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Volkswagen Passat repairs by problem area

Engine (0%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (53%)

Brakes and Traction Control (5%)

Suspension and Steering (9%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (27%)

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Other (6%)

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Volkswagen Passat suspension repair cost distribution

$2500+ (3%)

$1000 - $2499 (19%)

$500 - $999 (29%)

$100 - $499 (45%)

< $100 (5%)

Chart based on 221 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2015 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

-horsepower 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

19000 mi Persistent high-speed vibration. Replaced all 4 tires as it was determined that one or more tires were internally damaged and causing the vibration. The new tires did not solve the problem. Following the purchase of new tires, the wheel vibration persisted. Car was taken to a VW dealer for RFV tire balance. Dealer phase matched tires and wheels in attempt to fix vibration. During previous repair attempt, technician incorrectly mounted asymmetrical tire on wheel. Vehicle needed to be returned so tire could be correctly mounted and balanced. Tire vibration remained present. 

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2014 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

2300 mi Clunking noise when making left turn over a dip at low speed. Dealer said a tie-rod nut was installed incorrectly at factory. 

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2014 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

50000 mi

US $410
Sway bar links replaced as it made some rattling noise on left side. 

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2014 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

-horsepower 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

3000 mi The original front springs are do not fit on the strut causing noises every time i hit a bump. 

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2014 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

-horsepower 5-speed manual FWD

59000 mi

US $375
Sway bar end links replaced, alignment and state inspection. 
8720 mi Strong steering wheel vibration leading to really rough ride. Road force balancing, replaced Hankook tires with Bridgestone Potenza RE97AS, changed stock springs to H/R stiffer springs (resulting in 1" drop).  
12400 mi Clicking from turning wheels to extreme left or right. Dealer could not duplicate until 5th day holding the car. Identified when parking. Replacing strut mounts fixed problem. 
20460 mi Road noise and vibration 
24800 mi Car pulling hard left. Changed suspension parts, alignment 
26000 mi Strong vibration in wheel, still pulling left. Re alignment to adjust camber. At the time changed to winters. Problem currently exists with winters installed 
37820 mi Removed entire suspension system, Clutch, flywheel, tie rods, sway bars, steering system and replaced with all new parts. No significant improvement. 

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2013 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

16000 mi turbo failure passenger side rear seat release cable would not allow rear seat to fold down clutch pedal clicks when engaged AND outside temp is below 32F AND cabin temp is warmed up. 
22700 mi Drivers side Seat pan developed crack in v-tex. VWoA denied claim. Currently in dispute. 
33000 mi Reattach rear spoiler 
50000 mi

US $300
Replace front sway bar links 
94000 mi no heat in cabin; replace heater core; flush; refill with antifreeze 
15000 mi Faulty design on the 2013 tdi turbos. 
41000 mi

US $100
Sway bar end links went bad 
82700 mi

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

US $60
leaking engine coolant. won't fix because because it is being bought back. rnNever buying VW again Leaking oil. Not fixing because it is being bought back. NEVER BUYING A VW AGAIN. 
91000 mi Leaking oil and coolant when bought back. 

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2013 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

14880 mi Wheel bearing was making excess noise. Replaced under warranty. 
36300 mi Sensor came on with check engine light for adding Blue this is for TDI technology 
71000 mi Had to replace Oxygen Censor Satellite radio works intermittently. 
117000 mi

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

US $393
Broken wire to air cooler pump circuit my check engine light came on 
27300 mi Emissions Service Action 23N5-ECM software update to prevent turbocharger failure in extreme cold weather conditions 
30000 mi

US $550
Broken wheel bearing 
4000 mi Stains in the roof liner around the sunroof. Dealer cleaned out the drain tubes on both sides and problem was cured. 
10500 mi Failed Turbo Charger and Catalytic Convertor as a result of the failed turbo 
25000 mi Both tie rod ends were replaced. In all fairness to the dealer/manufacturer we had an excessive amount of pot-holes during the spring-thaw this year . . . I obviously hit most of them. 
43000 mi

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

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

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

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2013 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

47700 mi Passenger side headlight was allowing condensation to enter the inside of the headlight. The dealership replaced the headlight under warranty. 
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. 
59000 mi

