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2005 Volkswagen Passat repairs by problem area

Engine (43%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (19%)

Brakes and Traction Control (2%)

Suspension and Steering (9%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (17%)

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

Other (5%)

Chart based on 307 repairs.
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2005 Volkswagen Passat repair cost distribution

$2500+ (5%)

$1000 - $2499 (12%)

$500 - $999 (21%)

$100 - $499 (35%)

< $100 (28%)

Chart based on 199 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2005 Volkswagen Passat

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Volkswagen Passat in Connecticut, United States
Dec 2011 - Mar 2015
Jan 2012

US $2500
replace valves 
Volkswagen Passat in Florida, United States
Nov 2011 - Dec 2011
Dec 2011

52000 mi

US $800
headgasket ac module 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

Volkswagen Passat in Ohio, United States
Mar 2009 - Jun 2011
Apr 2009

52000 mi

US $700
Replaced passenger side axle shaft due to defect CV. Total cost 691.23 
May 2009

52000 mi

US $290
Replace CV joint boot---torn. Two days later noise --- clunking. Now the Trans-Axle needs work add another $600 
Mar 2010

62000 mi

US $5000
Remotes did not work, interior lights did not work. Locks did not work. Cause of problem shorted out comfort module (located under passenger seat) 
May 2010

62000 mi

US $900
Boot replaced/constant velocity joint repaired/replaced on drivers side. The passenger side had same problem last year. 
Volkswagen Passat in Kentucky, United States
Dec 2012 - Jun 2015
Jan 2013 Seat heater burned a hole through driver's seat. Heater element, seat padding, and seat cover replaced. 
May 2013

122600 mi
Thermostat replaced 
Oct 2013

124200 mi
Coolant flange was leaking--replaced flange. 
Jun 2014

129000 mi

US $5
Windshield washer fluid sensor failed. 
Jul 2014

129200 mi
Driver's side outer CV boot was torn, replaced with reman. VW unit. 
Feb 2015

133000 mi

US $80
Left and right motor mounts, front snub mount replaced. 
Apr 2015

134500 mi

US $10
Misfire on cylinder one--coilpack replaced. Fuel door release switch failed--replaced with new part. 
Volkswagen Passat in Florida, United States
Feb 2009 - Jun 2011
Aug 2009

70000 mi
Outer CV boots, front. 
Volkswagen Passat in Utah, United States
Apr 2011 - Sep 2012
Jun 2011

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! 
Aug 2011

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! 
Volkswagen Passat in Massachusetts, United States
Mar 2008 - Aug 2011
Jul 2009

39000 mi
Rattle in dash 
Dec 2009

42000 mi
Torn CV boot 
Dec 2010

52000 mi

US $250
Torn CV Boot replaced 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

Volkswagen Passat in Massachusetts, United States
Jun 2010 - Sep 2011
Jan 2011

110000 mi

US $650
replaced both front axles belly pan replaced with used pan replaced both front axles 
Apr 2011

115000 mi

US $460
AC not blowing cold, garage had me recharge. Still not blowing cold and garage replaced a relay on second visit. 
Sep 2011

130000 mi

US $456
Mass airflow sensor 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual AWD

Volkswagen Passat in Minnesota, United States
Dec 2008 - Jun 2014
Apr 2010

58000 mi

US $700
Fuel pump stopped working. Had to replace it. 
May 2012

91200 mi

US $1400
Replaced timing and serpentine belts, leaking valve-cover gasket. 
Aug 2012

96000 mi

US $340
Replaced torn left front CV joint boot 
Dec 2012

101000 mi

US $375
Leak in left rear brake assembly, replaced assembly. 
Dec 2013

118000 mi

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

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

Volkswagen Passat in Ontario, Canada
Jul 2009 - May 2015
Jun 2009

87754 mi

C $65
Replaced Freewheel Clutch pulley for alternator. Had gotten Electrical Fault alarm & MIL indicator, battery was no longer charging. 
Feb 2010

98982 mi

C $351
Replaced Left Outer CV Joint Boot & outer CV joint. Rubber boot had separated at seam & allowed road salt into CV joint. Joint bearing surfaces and ball bearings had deteriorated and made noises at left turns while accelerating. 
Dec 2011

145080 mi

C $100
Windshield washer pump leaking 
Jan 2012

146320 mi

C $100
Windshield wiper fluid pump leaking had to be replaced 
Mar 2012

148800 mi
Air conditioner does not come on despite fan working. Likely electrical and many hours to trace wiring problem. Abandoned repair. Repair shop could not diagnose problem, Research on TDI site led to dx of circuit board problem- cleaned and resoldered and works fine. 
Apr 2013

173580 mi

C $125
Brake line leaked through area friction with plastic item above, wore through plastic covering and steel line. Brake failure while driving. The CV joint boot was failing again after replaced 2 years ago. 
Jun 2013

176700 mi

C $10
Central door locks, windows, etc not working. Replaced a bad fuse eventually but the rear tail gate door is still not working manually or electronically- cannot open it. 
Jul 2014

199100 mi
Rust front fenders, quarter side panels and trunk. VW will cover only fenders and one quarter panel 
May 2015

213900 mi

C $3000
Failure of torque converter 
Volkswagen Passat in Washington, United States
May 2009 - Jul 2015
Dec 2009

103000 mi

US $1200
Heater core blocked and needed replacement. 
Jun 2012

158000 mi

US $380
Sticky left front brake caliper caused noise, steering vibration 
Feb 2013

166800 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. 
May 2014

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 
Dec 2014

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. 
Mar 2015

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. 
Volkswagen Passat in Maryland, United States
Sep 2008 - Jun 2016
Jul 2009

35000 mi
Ceramic glow plugs replaced with steel plugs. ECM reflashed with updates. 
Mar 2010

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. 
Aug 2011

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. 
Volkswagen Passat in Nova Scotia, Canada
Aug 2012 - Oct 2012
Oct 2012

110360 mi

C $1600
Removed balance shaft assembly Oil filter / change 
Volkswagen Passat in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2010 - Oct 2012
Jul 2010

108500 mi

C $154
Checked for leak and refilled Air Conditioner gas 
Sep 2010

111600 mi

C $3500
Replaced chain driven balance shaft with gear driven one 
Jul 2011

117800 mi

C $320
Lost gas again. They found where but just re-charged it, didn't fix it. Update when sold: retained charge after all. Lost gas again. They found where but just re-charged it, didn't fix it. 
Jun 2012

133920 mi

C $300
Boots were ripped 
Oct 2012

C $150
Window washer motor replaced 
Volkswagen Passat in British Columbia, Canada
Mar 2008 - Dec 2016
Jun 2008

34875 mi

C $46
Turbo boost hose became loose and had to be re-attached. reconnect loosened turbo boost hose. Would have been covered under warrantee but went to local GURU to avoid the hassle. 
Jul 2009

47120 mi

C $500
ceramic glow plug defect. Self diagnose and paid out of pocket. VW recall notice issued in August. Seeking for reimbursement. 
Sep 2009

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 
Oct 2010

60440 mi

C $350
Drivers door lock module failed requiring replacement 
Nov 2010

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. 
Dec 2013

83700 mi

C $495
Cv boots replaced 
Jul 2014

86580 mi

C $275
Replaced thermostat, original was stuck open, perhaps for years. 
Nov 2016

102920 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. 
Volkswagen Passat in Illinois, United States
Sep 2014 - Dec 2015
Dec 2014

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. 
Apr 2015

192300 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. 
Volkswagen Passat in New Brunswick, Canada
Mar 2014 - Sep 2017
Jul 2014

172220 mi

C $300
Renewed control arms, passengers side. 
May 2015

187240 mi

C $700
I replaced shocks (4) and strut bearings 
Sep 2015

192820 mi

C $150
Turbo hose needed replacing. 
Dec 2015

192820 mi

C $1400
Dmf was rattling and clutch was slipping. replaced with smf and new clutch. 
Sep 2016

204600 mi

C $1000
Rebuilt front suspension 
Oct 2016

205840 mi

C $250
Had to replace lower turbo hose. 
Jul 2017

213280 mi

C $688
noisy suspension. replaced 2 upper control arms, and link kit. 
Volkswagen Passat in Ontario, Canada
May 2016 - Sep 2017
Dec 2016

210800 mi

C $805
Left front cv joint  and wheel bearing 
Feb 2017

212040 mi

C $20
#1 cylinder glow plug 
Apr 2017

212660 mi

C $60
Valve cover gasket Repaired and painted front bottom fender rust and door trim rust. 
Volkswagen Passat in Oregon, United States
Jul 2013 - Oct 2013
Jul 2013

137000 mi

US $1000
Replace transmission still under warranty. 
Volkswagen Passat in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2012 - Dec 2014
Sep 2012

132791 mi

C $1699
Torque Converter popped. Transmission fluid leaked out. Scanning of error codes done by dealer. Mister Transmission replaced the converter, taken apart and cleaned all tran. components + fixed leak from differential. 
Oct 2012

133920 mi

C $293
CV Driveshaft (passenger side) replaced 
Feb 2013

137368 mi

C $85
washer pump leaking and was replaced 
Mar 2013

139500 mi

C $249
CV Driveshaft - driver side replaced 
Aug 2013

142498 mi

C $469
Alternator replaced with a quality re-built unit. 
Nov 2013

146424 mi

C $137
Coolant reservoir return line replaced 
Apr 2014

152356 mi

C $612
Turbo issues...no turbo. Mass airflow sensor replaced, and air filter clogged, was also replaced. 
May 2014

152560 mi

C $368
Turbo issues. Solenoid replaced. Vacuum lines checked. 
Jul 2014

155605 mi

C $316
Suspension work: rear control arm replaced (with ball joint) 
Aug 2014

157317 mi

C $452
Issues with leaking and "flushing noise": Coolant thermostat/housing and lower rad hose replaced + system flush. Assessment of Radiator core problems...estimate on the repair of the core by VW dealer: $1500 
Oct 2014

161200 mi
Issues with transmission: Slipping in reverse and between gear 4-5 when car driven in traffic and/or highway for extended period of time (>1 hr). Assessment of transmission re-build $3000 by German transmission specialist. Repair not done 
Volkswagen Passat in Illinois, United States
May 2017 - Oct 2017
Oct 2017

270000 mi

US $2700
Replaced original shock absorbers (which had lasted nearly 12 years and over 250000 miles!) with Koni Orange shock absorbers. Also replaced front springs because they looked like they make crack soon. Replaced 12 year old tandem pump which was leaking very little oil but leaving stains on the driveway. 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

Volkswagen Passat in Pennsylvania, United States
Apr 2010 - Mar 2012
May 2010

108000 mi

US $880
Replaced ignition coil and purge valve Replaced coil pack and purge valve. Had to rent car for 5 days while part was delivered. 
Apr 2011

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

Volkswagen Passat in Nebraska, United States
Jun 2015 - Oct 2015
Aug 2015

122400 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. 
Oct 2015

126000 mi
Valve cover gasket leak 
Volkswagen Passat in Maryland, United States
Apr 2008 - Aug 2011
Feb 2009

52000 mi

US $530
Bad fuel pump. 
Dec 2010

93000 mi

US $2500
Motor Mounts  
Volkswagen Passat in Colorado, United States
Mar 2008 - Jun 2011
Apr 2008

23000 mi
Roof trim would not stay in place, dlr replaced trim pcs, OK for now. This is the second time these were replaced, first was upon vehicle delivery. 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

Volkswagen Passat in Maryland, United States
Oct 2010 - Jan 2014
Aug 2013

181100 mi
replaced axle 
Volkswagen Passat in Georgia, United States
Dec 2015 - Dec 2016
Feb 2016

113700 mi

US $800
Don't remember exactly Heater core out again 
Volkswagen Passat in British Columbia, Canada
Jan 2010 - May 2014
Feb 2010

54560 mi

C $625
cv joints replaced cracked boot 
Jun 2010

57660 mi
compressor crapped out would coat 1900 to repair decide to not to fix 
Mar 2013

76260 mi

C $300
replaced valve cover gasket and spark plugs 
Oct 2013

80980 mi

C $500
Replaced booth CV joints because one side was cracked 
Dec 2013

86180 mi

C $101
coil pack 
Feb 2014

87280 mi

C $101
coil pack another one failed 
Volkswagen Passat in Illinois, United States
Oct 2011 - Sep 2017
Nov 2011

49500 mi

US $800
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. Oil cooler rubber seal was cracked, resulting in loss of oil pressure. Repair involved pressure test before and after, removal of entire cooler, engine flush and oil change, and replacement of seal, which was apparently known to be faulty. 
Nov 2012

58200 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. 
Dec 2012

58000 mi

US $280
Check Engine Light went on. Code said cooling system performance. Problem was bad sensor. The shop replaced. 
Apr 2013

59200 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. 
Feb 2014

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. 
Sep 2014

67000 mi

US $3000
Boot was cracked; drive shaft needed to be replaced 
Nov 2014

67700 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. 
Jun 2015

72000 mi

US $1500
One CV joint/boot was cracked and needed repair. Also voluntarily got new headlights. Oil was changed as well. 
Apr 2017

81174 mi

US $1260
Secondary air motor needed replacing. Bearings were going, very loud on cold starts. 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

Volkswagen Passat in Massachusetts, United States
Aug 2009 - Mar 2010
Oct 2009

42527 mi

US $472
ENGINE OIL & FILTER CHANGE ($67.) REPLACE FAILED LF PWR WINDOW REGULATOR ($390.) 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

Volkswagen Passat in Colorado, United States
Feb 2008 - Jun 2011
Jun 2008

50000 mi

US $550
A/C switch only worked sometimes. 
Volkswagen Passat in Quebec, Canada
Mar 2008 - Jun 2017
Aug 2008

99200 mi

C $500
Front ball joints. 
Sep 2008

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. 
Oct 2008

101060 mi

C $500
Replacement of previously diagnosed worn CV joint and boot. 
Nov 2008

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. 
Apr 2009

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. 
Aug 2009

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. 
May 2010

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. 
Jun 2011

136400 mi

C $760
Intercooler hose leaking. Replaced. 
Nov 2011

141360 mi

C $280
Replaced outer CV joint and CV joint boot. 
Dec 2011

142600 mi
Replaced rusting front fenders and trunk lid, repaired rusting left rear quarter panel. 
Oct 2012

152920 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. 
Apr 2013

157580 mi
Rust perforation on two front doors. Doors replaced and repainted under VW corrosion warranty. 
Mar 2014

165540 mi
Slightly leaking power steering hose Door lock seized. Using remote to enter car. 
Jul 2014

167480 mi

C $480
Slow loss of power steering fluid. Replaced power steering pump and hose. 
Nov 2014

171120 mi

C $216
Engine fan belt damaged. Charged 3 hours labour, the entire front of the car has to come apart for access!!! 
Feb 2015

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. 
Apr 2015

171840 mi

C $40
Rust repairs, partially under VW 12-year corrosion warranty. 
Jul 2015

172560 mi

C $50
Exhaust system heat shield had come loose and was rattling. 
Dec 2015

176700 mi

C $200
CV joint boots torn and repaired. 
Apr 2016

178660 mi

C $400
Left outer CV joint replaced. Also welded exhaust joint 
Volkswagen Passat in Alberta, Canada
Jun 2008 - Jun 2011
Aug 2008

