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Volkswagen Passat repairs by problem area

Engine (41%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (9%)

Brakes and Traction Control (8%)

Suspension and Steering (9%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (21%)

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

Other (6%)

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Volkswagen Passat transmission repair cost distribution

$2500+ (5%)

$1000 - $2499 (14%)

$500 - $999 (23%)

$100 - $499 (45%)

< $100 (13%)

Chart based on 376 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2015 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Asked local dealer to look into rough shifts, especially in manual mode. These popped up in irregular intervals. 

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2015 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 150hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 6-speed manual FWD

19840 mi Intermittent trouble down-shifting into 5th gear. Dealer could not replicate problem. Not repaired. 

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2014 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 2.5L I5 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

8000 mi Came in for annual oil change and they had a software update for the transmission. Transmission shifts really smooth now. Love the car so far. Gets nearly 40 MPG on the highway without diesel. 

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2013 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 6-speed manual FWD

16000 mi clutch pedal clicks when engaged AND outside temp is below 32F AND cabin temp is warmed up. 

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2013 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 6-speed automated manual FWD

28000 mi Transmision linkage clip broke. So you could not put the car in gear. They order the new clip and replace. 
45000 mi So I took the car in again for transmission hard changes from 2-3 gear. They change the transmission, ECU, and fuel pump! 
11500 mi CV boot had tare from factory 

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2013 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

280-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed automated manual FWD

6000 mi Transmission has been replaced with new one. 

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2012 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 6-speed automated manual FWD

39060 mi Went in for knock sound when engine goes from pulling the car to engine breaking. No solution found. Not sure what the problem is. 
9000 mi bad driver's side cv joint, bad steering wheel (replaced), trunk doesn't open all the way 

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2012 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

280-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed automated manual FWD

24700 mi There is a creaky rattling sound coming from the lower front end of the vehicle when you remove your foot from the brake and let the car roll. 
48000 mi Clutch packs for DSG were faulty. They were replaced under warranty 

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2012 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 2.5L I5 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

51000 mi Tranny clunks occasionally and where PRNDL usually shows up on the dash is replaced by a wrench -- service transmission wrench, not the oil change wrench. Going back this week for the FOURTH time to repair it. 
51300 mi Took the Passat to a different dealership, which fixed the transmission on the first try. 
1000 mi Hesitation on acceleration 

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2010 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

39040 mi Damaged flywheel was causing clutch noise and vibration. 
43400 mi Intermittent grinding/squeaking noise when letting clutch out from dead stop. Found to be hotspots in flywheel. No immediate repairs required. Flywheel and clutch good for another 200KM for highway driving. 

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2010 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

300-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed automated manual AWD

61380 mi

A $50
DSG transmission jerky and sometimes fails to engage reverse. DSG computer was reset and told to observe if issue still exists. Issue still exists. Will leave unless gets worse. 
62620 mi

A $50
TCU fault code for gear disengagement. Car more frequently won't get in to reverse. 
67580 mi Continued to fail to engage Reverse. 

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2010 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel hybrid automated manual 2WD

29300 mi Gear 2 lost power in the DSG 

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2009 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

2000 mi Transmission fluid leaked. Line replaced. 
32240 mi dual mass flywheel is beginning to fail. 
34100 mi dual mass flywheel continued to degrade - dealer agreed to replace flywheel, clutch, plate and TO bearing on vehicle warranty. cause is believed to be a faulty dual mass flywheel - less of a problem in general as most cars are automatics. 
49000 mi DMF changed 8 mos ago, dealer changed clutch parts also but not the clutch release bearing - saying the vibration I had was normal. Changed dealerships, now part is ordered and will be installed. Sloppy work! 
28000 mi Transmission valve body needs replacement. 
29000 mi Transmission valve body replaced. 
93000 mi

US $662
Transmission pan gasket was leaking fluid. It was replaced. 