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

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2012 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

27000 mi

US $250
Battery failed after 2.5 years. Replacement excluded from warranty. 
33300 mi

US $300
Wheel bearing 
56700 mi

US $450
Front right wheel bearing needed to be replaced due to noise 
9000 mi bad driver's side cv joint, bad steering wheel (replaced), trunk doesn't open all the way 
11000 mi Homelink, the three-way remote system on the driver's visor used to open garage doors, fell off and onto me in intense traffic, at night, at 70 mph. Scary and horribly distracting.took two visits to repair because parts had to be ordered. 
22000 mi 20k checkup plus a look at the tires again. Tires declared abnormally worn and need replacing. Tire problems started at 10k. No one seems to understand what has gone wrong but I suspect the suspension is not designed for 18-inch o.e. wheels 
26000 mi Vibration and noise in front end still there despite replacing all tires as suggested by dealer. Both front wheel bearing sets replaced 
35000 mi

US $375
two front tires replaced, one under VW warranty. Car pulls to right after replacement. Alignment indicates castor is out of specs, as has always been the case with this car. 
42000 mi Car failed to start. Needed new fuel regulator valve to keep the line pressurized when car is turned off. When it fails, fuel feeds by gravity bsck into tank and engine starves. Very rarely fails (dealer had never seen this happen before). Initially $913. Repair failed. Tech Center got involved. Replaced electronic control module ($2,500), but that didn't fix the problem. Appealed to VW Customer Care. Finally a new fuel pump plus other fuel system parts fixed it. VW paid all of $5k bill except the tow. 
51000 mi

US $250
Since the day I bought the car the battery has occasionally gone dead and required a jump start. The dealer always said the battery was fine. This time they said it was fine but during a software update in the shop it failed completely. 
52000 mi Urea injection pump (Ad Blue system) failed as well as several other parts in the system. 
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 *d overall I wwas not happy with this car 
45000 mi

US $1500
The right front sway bar and other parts are to be changed and the dealer changed it but still have the Issue. 
58000 mi Sound on right front wheel suspension when hits pothole and was never identified by the dealership. 

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2012 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

275-horsepower 4.6L V8 5-speed manual FWD

4000 mi

US $15
The car is equipped with KESSY. I would start the car, it would run for two seconds and then shut off. Dealer could not replicate the problem. It has happened 6 times since purchase. Driver error has been ruled out. The headliner on the A pillar was unraveling. Paint on the drivers side rear fender was chipping. After evaluation, it was not due to rock chip or environmental factors. 
11300 mi the rear suspension was making a deep creaking noise when going over bumps and dips. An engineer from VWOA came and determined that a rear strut failure occurred and they replaced both of them under warranty. Loaner car was given. 
18000 mi Headliner began to unravel at the A pillar again. Plastic trim on B pillar loose. They replaced the headliner and trim pieces under warranty 
21300 mi Rear decklid and subwoofer were rattling and creaking incessantly. A new deck lid was installed along with the appropriated fasteners. 
24700 mi There is a creaky rattling sound coming from the lower front end of the vehicle when you remove your foot from the brake and let the car roll. 
48000 mi Clutch packs for DSG were faulty. They were replaced under warranty 

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2012 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

64000 mi Noise from front end when driving on bumpy road. Replaced struts and springs. Check engine light. Replaced throttle sensor 
34300 mi

US $170
A creaking noise could be heard when the car was driving over bumps and dips. As the car would bounce a loud creak would come from the front of the car. My mechanic stated that the front swaybar links needed replacing. 
45000 mi

US $200
Steering wheel had an internal part failure 
83000 mi

US $600
power rear window end-of-travel sensor failed. Totally discharged battery within 24 hours. 
7300 mi the problem was with the gasoline cap door, which wouldn't open on account of a failed actuator. 
14700 mi loose connection with rack, caused power steering fluid to leak. I don't know what the rack is--but that is what i was told. 
17700 mi This is the second time I brought it in for this problem. Power steering fluid completely leaked out. They put dye in to see if they could find the source of the leak, but were unable to find it. Topped it off and returned it to me. 
21000 mi power steering rack replaced. 

