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Volkswagen Passat repairs by problem area

Engine (0%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (53%)

Brakes and Traction Control (5%)

Suspension and Steering (9%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (27%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (0%)

Other (6%)

Chart based on 3439 repairs.
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Volkswagen Passat engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (3%)

$1000 - $2499 (17%)

$500 - $999 (22%)

$100 - $499 (43%)

< $100 (14%)

Chart based on 908 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 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 6-speed manual FWD

3700 mi Car lost programming. Had to be towed to dealer. Reprogramming fixed problem. 
12300 mi check engine light came on. Dealer found no problem and reset it 

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2015 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

11000 mi flashing glow plug light on. Computer module replaced, no help. Turbo replaced, fixed problem. 
18700 mi We had trouble with the engine running properly. They discovered a wire that shorted out occasionally. 

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2015 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

-horsepower 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Secondary air exhaust system. Error codes p2440 and p0491 at 200 miles on the odometer. Check engine light came on. Replaced combination valve after talking to VW service. Trip 1 Secondary air exhaust system. Error codes p2440 and p0491 at 250 miles on the odometer. Check engine light came on. Replaced hose leading to combination valve after talking to VW service. Trip 2. CEL set to off. Secondary air exhaust system. Error code p0491 the very next day. Check engine light came on. The hose leading to the combination valve was re-fixed as the attachment and removal of it caused it to become loose. Trip 3. 
2000 mi Secondary air exhaust system. Error code P0491 at 750 miles on the odometer. Check engine light came on. Replaced entire secondary exhaust system. Trip 4. 
10000 mi Squeaking sound from left tyre audible at low speeds. Caliper was digging into the rotor and caused minor damage and caused squeaking. After repair, some noise gone, but still remains. Will take it back. Groaning sound from the driver window when it comes up. 
11700 mi Took the car to another dealer. For the squeaking sound, they tightened wheel nuts claiming the previous dealership didn't do it correctly. The problem re-appeared as soon as the car left this 2nd dealership. For the groaning window, they replaced 2 window seals. But the problem still exists after taking it back from the 2nd dealership. 

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2014 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

45000 mi

US $55
Bad heater core 
56000 mi Heater core clogged. Shows CEL with EGR Cooling System code. Common problem due to poor design. VW replaced for free after some convincing. 

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2014 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

20000 mi One of the two electric cooling fans failed, disintegrating while vehicle was at highway speed. 
1000 mi Serious ventilation issues. Fan needs to be run on High (loud) with most of the air directed to the windshield to keep it defrosted in the winter. Dealer recommended monthly cabin air filter changes. They have inadequate airflow. 
2300 mi Replaced fuel tank. Couldn't fill the tank with fuel. It would immediately splash back. Something wrong with the crash protection check valves I believe. 
27000 mi

US $132
very poor ventilation. fan needs to be run on high speeds, and even then window fogging is evident in cold (0 degree) temps. This cars HVAC system is lacking. The fan noise is horrible. This is a great car without a decent HVAC system. 
30000 mi antifreeze smell, leak 
34000 mi

US $60
ongoing issues with cabin airflow. very poor system. filter plugs almost instantly. 
38000 mi In addition to poor airflow issues. Dealer thinks heater core has failed. Car blows cold air and will not defrost. 
49000 mi Heater core was defective from factory and was only allowing heated/cooled air to parts of the car. Defrost didn't work when it was cold. All work was done at no charge, even though warranty expired long ago. 
10000 mi VCDS diagnostic said: P040D 00, EGR Temperature Sensor 1,: Signal too High. 60pin ECM engine wiring harness replaced, as well as EGR1 sensor. 
15000 mi Diesel fuel tank vent leaking. Fuel tank replaced. 
20000 mi Very little heat to passenger foot well. Clogged heater core diagnosed. Heater core replaced. 
35000 mi Driver's seat memory faulty. Replaced driver's seat position module 
37000 mi Nav unit had split screen on startup. Software update performed, tech bulletin 91-15-03 
51000 mi Code P203B00: AdBlue level sensor defective. AdBlue kit installed. 
31000 mi Turbo Failed 
71000 mi

US $120
Replaced heater core 
105000 mi Heater core 
24000 mi Check engine light on. Pump that injects AdBlue fluid into exhaust stream had failed. This technique used on diesel engines to reduce pollutants. 
27280 mi there was no heat coming out from passenger side vents. heating core replaced, covered by recall. 
44000 mi In tank fuel pump malfunctioned sending metal throughout fuel system. Replaced fuel pump, lines, injectors, lines, high pressue pump. 
21000 mi Fender Audio/Nav unit failed. Manually rebooting the unit sometimes re-enabled it. 
77000 mi No heat passenger side. Heater core blocked due manufacturers defect. Vehicle was subject of VW repair program 

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2014 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

34000 mi Ignition Coil Bad 

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2013.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

84000 mi

US $3240
Blue heating unit and turbo boost pipe 

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2013 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

28280 mi Check Engine Code P048C. Needed to replace exhaust flap for particulate system. Dealer thought the low kilometres caused it. Cost $ 700 but covered by warranty. 
31000 mi Needed a new urea heater for the ad-blue emission injection system. 
47000 mi Diesel Exhaust Fluid heater module failed, tripping warning light on dash. Module replaced by dealer under CA emissions warranty. 
59000 mi Intercooler had sprung a very small leak, thus slowly loosing coolant. 
60300 mi

US $25
Interior trunk damper strut bracket had come detached (broken welds) from the chasis where it was attached.rnrnVolkswagen of America agreed to pay 75% of costs to repair, with car already out of warranty. 
67000 mi

US $198
Starter battery failed to start car. Replaced battery at dealer using Volkswagen of America $500 credit card provided to me as a TDI owner affected by diesel cheating scandal. 
13000 mi Failed turbo. Replaced basically everything from the exhaust manifold back. 
10000 mi Diesel Exhaust Fluid leak from claimed faulty cap though I suspect dealer error as occurred only shortly after 10K service. 
36000 mi Door rattle and wind noise with driver door 
82000 mi

US $1700
Cooling fan fragmented and cut radiator 
15000 mi Faulty design on the 2013 tdi turbos. 
41000 mi

US $100
Sway bar end links went bad 
82700 mi

US $100
3rd sway bar end link that went bad 
89000 mi

US $60
leaking engine coolant. won't fix because because it is being bought back. rnNever buying VW again Leaking oil. Not fixing because it is being bought back. NEVER BUYING A VW AGAIN. 
91000 mi Leaking oil and coolant when bought back. 
11000 mi Inner trunk trim was loose at delivery, dealer ordered new part but it is not yet available. 
47700 mi O2 sensor, VW decided to replace under warranty 
58000 mi

US $15
No heat on passenger side. Bad heater core. Part is on backorder. Heater core replaced, problem solved 
74000 mi Heat not working, second time 
72700 mi

US $300
Heater core needed replacement for the 2nd time since new. 
16000 mi turbo failure passenger side rear seat release cable would not allow rear seat to fold down clutch pedal clicks when engaged AND outside temp is below 32F AND cabin temp is warmed up. 
22700 mi Drivers side Seat pan developed crack in v-tex. VWoA denied claim. Currently in dispute. 
33000 mi Reattach rear spoiler 
50000 mi

US $300
Replace front sway bar links 
94000 mi no heat in cabin; replace heater core; flush; refill with antifreeze 
70700 mi engine light came on Day after 70k service. Ad Blue diesel sensor (level & temp sensor) failed and will require $1200 service. isn't covered by current law or warranty. Widespread, costly problem w VW diesels. car is sitting until buyback 

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2013 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

6000 mi Battery dead after leaving the parking lights on. However when checked it was found defective and dealer replace it free of charge. 
28000 mi Transmision linkage clip broke. So you could not put the car in gear. They order the new clip and replace. 
44500 mi Turbo failed! Also the transmission has a delay or shifts hard between 2 and 3 gears. 
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! 
49000 mi The fuel line for the turbo was defective. Had it replaced and solve the issue. This is the 3rd time I was stranded in the middle of the highway! So traded the car in for a GTI! 
47000 mi

US $400
Oxygen sensor was replaced 
78000 mi

US $800
Heater core had to be replaced, system was flushed due to plugged/contaminated core. Passenger side would not blow warm heated air. There is a technical service bulletin on this design problem. Dealer has done 100% of on time maintenance. 
86000 mi

US $1200
Urea system sensor went bad. Had to replace urea tank by removing bumper and replacing entire system. 
27200 mi Radio had to have a hard reset performed in order to receive XM Sirius signal. 
63000 mi

US $1100
The heater for the ad-blue injection system clogged and burn out. Replacement part included the injection pump and heater as one assembly. Also replaced wire connector and hose connectors. An extended warranty has now been issued for this. 
27300 mi Emissions Service Action 23N5-ECM software update to prevent turbocharger failure in extreme cold weather conditions 
30000 mi

US $550
Broken wheel bearing 
36300 mi Sensor came on with check engine light for adding Blue this is for TDI technology 
71000 mi Had to replace Oxygen Censor Satellite radio works intermittently. 
117000 mi

US $375
sway bar was worn and lose on left side replace both sides of front tire sway bar parts 
133300 mi

US $393
Broken wire to air cooler pump circuit my check engine light came on 
44000 mi The heat sensor in the adBlue tank failed. VW repaired it at no charge. 
48000 mi Turbo hose came loose.  Fault in an engine control module. 
59000 mi Fuel pump shattered sending pieces throughout the fuel system. 
11000 mi Rear deck squeak. Not fixed. Dash rattle. Not fixed 
25000 mi Radiator leak. Smelled coolant after driving. No visible loss of fluid. Full radiator replacement after testing showed a leak when under pressure. 
26000 mi Driver side power seat would not move forward. Stuck in wife's position and I could not drive my car. After 1 full day of testing, they had to overnight new circuit board. Loaner car provided at the end of day 1. Driver side power seat lumbar not inflating. After 1 full day of testing, they had to overnight new circuit board. Loaner car provided at the end of day 1. 
40700 mi

US $400
Cam sensor failure. Car would not start. Quoted $1400 repair. Escalated to VW USA and got 75% of costs covered out of warranty. 
42000 mi

US $503
Alternator 
Radiator needed replacement 
44000 mi Vehicle was loosing coolant. Dealer replaced water pump. 
49000 mi

US $180
Battery died. Was replaced. Also 1 recall was fixed (steering wheel clock spring). 
52500 mi Hesitation after cold start. Injector lines and injectors replaced. 
4060 mi Sunroof hard to open, stop in the middle and makeing dragging/clicking noise. Cause: sunshade guide was jammed. Fixed in dealership for no cost by warranty. 
27900 mi Fuel gauge intermittently shows zero after starting to drive. Fuel gauge sender removed+reinstalled, electric fuel pump removed+reinstalled. 
62000 mi The drivers side door freezes and will not open with temperatures below 32. Service Bulletin No.: TT-57-14-01 
117000 mi Passenger side heater core was clogged up and needed to be replaced. TSB. DEF Heater failed. Replaced under the extended warranty. Rear passenger window would not roll back up. 
25800 mi AdBlue tank and pump had to be replaced because of a bad sensor. 
29000 mi Drivers door lock would not open using keyfob remote or switch on the drivers door. Dealer replaced locking mechanism under warranty. 
43000 mi engine fuel filter developed a leak. Repaired under parts warranty. 
36000 mi Car wouldn't turn off. Some electrical problem. 
22000 mi

US $150
rear underbody wind noise due to flapping body part. Was missing bolts, probably due to backing over something; were replaced Sluggish audio response; rear camera took forever to display 
39000 mi Fuel rail replacement 
19000 mi

US $345
The glow plug light flashed and the car went into limp mode. Dealership drained the diesel and replaced the fuel filter. Error codes indicated that the problem was caused by substandard fuel. 
22000 mi Glow plug light began to flash and the check engine light came on as well. Drove to VW dealer who was close by. High pressure fuel pump was defective and had to be replaced. 
3000 mi Sunroof squeals when opening. 
30000 mi Squeal when opening sunroof. Fixed it with lubrication. 
37000 mi Check engine light came on. 
48000 mi Needed a jump start, then had some "check engine" indications. Diagnosis is the battery should be replaced. 
15700 mi Dealer replaced head light assembly, after third buld replacement. 
45000 mi

US $85
Driver's side seat belt sensor malfunctioned. I took the vehicle into the dealership, but we couldn't duplicate the malfunction, which was a constant dinging of the fasten your seatbelt audible warning. 
47000 mi

US $463
Check Engine light came on required new O2 sensor. 
59000 mi

US $450
Drivers side door would not lock or unlock. You had to enter the vehicle through the passenger side. 
65000 mi

US $100
Tire inflator sensor. 
69000 mi

US $430
Diesel particulate filter. It was a software issue. I believe my son had made frequent short trips that that had not activated a DPF regen cycle. Charge mostly for diagnostics. 
1240 mi

C $90
chip and several minor nick on Windshield. The chip was a road hazard but it seem that the windshield is week Left rear door squeaked when very cold 
20700 mi Adblue (urea) additive was not serviced properly the first time SI I got a 300 km left warning message. When back to the dealer and they filled it properly. Apparently the mechanics forgot to do the job the first time... Fixed. 
58900 mi Heather core défective. This item was colères by va nous cost 
69000 mi

US $64
Turbo went, replaced. Replaced particulate filter system which was full of oil. 
104300 mi

US $500
Bad NOX Sensor 
52000 mi Had an alarm ID'd in Canada Nov/14 as the ad-blue tank heater. (OBD2 alm 205C). "Portfolio Protection" repair insurance covered it. (the bill would have been about $1K.) The repair kit was priced at $625, then labor on top. 
69000 mi Turbocharger blew on I29 in SD. Had it aqnd many other components replaced by Graham Automotive VW dealer in Sioux Falls. VW had extended the turbo warranty on this 2013 Passat to 120000 miles so I lucked out. A "hidden" warranty. Figure. 
71000 mi Engine light came ON , 80 miles after turbo replacement. Drove from South Dakota to Texas. VW of Corpus Christi found that a grommet had been overlooked during the turbo repair. Fixed as part of the extended warranty on the turbo. 
60000 mi Oxygen sensor 
68700 mi Fuel pressure code sent. Cleared code has not returned. 
98000 mi

US $673
AdBlue heater failure. Replace heater & temperature sensor. 
100000 mi

US $409
Check engine light came on. I investigated with VCDS software, and found that the code was most likely caused by a faulty front O2 sensor. Dealer confirmed and replaced the sensor. 
56000 mi Def Blue heater went out. Dealer repaired at no charge. 
94000 mi exhaust flap failed at 90K but dealer said it caused the failure of the particulate filter and it's not covered past 80k 
22000 mi Oxygen Sensor was faulty, replaced at no cost. 
25000 mi CEL came on, was able to drive to dealer, an emission sensor was diagnosed as faulty and was replaced 
4000 mi Stains in the roof liner around the sunroof. Dealer cleaned out the drain tubes on both sides and problem was cured. 
10500 mi Failed Turbo Charger and Catalytic Convertor as a result of the failed turbo 
25000 mi Both tie rod ends were replaced. In all fairness to the dealer/manufacturer we had an excessive amount of pot-holes during the spring-thaw this year . . . I obviously hit most of them. 
43000 mi

US $350
Rear Driver Side Door Handle Locking Mechanism Would Engage & Re-Engage Every Time the Cars Speed Went Below & Back Above 10 mph 
48000 mi

US $850
Driver's side wheel bearing was making a lot of noise - dealer replaced and test drove. Found the passenger side was also worn and making noise but had been masked by the driver's side. Both front wheel bearings replaced. 
81000 mi Rear Trunk License Plate Light Bulbs & Harnesses. Lights would not work because the harnesses had corroded to the point they were non-functional and in need of full replacement. 
85000 mi

US $300
3 Sway bar linkages worn out and replaced Bottom protective spoiler/pan underneath engine came loose and was dragging on the road. The estimate to replace the pan was $850. I had the part removed from the vehicle. 
75000 mi

US $570
Exhaust control valve was stuck open. they replaced the valve(flap) 
25000 mi Temperature sensor in the adblue tank was defective turning on the Check Engine light. Dealer replaced under warranty. 
21000 mi drivers door trim out of position causing wind noise. Also did 20K mile service: Oil change, fill Adblue and other normal service items. All ok. 
39000 mi Heater stopped putting out heat. Dealer installed new heater core. There is a TSB for this problem. Also did the 40K service including tranny service 
49700 mi Oxygen sensor indicator light. 

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2013 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

54700 mi Original equipment battery died after 25 months of use. 
72300 mi

US $1300
check engine light, transmission service light and check gas cap messages appeared intermittently. Replaced map sensor, purge valve, clean throttle body, fuel pump relay 
6000 mi Intermittently, the engine will shudder at stop signs and red lights for just a second or two. The Dealer downloaded new firmware to the ECM, but the problem is not fixed. Car had to be towed in one month after purchase for a stuck vavlve. 

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2012 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

65000 mi

US $1200
Heating element in the emissions fluid tank 
114700 mi Adblue heater 
70000 mi

US $150
replaced intake manifold absolute pressure sensor 

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2012 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

43700 mi Nitrous sensor was not working correctly, ordered part but then it started to function normally again without repair after a day or two. 
5000 mi Replaced faulty oxygen sensor. Antenna for keyless start replaced. 
13000 mi CEL illuminated 2x. Dealer performed recall to fix. 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. 
37300 mi CEL for nox sensor. Software update performed. 
3000 mi The cosmetic trim that covered the sunroof track was cracked. Dealer replaced part. 
20000 mi Headlight socket melted and headlight stopped working. Dealer replaced headlight assembly. Trim around radio was creaking. 
21500 mi Sunvisor replaced as light would not shut off. Replacement sunvisor light also would not shut off. Replaced again. Steering wheel airbag was rattling and cover was warping. Airbag replaced. 
23000 mi Creaking on turning the wheel. Caused by heat shield touching steering gear. 
26000 mi Navigation system started freezing and acting erratic. Reset and updated firmware, even though dealer had no idea updated firmware for unit existed 
6000 mi Check Engine Light came on. A VW TSB said engine management software needed to be updated. Update done while I waited. No cost; no issues. 
16000 mi Turbo leaking oil. Noticed while on rack for oil change. Dealer replaced turbo under warranty. 
30000 mi Squeeky seat, bolts replaced still happening 
56000 mi

US $50
Took in for cel, o2 sensor recall item 
58000 mi High pressure fuel pump died 
60000 mi Clock spring recall 
49000 mi AdBlue heater went bad. Apparently this is a common issue in warmer climates ironically. 
11000 mi Headliner pulling away at door Seat discomfort 
22000 mi Fuel line leak 
5500 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,  sunroof trim, and both front door exterior molding (all replaced). 
16000 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 
61000 mi

US $500
AdBlue Sensor - Heat Element 
142000 mi

US $70
Check engine light on. Was related to urea tank heater, module needs tone replaced per code. This will be over $1000, and tank never froze during 2 months light was on. VW emissions a joke as we know. I refused repair at this time 
32000 mi Dash top had voids in foam under cover. These areas became obvious when heat swelled vinyl covering creating bubbles on dash top. 
42000 mi Failed urea heater. Part still on order. 
57000 mi Fuel return line separated. Body control module failed The fuel return line repair was quoted at $500 at the dealer. I made a temporary repair with shrink tubing and two clamps. 
57000 mi Engine would not start. Dealer found bad relay. 
9300 mi Leak at fuel filter canister gasket. Fuel filter canister (and FF) replaced, Safety Recall 20R7 
32000 mi Nox sensor/module set CEL, "out of range". ECM was reflashed to correct the issue 
35000 mi Failed left front headlight. Headlight assembly replaced. 
9000 mi bad driver's side cv joint, bad steering wheel (replaced), trunk doesn't open all the way 
11000 mi Homelink, the three-way remote system on the driver's visor used to open garage doors, fell off and onto me in intense traffic, at night, at 70 mph. Scary and horribly distracting.took two visits to repair because parts had to be ordered. 
22000 mi 20k checkup plus a look at the tires again. Tires declared abnormally worn and need replacing. Tire problems started at 10k. No one seems to understand what has gone wrong but I suspect the suspension is not designed for 18-inch o.e. wheels 
26000 mi Vibration and noise in front end still there despite replacing all tires as suggested by dealer. Both front wheel bearing sets replaced 
35000 mi

US $375
two front tires replaced, one under VW warranty. Car pulls to right after replacement. Alignment indicates castor is out of specs, as has always been the case with this car. 
42000 mi Car failed to start. Needed new fuel regulator valve to keep the line pressurized when car is turned off. When it fails, fuel feeds by gravity bsck into tank and engine starves. Very rarely fails (dealer had never seen this happen before). Initially $913. Repair failed. Tech Center got involved. Replaced electronic control module ($2,500), but that didn't fix the problem. Appealed to VW Customer Care. Finally a new fuel pump plus other fuel system parts fixed it. VW paid all of $5k bill except the tow. 
51000 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. 
52000 mi Urea injection pump (Ad Blue system) failed as well as several other parts in the system. 
7800 mi Clicking sound when pressing the clutch pedal. Pedal also wobbled. 
19840 mi Trunk lid making clunking sound when closed. Some part was loose and they fixed it 
12000 mi Passenger side rearview mirror was not moving down when in reverse 
21000 mi The driver side headlamp was out and it was determined that the driver side headlight unit needed to be replaced. 
23000 mi Turbo failed. 
44000 mi AdBlue heater and level sensor failed. Initially not covered, but then a month later VW extended the warranty coverage. 
27000 mi

US $100
Modular regulater 
49000 mi

US $350
The secondary fuel pump failed. The problem appeared as the car failing to start. I thought it was caused by the blue additive running out. Replaced fuel pump and a fuel filter. Problem solved. No recurrence. 
58000 mi The pump for injecting urea into hot exhaust in order to reduce pollution failed and had to be replaced. VW replaced it at no charge as if covered by warranty. 
37820 mi Replace heater in Urea tank. 
53300 mi

US $1050
AdBlue Heating Element. Total cost of diagnosis and repair ~$1050. Fought VW to cover at least part which they did. Lot's of reported AdBlue issues in VW and TDI forums. 
73300 mi

US $280
Glow Plug replacement for #2 cylinder 
80300 mi Adblue fluid level low. Either being used at higher rate or was not properly filled. 
13000 mi Console side trim came loose. 
33000 mi Check engine light caused by AdBlue tank heater element. Dealer replaced AdBlue tank heater. 
13500 mi

US $10
The sub-woofer enclosure squeaked and rattled due to connection bolts loosening. Added rubber washers and lock-tite to bolts. 
22000 mi The headliner was coming loose above the drivers. New headliner was installed. 
33000 mi Two speaker related rattles. One fixed by replacing bolt. One not fixed yet (part on order). 
36300 mi Rattle in passenger door. They replaced the speaker in passenger door. Fixed the rattle for a while, but it has recently returned. 
64000 mi The sensor pack (level, temperature, etc) for the reductant tank failed. Dealer replaced it under 8/80 federal emissions laws. It isn't technically covered under VW warranty, but VW covered it. 
79700 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. 
80300 mi

US $230
Removed bumper, dropped tank, replaced Adblue pump and heater assembly. Installed part 7L6-198-970-A, lengthened 4 wires 6 inches. Reinstalled tank. Drove a short trip until engine light turned off. Added 2.5 gal of Adblue. 
30000 mi The turbo failed. 
49000 mi Failed turbo, seized engine. They say they are replacing the engine and the turbo and probably the exhaust system. Sad isn't it? 
70700 mi

€1000
Tdi ad blue tank code 202b, not replaced. Will likely return the car as part of the buy back. 
20000 mi Oil housing leaking 
28700 mi updated radio software 
65000 mi Replaced split intercooler hose 
96000 mi Turbo replaced under extended warranty program 
100000 mi

US $145
CEL for low fuel pressure at rail. Fuel filter replaced. CEL reset. 

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2012 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

275-horsepower 4.6L V8 5-speed manual FWD

2600 mi ECU computer died. Car would not shut off. Sunroof would open but not close. 
40000 mi Check engine light on. Dirty fuel line. 
4000 mi

US $15
The car is equipped with KESSY. I would start the car, it would run for two seconds and then shut off. Dealer could not replicate the problem. It has happened 6 times since purchase. Driver error has been ruled out. The headliner on the A pillar was unraveling. Paint on the drivers side rear fender was chipping. After evaluation, it was not due to rock chip or environmental factors. 
11300 mi the rear suspension was making a deep creaking noise when going over bumps and dips. An engineer from VWOA came and determined that a rear strut failure occurred and they replaced both of them under warranty. Loaner car was given. 
18000 mi Headliner began to unravel at the A pillar again. Plastic trim on B pillar loose. They replaced the headliner and trim pieces under warranty 
21300 mi Rear decklid and subwoofer were rattling and creaking incessantly. A new deck lid was installed along with the appropriated fasteners. 
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

27000 mi Driver door freezes near, at, or below freezing temperatures. Driver door again began to freeze shut near, at , or below freezing temperatures. 
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. 
44000 mi Check Engine Light came on. Brought it to the dealer, was told software needed to be updated. They completed the software update and the light went out. 
53000 mi The car wouldn't start. Next day it did. Went to dealer. Nothing wrong was found. License plate light bulb. Charged for half an hour of labor. 
70000 mi

US $300
Oil pan needed to be resealed 
80000 mi Oil pan was leaking (again). 
70000 mi Throttle body mechanism malfunctioning and required full replacement. Paid by CA PZEV Warranty. 
7300 mi Loose fuel cap turn check engine light on and did not turn off after driving for couple of days. 
15000 mi Faulty fuel cap. 
17000 mi Same problem "very small gas leak" cause engine light on. Replace the fuel cap before and last time replace the purge valve, but problem came back. This time replace the "leak detection pump". I really hope this time they can fix it. 
47000 mi

US $645
Engine light on & wrench off & on randomly. Also tranny seemed jumpy/clunky. Purge valve and maf sensor malfunctioning - had to replace both. 
64000 mi Noise from front end when driving on bumpy road. Replaced struts and springs. Check engine light. Replaced throttle sensor 

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2012 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 2.5L I5 5-speed manual FWD

6000 mi Broken fuse box cover. Recall for front end noise while turning right. Incorrect fuel cap (won't fit in holder on re-fueling). Also the small plastic wind deflectors at the front of both front wheelwells have broken and been pushed back into the tires, so they also create noise on turns! 
11700 mi Both front inner wheelwell liners (plastic) have cracked. Dealer needs to consult w/VW for advice! 
118000 mi

US $400
Check engine light on; needed intake cleaned. Clogged with carbon. 
2000 mi Change engine light came on twice. First repair at dealer for N80 valve replacement. Second time check engine light came on car began to stutter and less acceleration. Third repair rear windows would not go down. 
53000 mi

US $250
MAP sensor 
55000 mi Updated the MAP sensor limits. Repair successful. 
67700 mi

US $500
Secondary air injection valve replaced. 

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2010 Volkswagen Passat

Engine not specified

58000 mi Was shuddering one morning called AAA towed to dlr (CPO car) ignition coil need replace $0 due to ext wrnty 

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2010 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed automated manual FWD

104000 mi

US $3000
Oil gasket failure. 
50000 mi Leaking oil 
38500 mi Leaky coolant pump. Fixed by dealer under power-train warranty. 
44500 mi

US $300
Minor oil leak from the valve cover. Fixed outside warranty. 
50000 mi Intake manifold threw a CEL. Replaced under VW warranty. 
60000 mi

US $150
Failed PCV Valve (Fault Code P2187). Bought the part from local VW dealer; replaced on my own. 
37000 mi

US $54
Car ran rough, lost power and stalled within a few minutes. Would not restart. Car required a tow to dealer for repair. Fuel injector had failed, causing car electronics to shut down. Parts and labor covered by VW out of warranty. 
47000 mi CEL came on. Code and inspection determined the intake flap was sticking. Replaced under warranty 
99000 mi

US $100
Car wouldn't start. Found battery voltage low. Battery still under partial warranty so it was replaced by the dealer. 
115000 mi

US $400
ignition coils (2) and spark(4) plugs 
65000 mi

US $125
Dead battery - replaced battery - no issue 
68700 mi CEL came on - code 2760 - advised by diagnostic tool that it could be related to low fuel pressure - was advised to drive the car rough - did so and light disappeared. 
75000 mi

US $1620
Rough idiling, CEL was coming on more frequently, started at once/quarter, was up to once/month. PCV replaced, $420. Cupping of tires prevented routine rotation of tires. Shocks and struts were replaced, tires were aligned. $1,200. 
84300 mi Check engine light came on P2015, air intake manifold found bad. Dealer replaced all parts under manufacturer extended warranty. 
90000 mi Strut replaced in Q3 2014 was failing, found defective and indy shop had replaced under parts manufacturer warranty. 
93000 mi

US $300
Car was hesitant and bucking - took in for DSG fluid flush; was advised that prior to my purchase the vehicle was filled with non DSG fluid. Dealer wanted to install a new tranny at $8,400.00 
95000 mi

US $196
Non-local Dealer ran engine codes and found the injector to be bad; was able to replace under warranty; and offered to de-carb everything for under $200. 
36880 mi p2015 code. Malfunctioning intake manifold flap. 
70680 mi Fuel injector. Covered under VW warranty. 
7000 mi Door would not unlock Bluetooth would lose connection 
11000 mi The MMI system was replaced. The MMI is a multi media input module that connects to things like an ipod. 
19000 mi trunk close button not working 
30000 mi replaced rear hatch close button which failed for second time 
42000 mi

US $550
Drivers side door lock solenoid failed and did not allow door to be unlocked from switches or key fob. Repair was include with extended warranty. Owner paid for deductible. Additionally 40K service was preformed. 
56000 mi

US $97
ignition coil failed 
58000 mi

US $200
Front Passanger Door Lock failed to operate Rear Drivers Passanger Door Lock failed to operate Rear Passanger Door window failed to operate. Shop replaced switch but problem return a few days later 
67000 mi

US $600
Cooling fans would run at full speed while car was running and continue to run after car was turned off for a long time. Battery would run down and car would fail to have enough charge to start 
70300 mi Ignition coil failure. 
79000 mi rear door lock failed to lock and unlock engine starts then dies 
80000 mi

US $250
fuel pump controller failed. Took number of trips to the shop and brake downs requiring tows to find a fix the problem. 
83000 mi

US $250
Rear passenger door lock failed again and needed to be replaced 
82000 mi

US $150
Exhaust system clamp 
84000 mi

US $1200
Rear main seal between 2.0t engine and DSG transmission 
65000 mi

US $150
Dead battery. Replaced. 
68000 mi

US $25
Headlight 
68000 mi

US $150
Oil light came on when starting. For a $66.48 diagnostic fee the dealer found leaks by the oil sensor and rear seal, which they would fix for $516.04 and $1215.32. I left without getting either repaired, but the oil light has not come on since. 
68000 mi Oil leaks. 

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2010 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

-horsepower 5-speed manual FWD

76880 mi

C $700
Right rear wheel bearing was worn and noisy. Wheel bearing replaced. 
101680 mi Intake manifold problem, covered under VW Canada warranty extension 

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2010 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed automated manual FWD

54000 mi

US $160
Turbo shut-off valve leaking. Replaced O Ring seal 
14000 mi Vehicle takes an extremely long time/distance to heat. Not a good thing in Minnesota. Took it to dealer who could diagnose no problem. This on an above freezing day after I had driven 25 miles. They did nothing. 
60500 mi Check engine light. Code P2015. Faulty intake manifold. Dealer replaced manifold at no charge due to extended 10yr/100,000 mile. 
57000 mi Timing chain 
74700 mi

US $210
Carbon buildup on valves 
76300 mi

US $1200
High preesure fuel pump and regular feuel pump 
95000 mi

US $150
Tie-rod replaced 
35000 mi Squeaking/creaking when going over speed bumps. VW replaced both front lower tie-rod bushings. 
49700 mi

US $300
Engine hard to start when cold. Determined the car had a defective Crank Case Breather Valve. Replaced Crank Case Breather Value with new unit. 
62000 mi

C $350
Car stalled and would not start. This is a repeating problem. 
15000 mi dealer replaced intake manifold and ignition coil prior to me purchasing it. 
42780 mi

C $50
heat shield between muffler and trunk began to fall off, drooping down under the car. Dealer glued it back on OK but the repair was not covered under VW's 2yr so-called bumper-to-bumper used car warranty 
50220 mi

C $50
headlight bulb failed and replaced 

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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 
57660 mi

$1600
Needed to change fuel-spreader for petrol. 

