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2013 Volkswagen Passat repairs by problem area

Engine (40%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (2%)

Brakes and Traction Control (2%)

Suspension and Steering (9%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (25%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (12%)

Other (8%)

Chart based on 213 repairs.
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2013 Volkswagen Passat repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (4%)

$500 - $999 (8%)

$100 - $499 (27%)

< $100 (60%)

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Chart based on 113 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2013 Volkswagen Passat

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Volkswagen Passat in Georgia, United States
Oct 2016 - Nov 2016
Nov 2016

60000 mi
Oxygen sensor 
Volkswagen Passat in Texas, United States
Oct 2012 - Nov 2012
Nov 2012

2000 mi
car would pull right all the time, in a matter of seconds i could be in the next lane. traveling the speed limit i would let the steering wheel go and the car always would drift right even from the left lane rear camera would not turn on in reverse, radio software was slow, radio functioned very poorly, you could not understand the person giving you directions from the Nav at times the front right DRL would not come on seats are very uncomfortable,too hard, on long trips your legs will go to sleep auto dim mirror was always dim rattles in doors and dash if tires not properly inflated the car would "skip" left or right depending on which way you were turning at hi speed 

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2013 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

Volkswagen Passat in Minnesota, United States
Dec 2015 - Mar 2016
Jan 2016

US $300
Heater core needed replacement for the 2nd time since new. 
Volkswagen Passat in Minnesota, United States
Aug 2013 - Feb 2018
Feb 2014

16000 mi
turbo failure passenger side rear seat release cable would not allow rear seat to fold down clutch pedal clicks when engaged AND outside temp is below 32F AND cabin temp is warmed up. 
May 2014

21700 mi
Drivers side Seat pan developed crack in v-tex. VWoA denied claim. Currently in dispute. 
Oct 2014

32000 mi
Reattach rear spoiler 
Jun 2015

50000 mi

US $300
Replace front sway bar links 
Dec 2016

94000 mi
no heat in cabin; replace heater core; flush; refill with antifreeze 
Jun 2017

100000 mi

US $550
replace front sway bar links replace front brake pads 
Nov 2017

120000 mi
turbo input temp sensor threw a CEL; diagnosed as sensor not working. As explained this guards against turbo air temp being too warm. In consultation with tech decided to forgo fixing it as winter temps not an issue. Repair not done. Repair not covered under VW extended turbo warranty. long trim piece of console between buckets that faces drivers seat has become unattached and hangs down. Asked dealer to look at trim piece (along with scheduled maintenance and CEL light) never got a response. Repair not successful. 
Volkswagen Passat in California, United States
Jan 2013 - Feb 2017
Oct 2016

69800 mi
engine light came on Day after 70k service. Ad Blue diesel sensor (level & temp sensor) failed and will require $1200 service. isn't covered by current law or warranty. Widespread, costly problem w VW diesels. car is sitting until buyback 
Feb 2017

74000 mi
Alternator failed, vehicle is no longer being driven and is awaiting buyback Adblue sensor never repaired. 
Volkswagen Passat in Nova Scotia, Canada
Apr 2014 - Mar 2018
Apr 2016

27780 mi
Check Engine Code P048C. Needed to replace exhaust flap for particulate system. Dealer thought the low kilometres caused it. Cost $ 700 but covered by warranty. 
Sep 2016

31000 mi
Needed a new urea heater for the ad-blue emission injection system. 
Sep 2017

47740 mi

C $235
Replaced worn links 
Volkswagen Passat in Colorado, United States
Oct 2014 - Sep 2017
Dec 2014

36000 mi
Door rattle and wind noise with driver door 
Jul 2016

81000 mi

US $1700
Cooling fan fragmented and cut radiator 
Sep 2017

105000 mi
Ad Blue subsystem had multiple failures finally resolved by dealer. 
Volkswagen Passat in California, United States
Apr 2013 - Feb 2017
Jan 2014

49700 mi
Inner trunk trim was loose at delivery, dealer ordered new part but it is not yet available. 
Jul 2015