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2012 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 2.5L I5 5-speed manual FWD

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

US $400
Check engine light on; needed intake cleaned. Clogged with carbon. 
26000 mi Compas module came loose from trunk lid mounting. Re-attached by technician. 
39000 mi

US $50
Lock mechanism in drivers side door was non responsive, replaced under warranty. 
42000 mi

US $50
Car made rumbling noise over bumps at low speed. 
43000 mi

US $50
Broken power steering fluid hose. 
3700 mi Noisy front springs replaced 
27000 mi Front passenger window slow to go up. Sometimes when auto-up is used, the window would go almost to the top and then would auto-reverse and go down instead. 

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2010 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

65000 mi

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

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

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

US $196
Non-local Dealer ran engine codes and found the injector to be bad; was able to replace under warranty; and offered to de-carb everything for under $200. 
45000 mi

US $129
Car out of alignment. Alignment performed 

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2010 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

-horsepower 5-speed manual FWD

76880 mi

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

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2010 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

57000 mi Timing chain 
74700 mi

US $210
Carbon buildup on valves 
76300 mi

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

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

US $300
Engine hard to start when cold. Determined the car had a defective Crank Case Breather Valve. Replaced Crank Case Breather Value with new unit. 
67000 mi

US $200
Repair to correct problems described in VW TSB 336816 
87420 mi Had to replace rear passenger side wheel bearing Warranty covered by Certified Pre-Owned Burning smell from front drivers side wheel which was also very hot to the touch. Replaced brake caliper that was stuck. Loud squealing from heater blower motor when turned to any position. Deemed to be faulty and replaced 
95480 mi

C $5
Partially siezed brake slide pin (dust cap had fallen off) re-greased pins and reassembled. Works fine 

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2009 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

-horsepower 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

36000 mi

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

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

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

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2009 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

-horsepower 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

37000 mi Faulty fuel injector. Repaired under certified used car warranty.  
64000 mi

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

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

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

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

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

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

US $175
needed new spark plugs 

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2008 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

19000 mi Faulty airbag sensor 
31000 mi Airbag sensor light fault 
32000 mi Steering column TSB 

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2008 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

-horsepower 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

9300 mi O2 Sensor. 
21080 mi Fuel pressure sensor. 
29760 mi Faulty Gas Cap 
40300 mi Knock Sensor 
45700 mi faulty door latch 
62660 mi

C $100
Sway bar link 
76100 mi

C $800
Timing Belt - 120,000km - Tensioner was seizing.  
8000 mi Shimmy at any speed, vibration in the car. 
16000 mi Blower fan and unit went bad, no cooling anymore and no high speed for fan Front Passenger Wheel bearing needed to be replaced 
27300 mi Had misfire on a few cylinders. Swapped a couple of spark plugs. 
52000 mi

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

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

US $700
Fuel pump defective, caused car to stop at highway speed or idling 
3000 mi Ordered sensor that controls flapper valve. Replaced sensor that controls "flapper" valve. Required removal of intake manifold to replace. 
3000 mi Noise from steering when cold out until car warms up. Steering gear replaced. Required partial removal of front sub-frame, so front and rear axles were realigned. 
29000 mi Parking brake fault. Brake would only release after several attempts. Dealer cleared fault and reset logic. Parking brake fault. Bad parking brake module diagnosed. New module ordered. 
60000 mi

US $510
Starter motor gave up, needed replacement 
70000 mi

US $280
replaced left side inner cv boot 
85000 mi During maintenance I was told that there is dry-rot in the ???. That is what causes the clonking noise when I drove over potholes. 

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2008 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

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

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

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

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

$600
Alternator was faulty 
68200 mi

$700
Water pump and coolant pipes were leaking. 

