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2009 Volkswagen Passat repairs by problem area

Engine (59%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (7%)

Brakes and Traction Control (3%)

Suspension and Steering (3%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (17%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (9%)

Other (3%)

Chart based on 160 repairs.
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2009 Volkswagen Passat repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (9%)

$500 - $999 (28%)

$100 - $499 (21%)

< $100 (43%)

Chart based on 127 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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2009 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

Volkswagen Passat in Ohio, United States
Dec 2011 - Mar 2012
Mar 2012

58000 mi
Vehicle needed to have the Intake Manifold replaced. Included replacement of the Intake Manifold Gasket and Throttle Body Gasket. 
Volkswagen Passat in Virginia, United States
Sep 2010 - Sep 2017
Nov 2013

71000 mi

US $415
Auto door lock mechanism failed in rear passanger door. Evidence of very slight engine oil leak at turbo bypass vale and timing belt cover. Valve replaced, timing belt cover gasket replaced. 
Apr 2014

77000 mi

US $100
Rear main engine seal leaking. Replaced under extened warranty. Total bill $950, owner's share was $100 due to warranty. 
Dec 2016

94000 mi

US $1100
Rough idle. Engine code indicated bad intake manifold, a known issue with the 2.0 turbos of this era Leaking water pump, replaced 
Sep 2017

96000 mi

US $590
Replaced failing interior blower fan and rheostat 
Volkswagen Passat in Ontario, Canada
Apr 2010 - Dec 2013
Nov 2012

55800 mi

C $560
Manifold flap stuck 
Volkswagen Passat in California, United States
Dec 2011 - Dec 2013
Nov 2012

41000 mi

US $100
switch for moon roof activation failed. 
Feb 2013

45300 mi
A musty smell in cabin. Clogged drains soaked carpets. Required replacement of all carpets, headliner and seat underlayments 
Volkswagen Passat in Florida, United States
Oct 2012 - Jan 2013
Jan 2013

52000 mi
Turbo needed a new valve or something as it had a small leak that was under warranty. Also arbon build up started at 37K miles. It was out of warranty and was 1000 dollars plus then usually what happen they screw up the injectors. 
Volkswagen Passat in California, United States
May 2015 - Nov 2016
Dec 2015

100000 mi

US $670
Engine running rough - spark plugs changed Engine leaking oil - Oil gasket changed 
May 2016

109700 mi

US $850
Water pump. 
Volkswagen Passat in Nebraska, United States
Oct 2014 - Jun 2016
Dec 2014

36000 mi

US $50
Front end lower control arm bushings were bad. They were making clunking noise when going over bumps Dealership replaced them. $50 deductible on VW Certified warranty. 
Feb 2015

38000 mi

US $50
Turbo recirculating valve (diverter valve) was leaking oil. Upper timing belt cover was leaking oil. All replaced under VW CPO warranty with $50 deductible. 
Jun 2015

45000 mi

US $50
Water leaking into trunk. Dealer replaced trunk seal. 
Volkswagen Passat in California, United States
Dec 2013 - Feb 2016
Apr 2014

115000 mi

US $414
will need de carbonizing of fuel injection manifold 
Aug 2014

123100 mi

US $1053
Car would not start after sitting in parking lot after dinner, replaced bad fuel pump and module assembly 
Nov 2014

130000 mi

US $39
ignition coil replaced 
Dec 2014

131000 mi
Valve spring broke and repaired, Stuck fuel injector 
Mar 2015

138000 mi

US $175
oil pressure sensor 
Nov 2015

155000 mi

US $369
replaced breather valve, vehicle has multiple air leaks 
Volkswagen Passat in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2010 - Oct 2015
Sep 2010

32240 mi
dual mass flywheel is beginning to fail. engine, parking brake and emissions warning lights have all come on recently - adjusted and repl as required. 
Nov 2010

34100 mi
dual mass flywheel continued to degrade - dealer agreed to replace flywheel, clutch, plate and TO bearing on vehicle warranty. cause is believed to be a faulty dual mass flywheel - less of a problem in general as most cars are automatics. 
May 2011

42780 mi
check engine light, check gas cap light and check parking brake light (+ABS warning) came on in the space of a week. Some are related - parts ordered. Annoying! 
Jun 2011

45880 mi
recurring dash warning lights for check engine and gas cap - apparently all related to emissions control. VW says that their warning systems are too sensitive! 
Jul 2011