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2009 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 170hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 6-speed automated manual FWD

1240 mi Noise from driveshafts 

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2008 Volkswagen Passat

Engine not specified

9920 mi Jerky on moving off. Surging at low speeds. They acknowledge, but don't know how to fix. 

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2008 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

75000 mi

US $150
Trans body valve replaced under warranty 
90700 mi

US $4800
Valve body bad and replaced, transmission rebuild kit needed. 
70000 mi

US $280
replaced left side inner cv boot 
142000 mi TCM flooded, gears only shifting in triptonic manual mode 
105000 mi

US $900
Rear main seal leaking; had to be replaced. 
112000 mi Front axles needed replaced. Front-end started to feel noticeably loose. 
46334 mi Replaced right front wheel bearing (warranty) 
89700 mi

US $500
Outer cv boots torn. 

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2008 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

112500 mi

US $1800
Replaced clutch and throwout bearing. Clutch engaging late, bearing noisy. 

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2008 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 6-speed manual AWD

4960 mi

$500
Clutch stopped working while driving. Some hydraulic part failed. 

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2008 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

23000 mi The valve body for the automatic transmission was replaced. Also the transmission control unit was flashed with new software. 
26000 mi The transmission shudders in the morning when backing out garage. Shop said if they fix it and I complain VW will not pay, dealer has too. Thank goodness I leased it, turned it in april 10th and will never buy again. VW did not care. 
62000 mi

C $200
Repack CV joint, front left 
84560 mi

C $500
Left CV joint replaced. 
59000 mi

US $800
transmission pan gasket leak 
67300 mi

US $600
transmission case had a leak had to replace entire transmission 
95000 mi

US $1390
notice oil drips on driveway. 2 days before service schedule transmission started to slip. trans cooler lines leaking, a hole is on of them. replace both lines 
100300 mi

US $240
Drivers side inner axle boot was torn and leaking grease. Dealer pulled axle, replaced boot and installed axle 
134000 mi

US $260
Replaced left side inner cv boot. 
89280 mi

C $1050
Replaced left hand universal joint 

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2007 Volkswagen Passat

Engine not specified

96000 mi

US $272
Transmission 

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2007 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

161300 mi

US $2500
Transmission Valve Body and Water Pump 
97000 mi

US $182
CV joint boots all 4 busted 
111000 mi

US $225
Torn CV boot on left driveshaft. Just replaced entire driveshaft assy. 
62620 mi

$400
Some 'pressure valve' broke 
77000 mi

US $100
cv boot replaced,was split 
5000 mi Transmission valve problem resulting in abrupt shifting - repaired under warranty 
4853 mi Reported harsh transmission shifts. Result: "Operates to manufacturer's specifications". 
94640 mi

C $750
The CV boots on the car needed replacement due to cracking. Completely expected at 152,000KM. 
124000 mi

US $1000
cv boot replacement 
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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2007 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

73000 mi Valve body replaced 

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2007 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

188000 mi

US $1400
Other repairs included replace both drive shaft,  
112000 mi

US $1200
Transmission failed. Would not engage into gear and would grind when trying to put it in park due to bad valve body. Cost represents self-found $600 used transmission and $600 for tree shade labor... quite the deal as shops wanted $3k-%5 
165600 mi

US $520
Leaky CV boot 
60700 mi My automatic transmission was getting stuck in 3rd gear. VW Dealer replaced with entirely new transmission at request of VW-USA & extended my warranty an extra 12 months. 
83000 mi

US $300
Crack in CV boot 
48000 mi

US $700
Cracked CV boots replaced 
129500 mi

US $150
CV boot torn, replaced entire CV axlfe. 
83000 mi

US $1800
Front CV joints replaces 
40000 mi Torque converter had to be replaced. Low rpm shudder under light load while converter was trying to lock. 
99000 mi

US $816
R side inner/outer CV boot defective; L inner CV boot replaced 

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2007 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

79000 mi

US $350
Outer CV joint boot torn, chose to replace entire axle rather than take a chance on later joint failure due to salt/sand intrusion. 