49600 mi
Engine light came on. #4 glow plug. 
Mar 2010

70060 mi
Timing belt. Returned to change idler pulley bolt. Should have been done when the timing belt was done. 
Volkswagen Passat in North Carolina, United States
Apr 2010 - Jun 2011
May 2010

129000 mi
AC not effective most of the time 
Volkswagen Passat in Quebec, Canada
Sep 2010 - May 2013
Oct 2010

86614 mi
Left front suspension boot CV joint replaced under warranty. Discovered during routine oil change service. 
Nov 2010

87854 mi

C $40
Radio antenna broke. Purchased from the dealer 
Oct 2011

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 
Jul 2012

106840 mi

C $130
Turbo Underboost P0299 CEL - Cracked turbo hose 
Volkswagen Passat in Nova Scotia, Canada
Jun 2008 - Dec 2011
Aug 2008

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. 
Volkswagen Passat in Romania
Feb 2010 - Jun 2011
Mar 2010

70060 mi

$1200
Engine not working in parameters. 
Volkswagen Passat in Nebraska, United States
Sep 2011 - Sep 2017
Oct 2012

95500 mi
CV boots replaced. Air Conditioning Replacement 
Sep 2013

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. 
Volkswagen Passat in Michigan, United States
Jul 2010 - Oct 2011
May 2010

70000 mi

US $650
Replaced driver CV boot and axle. 
Oct 2010

75000 mi

US $100
Replaced CV boot on passenger side. 
Jun 2011

83000 mi

US $155
Replaced Alternator Regulator 
Aug 2011

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. Cleaned Intake Manifold from fouling due to EGR. Engine compartment whined under engine load. Replaced belt, tensioner, and alternator. Was told had a bad one-way clutch in alternator. EGR bypass flap (throttle). 
Oct 2011

88000 mi
Rust on front quarter panel when sold. Sagging right rear suspension when sold. 
Volkswagen Passat in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2010 - Oct 2013
Jan 2011

63700 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. 
Oct 2011

63020 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 $ 
Jan 2013

67000 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. 
Oct 2013

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 
Volkswagen Passat in Texas, United States
- Jul 2009
Jan 2008

61000 mi

US $1500
Replace heater core 
Jul 2009

89250 mi

US $60
Replace A/C relay switch 
Volkswagen Passat in South Carolina, United States
Mar 2010 - Jan 2015
Oct 2010

124500 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. 
Jun 2011

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. 
Nov 2011

142800 mi

US $479
Crack in hose from turbo exit to intercooler. Once hot enough, crack released all pressure rendering no boost from turbo. 
Jan 2012

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. 
Sep 2012

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. 
Feb 2013

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. 
Mar 2014

174000 mi

US $2032
Oil leak from engine valve cover gasket. Leak from brake system vacuum pump. 
Apr 2014

174500 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. 
Jan 2015

170000 mi

US $2000
Transmission fluid leaking from fluid pump. Transmission replacement recommended. 
Volkswagen Passat in Georgia, United States
Nov 2007 - Jan 2011
Jan 2007

30000 mi
brake light switch under brake pedal 
Jul 2010

100000 mi

US $2262
CV Joints worn, boots cracked, oil escaped, water/dirt entered. water pump replaced 
Volkswagen Passat in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2012 - Dec 2013
May 2012

116440 mi

C $200
Drivers door lock 
Volkswagen Passat in Maine, United States
Sep 2010 - Nov 2016
Oct 2010

86000 mi

US $700
cv joint boots split and joints dry cv joints replaced 
May 2014

115000 mi

US $350
power steering belt began to slip requiring new belt and tensioner 
Sep 2014

118000 mi
power steering belt replacement failed and required 2nd replacement 
Nov 2014

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. 
Volkswagen Passat in Alberta, Canada
Dec 2010 - Feb 2011
Feb 2011

75640 mi

C $450
Internal Oil leak 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

Volkswagen Passat in Queensland, Australia
Nov 2014 - Sep 2017
May 2015

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. 
Feb 2016

77500 mi

A $480
Replaced faulty starter motor. 
Aug 2016

80600 mi

A $80
not changing gears smoothly and lurching occasionally when changing too. 
Sep 2016

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. 
Volkswagen Passat in Virginia, United States
May 2010 - Aug 2010
Jun 2010

26000 mi
Door locks do not reliably work with key fob. Sometimes have to use the key to unlock. Per dealer problem reported on computer as being the driver door lock assembly. Awaiting part delivery. Out of warranty, VW will pay labor Door locks not working again. Now they say they are seeing a problem code. More parts ordered. 
Jul 2010

29000 mi

US $245
Door locks not working with key fob. New part installed by VW, now working fine. 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder manual 2WD

Volkswagen Passat in Illinois, United States
Nov 2006 - Mar 2010
Mar 2007

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

Volkswagen Passat in Minnesota, United States
Mar 2008 - Jun 2009
Jun 2008

65000 mi

US $360
Check engine light was on. Reflash eliminated problem. 
Jun 2009

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

Volkswagen Passat in Colorado, United States
Jun 2011 - Feb 2013
Nov 2011

55000 mi

US $412
Fuel pump replaced, air filter replaced, oil change, having troubles going up steep inclines mechanic cleaned out filters. 
Jul 2012

65000 mi

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

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2004.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

Volkswagen Passat in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2008 - Sep 2017
Aug 2008

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. 
Sep 2009

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. 
Jul 2010

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. 
Nov 2010

48980 mi

C $352
Passenger side CV Joint boot failed, had both the passenger and driver side replaced at my mechanic. 
Jun 2012

61380 mi

C $530
Diverter valve, engine speed sensor and solinoid related to turbocharger needed replacement to clear EPC light on dashboard. 
Jan 2013

65720 mi

C $25
Windshield washer pump leaking. Replace pump and rubber grommet to resevoir. Easy DIY job. 
Feb 2013

66420 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. 
Jan 2014

67620 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. 
May 2014

76880 mi

C $50
cam chain tensioner gasket had a slow leak. Repaired myself. 
Aug 2014

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. 
Nov 2014

81840 mi

C $153
Drives side CV boot torn at hub. Mechanic replaced. 
Dec 2014

83080 mi

C $202
exhaust flex joint needed replacement, original still intact but showing need of attention. 
Mar 2015

84940 mi

C $416
Engine Crank Position Sensor failed while car was out of town. VW of Sudbury Ontario did the diagnosis and repairs. 
May 2015

86800 mi

C $158
Passenger side CV joint rubber boot failed, too much wear to rebuild, replaced axle complete. 
Jun 2015

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. 
Nov 2015

92380 mi

C $467
Coolant Flange, Temperature sensor, flush cooling system. 
Jan 2016

77900 mi

C $30
Low beam Headlight bulb, H7 
Jun 2016

97340 mi

C $251
Intermittent failure to start when engine hot. Diagnosis was failing cam position sensor. Fixed at my independent German car mechanic. 
Sep 2016

99820 mi

C $156
Flex pipe replaced. 
Jun 2017

106020 mi

C $95
Secondary Air Injection Pump replaced, ordered from ebay instead of paying $400-600 CAD for OEM part. 
Aug 2017

110360 mi

C $655
Fuel pump replaced. Car had intermittent drivability issues, stalling, longer cranking time. 

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2004.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual AWD

Volkswagen Passat in Massachusetts, United States
Sep 2008 - Sep 2017
Jan 2008

34781 mi
Fuel pump replaced (warranty repair) 
Feb 2008

34920 mi

US $97
Fuel (EVAP) system valve replaced 
Jul 2008

38941 mi
Warranty pollen filter / sunroof service 
Sep 2009

49556 mi

US $24
Coil pack (ignition coil) replacement 
Nov 2009

51314 mi

US $16
Belly pan mounting hardware replacement 
Jan 2010

53000 mi

US $10
Right front halogen headlight bulb. 
Feb 2010

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. 
Jul 2010

58000 mi

US $120
CV joint boot completely separated into two parts without obvious road hazard damage. Routine replacement.  
Nov 2010

60500 mi

US $13
Left low beam (daytime running light) headlight bulb replaced. 
Oct 2011

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. 
Apr 2012

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. 
Jun 2012

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. 
Jul 2013

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 
Aug 2013

78000 mi

US $135
Split CV joint boot replaced. 
Nov 2013

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. 
Jan 2014

75000 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. 
Jun 2014

87000 mi

US $125
Cracked intercooler. Replaced intercooler, 2 pressure sensors, associated intake hoses. Replaced oxygen sensor. 
Nov 2014

91000 mi

US $160
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. Plastic flange at back of engine leaking coolant slowly. Replaced without incident. Plastic flange at back of engine leaking. Replaced without incident. 
Dec 2014

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. 
May 2015

99000 mi
E-brake malfunction, required new rear brake caliper. 
Sep 2015

103000 mi

US $200
Exhaust flex pipe welded in. Similar to repair 2 years ago. 
Dec 2015

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 
Aug 2016

113000 mi

US $330
2 ruptured CV joint boots, axles OK, just replaced boots. 
Dec 2016

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. 
Volkswagen Passat in Colorado, United States
Aug 2013 - Jul 2014
Feb 2014

81500 mi

US $2100
Replaced clutch because it was beginning to slip 

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2004.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

Volkswagen Passat in Maryland, United States
Sep 2008 - Jun 2016
Mar 2009

101000 mi

US $150
Water pump impellor shaft broke - new water pump just replaced with timing belt a week before. 
Mar 2010

117000 mi

US $150
Serpentine belt tensioner worn out - causing power steering chirp. 
Sep 2010

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. 
Dec 2010

130000 mi

US $25
Driver's side mirror glass separated from mirror. Replaced with aftermarket adhesive-backed mirror glass replacement. 
Apr 2012

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

Volkswagen Passat in Wisconsin, United States
Dec 2009 - Feb 2014
Mar 2012

80000 mi

US $2000
replaced timing belt and water pump, replaced valve cover gaskets and cam tensioner seals. replaced 2 engine mounts. 
Volkswagen Passat in New York, United States
Aug 2010 - Sep 2011
Sep 2010

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. 
Feb 2011

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. 

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2004.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual AWD

Volkswagen Passat in New Brunswick, Canada
Nov 2014 - Sep 2017
Dec 2014

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. 
Mar 2015

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 
Sep 2015

191580 mi

C $10
Had lower O2 sensor replaced Replaced down pipe and flex joint. Had to replace vacuum lines. 
Jun 2016

197780 mi

C $450
Coolant leak. Replaced overflow tank. 
Oct 2016

200260 mi

C $438
Park brake cable needed replacing. 
Volkswagen Passat in British Columbia, Canada
Mar 2004 - Sep 2017
Jul 2004

1550 mi
Trim moldings all replaced under warranty do to chrome turning a milky opague color. 
Nov 2013

85560 mi

C $449
Boot replacement, 
Sep 2014

93000 mi

C $400
Outside passenger side cv boot replacement 

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2004 Volkswagen Passat

Engine not specified

Volkswagen Passat in Quebec, Canada
Aug 2008 - Mar 2010
Sep 2008

55800 mi
Very big noise from engine when I push on the gas. 
Volkswagen Passat in Massachusetts, United States
Jul 2007 - Mar 2010
Aug 2007

32000 mi
Pin holding left rear window to regulator came out so that window would not go down even though the regulator was working. It was replaced at no charge but has since happened again. 
Volkswagen Passat in Alabama, United States
Jan 2012 - Feb 2012
Feb 2012

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. 
Volkswagen Passat in New Jersey, United States
Sep 2007 - Mar 2010
Oct 2007

46000 mi

US $500
 
Volkswagen Passat in Palestinian Territory
Dec 2014 - Dec 2015
Jul 2015

59820 mi

$400
Body valve and other mechanical issues 
Volkswagen Passat in Massachusetts, United States
Nov 2008 - Mar 2010
Dec 2008

53000 mi

US $300
Replaced 4 ignition coils. 

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

Volkswagen Passat in Virginia, United States
Jun 2015 - May 2016
Jan 2016

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! 
May 2016

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. 
Volkswagen Passat in Washington, United States
Mar 2015 - Apr 2015
Apr 2015

140000 mi

US $526
Brake light on. Replaced Brake pads and hoses. 
Volkswagen Passat in Massachusetts, United States
Nov 2010 - Jun 2011
Dec 2010

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. 
Volkswagen Passat in Texas, United States
May 2011 - Jul 2011
Jun 2011

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. 
Volkswagen Passat in Maryland, United States
Jul 2007 - Mar 2015
Jul 2008

62000 mi

US $120
Replaced passenger axle due to a tear in the CV boot. Self install 
Aug 2008

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. 
Dec 2008

66000 mi

US $500
Both front wheel bearings replaced due to vibrations and noise. Verified from replacement, they were the issue. 
Jan 2015

148500 mi

US $25
Torn cv boot. Cleaned joint and replaced boot. Diy 
Volkswagen Passat in Pennsylvania, United States
Jun 2009 - Nov 2011
Jun 2010

35000 mi
Ignition coil replaced under warranty 
Oct 2010

37000 mi

US $450
CV joint boot destroyed. Axle replaced. Private shop fast service. Good work. Reasonable price. 
Aug 2011

41300 mi

US $200
CV joint boot torn. New CV joint installed. 
Volkswagen Passat in New Brunswick, Canada
Mar 2014 - Dec 2014
Jul 2014

145700 mi

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

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Passat in Pennsylvania, United States
Oct 2014 - Oct 2014
Oct 2014

US $150
Engine failure. Oil in coolant. Probably water impeller. Car junked. 
Volkswagen Passat in British Columbia, Canada
Jul 2007 - Nov 2015
Apr 2008

40920 mi

C $250
Replace CV boot. 
Mar 2009

49600 mi

C $600
Fuel pump. 
Feb 2010

63240 mi

C $350
replace front axle 
Jan 2011

77500 mi

C $500
replace right axle 
Jul 2011

78120 mi

C $200
thermostat 
May 2012

80880 mi

C $200
replace engine thermostat 
Volkswagen Passat in North Carolina, United States
Oct 2012 - Jul 2016
Apr 2013

120300 mi

US $120
Bad turn signal stalk switch. 
Dec 2013

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. 
Jan 2014

118300 mi

US $215
Motor mounts were leaking. Both replaced. Routine Tie Rod and Control Arm replacement 
Dec 2014

137000 mi

US $35
Blinking, then solid, CEL with codes indicating misfire. Coil pack replaced. 
Dec 2015

151000 mi

US $70
Rear hatch latch motor failed. 
Jun 2016

167000 mi

US $300
Coolant Flange Failed. 
Jul 2016

167000 mi

US $400
Aftermarket Coil Pack failed. Was out of town, so had wife tow to dealer. All coil packs replaced. 
Volkswagen Passat in Saskatchewan, Canada
Apr 2011 - May 2012
May 2011

65100 mi

C $1600
Water pump impeller broke. I had replaced the timing belt 1 month earlier. Water pump should have been replaced then. 
Apr 2012

75640 mi

C $250
Check engine light lead to a faulty ignition coil. It would periodically idle rough. 
Volkswagen Passat in Colorado, United States
Jul 2007 - Sep 2011
Oct 2009

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. 
Volkswagen Passat in Michigan, United States
Mar 2016 - Jun 2016
Apr 2016

165000 mi

US $300
Replaced Head Gasket, Timing belt, Valve Cover gasket timing belt failed caused by timing belt pulley bolt 
Jun 2016

165000 mi
Engine needs replacement - broken timing belt 

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

Volkswagen Passat in Poland
Jul 2016 - Jun 2017
Sep 2016

130820 mi

$200
EGR cloged, turbo needed cleaning, valve cover gasker replaced cause it was leaking 
Feb 2017

132040 mi

$100
Rod needed to be replaced 

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

Volkswagen Passat in Oregon, United States
Apr 2010 - Feb 2011
Aug 2010

52000 mi
fuses blowing when using cigarette lighters. turned out to be a faulty phone adapter. No charge because dealer didn't notify us of estimate to repair before doing work (around $105). occasional hard shift under power. dealer documented but could not replicate. Didn't deny problem existed, just couldn't replicate. 
Dec 2010

58000 mi
Shop seems to not be able to find issue - AC oscillates in intensity without reason. 