46500 mi
second failure of intake manifold. Old manifold flapper valve had a plastic tab - these almost all fail. My 1st failed at 15,000km, and now again. New part has metal tab. See service manager more often than my good friends! aux cooling fan - had an intermittent fault - which meant occasionally main cooling fan running longer than it should. Warning light was automatically assumed to be faulty (of course - VW) but this time it was showing as an emmision fault. 
Aug 2011

47900 mi
DMF changed 8 mos ago, dealer changed clutch parts also but not the clutch release bearing - saying the vibration I had was normal. Changed dealerships, now part is ordered and will be installed. Sloppy work! 
Sep 2011

51460 mi
When installing clutch release bearing, the bolt holding crossmember was stripped, thus falling off on street. Car was towed to shop, repairs made and car returned on 3rd day. I know the name of the mechanic's children. Sad! 
Jan 2012

39960 mi

C $130
RF xenon headlight unit has water droplets on inside of lamp unit. Dealer said out of warranty since 4000 km over, even though obviously an old problem. Suggested a hair dryer. 
Mar 2012

59520 mi

C $160
electric pump in the windshield washer bottle failed. 
Apr 2012

60140 mi

C $220
Warning light on for return of gas vapours to intake manifold - faulty light! Ironic that that the warning light is faulty more often that the item it indicates - and costs more. 
Aug 2012

64540 mi

C $190
electric control for driver seat - to recline and raise seat stopped. Easily removed trim and 3 screws hold this part. But 190.00! They say it's elec + switch + German. I say for that price it should last longer. New switch works fine. 
Feb 2013

73960 mi

C $575
HVAC blower motor bearing failure - unable to source non VW part for this model - please note that dealer also recommended changing an additional electrical control along with the blower motor. Cost would be 575+190= $765 plus tx !!! 
Aug 2013

82540 mi

C $700
Heavy carbon buildup mostly due to DI design - off warranty so no help from VW. 2 full handfulls of carbon where removed! Told that this is normal for 2.0T and many other DI motors. s1 injector and 1 coil also needed replacement. 
Sep 2013

83080 mi

C $720
Fuel system - throttle body replaced. Seems premature, as are most component failures. No non proprietary parts available. 
Jul 2014

89280 mi

C $140
parking brake switch indicated fault - dealer indicated this was a known high occurrence item. 
Sep 2014

92380 mi

C $270
bolt holding arm for electric liftgate - wagon, snapped. Trim removed and liftgate detached to replace screw that secured the arm. 3 hours labour. 
Oct 2014

93580 mi
dashboard warning light indicated engine overheating and guage showed maximum temperature. Car was towed to service center, no overheating observed, not recorded in vehicle computer and could not be replicated. Problem has not recurred. 
Jul 2015

108380 mi

C $1
main front crankshaft seal - leaking. Seal is a very flimsy single filament model that replaces earlier more robust units - mechanic reports common early KM replacements required. Expensive!! 
Aug 2015

108780 mi

C $550
main engine cooling fan failed to start till temp at 130, auxiliary fan burned out. 
Volkswagen Passat in Massachusetts, United States
Aug 2011 - Dec 2012
Oct 2011

34300 mi
Check engine light, not reproducible. Stuck sunglasses case. New case ordered. 
Volkswagen Passat in Minnesota, United States
Feb 2009 - Sep 2017
Jul 2010

27000 mi

US $27
Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) module failed. Radio volume was higher upon car restart; Radio volume was extremely high after mute / un-mute cycle. Increasingly loud wind noise on driver side above 45mph. Dealer adjusted driver side door, reducing the problem significantly. 
Mar 2011

40000 mi
Defog not working; no air flow to windshield HVAC mode switch was very hard to turn; This is a followup to the defog repair; Tech did not have a cable properly seated. 
Oct 2012

74000 mi

US $850
Alternator light came on; dealer said alternator was bad and replaced it. They did not have one in stock or in the metro area. Took four days to get one. 
Apr 2013

81000 mi

US $800
1) cleaned carbon off intake valves (was getting misfires & getting worse by week) 2) replaced intake valve stem seals 
Jan 2014

100000 mi

US $921
Engine using 3 Qts oil in 10K miles. Replace rear main seal. Replace transmission input shaft seal. 
Aug 2014