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2007 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 6-speed automated manual FWD

66960 mi

A $1600
Parking Brake Switch Failed 

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2006 Volkswagen Passat

Engine not specified

21000 mi Transmission valve body possible failure 

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2006 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

9000 mi Auto tranny had hard shift 1-2, 2-3. TSB addressed problem, but dealer tech tried another TSB Intake Runner fix. Problem still there, return trip tommorrow for TCM reflash. Might need new Valve body in auto tranny. 
9000 mi Auto tranny had hard shift 1-2, 2-3. TSB addressed problem, but dealer tech tried another TSB Intake Runner fix. Problem still there, return trip tommorrow for TCM reflash. Might need new Valve body in auto tranny. 
19000 mi Had "clunk" in driveline at low speeds when gently accelerating. Had "play" in right side inner CV joint. Had to order new half-shaft, not yet repaired. New half-shaft installed by dealer as Warranty Repair. 
64000 mi transmission pan gasket leak..repaired under CPO warranty 
65700 mi CV Boot replaced 
85300 mi

US $100
CV boots cracked. Inner and outer joint boots were replaced by owner on both axles. 
89700 mi hard shift from 1 to 2. Dealer replacing Valve Body for free. 
82000 mi There was a valve body recall for rough shifts. Driver had noticed these a couple of times. Replaced it, and also put in a new PCV valve under a recall. 
98000 mi

US $235
Drivers side CV joint clicking 
60000 mi

US $180
Replace left outer CV boot 
59000 mi Key is not getting released by the car when car is in park sometimes. Took to Dealer and could not get it to replicate. Happened 2 more times since visit to Dealer. Was able to get it to release by moving shifter through the gears. 
60000 mi

US $800
CV boot ruptured 
145860 mi

C $275
Found rip in right outer cv boot. 
148800 mi Hard shift from 6th to 5th (automatic) but not always. sometimes other gears. tried resetting several times but fix only lasts a short time. 
42000 mi

US $200
Cv boot replaced 
73000 mi

US $578
Replace cracked CV boot 
75000 mi

US $1200
Axle Boots showed tears, preventive replacement. 
131000 mi

US $450
Replaced axel & cv boots on both sides 
83000 mi

US $620
torn cv boot cover 
110500 mi

US $400
2nd time torn cv boot cover on left side 
50155 mi

US $185
both outer CV boots were splitting. Had both outer boots replaced. 

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2006 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

84000 mi Trouble shifting into 2, 4 or 6th. Dealer said "failed transmission". Independent said "nothing wrong," problem possibly fixed during dealer troubleshooting. Then problem started coming back, got rid of car. 
45000 mi Took vehicle in for routine maintenance. Upon inspection, mechanic discovered driver's side CV boot in need of replacement. Replaced under manufacturer's factory warranty. 
89700 mi

US $418
Clutch needed to be bled. CV boot needed replacement 
131000 mi

US $300
axle boot 
68000 mi

US $55
Torn driver's side CV boot replaced by owner. 

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2006 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

112000 mi

US $1100
When turning to the left car makes a noise and comes from the front wheel. Same thing with my last car but i forgot the part name 

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2006 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

70000 mi

US $280
Front differential axle seal was leaking. Seal replaced. 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

129300 mi Driver's side outer CV boot was torn, replaced with reman. VW unit. 
70000 mi Outer CV boots, front. 
42000 mi Torn CV boot 
52000 mi

US $250
Torn CV Boot replaced 
52000 mi

US $700
Replaced passenger side axle shaft due to defect CV. Total cost 691.23 
52000 mi

US $290
Replace CV joint boot---torn. Two days later noise --- clunking. Now the Trans-Axle needs work add another $600 
62000 mi