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2008 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

52000 mi replace fuel injectors 
84000 mi

£32
Split turbo hose 
84000 mi

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

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2008 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

-horsepower 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

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

US $1390
A hole rusted the an exhaust sleeve connecting two pipes. sleeve replaced notice oil drips on driveway. 2 days before service schedule transmission started to slip. trans cooler lines leaking, a hole is on of them. replace both lines 
620 mi Wind noise from driver's window seal above 70 km/h. New seal ordered. 
1240 mi New seal installed. 
29760 mi Defroster blower noisy at lowest speed 
33480 mi Paint peeling off front curbside fender. At sheetmetal bend near tire. Fender repainted. 
74400 mi

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

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

C $900
head to tail exhaust replacement 
96720 mi

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

C $25
recirculating fuel vapor valve replaced ignition coils (4) replaced, engine misfire noise sometime occurs when accelerating. Rosstech scan returns #1 cylinder misfire. 
35700 mi

US $400
new, heavier shocks installed, due to bad local road conditions in desert areas 
4000 mi Air Bag sensor defective. 
30000 mi Dead cell in battery replaced bushings 
15000 mi Ignition coil, they replaced coil pack on cyclinder 2.  
24000 mi Car would only start after two tries dealer could not reproduce it or imo did not even look. Still car starts funny or almost does not catch when turning over for the 1st crank.  Suspension rattles, clicks but nothing found. 
24500 mi I have a few issues like over the speed bumps or a dip the front right side makes a noise that seems like the suspension is loose, the car would take more then one try to start, rattles all over the palce. So of course in VW fashion nothing 
25000 mi The transmission shudders in the morning when backing out garage. Shop said if they fix it and I complain VW will not pay, dealer has too. Thank goodness I leased it, turned it in april 10th and will never buy again. VW did not care. 
40500 mi replaced leaking valve cover gasket 
54000 mi Knocking in front end going over bumps and turning. Parts replaced were: Steering rack Drivers side ball joint Drivers side sway bar link 
23000 mi The valve body for the automatic transmission was replaced. Also the transmission control unit was flashed with new software. 
44000 mi The bearing that operates that steering rack had an unusual amount of play/was loose, causing damage on both sides. Dealer replaced entire steering rack under warranty.  
55000 mi The front suspension bushings had worn prematurely, causing a loud squeaking noise on bumps. The problem is common for this generation Passat. Replaced free of change under CPO extended warranty 
81000 mi

US $1800
-Intake valve carbon cleaning 
37000 mi

US $65
banging noise in suspension - dealership stated bolts had come loose. sound remained. car sold. 
62000 mi

C $200
Damaged rear wheel bearing, both sides. Repack CV joint, front left 
84560 mi

C $500
Left CV joint replaced. 
35000 mi

US $140
replace battery 
54700 mi

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

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

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

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2007 Volkswagen Passat

Engine not specified

96000 mi

US $272
Transmission Audio system Goodwill: Electrical system Recently Diagnosed: Charcoal fuel filter disintegrating, Rear struts bad, Rear Wheel bearings bad... EPC system short Airbag control module blower motor 

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2007 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

103300 mi

US $150
Failed flapper motor causing heat to blow when AC was requested 
104500 mi

US $250
AC was not cold 
106000 mi

US $550
Rear wheel bearing failed and was replaced. 

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2007 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

275-horsepower 4.6L V8 5-speed manual FWD

73000 mi Valve body replaced 
95700 mi

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

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

US $599
Coil springs broken and replaced. 
110000 mi

US $540
Radiator had to be reconnected per the dealer. Also AC system drained and recharged per dealer. 
119300 mi

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

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

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

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

US $327
Failed oxygen sensor was replaced 
41000 mi

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

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

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

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

US $100
Floor heat vent not working 
100000 mi

US $2400
Replace front & read shocks, struts and control arms. 
Steering wheel not aligned in the center, in other words car felt like it was moving to the right. 
6000 mi Left Driver's side headlight did not function. It is Bi-Xenon AFS. TPMS monitor was on for second time in one month 
12000 mi Driver's side AFS Bi-Xenon light inoperative. 
43000 mi Catalytic Converter had to be replaced. Owner noticed major vibrating noise and took it to the dealer. Dealer immdly diagnosed problem and resolved it within 4 hrs. Car was over the 4yr/40k warnty - but the prts/lbr was covered TSB repair - Steering jam in 2007 Passat. I experience this jam - twice while starting(stationary). Restarting the engine - corrected the problem. 
50500 mi Both horns not working - has a faint sound. Total estimate $350 to replace both. Did not repair due to expense involved. 
56700 mi