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2010 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automated manual 2WD

51740 mi

C $200
engine light on. recall for intake manifold sensor. 

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2009 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

-horsepower 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

34700 mi Check engine light, not reproducible. Stuck sunglasses case. New case ordered. 
58000 mi Vehicle needed to have the Intake Manifold replaced. Included replacement of the Intake Manifold Gasket and Throttle Body Gasket. 
52000 mi Turbo needed a new valve or something as it had a small leak that was under warranty. Also arbon build up started at 37K miles. It was out of warranty and was 1000 dollars plus then usually what happen they screw up the injectors. 
71000 mi

US $415
Auto door lock mechanism failed in rear passanger door. Evidence of very slight engine oil leak at turbo bypass vale and timing belt cover. Valve replaced, timing belt cover gasket replaced. 
77000 mi

US $100
Rear main engine seal leaking. Replaced under extened warranty. Total bill $950, owner's share was $100 due to warranty. 
95000 mi

US $1100
Rough idle. Engine code indicated bad intake manifold, a known issue with the 2.0 turbos of this era Leaking water pump, replaced 
20000 mi sunroof crooked 
28000 mi Transmission valve body needs replacement. Radio replacement due to sat problem. Sunroof off kilter. 
29000 mi Transmission valve body replaced. 
38000 mi Entire intake manifold was replaced 
116000 mi

US $414
will need de carbonizing of fuel injection manifold 
124000 mi

US $1053
Car would not start after sitting in parking lot after dinner, replaced bad fuel pump and module assembly 
130000 mi

US $39
ignition coil replaced 
131000 mi Valve spring broke and repaired, Stuck fuel injector 
138000 mi

US $175
oil pressure sensor 
155000 mi

US $369
replaced breather valve, vehicle has multiple air leaks 
27000 mi

US $27
Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) module failed. Radio volume was higher upon car restart; Radio volume was extremely high after mute / un-mute cycle. Increasingly loud wind noise on driver side above 45mph. Dealer adjusted driver side door, reducing the problem significantly. 
40000 mi Defog not working; no air flow to windshield HVAC mode switch was very hard to turn; This is a followup to the defog repair; Tech did not have a cable properly seated. 
74000 mi

US $850
Alternator light came on; dealer said alternator was bad and replaced it. They did not have one in stock or in the metro area. Took four days to get one. 
81000 mi

US $800
1) cleaned carbon off intake valves (was getting misfires & getting worse by week) 2) replaced intake valve stem seals 
100000 mi

US $921
Engine using 3 Qts oil in 10K miles. Replace rear main seal. Replace transmission input shaft seal. 
110000 mi

US $737
Replaced intake manifold Fuel pump died and was replaced. 
111000 mi Fuel Pump Control Module died and was replaced. 
129500 mi

US $540
Radiator fan electrical caused constant battery draw, causing battery to be depleted. 
130000 mi PCV Valve Oil Separator failed; part replaced 
132000 mi

US $500
Car would not start if it sat for >5 days, no lights on the dash. Gel battery had a bad cell, possible related to prior issue draining battery 
140000 mi

US $700
Cabin fan was making noise when stopping and at low speed. Fan replaced Steering wheel lock failed messages. Car would start then shut down. Replaced steering column lock 
32240 mi dual mass flywheel is beginning to fail. engine, parking brake and emissions warning lights have all come on recently - adjusted and repl as required. 
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. 
42780 mi check engine light, check gas cap light and check parking brake light (+ABS warning) came on in the space of a week. Some are related - parts ordered. Annoying! 
45880 mi recurring dash warning lights for check engine and gas cap - apparently all related to emissions control. VW says that their warning systems are too sensitive! 
46500 mi second failure of intake manifold. Old manifold flapper valve had a plastic tab - these almost all fail. My 1st failed at 15,000km, and now again. New part has metal tab. See service manager more often than my good friends! aux cooling fan - had an intermittent fault - which meant occasionally main cooling fan running longer than it should. Warning light was automatically assumed to be faulty (of course - VW) but this time it was showing as an emmision fault. 
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! 
51460 mi When installing clutch release bearing, the bolt holding crossmember was stripped, thus falling off on street. Car was towed to shop, repairs made and car returned on 3rd day. I know the name of the mechanic's children. Sad! 
56380 mi

C $130
RF xenon headlight unit has water droplets on inside of lamp unit. Dealer said out of warranty since 4000 km over, even though obviously an old problem. Suggested a hair dryer. 
59520 mi

C $160
electric pump in the windshield washer bottle failed. 
60140 mi

C $220
Warning light on for return of gas vapours to intake manifold - faulty light! Ironic that that the warning light is faulty more often that the item it indicates - and costs more. 
65740 mi

C $190
electric control for driver seat - to recline and raise seat stopped. Easily removed trim and 3 screws hold this part. But 190.00! They say it's elec + switch + German. I say for that price it should last longer. New switch works fine. 
74360 mi

C $575
HVAC blower motor bearing failure - unable to source non VW part for this model - please note that dealer also recommended changing an additional electrical control along with the blower motor. Cost would be 575+190= $765 plus tx !!! 
82440 mi

C $700
Heavy carbon buildup mostly due to DI design - off warranty so no help from VW. 2 full handfulls of carbon where removed! Told that this is normal for 2.0T and many other DI motors. s1 injector and 1 coil also needed replacement. 
83080 mi

C $720
Fuel system - throttle body replaced. Seems premature, as are most component failures. No non proprietary parts available. 
89280 mi

C $140
parking brake switch indicated fault - dealer indicated this was a known high occurrence item. 
92380 mi

C $270
bolt holding arm for electric liftgate - wagon, snapped. Trim removed and liftgate detached to replace screw that secured the arm. 3 hours labour. 
94880 mi dashboard warning light indicated engine overheating and guage showed maximum temperature. Car was towed to service center, no overheating observed, not recorded in vehicle computer and could not be replicated. Problem has not recurred. 
108880 mi

C $1
main front crankshaft seal - leaking. Seal is a very flimsy single filament model that replaces earlier more robust units - mechanic reports common early KM replacements required. Expensive!! 
109980 mi

C $550
main engine cooling fan failed to start till temp at 130, auxiliary fan burned out. 
110980 mi

C $1200
*d Major and minor radiator fans/thermostats failed and were replaced. 
55800 mi

C $560
Manifold flap stuck 
9000 mi The steering wheel controls for the Bluetooth did not work - apparently an incorrect part was originally installed. A new part was installed and the system now works as it should. 
46000 mi Check engine light was on though the car operated normally. Intake manifold and fuel injector o-rings were replaced under warranty and that resolved the problem. 
77300 mi

US $688
Check engine light was on. Carbon build up on intake valves. Cleaned carbon from valves and intake ports. Replaced injector origns and cleaned injector bores. 
93000 mi

US $662
Turbo bypass valve replaced. It was leaking oil into engine. Breather valve failed. It was replaced. Transmission pan gasket was leaking fluid. It was replaced. 
117000 mi

US $407
Check engine light on. Replaced high fuel pressure sensor in injector rail Two valve stems corroded at seal area. Seal replacement required. 
128000 mi Fuel pump needed to be replaced. 
100000 mi

US $670
Engine running rough - spark plugs changed Engine leaking oil - Oil gasket changed 
110000 mi

US $850
Water pump. 
36000 mi

US $50
Front end lower control arm bushings were bad. They were making clunking noise when going over bumps Dealership replaced them. $50 deductible on VW Certified warranty. 
38000 mi

US $50
Turbo recirculating valve (diverter valve) was leaking oil. Upper timing belt cover was leaking oil. All replaced under VW CPO warranty with $50 deductible. 
45000 mi

US $50
Water leaking into trunk. Dealer replaced trunk seal. 

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2009 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

-horsepower 5-speed manual FWD

37180 mi faulty sensor replaced 
71900 mi Engine Light On, Intake manifold replaced a second time. 
73160 mi

C $100
Heater blower seized. Replaced. 
79360 mi

C $550
rear hatch power striker replaced 

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2009 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 105hp 1.9L I4 Diesel 5-speed manual FWD

128800 mi

€500
turbo actuator faulty. replaced ok but oil line damaged by tech, also replaced 

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2009 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

-horsepower 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

103000 mi

US $800
Needed to "decarbonize" the valves - also about $800. 
104300 mi

US $600
Then needed new water pump - about $600 
111000 mi dead battery - replaced for $160 
115300 mi

US $1109
Water pump - intake manifold studs - injector seal 
143000 mi

US $825
Needed a new fuel pump 
43000 mi

US $200
Fuel injector stopped working 
79000 mi

US $430
breather valve clogged 
84000 mi

US $1048
water pump leaking 
84000 mi

US $45
Electronic Parking Brake Switch was not releasing and giving fault. Replaced as research showed VW had updated. Working as should now. 
88000 mi

US $300
Car would not start. Display said Airbag failure do not drive. Had towed to shop, $130 for diagnostics. No fault found for airbag failure, just battery. Replaced battery after initial 3 yr old battery failed to charge. 
89000 mi Timing Cover - Upper: UPPER TIMING CHAIN COVER AND GASKET Oil pan & gasket Inner CV Boot on right After returned home from dealer Replacing UPPER TIMING CHAIN COVER AND GASKET, low coolant warning light came on. Coolant was on floor of my garage. Returned to dealer. They said water pump was out. Cars back at shop that replaced 6 mos ago 
5000 mi Gas Cap light followed by check engine light. Dealer performed "P4 cluster adaptation recall." 
8000 mi Cap light followed by check engine light; Dealer found evap leak fault when they pulled the code, so they ran an evap leak test, but the evap system passed their test so they just cleared the code. 
13000 mi Gas cap loose light followed by check engine light, indicating an evap system leak; 3rd time this problem occurred in one year. Dealer really dug in to troubleshoot and finally replaced "most likely" part, which was the purge valve. 
19000 mi Check Engine light diagnosed as bad flap/motor in intake manifold. Parts replaced, but check engine light came back. Car immediately returned, dealer performed some adaptation procedures, but check engine light again illuminated. Car returned to shop after a new intake manifold that was ordered, arrived; however, the dealer could not finish the installation because dealer failed to order a few bolts that were also needed. Faulty intake manifold replaced along with two seals for injectors that came out when original manifold was taken out. Check engine light no longer comes on and driveabiliy improved, so I think this fixed the problem 
32000 mi

US $100
Passenger side airbag sensor failure produced airbag warning light on the dashboard 
37000 mi Faulty fuel injector. Repaired under certified used car warranty.  
64000 mi

US $35
I parked the car and the power steering failed when I started it. I had it towed to a VW dealer on Friday. They were unable to look at it until Monday. Upon re-start, the power steering worked again. They have no idea what happened. Needed headlight replaced. The owners manual emphasized the dangers of doing it yourself so I brought it to my usual repair shop. 
68500 mi

US $590
The steering rack, when overheated, would fail rendering the car without power steering. The rack was replaced. VW paid for the part ($1,200) and I paid for labor ($590). The car was 2 months out of warranty when this repair was needed. 
85000 mi

US $1800
Needs new intake manifold, $650. Apparently, this is a common issue with Passats. The engine light will come on and you will notice a decrease in power. It should be brought in for repairs as soon as possible,. needed new fuel pump, $1150. 
111500 mi

US $350
I noticed a squeal coming from my engine and brought it to my independent repair shop the next day. The 'blower' stopped working and had to be replaced. About $170 for the part and $180 for labor. 
115000 mi

US $721
The water pump was leaking and needed to be replaced. 
161000 mi

US $750
replaced exhaust manifold. This is the 2nd time I've had it replaced. The first was at 80,000 miles. 
186000 mi

US $175
needed new spark plugs 
15000 mi Airbag sensor failed. 
51000 mi

US $470
Intake manifold replaced under warranty. $470 charged to clean deposits from intake. 
125000 mi

US $50
Failed coil pack, was able to diagnose with P-code 
79000 mi Engine light was on. Mechanic diagnostic as a manifold problem. Stated VW would have to fix also stated that this is a known problem with this vehicle. I have not taken it to VW yet to fix. Mechanic estimated the cost to be around $800. 
96000 mi

US $2000
Had to replace all four fuel injectors Had to replace fan for the AC/heat 
96000 mi

US $600
turbo valve being broke. I was told it was wide open and thus pushing oil through the engine. Main rear seal was leaking oil like a sieve. The valve problem caused the seal to leak. The cost to repair the seal would have been over 2 grand, so I fixed the valve and traded in the vehicle within a week. 
47300 mi

US $675
Warning light on. Initially it was reset (one day and free). It came back on. Flapper sensor valve replaced.($675 - second day). Light came on. Rechecked and determined to be a VW extended warranty repair item for an intake manifold probem. 
60000 mi

US $458
the coil for the spark generation went bad for one cylinder. All 4 were replaced. 
27000 mi Intake was replaced under extended warranty for problems with intake flap valve and actuator 
28000 mi

US $50
Radiator had a seam leak. Replaced with new Seat lumbar support motor failed and was replaced Driverside door seal was never glued and seal was loose. 
107700 mi

¤500
Fuel pump replacement *d Don't know 
109900 mi

¤10
The inside roof and doors textile material fell down and the inside foamy material deteriorated and kept falling down. Probably from the heat in my country. 
73000 mi

US $414
CEL on due to misfire in 2 cylinders. Replaced spark plugs performed engine wash 
75300 mi

US $700
Intake manifold carbon buildup. Dealer performed a manual engine cleaning (soda blasting). 
101000 mi

US $109
Cam chain tensioner failure resulted in engine locking up. Repair would cost more than car value. Sold to different mechanic for very little who said he would replace engine and then sell. Bought Camry as replacement. No more VWs. 

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2009 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automatic 2WD

66000 mi

US $980
Intake manifolds valve and valve position sensor. Valve stuck in open position. 

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2008 Volkswagen Passat

Engine not specified

103000 mi

US $103
Diagnose engine misfiring. Requires intake valve cleaning. Also CV Boot torn and vacuum pump needs replaced. 
9920 mi Jerky on moving off. Surging at low speeds. They acknowledge, but don't know how to fix. 
41540 mi Injector failure. Car stopped. Had to be towed. Workshop said injector design fault. All injectors replaced. 

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2008 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

73700 mi

US $300
Low pressure sensor replaced 
73500 mi

US $350
Low-tone horn stopped working. Replaced with aftermarket unit. Failed after about a month. Serpetine Belt Tensioner Pulley seized up, causing the belt to fall off. Car had to be towed home. Parts purchased at local VW dealer, service performed by owner. 
77000 mi

US $20
Replace low-tone horn. 
78000 mi

US $70
Metal plate holding rear view mirror in place was installed improperly during the previous owner's replacement of the windshield. Double-stick tape was used instead of approved adhesive, and the tape failed. 
85000 mi

US $15
Right rear sunroof drain became clogged, causing water in passenger footwells. Removed interior parts to dry out wet areas, removed rear fender liners to expose rear sunroof drain exits, cleared obstructions, reassembled. Pin holding rear passenger window to regulator fell out. Replaced with DIY bolt-and-bushing solution. 
86000 mi

US $350
Replaced both radiator cooling fans. Replaced low pressure fuel sensor. 
39000 mi Oil leak on top portion of engine. 3 gaskets replaced under powertrain warranty. 
18000 mi Airbag light on dash came on, checked by dealer and found sensor on front bumper failed, ordered replacement and replaced it on a separate trip to dealer the next week. 
31700 mi Had problem with radio losing its memory and ipod connector not working; radio and accessory plug were both replaced under extended VW warrantee. 
73000 mi

US $100
CEL was on and had dealer pull the code, after some diagnostics they determined that the EGR valve needed replacement. Total cost would have been $275, but was covered under extended warantee so only cost me $100 out of pocket. 
86000 mi

US $100
Final check of car before 85K warrantee expired. Found leaking radiator.  Also found 2 engine oil leaks that required gasket replacement. 
105700 mi

US $200
Drip around oil drain plug, perhaps it was overtightend on last service visit? 

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2008 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

-horsepower 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

33000 mi The car lost power and the MIL came on and made a high pitched noise while coasting. The exhaust bypass valve was broke and was replaced by the dealer. It seems to be a common issue, they knew exactly what it was when I showed up. 
50000 mi

US $190
Intake manifold flaps 
56700 mi

US $50
Fuel pump, in tank, failure 
81000 mi Rear crankshaft seal replaced. 
32000 mi Check engine light on. Engine surging. 
48000 mi one of the two electrical cooling fans had stopped working Drivers side sunvisor replaced 
61000 mi

US $150
Left rear outer tail light melted inside and fell apart. Had to replace entire outer tail light assembly 
75000 mi

US $150
Trans body valve replaced under warranty Battery replaced by dealer after checking charging system. Pep boys would not warranty the battery I bought from them. What pep boys does is charge the bad battery for a hour then tell you the battery is good. 
80000 mi

US $100
Replaced cam follower for the fuel pump 
100000 mi

US $150
Coil packs were replaced due to missfire 
106000 mi

US $650
Low pressure fuel pump flange cracked. Strong fuel odor outside car when tank was over 3/4 full. Low pressure fuel pump was replaced. This is the fuel pump that is in the gas tank. 
107000 mi

US $700
*d Top of low pressure fuel pump was cracked and leaking fuel. Low pressure fuel pump was replaced. 
112000 mi

US $300
thermostat replace due to being stuck open and check engine light on. Also temp sensor replaced. 
57700 mi Bad intake manifold. Fixed under warranty. 
75300 mi

US $1500
Intake manifold racked Replaced sunroof switch 
93300 mi

US $580
Coolant loss due to cracked inlet housing. Had to replace inlet housing. Cost listed also includes an oil change. 
95000 mi

US $1200
Power hatch no longer opens. Leak at the windshield washer pump. 
97000 mi Power hatch not closing when car sat in the sun for a few hours. 
98000 mi Engine has a slight misfire. 
105000 mi

US $900
Rear main seal leaking; had to be replaced. 
107000 mi

US $800
Random misfire reported. Changed plugs, removed carbon buildup. 
108000 mi

US $700
Lack of power and random misfire; took apart and cleaned carbon buildup. 
110000 mi

US $900
Fuel pump housing cracked causing strong fuel smell in car. Fuel intake valve stuck on wide open flooding one cylinder. 
110000 mi Front axles needed replaced. Front-end started to feel noticeably loose. 
58000 mi

US $540
Check engine light came on, however car drove fine. Dealership found that the engine thermostat had to be replaced. 
70000 mi

US $250
Coolant container was cracked. It was not leaking, but decided to replace. 
85700 mi

US $1140
Engine chirp when cold; fixed by replacing timing belt, water pump, rollers, tensioner (kit).  Also replaced brake booster vacuum line. Replaced dipstick. *d Engine chirp when cold; replaced timing belt, water pump, tensioner and roller. 
89700 mi

US $500
Outer cv boots torn. 
97000 mi

US $300
Headliner coming undone. 
99000 mi

US $1369
Coolant system contaminated with oil. Replaced oil cooler, cooler tank, flushed coolant system. 
34700 mi Car was running too cool, so replaced thermostat. *d Car was running too cool, so replaced thermostat. 
79000 mi

US $1400
Oil leaks from 3 different locations 
80000 mi

US $1200
AC compressor died 
US $1500 leaking oil and coolant - replaced water pump gasket Timing chain assembly guide broke 
110000 mi

US $250
replace engine coolant temp sensor and thermostat 
148000 mi

US $300
Lost power to 1 of the cylinders and was told it needed to come apart and be sent to a machine shop. Total cost estimate would have been $2000-$2500 so I opted to sell the car 
8000 mi Shimmy at any speed, vibration in the car. 
16000 mi Blower fan and unit went bad, no cooling anymore and no high speed for fan Front Passenger Wheel bearing needed to be replaced 
27300 mi Had misfire on a few cylinders. Swapped a couple of spark plugs. 
52000 mi

US $531
Cold start issues. Engine sludge cleanup 
53500 mi

US $532
Cleaned the manifold - 531$ after 20% rebate. Didn't fix the problem. Replaced the coils - Didn't fix the problem. Replaced the injectors - Fixed the problem. VW extended warranty to 120,000 miles on the injectors and manifold. 
61300 mi

US $700
Fuel pump defective, caused car to stop at highway speed or idling 
26500 mi Intake flap malfunction. window stuck open, replaced motor electronic parking brake would not engage replace mechanical brake. 
40000 mi

US $800
Window regulator replaced, parking brake button replaced and trunk motor diagnosed. 
2000 mi Negative battery cable was improperly tightened during pre-delivery inspection. Negative cable kept coming loose and disabling the entire car. Software reflash. Computer picked up undervoltage code from engine knock sensor...could have been due to brief electrical disconnections. 
28000 mi Dealer replaced defective PCV valve, which had a cracked diaphragm; creating a "screech" or high pitched whistle while engine was running. 
16500 mi Parking brake (actuated by electronic dash button, not a direct mechanical linkage) would not reliably disengage [or engage] leaving us concerned about using it for fear of getting stranded. Dash button replaced by dealer under warrantee. *dup Electronic parking brake switch working intermittently. Unable to reliabily engage or disengage. Dealer quickly diagnosed faulty switch and replaced under warranty. 
20000 mi AC fan stopped working at any speed other than Max, and would no longer blow cold. Dealer replaced parts under warranty.  Tire pressure warning light came on and stayed on during road trip. I manually checked tire pressure and they seemed fine (32-34 PSI at all corners). Dealer said they refilled all tires to 35 PSI and warning went away. Coin tray rattles on rough roads. Dealer claims they could not reproduce after removing my coins from it. I continue to hear rattles.  
22000 mi Engine started making loud high pitched constant shriek/whistle. Didn't vary with engine or vehicle speed but only appears after driving for more than 5 minutes. Diagnosed as turbo vacuum pressure issue. Part replaced under warrantee. 
3000 mi Ordered sensor that controls flapper valve. Replaced sensor that controls "flapper" valve. Required removal of intake manifold to replace. 
3000 mi Noise from steering when cold out until car warms up. Steering gear replaced. Required partial removal of front sub-frame, so front and rear axles were realigned. 
29000 mi Parking brake fault. Brake would only release after several attempts. Dealer cleared fault and reset logic. Parking brake fault. Bad parking brake module diagnosed. New module ordered. 
68000 mi Intake manifold carbon build-up. Hampered throttle valve movement. Replaced under an unpublished courtesy warranty by VW. 
69000 mi

US $875
Water pump leaking due to cracks in the pump body. Complete unit (including thermostat, temp sensor)was replaced. 
72000 mi

US $470
Oil pan drain hole was stripped. Not sure who did this, but ended up replacing the oil pan as a result. Dealer said there was no way to re-thread or use a larger drain plug. 
78000 mi

US $140
Air pressure light was on, but tires were full. Engine light came on shortly afterwards and that was caused by carbon buildup on direct injection ports. Both lights reset and we were given VW branded intake cleaner to apply to next 3 tanks . 
78000 mi

US $425
Engine light, along w/ EPC light, came on. Engine running rough. Needed new coil pack, so replaced all four along w/ plugs. 
85000 mi

US $1500
PCV unit became clogged and we experienced high volume shrieking noise from under the hood. Initial thought was that a pulley bearing was going out. This caused the rear main seal to go bad. Also replaced. 
9300 mi O2 Sensor. 
21080 mi Fuel pressure sensor. 
29760 mi Faulty Gas Cap 
40300 mi Knock Sensor 
45700 mi faulty door latch 
62660 mi

C $100
Sway bar link 
76100 mi

C $800
Timing Belt - 120,000km - Tensioner was seizing.  

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2008 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

-horsepower 5-speed manual FWD

77000 mi

US $400
check engine light, Thermostat replaced 
90000 mi

US $120
3 of 4 fan speeds stopped working. Blew a capacitor. Second time it has happened 
104000 mi

US $50
CEL came on. Rough idle. Took to mechanic, scanned car, cleared codes. Couldnt find anything wrong/duplicate. 
115000 mi

US $250
Check engine light and rough idle. Mechanic replaced sensor 
112500 mi

US $1800
Replaced clutch and throwout bearing. Clutch engaging late, bearing noisy. Water pump, Thermostat and belt replaced because water pump was leaking. 
120000 mi

US $300
Parking brake motor stripped drive gear. Needed to replace entire pass. side caliper. 
132000 mi driver's door latch not functioning properly, would sieze in the open/unlock position preventing door from latching closed. Dealer replaced latch mechanism, was not the problem. Drivers door latch not functioning properly siezed in open/unlock position preventing door from closing. Dealer replaced driver's door handle at their expense due to previously replacing incorrect part. 

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2008 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 160hp 1.8L I4 6-speed automated manual FWD

27900 mi Discovered wear and tear of front suspension link arms during 45,000km scheduled servicing. Part replaced under warranty. 
45260 mi

$270
Fuel pump control module was faulty. Part No 1K0 906 093F. 
47120 mi

$100
Exhaust downpipe header joint cracked and required welding. 
63860 mi

$700
1. Changed rocker arms and hydraulic lifters as they were loose and giving out knocking sounds. 2. Leaking vacuum valve gasket. Rear fuel pump and relay module faulty. 
67360 mi

$600
Alternator was faulty 
68200 mi

$700
Water pump and coolant pipes were leaking. 

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2008 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

52000 mi replace fuel injectors 
84000 mi

£32
Split turbo hose 
84000 mi

£70
Snapped front suspension spring 
93000 mi Snapped front spring Spring came loose, reinstalled 

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2008 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

17000 mi Rear window sunshade broke. Clip in right side guide rail broke when owner operating sunshade. May have been caused by owner error. Dealer repaired when car brought in for routine 15,000 mile maintenance. No charge for repair. Done under warranty. 
32300 mi Broken Window Switch, Right (Passenger) Rear. Replaced under warranty during normal maintenance. 
38000 mi Repaired rear window sun shade 
39000 mi Xenon HID headlight burned out. Service dept said bumper needed to be removed to replace and would take 4 hours and cost $400. While replacing the bulb, mechanic damaged the hood of the car. Tried to repair hood twice. Finally replaced hood. Mechanic damaged hood of car while replacing headlight. Tried to repair hood twice. Both times the repair was unacceptable. Finally replaced hood. Although dealer gave me a loaner, total time was 5 weeks, and four trips to the service dept. 
70000 mi

US $330
Replaced Low Side Fuel Sensor Replaced Head Gasket Replaced Exhaust System Hanger 
14000 mi Low side horn was not working. 
22000 mi Rear window shade bracket replaced, 
48000 mi Replaced speed sensor. 
53300 mi

US $550
High pressure fuel pump on engine not working. 
61000 mi

US $45
Replaced electric parking brake switch.. 

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2008 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

275-horsepower 4.6L V8 5-speed manual FWD

34700 mi Button sticking on stock radio. Replaced radio under warrenty. 
43000 mi Car was missing. Ended up being a bad ground to the fuel pressure regulator. Repaired, and no problem since. 
43000 mi Radio quit working. 
43000 mi Radio not working. 

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2008 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

-horsepower 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

2000 mi Bad airbag sensor. 
25000 mi creaky control arm bushings 
37000 mi front park assist sensor replaced 
48000 mi replace creaking lower control arm bushings. 
95000 mi

US $1390
A hole rusted the an exhaust sleeve connecting two pipes. sleeve replaced 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 
3000 mi Smell of manure coming from vents when AC was activated. 
5000 mi Car smelled badly when AC used. Problem was worsened by intense smell from carpet shampoo on previous visit for the same problem. 
5000 mi Reoccurring bad smell coming from vents when using AC. 
5000 mi AC stopped working. They said it was a simple fix. The day I got the car back, the AC failed again. Second time for A/C they kept it for about a week. It has been fine since then. 
12000 mi AC air smells like manure when first engaged. Car would sporadically not start. Steering column and EMC replaced. 
29000 mi Rear sunshade was broken and they ordered a replacement. They forgot to order some additional parts so I am taking it in again this weekend. 
30000 mi Engine light came on. Problem was diagnosed as a faulty valve. It was replaced. 
17300 mi Fuel system 
620 mi Wind noise from driver's window seal above 70 km/h. New seal ordered. 
1240 mi New seal installed. 
29760 mi Defroster blower noisy at lowest speed 
33480 mi Paint peeling off front curbside fender. At sheetmetal bend near tire. Fender repainted. 
74400 mi

C $800
muffler and tail pipe replacement 
81220 mi intake manifold cleaned from carbon deposit sensor and thermostat replaced (cooling system) 
88280 mi paint peeling off on main exterior panels with surface corrosion. rear lh fender replaced, cost to repair higher than replacement 
89280 mi

C $1050
Replaced left hand universal joint Replace both front suspension strut assemblies 
96100 mi

C $900
head to tail exhaust replacement 
96720 mi

C $100
Defroster blower fan replaced, noisy at low speed Fresh air flapper actuator replaced; noticed with loud grinding noise coming from behind glovebox 
99200 mi

C $25
recirculating fuel vapor valve replaced ignition coils (4) replaced, engine misfire noise sometime occurs when accelerating. Rosstech scan returns #1 cylinder misfire. 
20000 mi Was hearing a loud high pitch sound from engine compartment. Dealer determined that some pressure regulator had been broken and was losing vacuum pressure which was causing high pitch whistle. 
35000 mi Check engine light showed up and result was a low-pressure fuel sensor had gone bad. 
29000 mi cdc hardware error, radio replaced 
37000 mi turbo solenoid 
19840 mi

C $120
Air bag fail sensor - passenger air bag sensor malfunctioned; replaced under warranty. 
66340 mi

C $355
Check engine light on. Not sure if it is being caused by evap purge valve. Car has not been driven much since summer. 
55000 mi

US $1500
Total steering wheel, airbag and left front electrical failure 
66000 mi

US $600
Hesitation. Found to be high pres fuel pump mechanical interface. Cam shaft has to be replaced. Replaced interface only, cam shaft repair is $1500 job, and timing belt replacement is soon. Do together. 
87000 mi

US $100
Rear rim on drivers side has spontaneously deformed. No accident or damage to rim of any kind. Problem progressed quickly over less than one month, tire would no longer hold air. Aftermarket rim purchased 
101000 mi Intermittent check engine light under full acceleration 
15000 mi Ignition coil, they replaced coil pack on cyclinder 2.  
24000 mi Car would only start after two tries dealer could not reproduce it or imo did not even look. Still car starts funny or almost does not catch when turning over for the 1st crank.  Suspension rattles, clicks but nothing found. 
24500 mi I have a few issues like over the speed bumps or a dip the front right side makes a noise that seems like the suspension is loose, the car would take more then one try to start, rattles all over the palce. So of course in VW fashion nothing 
25000 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. 
20000 mi Electric motor on drivers seat failed. Could no longer adjust. Fuel pressure sensor defective, reading low. 
36000 mi Blown gasket on crank-case sensor. 
41000 mi

US $320
Frayed wires under seat setting off airbag light. 
72000 mi

US $800
Steering column lock fault. Replaced lock assembly. 
48000 mi Ignition switch required steering column repair 
7000 mi Missing sun shade clip for rear passenger window 
43000 mi Driver Headlight not properly aligned 
45000 mi Breather Valve faulty. 
51000 mi Low Tone Horn Replaced 
66700 mi

US $50
Horn not sounding properly. 
72000 mi

US $400
PCV Valve Replaced 
82000 mi Parking brake not engaging properly after rear brake replacement. 
90000 mi PCV Valve recall 
62300 mi

US $400
Intake code po2015 
53000 mi Behavior: Intermittent CELs, especially when driven hard Issue: HPFP Cam Follower damage resulting in camshaft wear Dealer replaced intake camshaft and cam follower. Also repaired cylinder head. Replaced the Premium 7 radio head unit. 
36000 mi Radio display information suddenly disappeared; sound was still present, but could not see which station or satellite channel was selected. Dealer replaced radio under warranty 
55000 mi low tone on horn not working, dealer replaced under extended warranty; no charge 
79500 mi

US $330
faulty breather valve 
98700 mi

US $701
intended to have timing belt replaced, learned that car has timing chain, so replacement not needed. however, needed timing chain cover gasket and exterior belts, plus battery. 
100000 mi

US $750
check engine light showed; problem: oil leaking into ignition coils; replaced coils and spark plugs and valve cover gasket. 
115000 mi we have had several problems with the fuel injectors and ignition coils. On several occasions had to have the water pump replaced. We ended up taking the car in for about 6 times to get water pump replaced. 
149000 mi

US $1150
Both water pumps - main and auxiliary - were leaking. Both pumps replaced. The fasteners for both water pumps had been over-torqued during a previous repair and caused both pump housings to crack. Also replaced an oil seal 
152300 mi

US $900
Engine was leaking coolant from freeze plugs between engine and transmission. Transmission had to be pulled to repair coolant leaks. 
103000 mi

US $805
High pressure fuel pump destroys cam follower, which wears down intake camshaft. About $2000. New hpfp, cam follower, and intake camshaft to repair it. 
10000 mi Horn was not working. It had to be replaced. 
40700 mi

US $750
Spark igniter failed. Needed to replace all igniters and plugs. 
42000 mi

US $250
Steering column lock needed to be replaced Turbo diverter valve seal was leaking 
92000 mi

US $7200
Timing chain tensioner broke and destroyed engine 
93000 mi

US $365
Fuel sending unit failed and wouldn't deliver fuel to the engine. 
87000 mi

US $1739
Failed crankcase breather caused rear main oil seal to leak 
42000 mi oil drain plug/lower pan, common problem with 2.0T engine, not covered by warrantee. cost est $200/300. traded instead of fixing because got a good deal on a CC. 
84700 mi TSB for pcv system, dealer replaced the entire crankcase ventilation system including the turbo pressure release 
100300 mi

US $240
Drivers side inner axle boot was torn and leaking grease. Dealer pulled axle, replaced boot and installed axle 
116000 mi

US $200
The ignition coil on cylinder 2 went bad so I replaced all 4 coils and 4 plugs. The plugs were due to be replaced in 5k miles anyway. Could have repaired the car for $35 but did all the coils just in case. 
124300 mi

US $400
Thermostat and sensor replaced 
134000 mi

US $260
Replaced left side inner cv boot. 
140000 mi

US $150
Replaced pcv valve and purge valve 
140000 mi

US $250
Turbo Failed and destroyed intercooler and Catalytic convertor 
28000 mi 900 miles from home, car died, would not restart. Towed to local VW dealer. Told problem was loose engine mounts. Caused by failure to properly tighten mounts during recall replacement of steering rack at selling dealer. Repaired / Warranty Drove 900 miles, after repair of loose engine. No apparent problem. Next day, engine over heating 6 miles from home/City traffic. Drove to dealer for repair. Cooling fans not working. Told problem related to loose engine. Repaired/Warranty 
39500 mi 12 Volt DC Power Outlets / Lighter Sockets In Passenger Compartment(Front & Rear) Failed. 
48000 mi Noticed headlight not aiming properly. Housing for driver side headlight broken. Replaced under extended warranty. 
45000 mi A/C compressor failed. Replaced under warranty.  
60000 mi Fuel pump control module failure. Replaced under Certified warranty. 
75000 mi

US $300
Cracked intake manifold. 
35000 mi Required new Sirius radio module 
52000 mi

US $310
Engline light code showing system too lean. Proper amount of gasoline not flowing into system due to faulty sensor. Repaired successfully. 
23000 mi The valve body for the automatic transmission was replaced. Also the transmission control unit was flashed with new software. 
44000 mi The bearing that operates that steering rack had an unusual amount of play/was loose, causing damage on both sides. Dealer replaced entire steering rack under warranty.  
55000 mi The front suspension bushings had worn prematurely, causing a loud squeaking noise on bumps. The problem is common for this generation Passat. Replaced free of change under CPO extended warranty 
81000 mi

US $1800
-Intake valve carbon cleaning 
35000 mi

US $140
replace battery 
54700 mi

US $233
MIL came on, thermostat found to be bad also changed temperature sensor right front control arm bushing was found to be bad mechanic found turbo bypass valve to be leaking oil 
59000 mi

US $800
brake boost had vacuum leak transmission pan gasket leak roller on timing belt squeaked, roller changed on warranty, owner had timing belt & water pump changed 
67300 mi

US $600
transmission case had a leak had to replace entire transmission changed struts 
32240 mi

$300
Engine overheating, showing symptom of radiator fan running overun for more than 5 minute everytime after engine switch off, temperature rising more than 100 degree C, when running above 120KMH. 
40500 mi replaced leaking valve cover gasket 
54000 mi Knocking in front end going over bumps and turning. Parts replaced were: Steering rack Drivers side ball joint Drivers side sway bar link 
43000 mi Replaced inoperative satellite radio module under warrenty. 
43000 mi "Small Evaporator leak".  
72000 mi

US $200
lowbeam headlight had to be replaced no heat at front dash outlets 
81000 mi no heat at front dash outlets, never fixed 
57000 mi

US $100
PCV Valve issue causing a vacuum leak. Reinstalled after applying Silicone but started again after 100 miles. Needs that part and possibly other parts 
58300 mi

US $300
Same problem as before, PCV valve causing a vacuum leak. 