US $900
Boot replaced/constant velocity joint repaired/replaced on drivers side. The passenger side had same problem last year. 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

110000 mi

US $650
replaced both front axles 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual AWD

96000 mi

US $340
Replaced torn left front CV joint boot 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

189000 mi

US $1679
Thought trans was slipping. Dealer Sid needed new transmission. Took to indep shop trans did not need repair Replaced driver front CV boot 
200000 mi

US $1000
CV joint noise. Replaced both front axles with VW factory rebuilt axles. Shop had used Chinese aftermarket in the past on some vehicles but was not happy with longevity. 
191000 mi

US $2000
Transmission quit going in forward gears. Would go in reverse. Chunks in transmission pan. Replaced with 5 speed manual swap kit. 
45000 mi

US $574
Left front outer cv boot torn. Axle pulled, inspected, regreased with new boot installed. 
174180 mi

C $125
The CV joint boot was failing again after replaced 2 years ago. 
213900 mi

C $3000
Failure of torque converter 
137000 mi

US $1000
Replace transmission still under warranty. 
192820 mi

C $1400
Dmf was rattling and clutch was slipping. replaced with smf and new clutch. 
132791 mi

C $1699
Torque Converter popped. Transmission fluid leaked out. Scanning of error codes done by dealer. Mister Transmission replaced the converter, taken apart and cleaned all tran. components + fixed leak from differential. 
161200 mi Issues with transmission: Slipping in reverse and between gear 4-5 when car driven in traffic and/or highway for extended period of time (>1 hr). Assessment of transmission re-build $3000 by German transmission specialist. Repair not done 
138880 mi

C $300
Boots were ripped 
83700 mi

C $495
Cv boots replaced 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

124000 mi

US $330
CV boot failed - front left half shaft replaced 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

124300 mi Leaky seal. 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

67000 mi

US $3000
Boot was cracked; drive shaft needed to be replaced 
72000 mi

US $1500
One CV joint/boot was cracked and needed repair. Also voluntarily got new headlights. Oil was changed as well. 
54560 mi

C $625
cv joints replaced cracked boot 
81580 mi

C $500
Replaced booth CV joints because one side was cracked 
181300 mi replaced axle 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

100000 mi

US $2262
CV Joints worn, boots cracked, oil escaped, water/dirt entered. 
63420 mi

C $281
Rubber CV boot on passenger side split which if not repaired would eventually cause CV joint to foul and eventually fail. Axle removed from car, CV joint cleaned and re-greaseed, new boot installed. Bramgate VW did an excellent job fair $ 
146000 mi

US $1003
Passenger-side CV axle replaced. The boot had torn open resulting in damage to the CV joint which made a clicking sound when accelerating and turning. 
155000 mi The torque converter clutch in the automatic transmission is stuck open, causing the Check Engine Light to illuminate. Mileage is suffering by about 7mpg less than normal. 
181000 mi

US $2000
Transmission fluid leaking from fluid pump. Transmission replacement recommended. 
96000 mi

US $400
CV boots replaced. 
101060 mi

C $500
Replacement of previously diagnosed worn CV joint and boot. 
107260 mi

C $600
Split left outer CV joint boot. 
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 left outer CV joint. 
141360 mi

C $280
Replaced outer CV joint and CV joint boot. 
176700 mi

C $200
CV joint boots torn and repaired. 
178760 mi

C $400
Left outer CV joint replaced. Also welded exhaust joint 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

80600 mi

A $80
not changing gears smoothly and lurching occasionally when changing too. 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

65000 mi

US $260
The CV boot was torn and needed to be replaced. 

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2004.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

48980 mi

C $352
Passenger side CV Joint boot failed, had both the passenger and driver side replaced at my mechanic. 
81840 mi

C $153
Drives side CV boot torn at hub. Mechanic replaced. 
86800 mi

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

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2004.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual AWD

58000 mi

US $120
CV joint boot completely separated into two parts without obvious road hazard damage. Routine replacement.  
69000 mi

US $299
CV joint boot split, replaced without incident. 
78000 mi

US $135
Split CV joint boot replaced. 
113000 mi

US $330
2 ruptured CV joint boots, axles OK, just replaced boots. 