US $175
Left AFS Headlight Inoperative 
61700 mi

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

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

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

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2007 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

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

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

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

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

A $250
Headlight harness had dislodged 
75020 mi

A $1200
Replace failed A/C compressor 

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2007 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

-horsepower 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

77700 mi

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

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

US $2000
Replaced Compressor and cooling fans. 
140000 mi

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

US $2500
Transmission Valve Body and Water Pump 
31000 mi Check engine light was on--code from OBD II indicated an issue with the Flap Motor. Light was reset, and comes on intermittently. Was told that required maintenance (per TSB) might not have been completed...but the car was purchased as certified pre-owned 
39000 mi Check engine light and airbag fault light illuminated. 
40000 mi Check engine light reilluminated--replaced several parts in the turbo and emissions system 
47000 mi Steering column lock defective causing car to not start and/or stall intermittently. Steering column lock replaced under warranty. 
59000 mi Malfunctioning seat belt in rear, there was an open campaign to repair it. Malfunctioning hose clip on window washer supply line preventing fluid from reaching the windshield. 
60000 mi Power Door locks malfunctioning; had to order parts to replace Fixed malfunctioning seat belt Window washer system malfunction 
64000 mi Replaced malfunctioning door locks. 
14880 mi Rear hatch closing switch replaced. 
23560 mi Electronic parking brake switch replaced 
30380 mi The AC compressor required replacement. 
34720 mi

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

C $150
Problem could not be isolated (leak somewhere). System recharged, with dye, to try to locate source of leak. 
84000 mi

US $900
Front bushings replaced 
104000 mi

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

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

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

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

US $729
Both radiator fans failed & were replaced @ dealership. One of the fans is required for A/C. 
65500 mi

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

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

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

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

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

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

US $167
I had no indication of a problem but I relied on the opinion of the mechanic. 
1240 mi warning light on for airbag; turned out to be some loose connection 
4340 mi rattles in dash, B pillar and trunk 
19840 mi Anchor for partition of trunk broken from previous repair for rattle. 
22320 mi Another broken anchor of rear partition between cabin and trunk. 
24800 mi The warning lamp for exhaust emission lit up. This required replacement of a certain part. 
29140 mi

$2000
Abs pump replaced 
32860 mi

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

$650
and leaking ball joint cover replaced. 
49600 mi

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

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

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

$900
AC not cold New pump installed 
71300 mi

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

$23
Broken carbon canister shutoff valve 
78120 mi

$250
The cupholder at the console was replaced 
91760 mi

$300
Suspension cover broke 
92560 mi

$300
Broken wheel bearing; replaced 
14000 mi Flapper valve motor needed to be reset to spec. Was told if problem reoccured,the motor would be replaced. No mil so far after2 weeks! 
18000 mi Radio stopped, no sound from speakers. Diagnosed as amplifier defected,overnight shipped a replacement,installed next day. Problem corrected. 
38000 mi Driver side rear wheel bearing noisy, replaced at dealer under warranty. No out of pocket costs. 
47000 mi REPLACED HIGH PRESSURE FUEL PUMP AND RELATED PARTS AS PER FACTORY EXTENDED BULLETIN.Also intake flapper motor as documented on earlier visits,CEL on. No charge on repairs,rental car for one day. 
65000 mi

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

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

US $100
cv boot replaced,was split 
88660 mi Check engine light came on, took into the dealership and they were not able to locate the problem. They did note that there was a technical note on the exhaust lobes of the camshaft and if the engine starts to miss-fire we should return. 
94640 mi

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

C $375
We had to replace the rear wheel hub bearings on both sides. At this mileage it's an expected maintenance repair. 
72540 mi Check engine light was on. Loss of power. 
76880 mi

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

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

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

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

C $500
Starter failed and was replaced 
102300 mi

C $500
Front springs on both sides were replaced after driving through a pothole 
72000 mi

US $120
Replaced the battery. 
90000 mi

US $1100
Thermostat replacement 
94000 mi

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

US $225
Torn CV boot on left driveshaft. Just replaced entire driveshaft assy. 
33000 mi Radio am static. 
48000 mi

US $64
steering column immobilizer failure. steering column replaced. 

