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2004 Volkswagen Passat repairs by problem area

Engine (55%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (13%)

Brakes and Traction Control (4%)

Suspension and Steering (6%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (13%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (3%)

Other (5%)

Chart based on 262 repairs.
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2004 Volkswagen Passat repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (7%)

$500 - $999 (15%)

$100 - $499 (46%)

< $100 (32%)

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Chart based on 222 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2004 Volkswagen Passat

Engine not specified

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

46000 mi

US $500
 
Volkswagen Passat in Massachusetts, United States
Nov 2008 - Mar 2010
Dec 2008

53000 mi

US $300
Replaced 4 ignition coils. 
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 Palestinian Territory
Dec 2014 - Dec 2015
Jul 2015

59820 mi

$400
Body valve and other mechanical issues 
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. 

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

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 
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

102700 mi

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

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

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 Pennsylvania, United States
Oct 2014 - Oct 2014
Oct 2014

US $150
Engine failure. Oil in coolant. Probably water impeller. Car junked. 
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 
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 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 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. 

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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 - Dec 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 
Nov 2017

142600 mi

$100
Thermostat couldnt reach temeperature- part changed on the new one. 

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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 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. 
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. 

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

Volkswagen Passat in Maryland, United States
Apr 2014 - Mar 2018
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. 
Feb 2018

248000 mi

US $20
Replaced engine temp coolant sensor. 
Volkswagen Passat in Colorado, United States
Jun 2014 - Sep 2014
Jul 2014

76500 mi

US $1000
Power steering unit failed 
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 Arizona, United States
Jan 2012 - Dec 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 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 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) 
Volkswagen Passat in Wisconsin, United States
Aug 2016 - Mar 2018
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 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 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 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 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 Arizona, United States
Apr 2013 - Oct 2017
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 California, United States
May 2008 - Mar 2010
Mar 2009

30000 mi

US $273
Torn right outer cv boot. 
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 Massachusetts, United States
May 2009 - Aug 2010
Aug 2009

87000 mi

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

89300 mi

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 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 

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

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. 
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 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 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. 

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

Volkswagen Passat in North Carolina, United States
Apr 2014 - Dec 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 $425
Alternator failed. Replaced it. 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. Car goes into limp mode. Suspect turbocharge variator is clogged by carbon. Replaced MAP, cleaned MAF. Problem has not cleared. 
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. 

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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 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 
Volkswagen Passat in California, United States
Dec 2015 - Jun 2017
Jan 2016

144000 mi

US $400
Cooling system leak. 
Volkswagen Passat in New Jersey, United States
Nov 2015 - Mar 2018
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 Ohio, United States
Nov 2008 - Mar 2018
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

99000 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
Nov 2010 - Jan 2011
Dec 2010

69000 mi

US $2400
Fuel intake and gas cap was faulty.  Engine mounts were leaking. 
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 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 Pennsylvania, United States
May 2010 - Mar 2012
Jan 2011

84600 mi

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

91000 mi

US $844
Bad alternator - replaced. 

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

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 New York, United States
Jul 2004 - Dec 2007
May 2004

3000 mi
Transmission Software Update 
Oct 2005

10000 mi
Broken Door Handle 
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 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

155000 mi

US $30
Right outside rear view mirror lens fell off. Purchased new lens via the internet & owner installed. 
Volkswagen Passat in California, United States
Mar 2015 - Mar 2015
Mar 2015

60000 mi
catalytic converters need replacement 

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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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