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

Volkswagen Passat in Georgia, United States
Aug 2007 - Apr 2011
Nov 2007

36000 mi
rear brake light switch stuck causing lights to stay on 

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

Volkswagen Passat in West Virginia, United States
- Jun 2007
Jul 2004

778 mi
Replaced brake rotors due to warping and vibration. Replaced brake switch which caused reverse lights and right side mirror to activate. 
Aug 2004

3028 mi
Right rear turn signal lamp socket replaced. Complained of transmission jerking. Waiting for firmware update. Still under warranty. 
Aug 2005

28730 mi
Transmission software updated to fix jerking at low speeds. Under warranty. 
Apr 2006

44375 mi
Ignition switch would not turn with key. Had to be replaced. Under Warranty. 
Jun 2007

71523 mi

US $649
Fuel Pump failed. Repaired at purchasing dealership. 
Volkswagen Passat in Nevada, United States
Mar 2015 - Mar 2016
Apr 2015

104700 mi
Flap directing hot air failed. Part $50, work $750 
Jun 2015

108000 mi

US $3000
changed O3 sensors amd catalytic converters 
Volkswagen Passat in Iowa, United States
Aug 2012 - Jan 2017
Dec 2012

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. 
Apr 2014

136200 mi

US $771
Fuel pump failed. 319.00 for new assembly and 40 for filter. Trouble shooting and labor remainder of cost 
Feb 2015

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. 
Aug 2016

188600 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 Sedan

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

Volkswagen Passat in Texas, United States
Feb 2008 - Apr 2017
Nov 2009

72000 mi

US $850
Oil leaking from gaskets on spark plugs. Subject of recall. Also did 85,000 service while there. 
Apr 2010

73000 mi

US $298
Interior vinyl panels on front doors came loose and had to be reglued 
May 2010

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. 
Nov 2010

81600 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.  
Jul 2011

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 
Nov 2013

112000 mi
Had leaking coolant hose replaced and flushed radiator. Next day dealer replaced heat sensor. 
Volkswagen Passat in Illinois, United States
Apr 2008 - May 2009
Jun 2008

42000 mi
head light out. 
Jan 2009

47000 mi

US $200
Ignition Coil 
Volkswagen Passat in Massachusetts, United States
May 2009 - Aug 2010
Aug 2009

87000 mi

US $135
flex pipe in exhaust system replaced due to leak 
Jan 2010

US $360
check engine came on - discovered to be due to a leaking valve cover. Replaced seal, valve cover, and all spark plugs. 
Volkswagen Passat in California, United States
May 2008 - Mar 2010
Mar 2009

30000 mi

US $273
Torn right outer cv boot. 
Volkswagen Passat in Texas, United States
Jul 2008 - Nov 2013
Aug 2008

58000 mi

US $180
A leaking seal in the rear differential. 
Nov 2008

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. 
Jun 2009

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.  
Sep 2009

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. 
Feb 2010

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. 
Aug 2010

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. 
Aug 2011

85700 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.  
Oct 2011

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. 
Nov 2011

90000 mi

US $99
Replaced a front lower grill that fell out, a hood strut that had lost the charge, and the whip antenna whose base had disintegrated. 
Dec 2011

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. 
May 2012

95700 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. 
Jan 2013

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. 
Feb 2013

103700 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. 
Apr 2013

104700 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. 
May 2013

105400 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. 
Aug 2013

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. 
Nov 2013

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. 
Volkswagen Passat in Florida, United States
Aug 2005 - Feb 2010
May 2005

25000 mi
Drivers side headlight replaced after burning out. 
Feb 2006

32000 mi
Drivers-side seatbelt re-tract replaced. 
Aug 2007

49500 mi
Ash tray damper replaced. 
Sep 2007

52000 mi
Defective ashtray dampener. 
Aug 2008

58000 mi

US $800
Replaced bad CV boot and re-lube. 
Dec 2009

73000 mi

US $100
Some kind of plate was loose under the car which caused a rattle. 
Volkswagen Passat in New York, United States
Nov 2009 - Sep 2017
Apr 2013

126300 mi

US $50
Coolant flange o-ring degradation. 
Mar 2015

143000 mi

US $130
Combi valve. 
May 2016

152000 mi

US $120
Diverter valve failure. 
Volkswagen Passat in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2012 - Mar 2014
May 2013

168180 mi

C $120
CV boot torn, boot replaced. 
Volkswagen Passat in Pennsylvania, United States
Jul 2007 - Aug 2014
Apr 2008

46000 mi
Coil pack cylinder 3. 
May 2008

49000 mi

US $185
Right CV boot 
Nov 2008

61000 mi

US $350
Left CV boot Vacuum hose 
Mar 2009

67000 mi

US $200
Crankshaft sensor. 
Sep 2009

77000 mi

US $321
ignition 
Feb 2010

85600 mi

US $250
Water pump leaking 
Nov 2010

100000 mi

US $420
Down pipe exhaust 
Jan 2011

87300 mi

US $100
coil packs  
Volkswagen Passat in Arizona, United States
Jan 2012 - Sep 2017
Aug 2013

77000 mi
Coolant fill / header tank has leak, declined repair by dealer, owner to replace. 
Sep 2013

78000 mi
Coolant fill/header tank replaced no additional issues 
Oct 2013

78300 mi

US $250
Replaced shocks and struts 
Aug 2014

87000 mi

US $2
Bad batt 
Jun 2015

95000 mi

US $15
Corrosion at pos batt cable. 
Nov 2016

105900 mi
Engine coolant temp sensor 
Dec 2016

107000 mi

US $800
Fumes in cabin from broken breather pipe. Assorted connectors and related items replaced. 
Mar 2017

108000 mi

US $300
upper control arms worn - both sides replaced outer CV boot torn - axle replaced 
Volkswagen Passat in Arizona, United States
Apr 2013 - Jun 2016
May 2013

123000 mi

US $180
Vacuum leak , replace engine breather tube 
Sep 2014

152000 mi

US $65
Replace coolent resevior and cap 
Nov 2014

152300 mi

US $110
Coolant leak. Replace oil cooler and hose. 
Aug 2015

158500 mi

US $150
Clicking Noise while turning to the right Replace right side CV Axle 
Volkswagen Passat in Colorado, United States
Jun 2014 - Sep 2014
Jul 2014

76500 mi

US $1000
Power steering unit failed 
Volkswagen Passat in Maryland, United States
Apr 2014 - Sep 2017
Jul 2014

202300 mi

US $500
Coolant leak at back cylinder head.Replaced plastic pipe. 
Jun 2015

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. 
Sep 2015

221000 mi

US $150
Replace alternator with remaned unit. 
Dec 2015

226000 mi

US $40
Installed new COP (coil on plug) module, cyl#3. 
Apr 2016

230700 mi

US $30
Coolant overflow starting leaking, replaced with new. 
Jun 2016

234000 mi

US $250
Replaced timing chain and tensioner. 
Volkswagen Passat in Oregon, United States
Jun 2013 - Jan 2015
Jul 2013

68100 mi

US $675
While having new tires installed, mechanic noticed both front axles/CV joints needed replacement. 1st and 2nd replacement brand (Chinese)were not balanced properly (solid, not tubular). VW Orig parts installed. Aftermarket axles on VWs-NO! Also four new t Engine skid plate fell off. Dealer service dept. had not secured it properly after oil change. All fasteners were missing. Dealership finally agreed to replace skid plate. However they did not detect the two worn front axles! 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! 
Aug 2013

68900 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. 
Sep 2013

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. 
Jan 2015 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. 
Volkswagen Passat in Wisconsin, United States
Aug 2016 - Sep 2017
Oct 2016

114200 mi

US $49
Exhaust system repair - flex coupling replacement 
Aug 2017

118000 mi

US $72
Replaced exhaust flex pipe Torn right CV boot, replaced right CV driveshaft. 
Sep 2017

118000 mi

US $115
Main serpentine belt tensioner noisy, replaced main serpentine and A/C belt tensioners and both belts. 
Volkswagen Passat in Washington, United States
Jun 2015 - Oct 2015
Oct 2015

115000 mi
Check engine light consistently came on and after replacing several parts, it came back within 6 months. Scrapped car. 
Volkswagen Passat in Massachusetts, United States
Apr 2015 - Mar 2016
Feb 2016

101000 mi

US $100
Front passenger window regulator went out for the second time in 2 years. Had to take off of work and fix it immediately since the window was stuck halfway down on a rainy day. Part cost $100 at autozone. 
Volkswagen Passat in Missouri, United States
Feb 2013 - Mar 2015
Nov 2013

115000 mi

US $1100
Change oil pumped 
Dec 2014

130000 mi

US $200
Thermostat replaced 
Feb 2015

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 
Volkswagen Passat in Iowa, United States
Jul 2015 - May 2016
Oct 2015

174800 mi

US $225
Replace water pump and thermostat. Think latter had started to fail. 
Mar 2016

182000 mi

US $130
replace secondary air pump(smog pump) 

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Passat in Ohio, United States
Sep 2007 - Feb 2011
Mar 2009

82000 mi

US $450
Wheel bearing replaced. Axle replaced. 
Jul 2010

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. 
Oct 2010

123000 mi

US $320
Power door lock switch and module failed and was replaced. 
Jan 2011

104000 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. 
Volkswagen Passat in New York, United States
May 2009 - Jun 2011
Feb 2010

84500 mi
Passenger CV Joint Outer Boot ripped and needed replaced. 
Volkswagen Passat in Alabama, United States
Nov 2014 - Mar 2016
Nov 2015

162900 mi

US $900
Replaced crank position sensor. That did not fix it, so then replaced fuel pump. 
Mar 2016

165000 mi
Hood would not open 
Volkswagen Passat in Kentucky, United States
Feb 2008 - Dec 2011
Dec 2010

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. 
Feb 2011

110400 mi

US $50
Headlights/taillights 
Sep 2011

117000 mi

US $350
Coolant leak-flange replaced 
Nov 2011

119000 mi

US $100
New battery 
Volkswagen Passat in Michigan, United States
Apr 2011 - Dec 2015
Aug 2013

119700 mi

US $300
Had to replace both from axles.....it sucked. 
Nov 2014

130000 mi

US $80
Right rear caliper was leaking. Replaced caliper. 

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

Volkswagen Passat in California, United States
Jul 2007 - Dec 2015
Mar 2007

33063 mi
Replacement brake light switch failed - replaced again under warranty 
Jun 2008

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. 
Dec 2010

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. 
Jul 2013

109500 mi

US $125
Auxiliary electric cooling fan failed - Owner replaced with new one. 
Sep 2013

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. 
Jul 2014

125000 mi

US $350
Coolant leak developed at rear of engine. Shop replaced plastic coolant hose flange and coolant temperature sensor. 
Nov 2014

129300 mi

US $125
Charge air hose between intercooler and intake manifold developed air leak. New hose installed. 
Oct 2015

142300 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. 
Dec 2015

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. 
Volkswagen Passat in North Carolina, United States
Apr 2014 - Oct 2017
Aug 2014

163700 mi

US $500
Front air dam continues to separate from car by interference with parking lot curbs. 
Mar 2015

172000 mi

US $500
Belt tensioner had to be replaced. 
Oct 2015

177500 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. 
Oct 2016

201000 mi

US $1200
Turbocharger hose had a hole. Intercooler had a leak. 
Nov 2016

195000 mi

US $450
EGR valve failed. $400 part 
Jun 2017

206000 mi

US $12
Power steering fluid leaking. Added stop leak. 
Sep 2017

208000 mi

US $825
Alternator failed. Replaced it. Car goes into limp mode. Suspect turbocharge variator is clogged by carbon. Replaced MAP, cleaned MAF. Problem has not cleared. Car goes into limp mode. EGR appeared faulty. I crafted a device to pressurize the intake hose and found a leak. The hose connecting to the intake manifold had a split. I replaced the hose and car runs well. 

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

Volkswagen Passat in Oregon, United States
Dec 2012 - Jan 2013
Jan 2013

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. 
Volkswagen Passat in Massachusetts, United States
Nov 2012 - Dec 2015
Oct 2013

175500 mi

US $150
Engine misfiring. Replaced valve cover gaskets - oil seeping into plug wells and causing shorts. Replaced wires and ignition coil. 
Sep 2014

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. 
Dec 2014

130000 mi

US $150
purge valve needed replacement - 2x in one year 
Aug 2015

137100 mi
Trouble codes and rough idle and surging. Cleaned throttle body 
Dec 2015

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. 