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2004.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

126000 mi

US $100
Driver's side out CV joint worn, boot torn. Rebuilt axle with new joint/boot. 

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2004.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual AWD

85560 mi

C $449
Boot replacement, 
93000 mi

C $400
Outside passenger side cv boot replacement 

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2004 Volkswagen Passat

Engine not specified

60120 mi

$400
Body valve and other mechanical issues 

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

62000 mi

US $120
Replaced passenger axle due to a tear in the CV boot. Self install 
149000 mi

US $25
Torn cv boot. Cleaned joint and replaced boot. Diy 
41700 mi

US $200
CV joint boot torn. New CV joint installed. 
145700 mi

C $225
replaced bad cv joint 
106000 mi

US $1200
both axels replaced due to worn/destroyed CV boots. 

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

40920 mi

C $250
Replace CV boot. 
63240 mi

C $350
replace front axle 
77500 mi

C $500
replace right axle 

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

52000 mi occasional hard shift under power. dealer documented but could not replicate. Didn't deny problem existed, just couldn't replicate. 

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

58000 mi

US $800
Replaced bad CV boot and re-lube. 
168480 mi

C $120
CV boot torn, boot replaced. 
49000 mi

US $185
Right CV boot 
61000 mi

US $350
Left CV boot 
158500 mi

US $150
Clicking Noise while turning to the right Replace right side CV Axle 
30000 mi

US $273
Torn right outer cv boot. 
58000 mi

US $180
A leaking seal in the rear differential. 
61000 mi

US $334
The car went in for its 60K mile service. They noticed a torn front CV boot and I had it replaced. There was also a burnt out driver's side fog light bulb that I had replaced. 
86700 mi

US $113
Split CV boot was discovered by dealer. Elected not to pay them $220. Retired mechanic father in law replaced whole axle assembly for $113.  
103500 mi

US $180
In looking over the gas tank issue, my father-in-law also noticed the outer left CV boot was tore. He replaced the whole axle assembly. 
68100 mi

US $675
While having new tires installed, mechanic noticed both front axles/CV joints needed replacement. 1st and 2nd replacement brand (Chinese)were not balanced properly (solid, not tubular). VW Orig parts installed. Aftermarket axles on VWs-NO! 

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

120700 mi

US $300
Had to replace both from axles.....it sucked. 
85500 mi Passenger CV Joint Outer Boot ripped and needed replaced. 
82000 mi

US $450
Axle replaced. 

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

50000 mi

US $340
Drivers side CV boot torn and spewing grease; cost of replacing CV boot only equal to cost of installing rebuilt half-shaft. Shop installed half-shaft. 
144000 mi Transmission suddenly leaked all fluid out while driving. Had car towed home and am attempting to sell; no longer interested in keeping it. 

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

45000 mi

US $510
During routine maintenance mechanic discovered right front CV boot cracked and leaking. CV boot replaced. 
49000 mi

US $70
replaced both drive axles- bad cv joints right & left 
75700 mi

US $525
Both CV joint boots were torn and were replaced. There may be damage to joint as there is still some noise. May mean axle will need to be replaced if noise gets worse. 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat

Engine not specified

98000 mi

US $7500
Transmission needed to be replaced 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

166000 mi

US $404
Right front CV axle replacement 
65000 mi

US $550
universal joints replced. 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

130000 mi replaced driver side axle due to torn cv boots 
120300 mi

US $85
Torn CV boot, replaced passenger side half shaft with new CV's and boots. 
89000 mi

US $1200
Broken CV joint. 
71300 mi

C $1500
Boots cracked, leaked lubricant, had to replace driveshafts (both). 
162680 mi