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2008 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

35500 mi fan change because of blade breakage and ventilator control switch makes strange noise engine runs uneven and rev meter goes up and down in even rythem, excessive burn of fuel horn not working 

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2007 Volkswagen Passat

Engine not specified

96000 mi

US $272
Transmission Audio system Goodwill: Electrical system Recently Diagnosed: Charcoal fuel filter disintegrating, Rear struts bad, Rear Wheel bearings bad... EPC system short Airbag control module blower motor 
30000 mi Some kind of hose broke on top of the engine. Leaked oil, shorted spark plug and car died on me. Then started again but oil kept leaking. They replaced the hose. During normal driving car started to sound like it had no muffler. Dealer replaced broken Catalic converter. 900 dollar repair covered by warranty. 

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2007 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

76000 mi

£250
Electronic parking brake stuck on. Calipers seized. Engine speed sensor failed. Bolt sheared on attempted removal resulting in gearbox having to be removed 

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2007 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

73160 mi

C $100
gas cap defective 

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2007 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

24000 mi Bolt to oil pump broke causing engine to loose oil pressure. Oil pump and timing chain along with all applicable gaskets and hoses replaced under warranty. Known issue on early build 3.6 motors. 
34000 mi Electronic parking brake would not disengage, rendering car undrivable. Switch replaced under warranty. Took 3 days to get part.  
36000 mi

US $5
Rear seat overhead interior light cluster continually falling out of ceiling. Fixed in home garage by owner with glue the first time. Several months later the light fell out again and some epoxy was used by owner. Successful repair at this point.  
33000 mi Took car for routine maintenance. Dealer discovered leaking radiator. Fixed under warranty at no cost. 
63000 mi

US $1200
Serpentine belt roller melted, belt snapped, engine overheated. 

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2007 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

275-horsepower 4.6L V8 5-speed manual FWD

19000 mi Parking brake light came on; went out at dealer. Tire pressure light came on; dealer over-inflated tires to make it go away. 
20000 mi Plastic cover beneath engine loose because dealer failed to tighten screws that secure it. Second dealer replaced and tightened screws, original dealer paid for the work. 
23000 mi Oil pump bolt loosened. Replaced with new model bolt, oil changed because of metal fragments. Requires pulling transmission for access. 
30000 mi replaced chain tensioner and bolts 
32000 mi bas coolant level sensor replaced 
40000 mi

US $100
check engine light on; no error code 
Steering wheel not aligned in the center, in other words car felt like it was moving to the right. 
6000 mi Left Driver's side headlight did not function. It is Bi-Xenon AFS. TPMS monitor was on for second time in one month 
12000 mi Driver's side AFS Bi-Xenon light inoperative. 
43000 mi Catalytic Converter had to be replaced. Owner noticed major vibrating noise and took it to the dealer. Dealer immdly diagnosed problem and resolved it within 4 hrs. Car was over the 4yr/40k warnty - but the prts/lbr was covered TSB repair - Steering jam in 2007 Passat. I experience this jam - twice while starting(stationary). Restarting the engine - corrected the problem. 
50500 mi Both horns not working - has a faint sound. Total estimate $350 to replace both. Did not repair due to expense involved. 
56700 mi

US $175
Left AFS Headlight Inoperative 
61700 mi

US $84
Coolant low warning sign - had to flush out coolant and new coolan 
63700 mi

US $1000
Driver side sun visor detached - which impacted electrical circuit and fuse. Main cost was for labor to fix fuse/circuit 
70000 mi

US $280
Replace Vent Hose 
79000 mi Panel over the driver's side wheel rusted. 
41000 mi

US $119
Intermittant immobilizer. 
49000 mi Check engine light. Replaced gas cap. Also ordered sensor. Sensor replaced. Check engine light out. Tailgate wouldn't always latch. Replaced tailgate latch.  
59000 mi Airbag warning light 
61500 mi

US $129
Parking brake fault light. Required software update. 
62000 mi Brake light, parking brake light, ESP, ASL lights came on. Also wouldn't shift out of 3rd gear. 
63000 mi

US $100
Last problem re-occurred after 1 week. Multiple warning lights. VW suggested replacing ABS but not sure that's the problem. So far OK after a week and a half. 
76000 mi

US $500
Broken right rear spring Leaky hose from squirter tank, cost almost $400! When fixing the hose they found a small leak in the radiator and replaced it. 
93000 mi

US $100
Floor heat vent not working 
100000 mi

US $2400
Replace front & read shocks, struts and control arms. 
38620 mi

﷼600
The oil cooler mixed oil and coolant, they replaced it for me. $600 US. 
119300 mi

US $700
Right Rear Caliper Exploded. I was able to drive to the dealership using my brakes minimally. 
120000 mi

US $1500
paid 1500 to replace brake controller and rewire the wires from right rear caliper to brake controller which was leaking brake fluid *into* the brake controller AC had stopped working normally, dealer suggested a complete recharge. Seemed to fix the problem. Passenger Airbag Fault - dealer reset code, but as soon as passenger got in car, fault returned!!!! $120 wasted! Power Trunk Failed 
124000 mi

US $550
Left Front Wheel Bearing Failed! :( Passenger Air Bag Fault 
126000 mi

US $2084
Both lower control arms and ball joints wore out 
134000 mi

US $327
Failed oxygen sensor was replaced 
73000 mi Valve body replaced 
95700 mi

US $1400
A/c compressor failed, had to replace and recharge the entire system. 
100000 mi

US $340
Water hose had to be replaced, it was a formed hose and needed special clamps per the dealer and the hose alone was $200. This hose was rubbing the electric fan and developed a leak. 
105000 mi

US $599
Coil springs broken and replaced. 
110000 mi

US $540
Radiator had to be reconnected per the dealer. Also AC system drained and recharged per dealer. 

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2007 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

250-horsepower 3.2L V6 6-speed automated manual AWD

3100 mi Carpet lifting, had to be replaced 
3720 mi Scratched trim in April trip - had to be repaired. Updated engine management software at the same time 
20460 mi

A $900
*Rotational noise from tires - obviously an alignment problem, but shop said there was nothing that could be done. Tires wearing unevenly 
21080 mi Electronic handbrake failure. 
43400 mi

A $1800
Suspension bushings and front control arms replaced 
45880 mi

A $4500
*duplicate Front suspension control arms replaced. front and rear suspension bushings replaced. 70,000km service 
64100 mi Replaced faulty lambda sensor 
68200 mi

A $250
Headlight harness had dislodged 
75020 mi

A $1200
Replace failed A/C compressor 

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2007 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

-horsepower 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

92000 mi evap system malfuntioning. There is a TSB but car is out of warranty. Faulty system design. Air bag light on. Purchased Ross Tech diagnostic system. Turned light off, has not come back on. 
64000 mi Both Vanity Mirror lights stopped working. They've been ordered. Turbo was leaking oil. Replaced a gasket. Lumbar in the drivers seat has stopped working.  
82300 mi

US $400
the weld that connects the exhaust to the turbo flange failed. It had to be rewelded. 
32000 mi No problems found but Fault Code: P0456 - Evaporative Emission System Control System Very Small Leak Detected – Sporadic. They performed the "OY12" Recall Software Update and erased fault codes and reset computer readiness codes. 
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. The Rear Lift Gate has been malfunctioning for the last week or so. It goes up mostly OK but it doesn’t close like normal…it sometimes stops ~1/2 way down. Pressing the close button again doesn’t help much either. Email 010508: fixed by cleaning seal Cleaned liftgate seal. 
49000 mi The Rear Lift Gate had been malfunctioning again. It opened mostly OK but didn’t close like normal. It many times stopped ~1/3 the way down. The left & right Electric Lift Gate Motors were replaced. All is well now. 
65000 mi

US $40
Had cold engine low idle instability. Dealer replaced PCV and reflashed controller. Also cleaned intake ports with BG Products cleaner 
74000 mi

US $120
The Heater Temperature Dial and Vent Selector Control did not function correctly for the past several months. A malfunctioning “G191” Interior Air Temperature Sensor (VW P/N: 1K0-907-543-E) was replaced. 
114000 mi

US $325
High Pressure Fuel Pump, Intake Camshaft, and HPFP Cam Follower (found to be badly worn) replaced under Extended VW HPFP Warranty. No fault code, usually required for inspection.  Airbag Warning Lamp repaired. 
117500 mi

US $1240
Exhaust leak at the pipe immediately after the Turbo Exhaust Outlet where the Pipe joins the Flange. The Pipe broke completely free from the Flange. New Exhaust Pipe Catalyst section (VW P/N: 3C0-254-505-X) installed plus Clamp and Gasket. *d 3-day wait for parts. The Exhaust Flange next to the Turbo Outlet broke (loud exhaust leak). A new Flange/Pipe with the Catalyst section was installed. Price for the Pipe part alone was $941 due to the precious metals inside the Catalyst. 
129000 mi

US $290
The Engine was taking a much longer than normal to warm up in cold weather. The Coolant Thermostat was stuck open. The Coolant Thermostat was replaced. 
132000 mi

US $79
I replaced all 4 Ignition Coils and Spark Plugs due to P0303 Cylinder 3 Misfire Code. The Code has remained off for >1200 Miles so far. 
141000 mi

US $1100
Cleaned Carbon Deposits off Engine Intake Manifold Flaps and Engine Intake Valves. Changed Engine Oil/Filter. Cleaned Evap Valve. 
142000 mi

US $36
I installed a new Evaporative Emission (EVAP) Canister Purge Regulator Valve (N80 Valve). It stopped the P0171 Fuel Trim, Bank1 System too Lean and P0455 EVAP Emission Contr. Sys. (Gross Leak) Leak Detected DTCs from triggering/logging. 
145000 mi

US $39
10MAY2014 - @145,145 Miles I replaced the blown out LH Door Speaker. I installed a Pioneer TS-A1675R 6.5" 3-Way 50-Watt 4 Ω Coaxial Speaker in its place. 
152000 mi

US $68
18DEC2014 - @152,591 Miles I replaced the Thermostat. It was difficult to remove and replace but probably saved ~$600 doing it myself. 
152000 mi Suspect a secondary Thermostat failed. Engine didn't circulate PCV Vapor through the Catch Can as a tan milky substance clogged its hose. Condensation trapped. Engine oil became watery and this led to oil pump failure which ruined the engine. 
88660 mi Check engine light came on, took into the dealership and they were not able to locate the problem. They did note that there was a technical note on the exhaust lobes of the camshaft and if the engine starts to miss-fire we should return. 
94640 mi

C $750
The CV boots on the car needed replacement due to cracking. Completely expected at 152,000KM. 
97340 mi

C $375
We had to replace the rear wheel hub bearings on both sides. At this mileage it's an expected maintenance repair. 
104000 mi

US $50
drivers side door handle completely failed. entire module had to be replaced.  EPB emergency parking brake switch failed. car was immobilized at home in garage w/brake fully engaged, no way to over ride or reset. ordered epb dashswitch, replaced it, problem was solved.  
119000 mi

US $800
All 4 swing arm bushings replaced, ride is tight like new. 
124000 mi

US $1000
rear left bearing has play so we are replacing cv boot replacement 
144000 mi

US $400
rear hatch hinge blew a bolt. interior disassembly required. 
170000 mi

US $729
Both radiator fans failed & were replaced @ dealership. One of the fans is required for A/C. 
66000 mi

US $35
CD changer seized, won't play or change disks (radio works). Dealer checked code, ordered new radio. CD/radio replaced, new one works fine, plus now has clock on radio (bonus). Lost 6 CDs that could not be removed from old replaced radio (repair under warranty, cost is for CD replacement) 
70000 mi For 2+ mo.: push key does not start engine on first try; now "steering column defective" error; eventual no start if untreated (dealership says); dealership repaired/replaced comfort module on steering column and no further issue. 
73000 mi Rear window auto up/down not working (but window worked if hold down/up button); replaced motor and window track under certification warranty. Also repaired air bag recall during this visit. 
81000 mi

US $600
Fuel smell in engine compartment & cabin; shop found fuel leak in fuel injector rails but special tool required to fix, recommended take to dealership. Shop recommend drive straight to dealer. Car at dealership now, on separate repair trip. At least one fuel injector seal leaking fuel from pressurized system. All four seals replaced. (Note: self repair would have required $250 special tool to pull injectors and 4 o-rings $25.) 
31000 mi Check engine light was on--code from OBD II indicated an issue with the Flap Motor. Light was reset, and comes on intermittently. Was told that required maintenance (per TSB) might not have been completed...but the car was purchased as certified pre-owned 
39000 mi Check engine light and airbag fault light illuminated. 
40000 mi Check engine light reilluminated--replaced several parts in the turbo and emissions system 
47000 mi Steering column lock defective causing car to not start and/or stall intermittently. Steering column lock replaced under warranty. 
59000 mi Malfunctioning seat belt in rear, there was an open campaign to repair it. Malfunctioning hose clip on window washer supply line preventing fluid from reaching the windshield. 
60000 mi Power Door locks malfunctioning; had to order parts to replace Fixed malfunctioning seat belt Window washer system malfunction 
64000 mi Replaced malfunctioning door locks. 
14880 mi Rear hatch closing switch replaced. 
23560 mi Electronic parking brake switch replaced 
30380 mi The AC compressor required replacement. 
34720 mi

C $120
Replaced noisy heater fan Right front suspension noisy, replaced bushing. 
40920 mi AC not running cold. Leaking O ring replaced. 
40920 mi Air not running cold. Compressor replaced. Repair not effective. Will be bringing it back in. 
41540 mi AC repaired. I think it was the compressor. 
42780 mi A flange on the catalytic converter failed, requiring replacement of the cat converter. Noisy flap when in recirc mode required replacement. 
46500 mi

C $150
Problem could not be isolated (leak somewhere). System recharged, with dye, to try to locate source of leak. 
55000 mi Oil found dripping, vaccum tube replaced, found drip still happening, faulty turbo seal. Seal not repairable, turbo replaced. 
70000 mi In omaha, NE. Faulty PCV. Replaced.  A/C not cold, evacuated, Checked for leaks. Recharged. In Novi. MI. Weld on Turbo catalytic converter broke. New cat converter installed. 
39000 mi they were still investigating why it was losing a quart every 1k and also not showing a warning when there was low oil. Also rattled like an old Ford Pinto. 
57000 mi Fuel pump light I believe came on to stop car and turn off engine. Towed in on Sunday. Found a bolt head broke off near the timing chain. Ordered all the parts and got the car 8 days later. 1 in a million chance problem I was told. 
77700 mi

US $280
Had to replace a sensor that affected fuel pressure in system, causing low fuel pressure and therefore stalling. 
81000 mi

US $250
Cam Follower - Issue often found with these engines. Fixed under extended manufacturer warranty applied to this issue specifically. 
90000 mi ABS Warning light came on. Issue was repaired as followup to a recall previously performed. 
121000 mi

US $2000
Replaced Compressor and cooling fans. 
140000 mi

US $2200
Power steering stopped working. Both independent shop and dealer determined that I need a new steering rack! 
161300 mi

US $2500
Transmission Valve Body and Water Pump 
14000 mi Flapper valve motor needed to be reset to spec. Was told if problem reoccured,the motor would be replaced. No mil so far after2 weeks! 
18000 mi Radio stopped, no sound from speakers. Diagnosed as amplifier defected,overnight shipped a replacement,installed next day. Problem corrected. 
38000 mi Driver side rear wheel bearing noisy, replaced at dealer under warranty. No out of pocket costs. 
47000 mi REPLACED HIGH PRESSURE FUEL PUMP AND RELATED PARTS AS PER FACTORY EXTENDED BULLETIN.Also intake flapper motor as documented on earlier visits,CEL on. No charge on repairs,rental car for one day. 
65000 mi

US $335
Check engine light,evaporator sensor replaced Recall on PVC valve,replaced under warranty 
75000 mi

US $390
Check engine light,intake sensor,ran intake deposits cleaner. 
77000 mi

US $100
cv boot replaced,was split 
1240 mi warning light on for airbag; turned out to be some loose connection 
4340 mi rattles in dash, B pillar and trunk 
19840 mi Anchor for partition of trunk broken from previous repair for rattle. 
22320 mi Another broken anchor of rear partition between cabin and trunk. 
24800 mi The warning lamp for exhaust emission lit up. This required replacement of a certain part. 
29140 mi

$2000
Abs pump replaced 
32860 mi

$15
The anchor for partition between cabin and trunk fell off (it is a wagon) 
42160 mi

$650
and leaking ball joint cover replaced. 
49600 mi

$200
I was told that the one of the joints in the steering system had its 'capsule' broken. This was replaced. 
58280 mi

$350
Xenon bulb busted; change required removal of bumper by mechanic 
62620 mi

$200
I was told that the cover of the ball joint had broken Some 'pressure valve' broke *dup I was told that the covering of the ball joint broke. 
67580 mi

$900
AC not cold New pump installed 
71300 mi

$150
Problem identified in routine check; no noticeable symptoms 
71300 mi

$23
Broken carbon canister shutoff valve 
78120 mi

$250
The cupholder at the console was replaced 
91760 mi

$300
Suspension cover broke 
92560 mi

$300
Broken wheel bearing; replaced 
72540 mi Check engine light was on. Loss of power. 
76880 mi

C $585
Right left ball bearing was making noise. It was replaced 
80160 mi

C $200
Engine exhaust gasket was replaced 
85560 mi Checked oil and it was completely dry. Three liters were added. No leaks found. Must go back to dealer after 1000 km 
97960 mi

C $1700
Replaced rear right bearing Repared part of exhaust pipe 
99800 mi

C $289
Front wheel bearing had to be vhanged 
100400 mi

C $500
Starter failed and was replaced 
102300 mi

C $500
Front springs on both sides were replaced after driving through a pothole 
102000 mi

US $1000
Poor performance, turbo was no longer functioning properly after mechanic worked on vehicle. 
109000 mi

US $3000
Knocking, poor performance, and lack of power 
97000 mi

US $182
Cooling fans not working CV joint boots all 4 busted 
60000 mi

US $980
Exhaust pipe broke just after turbo 
62000 mi

US $180
Air mix and actuator broken in HVAC system 
66000 mi Air mix and actuator still broken in HVAC system 
65500 mi

US $53
The switch that lowers the tail gate failed. It was a simple repair, but unexpected in the first 1000 of ownership. 
74000 mi

US $190
Right rear wheel bearing replaced. I bought the replacement on line saving $80 campared to shop price. Replaced with OEM FAG assembly. 
76000 mi leaking rear shock replaced under waranty 
79000 mi

US $50
The radio would discharge the battery when parked for over two days. 
80000 mi

US $50
Airbag light on, replaced sensor Engine light on replaced thermostat 
85000 mi

US $1000
Cam follower failed damaging the head beyond repair. This was repaired under VW extended warranty. While the engine was apart timing belt and tension pulleys were replaced along with spark plugs and oil changed. This I had to pay for. 
86300 mi

US $1120
Exhaust pipe broke at catalytic converter. Entire exhaust system replaced. 
93000 mi

US $167
I had no indication of a problem but I relied on the opinion of the mechanic. 
72000 mi

US $120
Replaced the battery. 
90000 mi

US $1100
Thermostat replacement 
94000 mi

US $120
Slight misfire at full throttle. Decided to replace coils and plugs since car was coming up on a major service interval anyway. 
105000 mi Rear wheel bearing developed a howling noise over a 2k mileage period. Replaced both rear wheel bearings. 
111000 mi

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

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2007 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

-horsepower 5-speed manual FWD

52080 mi Had to do with the HVAC system...clicking coming from one of the flap motors 
81220 mi

C $50
Intake flap module was replaced 
8060 mi Check engine and loose fuel cap light came on in spite of fuel cap being well secured. Cleared codes and did software reflash at same time to comply with an unrelated TSB. Ordered new fuel cap but did not prove necessary, problem seems related to overfi 
39680 mi Check engine light illuminated; check with my VAG-COM scan tool revealed a series of codes related to the intake runner flap motor. Took the scan result and downloaded TSB to the dealer during routine service. Computer reflashed, problem corrected. 
48360 mi Right hand mirror heating element discovered non-functional by self VAG-COM scan. Replaced under warranty. 
53940 mi CEL for random misfire cyl 4 and second random misfire cyl 1, diagnosed by owner (VAG-COM). TSB for crankcase breather valve. Valve replaced by dealer under warranty 
58280 mi Squeaking belts when cold. Dealer unable to reproduce. 
80600 mi

C $800
Preventive timing belt replacement 
89280 mi

C $1000
Subframe loose. Installed new bolts and shims. Mirror turn signal LED failed. Part replaced 
12000 mi re-repair o2 sensor re-repair radio 
48700 mi Airbag switch in steering wheel, some problem with the air system 
66000 mi Car would start, but wouldn't continue running. Covered outside of warranty under a recall 
74300 mi

US $500
Valve cover gasket cracked 
82000 mi

US $1040
Down pipe including cat had to be replace. Pipe cracked after turbo 

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2007 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

43060 mi

A $1600
Faulty fuel injector sensor replaced - significant cost of $1600, which I consider a high cost / risk for a vehicle with barely 40,000 miles! 

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2007 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

45880 mi Injector Failure. 4 Injectors replaced. 
54140 mi Replaced injectors failed again. All 4 injectors replaced for second time. Electric Park Brakes fails often. Software Updated. 
57040 mi Electric parking brake failed. Required computer reset. 
66960 mi

A $1600
Engine Light On. Glow Plugs replaced but problem not fixed. Parking Brake Switch Failed 
86360 mi Fuel Pump Leaking 

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2007 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

100000 mi Seems that there may be an emissions issue, perhaps catalytic converter? Will need more diagnostics. The AFS system has failed, perhaps just due to another bad Xenon bulb. This will make 4 changes? Taking the bumper off each time :(. Rain sensor on windshield wipers not functioning. 

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2007 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

-horsepower 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

10000 mi

US $120
Had an occasional airbag fault light on dash. Did not occur while at dealer. Said would replace sensor if it reoccured. Fixed dash rattle. 
12000 mi Dealer fixed airbag seat sensor to correct fault light on dash. Also updated radio software to correct problem with the radio not turning off when key removed. 
15000 mi Check engine light came on for airbag. Dealer replaced seat belt buckle catch which fixed problem. Also did 15000 mile service which is basically an oil change. 
20000 mi

US $330
Routine 20,000 mile service done and a TSB for musty smell from AC. TSB clean AC duct and fixed problem under warranty. 
23000 mi Parking brake switch would not operate. Malfunction light on dash turned on. Bad parking brake switch was replaced under warranty.  
39000 mi Remote key failed. Would not operate locks, but did operate ignition. Replaced under warranty. Also completed 40K service at same time. 
47000 mi burned out headlight bulb. 
57000 mi

US $125
Electric parking brake switch malfunctioned. Switch on dashboard replaced. This was replaced 2 years ago under warranty. Also did 60K service and rear brake pads at same time. 
70000 mi

US $1200
replace valve cover gastket to repair small oil leak Alternator failing, replace alternator 
89000 mi

US $500
Treat AC system to eliminate musty odor Standard service performed. Dealer also completed 3 tech service items at not cost to me. 
101000 mi

US $1450
Drivers door latch mechanism would not open and had to be replaced. The exhaust pipe cracked just before Catlytic converter and had to be replaced. 
14000 mi Key fob sticking in ignition. New ignition switch ordered. 
15000 mi Ignition switch replaced under warranty. 
36000 mi PCV valve replaced Switch for raising front passenger window from driver door replaced. 
57000 mi

US $1763
Broken valve spring Engine control management module and throttle sender unit both failed 
69700 mi

US $425
Replaced bearing after noise heard from suspension. Replaced low beam bulb 
22000 mi Intake Motor was working incorrectly on recent road trip. CEL came up for a couple of hours and then disappeared. Dealer checked the fault codes and replaced the motor under warranty. 
43800 mi CEL denoted a small EVAP. Dealership replaced the entire EVAP line. One of the LEDs in the taillight had gone out. Dealership replaced the entire taillight assembly 
61700 mi

US $370
Clock spring in steering failed. Horn & steering wheel controls were disabled. The dealership put in a new clock spring to fix it. 
59000 mi TSB for sesat wiring harness, steering interlock switch, powertrain ignition coils. Valve cover gasket failure, repaired under powertrain warranty 
92000 mi

US $2788
Motor mount bolt failure, failure of motor mount. R/R timg belt, valves, mount, bolts. Suspect that bolt not properly replaced when removed for earlier timing belt replacement. 
93300 mi

US $62
Ebrake switch malfunction 
99300 mi

US $63
N80 purge valve failure 
129500 mi

US $150
CV boot torn, replaced entire CV axlfe. 
132700 mi

US $129
R&R valve cover gasket 
10000 mi Air Bag Fault Light 
23000 mi

US $325
Air bag light malfunction - needed to order part. Low tire pressure warning light on. 
56000 mi

US $500
Replaced 4 coils - cylinder 1 misfire Replaced front brakes too 
111000 mi

US $80
Just bought the car. Broken motor mount bolt point found when changing a timing belt. Used the Diesel Geek park to fit the missing piece of block. Did not take off turbo, just used one of two bolts and JB Weld. Timing belt replacement. Need to use new bolts on these cars. Last bolts used to connect the mount to the block were weak. Two of the three were sheered off almost causing the old timing belt to break and drop the engine. 
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 
19000 mi Dealer left oil cap loose, Check engine light came on 
20000 mi Oil filler cap had a leak, replaced 
21000 mi Replaced leaky oil cap. 
2000 mi Trunk was badly misaligned with body of car and required hinges to be unscrewed and aligned. Brake pedal goes to floor with moderate pedal pressure. Key would sometimes get stuck in its socket - safety lock would sometimes stick and not release it. Fixed with lube of internal interlock parts. Squeak from passenger side of dashboard, can be quieted by pressing on dash. Dealership lubed glovebox hinges, which did not fix the problem. 
3000 mi Squeak from passenger side of dashboard, can be quieted by pressing on dash. Dealer attempted to repair with foam tape, but the squeak has now moved to the adjacent trim panel around radio. Problem has been changed but not fixed. 
49000 mi Front left turn signal housing tab broke, and housing fell out of place. MFD sometimes fades/dims, but it would not do this while car was in shop. 
61000 mi

US $817
A/C compressor failed, entailing replacement of compressor. 
67000 mi Flange that holds front catalytic converter to rear of turbo housing broke off, creating an open exhaust. 
163300 mi

US $400
Turbocharger failed. I replaced it with a good used one, for which I paid $300. Ancillary parts and fluids were about $100 more. 
9000 mi Emissions warning light (gas cap) comes on which eventually leads to the check engine light coming on. Replaced the gas cap and some sensors, had to order some hose from Germany. 
9000 mi Return to replace a hose related to emissions ordered after previous visit. 
60000 mi *dupe Automatic transmission got stuck in 3rd gear for a couple hours. Went away after the car sat idle for a few hours. VW Dealer said VWUSA required the transmission be completely replaced with new one.They did the whole thing in just 2 days. 
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. 
81000 mi

US $600
I had 2 separate issues: 1. Crank Case Valve & gasket leaking/spraying oil. Repaired by Strong VW Dealer in SLC. 2. My car spun on ICE & hit the cement barrier. Had to fix steel wheel & wheel bearing assembly. Repaired at other shop 
108300 mi

US $3700
The factory turbo down pipe snapped and broke free which meant the turbo system was no longer functioning properly and there was a drastic loss in power and increase in exhaust noise. 
118000 mi

US $1500
oil was leaking into the coil packs and causing misfires. Coils replaced. Transmission work done as well (fluids for tiptronic auto) I think my previous trip to do some upgrades may have opened up gasket and allowed oil into coils 
121000 mi

US $2
replaced water pump, turbo failure, possible oil pump failure. Gasket failure 
8000 mi BAss flare issue and power off issues noted. TSB had been issued that fixed the issue and also added a clock to the radio. 
8000 mi Took into shop because of musty type smell when air conditioning was not in use. Took into dealer and they mentioned they had seen the problem and had a TSB for it. Did a system flush and deodarized. 
29000 mi I believe it was a PCV valve that was replaced. Had an intermittent whine or high pitch whistle. 
38300 mi Went in with A/C not working. New compressor installed as it had failed - within warranty.. (Also new battery installed as I had to get jumped the week before.)  Drivers visor including Homelink replaced as light was not functioning on mirror - within warranty. 
37000 mi pvc valve bad...causing oil leak. must be taken to dealer to be covered by warranty. 200 mile one way. ordered part to perform DIY repair. trip 
37000 mi

US $159
made appointment. drove to dealer. told many items on warranty/computer needed update/repair. dealer would only do oil leak as that was why i had an appointment after i returned home (200mi) i found a tube/pipe not reconnected. 
36000 mi Purge valve was replaced. Notorious issue for the FSI 2.0 turbos. Replaced with updated and improved factory part by local VW dealer under warranty. 
40000 mi Torque converter had to be replaced. Low rpm shudder under light load while converter was trying to lock. 
51000 mi Flap motor on air intake malfunctioned, produced and error code and was replaced. Codes reset. 
52000 mi Motor that controlled air flap on intake quit working again, VW replaced under warranty O-ring at compressor failed. Replaced and recharged. 
88700 mi

US $400
Coil caught fire 
92700 mi

US $1790
Power steering system failed Power amplifier stopped working 
108000 mi

US $1900
Power Steering rack failure 
110000 mi

US $550
Could not remove key from electric lock 
119000 mi

US $800
Another failure of the electronic steering! 
121000 mi

US $732
Multiple coil pack failure, other sensors. Coils are a constant headache. Going to sell the car! 
127300 mi

US $650
Ignition coils smoking 
143000 mi

US $1000
Timing belt broke. Damaged head and block. Car sold off 
67000 mi

US $987
A filter in the emissions system broke down and clogged the systems causing a loss of power. 
78000 mi

US $1400
sensors and air flow motor went out. 
83000 mi

US $1800
Master Cylinder went out. Front CV joints replaces Manifold replaced 
87000 mi

US $650
Heating went out. 
87000 mi

US $957
Serpentine belt Emission failed 
15000 mi Emission sensor. Front panel rattle, never fixed. 
24000 mi Engine light came on, fixed, then came on again, half an hour after leaving shop, took three trips. Had this problem six times while owned the car. VW dealer said they did not know why, never offered to replace the sensor. Then tire pressure light came on again. Fixed it, but have many times before, never stays fixed. Engine started shaking while driving at low speeds. Shop could not replicate problem, but started as soon as we left dealarship. Car returned to us dirty. Sold the damned car. Now just have the Accord to save on money 
55000 mi pcv valve replacement 
95700 mi

US $233
test of battery failed; replaced with new 
99000 mi

US $816
R side inner/outer CV boot defective; L inner CV boot replaced 
113300 mi

US $1070
valve cover gaskets and breather tube leaking; worn spark plugs replaced. oil return line off turbo leaking. Part and required gaskets replaced. 
117000 mi

US $98
diagnose lighting system alert; replace R-side halogen headlamp 
85300 mi Bad coil, new plugs, 
85700 mi

US $45
Ignition coil Another bad ignition coil 
33400 mi Excessive oil usage. Diagnosis: one of the cylinders was not round. Entire engine was replaced under warranty. 
47000 mi I lemoned this car after 13 months of ownership. It had 49k on the clock. Said vehicle burned 1.3 quarts of oil per 1000 miles. 
139100 mi Flex exhaust pipe leaking Other shop advised I wait till it breaks more to do repair 
144460 mi Driver door 1 of 3 rollers seized. Advised to spray with Lubricant. Has improved marginally. 
159340 mi

C $1200
Front boot replaced Noise when driving bearings replaced 
170460 mi New battery 
61380 mi Radio keeps fading in and out while driving, sometimes just quits 
62000 mi Radio failed 
65100 mi Service light on - air mass sensor ordered 
67560 mi

C $92
112000 km service and replacement of turn signal light in side mirror, oil change 
71920 mi heater blower discovered needed replacing - bushing back and front needed replacing 
79360 mi

C $185
Emergency brake seized 
46300 mi Multi function on steering wheel works sporadically this also translated into problems with the horn... very dangerous for me i live in NYC and need it but they are "working on ordering the parts"... 
47000 mi *no repair 
56000 mi

US $3000
Bent intake valve broken spark plugs 
65000 mi door molding(bottom) came loose 
85000 mi

US $2300
Crankshaft malfunction. Check engine light came on. Dealer said it will cost 2300 to fix. We decided to trade in the car with its remaining value with a brand new crv. Would never buy a vw. Not in this lifetime. 