46800 mi
O2 sensor, VW decided to replace under warranty 
Jan 2016

35000 mi

US $15
No heat on passenger side. Bad heater core. Part is on backorder. Heater core replaced, problem solved 
Jan 2017

57000 mi
Heat not working, second time 
Volkswagen Passat in Illinois, United States
Nov 2012 - Sep 2013
Jun 2013

10000 mi
Diesel Exhaust Fluid leak from claimed faulty cap though I suspect dealer error as occurred only shortly after 10K service. 
Volkswagen Passat in California, United States
Oct 2014 - Dec 2017
Sep 2015

47000 mi
Diesel Exhaust Fluid heater module failed, tripping warning light on dash. Module replaced by dealer under CA emissions warranty. 
Mar 2016

59000 mi
Intercooler had sprung a very small leak, thus slowly loosing coolant. 
May 2016

61300 mi

US $25
Interior trunk damper strut bracket had come detached (broken welds) from the chasis where it was attached.rnrnVolkswagen of America agreed to pay 75% of costs to repair, with car already out of warranty. 
Sep 2016

67000 mi

US $198
Starter battery failed to start car. Replaced battery at dealer using Volkswagen of America $500 credit card provided to me as a TDI owner affected by diesel cheating scandal. 
Dec 2016

71000 mi

US $1100
Water pump leak instigated replacement of timing belt, water pump, idlers and drive belts. Also replaced front brake pads and rotors. And did oil and filter change. 
Volkswagen Passat in Wisconsin, United States
May 2013 - Jan 2017
Mar 2014

15000 mi
Faulty design on the 2013 tdi turbos. 
Mar 2015

41000 mi

US $100
Sway bar end links went bad 
Jul 2016

81300 mi

US $100
3rd sway bar end link that went bad 
Oct 2016

88500 mi

US $60
leaking engine coolant. won't fix because because it is being bought back. rnNever buying VW again Leaking oil. Not fixing because it is being bought back. NEVER BUYING A VW AGAIN. 
Jan 2017

91000 mi
Leaking oil and coolant when bought back. 
Volkswagen Passat in New York, United States
Jul 2013 - Feb 2014
Feb 2014

13000 mi
Failed turbo. Replaced basically everything from the exhaust manifold back. 

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2013 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

Volkswagen Passat in California, United States
Sep 2012 - Jan 2017
Oct 2014

24000 mi
CEL came on, was able to drive to dealer, an emission sensor was diagnosed as faulty and was replaced 
Volkswagen Passat in Texas, United States
Jul 2013 - Jan 2017
Nov 2015

20000 mi
Rear passenger door handle locking mechanism broke. Part was replaced. 
Jul 2016

28200 mi
DRL went out. Seems like low mileage to be out. 
Sep 2016

29000 mi

US $180
The battery failed and needed to be replaced with less than 3 years of ownership. The battery warranty is only 2 years so it was not covered. 
Volkswagen Passat in Washington, United States
Aug 2013 - Dec 2017
Dec 2014

21000 mi
drivers door trim out of position causing wind noise. Also did 20K mile service: Oil change, fill Adblue and other normal service items. All ok. 
Mar 2016

39000 mi
Heater stopped putting out heat. Dealer installed new heater core. There is a TSB for this problem. Also did the 40K service including tranny service 
Nov 2016

48400 mi
Oxygen sensor indicator light. 
Volkswagen Passat in New York, United States
Aug 2013 - Dec 2016
Oct 2013

3800 mi
Stains in the roof liner around the sunroof. Dealer cleaned out the drain tubes on both sides and problem was cured. 
Jan 2014

9300 mi
Failed Turbo Charger and Catalytic Convertor as a result of the failed turbo 
Jul 2014

23500 mi
Both tie rod ends were replaced. In all fairness to the dealer/manufacturer we had an excessive amount of pot-holes during the spring-thaw this year . . . I obviously hit most of them. 
Mar 2015

