1050 Both CV boots/axels were replaced - ripped boots caused loss of grease. 
66000 US $24 Passenger side constant velocity (CV) boot failed and threw grease inside wheel well. 
71700   Replaced drivers side VC joint. 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automatic 2WD

80000 mi US $377 Under certain driving conditions the automatic trransmission will "bang" down into a lower gear vs shifting down. 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

65000 mi US $500 Also found damaged CV boot 

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2001.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

45000 mi US $125 CV boot was cracked and needed replacement 
51000   Both CV boots this time. 

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder manual 2WD

196000 mi US $600 Rt Frt cv shaft axle replacement 

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1999 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

82000 mi   Automatic transmission hesitating during upshift and banging into gear during downshift. Automatic transmission replaced under 10yr/100K warranty. Tech found transmission fluid burnt and black. 
87000   Remanufactorered transmission found bad. Ordered another transmission Installed new transmission 

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