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2007 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

-horsepower 5-speed manual FWD

85000 mi

US $440
CEL came on due to "Performance Malfunction in Cooling System" (error code P2181). After various diagnostics (by myself and by the shop) it turned out that the thermostat had to be replaced. 
40000 mi Performed required vehicle update (RVU) which fixed engine light problem. 
109000 mi

US $35
Replaced the horns. 
133000 mi

US $220
Replace thermostat 
149000 mi

US $1200
Need a new ac compressor 
15000 mi Called for an appointment and they carried the part in stock. Replaced driver side vanity mirror bulb and switch to illuminate bulb. Dropped car off in morning returned after work. 
24000 mi Called for an appointment and they ordered the part. Replaced passenger visor including vanity mirror, light and switch. Dropped car off in morning returned at lunch. Successful repair 
51000 mi

US $25
Headlight bulb exploded in the headlight reflector. This required removal of the entire headlight assembly to remove pieces of glass. Part was difficult to remove but went back together very easily.  
60000 mi

US $1225
Air conditioner compressor failed. Dealer replaced compressor, dryer and thermal expansion valve and flushed cooling system. Car started rough and then stalled when cold. After restart, car ran normally.  
61000 mi

US $811
Previous air conditioner repair removed front bumper and light assembly. After repair headlight was misaligned and marker light was intermittent. Shop reinstalled headlight bulb securely and replaced marker bulb and checked the connections. Replaced steering column module. reprogrammed keys. 
100000 mi

US $400
Thermostat replaced 
108000 mi

US $250
New battery 
16000 mi

US $80
Malfunction Indicator Light on. 2 problems: a) Evap emission ctrl sys recall. New parts installed;  Second problem b) 3 cyls intermittent miss per OBD II. Software flashed 
41000 mi Dashboard switch for electric parking / emergency brake failed and needed replacement 
50000 mi Squeaking front suspension bushings replaced under warranty 
97000 mi

US $2300
fuel pump that runs off the camshaft broke and camshaft needed replacing. 

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2006 Volkswagen Passat

Engine not specified

21000 mi Transmission valve body possible failure 
22000 mi Steering column switch, Wiper switch 
24000 mi PCV valve 
35000 mi ignition coil replaced steering column lock warning.  
84000 mi intake manifold kept getting stuck open. 

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2006 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

37000 mi

£1000
Having driven approx 3 miles from home, 'engine fault - workshop' message displayed; engine stopped, would not re-start. Local repair shop recovered vehicle; faulty injector (diesel 2.0L PD engine) diagnosed. 
38000 mi Inlet manifold pressure sensor failure (warning light on dash illuminated - but problem occured a few weeks before light came on) vehicle would go into 'limp home mode' intermittently (usually after fresh start from cold). 
42000 mi Previous problem (intermittently going into limp mode)returned within an hour of 'repair' - i.e: inlet-manifold pressure-sensor showing overboost! Turbo removed & cleaned; also, VNT checked-ok. Refitted turbo - fault cleared. 
42000 mi

£40
Limp-mode 6 weeks after turbo clean-up; checked all vacuum lines etc also, vac-tested related parts of system, all ok. Removed turbo for checks, cleaned all relevant parts & re-fitted; still in limp-mode. MAP sensor fault, ordered sensor. 
43000 mi While at dealer for replacement injectors VCDS flagged MAF fault but car ok - not going into limp-mode & no warning lights on dash. Vehicle runs fine. 
47000 mi Auto parking-brake fault; lights flashing on dash. Vehicle driven (audible warning constant)to local dealer for diagnosis. Nearside rear caliper failure evident - not covered on my extended warranty (Warranty Direct uk) as I later discoverd 
47000 mi Vehicle would not start; then, after a few attempts, started but went into limp-home mode with engine management light luminated on dash. Dealer repair consisted of replacement ecu loom. Front, off-side spring & bearing broken causing noise in steering mechanism. Spring/bearing replaced all ok. Car would not start but no warning lights illuminated on dash - also, no fault-codes logged on system! Dealer retained vehicle for tests but drew a blank & returned car but, on return fault re-occurred but after a few minutes all was ok. 
47500 mi Engine cutting-out on long run to Paris. Nursed vehicle home & drove to dealer for repair. Lots of fault codes evident but main problem (they said) was camshaft positioning sensor; this part being replaced under extended warranty. Engine cutting-out but able to re-start it. Crankshaft positioning sensor replaced. 
52000 mi Electronic parking brake fault (warning lights/beeping) appeared on dashboard. Replaced switch (as brakes were functioning ok) but still fault showing; will reset all codes when laptop available. 
52500 mi Vehicle taken to my usual repair dealer who reported both rear brake motors (e-parking brake) faulty; one replaced under VW parts warranty (only 15 months/6K miles covered)but other motor not covered - awaiting decision from ext warranty. 

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2006 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

88000 mi

US $8000
oil bolt failure, common with this year motor, VW does not recognize the problem as a defect even though I found 58 exact same engine failures due to this faulty oil pump bolt Needed complete new engine. 
94000 mi Ignition key lock working intermittently, air bag recall defect 
53000 mi Oil Pump bolt sheered off. Timingchain and support assemblies replaced. If we had continued driving the car the engine would have been lost. 
63000 mi Major oil leak due to botched engine repair in May, 2011 to repair oil pump bolt issue. 
79000 mi

US $1400
Engine shut off while driving with no warning. Diagnosed problems were fuel pressure sensor, evap canister, and eap purge valve (N80). 
83000 mi

US $160
low coolant due to leaking hose damaged when major engine work was performed. airbag fault (wiring harness) code cleared - no problems found by mechanic 
86000 mi

US $470
Bearing destroyed by pothole. 
107000 mi

US $7
Headlight bulb replaced 
119000 mi Diagnose OBD code, replace O2 sensor. 
121300 mi

US $600
Replaced parking brake electro-mechanical caliper which would not disengage, and dash switch Replaced rear struts 
124000 mi

US $17
Replaced low beam headlight bulbs after one failed. 
5000 mi My compass not stay calibrated. I also noticed when I turn on the rear window defogger the compass will change it's direction within five seconds of activating the rear defogger. Then if you turn off the defogger the compass will go back to original headi 
7000 mi Vehicle compass malfunctions when rear defroster is activated causing compass display to be inaccurate. Manufacture unable to determine cause, and cannot fix at this time. During 3rd repair attempt vehicle paint was damaged and will also need repair/pai 
10000 mi Check engine light on. Replaced gas cap with new one. Light is now out. 
67580 mi Catalytic Converter was replaced. 
82000 mi electronic parking brake locked car up - had to be towed. had to pay towing after 5 miles. Dealer had to fix as I just got the car that day. replace air conditioning compressor done by non dealer shop 
83000 mi Steering column replaced.. this is common problem in Passat 06. I realized this problem existed when i bought the car i insisted the car be fixed, same with Air condit compressor. I bought it used... with 82000 miles on 
85000 mi

US $570
Brakes rear replace pads and service, also tune up done 
94000 mi

US $405
The engine didn't upshift Properly. Cam shaft and crank shaft sensors replaced, delay for part availability sent from Canada!Fixed, one week later light back on. another wire ? had to be replaced under the car which had to do with this. 

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2006 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

275-horsepower 4.6L V8 5-speed manual FWD

59000 mi Catalytic converter is falling apart at 59k miles. Parts ordered. Repair will be covered under 80k emissions warranty. 
61000 mi Front catalytic converter replaced under 80k emissions warranty 
64500 mi

US $2463
Timing chain broke. EPC indicator on, and no power on acceleration. 
1000 mi The bi-xenon headlight bulb burnt out prematurely. The front park assist sensor will beep continuously when wet. Dealer washed the car and sprayed the sensor but was unable to reproduce the problem. Car stereo showed NO SAT RADIO message. Radio software has been upgraded it hasn't shown since. The car experiences throttle hesitation. There has been a TSB issued for repair, however even after the re-flash of the ECU the problem still presists. 
4000 mi Passenger side rear bass speaker was not working. Computer registered the fault at mile 254 on 06/20/06. I did not take delivery of the car until 9/30/06 so this fault has always been present. Dealer ordered replacement part then replaced faulty speaker. Driver front window was not rolling all the way down and the auto up feature would work only intermittenly. Dealer acknoweldged that the error code was recorded however they could not reproduce the problem. They seem to have lubricated the window rails as The headlight connector pulled itself loose from the headlight assembly causing the front passenger headlight to go out again. This time I explained to the dealer that there is a TSB for this issue and it is not a faulty bulb but a loose connection. Deale 
17000 mi My car had the infamous hesitation from a rolling stop. Finally VW has resolved the issue and issued a TSB to have it re-flashed. The vehicle seems to be fine and drives better with the latest software. My stereo had the sudden bass syndrome. This problem has allegedly been resolved with the latest software update. We shall see, so far so good. After the ECU reflash my car has developed a problem with the E-brake (electronic parking brake) It gives a message on the MFD stating "e-brake switch failure see owner's manual"). The shop removed the switch plugged it back in and the problem went away. 
18000 mi The electrical emergency brake switch finally went completely broke. The car was stuck in my driveway and had to be towed. Dealer replaced the switch and everything has been fine since then. 
27000 mi Driver side headlight was inoperable. This is the 3rd time it happened. It has to do with the Adaptive Light System motor loosening the connector, there is a TSB out for it. Hopefully it's fixed for good this time. 
35000 mi Electronic Steering Lock was inoperable. Locked car down twice. Managed to drive it to dealership, dealer replaced faulty lock and electric module. Rear LED tail light had two LEDs not working. Replaced whole assembly with new one. 
15000 mi Check engine light came on while driving. Diagnostics indicated small leaks in tank ventilation system and evaporative emission system. Fuel cap was defective. New fuel cap installed. 
27000 mi Check engine light on. Fault P2401 evaporator emission system leak and P0456 tank ventilation system small leak recognized. Cleaned small amount of "debris" from fuel cap gasket. GFF test plan showed system ok. Y5 update. Checked and replaced positive battery cable. 
43000 mi Driver seat air bag fault 01217. Installed new wiring harness under seat. 

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2006 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

-horsepower 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

67300 mi

US $550
Changed Thermostat and cooling sensor 
35340 mi

C $75
Vanity mirror failed. Something petty but it is the third one now. 
37540 mi New vanity mirror installed. 
43400 mi The car had a broken coolant line bracket (or something like that) 
45260 mi I had a faulty fuel pump. The pump was replaced along with the TSB to replace the fuel cap. 
12000 mi electronic parking brake malfunctioned - would not activate, and inoperable parking brake message appeared on MultiFunction Display. repaired under warranty 
21000 mi Check Engine Light came on, Dealers said it ws Intake Manifold Sensor, had to be special-ordered from Germany 
42000 mi

US $600
electronic parking brake repaired radio surface damaged/peeling, replaced under warranty 
61000 mi

US $112
replaced valvetrain cover 
92000 mi

US $1500
cel - cooling system reported a probem lock would not engage on passenger door 
30000 mi Creaking noise from suspension when going over bumps. Driver's vanity mirror cracked. Rattle underneath car when going over bumps. 
35000 mi

US $65
Fog light grill was loose. 
42000 mi high pressure fuel pump and cam shaft needed replacement 
45000 mi

US $370
control arms were creaking in suspension. parts replaced. TSB was available for problem. 
49300 mi suspension part. control arms? 
71000 mi

US $600
thermostat needed replacement 
75000 mi

US $1200
compressor wiring corroded and needed new compressor catalytic converter became dislodged. Axle Boots showed tears, preventive replacement. 
33000 mi Replaced defective cam shaft due to abnormal wear on the lobe that drives the fuel pump. Also replaced the fuel pump. This is a known problem. 
53000 mi broken weld on exhaust manifold 
55000 mi replaced clips on steering column lock 
58000 mi

US $875
Fuel pump modulator failed, also caused some wiring in fuse box to fail. 
60000 mi Coil packs replaced On way home from repair 1, cam follower failed causing engine damage. Entire cylinder head needs replacement at cost of $3000! 
60500 mi

US $4800
Repairs necessarily included new oil pump ($1300) and main bearings. 
63000 mi

US $600
Main bearing seal. 
63000 mi

US $400
Bolt sheared on gear from timing chain to oil pump. Entire engine needs replacement. 
8000 mi Ignition coil went bad. Towed a week later for same problem. I was told it was my ignition coil that went bad, this was my 2nd time within a week having the car towed for this same problem, all within 12 days of purchasing the car 
9000 mi

US $146
The gas cap would seal completely, but the warning light would indicate it was not sealed randomly. coming on and going off with no changes to the cap made. The cap was replaced, bad seal on it. 
19000 mi The camshaft on the fuel pump was binding. Part was replaced and new bolts installed. 
20000 mi Oil drip after last repair trip and check engine light on. They corrected the drain plug mistake and replaced a flap motor. 
21000 mi

US $1468
The car would not start, no sounds were made, the lights would come on and prompted to turn wheel, eventually vehicle would start after trying for 2 minutes. Steering column control module internal malfunction and faults with comfort control module. 
26000 mi

US $354
Cam breather stuck closed causing the engine to idle rough and stall when stopped. 
27000 mi Fuel sensor replaced. Fuel, sensor, pump, and injector on national back order took 5 days to come in. Fuel injector replaced Fuel pump replaced 
31000 mi

US $100
Windshield wipers became detached from motor linkage after heavy ice and snow. Dealer removed wipers and cowl and re-attached the linkage. 
42000 mi

US $200
Cv boot replaced 
44000 mi Thermostat not functioning. Replaced. 
8000 mi

US $41
Parking brake switch in dash was bad - the PB warning in dash was displayed, and fault code found in PB control module. Owner replaced switch with updated version, problem solved. 
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 Dealer installed new Transmission Control Valve Body to eliminate rogh shift per TSB. 
18000 mi RVU 17D1/07 on PCV Valve and Hose.  Installed new Fuel Pump Control Module, per TSB 010806. 
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. 
26000 mi Gas cap would not seal causing light to come on. It was replaced under warranty. Main computer software reflash per TSB. Car has been consuming over 1 quart of oil every 2,500 miles, which I consider excessive for a modern piston engine. Volkswagen says anything under 1 quart per 1,000 miles is within spec, although I countered that I doubted my car would meet emissions sp Soot buildup on rear bumper above exhaust had stained paint to the point I could not get it off. The dealer's paint shop had a solvent which removed the stain. 
50000 mi

US $600
Thermostat needed to be replaced, causing "check engine/smog" light to come on. 
60000 mi

US $873
Replace turbo pressure regulating valve,replace left outer axle boot, replace both low beam headlights plus 60,000 mile service. 
73000 mi

US $578
Replace cracked CV boot 
15000 mi Order new lid for storage compartment to replace broken one (email 050207) Flash update. Compartment above radio/below AC vent would not close completely, was replaced. 
42000 mi Replaced door lock switches because they were peeling. 
59000 mi Intake manifold runner flap motor was stuck open. This problem initially came up in March, but was repaired with a computer flash. Dealer covered replacement under warranty even though warranty was expired. 
65000 mi Drove 1 block from home and a warning sounded instructing me to shut down the engine because of critically low oil pressure. The dealer could find no leaks or other issues, but oil was low over 2 qts. None was showing on the dipstick. 
68000 mi Same oil pressure problem as before. This time when the light came on I was near a PepBoys and added a quart of oil. I took it in 2 days later. An oil change was performed and was told to monitor it regularly. No leak was found. 
55000 mi

US $1770
electronic steering problem. VW said the entire steering column had to be replaced. trunk latching system broken mostly due to plastic locking mechanism 
70000 mi

US $468
warning light. took to dealer, thermostat, one sensor also replaced. way too expensive. 
83000 mi

US $620
turbo underboost sensor/switch defective. torn cv boot cover 
90000 mi

US $1520
wheel bearing in right front disintegrated. replaced bearings in all 4 wheels 
106000 mi

US $900
compressor failed 
110500 mi

US $400
2nd time torn cv boot cover on left side ABS, parking brake fault, ESP warning lights all came on at the same time 
128000 mi

US $800
two coils had developed shorts. One died completely and the other was misfiring 
133300 mi

US $2300
All brake and abs lights on. Replaced multiple parts over 3 week period. Kept recommending more work even though the problem was not isolated or corrected 
141000 mi

US $1100
continued brake issues from previous repair trips. Once again, dealer charged 1100 (more actually) and was unable to repair. Again, dealer kept recommending more work and was unwilling to stop charging even though the work was unneeded. 
144000 mi

US $2700
Abs controller was defective. Controller was replaced. Part cost $1800. 
144000 mi

US $2200
Massive pcm failure, continued after 2200 in repairs. Dealer unable to repair. Ended up trading it in 
98000 mi

US $4500
Compressor and Condensor/Dryer needed to be replaced. Expansion valve needed replacement, system recharged Leak causing mass airflow sensor to not accurately measure air going in Camshaft Timing Chain & cam chain tensioner needed replacement. Car sounded like a diesel. Check engine light blinking. periodic loss of power 
45000 mi Car stopped on a highway, with CEL and ECP flashing. Had to be towed to a dealer. They could not find a problem for almost an hour. After that they said a fuse had shorted... replaced it... did not charge me. 
48000 mi Transmission downshifting hard 5TH To 4TH gear, intermittently...Dealer performed latest software upgrade. Car is still covered under CPO warranty. 
62000 mi Had creaking sounds while turning steering wheel..both while moving and stationery. Problem turned out to be spacers at top of front (passenger) spring/strut had rusted..both sides were replaced under CPO warranty. Wheel algn't not covered. 
64000 mi transmission pan gasket leak..repaired under CPO warranty 
78700 mi

US $200
CEL came on and problem was identified...replaced thermostat 
103000 mi

US $470
parking brake motor, right side rear failed..complete caliper relacement performed. 
85000 mi

US $5000
oil pump chain and possibly turbo went. They can't replace the chain, since VW has converted to a different system. They will convert it to their new oil pumping system for a mere $5,000. 
85000 mi Passat finally had new turbo put in in September. Engine light still on – sold it Oct 1 to somewill willing to play with it. 
125000 mi Cam follower, VW repaired under extended warranty for known problem coverage. 
109400 mi

C $140
The power steering would not function. I drove it to the repair shop and when they brought it in it worked again. The dealer said it sometimes does that and that shutting it off, letting it sit and starting it fixes it. Cost $100 for diag. The front brake pads worn excessively on the inside. The caliper pins were seizing up. Shop put new pads and freed up the pins. 
111600 mi

C $945
Left parking brake motor needed to be replaced. We had the right one replaced 2 years ago under warranty. This one cost us 545.00 just for the part 100.00 for the diagnostic and then labor and taxes. 
113460 mi Radio tone was going up and down randomly. The variable volume control in the radio settings doesn't work like it should . They took the radio out and shipped it to a repair shop under my aftermarket warranty. 
114660 mi

C $349
Fought with VW for 2 yrs over flaking paint. Even changed dealers. Finally, after threats of court action they painted the complete car except hood and rear bumper, which cost us 349.00. See the Lemon Aid Guide for info on consumer rights. 
118880 mi Finally got the radio back from after market repair shop. They did not fix it. Do not purchase Ensurall aftermarket warranty biggest mistake we ever did. Nothing but a big fat hassle and pain in the a**. VW dealer did not charge us anything. 
122760 mi

C $300
Started doing my own repairs using VCDS software. No more $95/hr shop fees for me. Just changed rear pads and tried to get parking brakes to work again. No luck. This car has been super reliable so far and still runs & drives like new. 
134540 mi

C $185
Lower control arm bushings worn out. Removed control arms and pressed in new bushings with a vise. Would have cost over $500 at the dealer. Camshaft position sensor working intermittently according to VAG-COM. Replaced sensor and reset codes. Coolant temperature sensor causing an engine code. Replaced sensor and reset codes 
140740 mi D/S power window not working. Found some broken wires between door and body. Took door apart pulled wires in, repaired and back out again. Also reset multiple codes. Recurring parking brake motor issues on this car so I give up fixing it. 
145860 mi

C $275
Howling noise in front end. Left front wheel bearing was bad. 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. 
151900 mi

C $269
4 wheel alignment which included right side inner tie rod 
65700 mi Valve cover gasket leak. CV Boot replaced Control Arm Bushings 
70700 mi

US $350
Compressor failed. Replaced compressor 
57000 mi

US $250
Air would stop blowing cold at stop. Replaced compressor and condenser. car would shut off spontaneously. Fuel pump replaced. 
49000 mi

US $165
The trunk latch broke and we could not close the trunk without some serious effort. 
53000 mi

US $305
Passenger headlight replaced 
58000 mi

US $500
Steering lock control module 
60000 mi

US $800
Turbo bypass valve failed causing CEL light to come on. CV boot ruptured 
71000 mi

US $390
Drivers side power door lock would not work Sunroof randomly opens and closes. Intermittent. 
83300 mi

US $850
Some kind of EGR valve replaced, as well as CV boot, and tuneup. 
six separate OBD codes, fuel system low pressure, cooling system out of range 
106700 mi

US $430
The Electronic Parking brake would not release 
110000 mi

US $172
The Exhaust converter/adaptor from the exhaust manifold weld failed causing serious noise. 
156300 mi

US $300
Car stumbled occasioanly 
12000 mi trunk did not close 
32000 mi

US $750
Replace thermostat. 
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. 
67700 mi

US $126
Bad passenger rear Wheel Bearing 
74300 mi

US $770
Car would not start and acted like engine was seized.Shop even determined the engine was locked up but did a few more test and determined the A/C compressor had seized up not allowing the engine to turn over. No A/C problems before this. 
75700 mi

US $120
Driver side rear wheel bearing started howling. Just replaced it myself 
84000 mi

US $306
Exhaust separated from down pipe after Turbo. VW did not weld this connection and separates pretty easy over time. Took to local shop and had it welded up 
92200 mi Cam Follower had wore out. After inspection dealer noticed that the cam had signs of wear from the follower so Both the cam and follower where replaced. Fell under a VW TSB. 
95000 mi

US $300
Turbo Diverter Valve failed. Car would not build boost 
58000 mi

US $80
MIL came on, dealer scanned and said it was an evaporative leak code but they could not find a problem.  Same visit, ignition coils were replaced via recall/warranty, no cost to me, and car runs noticeably better. My $80 cost was the diagnostic charge. 
60000 mi

US $180
Replace left outer CV boot 
97000 mi

US $800
Electronic parts that controlled vacuum and emission needed to be replaced 
98000 mi

US $235
Drivers side CV joint clicking 
105000 mi

US $300
replaced the head gasket 
109000 mi Compressor and condenser both broke 
84000 mi

US $380
Diverter valve and another part were bad and replaced 
95000 mi

US $1000
Down pipe had to be welded back on to turbo.  
131000 mi

US $450
Replaced axel & cv boots on both sides 
6820 mi EVAP SENSOR Radio clipping - new radio ordered 
9920 mi replaced defective radio under warrant. Parts finally came in 
26660 mi Check engine . Replaced sensor on TSB. 
39680 mi Electronic parking brake sensor needed replacing.  
41000 mi check engine light on and scan showed intake runner motor caused error. reset successful with no error for two weeks after visit. 
44000 mi In-dash CD Changer stopped working and radio had to be replaced. 
20000 mi Cosmetic damage to radio and other interior button caused by heat damage. Covered by warranty. 
41000 mi Catalytic converter fell off immobilizer stopped working 
47000 mi squeaky front control arm bushings. Changed under warranty. There is a TSB covering this. occasional lack of power. Checked intake runner flap, reflashed. 
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. 
32000 mi *Battery voltage was too low. 
44000 mi Catalytic Convertor light came on steady. Took Passat to dealership and they had to repair a sensor. Took two days. 
68000 mi

US $680
Engine Warning Light On. Fuel Pump code indicated failure. Replaced fuel pump. 
19000 mi A rear window trim piece had a small crack. Dealer offered to replace. The first piece ordered had a defect so a second part was ordered. This is the only defect the car has had since new. 
37000 mi Steering lock sensor failure. Required replacement of steering column. Paint bubbling on radio and door lock buttons. Buttons were replaced with new design. 
40000 mi *Battery died suddenly and was replaced under warranty 
42000 mi Boost Pressure Control Valve replaced with redesigned part. Intake flap or intake manifold runner remained stuck and caused CEL. Part was ordered and changed. Trunk latch did not latch. Latch was replaced. Instrument cluster has a loose spot that rattles occasionally. 
45000 mi

US $315
Problem fixed on second visit to dealer with the replacement of the N80 valve. On initial visit, the dealer had replaced several parts but the CEL reappeared on the way home. 
51000 mi

US $450
Catalytic converter weld failure: the flange between the cat and the turbo cracked at the weld line. Replaced with an after-market part at a fraction of the OEM cost. 
70000 mi Steering lock TSB Airbag TSB 
85300 mi

US $100
CV boots cracked. Inner and outer joint boots were replaced by owner on both axles. 
105000 mi

US $50
OBDII error code shoes small leak detected 
112000 mi

US $100
Thermostat failure: engine takes long time to warm up, especially in cold weather. 
116000 mi Alternator clutch (pulley) started slipping and then froze. Replacement was easy, but a special tool ($12 on ebay) is needed. 

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2006 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

-horsepower 5-speed manual FWD

85000 mi

US $1300
Cam chain phaser assembly replaced 
86000 mi

US $300
Oil Leak 
70000 mi

US $25
Replace cam follower (for High pressure fuel pump). Clean Intake Valves (carbon buildup due to Direct Fuel Injection design deficiency). 
76000 mi

US $60
Replaced electronic parking brake switch. 
79500 mi

US $22
A/C not blowing cold. Replaced evaporative sensor. 
85300 mi Replace driver side belt buckle (Airbag sensor wires were broken), for the second time. Electronic parking brake motor, passgr side, seized up, locking rear wheel. Removed motor, cleaned and lubricated drive mechanism - unit is working OK for now. Will probably need to replace motor eventually. 
108000 mi

US $1800
New timing belt broke, destroying cylinder head. Installed complete new cylinder head, timing belt, and camshaft timing chain and tensioner. 
111700 mi

US $400
New AC compressor, condenser, expansion valve and drier. Flushed and recharged system. 
20000 mi Small Issue with airbag. I took the car to the dealer when the "airbag falure" light came on. Dealer took about an hour and told me that I the conection to the seat sensor (wire under the seat) came disloged/loose and that they pluged it back in. Less 
20000 mi Same old issue with airbag warning light. Dealer replaced connection clip under passenger seat. Problem continues. 
131000 mi

US $300
wheel bearing  axle boot 
146000 mi

US $1600
high pressure fuel pump 
85000 mi

US $2400
Issue with the coolant sensor - was reporting false "low coolant level" Passenger seat sensor failed. 
89700 mi

US $139
Clutch needed to be bled. CV boot needed replacement 
109000 mi Mass airflow sensor 
63000 mi

US $1500
Valve repair. Very successful as this corrected the problem immediately (sluggish acceleration, lower than typical gas mileage).  