43000 mi

US $350
Rear Driver Side Door Handle Locking Mechanism Would Engage & Re-Engage Every Time the Cars Speed Went Below & Back Above 10 mph 
May 2015

48000 mi

US $850
Driver's side wheel bearing was making a lot of noise - dealer replaced and test drove. Found the passenger side was also worn and making noise but had been masked by the driver's side. Both front wheel bearings replaced. 
Sep 2016

81000 mi
Rear Trunk License Plate Light Bulbs & Harnesses. Lights would not work because the harnesses had corroded to the point they were non-functional and in need of full replacement. 
Oct 2016

85000 mi

US $300
3 Sway bar linkages worn out and replaced Bottom protective spoiler/pan underneath engine came loose and was dragging on the road. The estimate to replace the pan was $850. I had the part removed from the vehicle. 
Volkswagen Passat in Florida, United States
Jun 2013 - Jan 2015
Sep 2014

22000 mi
Oxygen Sensor was faulty, replaced at no cost. 
Volkswagen Passat in California, United States
Jun 2012 - Jan 2017
Nov 2015

44000 mi
Vehicle was loosing coolant. Dealer replaced water pump. 
Jun 2016

49000 mi

US $180
Battery died. Was replaced. Also 1 recall was fixed (steering wheel clock spring). 
Nov 2016

52200 mi
Hesitation after cold start. Injector lines and injectors replaced. 
Volkswagen Passat in Alberta, Canada
Sep 2013 - Sep 2014
Sep 2014

14880 mi
Wheel bearing was making excess noise. Replaced under warranty. 
Volkswagen Passat in Texas, United States
Sep 2013 - Jan 2017
Dec 2016

56000 mi
Def Blue heater went out. Dealer repaired at no charge. 
Volkswagen Passat in Arizona, United States
Jul 2013 - Jun 2017
Nov 2014

25000 mi
Temperature sensor in the adblue tank was defective turning on the Check Engine light. Dealer replaced under warranty. 
Volkswagen Passat in Massachusetts, United States
Sep 2013 - Feb 2017
Jun 2014

69000 mi

US $64
Turbo went, replaced. Replaced particulate filter system which was full of oil. 
Aug 2016

104100 mi

US $500
Bad NOX Sensor 
Volkswagen Passat in Florida, United States
Jul 2013 - Jan 2018
Apr 2017

18000 mi

US $900
knock sensor failed 
Volkswagen Passat in New Jersey, United States
Aug 2016 - Oct 2016
Sep 2016

94000 mi
exhaust flap failed at 90K but dealer said it caused the failure of the particulate filter and it's not covered past 80k 
Volkswagen Passat in Pennsylvania, United States
May 2014 - Jun 2014
Jan 2014

5031 mi
This visit was the start of several visits for broken, or burnt out DRL bulbs. 
Apr 2014

7798 mi
Drivers side DRL shattered, caused light assembly to melt. Replaced driver's side light assembly. It melted when the DRL shattered. Replaced passenger side DRL bulb. It blew out while at the VW dealership. 
Volkswagen Passat in Texas, United States
Aug 2012 - Jun 2017
Mar 2017

63000 mi

US $100
Fuel pump shelled and shot metal through the entire system. Entire fuel system needed to be replaced. 
Volkswagen Passat in Georgia, United States
Dec 2014 - Mar 2018
Nov 2017

70000 mi
Ad-blue heater had failed, but was repaired under extended emissions warranty. 
Volkswagen Passat in Ohio, United States
Jun 2016 - Feb 2017
Oct 2016

67800 mi
Fuel pressure code sent. Cleared code has not returned. 
Volkswagen Passat in Florida, United States
May 2016 - Nov 2017
May 2016

98000 mi

US $673
AdBlue heater failure. Replace heater & temperature sensor. 
Jul 2016

98700 mi

US $409
Check engine light came on. I investigated with VCDS software, and found that the code was most likely caused by a faulty front O2 sensor. Dealer confirmed and replaced the sensor. 
Volkswagen Passat in Washington, United States
Apr 2014 - Dec 2016
Nov 2014