110000 mi

US $737
Replaced intake manifold Fuel pump died and was replaced. 
Sep 2014

111000 mi
Fuel Pump Control Module died and was replaced. 
Oct 2015

129200 mi

US $540
Radiator fan electrical caused constant battery draw, causing battery to be depleted. 
Nov 2015

130000 mi
PCV Valve Oil Separator failed; part replaced 
Feb 2016

131100 mi

US $500
Car would not start if it sat for >5 days, no lights on the dash. Gel battery had a bad cell, possible related to prior issue draining battery 
Feb 2017

140000 mi

US $700
Cabin fan was making noise when stopping and at low speed. Fan replaced Steering wheel lock failed messages. Car would start then shut down. Replaced steering column lock 
Volkswagen Passat in Ohio, United States
Jul 2009 - Jul 2016
Dec 2009

9000 mi
The steering wheel controls for the Bluetooth did not work - apparently an incorrect part was originally installed. A new part was installed and the system now works as it should. 
Dec 2011

46000 mi
Check engine light was on though the car operated normally. Intake manifold and fuel injector o-rings were replaced under warranty and that resolved the problem. 
Oct 2013

76700 mi

US $688
Check engine light was on. Carbon build up on intake valves. Cleaned carbon from valves and intake ports. Replaced injector origns and cleaned injector bores. 
Sep 2014

93000 mi

US $662
Turbo bypass valve replaced. It was leaking oil into engine. Breather valve failed. It was replaced. Transmission pan gasket was leaking fluid. It was replaced. 
Oct 2015

116500 mi

US $407
Check engine light on. Replaced high fuel pressure sensor in injector rail Two valve stems corroded at seal area. Seal replacement required. 
Jul 2016

128000 mi
Fuel pump needed to be replaced. 
Volkswagen Passat in California, United States
Mar 2010 - Jan 2012
Jul 2010

20000 mi
sunroof crooked 
Jan 2011

28000 mi
Transmission valve body needs replacement. Radio replacement due to sat problem. Sunroof off kilter. 
Feb 2011

29000 mi
Transmission valve body replaced. 
Sep 2011

38000 mi
Entire intake manifold was replaced 
Volkswagen Passat in New York, United States
May 2009 - Apr 2011
Jul 2009

2000 mi
Transmission fluid leaked. Line replaced. 

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2009 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Passat in Ontario, Canada
Dec 2008 - Oct 2017
Oct 2008

155 mi
Rear hatch electrical short fixed by dealership 
Oct 2009

23560 mi
Intake flap sensor replaced 
Dec 2009

26040 mi
Intake manifold replaced 
Jul 2010

36880 mi
faulty sensor replaced 
Apr 2013

71600 mi
Engine Light On, Intake manifold replaced a second time. 
Jun 2013

73160 mi

C $100
Heater blower seized. Replaced. 
Feb 2014

79360 mi

C $550
rear hatch power striker replaced 
Oct 2017

109740 mi

C $1200
Water pump replacement. (Check engine light on) 

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2009 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

Volkswagen Passat in Germany
Oct 2009 - Jun 2011
Nov 2009

1240 mi
Noise from driveshafts 

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2009 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

Volkswagen Passat in Sweden
Jun 2012 - Dec 2015
Dec 2015

133300 mi
THe seatbelt sensor in the drivers seat belt stopped working, resulting in the seat belt warning going off all the time. 

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2009 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

Volkswagen Passat in Iowa, United States
Mar 2014 - Mar 2015
Jun 2014

79000 mi
Engine light was on. Mechanic diagnostic as a manifold problem. Stated VW would have to fix also stated that this is a known problem with this vehicle. I have not taken it to VW yet to fix. Mechanic estimated the cost to be around $800. 
Feb 2015

96000 mi

US $2000
Had to replace all four fuel injectors Had to replace fan for the AC/heat 
Mar 2015

96000 mi

US $600
turbo valve being broke. I was told it was wide open and thus pushing oil through the engine. Main rear seal was leaking oil like a sieve. The valve problem caused the seal to leak. The cost to repair the seal would have been over 2 grand, so I fixed the valve and traded in the vehicle within a week. 
Volkswagen Passat in Minnesota, United States
Aug 2014 - Sep 2017
Feb 2015

27000 mi
Intake was replaced under extended warranty for problems with intake flap valve and actuator 
May 2015

28000 mi

US $50
Radiator had a seam leak. Replaced with new Seat lumbar support motor failed and was replaced Driverside door seal was never glued and seal was loose. 
Volkswagen Passat in United Arab Emirates
Jan 2015 - Oct 2017
Apr 2015