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2006 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automatic 2WD

20460 mi Engine malfunction light came on. 
24000 mi air intake manifold bad 
29000 mi catalatic convertor parts fell off or not originally attached correctly 
33000 mi catalatic convertor sensor issues. Not properly install from prior repair 
34000 mi a/c unit went out had to be replaced. Also multiple light failure. 
37000 mi Replace intake manifold again. Fuel pump replaced. 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat

Engine not specified

98300 mi

US $2500
replace valves 
52000 mi

US $800
headgasket ac module 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

103000 mi

US $1200
Heater core blocked and needed replacement. 
158000 mi

US $380
Sticky left front brake caliper caused noise, steering vibration 
166500 mi

US $800
Emissions. Check engine light came on. Replaced Mass flow meter. Also replaced 2 motor mounts. Light came on again, replaced turbo boost tube that had a small hole. So far working well. 
189000 mi

US $1500
Thought trans was slipping. Dealer Sid needed new transmission. Took to indep shop trans did not need repair Had taken to dealer. They wanted to replace trans. Prob was fouled throttle body. Very dirty causing poor performance and late trans shifting. Since cleaned, runs better and gets better mileage. Still feel trans not quite right though. 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. 
203000 mi

US $1000
Noise in front of engine. TDI alternator has clutch similar to ac pump so alternator only runs when needed. Clutch froze up damging alternator, so replaced alternator with new clutch, belt and tensioner pulley. Now needs tires. 
35000 mi Ceramic glow plugs replaced with steel plugs. ECM reflashed with updates. 
37000 mi

US $2000
TDI engine balance shaft module was making noise. If balance shaft module failed would starve engine of oil pressure leading to catastrophic failure. VW aware of the design flaw but denies it exists. VW makes a gear drive OEM part for the problem. 
45000 mi

US $574
A/C compressor relay malfunctioned and was replaced. A/C stopped blowing cold air. Left front outer cv boot torn. Axle pulled, inspected, regreased with new boot installed. 
34720 mi

C $43
Turbo boost hose became loose and had to be re-attached. 
47120 mi

C $500
ceramic glow plug defect. Self diagnose and paid out of pocket. VW recall notice issued in August. Seeking for reimbursement. 
48360 mi Factory engineered defect in chain driven balance shaft/oil pump module. Noise and vibrations increase. Replaced with factory gear drive part under warranty. I feel for those w/o warranty = $3000 USD repair. VWoA not officially awknowledging the issue 
60740 mi

C $350
Drivers door lock module failed requiring replacement 
61380 mi

C $450
Replaced drivers door lock module. Independent shop performed Water Ingress preventative TSB. Leaking window washer fluid pump. Self diagnosed, ordered and repaired part myself. 
83700 mi

C $495
Cv boots replaced 
86780 mi

C $275
Replaced thermostat, original was stuck open, perhaps for years. 
103220 mi

C $850
leaking thermostat (again) causing low coolant vacuum pump leaking valve cover gasket leaking all original brakes need replacement (another $550) tie rods beginning to show wear Coolant low. Unknown coolant consumption. Vacuum pump seal worn. Re&Re performed. Oil leak from valve cover gasket. Gasket replaced. $600 of total. 
110360 mi

C $1600
Removed balance shaft assembly Oil filter / change 
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. 
192700 mi

US $700
Engine oil pump weak, replaced with upgraded oil pump assenbly and removed balance shaft assemblies. Both known to be failure spots with this design. 
210800 mi

C $805
Left front cv joint  and wheel bearing 
212040 mi

C $20
#1 cylinder glow plug 
172820 mi

C $300
Renewed control arms, passengers side. 
187240 mi

C $700
I replaced shocks (4) and strut bearings 
192820 mi

C $150
Turbo hose needed replacing. 
192820 mi

C $1400
Dmf was rattling and clutch was slipping. replaced with smf and new clutch. 
204600 mi

C $1000
Rebuilt front suspension 
205840 mi

C $250
Had to replace lower turbo hose. 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

110000 mi

US $780
Replaced ignition coil and purge valve 
124000 mi

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

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

45000 mi * three bent wheels. 
52000 mi

US $530
Bad fuel pump. 
93000 mi

US $2500
Motor Mounts  
124300 mi Fuel tank replaced due to 2008 recall (NHTSA Reference #08V156000). The valve mentioned in the recall passed inspection in 2008 and later failed. Having VW cover it took a few calls, but they covered it in the end. Leaky seal. Valve cover gasket leak. 
126000 mi Valve cover gasket leak 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

190-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed manual FWD

74000 mi

US $185
code P2096 comes on constantly. Dealer never acknowledge cat under warranty. Had flex pipe repaired and told right side converter needs to be replaced. The dealer wants $ 1000. each, on ebay the pair is $499.99. 
78000 mi

US $439
Catalytic converter covered under 80K rule but dealer would not honor warranty. They wanted a $1000 for each cat plus 325.00 each to install. Ordered cats from company in Canada for $239.00 each and $200.00 to install. MIL light gone. 
109700 mi

US $650
replaced both front axles 
115000 mi

US $460
AC not blowing cold, garage had me recharge. Still not blowing cold and garage replaced a relay on second visit. 
130000 mi

US $456
Mass airflow sensor 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

-horsepower 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

85000 mi

US $545
Brake Light came on - oil shop said "pads looked great" 1 month later, turbo shut down and car was riding rough. REAL VW Mechanic said front pads needed replacement, all spark plugs and 1 coil. Car running excellent again! 
85000 mi

US $350
Car was idling very rough - almost dying at stop lights. Computer reading showed 14 malfunctions - mechanic THOUGHT major engine problem - started to disasemble but then found a small valve installed backwards - replaced & it worked! 
121300 mi Seat heater burned a hole through driver's seat. Heater element, seat padding, and seat cover replaced. 
122700 mi Thermostat replaced 
124300 mi Coolant flange was leaking--replaced flange. 
129000 mi

US $5
Windshield washer fluid sensor failed. 
129300 mi Driver's side outer CV boot was torn, replaced with reman. VW unit. 
133000 mi

US $80
Left and right motor mounts, front snub mount replaced. 
134500 mi

US $10
Misfire on cylinder one--coilpack replaced. Fuel door release switch failed--replaced with new part. 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

-horsepower 4-speed automatic FWD

58000 mi

US $700
Fuel pump stopped working. Had to replace it. 
92000 mi

US $1400
Replaced timing and serpentine belts, leaking valve-cover gasket. 
96000 mi

US $340
Replaced torn left front CV joint boot 
101000 mi

US $375
Leak in left rear brake assembly, replaced assembly. 
118000 mi

US $420
exhaust downpipe rusted through at flexible elbow. replaced it. 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

49600 mi Engine light came on. #4 glow plug. 
70060 mi Timing belt. Returned to change idler pulley bolt. Should have been done when the timing belt was done. 
39680 mi Ignition would not turn most times when proper key was inserted. You had to wiggle it and move the steering wheel to get the car to start. Over time the condition worsened. 
100000 mi

US $2262
CV Joints worn, boots cracked, oil escaped, water/dirt entered. water pump replaced 
99200 mi

C $500
Front ball joints. 
99820 mi

C $325
Noticed during routine maintenance that a CV joint boot was split. Investigation showed that the CV joint was worn, clicking and needed to be repaired. Part ordered, replaced in subsequent visit on 01 Oct. 
101060 mi

C $500
Replacement of previously diagnosed worn CV joint and boot. 
101680 mi

C $75
No. 1 cylinder glow plug had failed as verified by VAG-COM scan done at home. Glow plug replaced, repair successful. 
107260 mi

C $600
Split left outer CV joint boot. 4 front ball joints clunking and needing replacement. Deferred to later to fit in budget later. Chain noise and vibration from engine. Suspect balancer shaft module/oil pump chain drive. Dealer investigating the problem with VW technical, will repair later. 
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 suspension arms. Replaced left outer CV joint. 
123380 mi

C $875
Steering failure. Leaking seals on steering rack, could not retain power steering fluid. Replace steering rack with remanufactured unit. Failure of right front power window mechanism. New winder mechanism on order to be installed in July. 
136400 mi

C $760
Intercooler hose leaking. Replaced. 
141360 mi

C $280
Replaced outer CV joint and CV joint boot. 
142600 mi Replaced rusting front fenders and trunk lid, repaired rusting left rear quarter panel. 
153320 mi Power steering leak Rust perforation on passenger door within warranty period (12 years). The body shop manager evaluated it and sent in a claim to VW, we are still awaiting VW's verdict. 
157480 mi Rust perforation on two front doors. Doors replaced and repainted under VW corrosion warranty. 
165540 mi Slightly leaking power steering hose Door lock seized. Using remote to enter car. 
167080 mi

C $480
Slow loss of power steering fluid. Replaced power steering pump and hose. 
171120 mi

C $216
Engine fan belt damaged. Charged 3 hours labour, the entire front of the car has to come apart for access!!! 
171740 mi Multiple areas of rust perforation: rear doors, rear quarter panels, trunk lid. Took to dealer mandated bodyshop for evaluation under the VW corrosion perforation warranty. Note: should be an option "estimate only" in what done dropdown. 
171940 mi

C $40
Rust repairs, partially under VW 12-year corrosion warranty. 
172760 mi

C $50
Exhaust system heat shield had come loose and was rattling. 
176700 mi

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

C $400
Left outer CV joint replaced. Also welded exhaust joint 
70060 mi

$1200
Engine not working in parameters. 
75640 mi

C $450
Internal Oil leak 
87000 mi

US $350
EGR bypass flap (throttle). Engine compartment whined under engine load. Replaced belt, tensioner, and alternator. Was told had a bad one-way clutch in alternator. 
88000 mi Rust on front quarter panel when sold. Sagging right rear suspension when sold. 
96000 mi CV boots replaced. Air Conditioning Replacement 
99000 mi Timing belt was replaced as PM, and while changing the mechanic noticed that the water pump was starting to leak, so that was replaced as well. 
100440 mi

C $260
Discovered during last maintenance. Was noisy for some time – parts not in stock. $330 parts and labor, $70 for installing winter tires. Right Front Outside Suspension Boot replaced. $260 
107040 mi

C $130
Turbo Underboost P0299 CEL - Cracked turbo hose 
54320 mi

C $200
A prior recall to change ceramic glow plugs and flash the computer caused hard cold weather starting. Coolant sensor is acting up. Goes up to about 2/3 then drops to zero and then eventually goes to normal. My dealer quoted $330 to repair. Another dealer quoted $176 and a third $128. I will wait until I get out to the dealer at $128. 
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 $ 
75000 mi

C $4500
Battery is weak but still working. Car did not start when around -15C. Need to replace. Could be tricky but I will attempt it. Replacement battery from dealer is $150 or $258 if dealer installed. There is a noise like a chain rubbing coming from the balance shaft area. May need to be repaired at a steep cost. 
80600 mi

C $600
Current unrepaired issues: driver mirror signal out, airbag warning light on, trip tronic not up shifting in manual mode, driver door fails to lock occasin 
86000 mi

US $700
cv joint boots split and joints dry cv joints replaced *dup cv boots split and joints dry cv joints replaced 
115000 mi

US $350
power steering belt began to slip requiring new belt and tensioner 
118000 mi power steering belt replacement failed and required 2nd replacement 
119000 mi

US $725
Failure to start, original battery depleted after 9.5 years. New battery installed. Persistent rattle from engine compartment at idle. Frozen alternator pulley found. 
125000 mi

US $60
Coolant had been leaking for about 2 months. A pressure test at the dealership revealed that the radiator was the source of the leak. Dealership replaced the radiator and coolant. Passenger headlight bulb (daytime running light) was defective. Dealership replaced bulb while also replacing a leaking radiator. 
136000 mi

US $291
Alternator pulley has an integrated clutch that had begun to whine or squeal when under load. Replaced alternator pulley with new part. 
143000 mi

US $479
Crack in hose from turbo exit to intercooler. Once hot enough, crack released all pressure rendering no boost from turbo. 
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. Replaced both engine support mounts (not the front torque mount). Mounts had leaked fluid and showed excessive play under stress. 
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. 
160000 mi

US $1020
Exhaust Gas Recirculation system had a faulty EGR cooler, causing coolant to leak into the exhaust system and come out the tailpipe as white smoke. Replaced the EGR Cooler and related gaskets. 
174000 mi

US $2032
Oil leak from engine valve cover gasket. Leak from brake system vacuum pump. 
175000 mi

US $203
Air conditioning worked but would not cool air immediately. Inspection revealed AC compressor clutch not receiving exciter signal. Clutch control relay defective and replaced. 
181000 mi

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

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

70060 mi Removed air filter box, cleaned out crappy gasket and replaced with silicone sealent. manufactured cover for filter and fitted.Replaced relevent parts and tested water tightness. All OK. 
77500 mi

A $480
Replaced faulty starter motor. 
80600 mi

A $80
not changing gears smoothly and lurching occasionally when changing too. 
80600 mi

A $600
Timing belt hydraulic tensioner faulty. Removed front end of car, replaced tensioner, water pump,idler pulleys,serpentine belt. Replaced front end and tested. All OK. Also replaced faulty RH headlight. 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

-horsepower 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

54560 mi

C $625
cv joints replaced cracked boot 
57660 mi compressor crapped out would coat 1900 to repair decide to not to fix 
76260 mi

C $300
replaced valve cover gasket and spark plugs 
81580 mi

C $500
Replaced booth CV joints because one side was cracked 
83080 mi

C $500
*dup Replaced booth CV joints because one side was cracked 
86180 mi

C $101
coil pack 
88680 mi

C $101
coil pack another one failed 
49000 mi

US $840
Rubber seal on oil cooler was cracked, causing the STOP engine/OIL PRESS light to come on. Turns out I probably could have driven with the problem as long as seal didn't break but didn't know that, so considered it an emergency situation. 
58000 mi

US $1300
Oil Pressure warning light came on while on highway and in town. Somewhat sporadic the following week. Problem was with the oil pump - it's pumping erratically. Had to replace the pump. 
58000 mi

US $280
Check Engine Light went on. Code said cooling system performance. Problem was bad sensor. The shop replaced. 
59300 mi

US $400
Check Engine light came on. 2 codes came up, one was a thermometer/thermostat. The other had something to do with a fan blowing vapors out on start-up that wasn't working. Emissions-related. 
64000 mi

US $900
Turbo "flap" was stuck open causing loud engine at start-up,smelly exhaust and poor mileage. A gasket had been blown apparently. Check Engine light was on. I forget the code. 
67000 mi

US $3000
Boot was cracked; drive shaft needed to be replaced 
68000 mi Seat warmer, set to 3 and on for approximately 10 minutes, burned a hole through the seat, burning my leg. Wires were exposed and hot, seat cover was smoking. 
69000 mi *d Seat heater burned a hole through the driver's seat. Dealer replaced cushion, heating pad and vinyl seat cover. 
72000 mi

US $1500
One CV joint/boot was cracked and needed repair. Also voluntarily got new headlights. Oil was changed as well. 
114000 mi

US $800
Don't remember exactly Heater core out again 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder manual 2WD

42000 mi carbon in the engine, was fixed previously by the dealer 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automatic AWD

65000 mi

US $360
Check engine light was on. Reflash eliminated problem. 
81000 mi The turbo-lifter, oil pan and coolant tank caught fire. Estimate cost to fix? $10,500 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

55000 mi

US $412
Fuel pump replaced, air filter replaced, oil change, having troubles going up steep inclines mechanic cleaned out filters. 
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 134hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

101000 mi

US $150
Water pump impellor shaft broke - new water pump just replaced with timing belt a week before. 
117000 mi

US $150
Serpentine belt tensioner worn out - causing power steering chirp. 
126000 mi

US $100
Driver's side out CV joint worn, boot torn. Rebuilt axle with new joint/boot. Engine stumbling, check engine light and "emission workshop!" warning due to faulty mass airflow sensor reading. Removed, cleaned, and reinstalled sensor. 
130000 mi

US $25
Driver's side mirror glass separated from mirror. Replaced with aftermarket adhesive-backed mirror glass replacement. 
136000 mi

US $1000
Failure of hydraulic lifter & worn camshaft. 

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2004.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

80000 mi

US $2000
replaced timing belt and water pump, replaced valve cover gaskets and cam tensioner seals. replaced 2 engine mounts. 

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2004.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

-horsepower 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

29760 mi

C $4
Plastic pin that holds glass to RR window regulator failed, I purchased pin at dealer and replaced it myself using information available on the internet for this common VW Passat window problem. 
36580 mi

C $46
Engine temperature sensor failed, no drivability issues, but temp gauge on dash was showing erratic readings. Apparently a common problem, replaced old sensor myself in approximately 1 hour. 
45880 mi CEL came on, mechanic found 2 minor codes that showed intermittant and very minor leaks in EVAP system. Codes cleared, no drivability problems and CEL has not come back on. 
48980 mi

C $352
Passenger side CV Joint boot failed, had both the passenger and driver side replaced at my mechanic. 
61380 mi

C $530
Diverter valve, engine speed sensor and solinoid related to turbocharger needed replacement to clear EPC light on dashboard. 
65720 mi

C $25
Windshield washer pump leaking. Replace pump and rubber grommet to resevoir. Easy DIY job. 
66920 mi

C $40
Coolant expansion tank - sensor within that reports on fluid level in tank was failing & sending error message to driver. Not leaking. Replaced expansion tank myself, no other issues. 
75000 mi

C $160
Multi function turn signal switch no longer allowed the high beams to be turned on. Ordered parts and special 12mm triple square socket to allow self repair. 
76880 mi

C $50
cam chain tensioner gasket had a slow leak. Repaired myself. 
79980 mi RR Window retainer pin fell out from people slamming door closed too often. Replaced pin, repair completed with no need to purchase parts. 
81840 mi

C $153
Drives side CV boot torn at hub. Mechanic replaced. 
83080 mi

C $202
exhaust flex joint needed replacement, original still intact but showing need of attention. 
84940 mi

C $416
Engine Crank Position Sensor failed while car was out of town. VW of Sudbury Ontario did the diagnosis and repairs. 
86800 mi

C $158
Passenger side CV joint rubber boot failed, too much wear to rebuild, replaced axle complete. 
88040 mi

C $25
HVAC system drain for AC condensate was plugged and caused water to leak onto floor of passenger side. Removed drain, removed debris plugging the drain hole, cleaned & dried carpets. Repaired rusted hole on rear floor area. 
92380 mi

C $467
Coolant Flange, Temperature sensor, flush cooling system. 
94240 mi

C $30
Low beam Headlight bulb, H7 
97340 mi

C $251
Intermittent failure to start when engine hot. Diagnosis was failing cam position sensor. Fixed at my independent German car mechanic. 
99820 mi

C $156
Flex pipe replaced. 

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2004.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

-horsepower 4-speed automatic FWD

81000 mi

US $2100
Replaced clutch because it was beginning to slip 
53000 mi

US $10
Right front halogen headlight bulb. 
53000 mi

US $60
Oil leak, valve cover gasket and cam chain tensioner seals.  Very minor water intrusion at rear liftgate seal resulted in jam of release mechanism, malfunction of license plate light. Replaced release mechanism and light. 
58000 mi

US $120
CV joint boot completely separated into two parts without obvious road hazard damage. Routine replacement.  
60500 mi

US $13
Left low beam (daytime running light) headlight bulb replaced. 
66000 mi

US $25
Recurrence of a minor wagon problem: a roof trim strip slowly detaches, will fall off if not repaired. Factory manual recommends 3M windshield sealant to reattach. Now looks OK (very slightly crinkled), holding well one month after. 
69000 mi CV joint boot split, replaced without incident. Initial shop diagnosis of water leak incorrect (thought it was partly blocked sunroof drains), but a reasonable mistake on their part. When leak continued, I replaced seal material surrounding pollen filter myself, which solved problem. When leak continued, I replaced seal material surrounding pollen filter myself, which solved problem. 
71000 mi

US $30
New leakage despite previous service: all FOUR door panel seals were degraded (common in 1998-2005 Passats). Instead of $800 to replace panels, I removed, cleaned and resealed them with silicone caulk. Problem now finally solved. 
77500 mi

US $2
Pin fell out of rear window raising mechanism, window would not close. Took inside of door off, inserted new pin. I 
78000 mi

US $135
Split CV joint boot replaced. 
80000 mi

US $210
Flex pipe (part of exhaust piping) mesh ruptured. No noise or exhaust leak yet, but crack developing in pipe required repair. First exhaust problem in 10 years: this system is one of the more durable I've seen. 
82300 mi

US $1200
Broken spring. Replaced spring and all 4 shock absorbers with Bilstein heavy duty shocks, which are an upgrade adding $400 in expense. Worth it, too. 
87000 mi

US $125
Cracked intercooler. Replaced intercooler, 2 pressure sensors, associated intake hoses. Replaced oxygen sensor. 
92000 mi

US $350
Inner door pull failed to open rear door. Replaced cable and lock mechanism; also installed new window lifter panel (new rubber seal) to guarantee no water leaks. 
94000 mi

US $380
Failed Bilstein HD shock, less than 1 year old. Wide pothole jolted both front wheels off the ground, and the retaining ring holding on the top of the left front shock freakishly snapped. Left cap and rod attached to the shock's piston flapping around. 
99000 mi E-brake malfunction, required new rear brake caliper. 
103000 mi

US $200
Exhaust flex pipe welded in. Similar to repair 2 years ago. 
106000 mi

US $280
Thermostat partially stuck open, rendering passenger compartment heater unusable. Car warmed up normally, no CEL. Heater core flush and new thermostat fixed problem 
113000 mi

US $330
2 ruptured CV joint boots, axles OK, just replaced boots. 
117000 mi

US $100
Partly clogged heater core, typical for B5 Passat. Mechanic incubated core first with calcium and lime remover CLR) for 30 min, then back flushed with compressed air several times. Significant improvement. 

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2004.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

-horsepower 4-speed automatic FWD

187240 mi Bought vehicle with rough running engine. Previous owner was told no compression on one cylinder, but I didn't suspect that. The problem was several vacuum leaks so a complete pvc replacement system is on order along with new vacuum hoses. 
187860 mi

C $325
The newly purchased vehicle had a flashing CEL. It turns out there were PCV hoses that were split. These were replaced and that corrected the flashing CEL. There is still a CEL which might indicate a faulty O2 sensor 
191580 mi

C $10
Had lower O2 sensor replaced Replaced down pipe and flex joint. Had to replace vacuum lines. 
197780 mi

C $450
Coolant leak. Replaced overflow tank. 
200260 mi

C $438
Park brake cable needed replacing. 

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2004 Volkswagen Passat

Engine not specified

52000 mi

US $900
All four motor mounts were worn. Thought this was odd since one was replaced only a week before. After driving away from the dealership the original problem was noted namely that the car jerked when downshifting on automatic transmission. 

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

88040 mi

$200
EGR cloged, turbo needed cleaning, valve cover gasker replaced cause it was leaking 
130200 mi

$100
Rod needed to be replaced 

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

105300 mi Flap directing hot air failed. Part $50, work $750 
108000 mi

US $3000
changed O3 sensors amd catalytic converters 
108000 mi

US $327
Power steering whine. Shop noted the fluid was low. No leaks found. Fluid topped off and a vacuum was attached to purge the system of any air. New break pads and rotors re-finished where done also. Parts app 120. Labor 174. 
137300 mi

US $771
Fuel pump failed. 319.00 for new assembly and 40 for filter. Trouble shooting and labor remainder of cost 
155000 mi Significant oil leak observed during commute home. Burning oil smell prevalent in cabin. Under hood appeared oil was spraying vs. just seeping. Dealer suggested replacing numerous gaskets, but unable to commit to a cause of the sudden leak. 
188700 mi

US $306
Significant leaking of fuel on top of tank near sending unit. Fuel return/vent line fitting had failed. Shop dropped the tank and repaired the fitting. 

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

-horsepower 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

145700 mi

C $500
replaced bad cv joint replaced bearing to cooling fan 
143700 mi

US $75
Plastic reservoir for coolant leaked due to heat making plastic brittle. Nipple for hose disintegrated, requiring entire new reservoir and hose. Bad design! 
118000 mi

US $400
Timing adjustment off (error code P0011), cam off half a tooth. Although had timing belt and tensioner roller replaced at 82K miles, it screwed up. 
106000 mi

US $1200
Coolant reservoir snapped at point where a hose connected, rendering the entire cooling system useless. both axels replaced due to worn/destroyed CV boots. 
35000 mi Ignition coil replaced under warranty 
37000 mi

US $450
CV joint boot destroyed. Axle replaced. Private shop fast service. Good work. Reasonable price. 
41700 mi

US $200
CV joint boot torn. New CV joint installed. 
45000 mi Noise that sounded like the transmission problem I previously had. Problem due to a shield that was bent during previous transmission replacement, so that something was rubbing against it causing the noise. 
62000 mi

US $120
Replaced passenger axle due to a tear in the CV boot. Self install 
62000 mi

US $900
Plastic impeller on water pump came detached from the shaft causing engine to overheat. Full timing belt service performed since mileage was close and waterpump runs off timing belt. 
66000 mi

US $500
Both front wheel bearings replaced due to vibrations and noise. Verified from replacement, they were the issue. 
149000 mi

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

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

-horsepower 5-speed manual FWD

69000 mi

US $68
2 Coil Packs replaced. Known issue on 1.8T engines. Car started shuddering, running really roughly, CEL light on (flashing) and a strong burning smell. Classic symptoms!! 2 coil packs purchased and installed within 1 hour, car now running correctly. 
120700 mi

US $120
Bad turn signal stalk switch. 
128000 mi

US $85
Persistent slow oil leak and oil in plug wells due to plugged PCV. Replaced Valve Cover and Cam Chain Tensioner Gaskets, along with PCV valve and some rubber fittings. 
128700 mi

US $215
Motor mounts were leaking. Both replaced. Routine Tie Rod and Control Arm replacement 
137000 mi

US $35
Blinking, then solid, CEL with codes indicating misfire. Coil pack replaced. 
151000 mi

US $70
Rear hatch latch motor failed. 
167000 mi

US $300
Coolant Flange Failed. 
167000 mi

US $400
Aftermarket Coil Pack failed. Was out of town, so had wife tow to dealer. All coil packs replaced. 
65100 mi

C $1600
Water pump impeller broke. I had replaced the timing belt 1 month earlier. Water pump should have been replaced then. 
75640 mi

C $250
Check engine light lead to a faulty ignition coil. It would periodically idle rough. 
40920 mi

C $250
Replace CV boot. 
49600 mi

C $600
Fuel pump. 
63240 mi

C $350
replace front axle *duplicate new left front axle 
77500 mi

C $500
replace right axle 
78120 mi

C $200
thermostat 
79980 mi

C $200
replace engine thermostat 
165000 mi

US $300
Replaced Head Gasket, Timing belt, Valve Cover gasket timing belt failed caused by timing belt pulley bolt 
165000 mi Engine needs replacement - broken timing belt 
US $150 Engine failure. Oil in coolant. Probably water impeller. Car junked. 

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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. 
77000 mi

US $250
Independent shop replaced glow plugs with non-standard glow plugs in order to "fool" engine computer and clear "Check Engine" light. VW has still not made software update available. 
110000 mi

US $125
Auxiliary electric cooling fan failed - Owner replaced with new one. 
112000 mi

US $1070
Thermostat failed shut causing overheating condition - since car was due for timing belt change had water pump and thermostat replaced along with timing belt. 
125000 mi

US $350
Coolant leak developed at rear of engine. Shop replaced plastic coolant hose flange and coolant temperature sensor. 
130500 mi

US $125
Charge air hose between intercooler and intake manifold developed air leak. New hose installed. 
142700 mi

US $108
Fuel leak from in-tank fuel pump seal; shop removed fuel pump from tank, installed new seal on existing fuel pump and replaced. 
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. 
164000 mi

US $500
Front air dam continues to separate from car by interference with parking lot curbs. 
172000 mi

US $500
Belt tensioner had to be replaced. 
179000 mi

US $130
Headlight adjustment screws are inop. I had to replace both headlight assemblies. Right rear brake caliper was stuck. I had to replace the brake bracket. 
201000 mi

US $1200
Turbocharger hose had a hole. Intercooler had a leak. 
201000 mi

US $450
EGR valve failed. $400 part 

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

176300 mi

US $150
Engine misfiring. Replaced valve cover gaskets - oil seeping into plug wells and causing shorts. Replaced wires and ignition coil. 
125000 mi

US $230
Total starter failure - no clicking or noise. Happen to have rebuilt starter on hand but no time to replace my self. 
130000 mi

US $150
purge valve needed replacement - 2x in one year 
138700 mi Trouble codes and rough idle and surging. Cleaned throttle body 
140000 mi This car has never ending engine emission codes. Repair then another one come up in a month. This can is not worth the effort anymore and I'm glad to get rid of it. That is the end one VW for me. 
130000 mi

US $15
Car won't start. CEL with P2180 and P3081. Magic 8 ball (ODBII scanner ELM327 mini) says all symptoms point to bad coolant temp sensor (black version) or related wiring. Checked wiring, sensor. Replaced sensor w/green version. 

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

144000 mi

US $400
Cooling system leak. 
29000 mi Throttle sticks wide open if kicked down. (Dangerous- run away acceleration). Throttle linkage would stick when fully opened. Freed it up at the throttle shaft ball joint so the problem would no longer occur. This should be reported to authorities. 
37000 mi

US $220
pin fell out of power window.  Clips fell out of engine splash shield, shield fell off. 
49000 mi

US $70
replaced both drive axles- bad cv joints right & left 
51000 mi

US $250
multiple times multiple shops denied there was a braking problem. Caused accident. Will not do hard braking, as if grease were on rotors. Pads & rotors like new, but repl anyway. Port Valve, then ABS replaced. Each helped some.  Cleaned & properly reinstalled Lt rear speed sensor. I was told that sometime in the past, the rear wheel was removed, and in the process, pulled loose the speed sensor. 
53000 mi

US $130
Outside temp sensor intermittently reading "---", or from -140 deg F to +110 deg F; often outside temp was really 95 deg, but since sensor often reported less than 30 deg, AC would not run. Repaired wire shorting on bumper. 
69000 mi

US $30
not cooling. Added refrigerant. 
69000 mi

US $2000
Bad coolant leak. Need new water pump; also timing belt deteriorated. 
75000 mi

US $800
head gaskets leak 
85000 mi

US $900
Fuel pump died. Died on Freeway, lost all power and control. The computer portion of the pump would not communicate with the car's computer. 
98300 mi

US $250
Engine temp sensor bad. Sometimes car won't start. 
99000 mi

US $1500
Repl 2 cat conv due to leaks. This turned out to fix my last reported problem, which was not really the thermostat. Car starts and runs better and gets better mileage. 
167000 mi

US $1150
Replaced exhaust flex pipes Replaced Bank 2 O2 sensors 1 & 2 Replaced ignition wires both banks Replaced left front upper control arm 
170000 mi

US $900
Replaced front wheel bearings Replace both Oxygen Sensors on Bank 1 
173300 mi Replaced leaky vacuum hose 
47000 mi

US $161
ECT Sensor had to be replaced. Replaced with newer "green body color" ECT sensor 
69000 mi

US $2400
Fuel intake and gas cap was faulty.  Engine mounts were leaking. 
88000 mi Engine trouble light comes on, stays for several days then turns off. Repairman interrogates compute and finds P 0118 Coolant temp out of spec - but it was not. He suspects sensor. 
88000 mi temp out of spec - see April 2015 unsuccessful repair 
36000 mi

US $914
Check engine light on; diagnosis was bad water temp sensor and bad thermostat. All replaced. Parts were $86; labor$830.  
45000 mi

US $510
During routine maintenance mechanic discovered right front CV boot cracked and leaking. CV boot replaced. 
55000 mi

US $370
Brakes became ineffective without pumping of pedal multiple times. Master cylinder failed. 
61000 mi

US $202
Intermittent A/C cooling notice during hot days. Systems was purged to remove air and other contaminants. System was properly dried and freon replaced. Cools like it was new! 

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

140500 mi

US $293
Replace left valve cover gasket. 
146000 mi

US $27
Driver's side outside rear view mirror lens fell off without owner action. Replacement mirror glass ordered from local glass shop and replaced by owner. 
168700 mi

US $30
Right outside rear view mirror lens fell off. Purchased new lens via the internet & owner installed. 
60000 mi catalytic converters need replacement 
74000 mi Driver's side heated seat heating element recall Passenger's side heated seat switch recall 
85000 mi

US $65
Trunk lock actuator motor was intermittently seizing and overdrawing electrical current, which then sometimes blew the comfort-functions fuse killing interior lights and windows. Replaced actuator with new part from dealer as well as the fuse. 
87000 mi

US $85
Fan clutch bracket(accessory driven pulley and mounting bracket) replaced due to bearing noise. 
95000 mi Car's gas tank cracked and was partially covered by Volkswagen. Soon after the car stalled out while driving on the highway. After several repairs and a few days in the shop, it stalled on again a few weeks later. 

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

190-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed manual FWD

132000 mi

US $400
Front passenger window and both rear windows non-operational. Also, the right rear door lock was engaged and unable to open the door from inside or outside with the door handle. Took the car into a foreign car window and door specialist. 
133000 mi

US $750
Car died as I was driving it. Diagnosed as bad fuel pump at the dealer. Dealer replaced fuel pump, fuel filter and fuel pump relay. 
141000 mi

US $2200
Noise from engine compartment diagnosed as sheared mounts; had to replace R&L motor mounts. Replaced torque mount. Replaced R&L transmission mounts.  Replaced O2 sensor. 
173000 mi

US $2000
Coolant loss. Looked for coolant leaks. Replaced cracked coolant expansion tank. Replaced coolant temp sensor, O-ring and clip. Engine hood strut failed. Coolant loss and burning oil smell/smoke under hood. Replaced water pump, timing belt, tensioner roller, tensioner dampner relay roller. Replaced both valve cover gaskets, cam chain tensioner gaskets. 
190300 mi

US $140
Grinding when shifting up into or down into 2nd gear. 