23500 mi
Radio/Navigation Unit would not boot up. No audio/video from system. Defective head unit. 
Mar 2015

31000 mi
Continuing to have problems with the audio/navigation unit. System randomly shuts off/disconnects from bluetooth, or crashes. Dealer applied a software update to prevent this. Issues have diminished, but not fully resolved. 
May 2015

32100 mi
Replaced head unit again. 
Volkswagen Passat in North Carolina, United States
Jun 2013 - Jul 2017
Feb 2014

15000 mi
Dealer replaced head light assembly, after third buld replacement. 
Mar 2015

45000 mi

US $85
Driver's side seat belt sensor malfunctioned. I took the vehicle into the dealership, but we couldn't duplicate the malfunction, which was a constant dinging of the fasten your seatbelt audible warning. 
May 2015

47000 mi

US $463
Check Engine light came on required new O2 sensor. 
Dec 2015

59000 mi

US $450
Drivers side door would not lock or unlock. You had to enter the vehicle through the passenger side. 
Sep 2016

65000 mi

US $100
Tire inflator sensor. 
Nov 2016

67900 mi

US $430
Diesel particulate filter. It was a software issue. I believe my son had made frequent short trips that that had not activated a DPF regen cycle. Charge mostly for diagnostics. 
Volkswagen Passat in California, United States
Jul 2013 - Jul 2017
Sep 2013

3000 mi
Sunroof squeals when opening. 
Aug 2015

30000 mi
Squeal when opening sunroof. Fixed it with lubrication. 
Feb 2016

37600 mi
Check engine light came on. 
Oct 2016

48700 mi
Needed a jump start, then had some "check engine" indications. Diagnosis is the battery should be replaced. 
Volkswagen Passat in California, United States
Jun 2013 - Jan 2015
Jan 2014

12800 mi
Faulty ABS sensor causing stability control fault messages. ABS sensor was replaced under warranty 
Volkswagen Passat in Texas, United States
Dec 2014 - Feb 2017
Feb 2015

51500 mi
Had an alarm ID'd in Canada Nov/14 as the ad-blue tank heater. (OBD2 alm 205C). "Portfolio Protection" repair insurance covered it. (the bill would have been about $1K.) The repair kit was priced at $625, then labor on top. 
Nov 2015

67600 mi
Turbocharger blew on I29 in SD. Had it aqnd many other components replaced by Graham Automotive VW dealer in Sioux Falls. VW had extended the turbo warranty on this 2013 Passat to 120000 miles so I lucked out. A "hidden" warranty. Figure. 
Dec 2015

71000 mi
Engine light came ON , 80 miles after turbo replacement. Drove from South Dakota to Texas. VW of Corpus Christi found that a grommet had been overlooked during the turbo repair. Fixed as part of the extended warranty on the turbo. 
Volkswagen Passat in Quebec, Canada
Nov 2013 - Mar 2018
Dec 2013

1240 mi

C $90
chip and several minor nick on Windshield. The chip was a road hazard but it seem that the windshield is week Left rear door squeaked when very cold 
Feb 2015

20900 mi
Adblue (urea) additive was not serviced properly the first time SI I got a 300 km left warning message. When back to the dealer and they filled it properly. Apparently the mechanics forgot to do the job the first time... Fixed. 
Jan 2017

26100 mi
Heather core défective. This item was colères by va nous cost 
Volkswagen Passat in Alaska, United States
Jul 2013 - Jan 2017
Nov 2013

6000 mi
Gap between headlight and quarter panel on driver side to big. Wheel well liner installed wrong, tucked inside quarter panel lip instead over it and screwed in 
May 2014

15000 mi

US $20
Front license plate bracket loose 
Jan 2016

56700 mi

US $450
Driver door handle and lock freezes in cold weather stopping the door from unlocking or opening if unlocked 
Volkswagen Passat in Georgia, United States
Feb 2013 - Dec 2016
Nov 2014