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

Volkswagen Passat in Pennsylvania, United States
May 2010 - Mar 2012
Jan 2011

US $525
Both CV joint boots were torn and were replaced. There may be damage to joint as there is still some noise. May mean axle will need to be replaced if noise gets worse. 
Oct 2011

91000 mi

US $844
Bad alternator - replaced. 
Volkswagen Passat in New Jersey, United States
Nov 2015 - Oct 2017
May 2016

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 
Aug 2016

170000 mi

US $900
Replaced front wheel bearings Replace both Oxygen Sensors on Bank 1 
Nov 2016

173700 mi
Replaced leaky vacuum hose 
Jul 2017

182000 mi

US $570
Replaced master cylinder, Replaced brake hose (3U0611707), and front brake lines Replaced Brake Fluid 
Oct 2017

185213 mi

US $130
replace left front cv joint boot 
Volkswagen Passat in California, United States
Nov 2010 - Jan 2011
Dec 2010

69000 mi

US $2400
Fuel intake and gas cap was faulty.  Engine mounts were leaking. 
Volkswagen Passat in California, United States
Feb 2015 - May 2015
Apr 2015

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. 
May 2015

88000 mi
temp out of spec - see April 2015 unsuccessful repair 
Volkswagen Passat in Ohio, United States
Nov 2008 - Sep 2017
Apr 2009

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. 
Oct 2009

37000 mi

US $220
pin fell out of power window.  Clips fell out of engine splash shield, shield fell off. 
Aug 2010

49000 mi

US $70
replaced both drive axles- bad cv joints right & left 
Mar 2011

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. 
Jul 2011

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. 
Jun 2012

69000 mi

US $30
not cooling. Added refrigerant. 
Dec 2012

69000 mi

US $2000
Bad coolant leak. Need new water pump; also timing belt deteriorated. 
Jun 2013

75000 mi

US $800
head gaskets leak 
Mar 2014

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. 
Jan 2016

92300 mi

US $250
Engine temp sensor bad. Sometimes car won't start. 
Jun 2016

99000 mi
Replaced 2 catalytic converters 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. Dicovered that shop replacing cat converters did not weld pipes, so they leaked. A friend welded them. 
Mar 2017

99000 mi

US $700
Alt stopped working. Repl. Unfortunately, shop left auto trans cooling line disconnected, resulting in destruction of trans. Shop is paying for a used trans. This will not be reported, since not a car fault. 
Volkswagen Passat in California, United States
Dec 2015 - Jun 2017
Jan 2016

144000 mi

US $400
Cooling system leak. 
Volkswagen Passat in Florida, United States
Mar 2008 - Sep 2010
Sep 2008

36000 mi

US $914
Check engine light on; diagnosis was bad water temp sensor and bad thermostat. All replaced. Parts were $86; labor$830.  
Apr 2009

45000 mi

US $510
During routine maintenance mechanic discovered right front CV boot cracked and leaking. CV boot replaced. 
Dec 2009

55000 mi

US $370
Brakes became ineffective without pumping of pedal multiple times. Master cylinder failed. 
Jun 2010

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! 
Volkswagen Passat in New York, United States
Jun 2009 - Mar 2017
Jul 2009

47000 mi

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

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

Volkswagen Passat in Iowa, United States
Mar 2007 - Mar 2013
Jul 2007

45384 mi
Replace instrument cluster 
Sep 2007

49998 mi
Replace brake light switch 
Dec 2007

60516 mi
Replace vacuum line 
Feb 2008

63379 mi
Replace engine temperature sensor 
Dec 2008

85098 mi

US $800
Replace fuel pump 
Apr 2010

121075 mi

US $300
Replace tie rod ends 
Apr 2011

140263 mi

US $293
Replace left valve cover gasket. Replace left valve cover gasket 
Oct 2011

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. 
Jan 2013

167800 mi

US $30
Right outside rear view mirror lens fell off. Purchased new lens via the internet & owner installed. 
Volkswagen Passat in Missouri, United States
Jul 2007 - Jun 2011
Jan 2008

74000 mi
Driver's side heated seat heating element recall Passenger's side heated seat switch recall 
Nov 2008

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. 
Feb 2009

87000 mi

US $85
Fan clutch bracket(accessory driven pulley and mounting bracket) replaced due to bearing noise. 
Volkswagen Passat in California, United States
Mar 2015 - Mar 2015
Mar 2015

60000 mi
catalytic converters need replacement 
Volkswagen Passat in Virginia, United States
Sep 2013 - Feb 2014
Feb 2014

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. 
Volkswagen Passat in New York, United States
Jul 2004 - Dec 2007
May 2004

3000 mi
Transmission Software Update 
Oct 2005

10000 mi
Broken Door Handle 

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

190-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Passat in Utah, United States
Jun 2013 - Dec 2016
Sep 2013

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. 
Oct 2013

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. 
Jun 2014

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. 
Jan 2016

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. 
Nov 2016

188400 mi

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

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

Volkswagen Passat in Illinois, United States
Dec 2016 - Jul 2017
Jan 2017

106000 mi

US $800
Car started vibrating violently on highway, then started pulling sharply to the right. Eventually towed to shop and replaced both front axles. 
Jun 2017

106258 mi

US $460
Coolant leak--performed pressure test--replaced cooling hose flange, heater hose. Replaced crankcase vent valve, and air pump hose. 

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Volkswagen Passat in Arizona, United States
Mar 2010 - Jun 2011
Apr 2010

47000 mi

US $258
The AC module needed to be replaced. AC worked but only after 30 minutes. Once car was turned off it required another 30 minutes to start working. Once it worked it was great. 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat

Engine not specified

Volkswagen Passat in California, United States
Aug 2009 - Mar 2010
Sep 2009

70000 mi

US $900
Water pump leaking. 
Volkswagen Passat in Wyoming, United States
Aug 2011 - Oct 2011
Oct 2011

98000 mi

US $7500
Transmission needed to be replaced 
Volkswagen Passat in Maryland, United States
Oct 2014 - Jan 2015
Jan 2015

270000 mi

US $148
oil leak in an engine seal and a flat tire. 
Volkswagen Passat in Chile
Jan 2011 - Feb 2011
Feb 2011

42780 mi

$1300
Water pump and thermostat failure at 69,000 KM. 
Volkswagen Passat in Virginia, United States
Dec 2014 - Dec 2014
Dec 2014

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. 
Volkswagen Passat in Ontario, Canada
Feb 2014 - Jun 2014
Mar 2014

98580 mi

C $350
Check engine light on. Replaced a sensor to pass Ontario Drive Clean check. 
Jun 2014

98580 mi

C $150
Multiple failures... including timing chain 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

Volkswagen Passat in Connecticut, United States
Feb 2016 - Sep 2017
Feb 2016

89000 mi

US $1100
Valve cover, cam tensioner gaskets, PCV valve, and plastic breather with associated hoses to fix oil leaks and oil dripping on Exhaust pipe causing oil smell. 
Sep 2016

92000 mi

US $325
Hood would not open. Unable to check under the hood. Dealer had to replace the entire hood latch assembly. 
May 2017

95359 mi

US $148
System tested and recharged with addition of Ultraviolet dye to help check for leaks. 
Volkswagen Passat in Massachusetts, United States
Jul 2010 - Jun 2011
Aug 2010

113000 mi

US $650
replace oil pump and oil pan flex pipe between catalytic converter and muffler cracked 
Volkswagen Passat in Washington, United States
May 2009 - Mar 2010
Jun 2009

97000 mi

US $1527
One spark plug coil failed Headlight and 3 running lights replaced 
Volkswagen Passat in Georgia, United States
Apr 2015 - Jun 2015
May 2015

165300 mi

US $404
Right front CV axle replacement Secondary air intake hoses cracking/splitting. Timing magneto fault. 
Volkswagen Passat in New Hampshire, United States
Aug 2005 - Dec 2009
Dec 2005

31500 mi
Engine runs rough when cold. Reset computer. 
Oct 2006

41990 mi

US $79
Oil pump replaced under warranty. 
Sep 2007

54500 mi
Temperature cooling sensor required replacement. Temp. not functioning. Brake light switch recall 
Sep 2008

65000 mi

US $550
universal joints replced. 
Jan 2009

70500 mi

US $15
Replaced low beam headlight. Done by owner with no labor costs. 
Volkswagen Passat in Texas, United States
Dec 2011 - Jun 2013
Feb 2012

119700 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. 
May 2012

123700 mi
Leaking coolant 
Sep 2012

128000 mi

US $128
ignition coil bust on Cylinder #2 Check Engine light has come on again! 
Apr 2013

134000 mi

US $480
Engine and transmission mounts broken. Ignition coil bust. Again! 
Jun 2013

134000 mi
Engine oil leaking Engine overheating 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Passat in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2008 - Jul 2016
Apr 2008

60760 mi

C $250
Signal indicator would continue "clicking" or "click" sporadically even without lights flashing. Replaced turn signal lever (faulty contacts). 
Dec 2008

71300 mi

C $1500
Boots cracked, leaked lubricant, had to replace driveshafts (both). Head gasket leak, replaced. 
Jul 2009

75640 mi
Passenger seat heater stopped working, switch was replaced for 2nd time (original warranty recall). 
Oct 2009

79360 mi

C $300
Engine oil major leak - oil cooler failed. Replaced.  
Mar 2010

83080 mi
Seat heater does not work, replaced switch, still does not work 
Mar 2011

93620 mi

C $1000
Water pump failed, caused engine to overheat. As a result, timing belt was changed at same time. 
May 2011

95220 mi

C $250
Wheel bearings replaced 
Jan 2012

93940 mi

C $200
Oil Seals leaking, had to be replaced 
Feb 2013

121060 mi

C $200
Broken caliper 
Aug 2013

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 
Sep 2013

129580 mi
Check Engine warning still comes on, replaced PCV valve at no cost. Turbocharger intercooler also had an airleak, was replaced, no cost. 
Dec 2013

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 
Mar 2014

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. 
Sep 2014

140120 mi

C $200
broken brake calliper, some fluid leak 
Nov 2014

142920 mi

C $300
Oil leaks from oil hoses were dropping on exhaust, causing burning oil smell to enter the cabin. Hoses replaced. 
Nov 2015

158340 mi

C $300
Coolant Recovery Tank replaces and some worn out hoses Also - fuel line leak (in another spot from previous) 
Feb 2016

162380 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. 
Volkswagen Passat in Oklahoma, United States
- Oct 2009
Oct 2009

134000 mi

US $51
Replace broken dipstick funnel. 
Volkswagen Passat in California, United States
Dec 2011 - Jan 2014
Jan 2012

115800 mi

US $1500
Replaced clutch. 
Sep 2013

128000 mi

US $500
coolant lean - coolant flange leaked. fixed. 
Jan 2014

130000 mi
replaced driver side axle due to torn cv boots 
Volkswagen Passat in Virginia, United States
Dec 2006 - Sep 2017
Jan 2007

33500 mi
No repairs, rr door trim replaced on warranty at month no.2 
May 2007

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. 
May 2008

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. 
Jun 2009

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). 
Jan 2011

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. 
Oct 2012

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. 
Dec 2016

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. 
Feb 2017

117000 mi

US $85
New OEM CV joint replacement from Pelican parts. LF, neglected split boot too long. CV joint clicked on left turns. 
Volkswagen Passat in Ohio, United States
Apr 2007 - Dec 2012
Dec 2007

50000 mi

US $600
Thermostat failed and needed replaced. Illumination for HVAC controls went out. Bulb replaced. 
Feb 2008

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. 
Volkswagen Passat in Kenya
May 2010 - Jun 2011
Jul 2010

50840 mi

$31600
the exhaust had a defect 
Volkswagen Passat in Moscow City, Russia
Nov 2009 - Sep 2017
May 2010

70040 mi
Steering column universal joint squeak 
Jul 2010

71600 mi

$50
Right horn (low-pitch tone) died 
Sep 2010

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. 
Sep 2012

85560 mi

$15
Steering column U joint replaced 
Nov 2012

87300 mi

$100
AC Compressor tensioner roller 
Jun 2013

90520 mi

$60
Rear wiper washer fluid tube seized up within wiper arm shaft, fluid nozzle rotated with wiper arm 
Jun 2016

153140 mi

$15
Coolant flange leak, replaced 
Mar 2017

158100 mi

$100
Front pads and rotors replaced 
Volkswagen Passat in Virginia, United States
Jun 2010 - Sep 2017
Jan 2010

77890 mi

US $1325
Water pump replaced. Went ahead and changed timing belt,rollers, serpentine belt 
Jan 2011

98000 mi

US $80
CEL on. Ran VagCom. Indicated faulty MAF. Replaced with new MAF. 
Sep 2011

112000 mi

US $180
Fuel pump bad, replaced 
Apr 2012

119700 mi

US $85
Torn CV boot, replaced passenger side half shaft with new CV's and boots. 
May 2013

133000 mi

US $50
Engine hood support arm. Took 5 minutes to replace. 
Volkswagen Passat in Ontario, Canada
Apr 2007 - Mar 2010
Nov 2009

115320 mi

C $344
Replaced both low beam headlight bulbs (1 burnt out). 
Volkswagen Passat in California, United States
Nov 2010 - Oct 2011
Apr 2011

100000 mi

US $440
leaking gasket 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

270-horsepower 4.0L W8 6-speed manual AWD

Volkswagen Passat in Alberta, Canada
Apr 2011 - Sep 2014
Jun 2011

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. 
Aug 2014

143920 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

Volkswagen Passat in California, United States
Feb 2010 - Jun 2011
Mar 2010

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

Volkswagen Passat in Georgia, United States
May 2010 - Jul 2016
Jul 2010

110000 mi

US $1100
Antifreeze was leaking and had to replace water pump and have timing belt replaced 
Aug 2011

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. 
Apr 2012

134000 mi

US $1265
Water pump failed which caused a problem to the timing belt which had to be replaced also. 
Jun 2012

135000 mi

US $550
Heater Core has gone out but did not fix.  However had to replace the catalytic converter 
Sep 2013

138000 mi
Car overheats, replaced the temp sensor, auxiliary fan and expansion tank. Car is still overheating 
Sep 2015

168000 mi

US $650
A short developed by the sunroof and caused all electricals on the dashboard and AC to stop. 
Volkswagen Passat in Texas, United States
Mar 2006 - Mar 2010
Mar 2007

51000 mi
Roof rain gutter rails, or whatever they are called, have had history of not staying in track at the back of the station wagon. Brand new rails put in at one time. Dealer tried to glue them down. Didn't work 
Jul 2007

52000 mi

US $434
Wire to memory seat buttons had gotten crimped and you had to hold the button while seat adjusted rather than push and release the button. Door lock sensor was bad so remote would lock all doors at one time, unlock drivers door, unlock rear hatch, but would not unlock all four doors and hatch at one time. Also caused warning bell to not sound when opening door with headlights still on. 
Mar 2009

61000 mi

US $329
Rain-sensing wipers run double time even when driving 5-10 miles an hour in light mist. Dealer first thought was a wire problem, then thought was speed switch on wiper lever, and now wants to see car again to try to figure out source of problem. 
Volkswagen Passat in California, United States
Dec 2008 - Oct 2017
Feb 2009

91000 mi

US $1064
Oil leak, burning smell when drive car.  
Jun 2009

94000 mi
Small oil leak from valve cover onto exhaust. Burning smell when engine cold. 
Oct 2009

99000 mi

US $240
Replace torn front CV joint boot. 
May 2011

122300 mi

US $700
replace front wheel bearings. Control arm broke during repair and was replaced free by dealer. 
Dec 2011

134000 mi

US $50
Reset computer before smog check 
Mar 2012

139000 mi

US $350
Replaced loose motor mount. 
Jun 2012

143000 mi

US $300
Leaking heater hoses replaced, losing coolant. 
Feb 2013

154000 mi

US $700
Heater core leaking and no heat in car. Replaced heater core. 
May 2013

158000 mi

US $2000
Leaks in thermostat housing and hoses. Replaced hoses, timing belt, and other parts during repair. 
Dec 2013

166000 mi

US $3000
Replace both catalytic converters to pass California smog test. Replaced front torn CV boots and axles. 
Sep 2014