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

-horsepower 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

72000 mi

US $850
Oil leaking from gaskets on spark plugs. Subject of recall. Also did 85,000 service while there. 
75000 mi

US $298
Interior vinyl panels on front doors came loose and had to be reglued 
78000 mi

US $850
ESP light came on display.  While being repaired was told motor mounts were leaking. Replaced.  Told that trunk lid hinges could not be lubricated to close more easily. Declined expensive replacement. Dealer missed weak headlight. 
81700 mi

US $900
The Stop Engine light came on and the oil was down over 2 quarts. The local VW dealer in Austin, Texas identified the problem as a leak in the oil reservoir thus mixing oil with radiator fluid. Cost to repair was over $900. with a 10 % discount.  
86000 mi

US $600
Water hose running into a housing that feeds back to radiator was leaking at flange.  Dealer also notice that a lubrication boot was leaking on one front suspension component but repair was declined 
112000 mi Had leaking coolant hose replaced and flushed radiator. Next day dealer replaced heat sensor. 
53000 mi

US $300
Replaced 4 ignition coils. 
37000 mi **Oil pressure warning. Oil drain plug not torqe correct- lost oil 
46000 mi Coil pack cylinder 3. 
49000 mi

US $185
Right CV boot 
61000 mi

US $350
Left CV boot Vacuum hose 
67000 mi

US $200
Crankshaft sensor. 
77000 mi

US $321
ignition 
84300 mi

US $250
Water pump leaking 
100000 mi

US $420
Down pipe exhaust 
105000 mi

US $100
coil packs  
87000 mi

US $135
flex pipe in exhaust system replaced due to leak 
90300 mi

US $360
check engine came on - discovered to be due to a leaking valve cover. Replaced seal, valve cover, and all spark plugs. 
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. The aforementioned burnt out bulb in the driver's side fog light. 
64000 mi

US $250
My W notice a check coolant light. Friends "helped" by putting non-synthetic coolant in the car. VW found the coolant reservoir was leaking.  
66000 mi

US $140
A check engine light came on, and the car smelled of exhaust.  The gasket around the base of the antenna had cracked and fallen off. 
70000 mi Car started to barely run - it would not idle and die. We had received a recall notice from VW notifying us of the coils going bad, and that proved to be the problem. 
76000 mi

US $153
We kept getting a low coolant warning light.  Rear passenger window came out of its track. Motor was rough when idling. A bad motor mount was discovered. They noticed clunking in the suspension - upper suspension arms were 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.  
89000 mi

US $273
90K mile service. Also had them check a creaking drivers door and other sounds the car is making. They lubed the door and recommended rear brake pad replacement and timing belt replacement. 
90000 mi

US $170
Got a CEL the said the thermostat was bad. Took it back to VW, pissed that they didn't think to replace the thermostat when the did the timing belt & water pump. 
95500 mi

US $344
Rear passenger window no longer would go down. Dealer found plastic clip was broken, replaced it, and charged me $260 to take apart the door. Also had oil change done. 
103000 mi We have started smelling fuel when the car is full of gas. My father in law pulled the rear seat out, opened the access panels and found a fuel leak on the top of the tank. I have a case # from VW, but no promise from them for any help. It started getting hard to start the car, so I knew it was time for a new battery. I purchased one and replaced it myself. 
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. 
105000 mi The fuel smell was traced to a leaking vent valve on the fuel tank. This should have been addressed in the R3 recall, but the dealer treated our car as a FWD, not AWD. VW replaced the fuel tank and paid for the repairs. 
106000 mi

US $13
The knob controlling the lumbar adjust on the driver's seat just fell out several months ago. Ordered a replacement knob and installed it in about a minute. 
108000 mi

US $100
Our AC was started to blow hot when the car was at a stop, but cool down as the car moved. My father in law and I noticed that the AC condenser cooling fan stopped working, so we got a new one. 
111000 mi

US $500
The car was in for 110K service. They discovered some cracked vacuum hose tied to the turbo and replaced it. The driver side rear window came off its track. The dealer replaced the cheapo clips VW uses and the fixed the window. 
77000 mi Coolant fill / header tank has leak, declined repair by dealer, owner to replace. 
78000 mi Coolant fill/header tank replaced no additional issues 
78700 mi

US $250
Replaced shocks and struts 
87000 mi

US $2
Bad batt 
95000 mi

US $15
Corrosion at pos batt cable. 
106300 mi Engine coolant temp sensor 
107000 mi

US $800
Fumes in cabin from broken breather pipe. Assorted connectors and related items replaced. 
108000 mi

US $300
upper control arms worn - both sides replaced outer CV boot torn - axle replaced 
115000 mi Check engine light consistently came on and after replacing several parts, it came back within 6 months. Scrapped car. 
133000 mi

US $150
Had to change camshaft sensor, check engine light was on oil pump replacement, plastic got stuck in oil pump, paid for labor and this was a recurring issue 
114300 mi

US $49
Exhaust system repair - flex coupling replacement 
55800 mi Very big noise from engine when I push on the gas. 
202700 mi

US $500
Coolant leak at back cylinder head.Replaced plastic pipe. 
217000 mi

US $352
low oil pressure warning, removed oil pan to find oil pump pickup clogged with carbon and junk. Replaced with new pickup. Problem solved. 
221000 mi

US $150
Replace alternator with remaned unit. 
226000 mi

US $40
Installed new COP (coil on plug) module, cyl#3. 
231300 mi

US $30
Coolant overflow starting leaking, replaced with new. 
234000 mi

US $250
Replaced timing chain and tensioner. 
175000 mi

US $225
Replace water pump and thermostat. Think latter had started to fail. 
182000 mi

US $130
replace secondary air pump(smog pump) 
68700 mi

US $600
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! Also four new t 
69300 mi

US $1125
Car 10 years old - replaced timing belt, tensioner components, water pump, purged cooling system and replaced accessory belts. Mechanic discovered coolant flange on rear of engine cracked. Replaced. Also informed that engine appears to have sludge. 
70000 mi With colder weather setting in, attempted to get heat inside the car. Determined heater core was clogged. Was able to flush/back flush and get coolant flowing thru the core. Now have plenty of heat. Replacing the core normally cost $900. 
84000 mi Valve cover gasket leaking and can bearing caps needed replace ing. However this oil leak had contaminated the barely one year old timing belt and the repair cost exceeded $1500. I opted to trade the car in. 
123000 mi

US $180
Vacuum leak , replace engine breather tube 
152000 mi

US $65
Replace coolent resevior and cap 
152700 mi

US $110
Coolant leak. Replace oil cooler and hose. 
158500 mi

US $150
Clicking Noise while turning to the right Replace right side CV Axle 
126700 mi

US $50
Coolant flange o-ring degradation. 
143000 mi

US $130
Combi valve. 
152000 mi

US $120
Diverter valve failure. 

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

-horsepower 5-speed manual FWD

82000 mi

US $450
Wheel bearing replaced. Axle replaced. 
118000 mi

US $149
Car stalled and had to be towed to a repair shop, which was not open on the weekend. I got a fuel pump and installed it, solving the issue. 
123000 mi

US $320
Power door lock switch and module failed and was replaced. 
125000 mi After a long trip, I noticed a strange smell. I popped the hood and noticed that the coolant reservoir was dark. It contained oil. Taking the auto to a mechanic revealed a cracked block. I elected not to attempt repairs due to high cost. 
164000 mi

US $900
Replaced crank position sensor. That did not fix it, so then replaced fuel pump. 
165000 mi Hood would not open 
109000 mi Check coolant warning came on; antifreeze was below minimum, so we filled it. Couple days later, same warning, and temp gauge going all the way to red. Replaced water pump, thermostat, timing belt. 
110300 mi

US $50
Headlights/taillights 
117000 mi

US $350
Coolant leak-flange replaced 
119000 mi

US $100
New battery 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat

Engine not specified

98580 mi

C $350
Check engine light on. Replaced a sensor to pass Ontario Drive Clean check. 
98580 mi

C $150
Multiple failures... including timing chain 
270000 mi

US $148
oil leak in an engine seal and a flat tire. 
42780 mi

$1300
Water pump and thermostat failure at 69,000 KM. 
70000 mi

US $900
Water pump leaking. 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

270-horsepower 4.0L W8 6-speed manual AWD

114080 mi

C $180
Thermostat on blink. Since repair would cost $1200, and there didn't seem to be a major problem with overheating, we have left it for the time being. 
144920 mi

C $1500
Failed thermostat. Part very expensive and hard to get at. Also needed new serpentine belt which cost $170 plus an hour's labor. 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

111000 mi Cam chain adjuster throwing error codes. Problem solved through early oil change combined with Seafoam to remove varnish. 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

91000 mi

US $1064
Oil leak, burning smell when drive car.  
94000 mi Small oil leak from valve cover onto exhaust. Burning smell when engine cold. 
99000 mi

US $240
Replace torn front CV joint boot. 
122000 mi

US $700
replace front wheel bearings. Control arm broke during repair and was replaced free by dealer. 
134000 mi

US $50
Reset computer before smog check 
139000 mi

US $350
Replaced loose motor mount. 
143000 mi

US $300
Leaking heater hoses replaced, losing coolant. 
154000 mi

US $700
Heater core leaking and no heat in car. Replaced heater core. 
158000 mi

US $2000
Leaks in thermostat housing and hoses. Replaced hoses, timing belt, and other parts during repair. 
166000 mi

US $3000
Replace both catalytic converters to pass California smog test. Replaced front torn CV boots and axles. 
173000 mi

US $1400
Replace leaking water pump and hoses. Replace leaking motor mount. 
178000 mi

US $1500
Replace upper control rods, bushings, and struts. 
181000 mi

US $1000
Replace alternator, belts. Replace transmission mounts. 
182000 mi

US $1500
Replace lower control arms and bushings 
186000 mi

US $300
Thermostat leaking 
187000 mi

US $1200
Valve cover gaskets and crankcase breather parts 
195000 mi

US $1200
Replaced failed water pump. Also replaced the thermostat because the water pump was being done. 
110000 mi

US $1100
Antifreeze was leaking and had to replace water pump and have timing belt replaced 
133000 mi

US $345
Leak in the coolant system had to replace the coolant container. Also, electrical switch was clicking and had to repair this also. 
134000 mi

US $1265
Water pump failed which caused a problem to the timing belt which had to be replaced also. 
135000 mi

US $550
Heater Core has gone out but did not fix.  However had to replace the catalytic converter 
138000 mi Car overheats, replaced the temp sensor, auxiliary fan and expansion tank. Car is still overheating 
168000 mi

US $650
A short developed by the sunroof and caused all electricals on the dashboard and AC to stop. 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

98000 mi

US $324
Ignition switch failing, intermittent no start. 
113700 mi Intermittent no start. Could not reproduce problem. Problem still exists. 
114300 mi

US $187
Loose connection at starter produced intermittent no start. 
95000 mi

US $1000
Had the Timing Belt and water pump replaced. 
124000 mi

US $310
CEL indicated low secondary air pump flow. Pump not working replaced. CEL remained with same code. Valve and vacuum hose replaced. 
126000 mi Secondary air system CEL back on 
134000 mi

US $110
oil pan crack developed - replaced oil pan 
135000 mi

US $500
Replaced secondary air pump, O2 sensor, and evac system components. 
137000 mi

US $110
O2 Sensor after the catalytic converter failed 
153700 mi

US $350
Replace center muffler and exhaust pipes 
158300 mi

US $700
Rear calipers were frozen and were replaced as were the rotors and pads. 
165000 mi

US $495
Leaking hose. Intake manifold required to be removed for access. 
170000 mi

US $150
Belt tensioner pulley 
101000 mi

US $375
fuel pump had to be replaced 
51000 mi

US $780
Check engine light: faulty camshaft sensor; used VW recommended fix - rewired connections. 
64000 mi

US $677
Replaced leaking valve cover gaskets, flushed cooling system. 
88000 mi

US $10
Secondary Air Intake Pump Vacuum lines replaced 
89000 mi

US $1500
Cam seals 
113000 mi Check Engine Light on - fault diagnosis is secondary air pump - only needed during warmup 
139000 mi

US $360
Bearing noise 
96700 mi

US $60
Failed timing belt tensioner. Found and fixed before catastrophic engine failure. 
143000 mi

US $300
Replaced control arms. 
161000 mi

US $140
2nd Coil pack went south as reported by VCDS. This one was a non OEM part that was only one year old. Going back to OEM for better longitivity. 
126000 mi Brake caliper bolts needed to be replaced due to binding. MIL came on for O2 sensor. Used Scan tool to monitor the output, found nothing amiss. Reset code and has not reappeared. 
127500 mi

US $27
Blown headlight bulb. Passenger side again. Seems to need one every 18 months or so. Driver's is fine. 
145300 mi

US $10
MIL indicated. Coolant sensor failure. PIA to replace, but inexpensive part. 
126700 mi

US $950
Alternator. Required car to be put into 'Service Position' (remove entire front end) to replace altenator. 
138000 mi still had ATF leak after accident repair was completed. Returned and the shop fixed issue (loose ATF hose to radiator). 
160700 mi

US $450
Emissions issues caused CEL to light. Had to clear codes to get car smoged. Evaporator canistor and nose had deteriorated due to exposure to gas fumes (function is to vent gas fumes!!). 
180300 mi

US $2500
Head gasket. Second on this car. 
212000 mi CEL on due to malfunctioning gas gauge. 
48000 mi

US $1100
This was the 2nd of two trips to the dealer for a flashing Engine light that would come on intermittently. Car would also shudder and lose power a few seconds when the light was on. It would always go off after a few seconds and drive normally. This time, 
70000 mi Replaced both catalytic converters 
120700 mi

US $1200
Replaced spark plugs and battery and head gaskets 
122000 mi

US $300
Replaced temperature sensor 
129700 mi

US $1500
Replaced "combi" valve set 
131000 mi

US $485
Engine light reappeared dealer recommended replacing the coil pack and ignition wires. 
136000 mi

US $896
The steering wheel began to squeak like an old creaky door. Replaced steering wheel grommet.  Replaced spark plugs. 
139700 mi

US $300
Car was not providing full heat dealership cleaned the heater core system. 
145000 mi

US $1900
Worn bushings in upper control arms replacement manifold gasket needed replacement rear differential leak engine mounts required 
162000 mi

US $500
Starter replaced 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

190-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed manual FWD

93000 mi

US $60
Valve cover gaskets blown due to issues with PCV system. Replaced gaskets. Replace PCV system and gaskets blown out as a result of PCV problems 
96700 mi

US $2500
Control arm bushings worn out. Replace all control arms. PCV system components shot 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

-horsepower 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

113000 mi

US $650
replace oil pump and oil pan flex pipe between catalytic converter and muffler cracked 
120700 mi

US $350
Had check engine light on and the car was running rough when idling. Found vacuum leak due to cracked pipes and valves which were fixed. 
123300 mi Leaking coolant 
128000 mi

US $128
ignition coil bust on Cylinder #2 Check Engine light has come on again! 
134000 mi

US $480
Engine and transmission mounts broken. Ignition coil bust. Again! 
134000 mi Engine oil leaking Engine overheating 
166000 mi

US $404
Right front CV axle replacement Secondary air intake hoses cracking/splitting. Timing magneto fault. 
97000 mi

US $1527
One spark plug coil failed Headlight and 3 running lights replaced 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

-horsepower 5-speed manual FWD

50000 mi

US $600
Thermostat failed and needed replaced. Illumination for HVAC controls went out. Bulb replaced. 
52000 mi

US $600
Coolant temperature sensor failed, causing CEL to illuminate. Recently received a letter in the mail noting that there will be a warranty extension regarding this exact problem. Have not yet received reimbursement. 
70340 mi Steering column universal joint squeak 
71600 mi

$50
Right horn (low-pitch tone) died 
73160 mi

$85
Flex joint on downpipe was about to fail. Joint has been damaged by road roughness in countryside far before. Whole downpipe replaced. 
85560 mi

$15
Steering column U joint replaced 
88000 mi

$100
AC Compressor tensioner roller 
90520 mi

$60
Rear wiper washer fluid tube seized up within wiper arm shaft, fluid nozzle rotated with wiper arm 
153140 mi

$15
Coolant flange leak, replaced 
35000 mi "MIL" light on for 200 mile trip back to dealer. No mileage or performance degradation. Dealer says fuel pump relay coded and replaced. 
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). 
60000 mi

US $485
solid check engine engine light. code was cooling system and sensor. R&R thermostat and sensor, add coolant. Dealer great but awful expensive. 
76000 mi

US $160
I thought coolant leak (very slight a pint every month) was from head gasket. Shop could have charged $2000 but this honest shop found flange corroded on rear of head. My go to shop and I provide free advertising for him. 
115000 mi split boot LF. boot replaced but clicking still on left turns when cold. Have replacement CVj oint from Pelican. Will replace it first quarter 2017. 
50840 mi

$31600
the exhaust had a defect 
98000 mi

US $80
CEL on. Ran VagCom. Indicated faulty MAF. Replaced with new MAF. 
112000 mi

US $180
Fuel pump bad, replaced 
120300 mi

US $85
Torn CV boot, replaced passenger side half shaft with new CV's and boots. 
133000 mi

US $50
Engine hood support arm. Took 5 minutes to replace. 
100000 mi

US $440
leaking gasket 
60760 mi

C $250
Signal indicator would continue "clicking" or "click" sporadically even without lights flashing. Replaced turn signal lever (faulty contacts). 
71300 mi

C $1500
Boots cracked, leaked lubricant, had to replace driveshafts (both). Head gasket leak, replaced. 
75640 mi Passenger seat heater stopped working, switch was replaced for 2nd time (original warranty recall). 
79360 mi

C $300
Engine oil major leak - oil cooler failed. Replaced.  
83080 mi Seat heater does not work, replaced switch, still does not work 
93620 mi

C $1000
Water pump failed, caused engine to overheat. As a result, timing belt was changed at same time. 
95320 mi

C $250
Wheel bearings replaced 
105780 mi

C $200
Oil Seals leaking, had to be replaced 
121760 mi

C $200
Broken caliper 
128960 mi

C $750
Check Engine Warning (Emissions) Directed to Cooling System - causing car to run too rich or lean Replaced Thermostat, Coolant Temp Sensor, Broken Coolant Recovery Tank, Coolant Flush 
129580 mi Check Engine warning still comes on, replaced PCV valve at no cost. Turbocharger intercooler also had an airleak, was replaced, no cost. 
132060 mi

C $1200
brake lines cracked, replaced Electronic unit in drivers door controlling power mirrors, interior lights, lights on chimes, etc stopped working Downspout from turbo exhaust cracked and leaking - caused exhaust smell to enter cabin 
134540 mi Valve cover gasket leaking oil, replaced Brake lines replaced by Dealer in Dec 2013 were found to be bubbled and almost ruptured by independent shop. Car returned to dealer, where they were replaced without question. 
140120 mi

C $200
broken brake calliper, some fluid leak 
144220 mi

C $300
Oil leaks from oil hoses were dropping on exhaust, causing burning oil smell to enter the cabin. Hoses replaced. 
159140 mi

C $300
Coolant Recovery Tank replaces and some worn out hoses Also - fuel line leak (in another spot from previous) 
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. 
111000 mi

US $1500
Replaced clutch. 
128000 mi

US $500
coolant lean - coolant flange leaked. fixed. 
130000 mi replaced driver side axle due to torn cv boots 

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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. Parking brake cable ceased. 
118000 mi

US $200
Passenger side motor mount failed, motor mount fluid leaked out. Replaced with upgraded solid rubber mounts (as opposed to fluid filled "active" variable stock mounts). 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

96000 mi

US $500
Timing retarded when warmed up. Labor was diagnosed at $2200 and parts at $7500. Same issue was covered under factory warranty at 42,xxx miles. 
62000 mi Radiator was weeping. Replaced radiator under manufacturer CPO program. 
67000 mi

US $1267
Blown valve cover gasket resulting in oil leak. Replaced several gaskets and seals. 
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
Electric cooling fan was bad. Shop diagnosed and ordered part, owner installed. Transmission output shaft seal was replaced 
87000 mi

US $500
Driver side half axle was replaced. Outer CV boot was ripped. 
107000 mi

US $800
Front calipers rebuilt Replaced bushings and ball joints on front suspension Front struts replaced 
118000 mi

US $500
Radiator leaking. Also replaced water pump as preventive maintinance 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

82000 mi

US $550
CEL came on, sensor replaced. 
78300 mi

US $700
Oil leak. Replaced cam tensioner seals. 
80000 mi

US $660
CV boot replacement. 
88000 mi

US $1300
Drive axle replaced. $270 Valve cover gaskets replaced. $160 
104000 mi

US $175
Replace drive boot. 
114700 mi

US $125
Replace torn boot. 
119000 mi

US $350
Water pump leaking. This was a replacement water pump that had been changed as part of the timing belt service 18 months earlier. 
122000 mi

US $425
Problem was oil drips hitting exhaust creating smoke in engine compartment that would often enter the cabin. Replaced both valve cover gaskets and one camshaft end plug seal. 
76000 mi

US $183
Check Engine light, replaced purge valve 
80000 mi

US $700
Alternator 
90000 mi

US $500
Very Small Evap Leak, Code P0456 
93000 mi

US $185
Clip holding rear window broke 
93000 mi

US $200
Exhaust leak at flex joint 
152000 mi

US $100
Heater core failure. A known weakness in Passat and other VW models. $1500 to $2000 repair, if anyone will even do it. 10 to 20 hours of labor for a $100 part. I bypassed the heater core with some fittings. Cannot drive car in cold weather. 
96000 mi

US $80
Replaced breather tube and broken vacuum line. 
145000 mi Flex couplings and catalytic converter were determined to be bad 
58000 mi

US $65
Alternator failure & serpentine belt replaced. Engine temp sensor failure. Defective Thermal switch for cooling fan replaced. 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

190-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed manual FWD

58280 mi

C $200
Ignition Control Modules needed to be replaced ( 2 were damaged/worn out) 
115320 mi

C $2400
3 month tune up found issues. Had recommended service completed. Engine gaskets. Catalytic converter. 
122140 mi

C $900
Engine light ended up being MAF and cat and muffler assembly. 
122760 mi

C $1700
engine light on again. reflashed computer and changed maf and hoses/clamps 
123660 mi

C $900
Car hesistates on acceleration. Changed MAF and vaccuum hoses. 
126720 mi

C $900
*d Hesitation in acceleration. Changed MAF and vaccuum hoses 
127720 mi

C $900
Tie rod changed on both sides, alignment needed Car shuts down, does not start upon turning key. Take several times. Again, hesitation with acceleration, dealer cannot find the problem as checked vac hoses etc, maf and not faulty. 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

-horsepower 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

117000 mi

US $225
Replaced coil packs after misfire (at cranking) caused Check Engine light to come on. Multiple misfires recorded by computer. 
118000 mi

US $40
Oil dipstick handle broke off, and dipstick tube disintegrated. Replaced both (fairly easy replacement). 
129000 mi

US $100
Check engine light on. Computer says "running lean". Replaced gas filter and MAF. 
134000 mi

US $360
Replaced thermostat. 
134000 mi

US $200
Small coolant leak that I could not find. Mechanic also had trouble finding, had to remove parts (covers, hoses, maybe valve cover?) to find leaking hose and o-ring behind engine. 
134000 mi

US $145
Coolant leakage continued. Had to replace plastic coolant piece (containing 3 orings) on rear of engine. 
150000 mi

US $120
coolant fluid leaking from flange on rear of engine. Bought new flange, o-rings and replaced them. Also replaced coolant since I had drained radiator. 
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. 
175000 mi

US $275
PCV system needed replacing. Plastic hoses had broken and cracked. Had to remove intake manifold to get to all items. Replaced plastic pipes, vacuum hoses, pcv valve. Had exhaust smell entering cabin. 
189000 mi

US $160
Secondary air pump, which only runs at startup, became very loud. Replaced pump. 
80000 mi

US $120
Fuel system coolant temperature sensor G62 was out of spec and needed to be replaced. It was accurately diagnosed by a DTC stored in the engine controller memory. 
90000 mi

US $493
Exhaust down pipe (between cat. and front muffler) was rusted out and leaking exhaust. The vehicle was very loud. 
101000 mi

US $795
Alternator replacement. 
133700 mi

US $300
Broken u joint 
138000 mi

US $500
Blower motor turns on and off sporatically 
142300 mi

US $170
Sludge/condensation in oil Blower motor went out, no heat 
149300 mi

US $800
Fell off the lift broken spring. UV joints also 
118000 mi Check engine light came on, would not keep running, it was a engine failure light, and low oil pressure 
59000 mi

US $150
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. 
69000 mi

US $400
2 of 4 ignition cables were in bad shape. One had failed, leaving engine running on 3 cylinders. 
73000 mi

US $65
Driver's side axle CV joint worn out. Entire axle was replaced. The hood strut simply gave out and wouldn't hold the hood up any more. Replacement was simple. 
84000 mi

US $4500
All rear exterior bulbs out-taillights, rear trunk license plate, etc. Told it was a wiring harness problem that needed replacing. Dealer replaced wiring and all bulbs. Interior of car flooded during heavy rains. Per VW due to pollen in sunroof drains-water backs up and floods rear seat carpet. Computers under front seats destroyed. All carpets and electronics replaced via insurance claim. 
88000 mi

US $800
Drivers side window fell and shattered inside door. Motor, clips, and glass replaced. 
94000 mi

US $900
Heater core and control flap replaced. Core was leaking and fogging windows. 
96000 mi

US $6000
"low oil pressure-stop driving" light came on. Turned out to be the dreaded oil sludge problem. New engine. Waiting on VW response to the issue. Oil changes always synthetic, but not always done at dealer and they don't want to cover it.  
96000 mi

US $100
Monsoon Radio dead. Need to purchase new head unit. Will find one on eBay. Pulling fuse fixed this temporarily but dealer says head unit now needs replacing.  
112000 mi Trunk will not open using release or keyfob. Dealer wants to replace entire release mechanism for 800.00. Will try to find a good independent. 
113000 mi Replaced head unit. 
115000 mi Car sold with trunk release not repaired. There were always a myriad of issues with the Passat-it was intermittently running hot but could not be duplicated and same with the "low oil" so even though it was well maintained it was wisely dumped for fear of sludge issue again. 
52000 mi

US $234
Replaced broken vac hose. Replaced a/c panel bulb. 
53000 mi *Towed to dealer and replaced dead battery. 
70000 mi

US $670
oil leak cv boot 
74300 mi

US $1250
Coolant leak repaired by replacing coolant hose flange outlet. Engine mount also replaced. 
77000 mi

US $280
Water temperature sensor malfunction 
78000 mi

US $171
Recirculating Air Valve Malfunction 
79300 mi Replace timing belt, tensioner & water pump 
208000 mi

US $60
Motor mounts were leaking hydraulic fluid - replaced both of them. CV boot ripped - replaced both inner/outer boots. 
212000 mi

US $185
Coolant leak - replaced fitting on rear of engine, then radiator started leaking - replaced radiator also. 
69300 mi

US $346
Fuel injector not working. 
89700 mi

US $600
broken exhaust tubes, change timing belt and pump. 
107000 mi vapor recovery system rebuilt 
144700 mi

US $250
3 brake light in back 
159000 mi

US $570
Fuel pump, Engine light was on. 
66000 mi

US $200
Replaced water pump with loose plastic impeller, timing belt w/ tensioner and pulley, serpentine belt and AC belt. Overheating incorrectly diagnosed as A-thermostat and B-fan clutch. Paid shop for both repairs. Saved $1,100 by doing this one myself. 
66000 mi Was told by new owner that it needed axles (CV joints)? Replaced boots at 58k and axles were good. 
218000 mi

US $80
ABS warning light on. ABS module may be damaged. Vehicle i still not repaired. clicking sound from dashboard for turn signal. Sound continues after turn signal stalk disengages. 
228000 mi

US $450
alternator replaced tuneup - plugs and coils replaced 
231000 mi ABS never fixed 
160000 mi

US $99
Replaced rear pads and rotors. Replaced brake fluid reservoir which had crack due to age. I think I'm finally going to have to buy a new car. After putting a lot of money in. I'm faced with a Turbo that's starting to fail, oil intake pump needs replacement, clutch is almost gone and the interior roof and side liner is separating. 
70000 mi

US $1500
Water pump broke, timing belt also changed. 
77000 mi

US $650
Coil springs broke 
100000 mi

US $300
CV joint 
109000 mi

US $215
Coolant leaks 
165300 mi

US $500
water pump needed replacement, was leaking. 
65000 mi

US $329
No one could seem to tell me why my car was misfiring and running rough until I did some research on the VW's and there it was another recall, on the coil pack. Some minor engine repairs. Also, VW never specified synthetic oil, but since turbos run very hot the regular oil turns to sludge. VW just started sludge recall in November, and mine was included. Sold it because feared future problems. 
67000 mi CEL had recently come on when sold. 
113000 mi

US $90
I replaced the Left and right Motor mounts, front snub mount. Parts were about $90 and I did the work myself. 
88000 mi

US $1500
Sludge build up engine. Replaced oil pump, oil pick up tube and flush engine. 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

-horsepower 5-speed manual FWD

83000 mi

US $1
High mount LED brake light stopped working. It turned out that there was a protective diode inside the assembly that went out. Instead of buying a new part ($100) the diode was replaced ($1 at Radioshack) within half an hour. 
89000 mi

US $25
Intermittent Coolant Temperature Sensor failure triggered the Check Engine Light. Replaced the sensor. DIY took about 30 minutes and $25 for parts. 
95000 mi

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

US $35
Torn driver side CV boot. Replaced the boot myself. $35 for parts. 
120000 mi

US $250
Noisy right front wheel bearing. Replaced. 
129500 mi Brake switch stopped working. Had an outstanding recall for the brake switch. Dealer did the replacement for free. 
133000 mi

US $125
Driver door ajar switch stopped working. Replaced the whole door latch assembly with OEM unit. Found DIY online. 
138500 mi

US $75
Turn signal relay started clicking on its own. This is, in most cases, not the relay fault. This is caused by dirty turn signal switch which causes current leakage that triggers the relay. Instead of cleaning, I decided to replace the switch 
149000 mi

US $300
Water pump leak. This WP was replaced during the first Timing Belt job. Replaced WP along with (second) Timing Belt job which was due later this year anyway. 
155500 mi

US $35
Torn passenger side CV boot (again). Replaced the boot myself. $35 for parts. 
159500 mi

US $25
Replaced leaking plastic coolant flange at the back of the cylinder head. $25 and three hours of work in the tight spot. 
161000 mi

US $10
Rough idle, CEL. Diagnostic scan showed multiple misfires and fuel mixture too lean: indication of vacuum leak. Plastic tee adapter under the intake manifold broke. Replaced with metal one from local auto shop. Took 15 minutes. 
149500 mi

US $254
Driver's side window got loose from drive motor, etc. window got stuck almost all of the way down and was out of its guides. Back end fell down in the door and the front of the window glass was sticking up (did not break). 
155700 mi

US $14
Replaced the left headlight bulb (low beam H-7) 
158000 mi

US $535
cv joint was replaced with a new part. RH side 
165000 mi

US $210
Mysteriously, there was a small hole in the brake fluid reservoir. It was near the top at the RH rear corner of the reservoir. Brake fluid reservoir was replaced. MIL was lighted, the engine stalled once, this was what made me go to the mechanic. Per mechanic, fault codes seemed to indicate a bad crank sensor. Crankshaft sensor was replaced. It helped some, but engine light came back on the next day. When the sensor replacement didn't fix problem, mechanic suggested I had used poor quality oil (Mobil1). He recommended "engine flush" and then use higher quality oil. This worked! Light has not come on since. Oil sludging had been the cause 
170000 mi

US $75
Multifunction Indicator Light is on again. It was determined that the car would not pass smog test without repairs. Cost would be around $2000 because trouble is with cam timing. Car runs ok, just won't pass smog. Selling... 
67000 mi

US $390
Both left and right CV axles were replaced beacause of torn outer CV boots. 
77000 mi

US $40
replaced cam tensioner and seal valve cover gaskets 
166000 mi

US $175
torn cv joint boots,  coolant leak,  vacuum hose leaked 
151900 mi

C $900
Linking oil and had camshaft work. 
100440 mi

C $1400
Blew out the clutch learning to drive standard on it. Shop installed a new Valeo single-mass flywheel and clutch for $1400. 
147000 mi turbo vacuum tubing decayed in the cold weather. 
150300 mi

US $1000
4 new disks, 4 new sets of pads (done myself), new master cylinder, new left rear caliper (done by mechanic, caliper was my fault). 
151300 mi

US $250
Front-left CV joint clicking, replaced CV joint and axle with cheap chinese part. 
151700 mi

US $300
Coolant flange was leaking, had it replaced. 
156000 mi

US $200
Both tie rod ends were shot, replaced both myself and then paid Sears for an alignment. 
175000 mi

US $100
coil replaced Oil warning light came on occasionally. Shop replaced oil pressure switch. 
184000 mi

US $280
Replace power window regulator, driver door. 
196000 mi

US $130
seized caliper 
200000 mi

US $280
1. replaced ignition coil 2. replaced spark plugs 3. read and reset check engine light 4. engine tune 
201500 mi

US $170
Replace 3 ignition coils Hole in exhaust system 
204000 mi Broken coil spring, front driver-side 
72000 mi

US $225
Water coming in through drivers door seals. 
83000 mi

US $1350
Cam valve cover gasket was leaking oil. Had gasket and cover replaced. Drivers side rear window would not go down. Had to have entire regulator assembly replaced. CV boots busted, axles were clicking around turns. Had axles/cv replaced. Now car vibrates badly when driving. Motor mount leaking. 
85000 mi After having axles replaced, car vibrates noticeably at certain speeds and rpms. Shop claims that it's normal but it is only occurring after their "repair". 
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 Exhaust flex pipe developed a crack and was making a very loud noise; replaced flex pipe. 
136300 mi All struts and shocks preemptively replaced. The suspension was making noise when going over rough patches of pavement, but there weren't any real problems. I'd say it was mostly preventive. 
142000 mi Window regulator was disconnected from the glass. Reattached. Windshield washer fluid sensor was stuck on low fluid warning. Replaced sensor. Break backing plate was loose and making noise. Straightened out plate. 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

turbocharged 6-cylinder diesel manual 2WD

109000 mi

£400
No heat from Heater.Motor to Marix,radiator and thermostat replaced 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder manual 2WD

71920 mi A soft noise coming from the dashboard like boiling of water, persistent for months. 