20100 mi
Day time running lights were not functional. Also had a recall part replaced in the fuse box. Driver's door latch stuck due to moisture. 
Jul 2015

26700 mi
Sensor in the handle that allows for touch lock / unlock. 
Volkswagen Passat in Texas, United States
Feb 2013 - Mar 2016
Jun 2014

22000 mi

US $150
rear underbody wind noise due to flapping body part. Was missing bolts, probably due to backing over something; were replaced Sluggish audio response; rear camera took forever to display 
Jun 2015

39000 mi
Fuel rail replacement 
Volkswagen Passat in Georgia, United States
Mar 2013 - Apr 2017
Mar 2015

19000 mi

US $345
The glow plug light flashed and the car went into limp mode. Dealership drained the diesel and replaced the fuel filter. Error codes indicated that the problem was caused by substandard fuel. 
Jun 2015

22000 mi
Glow plug light began to flash and the check engine light came on as well. Drove to VW dealer who was close by. High pressure fuel pump was defective and had to be replaced. 
Volkswagen Passat in Florida, United States
Jul 2012 - Oct 2017
Mar 2013

20000 mi
the passenger side mirror was collecting water. 
Volkswagen Passat in Colorado, United States
Nov 2012 - Jun 2017
Jun 2015

18000 mi
Electronic Door Lock was replaced 
Jun 2017

43000 mi
The A/C was taking 5+ minutes to start pumping cool air. The issue was a valve in the system that would stick, was wearing and ultimately contaminated the system. The total bill would have been in excess of $2300 however the repairs were covered by my extended warranty. 
Volkswagen Passat in Georgia, United States
Feb 2013 - Aug 2014
Jun 2013

2000 mi
Squeaking noise eminating from somewhere in the interior 
Jul 2013

2200 mi
Isolated the source of the squeak myself. A retaining screw for the subwoofer mounted under the parcel shelf in the trunk was loose. Unfortunately the screw wouldn't stay tight and would require regular attention. Never returned to the dealer. 
Aug 2014

7000 mi
Ultimately the various squeaks and rattles in this car contributed to my decision to sell it. Please note that the car was otherwise reliable and nothing broke or fell off during our ownership. 
Volkswagen Passat in Texas, United States
Jan 2013 - Aug 2016
Aug 2014

21000 mi
AdBlue tank and pump had to be replaced because of a bad sensor. 
Volkswagen Passat in Georgia, United States
Sep 2012 - Mar 2018
Jan 2015

62000 mi
The drivers side door freezes and will not open with temperatures below 32. Service Bulletin No.: TT-57-14-01 
Jan 2017

48200 mi
Passenger side heater core was clogged up and needed to be replaced. TSB. DEF Heater failed. Replaced under the extended warranty. Rear passenger window would not roll back up. 
Volkswagen Passat in California, United States
Nov 2012 - Jan 2013
Jan 2013

1000 mi
The driver's side pillar trim was coming loose, leaving an end frayed about and inch long and 5mm deep. The airbag light was on from the factory. The airbag wiring harness was severed when the vehicle was manufactured. Dealer replaced part without hassle. The horn failed by staying on while the car's ignition was in any position but completely off. I pulled the horn fuse which was impossibly labeled; Dealer gave me rental at no charge and replace the entire steering column. 
Volkswagen Passat in Illinois, United States
Aug 2012 - Mar 2016
Sep 2014

36000 mi
Car wouldn't turn off. Some electrical problem. 
Volkswagen Passat in New Hampshire, United States
Sep 2012 - Apr 2017
Dec 2014

29000 mi
Drivers door lock would not open using keyfob remote or switch on the drivers door. Dealer replaced locking mechanism under warranty. 
Sep 2016

43000 mi
engine fuel filter developed a leak. Repaired under parts warranty. 
Volkswagen Passat in California, United States
Sep 2012 - Sep 2015
May 2014

44000 mi
The heat sensor in the adBlue tank failed. VW repaired it at no charge. 
Jul 2014