173000 mi

US $1400
Replace leaking water pump and hoses. Replace leaking motor mount. 
Mar 2015

178000 mi

US $1500
Replace upper control rods, bushings, and struts. 
Jun 2015

181000 mi

US $1000
Replace alternator, belts. Replace transmission mounts. 
Sep 2015

182000 mi

US $1500
Replace lower control arms and bushings 
Feb 2016

186000 mi

US $300
Thermostat leaking 
Mar 2016

187000 mi

US $1200
Valve cover gaskets and crankcase breather parts 
Dec 2016

195000 mi

US $1200
Replaced failed water pump. Also replaced the thermostat because the water pump was being done. 
Jun 2017

200000 mi

US $300
Replaced rear turn signal electrical connectors. Changed brake fluid. 
Oct 2017

204000 mi

US $760
Fuel pump replaced 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

Volkswagen Passat in Rhode Island, United States
Apr 2012 - Feb 2016
Jun 2012

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. 
Jul 2012

125000 mi
Secondary air system CEL back on 
May 2013

134000 mi

US $110
oil pan crack developed - replaced oil pan 
Jun 2013

135000 mi

US $500
Replaced secondary air pump, O2 sensor, and evac system components. 
Jul 2013

137000 mi

US $110
O2 Sensor after the catalytic converter failed 
Apr 2015

153300 mi

US $350
Replace center muffler and exhaust pipes 
Jul 2015

156700 mi

US $700
Rear calipers were frozen and were replaced as were the rotors and pads. 
Sep 2015

165000 mi

US $495
Leaking hose. Intake manifold required to be removed for access. 
Feb 2016

170000 mi

US $150
Belt tensioner pulley 
Volkswagen Passat in Utah, United States
Mar 2010 - Jan 2017
Nov 2011

95100 mi

US $60
Failed timing belt tensioner. Found and fixed before catastrophic engine failure. 
Sep 2014

143000 mi

US $300
Replaced control arms. 
Sep 2016

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. 
Volkswagen Passat in Massachusetts, United States
Mar 2009 - Sep 2014
Dec 2009

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. 
Feb 2010

127300 mi

US $27
Blown headlight bulb. Passenger side again. Seems to need one every 18 months or so. Driver's is fine. 
Jan 2012

129300 mi

US $10
MIL indicated. Coolant sensor failure. PIA to replace, but inexpensive part. 
Volkswagen Passat in Maine, United States
Feb 2007 - Jun 2011
Nov 2007

65000 mi

US $100
Lost fuel pump - replaced and under warranty 
Jan 2008

66000 mi

US $100
ABS light came on - switch replaced ($4.00) part. Car is starting hard in winter and will be checked again. 
Mar 2010

95000 mi

US $1000
Had the Timing Belt and water pump replaced. 
Volkswagen Passat in Colorado, United States
Dec 2010 - Jan 2014
Dec 2011

98000 mi

US $324
Ignition switch failing, intermittent no start. 
Oct 2013

113300 mi
Intermittent no start. Could not reproduce problem. Problem still exists. 
Nov 2013

113600 mi

US $187
Loose connection at starter produced intermittent no start. 
Volkswagen Passat in Connecticut, United States
Jul 2009 - Jul 2012
Nov 2009

51000 mi

US $780
Check engine light: faulty camshaft sensor; used VW recommended fix - rewired connections. 
Dec 2010

64000 mi

US $677
Replaced leaking valve cover gaskets, flushed cooling system. 
Volkswagen Passat in Arizona, United States
Aug 2009 - Feb 2011
Feb 2011

101000 mi

US $375
fuel pump had to be replaced 
Volkswagen Passat in Washington, United States
Aug 2006 - Mar 2010
Dec 2006

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, 
Volkswagen Passat in Pennsylvania, United States
May 2008 - Sep 2017
Jul 2008

70000 mi
Replaced both catalytic converters 
Jan 2011

143700 mi

US $1200
Replaced spark plugs and battery and head gaskets 
Mar 2011

122000 mi

US $300
Replaced temperature sensor 
Jan 2012

121800 mi

US $1500
Replaced "combi" valve set 
Mar 2012

131000 mi

US $485
Engine light reappeared dealer recommended replacing the coil pack and ignition wires. 
Sep 2012

136000 mi

US $896
The steering wheel began to squeak like an old creaky door. Replaced steering wheel grommet.  Replaced spark plugs. 
Jan 2013

131000 mi

US $300
Car was not providing full heat dealership cleaned the heater core system. 
Aug 2013

145000 mi

US $1900
Worn bushings in upper control arms replacement manifold gasket needed replacement rear differential leak engine mounts required 
Jun 2015

162000 mi

US $500
Starter replaced 
Jul 2017

175998 mi

US $215
Noise from front end replaced one control arm 
Volkswagen Passat in Georgia, United States
Sep 2009 - Oct 2013
Oct 2009

88000 mi

US $10
Secondary Air Intake Pump Vacuum lines replaced 
Feb 2010

89000 mi

US $1500
Cam seals 
Sep 2011

113000 mi
Check Engine Light on - fault diagnosis is secondary air pump - only needed during warmup 
Oct 2013

139000 mi

US $360
Bearing noise 
Volkswagen Passat in California, United States
Mar 2007 - Jul 2013
Jun 2007

82000 mi

US $150
Rear power window acctuator 
Jan 2008

98000 mi

US $500
Power Window Actuator Oil and filter change 
Nov 2009

128000 mi

US $950
Alternator. Required car to be put into 'Service Position' (remove entire front end) to replace altenator. 
Sep 2010

138000 mi
still had ATF leak after accident repair was completed. Returned and the shop fixed issue (loose ATF hose to radiator). 
Apr 2012

158800 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!!). 
Feb 2013

185000 mi

US $2500
Head gasket. Second on this car. 
Jul 2013

212000 mi
CEL on due to malfunctioning gas gauge. 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

190-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Passat in California, United States
Apr 2017 - Sep 2017
May 2017

98000 mi

US $1000
Leaky valve cover gasket; replaced Bad CV joint; drive axle replaced 
Jun 2017

100000 mi

US $40
Hose to EGR valve replaced 
Jul 2017

101000 mi

US $300
Replaced both pre-cat oxygen sensors. 2 motor mounts replaced 
Volkswagen Passat in Washington, United States
Aug 2010 - Mar 2013
Jun 2012

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 
Jan 2013

96300 mi

US $2500
Control arm bushings worn out. Replace all control arms. PCV system components shot 
Volkswagen Passat in Colorado, United States
Sep 2010 - Jun 2011
Nov 2010

104000 mi

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

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

Volkswagen Passat in Massachusetts, United States
Aug 2017 - Oct 2017
Sep 2017

130000 mi
There is a vacuum related sensor and cable that was a pain to change but only about $100 in terms of the part - not far removed from another vacuum part - so at 15 years old, vacuum system starting to fail Seized rear left caliper , was disassembled, exercised, lubricated and seems ok. May chance caliper and will change brake fluid before winter . , 
Oct 2017

134000 mi

US $200
Exhaust - car was purchased with marginal flex. Section and unserviceable coupling on the exhaust pipe - seems original 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

Volkswagen Passat in North Carolina, United States
Oct 2015 - Jun 2016
May 2016

89300 mi

US $600
broken exhaust tubes, change timing belt and pump. 
Volkswagen Passat in Texas, United States
Sep 2016 - Dec 2016
Dec 2016

74000 mi
The ABS module was out. I could have driven without ABS, but it beeped almost randomly all the time. Estimate near $1000 to repair a car worth less than $1000. 
Volkswagen Passat in Texas, United States
Jun 2015 - Oct 2015
Sep 2015

88000 mi

US $350
driver side window 
Volkswagen Passat in South Dakota, United States
Sep 2009 - Jun 2011
Feb 2010

72000 mi

US $250
Replaced front right CV boot 
Volkswagen Passat in South Carolina, United States
Sep 2015 - Feb 2017
Dec 2015

208000 mi

US $60
Motor mounts were leaking hydraulic fluid - replaced both of them. CV boot ripped - replaced both inner/outer boots. 
May 2016

212000 mi

US $185
Coolant leak - replaced fitting on rear of engine, then radiator started leaking - replaced radiator also. 
Volkswagen Passat in Maine, United States
Jun 2008 - Mar 2010
Jul 2008

44000 mi

US $480
CV Joint and boot replaced for 480 dollars 
Volkswagen Passat in Illinois, United States
Oct 2008 - Apr 2009
Nov 2008

85000 mi

US $500
cv joint replaced 
Volkswagen Passat in New York, United States
Sep 2008 - Oct 2009
Oct 2008

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. 
Nov 2008

88000 mi

US $800
Drivers side window fell and shattered inside door. Motor, clips, and glass replaced. 
Dec 2008

94000 mi

US $900
Heater core and control flap replaced. Core was leaking and fogging windows. 
Jan 2009

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.  
Feb 2009

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.  
Jun 2009

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. 
Jul 2009

113000 mi
Replaced head unit. 
Oct 2009

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. 
Volkswagen Passat in Virginia, United States
Jun 2011 - Dec 2012
Feb 2012

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. 
Volkswagen Passat in South Carolina, United States
Jan 2009 - Jan 2014
Feb 2009

117000 mi

US $225
Replaced coil packs after misfire (at cranking) caused Check Engine light to come on. Multiple misfires recorded by computer. 
Mar 2009

118000 mi

US $40
Oil dipstick handle broke off, and dipstick tube disintegrated. Replaced both (fairly easy replacement). 
Sep 2009

129000 mi

US $100
Check engine light on. Computer says "running lean". Replaced gas filter and MAF. 
Dec 2009

134000 mi

US $360
Replaced thermostat. 
Jan 2010

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. 
Feb 2010

134000 mi

US $145
Coolant leakage continued. Had to replace plastic coolant piece (containing 3 orings) on rear of engine. 
Jan 2011

137300 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. 
Jan 2012

160000 mi

US $239
Rough downshift from 2 to 1. Replaced N91 solenoid on valve body. Also replaced filter and fluid for 4th time. 
Feb 2012

161000 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. 
Mar 2013

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. 
Nov 2013

189000 mi

US $160
Secondary air pump, which only runs at startup, became very loud. Replaced pump. 
Volkswagen Passat in Georgia, United States
Oct 2009 - Nov 2009
Nov 2009

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. 
Volkswagen Passat in Connecticut, United States
Mar 2010 - Jun 2011
Apr 2010

88000 mi

US $1500
Sludge build up engine. Replaced oil pump, oil pick up tube and flush engine. 
Volkswagen Passat in California, United States
Feb 2010 - Mar 2010
Mar 2010

67000 mi
CEL had recently come on when sold. 
Volkswagen Passat in Pennsylvania, United States
Dec 2015 - Dec 2016
Dec 2016

107000 mi
vapor recovery system rebuilt 
Volkswagen Passat in Texas, United States
Feb 2008 - Jun 2012
Apr 2008

52000 mi

US $234
Replaced broken vac hose. Replaced a/c panel bulb. 
Dec 2010

70000 mi

US $670
oil leak cv boot 
Jul 2011

74200 mi

US $1250
Coolant leak repaired by replacing coolant hose flange outlet. Engine mount also replaced. 
Dec 2011

77000 mi

US $280
Water temperature sensor malfunction 
Mar 2012

78000 mi

US $171
Recirculating Air Valve Malfunction 
May 2012

78600 mi
Replace timing belt, tensioner & water pump 
Volkswagen Passat in Ohio, United States
May 2010 - Dec 2016
Jun 2010

70000 mi

US $1500
Water pump broke, timing belt also changed. 
Jan 2011

77000 mi

US $650
Coil springs broke 
Dec 2012

100000 mi

US $300
CV joint 
Sep 2013

109000 mi

US $215
Coolant leaks 
Oct 2016

164200 mi

US $500
water pump needed replacement, was leaking. 
Volkswagen Passat in Illinois, United States
Sep 2011 - May 2013
Jun 2012

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. 
Dec 2012

228000 mi

US $450
alternator replaced tuneup - plugs and coils replaced 
May 2013

231000 mi
ABS never fixed 
Volkswagen Passat in Minnesota, United States
Apr 2015 - Oct 2017
Aug 2015

146900 mi

US $250
3 brake light in back 
Dec 2015

159000 mi

US $570
Fuel pump, Engine light was on. 
Feb 2017

165000 mi

US $400
New rotors New cv boot 
Volkswagen Passat in Alabama, United States
Mar 2006 - Feb 2009
Mar 2006

45000 mi
replaced heater in front passenger seat. This was a recall item and so was for no cost. 
Apr 2006

49000 mi
Tensioner spring that assists in raising the driver seat broke. It was covered under warranty and repaired by the dealer. 
Jul 2007

59000 mi

US $200
Right outer CV joint went bad. Probably because outer boot failed. Replaced entire right axle assemble and left outer boot. I did the work myself. Right outer CV joint went bad. Probably because outer boot failed. Replaced entire right axle assemble and left outer boot. I did the work myself. Left boot was also splitting as so was replaced. 
Aug 2008

69000 mi

US $400
2 of 4 ignition cables were in bad shape. One had failed, leaving engine running on 3 cylinders. 
Jan 2009

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. 
Volkswagen Passat in Pennsylvania, United States
Dec 2011 - May 2012
Dec 2011

69050 mi
Attempted to determine why cylinder #1 was not firing. Claimed they couldn't reproduce problem. Replace right, outer CV boot Replace valve cover gasket, timing chain tensioner seal, and coolant flange on the back of the cylinder head. Investigated why cylinder #1 was not firing. Injector #1 losing pulse signal after 5 min, suspect ECU, which only dealer can replace. 
Jan 2012

US $346
Fuel injector not working. 
Volkswagen Passat in Colorado, United States
Feb 2015 - Mar 2016
Oct 2015

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. 
Mar 2016

66000 mi
Was told by new owner that it needed axles (CV joints)? Replaced boots at 58k and axles were good. 
Volkswagen Passat in Florida, United States
Mar 2007 - Sep 2011
May 2007

49000 mi
The drivers side heated seat stuck on high, even with engine and key off, causing dead battery. Dealer repaired under warranty (on Saturday morning). 
Nov 2007

55000 mi

US $71
repaired driver's side seat heater per recall, but passenger side quit working. driver side mirror defroster stopped working. while in shop for recall repair had it diagnosed ($39.00 charge). ordered part for future repair. scheduled trip to both repair passenger seat heater and repair driver sideview mirror defroster; was told element was "in" by service. was not in and will need to return (25 miles) for final repair. repair driver sideview mirror defroster; cost to repair $71, plus $39 for diagnosis. 
Dec 2007

55000 mi
this was follow up (third trip) to correct an earlier recall problem with seat heater. the problem appears to be corrected. 
Volkswagen Passat in Wisconsin, United States
Jun 2012 - Jul 2015
May 2013

133300 mi

US $300
Broken u joint 
Aug 2013

138000 mi

US $500
Blower motor turns on and off sporatically 
Nov 2013

141000 mi

US $170
Sludge/condensation in oil Blower motor went out, no heat 
Aug 2014

148600 mi

US $800
Fell off the lift broken spring. UV joints also 
Jul 2015 Check engine light came on, would not keep running, it was a engine failure light, and low oil pressure 
Volkswagen Passat in Michigan, United States
Apr 2007 - Jun 2009
Jul 2007