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2007 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

-horsepower 5-speed manual FWD

5000 mi Strut mount bolts were loose which lead to a clunking noise. I thought it might be the "loose sub-frame bolts" problem I had read about but it was the strut bolts. 

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2007 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

-horsepower 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

14000 mi Key fob sticking in ignition. New ignition switch ordered. 
15000 mi Ignition switch replaced under warranty. 
36000 mi PCV valve replaced Switch for raising front passenger window from driver door replaced. 
57000 mi

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

US $425
Replaced bearing after noise heard from suspension. Replaced low beam bulb 
188000 mi

US $1400
Other repairs included replace both drive shaft,  tie rods end 
43000 mi Noise from the driver side suspension. The changed the ball joint, but problem just returned a couple of days ago. 
88700 mi

US $400
Coil caught fire 
92700 mi

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

US $1900
Power Steering rack failure 
110000 mi

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

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

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

US $650
Ignition coils smoking 
143000 mi

US $1000
Timing belt broke. Damaged head and block. Car sold off 
139100 mi Flex exhaust pipe leaking Other shop advised I wait till it breaks more to do repair 
144460 mi Driver door 1 of 3 rollers seized. Advised to spray with Lubricant. Has improved marginally. 
159340 mi

C $1200
Front boot replaced Noise when driving bearings replaced 
170460 mi New battery 
50840 mi

C $885
Control arm bushing was replaced very costly and apparently a problem with passats in previous years. This should have been a recall! Also had to have an alignment done once replaced and car still pulled to the left returned to redo. 
30500 mi noticed a low end rhythmic sound occuring above 50mph. Sound had little to no correlation with vehicle speed. Figured it was a wheel bearing and dealer diagnosed the left wheel bearing. Replaced under warranty. 

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2007 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

-horsepower 5-speed manual FWD

16000 mi

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

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2006 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

37000 mi

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

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

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2006 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

63000 mi Major oil leak due to botched engine repair in May, 2011 to repair oil pump bolt issue. 
79000 mi

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

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

US $470
Bearing destroyed by pothole. 
107000 mi

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

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

US $17
Replaced low beam headlight bulbs after one failed. 
42000 mi New key fob ordered, would not communicate with vehicle, not due to low battery. New radio head unit (sound will alternate from really low and bassy sounding to really loud on its own without speed volume control being enacted) happens with tuner only, not CD's. 
42000 mi New Radio is working well.  New key fob works as it should. 
45000 mi Suspension was creaky at under 60degrees, new strut mount plates installed, better but still not 100 percent, however, don't plan on doing anything further to it regarding this issue. 
69000 mi TSB for steering column and wires that run under seat for air bag. 
74000 mi

US $655
right front tie rod replaced and car aligned, took the dealer quite a while to figure out what it was.. but in their defense it was a clunking noise from the right front and it was difficult to narrow down. 
28520 mi

C $65
Trunk opening lifts stopped working 
35920 mi Passenger side mirror no longer dips on selection of reverse. Problem not resolved yet. VW contacting engineering dept. re solution. 
36580 mi

C $100
*d Passenger-side mirror not dipping on shifting to reverse. 
36580 mi

C $112
Diagnosed and repaired passenger mirror not dipping on reverse. 
37180 mi

C $1100
Replaced both HID headlamps which failed simultaneously. Not covered by extended warranty. 
29760 mi

C $100
Front lower control arm bushings and rear tie-rod bushings needed to be replaced. 
82000 mi electronic parking brake locked car up - had to be towed. had to pay towing after 5 miles. Dealer had to fix as I just got the car that day. replace air conditioning compressor done by non dealer shop 
83000 mi Steering column replaced.. this is common problem in Passat 06. I realized this problem existed when i bought the car i insisted the car be fixed, same with Air condit compressor. I bought it used... with 82000 miles on 
85000 mi

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

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

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2006 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