47700 mi
Turbo hose came loose.  Fault in an engine control module. 
Feb 2015

59000 mi
Fuel pump shattered sending pieces throughout the fuel system. 
Volkswagen Passat in Illinois, United States
Jan 2013 - Jan 2015
May 2013

3000 mi
Trunk would not open with switch in car or remote. Dealer replaced latch assembly. 
Oct 2013

8300 mi
Traction control seems to grab occasionally when slowing down from high speed, makes grinding noise at least. 
Aug 2014

13500 mi
Driver door binding/squeaky on opening. Dealer replaced hinge assembly. 
Volkswagen Passat in Massachusetts, United States
Aug 2012 - Oct 2015
Jun 2013

11000 mi
Rear deck squeak. Not fixed. Dash rattle. Not fixed 
May 2014

25000 mi
Radiator leak. Smelled coolant after driving. No visible loss of fluid. Full radiator replacement after testing showed a leak when under pressure. 
Jun 2014

26000 mi
Driver side power seat would not move forward. Stuck in wife's position and I could not drive my car. After 1 full day of testing, they had to overnight new circuit board. Loaner car provided at the end of day 1. Driver side power seat lumbar not inflating. After 1 full day of testing, they had to overnight new circuit board. Loaner car provided at the end of day 1. 
Jul 2015

40300 mi

US $400
Cam sensor failure. Car would not start. Quoted $1400 repair. Escalated to VW USA and got 75% of costs covered out of warranty. 
Oct 2015

42000 mi

US $503
Alternator 
Volkswagen Passat in Idaho, United States
Apr 2013 - Apr 2015
Jan 2015

15600 mi
Emissions Service Action 23N5-ECM software update to prevent turbocharger failure in extreme cold weather conditions 
Mar 2015

30000 mi

US $550
Broken wheel bearing 
Volkswagen Passat in Kansas, United States
Apr 2013 - Jan 2017
Jan 2013

2000 mi
Replaced Radio Navigation 
Jul 2013

17000 mi
Radio had to have a hard reset performed in order to receive XM Sirius signal. 
Oct 2016

63000 mi

US $1100
The heater for the ad-blue injection system clogged and burn out. Replacement part included the injection pump and heater as one assembly. Also replaced wire connector and hose connectors. An extended warranty has now been issued for this. 
Volkswagen Passat in British Columbia, Canada
May 2013 - Dec 2015
Aug 2013

2960 mi
Sunroof hard to open, stop in the middle and makeing dragging/clicking noise. Cause: sunshade guide was jammed. Fixed in dealership for no cost by warranty. 
Jul 2015

27900 mi
Fuel gauge intermittently shows zero after starting to drive. Fuel gauge sender removed+reinstalled, electric fuel pump removed+reinstalled. 
Volkswagen Passat in Oregon, United States
May 2013 - Mar 2017
Aug 2016

74300 mi

US $570
Exhaust control valve was stuck open. they replaced the valve(flap) 
Volkswagen Passat in Indiana, United States
Aug 2012 - Jun 2014
Sep 2012 Radiator needed replacement 
Volkswagen Passat in Iowa, United States
May 2013 - Apr 2015
Nov 2013

11700 mi
Door lock malfunction CV boot had tare from factory 
Mar 2014

20000 mi
Bad plunger on clutch master cylinder. 
Volkswagen Passat in Texas, United States
Jun 2012 - Jul 2017
Aug 2014

47900 mi

US $400
Oxygen sensor was replaced 
Feb 2016

78000 mi

US $800
Heater core had to be replaced, system was flushed due to plugged/contaminated core. Passenger side would not blow warm heated air. There is a technical service bulletin on this design problem. Dealer has done 100% of on time maintenance. 
Jul 2016

85500 mi

US $1200
Urea system sensor went bad. Had to replace urea tank by removing bumper and replacing entire system. VW later issued a recall and repaid cost of repair 
Volkswagen Passat in Michigan, United States
Jun 2013 - Mar 2018
Jan 2014