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. 
Mar 2008

90000 mi

US $493
Exhaust down pipe (between cat. and front muffler) was rusted out and leaking exhaust. The vehicle was very loud. 
Jan 2009

101000 mi

US $795
Alternator replacement. 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Passat in Maine, United States
May 2015 - Jul 2016
Oct 2015

166000 mi

US $175
torn cv joint boots,  coolant leak,  vacuum hose leaked 
Volkswagen Passat in Florida, United States
Oct 2008 - Jun 2011
Mar 2009

67000 mi

US $390
Both left and right CV axles were replaced beacause of torn outer CV boots. 
Mar 2010

77000 mi

US $40
replaced cam tensioner and seal valve cover gaskets 
Volkswagen Passat in New Jersey, United States
Sep 2007 - Sep 2013
Aug 2008

58000 mi

US $450
Rear window won't go down. Needs new regulator. 
Dec 2008

64400 mi

US $360
Thermostat found to be faulty. Coolant temp sensor also faulty. 
Aug 2009

72000 mi

US $225
Water coming in through drivers door seals. 
Dec 2010

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. 
Feb 2011

84400 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". 
Mar 2013

102000 mi

US $600
CV Boot cracked AGAIN, boot unable to be removed from axle, had to replace entire drivers side axle. 
Volkswagen Passat in Michigan, United States
Mar 2006 - Sep 2017
Oct 2009

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. 
Apr 2010

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. 
Aug 2010

95000 mi

US $100
Failed Diverter Valve replaced. Torn CV boot replaced on the passenger side. Torn CV boot replaced on the passenger side. 
Jul 2011

105000 mi

US $35
Torn driver side CV boot. Replaced the boot myself. $35 for parts. 
Aug 2012

120500 mi

US $250
Noisy right front wheel bearing. Replaced. 
Jul 2013

129700 mi
Brake switch stopped working. Had an outstanding recall for the brake switch. Dealer did the replacement for free. 
Nov 2013

133000 mi

US $125
Driver door ajar switch stopped working. Replaced the whole door latch assembly with OEM unit. Found DIY online. 
Jul 2014

138300 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 
Sep 2015

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. 
Apr 2016

155300 mi

US $35
Torn passenger side CV boot (again). Replaced the boot myself. $35 for parts. 
Nov 2016

159700 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. 
Jan 2017

160500 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. 
Jun 2017

165000 mi

US $400
Flex pipe broke. Replaced with factory part. Replaced worn engine mounts (worn engine mounts contribute to excessive drive train movement which shortens flex pipe life). Factory parts used as well. 
Jul 2017

165000 mi

US $400
Shocks replaced on all 4 corners. 
Volkswagen Passat in Ontario, Canada
Aug 2007 - Mar 2009
May 2008

34100 mi

C $2
Right rear window would not roll down, only up. Replaced plastic clip to hold glass to window regulator. 
Volkswagen Passat in Missouri, United States
Nov 2010 - Jun 2012
Jan 2011

US $321
2 CV axles replaced. 
Volkswagen Passat in California, United States
Jul 2011 - Nov 2015
May 2013

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). 
Jan 2014

147100 mi

US $14
Replaced the left headlight bulb (low beam H-7) 
Apr 2014

157851 mi

US $599
cv joint was replaced with a new part. RH side Both right and left outer CV boots were split open. Right CV Joint also had to be replaced. 
Dec 2014

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 
Nov 2015

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... 
Volkswagen Passat in Ontario, Canada
Jul 2014 - Jun 2015
Mar 2015

151900 mi

C $900
Linking oil and had camshaft work. 
Volkswagen Passat in Massachusetts, United States
Feb 2006 - May 2008
Feb 2006

87279 mi

US $989
Water pump failure. Timing Belt replaced 
Jun 2006

98000 mi

US $81
Replaced belly pan and dowel pins as old one ripped off. Replacement was for W8 engine. 
Apr 2007

11000 mi

US $256
Replace Leak Detection Pump and Gas Cap 
Apr 2008

130000 mi
Trade-in, repairs required: Air Conditioning Compressor Exhaust Brakes Purge Valve 
Volkswagen Passat in Massachusetts, United States
Nov 2014 - Sep 2016
Dec 2014

147000 mi
turbo vacuum tubing decayed in the cold weather. 
Jul 2015

150200 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). 
Oct 2015

151200 mi

US $250
Front-left CV joint clicking, replaced CV joint and axle with cheap chinese part. 
Nov 2015

151600 mi

US $300
Coolant flange was leaking, had it replaced. 
Aug 2016

156000 mi

US $200
Both tie rod ends were shot, replaced both myself and then paid Sears for an alignment. 
Volkswagen Passat in Massachusetts, United States
Jan 2013 - Aug 2014
Apr 2013

134200 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. 
Aug 2013

136100 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. 
Aug 2014

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. 
Volkswagen Passat in Ontario, Canada
Jul 2012 - Dec 2014
Jul 2012

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. 
Volkswagen Passat in New York, United States
Jul 2011 - Aug 2013
Aug 2011

175000 mi

US $100
coil replaced Oil warning light came on occasionally. Shop replaced oil pressure switch. 
Jan 2012

184000 mi

US $280
Replace power window regulator, driver door. 
Nov 2012

195700 mi

US $130
seized caliper 
Mar 2013

200000 mi

US $280
1. replaced ignition coil 2. replaced spark plugs 3. read and reset check engine light 4. engine tune 
Apr 2013

200700 mi

US $170
Replace 3 ignition coils Hole in exhaust system 
Aug 2013

204000 mi
Broken coil spring, front driver-side 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

270-horsepower 4.0L W8 6-speed manual AWD

Volkswagen Passat in Nebraska, United States
Jan 2012 - Mar 2013
Mar 2012

116000 mi

US $500
CV boots were torn upon buying car, CV joints were bad, replaced axles. Parking brake cable ceased. 
May 2012

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

Volkswagen Passat in Minnesota, United States
Dec 2006 - Mar 2010
Nov 2007

62000 mi
Radiator was weeping. Replaced radiator under manufacturer CPO program. 
Jan 2008

67000 mi

US $1267
Blown valve cover gasket resulting in oil leak. Replaced several gaskets and seals. 
Volkswagen Passat in California, United States
Nov 2009 - Mar 2010
Jan 2010

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. 
Volkswagen Passat in Delaware, United States
- Jan 2007
Aug 2006

85000 mi

US $900
replace front wheel bearings 
Jan 2007

87000 mi

US $150
Fuel purge valve replaced. 
Volkswagen Passat in Tennessee, United States
Aug 2007 - Oct 2017
Oct 2007

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. 
Dec 2008

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. 
Feb 2010

78000 mi

US $600
Electric cooling fan was bad. Shop diagnosed and ordered part, owner installed. Transmission output shaft seal was replaced 
Dec 2010

87000 mi

US $500
Driver side half axle was replaced. Outer CV boot was ripped. 
Jan 2014

107000 mi

US $800
Front calipers rebuilt Replaced bushings and ball joints on front suspension Front struts replaced 
Nov 2015

118000 mi

US $500
Radiator leaking. Also replaced water pump as preventive maintinance 
Sep 2017

141000 mi
ripped cv boot 
Volkswagen Passat in Nevada, United States
Sep 2013 - Oct 2013
Oct 2013

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

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

Volkswagen Passat in New York, United States
Jun 2010 - Jun 2011
Jul 2010

58000 mi

US $65
Alternator failure & serpentine belt replaced. Engine temp sensor failure. Defective Thermal switch for cooling fan replaced. 
Volkswagen Passat in New Jersey, United States
Mar 2006 - Mar 2010
Feb 2008

82000 mi

US $550
CEL came on, sensor replaced. 
Volkswagen Passat in Ontario, Canada
Feb 2015 - Sep 2017
Sep 2016

238080 mi

C $2013
driver window regulator 
Volkswagen Passat in New Jersey, United States
Feb 2015 - May 2015
May 2015

145000 mi
Flex couplings and catalytic converter were determined to be bad 
Volkswagen Passat in Puerto Rico
- Nov 2008
May 2007

25000 mi

US $800
shock absorbers needed to be replaced 
Nov 2008

29500 mi

US $3000
AC replacement, engine bolts replaced due to vibration 
Volkswagen Passat in Oregon, United States
Oct 2014 - Jul 2016
Jan 2015

95000 mi

US $80
Replaced breather tube and broken vacuum line. 
Volkswagen Passat in Colorado, United States
Mar 2014 - Mar 2016
Feb 2015

78100 mi

US $700
Oil leak. Replaced cam tensioner seals. 
Volkswagen Passat in Connecticut, United States
Jun 2009 - Sep 2010
Mar 2009

69000 mi
Replaced EVAP Purge Valve 
Aug 2009

76000 mi

US $183
Check Engine light, replaced purge valve 
Nov 2009

80000 mi

US $700
Alternator 
May 2010

90000 mi

US $500
Very Small Evap Leak, Code P0456 
Jun 2010

93000 mi

US $185
Clip holding rear window broke 
Aug 2010

93000 mi

US $200
Exhaust leak at flex joint 
Volkswagen Passat in New Zealand
Aug 2012 - Jan 2013
Jan 2013

110980 mi

$5000
Working great one day. Dead the next. Wouldn't shift into any gears, dealer called and said it had failed and needs to be removed to detail further. Gutted. 
Volkswagen Passat in California, United States
Feb 2016 - Mar 2017
Feb 2016

65000 mi

US $400
Ignition coils were replaced for the 3rd time in 2 years. Drivers side, seat heater burned a hole in the leather seat. 
Volkswagen Passat in Illinois, United States
Jun 2004 - Jul 2015
Mar 2004

11283 mi
Brake booster vacuum leak. 
Apr 2006

36943 mi
Recall on fuel pump. 
May 2006

36977 mi
Replace blower motor. 
Jul 2006

39007 mi
Replace temperature sensor. 
Sep 2006

41982 mi
Cannister leaking charcoal. 
Nov 2006

43180 mi
Replace vent motors. 
May 2007

49702 mi

US $55
Fuel system leak. 
Mar 2010

80012 mi

US $200
CV boot replacement. Replace CV Boot Rear break pad replacement and service. 80,000 mile service. 
Mar 2011

88000 mi

US $1300
Drive axle replaced. $270 Valve cover gaskets replaced. $160 
Sep 2012

104000 mi

US $175
Replace drive boot. 
Nov 2013

115100 mi

US $125
Replace torn boot. 
Jun 2014

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. 
Dec 2014

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. 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

190-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Passat in Maryland, United States
May 2014 - Jun 2017
Jun 2016

139000 mi

US $1100
Motor mounts. Other repairs 
Volkswagen Passat in Ontario, Canada
Dec 2009 - Jun 2012
Dec 2010

115320 mi

C $2400
3 month tune up found issues. Had recommended service completed. Engine gaskets. Catalytic converter. 
Sep 2011

122140 mi

C $900
Engine light ended up being MAF and cat and muffler assembly. 
Oct 2011

122760 mi

C $1700
engine light on again. reflashed computer and changed maf and hoses/clamps 
Nov 2011

123560 mi

C $900
Car hesistates on acceleration. Changed MAF and vaccuum hoses. 
Jun 2012

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. 
Volkswagen Passat in British Columbia, Canada
Aug 2010 - Dec 2012
Dec 2012

58280 mi

C $200
Ignition Control Modules needed to be replaced ( 2 were damaged/worn out) 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

turbocharged 6-cylinder diesel manual 2WD

Volkswagen Passat in Great Britain
Jan 2013 - Jun 2013
Mar 2013

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

Volkswagen Passat in Romania
Oct 2007 - Feb 2008
Nov 2007

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

Volkswagen Passat in Wisconsin, United States
Mar 2010 - Jul 2012
Jul 2012

83000 mi

US $940
AC Hose needed replacement 
Volkswagen Passat in Ontario, Canada
May 2012 - Jun 2012
May 2012

93000 mi

C $900
power steering rack replaced with a rebuilt 
Volkswagen Passat in Ohio, United States
Aug 2010 - Jun 2011
Sep 2010

124000 mi

US $150
I took my car in to fix my window that was messed up on my front drivers door 
Dec 2010

129000 mi

US $227
heater core flashed and vacuum tube replaced 
Volkswagen Passat in Florida, United States
Dec 2012 - Jan 2013
Jan 2013

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. 
Volkswagen Passat in Colorado, United States
Dec 2014 - Mar 2015
Dec 2014

142000 mi
TCM flooded, gears only shifting in triptonic manual mode 
Jan 2015

143000 mi

US $300
Window regulator failure 
Mar 2015

144000 mi

US $500
Tensioner broke off 

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2002.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

Volkswagen Passat in Massachusetts, United States
Sep 2007 - Aug 2011
May 2008

58000 mi

US $370
Drivers side CV boot was torn. Had to have the entire drivers side axle replaced. 
Aug 2008

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. 
Jun 2009

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. 
Dec 2010

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

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

Volkswagen Passat in Barbados
Feb 2010 - Sep 2016
Jun 2011

62620 mi

$30
Noise from worn control arm bushing Right rear passenger internal grab handle broke, door had to closed from outside. 
Sep 2011

63240 mi

$150
CV joint boot replacement 
Oct 2011

63340 mi
Accessory belt 
Jul 2012

65200 mi

$1000
Exhaust was white/blue smoking which was especially noticed while idling. Finally lost turbo charger boost.Turbo charger had to be replaced. 
Dec 2015

72540 mi
Noticed lack of boost which on inspection was due to a loose return hose from turbo air cooler. 
Aug 2016

73360 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 
Sep 2016

73780 mi

$10
Rapidly losing coolant. Replaced seal on coolant temp sensor behind engine. 