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2002.5 Volkswagen Passat

Engine not specified

142000 mi TCM flooded, gears only shifting in triptonic manual mode 
143000 mi

US $300
Window regulator failure 
144000 mi

US $500
Tensioner broke off 

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2002.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

-horsepower 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

58000 mi

US $370
Drivers side CV boot was torn. Had to have the entire drivers side axle replaced. 
60000 mi

US $235
Vehicle would stall while driving....sometime would not start on the first two to three attempts. Problem was a "Speed Sensor" that needed to be replaced. Successful outcome of repair. 
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. 
74000 mi Check engine light, engine felt like it was misfiring. Coil packs were bad...there was an open recall/TSB for them and the dealership replaced them. 

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2002.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

-horsepower 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

62620 mi

$30
Noise from worn control arm bushing Right rear passenger internal grab handle broke, door had to closed from outside. 
63240 mi

$150
CV joint boot replacement 
63440 mi Accessory belt 
65300 mi

$1000
Exhaust was white/blue smoking which was especially noticed while idling. Finally lost turbo charger boost.Turbo charger had to be replaced. 
72540 mi Noticed lack of boost which on inspection was due to a loose return hose from turbo air cooler. 
73560 mi

$650
The steering although working fine started leaking until I was forced to have work done due to the rapid loss of fluid. Initially the seals on the steering was replaced but eventually the problem was corrected by replacing the steering rack 
73780 mi

$10
Rapidly losing coolant. Replaced seal on coolant temp sensor behind engine. 

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2002.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

-horsepower 5-speed manual FWD

197000 mi

US $800
Driver door window regulator failed. Gaskets replaced because of leaks. 
223000 mi

US $600
Alternator failure. "Alternator Workshop" message on dash and Battery light on. Battery went dead before able to get to dealer (75 miles at night), so had to tow($125) 
239000 mi

US $175
Temperature gauge reading erratic. Replaced ETC sensor. 
239000 mi It was going to need a catalytic converter in order to pass the inspection, along with a timing belt and tune up. I felt that the financial cost was too high (about the value of the car) to pursue the repairs. 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat

Engine not specified

136000 mi

US $1800
Thought it was the muffler but the catalytic converter on the passenger side of car was making loud sounds and check engine light was on. Car was beginning to make loud sounds. 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

77000 mi

US $125
Check engine light diagnosed as lean fuel in left intake bank. Fuel filter and sensor replaced. Problem solved. 
83000 mi

US $950
Ignition coils (there are 8 in the W8) started intermitent failing. All 8 were replaced. 
86000 mi

US $1655
At highway speed very loud roaring wind noise was coming through A/C vent. Diagnosed as a failed mixer box in the ventilation system. Only fix was to replace evaporator unit under dash. Ouch. 
88000 mi

US $1200
Smell of oil burning on engine block revealed a leaking valve cover gasket. Both sides were replaced as precautionary. 
94000 mi

US $359
Driver's side sun visor housing Homelink experienced a wiring short when moving visor from front position to left position. Short blew a fuse that operated A/C, cruise and all steering wheel buttons. Required a new, expensive sun visor. 
95000 mi

US $1000
Upon brisk acceleration, felt like a gear or axle tooth had chipped or broken. Examination determined 3 of 4 motor mounts were worn with one actually broken causing engine to move - a LOT. 
98000 mi

US $190
Vehicle A/C failed to produce cold air. Repair included replacement of a clogged valve and sealing one leak. System recharged and operating optimally. 
100500 mi

US $600
Left rear of vehicle was lower than the other three points and ride quality degraded. Inspection found a broken shock. Decision was made to replace all 4. 1st delivery was wrong rear shocks. 2nd delivery was correct shocks. All replaced 
103000 mi

US $165
Noticed an odor of hot oil burning after engine was turned off. Shop determined valve cover gasket was leaking. Decision made to replace both valve cover gaskets. 
106000 mi

US $354
Started hearing exhaust getting louder. inspection revealed rusting at end of muffler such that could not be repaired. Decided to replace both rear mufflers with a more tuned system. 
109000 mi

US $679
After a 106,000 mile full brake service including fluid drain/replacement and braided hose replacement, the brake pedal intermittently pulsated at slow brake speed. ABS light engaged followed by Check Engine icon. All 4 actuators replaced. 
110000 mi

US $1300
After previous replacement of ABS accuators at each wheel, ABS problem light again came on. ABS modulator had to be replaced. 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

133000 mi

US $200
Exhaust making loud noise; "check engine light" on. Right front flex pipe was replaced. 
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. 
106640 mi

C $800
Loud rumbling noises coming from undercarriage. Exhaust sleeves were loose and worn. Replaced both (twin exhaust) at cost of $120 Very slow oil leak into spark plug wells - worn valve gasket. Has been an issue for the past 18 months. Decided to replace it now for approx. $500. 
111900 mi Turn signals working intermittently or at double speed or not at all. Replaced two burnt out bulbs $6 - no change. Replaced the Hazard Relay Switch, $36, fixed. Problem might have been caused by incorrect shop-installed bulb. 
115320 mi

C $100
MAF sensor dead. New part ($232) Dead alternator on startup. 
122940 mi

C $200
Dead cylinder cleared. 
133920 mi

C $80
Front passenger window regulator cable frayed and snapped due to water inside the door panel. 
136400 mi Driver window regulator failed. Broken cable pulley. Window cannot be raised high enough to unbolt through panel access holes. 
159000 mi Catalytic converter was failing and needed replacement at last DX. Car somehow passed smog. 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

80000 mi

US $310
The rubber sleeve on an intake (injection?) had torn, car ran very rough, caused the Engine Light to come on, and stay on. Dealer replaced the part. Car runs fine again. 
82000 mi

US $1350
Timing Belt Replaced. Water Pump Replaced. 2 Belts replaced. Vent on A/C unit fixed. 
90000 mi

US $450
The dash PRND432 light came on and stayed on all the time no matter what gear car was in. 
91000 mi One day driving I noticed that my 'gear indicator' row of buttons was all lit. Dealer did some diagnostics, indicating this was a nightmare to repair, but nothing dangerous to drive with. Cost to chase it down was prohibitive. Just driving. 
96000 mi Power passenger seat quit working. 
107000 mi

US $90
Replace both cam plugs at rear of engine. 
115000 mi

US $75
surge tank for radiator cracked-fluid loss tripped COOLANT flash warning. 
52000 mi

US $104
Airbag warning light came on. Problem was diagnosed and defective part (left seat belt buckle) was ordered. I was told it was OK to drive it. 
61000 mi

US $621
replaced both motor mounts 
73000 mi

US $26
Check ABS light came on but no problems were detected. 
75500 mi

US $538
Removed and replaced passenger-side mirror housing, it wouldn't fold inwards. 
77000 mi

US $189
Replaced inside door handle on passenger side. 
83000 mi

US $51
Replaced strut that holds up the hood. 
83000 mi

US $18
back wiper hose comes off 
85000 mi

US $143
replaced output shaft seal it was leaking transmission oil 
101000 mi

US $215
Replaced leaking motor mounts 
101000 mi

US $1000
Nozzle for the rear window washer replaced. 
106000 mi

US $650
The light bulbs inside the head light assemblies are loose. As a result the entire head light assemblies had to be replaced. 
113000 mi

US $200
Windshield wiper fluid tank leaking. Repaired at a mechanics. Passenger side door handle broke. Ordered parts and fixed. 
115700 mi

US $50
 
134000 mi

US $1200
A coolant leak through the thermostat housing. Besides, the rubber material in a pulley went bad. It stick out of the pulley and worn out the pulley housing, which is unusual. Much of the repair cost was on the pulley and its housing. 
134000 mi

US $200
One oxygen sensor was replaced. 
48000 mi

US $125
All warning lights came on including stop engine after driving over 325 miles in extremely cold temperatures. Vehicle would not accelerate but rpms went up while depressing accelerator. 
59000 mi Left low bean headlight bulb replaced. 
72000 mi

US $60
All warning lights came on simultaneously. STOP ENGINE/low oil pressure. Stopped engine/retarted/ Loud clunk/then all lights reappeared/tach fluctuation/drove to shop.Reset all mods per computer analysis/Car runs poorly with airbag default light on 
73000 mi

US $288
Air bag default warning came on, engine lost acceleration, all warning lights came on. Restarted engine, drove to shop with default light on and uneven acceleration. They reset the computer and the airbag default light went out.  After unlocking the door and getting in, you must quickly start the engine or door will automatically lock and the theft alarm may sound until you turn the key. The door does not know it has been unlocked, opened and closed! For now we're living with it. 
85000 mi

US $115
Stabilizer bar bolt worn out. Was replaced. 
93000 mi

US $600
The Passat went in for service to have one oxygen sensor replaced and it also needed the temp sensor for the computer replaced in order to clear the check engine light. 
99300 mi

US $115
tighten left front wheel - adjusted sway bar brackets 
103500 mi

US $750
fluid leak 
106000 mi Wiring, electrical components, and brake booster damaged when drain for battery well got plugged up, caused flooding of engine compartment. Airbag alert. Consuming oil and needed timing belt replacement. 
70000 mi

US $200
ac fan replaced 
83000 mi Tail light bulb replaced. You have to remove this whole panel and it seemed too complicated for me so I had it done at the VW dealership. 
89000 mi

US $800
The car was in for a recall notice and also was smelling like burning oil. Was discovered that valve cover gasket is in need of replacement....seems very expensive. $1200 unless my extended warranty still applies... Update: warranty partially covered. 
91000 mi

US $700
Engine reseal which I felt could have been done back when gasket was replaced so they gave me a discount from 1200 to 700 dollars. I paid the whole 700 because my extended warranty is expired. 
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.  
96000 mi

US $1000
cooling system 
100000 mi

US $300
Engine light was coming on and it ended up being a thermostat/some kind of sensor...it was replaced. 
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.. 
101000 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

115000 mi

US $350
A/C compressor clutch failed. 
123000 mi

US $600
split CV boot needed replacement exhaust system flex couplings required replacement 
128000 mi

US $50
worn out wiper arm 
128700 mi

US $200
Broken wire in harness going to left rear door. 
70000 mi

US $900
waterpump 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

-horsepower 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

81000 mi

US $400
Front engine mounts replaced 
94000 mi

US $400
Dealer wanted $200 more for same repair 
151000 mi

US $226
A/C stopped blowing cold, found ambient temp switch disconnected from prev repair, system low on freon, evac and recharged. A/C pressure switch originally mis-diagnosed as problem and replaced. 
152000 mi

US $250
Car had hard starting problems and stalling problems. Was diagnosed as a bad crank position sensor. Replacement fixed symptoms. 
155000 mi

US $109
Check engine light came on, indicating a lean condition. Mass Air Flow sensor was checked using VAGCOM and found to be reporting less air-flow than normal. Sensor replaced. 
158000 mi

US $250
Oil press light came on. Crankcase empty and coolant tank full of oil. Faulty oil cooler. Replaced oil cooler & hoses, coolant tank, thermostat, coolant temp sens. Flushed cooling sys & heater core 4 times with shout. Refill/Drain 2x w/g12. 
161000 mi Oil pressure light came on. Pulled over and had car towed to shop. Oil pressure tested fine, faulty oil pressure switch diagnosed. Switch replaced, car drives fine and light has not come back on.  Oil press light came back on. Happened to be near dealer when valves started rattling, took car to service dept and was told it needed a new engine, 5k-7k. Conferred with my mechanic who said it could just be a head, at a cost of 4k. Traded 
90000 mi

US $236
Loose outer tie rod replaced, would not pass state safety inspection. 
92500 mi Plastic part (VW calls "funnel") that oil dipstick goes into, deteriorated, replacement part was $15.95, parts person said it was common for these to fall apart after 8-9 years. Kind of a part that used to be made of metal. Grrrrrr! 
94000 mi Half axles needed to be replaced when sold. ABS light started coming on when sold. 
60500 mi

US $500
Leaking seals 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

-horsepower 5-speed manual FWD

90000 mi

US $203
Broken left front (driver side) coil spring 
91700 mi

US $38
Hazard relay failed, replaced with new. 
93000 mi

US $825
Coolant System malfunction code (P1296), replaced thermostat and Coolant Temp Sensor as part of scheduled timing belt replacement (including water pump and accessory belts). CEL cleared and has not returned. Oxygen sensor code (P0133). Ordered new upstream oxygen sensor and will replace myself. 
94000 mi

US $90
Replaced upstream oxygen sensor, cleared code, has not returned. 
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. 
110700 mi

US $1050
Frozen rear calipers, replaced both rear calipers with new. Failing left front upper control arms, ball joints, tie rod ends. Replaced all with new. 
115000 mi

US $160
Cracked exhaust flex pipe. Repaired at independent exhaust shop. 
140300 mi

US $334
replaced cv and boot. 
142000 mi

US $500
New fuel pump. 
146000 mi

US $300
Installed new shocks and struts. 
147700 mi

US $280
right CV boot ripped and replaced. Load check done on alternator. 
165000 mi

US $150
Battery died 
167000 mi

US $460
Inner and outer tierods and alignment 
167000 mi

US $1650
Heater core failed. It was changed 3 years ago and the VW dealer said the repair shop used substandard parts and caused an early failure. It needs right side trailing arms and ball joints, rack and pinion is leaking. 
59000 mi completely sworn out control arms, frozen tie rod end 
73000 mi

US $60
Had an engine light. Replaced oxygen sensor. 
83000 mi

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

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

59000 mi Hole in exhaust near the front. 
170000 mi

US $518
Both valve covers leaking oil. The left leaked severely. The right valve had chain tensioner leaking, did not replace to avoid paying $600 more. Coolant temperature switch and seal was replaced to stop coolant leak. Temp sensor replaced. 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

137000 mi

US $2560
Car engine light came on at 136500 miles. Car then began shuddering and losing the ability to climb inclines. Mechanic replaced spark plugs and coilpacks to make it driveable. Next job will be cat convertors for $2100. 
138000 mi Needed new catalytic converters when traded. 
71000 mi

US $200
Transmission was discovered to be burned out. Discovered leak in A/C compressor. 
71000 mi

US $175
Rainwater leak, unsuccessfully addressed by recall, soaked transmission control module. Corroded exhaust flex pipe. Rebuilt transmission went back into limp mode. Transmission is okay. Unclear whether the problem is the electronic TCM or the connections to it: the TCM checked out okay, the connections were already repaired and checked twice. Rainwater still leaking into car. Replaced windshield cowl. 
65000 mi

US $210
Replaced worn Rt side front wheel bearing. 
80000 mi

US $650
Inner and outer tie rods replaced. *duplicate Tie Rod Ends, replaced both inner and outer. 
88000 mi

US $120
Engine Speed Sender (Sporadic), Removed and replaced. 
96000 mi

US $2220
R&R'd Springs, shocks, control arms, and tranny and motor mounts. 
106000 mi

US $100
Cam caps were leaking oil. R&R'd cam caps. 
110000 mi

US $65
Leaking heater hose. R&R. 
90000 mi Cranking problem 
93000 mi

US $1700
Intermittent engine temp. Bad sensor, thermostat, leaking water pump. 
94000 mi

US $1700
*d Intermittent engine temp. New water pump, timing belt, thermostat. 
95000 mi

US $450
Out of alignment and needed frozen tie rod replaced. 
101000 mi Cracked fuel tank, on top. Quoted $4,000, traded car. 
107000 mi

US $400
Valve cover leaked, ignition cables damaged, 2 plugs cracked, all replaced and engine tune up peformed. Running great now. 
115000 mi

US $600
Radiator replaced due to slow leak. 
127000 mi cat codes 
134000 mi

US $285
Immobilizer failed. "Coil" or antenna unit inside dash replaced by dealer. This is my 2nd replacement! 
154000 mi Both rear springs broken, replaced along with rear struts. 
178000 mi Ignition coil failed 
74500 mi Turn signal fault - Ghost signaling. Fixed with a focused spray of WD-40 into the turn signal stalk base. VW Vortex forums save my sanity again. 
75000 mi Auto dim mirror fails to stay switched on. Finally hacked the switch to stay in the "on" position with a rubber band. Looks bad but at least I'm not getting blinded at night any more. 
76500 mi

US $1500
Bad sway bar end links replaced. Car sounded like a pirate ship before repair. Leaking transmission seal Front control arms going bad. All 4. Engine mounts failing. Broken light in passenger sun visor. Needs to be replaced to fix. Valve cover gasket leaking oil onto exhaust manifold. Cracked coolant bottle. Will need to be replaced once it is leaking. 
77000 mi

US $1200
Alternator failed which also killed the battery. Alternator repair requires the car being put in service position which is very expensive for labor. 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

-horsepower 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

43000 mi

US $100
Hose was replaced to get rid of check engine light and to pass smog test. 
52000 mi

US $350
Refilled freon for the AC. 
53000 mi

US $75
Torn vacuum hose replaced. 
91000 mi

US $2500
Transmission had to be rebuilt. 
91000 mi

US $350
Transmission had to be fixed again after it was not fixed properly the first time. 
86000 mi

US $250
Replaced all braided cloth vaccuum lines and Evap System purge valve due to VAG codes:16795 - Secondary Air Injection System: Incorrect Flow Detected 16840 - EVAP System: Very Small Leak Detected P0456 - 002 - Lower Limit Exceeded - Intermittent Both outer CV boots cracked and leaking grease. Had both boots replaced with OEM parts by an independent mechanic. 
98000 mi

US $365
Turn signal stopped working. Replaced hazard switch in dash. Flexible exhaust pipe broke, between cat and mufflers, causing extremely loud exhaust. Independent mechanic replaced pipe. 
114000 mi

US $3500
Engine seized due to low oil pressure as a result of sludge build-up. Complete engine replacement was necessary. Replaced with a used engine. 
115000 mi Intermittent starting problem - still undiagnosed - leaning toward starter issue. 
116000 mi

US $300
Starter replaced 
133000 mi

US $35
Bad connector on blower motor, replaced by independant mechanic, not under warranty. 
184000 mi

US $504
Shocks were replaced front and rear. 
186000 mi ABS unit went bad. Not a real safety concern, so will get unit refurbished and re-installed at a later time. 
201000 mi

US $120
Cable of front window regulator broke at the motor - cable got chewed up and could not be re-attached. Replaced window regulator. 
226000 mi

US $770
Replaced turbo. 
230000 mi

US $250
Replaced torque converter. 
240000 mi

US $75
Replaced engine speed sensor. 
69440 mi

C $6000
The warning lights came on, I called the dealer they told me, that it was a sensor, to drive it anyway. Drove another 100 kms, more warning lights, called dealer - same. Car stopped engine gone, dealer said never said that, bill $6000. HATE< HATE THEM 
116000 mi

US $615
New timing belt and new water pump at the same time. Total cost for these items was $447. 
123000 mi

US $332
O2 sensor was malfunctioning. Replacement sensor ordered, installed and warning light went out and has stayed out. 
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. 
162000 mi Oil pressure light on I-5, could not get to a garage or have anybody test the oil pressure before engine quit. Approx $7,500 to fix. Lack of oil pressure caused by sludge that had clogged the oil path. Sold car for $500. 
122000 mi

US $30
Replaced windshield washer head. 
130300 mi

US $30
Engine trouble code P0171. Parts store guy recommended injector clean. While researching possible causes on web, found several had refer suction hose failure. Inspected mine, bad. Got new hose, cleared code. No repeat. 
133000 mi

US $130
A/C not cooling. Complete system check revealed nothing more than low refrigerant. 
133000 mi Evaporative emission trouble. Can drive with lowered mpg but CEL being on I can't tell when another issue arises. 
76000 mi

US $849
Door actuator replaced.  Brake sensor replaced. Vacuum lines replaced. 
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. 
75000 mi

US $105
The side motor mounts had failed and released the dampening fluid. Both side mounts were replaced. 
83700 mi

US $42
Oil was leaking from the passenger side of the engine in both the front and rear corners. Valve cover gasket was replaced. 
125000 mi

US $250
Drivers side CV joint boot was split and needed to be replaced Valve cover gasket was leaking and needed to be replaced. Replaced VC gasket and adjuster gasket 
80000 mi Passenger headlight bulb replaced. Replaced all four coil packs under recall program. 
82000 mi

US $120
Replaced headlights due to severe clouding of plastic lenses 
98000 mi

US $100
Coolant expansion tanked cracked and leaked coolant. 
92340 mi

C $1063
Coolant warning light had come on. Shop performed diagnostics and discovered leak at cylinder head and cracked coolant bottle. Gave estimate for repair. During scheduled service inspection turned up requirement for Left and Right outer CV boots and possibly CV joints. Repair estimate given. Left and right CV axle shaft assemblies were replaced. Cooling hose flange and seals replaced, expansion tank replaced  
94860 mi

C $41
Left cover was off causing connectors to corrode. Leaned connectors and replaced cover. Recommend new headlight wiring harness (Est: $255 + tax) 
111320 mi

C $137
Diagnosis and repair - brake light on. Wire on right front brake pad rubbed through, left was also rubbing, both were repaired. 
122520 mi

C $73
Brake, ABS and Traction lights all came on, flashing or steady, sporadically. Went for diagnosis - brake inspection done (and reg.maint.) and pads, calipers replaced, rotors refinished and fluid topped - next evening lights came back on. Previous repair did not eliminate warning lights - returned for further diagnosis - electrical issue - between systems and warning light triggers - repair not attempted as shop did not have access to necessary electrical diagrams. Need dealr Diagnostic inspection for brake fault light, etc not clearing.DTC's GFF, Power and Ground, fuses, power and ground at ABS module - all OK. Requires ABS control module. Quote: 1980.00(VW) or used 650.00 (90 day warranty) Repair not done:$$ 
136400 mi Coolant leak diagnostic - coolant flange special order; reg inspection turned up valve cover gasket and timing adjuster gaskets leaking oil - parts special order Installed SOP Coolant flange on rear of cylinder head. Topped Coolant. Re-checked for leaks. Road tested - ok Replaced leaking valve cover and cam adjuster gaskets 
136400 mi

C $262
Driver's side window regulator broke and window fell inside the door ABS Control Module still needs to be replaced There's a minor leak somewhere in the exhaust system (can smell it but did not bother to investigate yet). 
223000 mi

US $100
Cooling system reservoir 
230000 mi

US $200
replaced bad coil 
82000 mi Leaky coolant flange replaced (299.85+tax) Brake booster vacuum pump replaced under warranty (was replaced less than 12 months ago). 
85000 mi Little to no heat. Shop flushed heater core. Problem fixed. Water entering front passenger side. Repaired problem myself by pulling down headliner and noticing that sunroof drain tube had become disconnected. Reconnected drain tube and replaced headliner. 
94000 mi Right engine mount leaking fluid. Decided to postpone repair. 
95000 mi Fluid leak. Diagnosed as coolant leak from coolant flange o-ring. Fixed under warranty, as coolant flange had been replaced 15 months earlier. Little to no heat in cabin. Heater core clogged. Heater core filled with caustic solution then flushed. 
103000 mi

US $130
Coolant leak. Diagnosed as problem with coolant tank and/or cap. Coolant tank and cap replaced. 
104000 mi Coolant leak continuing. Replaced o-ring on temperature sensor. 
105000 mi Continued coolant leak after 2 unsuccessful repair attempts. Replaced o-ring at coolant flange pipe. 
118000 mi Rear cylinder head coolant flange replaced Camshaft chain tensioner gasket set replaced. Exhaust downpipe, gasket, and clamp replaced due to a leak. Right outer CV boot replaced. Right and left motor mounts replaced (broken and leaking hydraulic fluid) Serpentine belts replaced (badly cracked) No heat. Shop flushed the heater core. 
119700 mi Engine oil pressure light; shop proposed engine flush as part of diagnosis. Separately, identified PCV valve broken and oil leak. 
121000 mi Problems reported earlier still present when sold. 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

-horsepower 5-speed manual FWD

114300 mi

US $400
Oil leak; gasket replaced 
182000 mi

US $35
removed oil pan and installed new oil pickup tube. Engine was making extremely loud noises. changed oil to Mobil 1 (0w40). runs perfect now. 
83080 mi

C $600
Oil was leaking in several places---cracked gasket. 
157000 mi Radiator was leaking. Replaced all the hoses. 
168000 mi

US $280
Lights - Right headlight was burnt out. Serpentine Belt needed to be replaced. 
67000 mi

US $1400
Replace N-80 valve. Replaced engine temperature sensor. Replaced broken CV boot. 
95000 mi

US $10
Coolant temperature sensor went out, replaced in about an hour with new sensor, O-ring. Total cost $10, total PITA to get to and replace though 
100000 mi

US $100
Coolant temp. sensor broke loose from it's housing. 
109000 mi Frayed and broken vacuum line, replaced stock fabric wrapped rubber with silicon  
112000 mi *incorrect entry Coil pack failed. 
115000 mi

US $120
All four coil packs failed. I upgraded to "bolt down" style packs as opposed to the stock "push down style." 
144000 mi

US $400
Timing belt tensioner broke causing the timing belt to lose teeth. Motor was almost destroyed. Motor was compression tested, timing belt, water pump and timing belt tensioner replaced. 
152000 mi

US $200
ABS module failed, module was removed and sent out for repair as a new one would cost 1200 vs 200 
155000 mi

US $100
Brake line failed and was leaking fluid into the wheel 
104160 mi

C $230
Belt Tensioner 
111600 mi Burnt out passenger side headlight 
119040 mi

C $800
Water leak. Drivers seatbelt was damp after car being outside in rain. Leak in sunroof drains. Trunk lid would not pop up or rise easily. Trunk strut. 
150000 mi

US $175
CEL-replace vacuum hose 
156000 mi

US $300
cv boots 
164000 mi

US $188
Reset readiness monitor/run drive 
167000 mi

US $242
Evap system leak-replace evap purge valve 
170000 mi

US $488
Replace flex pipe/exhaust repair emergency brake caliper 
170000 mi

US $354
Replaced left and right CV joints 
174000 mi

US $320
Replace thermostat 
186000 mi

US $100
Cel, p0441 code. Replaced gas cap. 
85000 mi

US $100
Cel came on - code indicated o2 sensor or hoses - hose was replaced 
98000 mi

US $600
Front CV axles replaced Trunk Hinge required replacement 
64000 mi

US $500
thermostat. Also changed many maintenance items associated with timing belt change. CV joint (new axle installed).  
72000 mi

US $300
Left front axle 
72700 mi

US $1000
replaced secondary air intake system including pump, valve, hoses 
76000 mi

US $1000
Cam Tensioner was replaced. 
80000 mi

US $1000
replaced catalytic converter. probably caused by mechanic who overfilled oil. 
62000 mi

US $200
Vacuum leak 
65000 mi

US $1500
CV boots 
67000 mi

US $170
Flex pipe exhaust leak 
109000 mi

US $53
Airbag light came on. Independent repair shop identified problem: Passenger side curtain airbag. Advised me to not do anything unless it comes on again. 
122300 mi

US $400
both lowbeams 
126000 mi

US $154
Windshield washer pump was leaking washer fluid 
131000 mi

US $555
rust made hole in exhaust system 
135300 mi

US $30
replaced coil pack A/C not working, probably compressor or clutch. Choose not to repair at this moment 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automatic 2WD

98000 mi

US $220
3 vacuum hoses needed to be replaced 
98000 mi

US $1000
brought car in for driver's window which stopped working and a **stop brake indicator light that came on when making right turns; technician determined that rotors and pads were worn and needed replacement 
101000 mi

US $388
replaced valve cover gasket as the engine had an oil leak 
107000 mi

US $720
oil leak, replaced several gaskets 
108000 mi

US $350
persistent oil leak on engine 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

82000 mi

US $650
Timing belt, water pump and related components. This was not an "emergency repair". It was a planned maintenance since I keep cars for a long time. 

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2001.5 Volkswagen Passat

Engine not specified

201000 mi

US $2000
check engine light on 
86000 mi

US $350
Vacuum Hose broken, Coolant Temp Senser, MAF, and Injection cleaner 
127000 mi

US $100
Oil Cooler Supple Line Burst 

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2001.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

-horsepower 5-speed manual FWD

151000 mi chk engnx lght. trnxs. mssn. slppge. ongng. problem. for yrs. alwys diagnosed as tranny prblem not sure car runs fine after warms up  
83000 mi

US $230
CV boot cracked - was replaced 
87000 mi

US $500
PCV breather, vacuum line to brake booster, mass air flow sensor. Result: check engine light off - acrid smell enters the cabin when car stops at stops signs, red lights and destination 
90000 mi Engine oil leak . Fix: Replaced cam tensioner seal and valve cover gasket . 
92000 mi Broken breather pipe at intake manifold was repaired under warranty - all oil smells stopped after this repair. 
116000 mi

US $600
Thermostat replaced and heater core flushed 
135700 mi

US $350
Crank sensor 
137300 mi

US $1800
cv boot, front axle,  cooling leak, oil leak,  alloy wheels needed grinding, seat mechanisms (front) needed to be fixed, rear hatch latch, front hood strut, front brakes (maintenance) 
141300 mi

US $1500
abs computer needed to be rebuilt Heater core might need to be replaced - but first, it is filled with oxyclean for the summer to try and flush out corrosion. Then in September we will see if it works or has to be replaced. air conditioning belt was tightened 
142000 mi Heater core flushed out, fine since. 
154000 mi

US $680
tie rods replaced 
165000 mi

US $933
camshaft adjuster 
165000 mi

US $900
alternator went out a weak after replacing the camshaft adjuster the right front tie rod end (defective from last year) had to be replaced. 
94300 mi

US $1200
Replaced Camshaft Chain Tensioner, as well as gasket. Replaced front axle. 
97000 mi

US $140
Cleaned throttle body Alternator going bad- car has trouble starting- replaced alternator 
80000 mi

US $170
Water leaking into interior from sunroof plumbing. Likely caused by poor work done during a trip to the body shop several years ago. At least that's what the VW dealer is saying. 
81000 mi Floor was getting very wet at rear, passenger side footwell. Took three trips to VW dealer to get this fixed. Turns out it was a leak around the pollen filter located on the firewall. They charged $170 first trip, but nothing additional. 
106000 mi

US $2300
Rear passenger power lock not working. Broken wires in door frame. Not an interior problem. Hood strut gave up, so was replaced. Front brake lines cracked and leaking. Replaced. New valve cover and cam chain tensioner gaskets. Axle service for both front axels, and new CV boots. Dipstick was replaced, as it broke. How does a dipstick break? I was just checking the oil one day, and the handle snapped off. That is goofy. The dipstick tube also has a leak and needs to be replaced, but that didn't happen this trip. 