345000 mi
Sensor came on with check engine light for adding Blue this is for TDI technology warranty repair same problem sensor for check engine came on due to EPA add blue dumb ass technology 
Dec 2014

71000 mi
Had to replace Oxygen Censor Satellite radio works intermittently. 
Apr 2016

115500 mi

US $375
sway bar was worn and lose on left side replace both sides of front tire sway bar parts 
Oct 2016

132200 mi

US $393
Broken wire to air cooler pump circuit my check engine light came on 
Mar 2017

144433 mi

US $531
Oxygen Sensor O2 no working correctly had to be replaced first one was broken had to return for another. 
Jul 2017

163087 mi

US $65
Weld left strut for trunk lid to pop open 
Dec 2017

179200 mi
Heater for Add Blue 
Mar 2018

184500 mi
Add Blue needs software update from Germany 
Volkswagen Passat in Georgia, United States
Mar 2013 - Jan 2016
Aug 2013

6000 mi
Battery dead after leaving the parking lights on. However when checked it was found defective and dealer replace it free of charge. 
Sep 2014

28000 mi
Transmision linkage clip broke. So you could not put the car in gear. They order the new clip and replace. 
Aug 2015

44800 mi
Turbo failed! Also the transmission has a delay or shifts hard between 2 and 3 gears. 
Sep 2015

45000 mi
So I took the car in again for transmission hard changes from 2-3 gear. They change the transmission, ECU, and fuel pump! 
Jan 2016

34000 mi
The fuel line for the turbo was defective. Had it replaced and solve the issue. This is the 3rd time I was stranded in the middle of the highway! So traded the car in for a GTI! 
Volkswagen Passat in Maine, United States
Mar 2013 - Jun 2015
Aug 2013

2700 mi
RNS 510 touchscreen very slow, backup camera can take up to 30 secs to turn on. 
Jun 2014

9000 mi
Automatic mirror not dimming 
Jan 2015 Intermittent short in central locking meant you could be locked in or out of the car in temps below freezing 
Jun 2015

15000 mi
Not cool enough. 

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2013 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

Volkswagen Passat in Maryland, United States
Apr 2013 - Jul 2014
Dec 2013

6000 mi
Transmission has been replaced with new one. 

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2013 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

Volkswagen Passat in Nevada, United States
Oct 2012 - Apr 2013
Apr 2013

5000 mi
Drivers seat memory buttons failed. Likely caused by worker performing a detail. Maybe cleaning fluid got into the circuit. 
Volkswagen Passat in Washington, United States
Dec 2012 - Mar 2018
Mar 2017

37000 mi

US $127
Key fob no longer communicating with car. Dealer reprogrammed. 
Volkswagen Passat in Virginia, United States
Jun 2013 - Mar 2018
Jan 2018

64000 mi

US $480
pollution controls 
Volkswagen Passat in Kansas, United States
Mar 2016 - Apr 2018
Apr 2018

39000 mi

US $50
Replaced front control arm bushings. Replace front driver and passenger side door locks, due to sluggish operation. 
Volkswagen Passat in California, United States
Jun 2014 - Dec 2015
Jun 2014

8000 mi
Parts replaced 
Volkswagen Passat in Nova Scotia, Canada
May 2017 - Mar 2018
Jun 2017

27667 mi
replaced control arm bushing 
Volkswagen Passat in Utah, United States
Apr 2013 - Mar 2015
Apr 2013

10000 mi
After inserting two new headlight bulbs I took it to the dealer. They said the whole headlight assembly was fried. Recent recall on HL assy. states design flaw causes excessive shock when hood is dropped, causing assembly to short. Warranty. 
Volkswagen Passat in Alabama, United States
May 2015 - Mar 2018
Mar 2017

75000 mi

US $15
Car was difficult to start after fueling. Infamous N80 valve was defective. Ordered OEM Bosch replacement valve online for less than $15 shipped. Installation took less than 12 minutes. 
Volkswagen Passat in Texas, United States
Oct 2014 - Jun 2017
Jan 2017