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2002.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Passat in New Hampshire, United States
Mar 2003 - May 2008
Jan 2003

51000 mi
Replace 3 ignition coils, failed, under warranty, Prior to recall 
Jul 2004

105700 mi

US $80
Diagnose door remotes, no longer working. Dealer failed to repair. 
Dec 2004

120000 mi

US $368
Replace door latch assy 
Sep 2005

147400 mi

US $1660
Replace Cam Chain Adjuster, Cam Seals, Timing Belt and Adjusters 
Dec 2006

197000 mi

US $800
Driver door window regulator failed. Gaskets replaced because of leaks. 
Sep 2007

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) 
Mar 2008

239000 mi

US $175
Temperature gauge reading erratic. Replaced ETC sensor. 
May 2008

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

Volkswagen Passat in New York, United States
Mar 2016 - Apr 2016
Apr 2016

160000 mi
AC compressor needed replacing Horrific noise coming from flywheel 
Volkswagen Passat in Oregon, United States
May 2008 - Mar 2010
Sep 2008

60000 mi

US $42
Oil Can Henry's did not replace 12 bolts on the splash guard, so I had a dealer find everything missing and replace it. 
Volkswagen Passat in Massachusetts, United States
Jan 2012 - Feb 2012
Feb 2012

178000 mi
Ignition coil failed 
Volkswagen Passat in Kentucky, United States
Aug 2007 - Mar 2010
Sep 2007

66000 mi

US $636
Oil Cooler needed to be replaced and expansion tank. I was told it happens on occasion for Passats. Also had routine oil change done. 
Volkswagen Passat in Massachusetts, United States
Feb 2010 - Jun 2011
Mar 2010

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

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

Volkswagen Passat in Missouri, United States
Jun 2010 - Jul 2011
Jul 2010

90000 mi

US $236
Loose outer tie rod replaced, would not pass state safety inspection. 
Feb 2011

92300 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! 
Jul 2011

94000 mi
Half axles needed to be replaced when sold. ABS light started coming on when sold. 
Volkswagen Passat in Texas, United States
Oct 2008 - Feb 2013
Aug 2011

81000 mi

US $400
Front engine mounts replaced 
Dec 2012

94000 mi

US $400
Dealer wanted $200 more for same repair 
Volkswagen Passat in Michigan, United States
Apr 2010 - Feb 2011
Jun 2010

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. 
Jul 2010

152000 mi

US $250
Car had hard starting problems and stalling problems. Was diagnosed as a bad crank position sensor. Replacement fixed symptoms. 
Sep 2010

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. 
Nov 2010

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. 
Feb 2011

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 
Volkswagen Passat in Maryland, United States
Apr 2013 - Mar 2015
May 2013

60300 mi

US $500
Leaking seals 
Volkswagen Passat in North Carolina, United States
- Jan 2007
Jun 2004

25000 mi
Dealer replaced all 4 Coil packs after car started running on two cylinders. 
Jan 2007

6500 mi

US $130
Replaced both CV Joints and wheel bearings in front. Failing CV Joints will cause bearings to go bad if unattended. 
Volkswagen Passat in Virginia, United States
Mar 2009 - Jun 2009
Jun 2009

78000 mi

US $550
Replaced control arms before selling. 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Passat in Colorado, United States
Jun 2012 - Oct 2016
Jan 2012

129000 mi

US $1000
Heater core failed 
Mar 2012

120485 mi

US $144
coolant leak fixed. bad o ring MIL on vacuum leak found and fixed. 
Nov 2013

140400 mi

US $334
replaced cv and boot. 
Jan 2014

141500 mi

US $500
New fuel pump. 
May 2014

145400 mi

US $300
Installed new shocks and struts. 
Jul 2014

147700 mi

US $280
right CV boot ripped and replaced. Load check done on alternator. 
Jun 2016

165000 mi

US $150
Battery died 
Sep 2016

167000 mi

US $460
Inner and outer tierods and alignment 
Oct 2016

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. 
Volkswagen Passat in Maine, United States
Jul 2007 - Nov 2010
Sep 2007

59000 mi
completely sworn out control arms, frozen tie rod end 
Nov 2008

73000 mi

US $60
Had an engine light. Replaced oxygen sensor. 
Dec 2009

83000 mi

US $442
Preventative work - Boots around front axles very deeply cracked. replaced both. 
Volkswagen Passat in Vermont, United States
Oct 2009 - Apr 2014
Feb 2010

90000 mi

US $203
Broken left front (driver side) coil spring 
May 2010

91900 mi

US $38
Hazard relay failed, replaced with new. 
Aug 2010

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. 
Sep 2010

94000 mi

US $90
Replaced upstream oxygen sensor, cleared code, has not returned. 
Feb 2013

109200 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. 
Jul 2013

110300 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. 
Mar 2014

115000 mi

US $160
Cracked exhaust flex pipe. Repaired at independent exhaust shop. 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

Volkswagen Passat in Florida, United States
Mar 2010 - Sep 2013
Nov 2010

77000 mi

US $125
Check engine light diagnosed as lean fuel in left intake bank. Fuel filter and sensor replaced. Problem solved. 
May 2011

83000 mi

US $950
Ignition coils (there are 8 in the W8) started intermitent failing. All 8 were replaced. 
Aug 2011

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. 
Sep 2011

88000 mi

US $1200
Smell of oil burning on engine block revealed a leaking valve cover gasket. Both sides were replaced as precautionary. 
Feb 2012

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. 
Mar 2012

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. 
Jun 2012

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. 
Aug 2012

100700 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 
Oct 2012

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. 
Jan 2013

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. 
May 2013

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. 
Jul 2013

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

Volkswagen Passat in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2009 - Jan 2017
Dec 2009

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. 
May 2011

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. 
Jun 2011

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. 
May 2012

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. 
Mar 2013

115320 mi

C $100
MAF sensor dead. New part ($232) Dead alternator on startup. 
Nov 2014

122840 mi

C $200
Dead cylinder cleared. 
Jun 2016

133920 mi

C $80
Front passenger window regulator cable frayed and snapped due to water inside the door panel. 
Jan 2017

123380 mi
Driver window regulator failed. Broken cable pulley. Window cannot be raised high enough to unbolt through panel access holes. 
Volkswagen Passat in Oklahoma, United States
Sep 2016 - Jul 2017
Sep 2016

166000 mi

US $450
Replaced driver's side axle due to leaking boot and worn universal joint. 
Mar 2017

168000 mi

US $5
Recurring coolant leak from cabin heater core ( a known problem with this make/model) due to the plastic construction of the inlet/outlet tubes to the heater core. Since the plastic tubes are aged and brittle, a replacement will be needed. I simply bypassed the heater core with an elbow coupling to the engine coolant hoses to stop the leakage. Will repair at a more convenient time. 
Jul 2017

168760 mi

US $7
Leaking coolant on driver's side of engine, found leak from broken seam in the coolant reservoir; replaced with a used part (total time <15 mins. 
Volkswagen Passat in California, United States
Mar 2016 - Jan 2017
Jan 2017

159000 mi
Catalytic converter was failing and needed replacement at last DX. Car somehow passed smog. 
Volkswagen Passat in North Dakota, United States
Nov 2008 - Mar 2014
Dec 2008

99000 mi

US $120
Left wheel bearing was slowly going out. The shop replaced it and there are no further issues. Replaced both drive axles when I discovered the CV boots were torn. 
Jan 2010

139600 mi

US $100
Rear windshield washer hose fitting broke off.  
Volkswagen Passat in Pennsylvania, United States
Jun 2010 - Sep 2013
Apr 2010

104600 mi

US $95
F/L outer tie rod replaced 
Oct 2010

110797 mi

US $745
Alternator and alternator assembly replaced. 
Apr 2011

115811 mi

US $250
Replaced rear brake pads, rotors 
Jan 2012

122469 mi

US $821
Water pump broken, replaced by shop. Timing belt replaced at same time- preventive measure. 
May 2012

125000 mi

US $110
wiper fluid motor replaced 
Jun 2012

125074 mi

US $832
Replace left exhaust flex pipe, replace l/f axle 
Sep 2012

127029 mi

US $1300
Car needed major repairs to pass PA inspection: front brake pads and rotors, left side tie rod, 4 new tires, buff headlights, replace rear left tailight ass'y, etc. 
Dec 2012

128704 mi

US $45
Coolant had leaked from car. Shop found loose connection in coolant system and tightened. 
Jun 2013

130000 mi

US $200
Coolant hose had a leak, shop installed replacement hose. 
Jul 2013

130000 mi

US $200
Exhaust making loud noise; "check engine light" on. Right front flex pipe was replaced. 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

Volkswagen Passat in Michigan, United States
Jul 2011 - Sep 2016
Nov 2011

101000 mi

US $215
Replaced leaking motor mounts 
Volkswagen Passat in Florida, United States
May 2007 - Aug 2010
Jun 2007

70000 mi

US $200
ac fan replaced 
May 2008

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. 
Jun 2008

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. 
Jan 2009

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. 
Aug 2009

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.  
Nov 2009

96900 mi

US $1000
cooling system 
Apr 2010

100000 mi

US $300
Engine light was coming on and it ended up being a thermostat/some kind of sensor...it was replaced. 
Jul 2010

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.. 
Aug 2010

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 
Volkswagen Passat in Idaho, United States
Oct 2007 - Mar 2015
Dec 2012

107000 mi

US $90
Replace both cam plugs at rear of engine. 
Sep 2013

115000 mi

US $75
surge tank for radiator cracked-fluid loss tripped COOLANT flash warning. 
Volkswagen Passat in California, United States
Dec 2007 - Jun 2017
Jun 2009

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. 
Aug 2010

61000 mi

US $621
replaced both motor mounts 
Jan 2013

58800 mi

US $26
Check ABS light came on but no problems were detected. 
Oct 2013

75200 mi

US $538
Removed and replaced passenger-side mirror housing, it wouldn't fold inwards. 
Jun 2014

77000 mi

US $189
Replaced inside door handle on passenger side. 
Sep 2015

83000 mi

US $51
Replaced strut that holds up the hood. 
Mar 2016

83000 mi

US $18
back wiper hose comes off 
Sep 2016

85000 mi

US $143
replaced output shaft seal it was leaking transmission oil 
Volkswagen Passat in Colorado, United States
Sep 2009 - Jun 2014
Oct 2009

101000 mi

US $1000
Nozzle for the rear window washer replaced. 
Apr 2010

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. 
Mar 2011

113000 mi

US $200
Windshield wiper fluid tank leaking. Repaired at a mechanics. Passenger side door handle broke. Ordered parts and fixed. 
Oct 2011

115300 mi

US $50
 
Feb 2014

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. 
Mar 2014

134000 mi

US $200
One oxygen sensor was replaced. 
Volkswagen Passat in Ontario, Canada
Aug 2011 - Sep 2011
Sep 2011

143840 mi

C $245
Alternator replacement after alternator workshop warning, and gradual loss of drivability over 3 day period 
Volkswagen Passat in Maine, United States
Jul 2006 - Oct 2013
Feb 2007

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. 
Jun 2008

59000 mi
Left low bean headlight bulb replaced. 
May 2009

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 
Jul 2009

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. 
Jun 2011

85000 mi

US $115
Stabilizer bar bolt worn out. Was replaced. 
Mar 2012

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. 
Aug 2012

99100 mi

US $115
tighten left front wheel - adjusted sway bar brackets 
Apr 2013

103200 mi

US $750
fluid leak 
Oct 2013

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. 
Volkswagen Passat in Oregon, United States
Feb 2012 - Sep 2014
Mar 2012

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. 
Jun 2012

82000 mi

US $1350
Timing Belt Replaced. Water Pump Replaced. 2 Belts replaced. Vent on A/C unit fixed. 
Dec 2012

90000 mi

US $450
The dash PRND432 light came on and stayed on all the time no matter what gear car was in. 
Jan 2013

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. 
Sep 2014

96000 mi
Power passenger seat quit working. 
Volkswagen Passat in New Jersey, United States
Jun 2016 - Dec 2016
Nov 2016

204700 mi

US $450
battery did not charge, car stopped, replace alternator 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

190-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Passat in California, United States
Sep 2008 - Jun 2012
Jun 2012

70000 mi

US $900
waterpump 
Volkswagen Passat in New Jersey, United States
Dec 2013 - Dec 2016
Jun 2014

115000 mi

US $350
A/C compressor clutch failed. 
Jul 2015

122500 mi

US $600
split CV boot needed replacement exhaust system flex couplings required replacement 
Dec 2015

128000 mi

US $50
worn out wiper arm 
Feb 2016

128900 mi

US $200
Broken wire in harness going to left rear door. 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

Volkswagen Passat in Alabama, United States
Jul 2006 - Jun 2015
Sep 2008

43000 mi

US $100
Hose was replaced to get rid of check engine light and to pass smog test. 
Jun 2010

52000 mi

US $350
Refilled freon for the AC. 
Aug 2010

53000 mi

US $75
Torn vacuum hose replaced. 
Dec 2013

91000 mi

US $2500
Transmission had to be rebuilt. 
Jan 2014

91000 mi

US $350
Transmission had to be fixed again after it was not fixed properly the first time. 
Volkswagen Passat in Virginia, United States
Mar 2009 - Apr 2014
Sep 2009

76627 mi

US $1355
Replace both front axles with VW axles  
Oct 2009

76841 mi

US $895
New brake booster, vacuum pump, brake line, pressure sensor; brake lines bled; lower brake bulbs replaced; ignition coils (4) replaced under recall  
Aug 2010

82000 mi
Leaky coolant flange replaced (299.85+tax) Brake booster vacuum pump replaced under warranty (was replaced less than 12 months ago). 
Feb 2011

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. 
Nov 2011

93700 mi
Right engine mount leaking fluid. Decided to postpone repair. 
Dec 2011

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. 
Sep 2012

103000 mi

US $130
Coolant leak. Diagnosed as problem with coolant tank and/or cap. Coolant tank and cap replaced. 
Oct 2012

104000 mi
Coolant leak continuing. Replaced o-ring on temperature sensor. 
Nov 2012

105000 mi
Continued coolant leak after 2 unsuccessful repair attempts. Replaced o-ring at coolant flange pipe. 
Nov 2013

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. 
Jan 2014

108500 mi
Engine oil pressure light; shop proposed engine flush as part of diagnosis. Separately, identified PCV valve broken and oil leak. 
Apr 2014

121000 mi
Problems reported earlier still present when sold. 
Volkswagen Passat in Texas, United States
Nov 2011 - Mar 2015
Dec 2011

80000 mi
Passenger headlight bulb replaced. Replaced all four coil packs under recall program. 
May 2012

82000 mi

US $120
Replaced headlights due to severe clouding of plastic lenses 
Oct 2013

98000 mi

US $100
Coolant expansion tanked cracked and leaked coolant. 
Volkswagen Passat in Wisconsin, United States
May 2008 - Oct 2011
Jul 2008

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. 
Feb 2009

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. 
Dec 2009

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. 
Jan 2010 Intermittent starting problem - still undiagnosed - leaning toward starter issue. 
Feb 2010

116600 mi

US $300
Starter replaced 
Dec 2010

133000 mi

US $35
Bad connector on blower motor, replaced by independant mechanic, not under warranty. 
Volkswagen Passat in British Columbia, Canada
Aug 2007 - Jun 2011
Apr 2010

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 
Volkswagen Passat in Pennsylvania, United States
May 2003 - Mar 2010
Sep 2003

9088 mi
Replace Ignition Coils (4) 
Dec 2008

67010 mi

US $95
Replace vacuum hose from combi valve to intake. Replace vacuum hose from fuel pressure regulator to intake manifold. Replace ignition coil cylinder 1. 
Jun 2009

70000 mi

US $60
CV Joint Boot torn and replaced. 
Volkswagen Passat in Wisconsin, United States
Feb 2007 - Jan 2009
Apr 2008

94000 mi

US $1050
Both CV boots/axels were replaced - ripped boots caused loss of grease. 
Volkswagen Passat in New Mexico, United States
Feb 2009 - Mar 2010
Mar 2009

76000 mi

US $849
Door actuator replaced.  Brake sensor replaced. Vacuum lines replaced. 
Volkswagen Passat in Texas, United States
Dec 2008 - Aug 2012
Aug 2009