C $1500
Clutch bearing disintegrated, required replacement of pressure plates and related parts (flywheel OK). Clutch had about 100,000km on it but still had plenty of life if not for the bearing failure. 
41000 mi

US $140
CV joint boot failed, after hours of argument and research dealer agrees repair is covered by extended warranty purchased with the new car. Poor business practice at dealer. 
49000 mi

US $50
right front outer CV boot replaced. Alot of different style VW Passat cv joints; options to get correct part: auto or manual, 4 or 6 cyl engine, fwd or awd, model year, vin #(production month/year). 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

99000 mi

US $240
Replace torn front CV joint boot. 
166000 mi

US $3000
Replaced front torn CV boots and axles. 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

145000 mi

US $1900
rear differential leak 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

190-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed manual FWD

104000 mi

US $450
rebuilt front axle. Tear in CV, leaking grease and thump sound while driving. 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

100000 mi

US $300
CV joint 
70000 mi

US $670
cv boot 
160000 mi

US $239
Rough downshift from 2 to 1. Replaced N91 solenoid on valve body. Also replaced filter and fluid for 4th time. 
162000 mi

US $140
Transmission fluid temperature sensor gave intermittent failure message in computer log. Had to replace solenoid wiring harness inside transmission, which meant dropping pan again. 
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 mi

US $105
Driver's side axle CV joint worn out. Entire axle was replaced. 
66000 mi Was told by new owner that it needed axles (CV joints)? Replaced boots at 58k and axles were good. 
69003 mi

US $315
Replace right, outer CV boot 
133700 mi

US $300
Broken u joint 
72000 mi

US $250
Replaced front right CV boot 
208000 mi

US $60
CV boot ripped - replaced both inner/outer boots. 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

67000 mi

US $390
Both left and right CV axles were replaced beacause of torn outer CV boots. 
151300 mi

US $250
Front-left CV joint clicking, replaced CV joint and axle with cheap chinese part. 
95000 mi

US $100
Torn CV boot replaced on the passenger side. 
105000 mi

US $35
Torn driver side CV boot. Replaced the boot myself. $35 for parts. 
155500 mi

US $35
Torn passenger side CV boot (again). Replaced the boot myself. $35 for parts. 
166000 mi

US $175
torn cv joint boots,  
83000 mi

US $1350
CV boots busted, axles were clicking around turns. Had axles/cv replaced. Now car vibrates badly when driving. 
102000 mi

US $600
CV Boot cracked AGAIN, boot unable to be removed from axle, had to replace entire drivers side axle. 
134500 mi

US $250
Car was making noise when turning steering wheel to left; replaced front drive axle 
157851 mi

US $599
Both right and left outer CV boots were split open. Right CV Joint also had to be replaced. 
87700 mi

US $321
2 CV axles replaced. 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

270-horsepower 4.0L W8 6-speed manual AWD

116000 mi

US $500
CV boots were torn upon buying car, CV joints were bad, replaced axles. 
118000 mi

US $200
Aftermarket replacement axle failed due to defective product. Was replaced under warranty. 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

120000 mi took in for diagnostic for intermittent engine light. needs new transmission. can't justify cost at this time and will be trading in. Loved this car, but maintenance costs are high 
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 mi

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 mi

US $600
Transmission output shaft seal was replaced 
87000 mi

US $500
Driver side half axle was replaced. Outer CV boot was ripped. 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

80012 mi

US $205
Replace CV Boot 
88000 mi

US $1300
Drive axle replaced. $270 
104000 mi

US $175
Replace drive boot. 
114700 mi

US $125
Replace torn boot. 
110980 mi

$5000
Working great one day. Dead the next. Wouldn't shift into any gears, dealer called and said it had failed and needs to be removed to detail further. Gutted. 

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2002.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

58000 mi

US $370
Drivers side CV boot was torn. Had to have the entire drivers side axle replaced. 
65000 mi

US $350
passenger side CV joint boot was torn. axle was clicking when taking turn. Had the entire passenger side axle replaced with a new one. 