66000 mi

US $180
Parked the car. After work the car didn't start. Got a jump start and took it to AutoZone. They tested it and had the battery replaced. 
Volkswagen Passat in Ohio, United States
Jan 2014 - Jun 2017
Jul 2015

31500 mi
Rear view mirror broke and was replaced under warranty. 
Volkswagen Passat in Pennsylvania, United States
Jun 2013 - Mar 2016
Jan 2014

15500 mi
Replaced the instrument cluster due to pixilation. Rattle in the trunk hatch. Repaired trunk latch mechanism. 
Dec 2014

17000 mi
drivers side door lock frozen in cold weather. Door would not open, had to enter exist from passenger side for 2 days. Dealer replaced lock and cable mechanism after reviewing TSB. No charge for repair. 
Volkswagen Passat in Illinois, United States
May 2013 - Nov 2017
Jul 2015

53300 mi
Original equipment battery died after 25 months of use. 
Apr 2016

71700 mi

US $1300
check engine light, transmission service light and check gas cap messages appeared intermittently. Replaced map sensor, purge valve, clean throttle body, fuel pump relay 
Volkswagen Passat in Georgia, United States
Jun 2013 - Sep 2013
Jul 2013

5500 mi
Intermittently, the engine will shudder at stop signs and red lights for just a second or two. The Dealer downloaded new firmware to the ECM, but the problem is not fixed. Car had to be towed in one month after purchase for a stuck vavlve. 
Volkswagen Passat in Vermont, United States
Jul 2014 - Dec 2016
Oct 2014

47300 mi
Passenger side headlight was allowing condensation to enter the inside of the headlight. The dealership replaced the headlight under warranty. 
Jun 2015

57000 mi
The auto door lock would lock all doors EXCEPT the drivers side front. Also, the rear drivers door would not open from the inside (worked fine from the outside). Dealer fixed both problems under my warranty. 
Aug 2015

59000 mi

US $50
Sway arm joints were broken and needed replacing. 
Sep 2016

70000 mi

US $175
Took car to dealer for a possible bearing problem. They couldn't find problem, but did find rear brake and broken spring - but wouldn't honor extended warranty purchased from them. Took car to local shop for repair. Broken rear spring 
Volkswagen Passat in Illinois, United States
Apr 2013 - Jan 2016
Jun 2014

6000 mi
HD radio does not work properly. VW is aware of the problem but refuses to fix the radio. 
Jan 2016

9000 mi
The HD radio does not work properly. The dealer said VW is aware of the problem, but could not fix it. My new Audi has an HD radio that works great! 
Volkswagen Passat in Indiana, United States
Oct 2012 - Jun 2015
Jan 2013 Passenger side speaker grill in dash would vibrate, driver door panel near armrest would rattle. Took to dealer they fixed those, ordered part for another rattle, bringing back to address other issues will report back on those when fixed. 
Apr 2013

5800 mi
Rattles galore! Both B pillars rattle, occasional rattle in both dash speakers. Attempted self fix and have given up. Turned up the stereo instead. Passenger side seat squeak. Dealer replaced fore/aft assembly. 
Jun 2015

38000 mi
Rattles never fixed 
Volkswagen Passat in Illinois, United States
Sep 2014 - Nov 2016
Nov 2015

27100 mi
RNS-510 unit indicated fault 
Volkswagen Passat in Minnesota, United States
Aug 2014 - Mar 2018
Jun 2016

28000 mi
Driver door latch intermittently would not work. 
Volkswagen Passat in Connecticut, United States
Nov 2014 - Nov 2014
Nov 2014

40000 mi

US $100
Front Speakers 
Volkswagen Passat in Massachusetts, United States
Oct 2012 - Nov 2012
Nov 2012 The brake pedal sticks to the floor after applied. Dealer said there was a leak in main cylinder. They replaced it but problem still exist. It is about go in the shop for 3rd time. 

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2013 Volkswagen Passat Repair Histories

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