275-horsepower 4.6L V8 5-speed manual FWD

1000 mi The bi-xenon headlight bulb burnt out prematurely. The front park assist sensor will beep continuously when wet. Dealer washed the car and sprayed the sensor but was unable to reproduce the problem. Car stereo showed NO SAT RADIO message. Radio software has been upgraded it hasn't shown since. The car experiences throttle hesitation. There has been a TSB issued for repair, however even after the re-flash of the ECU the problem still presists. 
4000 mi Passenger side rear bass speaker was not working. Computer registered the fault at mile 254 on 06/20/06. I did not take delivery of the car until 9/30/06 so this fault has always been present. Dealer ordered replacement part then replaced faulty speaker. Driver front window was not rolling all the way down and the auto up feature would work only intermittenly. Dealer acknoweldged that the error code was recorded however they could not reproduce the problem. They seem to have lubricated the window rails as The headlight connector pulled itself loose from the headlight assembly causing the front passenger headlight to go out again. This time I explained to the dealer that there is a TSB for this issue and it is not a faulty bulb but a loose connection. Deale 
17000 mi My car had the infamous hesitation from a rolling stop. Finally VW has resolved the issue and issued a TSB to have it re-flashed. The vehicle seems to be fine and drives better with the latest software. My stereo had the sudden bass syndrome. This problem has allegedly been resolved with the latest software update. We shall see, so far so good. After the ECU reflash my car has developed a problem with the E-brake (electronic parking brake) It gives a message on the MFD stating "e-brake switch failure see owner's manual"). The shop removed the switch plugged it back in and the problem went away. 
18000 mi The electrical emergency brake switch finally went completely broke. The car was stuck in my driveway and had to be towed. Dealer replaced the switch and everything has been fine since then. 
27000 mi Driver side headlight was inoperable. This is the 3rd time it happened. It has to do with the Adaptive Light System motor loosening the connector, there is a TSB out for it. Hopefully it's fixed for good this time. 
35000 mi Electronic Steering Lock was inoperable. Locked car down twice. Managed to drive it to dealership, dealer replaced faulty lock and electric module. Rear LED tail light had two LEDs not working. Replaced whole assembly with new one. 
58240 mi Steering module and various computer items failed, and were replaced. 
93000 mi

C $1064
New rear suspension coil/springs. 
70700 mi

US $350
Lots shaking in the front end 

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2006 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

-horsepower 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

35000 mi ignition coil replaced steering column lock warning.  
30000 mi Creaking noise from suspension when going over bumps. Driver's vanity mirror cracked. Rattle underneath car when going over bumps. 
35000 mi

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

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

US $600
thermostat needed replacement 
75000 mi

US $1200
compressor wiring corroded and needed new compressor catalytic converter became dislodged. Axle Boots showed tears, preventive replacement. 
47000 mi squeaky front control arm bushings. Changed under warranty. There is a TSB covering this. occasional lack of power. Checked intake runner flap, reflashed. 
82000 mi There was a valve body recall for rough shifts. Driver had noticed these a couple of times. Replaced it, and also put in a new PCV valve under a recall. 
55000 mi

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

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

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

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

US $900
compressor failed 
110500 mi

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

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

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

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

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

US $2200
Massive pcm failure, continued after 2200 in repairs. Dealer unable to repair. Ended up trading it in 
59000 mi Key is not getting released by the car when car is in park sometimes. Took to Dealer and could not get it to replicate. Happened 2 more times since visit to Dealer. Was able to get it to release by moving shifter through the gears. 
67700 mi

US $126
Bad passenger rear Wheel Bearing 
74300 mi

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

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

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

US $300
Turbo Diverter Valve failed. Car would not build boost 
49000 mi

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

US $305
Passenger headlight replaced 
58000 mi

US $500
Steering lock control module 
60000 mi

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

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

US $850
Some kind of EGR valve replaced, as well as CV boot, and tuneup. 
65700 mi Valve cover gasket leak. CV Boot replaced Control Arm Bushings 
70700 mi