106500 mi

¤500
Fuel pump replacement 
May 2015

107700 mi

¤10
The inside roof and doors textile material fell down and the inside foamy material deteriorated and kept falling down. Probably from the heat in my country. 
Jan 2017

131440 mi

¤1500
Mixed gear oil with radiator water. Gear oil was in the coolant tank. Replaced transmission cooler / radiator and transmission cooler lines and flushed transmission. The problem is not 100 percent fixed because the gear is not 100 percent working properly but I would say that it is 95 percent fixed with noticeable change in gear shifting from time to time 
Volkswagen Passat in Minnesota, United States
Sep 2015 - Dec 2016
Sep 2016

125000 mi

US $50
Failed coil pack, was able to diagnose with P-code 
Volkswagen Passat in Georgia, United States
- Dec 2009
Jun 2009

450 mi
Steering Wheel Rack replaced.  
Oct 2009

8281 mi
Check Engine Light On, hose replaced 
Dec 2009

11206 mi
Engine Light On, hose replaced 
Volkswagen Passat in California, United States
Aug 2015 - Sep 2017
Sep 2015

79000 mi

US $430
breather valve clogged 
May 2016

84300 mi

US $1048
water pump leaking 
Jun 2016

84000 mi

US $45
Electronic Parking Brake Switch was not releasing and giving fault. Replaced as research showed VW had updated. Working as should now. 
Nov 2016

87300 mi

US $300
Car would not start. Display said Airbag failure do not drive. Had towed to shop, $130 for diagnostics. No fault found for airbag failure, just battery. Replaced battery after initial 3 yr old battery failed to charge. 
Feb 2017

88000 mi
Timing Cover - Upper: UPPER TIMING CHAIN COVER AND GASKET Oil pan & gasket Inner CV Boot on right After returned home from dealer Replacing UPPER TIMING CHAIN COVER AND GASKET, low coolant warning light came on. Coolant was on floor of my garage. Returned to dealer. They said water pump was out. Cars back at shop that replaced 6 mos ago 
Jun 2017

90000 mi

US $30
Replaced right parking light. About 20 min as had to pull back cover of wheel well to remove and difficult access. Also replaced right turn signal much easier. 
Volkswagen Passat in Michigan, United States
Dec 2008 - Mar 2010
Jun 2009

10000 mi
Lumbar adjustment knob in passenger seat did not work. New part was ordered and will be installed when it arrives. 
Jul 2009

12000 mi
New lumbar knob installed. 
Volkswagen Passat in Georgia, United States
Aug 2015 - Dec 2015
Dec 2015

101000 mi

US $109
Cam chain tensioner failure resulted in engine locking up. Repair would cost more than car value. Sold to different mechanic for very little who said he would replace engine and then sell. Bought Camry as replacement. No more VWs. 
Volkswagen Passat in Connecticut, United States
Feb 2014 - Apr 2017
Mar 2014

103000 mi

US $800
Needed to "decarbonize" the valves - also about $800. 
Apr 2014

104000 mi

US $600
Then needed new water pump - about $600 
Sep 2014

111000 mi
dead battery - replaced for $160 
Feb 2015

115400 mi

US $1109
Water pump - intake manifold studs - injector seal 
Jan 2017

143000 mi

US $825
Needed a new fuel pump 
Volkswagen Passat in California, United States
Aug 2012 - Jun 2014
Jun 2014

57000 mi

US $500
Recharged frion, includes purple dyed to detect leak in AC system 
Volkswagen Passat in Florida, United States
Aug 2009 - Aug 2012
Jan 2012

31100 mi
Parking brake sensor control module replaced. Dash light on but brake still worked. 
Volkswagen Passat in Connecticut, United States
Feb 2010 - Sep 2017
Feb 2011

37000 mi
Faulty fuel injector. Repaired under certified used car warranty.  
Jun 2012

64000 mi

US $35
I parked the car and the power steering failed when I started it. I had it towed to a VW dealer on Friday. They were unable to look at it until Monday. Upon re-start, the power steering worked again. They have no idea what happened. Needed headlight replaced. The owners manual emphasized the dangers of doing it yourself so I brought it to my usual repair shop. 
Aug 2012

67300 mi

US $590
The steering rack, when overheated, would fail rendering the car without power steering. The rack was replaced. VW paid for the part ($1,200) and I paid for labor ($590). The car was 2 months out of warranty when this repair was needed. 
Mar 2013