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2002.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

63240 mi

$150
CV joint boot replacement 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat

Engine not specified

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

94000 mi Half axles needed to be replaced when sold. 
6500 mi

US $130
Replaced both CV Joints and wheel bearings in front. Failing CV Joints will cause bearings to go bad if unattended. 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

83000 mi

US $442
Preventative work - Boots around front axles very deeply cracked. replaced both. 
136000 mi

US $334
replaced cv and boot. 
147700 mi

US $280
right CV boot ripped and replaced. Load check done on alternator. 
109500 mi

US $145
Torn R/F CV boot, discovered during annual state inspection. CV joint was still in good shape, shop R&R'd the boot while I waited. 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

94860 mi

C $520
While driving in the city at about 30 km/h inner joint of driver-side axle shaft suddenly self destructed (greasy bearings all over the road) leaving the car stranded with no drive. Replaced entire assembly with new part and two hours labour. 
106640 mi

C $200
While changing to summer wheels, I noticed front passenger outer drive-shaft boot was shredded. Had local mechanic replace the part. 
166000 mi

US $450
Replaced driver's side axle due to leaking boot and worn universal joint. 
99000 mi

US $120
Replaced both drive axles when I discovered the CV boots were torn. 
125074 mi

US $832
Replace left exhaust flex pipe, replace l/f axle 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

85000 mi

US $143
replaced output shaft seal it was leaking transmission oil 
103500 mi

US $750
fluid leak 
95000 mi

US $800
the transmission was found to be leaking because it needed a new prop shaft seal or something on the transmission...it was pretty expensive between the diagnostic and the repair..almost 600 dollars.  
101000 mi

US $760
transmission slipping and interior shifter mechanism loose...they repaired the shifting mechanism but it still feels like the gears are slipping.. 
102000 mi

US $760
the tranmission still sounds funny...a guy who had a VW Passat in the past told me that his did the same thing and it turned out to be an electrical harness or something rather than the actual transmision. I am looking further into this 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

190-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed manual FWD

123000 mi

US $600
split CV boot needed replacement 

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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. 
86000 mi

US $250
Both outer CV boots cracked and leaking grease. Had both boots replaced with OEM parts by an independent mechanic. 
70000 mi

US $60
CV Joint Boot torn and replaced. 
62207 mi

US $931
CV Boot replaced, new tires 
66000 mi

US $24
Passenger side constant velocity (CV) boot failed and threw grease inside wheel well. 
71700 mi

US $21
Replaced drivers side VC joint. 
125000 mi

US $250
Drivers side CV joint boot was split and needed to be replaced 
95000 mi

US $450
Driver-front axle replaced 
230000 mi

US $250
Replaced torque converter. 
76627 mi

US $1355
Replace both front axles with VW axles  
118000 mi

US $2624
Right outer CV boot replaced. 
157000 mi

US $493
Replaced some axle parts on each front side based on muffled ratcheting sound we noticed. Long trip after repair and seemed more solid and noise gone. 
90978 mi

C $1063
Left and right CV axle shaft assemblies were replaced. 
91000 mi

US $2500
Transmission had to be rebuilt. 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

64000 mi

US $500
CV joint (new axle installed).  
72000 mi

US $300
Left front axle 
156000 mi

US $300
cv boots 
170000 mi

US $354
Replaced left and right CV joints 
98000 mi

US $600
Front CV axles replaced 
67000 mi

US $296
Replaced passenger outer CV boot - broken 
78500 mi

US $975
Replace driver's side outer CV Boot, Replace valve cover gasket, replace vacuum hoses 
65000 mi

US $1500
CV boots 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

71000 mi

US $4500
Transmission was discovered to be burned out. 
76500 mi

US $1500
Leaking transmission seal 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

190-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed manual FWD

188000 mi

US $200
Broken drivers side cv axel 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automatic 2WD

50000 mi

US $600
Right front axle shaft damaged 
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

Engine not specified

128000 mi

US $525
CV joint replaced 

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2001.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

112000 mi

US $299
Replaced drivers side outer cv boot. installed whole aftermarket axle. 
115000 mi

US $150
Replaces passenger side cv axle, boot failed. 