122000 mi

US $30
Replaced windshield washer head. 
Apr 2012

129700 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. 
Jun 2012

133000 mi

US $130
A/C not cooling. Complete system check revealed nothing more than low refrigerant. 
Aug 2012

133000 mi
Evaporative emission trouble. Can drive with lowered mpg but CEL being on I can't tell when another issue arises. 
Volkswagen Passat in British Columbia, Canada
Nov 2008 - Dec 2013
Dec 2008

57478 mi

C $165
Check engine light flashing and car vibrating badly - diagnostic turned up faulty ignition coil (#1) - replaced 
Mar 2009

62546 mi

C $424
Replaced coolant temp. sensor (due to check engine light); replaced secondary air hose (leaked) 
Jul 2009

67063 mi

C $88
Vacuum leak - replaced broken vacuum hose front - the intake to the vacuum valve Turn signal wouldn't continue to flash - Flasher relay faulty - replaced. 
Feb 2010

77133 mi

C $358
signals ticking when not activated (first noticed in Dec 09 with no action at that time). Suspected Signal light switch and replaced it. (Saved old part) Appears to have solved the problem. 
Apr 2010

79756 mi

C $414
EPC light and MIL on, vehicle stopped and wouldn't restart (in left turn lane on busy road!) Engine speed sensor out of spec and replaced. Haven't had same problem again (as of Jan 2011) 
Jan 2011

90978 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  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. Cooling hose flange and seals replaced, expansion tank replaced. Left and right CV axle shaft assemblies were replaced. 
Mar 2011

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) 
Feb 2012

110720 mi

C $137
Diagnosis and repair - brake light on. Wire on right front brake pad rubbed through, left was also rubbing, both were repaired. 
Oct 2012

122020 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:$$ 
Oct 2013

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 
Dec 2013

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). 
Volkswagen Passat in California, United States
Jan 2011 - Mar 2011
Mar 2011

122000 mi

US $600
My engine keeps not turning over. Nobody can find where the drain on the battery is. It is not the alternator. My car just suddenly won't start in the morning. I am going to have to get rid of it if we can't repair it. 
Volkswagen Passat in Florida, United States
Mar 2011 - Jan 2012
Oct 2011

30000 mi

US $85
Hydraulic hood strut lost oil and would not hold hood open. Hood strut replaced. 
Volkswagen Passat in Washington, United States
Mar 2006 - Apr 2010
Nov 2006

62582 mi

US $75
CV Boot replaced, new tires Emergency flasher sw 
Mar 2010

86578 mi

US $3212
Emission control CPU, new timing belt, new water pump 
Volkswagen Passat in Pennsylvania, United States
Sep 2007 - Jun 2011
Aug 2008

184000 mi

US $504
Shocks were replaced front and rear. 
Sep 2008

186000 mi
ABS unit went bad. Not a real safety concern, so will get unit refurbished and re-installed at a later time. 
Feb 2009

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. 
Jan 2010

226000 mi

US $770
Replaced turbo. 
Mar 2010

230000 mi

US $250
Replaced torque converter. 
Jul 2010

240000 mi

US $75
Replaced engine speed sensor. 
Volkswagen Passat in Rhode Island, United States
Nov 2007 - Dec 2008
Jul 2007

86500 mi

US $350
Passenger-front window regulator replaced 
Jan 2008

95000 mi

US $450
Driver-front axle replaced 
Mar 2008

90000 mi

US $1800
Replaced timing belt, fluids, water pump, tensioner, etc 
Sep 2008

102500 mi

US $350
Driver-front window regulator replaced 
Volkswagen Passat in California, United States
Nov 2008 - Nov 2011
Feb 2009

116000 mi

US $615
New timing belt and new water pump at the same time. Total cost for these items was $447. 
Jul 2009

123000 mi

US $332
O2 sensor was malfunctioning. Replacement sensor ordered, installed and warning light went out and has stayed out. 
May 2011

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. 
Nov 2011

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. 
Volkswagen Passat in Minnesota, United States
Nov 2014 - Jan 2017
Sep 2015

223000 mi

US $100
Cooling system reservoir 
Jan 2017

US $200
replaced bad coil 
Volkswagen Passat in California, United States
- Jan 2008
Jan 2008

115000 mi

US $450
Heater Core Flush 
Volkswagen Passat in Indiana, United States
Aug 2007 - Dec 2015
Mar 2008

66000 mi

US $24
Passenger side constant velocity (CV) boot failed and threw grease inside wheel well. 
Nov 2008

72400 mi

US $21
Replaced drivers side VC joint. 
Feb 2009

75000 mi

US $105
The side motor mounts had failed and released the dampening fluid. Both side mounts were replaced. 
Apr 2010

83300 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. 
Mar 2015

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 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Passat in Florida, United States
Apr 2015 - Mar 2016
Apr 2015

157000 mi
Radiator was leaking. Replaced all the hoses. 
Jan 2016

168000 mi

US $280
Lights - Right headlight was burnt out. Serpentine Belt needed to be replaced. 
Volkswagen Passat in Texas, United States
Feb 2007 - Mar 2010
May 2007

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. 
Volkswagen Passat in Oregon, United States
Aug 2008 - Jul 2013
Sep 2008

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 
Mar 2009

100000 mi

US $100
Coolant temp. sensor broke loose from it's housing. 
Sep 2009

109000 mi
Frayed and broken vacuum line, replaced stock fabric wrapped rubber with silicon  
Mar 2010

115000 mi

US $120
All four coil packs failed. I upgraded to "bolt down" style packs as opposed to the stock "push down style." 
Jul 2012

143500 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. 
Mar 2013

152000 mi

US $200
ABS module failed, module was removed and sent out for repair as a new one would cost 1200 vs 200 
Jul 2013

155000 mi

US $100
Brake line failed and was leaking fluid into the wheel 
Volkswagen Passat in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2012 - Nov 2015
Jan 2013

104160 mi

C $230
Belt Tensioner 
Nov 2013

111600 mi
Burnt out passenger side headlight 
Dec 2014

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. 
Volkswagen Passat in Illinois, United States
Dec 2008 - Jun 2017
Oct 2011

85000 mi

US $100
Cel came on - code indicated o2 sensor or hoses - hose was replaced 
Jun 2014

98000 mi

US $600
Front CV axles replaced Trunk Hinge required replacement 
Volkswagen Passat in Ohio, United States
Jun 2012 - Jul 2012
Jul 2012

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. 
Volkswagen Passat in Massachusetts, United States
Sep 2010 - Apr 2012
Oct 2010

62000 mi

US $200
Vacuum leak 
Jul 2011

65000 mi

US $1500
CV boots 
Apr 2012

67000 mi

US $170
Flex pipe exhaust leak 
Volkswagen Passat in Wisconsin, United States
Jun 2010 - Mar 2016
Jun 2011

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. 
Jul 2013

122200 mi

US $400
both lowbeams 
May 2014

126000 mi

US $154
Windshield washer pump was leaking washer fluid 
Jul 2014

130700 mi

US $555
rust made hole in exhaust system 
Apr 2015

135200 mi

US $30
replaced coil pack A/C not working, probably compressor or clutch. Choose not to repair at this moment 
Volkswagen Passat in Virginia, United States
Feb 2004 - Mar 2010
Nov 2004

27704 mi
Replaced broken glove box lid and light - warranty 
Jun 2005

36044 mi
Replaced blown headlight bulb right front - warranrty 
May 2006

49613 mi
VW Open Recall Install drivers side seat heater harness/Install updated seat heater switch passenger side 
Jan 2007

65904 mi

US $52
Replaced bulb A/C control panel. Replaced burned out driver's side marker bulb. 
Jun 2007

67000 mi

US $296
Replaced passenger outer CV boot - broken 
Jul 2007

69500 mi

US $1197
Replace N-80 valve. Replaced engine temperature sensor. Replaced broken CV boot. Check engine lamp - Replaced evap canister and N-80 valve, performed throttle body service, induction service, replaced engine coolant temp sensor, set readiness codes. 
Mar 2008

78500 mi

US $975
Replace driver's side outer CV Boot, Replace valve cover gasket, replace vacuum hoses 
Volkswagen Passat in Maryland, United States
May 2011 - Jun 2012
Jul 2011

112200 mi

US $400
Oil leak; gasket replaced 
Volkswagen Passat in Quebec, Canada
Apr 2006 - Mar 2010
Apr 2008

83080 mi

C $600
Oil was leaking in several places---cracked gasket. 
Volkswagen Passat in Texas, United States
Dec 2009 - Oct 2014
Sep 2011

64000 mi

US $500
thermostat. Also changed many maintenance items associated with timing belt change. CV joint (new axle installed).  
Aug 2012

72300 mi

US $300
Left front axle 
Oct 2012

72300 mi

US $1000
replaced secondary air intake system including pump, valve, hoses 
Apr 2013

75500 mi

US $1000
Cam Tensioner was replaced. 
Jan 2014

75000 mi

US $1000
replaced catalytic converter. probably caused by mechanic who overfilled oil. 
Volkswagen Passat in New York, United States
Apr 2006 - Jul 2015
Dec 2010

150000 mi

US $175
CEL-replace vacuum hose 
May 2011

156000 mi

US $300
cv boots 
Apr 2012

164000 mi

US $188
Reset readiness monitor/run drive 
Jun 2012

167000 mi

US $242
Evap system leak-replace evap purge valve 
Sep 2012

170000 mi

US $488
Replace flex pipe/exhaust repair emergency brake caliper 
Dec 2012

170000 mi

US $354
Replaced left and right CV joints 
Mar 2013

174000 mi

US $320
Replace thermostat 
Jul 2015

186000 mi

US $100
Cel, p0441 code. Replaced gas cap. 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

Volkswagen Passat in New York, United States
May 2015 - Aug 2015
Aug 2015

59000 mi
Hole in exhaust near the front. 
Volkswagen Passat in California, United States
Aug 2014 - Oct 2014
Oct 2014

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. 
Volkswagen Passat in California, United States
Jun 2010 - Jan 2011
Jul 2010

95000 mi

US $1200
Faulty ABS sensor 
Volkswagen Passat in Illinois, United States
- Feb 2007
Feb 2007

67668 mi

US $1350
all oil leaked out of engine during extreme cold. after 45 min of driving, stop error came on and there was zero oil in engine and it was all over the front of it. It was negative 20 degrees in chicago. Camshaft seal, valvecover gasket, oil line, and pump 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

Volkswagen Passat in Utah, United States
Feb 2007 - Mar 2016
Mar 2009

65000 mi

US $210
Replaced worn Rt side front wheel bearing. 
Oct 2010

80000 mi

US $600
Inner and outer tie rods replaced. 
Aug 2011

88000 mi

US $120
Engine Speed Sender (Sporadic), Removed and replaced. 
May 2012

96000 mi

US $2220
R&R'd Springs, shocks, control arms, and tranny and motor mounts. 
Aug 2013

106000 mi

US $100
Cam caps were leaking oil. R&R'd cam caps. 
Mar 2014

110000 mi

US $65
Leaking heater hose. R&R. 
Volkswagen Passat in New Jersey, United States
Jul 2010 - Nov 2010
Aug 2010

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. 
Nov 2010

138000 mi
Needed new catalytic converters when traded. 
Volkswagen Passat in Massachusetts, United States
Jun 2010 - Sep 2010
Jul 2010

71000 mi

US $200
Transmission was discovered to be burned out. Discovered leak in A/C compressor. 
Aug 2010

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. 
Volkswagen Passat in New Jersey, United States
Oct 2007 - Oct 2011
Nov 2008

107000 mi

US $400
Valve cover leaked, ignition cables damaged, 2 plugs cracked, all replaced and engine tune up peformed. Running great now. 
Apr 2009

115000 mi

US $600
Radiator replaced due to slow leak. 
Nov 2009

127000 mi
cat codes 
May 2010

134000 mi

US $285
Immobilizer failed. "Coil" or antenna unit inside dash replaced by dealer. This is my 2nd replacement! 
Apr 2011

154000 mi
Both rear springs broken, replaced along with rear struts. 
Volkswagen Passat in Colorado, United States
Feb 2010 - Aug 2014
Dec 2012

90000 mi
Cranking problem 
May 2013

93000 mi

US $1700
Intermittent engine temp. Bad sensor, thermostat, leaking water pump. 
Sep 2013

95000 mi

US $450
Out of alignment and needed frozen tie rod replaced. 
Aug 2014

101000 mi
Cracked fuel tank, on top. Quoted $4,000, traded car. 
Volkswagen Passat in Colorado, United States
Jan 2012 - Apr 2013
Nov 2012

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. 
Dec 2012

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. 
Feb 2013

76200 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. 
Apr 2013

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

190-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Passat in Colorado, United States
Aug 2012 - Sep 2012
Sep 2012

124000 mi

US $1800
Failed compressor 
Volkswagen Passat in Maryland, United States
Nov 2012 - Jan 2017
Mar 2014

188000 mi

US $200
Broken drivers side cv axel 
Jan 2017

180000 mi
oil leak about a quart every 6 months or 5000 miles 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Volkswagen Passat in Massachusetts, United States
Jan 2008 - Mar 2010
Jun 2008

50000 mi

US $600
Right front axle shaft damaged Faulty wire to power window motor 
Volkswagen Passat in Indiana, United States
Feb 2008 - Mar 2010
Mar 2008

48000 mi

US $400
Rear passenger side door lock was not opening/closing. Had to manually push the knob in to lock/unlock it. Apparently it was an issue with the lock relay. Was replaced under CPO warranty. 
Volkswagen Passat in New York, United States
Aug 2006 - Mar 2010
Nov 2006

98000 mi

US $220
3 vacuum hoses needed to be replaced 
Dec 2006

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 
Jan 2007

101000 mi

US $388
replaced valve cover gasket as the engine had an oil leak 
May 2007

107000 mi

US $720
oil leak, replaced several gaskets 
Jun 2007

108000 mi

US $350
persistent oil leak on engine 
Volkswagen Passat in Florida, United States
Sep 2006 - Mar 2007
Feb 2007

78000 mi

US $377
Replaced CV Boots; also timing belt Under certain driving conditions the automatic trransmission will "bang" down into a lower gear vs shifting down. 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

6-cylinder automatic AWD

Volkswagen Passat in Wisconsin, United States
Jul 2012 - Aug 2012
Aug 2012

175000 mi

US $410
needed new rotors and brake pads on back and also needed 2 calipers on both back tires 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

Volkswagen Passat in Texas, United States
Feb 2007 - Mar 2010
Mar 2007

65000 mi

US $500
evaporator plugged and draining into passenger floor board. Design flaw..drain tube hard to get to and subjected to too much heat from manifold. Second occurance in two years. Mechanic not sure if problem is permenantly fixed.  Also found damaged CV boot 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

6-cylinder automated manual 2WD

Volkswagen Passat in Illinois, United States
Jul 2012 - Aug 2012
Aug 2012

180000 mi

US $50
A/C hose crack, and now I have to replace another A/C hose 

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