85000 mi

US $1800
Needs new intake manifold, $650. Apparently, this is a common issue with Passats. The engine light will come on and you will notice a decrease in power. It should be brought in for repairs as soon as possible,. needed new fuel pump, $1150. 
Feb 2014

111500 mi

US $350
I noticed a squeal coming from my engine and brought it to my independent repair shop the next day. The 'blower' stopped working and had to be replaced. About $170 for the part and $180 for labor. 
Apr 2014

115000 mi

US $720
The water pump was leaking and needed to be replaced. replaced water pump 
Jan 2016

115000 mi

US $750
replaced exhaust manifold. This is the 2nd time I've had it replaced. The first was at 80,000 miles. 
Dec 2016

186000 mi

US $175
needed new spark plugs 
Apr 2017

194000 mi

US $800
new water pump 
Jul 2017

203000 mi

US $160
replaced exhaust clamps 
Volkswagen Passat in Florida, United States
Nov 2009 - Jun 2013
Jul 2010

15000 mi
Airbag sensor failed. 
Apr 2013

50500 mi

US $470
Intake manifold replaced under warranty. $470 charged to clean deposits from intake. 
Volkswagen Passat in Washington, United States
Feb 2009 - Mar 2012
Jan 2009

200 mi
Replaced headlights - excess condensation in both headlights 
Jun 2009

5051 mi
Gas Cap light followed by check engine light. Dealer performed "P4 cluster adaptation recall." Check engine light / gas cap light (evap leak warning) 
Sep 2009

8195 mi
Cap light followed by check engine light; Dealer found evap leak fault when they pulled the code, so they ran an evap leak test, but the evap system passed their test so they just cleared the code. Check engine light /gas cap light (evap leak warning) 
Jan 2010

12228 mi
Gas cap loose light followed by check engine light, indicating an evap system leak; 3rd time this problem occurred in one year. Dealer really dug in to troubleshoot and finally replaced "most likely" part, which was the purge valve. Check engine light/gas cap light (evap leak warning). Dealer replaced N80 purge valve. 
Aug 2010

18800 mi
Check Engine light diagnosed as bad flap/motor in intake manifold. Parts replaced, but check engine light came back. Car immediately returned, dealer performed some adaptation procedures, but check engine light again illuminated. Car returned to shop after a new intake manifold that was ordered, arrived; however, the dealer could not finish the installation because dealer failed to order a few bolts that were also needed. Faulty intake manifold replaced along with two seals for injectors that came out when original manifold was taken out. Check engine light no longer comes on and driveabiliy improved, so I think this fixed the problem 
Jan 2012

32000 mi

US $100
Passenger side airbag sensor failure produced airbag warning light on the dashboard 
Volkswagen Passat in Colorado, United States
Nov 2010 - Sep 2017
Aug 2016

73000 mi

US $414
CEL on due to misfire in 2 cylinders. Replaced spark plugs performed engine wash 
Oct 2016

74700 mi

US $700
Intake manifold carbon buildup. Dealer performed a manual engine cleaning (soda blasting). 
Aug 2017

82000 mi

US $500
Driver side CV Boot replacement due to tear. 
Volkswagen Passat in Tennessee, United States
May 2012 - May 2013
Jul 2012

46700 mi

US $675
Warning light on. Initially it was reset (one day and free). It came back on. Flapper sensor valve replaced.($675 - second day). Light came on. Rechecked and determined to be a VW extended warranty repair item for an intake manifold probem. 
May 2013

60000 mi

US $458
the coil for the spark generation went bad for one cylinder. All 4 were replaced. 
Volkswagen Passat in New Jersey, United States
Jul 2009 - Dec 2012
Apr 2012

31300 mi

US $1200
Brake booster had a vacuum leak and needed to be replaced. 
Volkswagen Passat in Illinois, United States
Feb 2010 - Jan 2015
Feb 2014

42700 mi

US $200
Fuel injector stopped working 
Volkswagen Passat in Colorado, United States
Nov 2009 - Jan 2011
Dec 2009

2000 mi
Passenger door gasket was cut 

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2009 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 110hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Passat in Ireland
Jul 2015 - Dec 2015
Oct 2015

126400 mi

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

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2009 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Volkswagen Passat in Pennsylvania, United States
Nov 2011 - Apr 2014
Dec 2013

66000 mi

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

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