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2012 Volkswagen Passat repairs by problem area

Engine (30%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (4%)

Brakes and Traction Control (1%)

Suspension and Steering (8%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (31%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (19%)

Other (7%)

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2012 Volkswagen Passat electrical repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (2%)

$500 - $999 (5%)

$100 - $499 (11%)

< $100 (82%)

Chart based on 44 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2012 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

3700 mi compass module failed and caused short which discharged battery 

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2012 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

60000 mi Clock spring recall 
5000 mi Antenna for keyless start replaced. 
13000 mi Keyless start error returned. Dealer reprogrammed both keys and the problem has no returned. Error with satellite radio causing it not to function. Would happen several times each week. Replaced roof antenna. Previous satellite radio error fix unsuccessful. Replaced entire radio/nav unit and so far the problem has not returned. 
23000 mi Passenger headlamp error. Bulb replacement didn't remedy. Dealer had to order new bulb holder and found the old to be melted. 
20000 mi Headlight socket melted and headlight stopped working. Dealer replaced headlight assembly. 
21000 mi Sunvisor replaced as light would not shut off. Replacement sunvisor light also would not shut off. Replaced again. 
26000 mi Navigation system started freezing and acting erratic. Reset and updated firmware, even though dealer had no idea updated firmware for unit existed 
17000 mi Garage door opener on visor 
3000 mi Rear tail light replacement 
6000 mi Driver's side power seat (memory function) didn't work. Needed to replace the seat motor. 
11000 mi Passenger overhead light, drivers side lock switch, passenger side window switch,  
15000 mi Drivers side power mirror will not work. When selecting drivers side the passenger mirror will adjust. When select passenger the passenger will adjust. Drivers side can only be adjusted manually with force. 
31000 mi Passenger power mirror stopped tilting down, tried to fix twice and finally got it on the third try. Kessy failed and needed to be reset. Bluetooth then malfunctioned. Each on seperate occassions. 
38000 mi Kessy system stopped working 
40000 mi kessy system again 
50500 mi

US $250
Since the day I bought the car the battery has occasionally gone dead and required a jump start. The dealer always said the battery was fine. This time they said it was fine but during a software update in the shop it failed completely. 
40840 mi driving light burnt out. Covered under warranty 
52700 mi

C $120
Ac leaking. 
58000 mi

US $112
Dealer re-calibrated exhaust sensor 
165000 mi

US $500
Car not starting intermittently. Door ajar light on for a couple months, replaced door switch assembly 
56000 mi

US $50
Replaced faulty trunk latch, lock and actuator. Open trunk switch did not work. Head up display never showed trunk open, trunk light would not illuminate. 
84500 mi updated radio software 
29000 mi Failed battery two months after warranty ended 
33700 mi Failed left front headlight. Headlight assembly replaced. 
11700 mi Passenger side rearview mirror was not moving down when in reverse 
20500 mi The driver side headlamp was out and it was determined that the driver side headlight unit needed to be replaced. 
48000 mi Headlight housing recall. Passenger side headlight housing contacts had failed. 
83000 mi Clockspring broke while I was turning around in my driveway - with a very discernible "pop" sound within my steering column. The airbag warning light came on immediately, and I knew what had happened. Common problem, recall. 
57000 mi Body control module failed 
26500 mi

US $250
Battery failed after 2.5 years. Replacement excluded from warranty. 
20000 mi Sirius radio is intermittent. 
20000 mi First replacement head did not fix the Sirius cutting out problem and added a screen to dark issue. Second replacement head fixed screen problem, improved but did not completely fix Sirius issue. 
23000 mi Third replacement head to fix Sirius radio cutting out. So far so good. 
33700 mi Battery failed 600 miles after warrantee ran out. Car had to be towed in. 
30960 mi Fuel Gauge intermittent. 
33000 mi Two speaker related rattles. One fixed by replacing bolt. One not fixed yet (part on order). 

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2012 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

1000 mi Dealer kept me waiting 4 hours and didn't do a thing to resolve the problems. One-touch windows and rain-sensing wipers not working. Sold car. 

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2012 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

10000 mi Left rear window motor issue. Replaced the motor. 
12000 mi Grinding sound was occurring when windshield wipers were in use. Dealer stated bearing failing in wiper motor. Ordered replacement motor. 
33000 mi Right rear taillight went out 
36000 mi One of the 4 rear backup sensors failed. A replacement sensor was ordered by the dealer and I was told they would call me when it came in. 
53000 mi License plate light bulb. Charged for half an hour of labor. 
31000 mi Battery had to be replaced 
37820 mi AC water condenser drain tube installed incorrectly during factory assembly. Water drained inside the car. New carpet liner replaced. A/C water hose installation corrected. 
56120 mi Driver door lock actuator mechanism. 
Left rear door not locking - faulty actuator 
25000 mi Passenger side vanity light stayed on. Required new visor. 
14000 mi About a week after replacement of headliner, I noticed that daylight running lights were ALWAYS on - previous functionality missing. Also LED indicators next to shift lever were dark. Full check carried out and defects rectified. 
16000 mi Turning of steering wheel produced slight clicking noise (sounded like a small ratchet malice shop manager guessed that a clock spring in the steering column was at fault. Turns out that the airbag was making the noise. Clicking is still present 
19000 mi This was a continuation of the "clicking sound" in the steering wheel when turning. After installation of 2 faulty airbags as remedies, it was indeed determined that faulty airbags were the cause. This took lots of effort to nail down. 
22200 mi Drivers side headlight out. Had to repair wiring. I believe there has been a recall for this or similar issue. 
28000 mi Passenger side headlight out. 
83000 mi

US $600
power rear window end-of-travel sensor failed. Totally discharged battery within 24 hours. 
16000 mi

US $1166
AC needed major overhaul. 
26000 mi

US $90
Replaced Battery 
40000 mi Wiper motor replaced. 

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2012 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 2.5L I5 5-speed manual FWD

33000 mi Air Conditioner blowing hot air. This was the second time in one year for this condition. Dealer repaired. 
36300 mi Air Conditioner not working. Dealer stated it was OK, but again it was not working one week later. 
42000 mi

US $200
Air conditioner has been repaired now 4 times. 3 times at the dealer, who last said everything was working properly, but it was not. As winter approached, I let it go. Took car to my regular shop and found the Freon refill valve broken. 
2000 mi Third repair rear windows would not go down. 
26100 mi Front passenger window slow to go up. Sometimes when auto-up is used, the window would go almost to the top and then would auto-reverse and go down instead. 
10000 mi DRL bulb out when car was purchased. Dealer fixed at no cost to me because of warranty. 
26000 mi Compas module came loose from trunk lid mounting. Re-attached by technician. 
39000 mi

US $50
Lock mechanism in drivers side door was non responsive, replaced under warranty. 

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2012 Volkswagen Passat Electrical Problems

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