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2001.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

106000 mi

US $2300
Axle service for both front axels, and new CV boots. 
94300 mi

US $1200
Replaced front axle. 
137300 mi

US $1800
cv boot, front axle,  

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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 mi

US $350
Both CV boots this time. 

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2001.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

73000 mi

US $100
Right outer CV joint boot failed. Grease observed in wheel well. Right drive axle assembly replaced. 
85000 mi

US $97
Driver side half shaft was replaced due to failed outer CV joint boot. 
184700 mi

US $70
Torn CV boots on both front axles 
107000 mi

US $600
CV BOOTS HAD TO BE REPLACED DUE TO TEARS. DEALER DID BRIEF INSPECTION OF VEHICLE BECAUSE CAR WAS IN SHOP FOR IGNITION COIL RECALL. ALL 4 IGNITION COILS REPLACED AT NO COST TO ME DUE TO RECALL. TOTAL COST FOR REPLACEMENT OF BOTH CV BOOTS WAS $600. 

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2001.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

147940 mi

C $350
Cv joint replaced 
87000 mi

US $950
CV boot on one front wheel was torn. Replaced CV boot. 

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2001 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 150hp 1.8L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

121000 mi

US $70
Transmission failed 

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2001 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 150hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

100000 mi

US $250
right front CV joint and boot 
109000 mi

US $360
replaced driver side CV boot and joint 

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2001 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

125000 mi

US $200
CV boot was torn 

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2001 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

190-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed manual FWD

38000 mi

US $450
CV shaft needed to be replaced 

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2001 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 150hp 1.8L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

130000 mi

US $200
Replaced worn CV boots 

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2001 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 150hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

73000 mi

US $350
Grinding in transmission. Drained transmission fluid and found metal. Diagnosed probably failing. 
95000 mi

US $627
Outer CV boot torn. 

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2001 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

5-cylinder manual 2WD

62000 mi

£500
CVT boot replaced front right 

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2000 Volkswagen Passat

Engine not specified

178000 mi

US $3400
Pump in trans went and blew seal, along with computer. That's what they told me. 

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 150hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

82500 mi

£200
LH CV joint whining 
102300 mi

£85
CV boot splitting 
142000 mi

£183
Offside outer CV boot split 
104000 mi

US $1200
CV joint;  
100700 mi CV boot 

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

194680 mi

C $305
Leaking differential seal replaced. 

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

190-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed manual FWD

167000 mi One CV joint was beginning to make noise on full right turns.  
138880 mi

C $3125
transmission synchros replaced 
147560 mi

C $1200
CV joints replaced. 

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 150hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

138000 mi

US $1100
New CV joint 

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder manual 2WD

196000 mi

US $600
Rt Frt cv shaft axle replacement 
59000 mi

US $1400
Clutch related. Car died. Has had clutch problems before. Manual 5 speed. 

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1999 Volkswagen Passat

Engine not specified

146000 mi Third gear began grinding and gears would randomly stop physically being able to move into position. Forcing it into gear would make weird sounds, the only way to fix it was to wiggle the shifter around until it finally fit into place. 

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1999 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automatic 2WD

140000 mi

US $400
cv shaft left 

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1999 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

150040 mi

C $310
ASHR right front axle replaced. 
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 mi Remanufactorered transmission found bad. Ordered another transmission Installed new transmission 
73000 mi

US $330
Rough shifting 

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1999 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

137000 mi

£286
replace n/s cv joint 

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Volkswagen Passat Transmission Problems

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