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2001.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

77500 mi

US $330
Sticky purge valve caused a CEL. Lost the low note on the horn (this is a multi-note horn) so only the high note was sounding. Replace all spark plugs and ignition wire. Upper control arm bushings (inner) broken. Mechanic quoted replacing all control arms because comes as a kit. Radiator leaking and low coolant. Suggested replacing radiator. 
76000 mi

US $900
In for routine oil/filter/lube, tire rotation. Check engine light on. Needed new O2 sensor. Cam seals leaking, water pump leaking. 
116000 mi

US $380
Replaced oxygen sensor and vacuum hose 
118000 mi

US $80
Brake pad sensor light came on. Inspection revealed damage to wire connected to sensor. Repaired wire, brake pads did not have excessive wear. 
119000 mi

US $575
Cam seal adjusters leaking oil. Dripping on manifold and creating burning smell.  
111600 mi

C $2
Rear licence plate light casing rusted and cracked and one of two light bulbs burned out. I paid for the light bulb, but the dealer installed a new casing they found available for free. 
142840 mi

C $600
Exhaust: flex pipe and rear catalytic converters. Exhaust leak fixed, but sporadic engine light because nearly constant. 
146940 mi

C $350
Cv joint replaced 
146940 mi

C $367
Engine light on for catalytic converter. 
78000 mi

US $50
Radio mast antenna rubber boot rotted, exposing some connector area. Replaced mast antenna. 
87000 mi

US $950
Fuel tank level sender failed (leading to incorrect fuel level readings). Fuel tank sensor replaced. CV boot on one front wheel was torn. Replaced CV boot. 
91000 mi

US $120
Sunroof drains plugged, leading to leak. 
96000 mi Sun-roof drain lines clogged and causing minor leak - flushed out and working properly after repair 
106000 mi

US $85
Radiator expansion tank valve was leaking, allowing coolant to drain. Expansion tank valve replaced. 

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2001.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

65000 mi

US $300
Idler pulley on belt was worn and making noise.  
70000 mi

US $140
Replaced worn-out hood strut. Replaced two low beam bulbs. 

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2001.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

190-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed manual FWD

169000 mi

US $75
Coolant sensor change; Leaking WP gasket, filled with Bars leak; Tail light changes *2 
169000 mi

US $410
Water screwed up the connections of the gas pedal. Replaced. 
94000 mi

US $167
Coolant pipe dry rotted and cracked which resulted in leaking coolant. problem repaired succesfully Original starter was damaged during a previous repair. Replaced with new starter. 
101000 mi fuel evap canister leak passenger side lo beam failed 

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2001.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

-horsepower 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. 
57000 mi

US $950
Replaced right motor mount Replaced thermostat, temp sensor and coolant jug. 
110000 mi

US $20
Engine coolant tube leak - tube was replaced for $20.  

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2001.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

-horsepower 5-speed manual FWD

184700 mi

US $70
Torn CV boots on both front axles 
193000 mi

US $5
Headlight height adjustment broke 
197700 mi Starter wiring connections corroded and became loose. Repaired by applying contact cleaner and tightening connections 
213300 mi Broken PCV system hose 
73000 mi

US $100
Right outer CV joint boot failed. Grease observed in wheel well. Right drive axle assembly replaced. 
74000 mi

US $5
Idle controller and throttle body needed cleaning. Cold start idle would not function properly. 
75000 mi

US $30
#4 cylinder ignition failed. Problem was obvious. Replaced #4 ignition coil. Problem is still recurring intermittently, so another coil may be failing. Will replace it when it fails. 
77000 mi

US $600
Driver door lock failed. Power brake vacuum line replaced. 
85000 mi

US $97
Driver side half shaft was replaced due to failed outer CV joint boot. 
90000 mi CEL, loss of power. After new DV installed, all was good. 
106000 mi

US $4000
Needed new clutch, timing chain, and an oil leak had developed on the rear side of the motor which cost about $1800 to repair. Total cost of repair bill was over $4000 at 106,000 miles 
105000 mi

US $130
Cracked vacuum line running to intake manilfold that cause check engine light to come on. Replaced vaccuum line and cleared codes for check engine light. No more issues 
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 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automatic 2WD

142000 mi

US $45
Car misfiring. Got home and determined it was cylinder coilpack. Got a new spare one from trunk (always keep at least 2!) and replaced. Also noticed cylinder 3 full of oil (enough to cover over spark plug) due to valve cover gasket(s). 

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2001.5 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

98000 mi

US $100
Engine flood relating to a bad coolant temp sensor in extremely cold (-10 to -20F) conditions. Also diagnosed a rather significant oil leak (~4qts per 5k mi), however, that will not be rectified until March due to time and money. Diagnosed an oil leak (from cam chain and valve cover gaskets). Will be fixed in March 
100000 mi

US $500
Valve and cam gaskets 
105000 mi

US $700
Water pump (not the orginal part, but an OEM replacement) bearing was going out. You may see a bunch of these as the OEM "new" replacement waterpumps are refubs. 
117000 mi

US $25
Airbag light went on. Cleared and did not return. $25 for code clear Problem with bank 1 cat warmup, either O2s or cat. Will still pass emissions with some "love." Likely cause by an engine flood in January. 

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2001 Volkswagen Passat

Engine not specified

156000 mi

US $1800
Water pump and then along with the timing belt were replaced. 

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2001 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

103000 mi

US $55
Coilpack failure. Diagnosed myself and replaced failed part. 
108000 mi

US $357
Crankshaft sensor replaced 
113000 mi

US $175
ABS control module failed. Removed module, sent it out for repair. Re-installed. 
119000 mi

US $70
Transmission failed 
182000 mi

US $80
Flush the heater core, so the heater works well. 
132500 mi

US $250
Replaced 2 ignition coils 
41000 mi

US $5
There are 4 3.5mm cloth-over-rubber vacuum lines on the 1.8T engine. So far, two of mine have ruptured where they are forced to make sharp bends, and I have replaced them, plus a third, with high temperature silicone, for what should be a lifetime fix. 
48000 mi

US $50
PCV system -- pressure regulator, valves, and suction pump, to fix oil leak. 
50000 mi

US $157
*dup PCV T-hose $20 parts, PCV pressure regulator $35, PCV L-hose $20 parts; coilpack (one went bad, replaced all 4 @ $22 ea.) 
51300 mi

US $30
coilpack (one went bad, replaced all 4 @ $22 ea.) 
52000 mi

US $20
Replaced fourth of four OEM 3.5mm vacuum hoses. (Intake manifold to diverter valve control port.) 
52000 mi

US $113
Replaced forward O2 sensor 
54000 mi

US $110
Replaced Mass Air Flow (MAF) sensor. 
55000 mi

US $25
ECU relay intermittent -- replaced 
57000 mi

US $60
Oil cooler replaced. 
58300 mi

US $98
ABS control module -- removed myself, sent out for resoldering of bond wires (well-known Bosch 5.3 module problem), replaced myself. 
60000 mi

US $16
Blown fuse for security system prevented starting, as well as windows, mirrors, sunroof from operating. Required replacement of defective mirror control to prevent recurrence of fuse blow. 

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2001 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 150hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

95000 mi

US $230
replaced right front control arm because of bad ball joint. 
97000 mi

US $730
ABS sensor unit went kaput 
100000 mi

US $250
right front CV joint and boot 
109000 mi

US $100
replaced clouded front headlights with new units 
109000 mi

US $360
replaced driver side CV boot and joint replaced hoses for air intakes 
109000 mi

US $350
drivers door window regulator clips broke. this is a common problem replaced corroded brake hoses to comply with state inspection 
112500 mi

US $850
replaced main fan bearing (involved removing the front bumper!) replaced motor mounts - they were leaking fluid 
120000 mi

US $270
thermostat failed 

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2001 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

100000 mi replace fuel pump after car died while being driven. drains connected to moonroof plugged, leaking into vehicle when it rains 

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2001 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

108000 mi

US $80
Car would not start until tried multiple times. Then it idled hard and surged. Temperature gauge replaced. 
121500 mi

US $219
Exhaust leak in the flex pipe 
136000 mi

US $900
Replaced heater core 
133280 mi

C $650
Replaced control arm 
151900 mi

C $2600
replaced heater core, no heat coming into passenger cabin. replaced cam seals. Engine was leaking oil onto the engine block causing terrible burning oil odor and fumes 
154360 mi

C $550
replaced both sides front tie rods. Drivers had to be replaced. Passenger was good for 50k more only. 
170500 mi

C $1300
replaces all pads, rotors and 3 of 4 calipers 
179140 mi

C $750
abs system 

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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 
133000 mi

US $400
Clean throttle body and some other fuel intake problems 
150000 mi

US $400
Thermostat stuck and had to be replaced 
153000 mi

US $400
Bad oil sensor was triggering low oil pressure warning 
155000 mi

US $800
Oil cooler had a crack in it that caused oil to be fed back into the cooling system. Had to replace the oil cooler, replace the coolant reservoir, and flush the cooling system several times. 
159000 mi

US $95
Drop in oil pressure over time of driving, assumed to be sludge or clogged intake. I ended up selling it as non-working to someone on Craig's List who was going to part it out. (Initially reported in March.) 

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2001 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 150hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

115940 mi

$1000
Bad engine 
70000 mi

US $1600
Thermostat failing. Also replaced timing belt, water pump, tensioner. 
73000 mi

US $350
Grinding in transmission. Drained transmission fluid and found metal. Diagnosed probably failing. Play in ball joints. Wheel bearing going bad. PCV system clogged. 
75000 mi

US $700
PCV system clogged. Cleaned part and replaced part. 
80000 mi

US $850
Control arm bushing worn. Replace. Air not too cold. Fluid low. Topped up and monitor for leak. 
91000 mi

US $120
Replace vacuum hose on secondary air pump 
95000 mi

US $627
Oil cooler seal leak. Brake lines cracked. Outer CV boot torn. 
100000 mi

US $85
Exhaust clamp rusting thru. 
111000 mi

US $280
Flex joint damaged. Replaced. 
78000 mi

US $575
CEL for MAF - replaced buy independant shop. Upper control arms, front right side. 
79000 mi

US $554
Breather tubes replaced/CEL now stays off. New rear shocks. 
83000 mi

US $720
Tie rod ends replaces, front lower right control arms replaced. ABS module replaced. 
89000 mi Ignition coil went bad again 

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2001 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

75000 mi

US $2147
Oil smell caused by oil leak - cam plugs on back of cylinder head leaking oil onto exhaust. Valve cover gaskets and tensioner seals. Plus Preventive replacement of timing belt and coolant system flush. 
78000 mi

US $250
Air conditioning stalls on start up - have to turn it totally off and restart it to make it work. Told we had to replace 2 motor mount gaskets and alternator belt plus new fresh air sensor Dead battery. Replaced after 3 years. 
81000 mi

US $275
Had it in to replace a headlight, turns out the entire housing had to be replaced as well because the seal melted - supposedly due to Texas heat. Replaced both. It's kept in a garage so material defects are a better explanation. Also dealer wanted to replace the front control arm lubrication bushings due to deterioration for a mere $1300. We passed on that. 
91000 mi

US $2000
Leaking transmission fluid and bushings resulted in mis-alignment of tie rods which pulled the tires inward. Had to replace tires as well as a result (not included in the total cost) Total including tires, oil change, etc was $2,500 
132700 mi

US $500
Coolant Leak was found coming from lower radiator hose where it connects to engine block via a split plastic fitting. Required removal of timing belt, so lots of labor!rnTHIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN REPLACED WHEN THE TIMING BELT WAS REPLACED!!! 

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2001 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

133000 mi

US $150
Replaced some belt (not timing belt) 
155000 mi

US $15
Mirror switch broke Window switch intermittently working. 
122300 mi

US $40
Oil leak at 2 year old valve cover gasket. 

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2001 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

6-cylinder manual 2WD

115000 mi

US $120
2 exhaust joints replaced.  
116000 mi

US $490
Tie rod ends replaced $490.00 1 hour extra labor charged due to rusted frozen parts Also 4 wheel alignment ($150) 

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2001 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

70000 mi

US $800
Gurgling sound behind the dash, then received "stop engine" warning and had a near-empty radiator. Dealer was unable to replicate. Occurred twice more before VW figured it out, replaced the radiator. 

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

135000 mi

US $2150
Oil pressure light came on while driving. Pulled off the road, the light went out. Did this 3 times. 3rd time, display said 'STOP!'. Called tow truck totake to dealer. They replaced the oil pump and pressure switch. Also, while there, changed trans fluid 
158000 mi

US $10
SAIP hose had broken and was giving an Emmissions Workshop warning. 
161000 mi

US $200
Passenger side front wheel bearing was replaced. It had been howling for a few months, but was getting worse in the last few days. ABS Module error. Removed module and sent out for repair. Will install in September. 
180000 mi

US $220
Blower quit working for A/C, took to the shop, was diagnosed as faulty fan switch. Ordered parts, took back to shop for installation. 
205700 mi

US $40
exhaust pipe needed replacing. front end needed alignment. Air hose from metal pipe on turbo side was broken. Replaced part, all systems OK. 
212000 mi

US $140
Passenger side front window regulator failed. Replaced item. 1 day. 
220000 mi

US $28
replaced hood spring 
101000 mi

US $1000
ECU failure, but car had been "chipped" many years ago. Sold car to shop after excessive cost of new ECU considered 

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 150hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

98700 mi

£140
Lambda sensor (O2 sensor) reading high. Sensor replaced. Coolant sensor reading high. Sensor replaced 
102000 mi

£110
front brake hoses cracking - replaced CV Boot cracking. Had been replaced with CV joint 3 years ago, but was a non-manufacturer part - didn't last. 2 suspension joints replaced £250 
119500 mi

£20
Would not start at home, would have required a tow or getting to a shop to buy new spark plugs. Spark plugs replaced. Turbo by-pass hose. Small dia. hose going from inlet manifold sensor to air-bypass near turbo. Might be EGR. The hose had uncoupled itself, the ends were split, not able to reinstall, hose rubber degraded. Near-side headlamp unit replaced. Lens was becoming clouded due to plastic lens degradation after 13 years. Coolant thermostat had failed, planned to replace anyway at 120,000 mile major service. It was only after it was replaced that I realised how bad it was, particularly overcooling going down hills with fuel injection cut-out on over-run. 
126300 mi

£320
Undertray vibrating badly, sounded like a wheel bearing had gone Coolant leak from water-oil heat exchanger on top of oil filter. Heat exchanger replaced 
132000 mi

£26
Indicators stopped flashing. Replaced Hazard warning switch, which contains the indicator relay. 
134300 mi

£250
Three outer window seals (window-door aperture seals where the window slides down into the door). These were rusted - bubbled up with rust and the driver's door seal in particular was bad/leaking. Both a water sealing and a cosmetic issue. 
136300 mi One cell of the battery died. Battery replaced. Battery had 5 year warranty, only 2 years of use, so replaced under warranty. 
142000 mi

£183
LPG ECU alarm sounded with single instantaneous misfire. 100s of miles between events. Changed spark plugs fuel pump relay LPG pressure sensor NO CODES. Finally changed Ignition Switch as blower speed went up on one misfire. Not fixed, must be ECU itself. Offside outer CV boot split 
104000 mi

US $1200
CV joint;  Front suspension arm. 
108000 mi

US $1000
Oil leaks were beginning to increase -- so replaced top engine oil seal gasket and oil pan gasket. Also replaced a ruptured breather tube and the cam adjuster seal.  Hood release latch was also found to be worn and was replaced. 

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

116000 mi

US $66
Coolant reserve tank replaced. 
120000 mi

US $333
replace belt tensioner 
123700 mi

US $440
remote coolant hoses replaced 
131000 mi

US $1200
ABS Control unit replaced. NJ re-inspection. 
128000 mi

US $300
viscous fan clutch was replaced 
130000 mi

US $115
Brake Fault - ABS failure. I used VwVortex as source for ordering a re-built AB electronic module. Will install tonight. Update results on the next survey After installing ABS, I took it to be programmed to my local indie shop. They claim they programmed it successfully yet the fault lights and indicators all remain as before. The indie shop reports an error 65535 with J217 code 
130300 mi ABS repaired successfully after replacement ordered. My beef is that BBA-REMAN sent me a defective part which i paid $115 to an indie shop to program. So i'm out the $115 with no help or acknowledgement of their failure by BBA-REMAN pissed 
131000 mi

US $300
Flex joint gave way. sent out for weld in new flex. Came back fixed, but 1 week after CEL. Going back to replace an O2 sensor. 
131000 mi

US $450
Original problem of EMISSIONS WORKSHOP CEL discovered in Feb. Re-cap - flex joint, then O2 sensor, but still no fix. Finally gave it the entire CAT and pipe and so far no CEL after a week which appeared to be the previous limit. Caut. optim 
135000 mi

US $400
Replaced Cam chain tensioner gaskets, and valve cover gaskets 
141000 mi

US $150
upstream oxygen sensor. Replaced it with a Bosch from auto parts store secondary air insufficient flow codes thrown with CEL. It took 5.5 hours to troubleshoot it to the relay, then .5 hours to replace and put it all back together again 
145000 mi

US $800
3 motor mounts 
107880 mi

C $200
Failed emission control evap. system purge valve 
110980 mi

C $1327
Exhaust system: flexible joints between exhaust manifold and catalytic converter had failed. 2.8 V6 camshaft adjuster seal leaking on right cylinder bank and dripping oil on exhaust manifold. Bad seal replaced. 
117180 mi

C $1400
Blown engine valley pan gasket and camshaft tensioner seal due to clogged PCV hose. Both front sway bar links worn out -- replaced.  Front brake flexible lines out to wheels were cracked -- replaced. 
126480 mi

C $900
ABS electronic control unit failed and was replaced. 
130200 mi

C $50
Cracked plastic engine coolant tank successfully replaced. 
146500 mi

C $2500
Seized left rear brake caliper and parking brake cable. Both rear calipers and parking brake cables replaced. Leaking camshaft adjuster seal and valve cover gaskets causing oil contamination of engine external components and burnt oil fumes entering the cabin. Replaced camshaft adjuster seal and valve cover gaskets. 
161820 mi

C $550
Failed secondary air injection pump was replaced. 
178520 mi

C $250
ECU was reprogrammed to prevent spurious catalytic converter fault codes. 
181660 mi

C $135
Replaced failed cooling system thermostat. Crankshaft front oil seal failed, causing catastrophic loss of oil. Accessory belt tensioner bearing noise was excessive. Imminent failure expected. Turn signal assembly retention clip broke, causing turn signal assembly to fall out. Replaced turn signal assembly. Gas-filled strut to hold hood open failed in cold weather. Replaced the strut. 
183520 mi

C $1200
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 mi

C $705
Rear axle bushings worn out, making alignment impossible. Replaced rear axle lower bushings and did four-wheel alignment. 
184420 mi

C $685
Exhaust manifold flex joints were broken. Both flex joints replaced. Front motor mount broke. Motor mount replaced. 
192820 mi

C $530
Failed oxygen sensor 
193440 mi

C $482
Replaced leaking valve cover gasket. 
194680 mi

C $305
Leaking differential seal replaced. 
196540 mi Flushed cooling system to restore cabin heat. Replaced right camshaft adjuster seal. Replaced camshaft oil seal. First one was defective. 
197140 mi

C $792
Replaced all PCV components due to plugged PCV valves and aging hoses. 

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

99200 mi

C $145
Update to turn off sensitive Cat code Brake warning light flashing. ABS light on. Scan showed intermitant problem between ABS contoler and dash connections.  
127720 mi

C $180
Check engine light. Scan codes. Sensor 2 Bank 2. Replaced sensor.  

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

190-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed manual FWD

138880 mi

C $3125
springs replaced transmission synchros replaced 
143220 mi

C $1500
Parking brake failed on hill.  Shaking and rattling in engine compartment. Main engine mount replaced. Rough ride. Shocks and springs replaced. 
147560 mi

C $1200
CV joints replaced. 
155620 mi

C $3000
had to replace all 4 catalytic converters and entire exhaust assembly 
160580 mi

C $380
Wiper motor had to be replaced. 
108000 mi

US $620
Oil leak. Two trips to fix leaking valve cover gaskets and rear seals. Second trip no charge. 

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

110000 mi

US $693
Clogged O Tube Mass Airflow Sensor -idling high and engine light turned on day after ac repair. 
182000 mi

US $120
Intermittent starting up and not starting. The mechanic thought that it was an issue with the computer relay. So we replaced it ($120). 

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 150hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

82300 mi

US $50
Engine did not maintain temperature. Replaced thermostat and temperature sensor. 
93000 mi

US $400
Replaced the oil pump to repair a low oil pressure problem due to a clogged pickup screen Replaced passenger-side upper control arms 
145000 mi

US $15
headlight bulb 
151000 mi

US $290
Replaced window regulator. 
158000 mi

US $30
Replaced temperature sensor 
159000 mi

US $190
Replaced thermostat 
114000 mi

US $150
Replaced Mass air flow sensor (MAFS). Was giving faulty reading causing lean fuel trim and pinging. Problem fixed by replacing faulty MAFS. 
121000 mi

US $177
The Bosch ABS module developed a problem indicated by warning lights and error codes. I removed the module and sent it out to http://www.modulemaster.com for repair. Car driveable without module. Received repaired module back after 1 week and reinstalled. 
124000 mi

US $320
Tie-rod end. 
136300 mi

US $250
Replaced PVC and turbo vacuum tubing to address drivability issues. Also replaced a single failing ignition coil pack, a common problem with these cars.  
137000 mi

US $400
AC wasn't working. Repaired successfully. 
138000 mi

US $1100
New CV joint Exhaust flex pipe needed replacing A relay needed replacement 
140000 mi

US $450
Frozen caliper replaced 
165000 mi

US $600
Misfiring and CEL. iginition coils and module replaced. 
177000 mi

US $300
Upper downpipe Exhaust rotted out.  
96000 mi

US $1200
Leaking valve gaskets. Had to be towed as the engine lights went on and smoke started coming from the hood. 
177000 mi

US $200
Upper Control arms replaced. 
179000 mi

US $4
Evap Purge valve clogged. Cleaned with Carb Cleaner, issue resolved. 
189000 mi

US $300
Alternator & Battery replaced 

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

126000 mi

US $744
body hardware - front door - window regulator front right turn blinker popped out ABS control not responding. Needs a new one to install. Cost to fix unrepaired problems about $2,800. front-left tie-rod end needed a new part Oil leakage from the engine. 

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

127000 mi

US $516
excessive play in front suspension. replaced suspension/steering components on both sides . 
144000 mi

US $250
replacement of leaking camshaft tensioner (right side) parasitic drain in courtesy light/comfort module circuit. drains battery in 3 days. 
155000 mi

US $450
leaky valve cover gaskets and leak camshaft seals replaced. 
158000 mi

US $400
car handling and ride had deteriorated. front end suspected. replaced right outer tie rod and both upper control arms. 
163500 mi

US $100
replaced left flex joint in exhaust system. 
164000 mi

US $690
waterpump pully failed. replaced pump and timing belt 
170000 mi check engine light on 

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder manual 2WD

196000 mi

US $500
Rt Frt cv shaft axle replacement Bad wheel bearing discovered during road test, new one ordered New wheel bearing installed 
216000 mi

US $500
Oil breather leaking, repaired cam seals leaking. Not repaired. Too expensive. 
101000 mi ABS module and pump need to be replaced leak in coolant system Broken dipstick receptacle leaking and defective vacuum hose 

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automatic 2WD

52000 mi

US $412
Replaced Secondary Air Injection Pump (SAIP) 
52000 mi

US $463
faulty coolant temp. sensor and repinning of connector. Throttle body also cleaned and reset. Codes cleared to normal. 
85560 mi

C $648
Secondary Air Pump inoperative - Replaced  Replaced Right Windshield Washer Spray Jet 
85560 mi

C $797
Secondary Air Injection Pump not working - replaced Replaced Catalytic Converter  Replaced Air Mass Meter 

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

6-cylinder manual 2WD

233000 mi The timing belt let go, and the engine needed a valve job. I sold it to someone more ambitious than I, and he's going to get it going again. 

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

6-cylinder automatic AWD

42000 mi

US $180
Coolant temperature guage was intermitently failing to indicate temperature. This became more frequent and the dashboard guage would fail to provide any indication of coolant temperature. Mechanic diagnosed problem and indicated coolant temperature senso 
45000 mi

US $125
Check engine malfunction light started coming on 30 seconds after car was started. This would occur everytime car was started. 
92000 mi

US $3000
Carbon build up in the engine. Unsuccessful repair, sold car. 

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

132000 mi Replaced torn / broken front and side engine mounts. 
142000 mi

US $80
Steering rack bolts were loose. Passenger wheel had significant play. Steering rack mounting bolts were removed and retorqued with lock-tight on them. 

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

88000 mi

US $750
ABS System failure 
106000 mi

US $1000
Check engine light on. 
137000 mi

US $2500
Exhaust system rusted through. Oxygen sensor rusted through. 

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1999 Volkswagen Passat

Engine not specified

135000 mi

US $535
Turbo needed to be replaced 
117000 mi

US $730
Bad ignition control module. 
141000 mi

US $1600
throttle body and fuel injector failure 
196000 mi

US $500
replace throttle body 
146500 mi

US $260
Oil cooler pipe leak 
151000 mi

US $1000
Oil leak, replace head gasket replace tie rod end & ball joint replace washer tank 
69700 mi

US $900
Timing mechanism had to be replaced 

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1999 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder manual 2WD

154000 mi

US $500
Had to replace control arms and tie-rod ends, after 150k miles, they just plumb wore out. 
155000 mi

US $170
clutch + flywheel replaced replaced 9 year old battery. :) 
158700 mi

US $50
replace failing ignition coils 
149000 mi

US $170
ABS sensor broken; problem returned after about 3 weeks Air bag sensor broken; problem returned after about 3 weeks 
158000 mi

US $100
oil pressure sensor broke and was leaking oil. 
168000 mi

US $940
Rocker Arm Broke off 
169000 mi

US $60
Part of the exhaust system rusted off. 
177000 mi

US $110
Flex pipe rusted in exhaust. 
178000 mi Airbag light on becuase one of the wires in the system for the drivers side airbag read a high level of resistance; lived with until sold car. The ABS sometimes would randomly fire and then turn off for the rest of the trip, bad sensor; lived with until sold car. 

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1999 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automatic 2WD

120000 mi

US $140
Mass Air Flow Sensor failure. 
119000 mi

US $500
replaced oxygen sensor 
157000 mi

US $450
Engine control module failed... stopped firing #2 cylinder. Sometimes no power. The turbocharger is failing. 
160000 mi The Turbo-charger had seized and there was an engine misfire problem making it no longer drivable. 

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1999 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

6-cylinder manual 2WD

96000 mi Needed new control arms. Needed new thermostat. Needed new rear window motor. 
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. 
156860 mi Hydraulic tensioner on timing belt failed. Replaced idle pulley tensioner, hydraulic tensioner and timing belt; also replaced water pump, serpentine belt and oil filler cap gasket (maintenance items). 
126000 mi

US $2400
Coolant leak Valve cover gasket leaked Hood latch inop Windshield wiper motor intermittent. Needed replacement. Drain plug removed in the accessory section at rear of engine compartment. It would flood and not drain.  
151000 mi waterpump(original)replaced,new thermostat(3rd),radiator replaced-starting to leak at seams; new belts @148K no damage to belts New injector seals - gas smell in car @ times, most noticable when stopped or after shutdown. one week after prob #1 (sigh) 
157000 mi

US $250
Battery was dead for > 1 week computer needed to be reset Valve cover gasket, PCV system repaired. Still needs new cat passenger side. 
167000 mi

US $225
Replaced power steering pump (original failed), serpentine belt (WYAIT maitainence) 
173700 mi

US $35
Needed a new relay under the dash. 
179000 mi seized rotor 
191000 mi Oil and transmission leaks were fixed by resecurring some loose components. 
195000 mi

US $30
Acting as though throttle was sticking very intermitently. Same problem caused some difficulty starting the car at times. Mechanic couldn't find specific fault, suggested using fuel injection cleaner frequently. 
201500 mi Leaking oil from a seal on the back on the engine. Mechanic tried to seal the leak with silicone sealant. 
202000 mi

US $40
Intermitent difficulty starting when engine was hot, coolant temperature gauge not functioning. Replaced the coolant temperature sensor. 
214000 mi Secondary air injection pump has failed along with air injection hose. Not uncommon. This problem doesn't hinder the normal functioning of the car. It just causes some annoying noise for 90 seconds after a cold start. 
219300 mi Whining noise, was not isolated but suspect power steering pump. No repair was attempted for now. 
222000 mi

US $250
The whining noise reported earlier turned out to be a belt pulley and tensioner. The part was replaced on this trip. 

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1999 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

59000 mi The car suffered a major mechanical malfunction. An idler pulley stopped turning and the timing belt overheated and shredded itself. This occurred 300 miles from home, so I had no choice but to sell it to a service tech at the dealership. 
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. **No additional comments necessary 
87000 mi Right and left valve cover gaskets leaking oil. Repaired under 10yr/100k powertrain warranty. 
87000 mi Remanufactorered transmission found bad. Ordered another transmission Installed new transmission Right CV Boot wide open, throwing grease, Left CV Boot cracked. Replaced both CV Boots. 
99000 mi

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. 
101000 mi

US $300
Engine would turn over but not start. After many attempts, engine started. Drove to mechanic. Found bad ignition switch. Switch replaced. 
105000 mi

US $118
ABS warning light on with audible alarm, brake light/oil pressure light flashing, braking characteristics different. Numerous reports of same problem on VWVortex pointing to Electronic Brake Control Module. Removed module, sent for rebuild. Electronic Brake Control Module was recieved after rebuild and installed. Repair successful! 
109300 mi

US $600
Engine oil leak. Tech found both valve cover gaskets leaking and camshaft adjuster seals leaking. Ordered parts. Felt ball joint clunking from front suspension. Tech found passenger side upper control arm worn. Ordered parts. Parts installed Parts replaced 
114000 mi

US $1550
Car running cold. Suspected a failed thermostat in open position. Tech confirmed bad thermostat. Replaced thermostat. Front suspension made clunking noise going over bumps. Tech found tie rods worn. Replaced tie rods and did 4 wheel alignment. 
115000 mi

US $541
Oil leaking from PVC breather hose. Tech found breather hose clogged. Replaced 2 PVC breather hoses, PVC suction pump, PVC check valve, PVC gasket and about 9 feet of brittle vacuum lines. On previous visit, tech noticed engine motor mount worn/ leaking hydraulic fluid. Replaced motor mounts. 
117000 mi 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 mi

US $1574
Left and right cam plugs leaking oil. Replaced cam plugs.  Also replaced orig front and rear shocks/struts and strut mounts. 
86000 mi

US $950
Changed front upper arms shocks etc Changed water pump 
140120 mi

C $88
Secondary injection pump is very noisy on startup. I can live with this for a while but will soon have to replace it. 
148180 mi

C $128
Temperature gauge was not functioning. Sensor had to be replaced. This repair was successful. Apart from this I had new brakes installed AND they attempted to fix the engine warning light but to no avail. Problem with air pump, part of the environmental air intake. It was emitting a loud shrill sound on engine warm-up. They rebore the screw or containment nuts and bolts but this did not solve the problem. New parts too expensive. 
150040 mi

C $120
ASHR right front axle replaced. Window had frozen shut then when weather warmed up window fell into bottom of door panel. Had to reattach the vice like grips of the window mechanism.  
157480 mi

C $120
Losing engine coolant. Temperature light coming on. Did pressure test of system and found leak, replaced faulty part or bracket.  
89000 mi

US $600
AC pressure sensor failed, causing fan to operate constantly and completely drain battery. Had to call AAA for jump start before taking car to dealer. 
73000 mi

US $330
Power Steering Hose replace radiator fan Replace motor mounts Rough shifting 
89000 mi

US $1
window regulator pin fell out. replaced the pin ($1 part) 
120000 mi

US $300
Computer problems 
121300 mi

US $900
ABS module replaced 

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1999 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

137000 mi

£286
replace n/s cv joint replace both stabliser arms 
138000 mi

£207
severe bang from gearbox on selection of drive, no tiptronic operation 
139000 mi Replaced all top and bottom ball joints due to gator rips, replace bottom steering joints, M.O.T. major service 

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