US $350
Compressor failed. Replaced compressor 
48000 mi Transmission downshifting hard 5TH To 4TH gear, intermittently...Dealer performed latest software upgrade. Car is still covered under CPO warranty. 
62000 mi Had creaking sounds while turning steering wheel..both while moving and stationery. Problem turned out to be spacers at top of front (passenger) spring/strut had rusted..both sides were replaced under CPO warranty. Wheel algn't not covered. 
64000 mi transmission pan gasket leak..repaired under CPO warranty 
78700 mi

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

US $470
parking brake motor, right side rear failed..complete caliper relacement performed. 
109400 mi

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

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

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

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

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

C $275
Howling noise in front end. Left front wheel bearing was bad. Found rip in right outer cv boot. 
148800 mi Hard shift from 6th to 5th (automatic) but not always. sometimes other gears. tried resetting several times but fix only lasts a short time. 
151900 mi

C $269
4 wheel alignment which included right side inner tie rod 
19000 mi A rear window trim piece had a small crack. Dealer offered to replace. The first piece ordered had a defect so a second part was ordered. This is the only defect the car has had since new. 
37000 mi Steering lock sensor failure. Required replacement of steering column. Paint bubbling on radio and door lock buttons. Buttons were replaced with new design. 
40000 mi *Battery died suddenly and was replaced under warranty 
42000 mi Boost Pressure Control Valve replaced with redesigned part. Intake flap or intake manifold runner remained stuck and caused CEL. Part was ordered and changed. Trunk latch did not latch. Latch was replaced. Instrument cluster has a loose spot that rattles occasionally. 
45000 mi

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

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

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

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

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

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2006 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

-horsepower 5-speed manual FWD

82000 mi Trouble shifting into 2, 4 or 6th. Dealer said "failed transmission". Independent said "nothing wrong," problem possibly fixed during dealer troubleshooting. Then problem started coming back, got rid of car. Cracked front left and right lower control arm bushings. 
20000 mi Small Issue with airbag. I took the car to the dealer when the "airbag falure" light came on. Dealer took about an hour and told me that I the conection to the seat sensor (wire under the seat) came disloged/loose and that they pluged it back in. Less 
20000 mi Same old issue with airbag warning light. Dealer replaced connection clip under passenger seat. Problem continues. 
131000 mi

US $300
wheel bearing  axle boot 
146000 mi

US $1600
high pressure fuel pump 

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

210800 mi

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

C $20
#1 cylinder glow plug 
172820 mi

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

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

C $150
Turbo hose needed replacing. 
192820 mi

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

C $1000
Rebuilt front suspension 
205840 mi

C $250
Had to replace lower turbo hose. 
34720 mi

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

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

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

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

C $495
Cv boots replaced 
86780 mi

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

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

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2005 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

99200 mi

C $500
Front ball joints. 
99820 mi

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

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

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

C $600
Split left outer CV joint boot. 4 front ball joints clunking and needing replacement. Deferred to later to fit in budget later. Chain noise and vibration from engine. Suspect balancer shaft module/oil pump chain drive. Dealer investigating the problem with VW technical, will repair later. 
112220 mi

C $3200
Replaced chain driven balance shaft module with gear driven module; 75% cost assistance from VW Canada. Other wear items replace at same time: suspension arms, left outer CV joint. Replaced suspension arms. Replaced left outer CV joint. 
123380 mi

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

C $760
Intercooler hose leaking. Replaced. 
141360 mi

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

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

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

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

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

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

C $400
Left outer CV joint replaced. Also welded exhaust joint 
100440 mi

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

C $130
Turbo Underboost P0299 CEL - Cracked turbo hose 
86000 mi

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

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

US $725
Failure to start, original battery depleted after 9.5 years. New battery installed. Persistent rattle from engine compartment at idle. Frozen alternator pulley found. 
87000 mi

US $350
EGR bypass flap (throttle). Engine compartment whined under engine load. Replaced belt, tensioner, and alternator. Was told had a bad one-way clutch in alternator. 
88000 mi Rust on front quarter panel when sold. Sagging right rear suspension when sold. 

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2004.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

-horsepower 4-speed automatic FWD

53000 mi

US $10
Right front halogen headlight bulb. 
53000 mi

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

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

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

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

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

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

US $135
Split CV joint boot replaced. 
80000 mi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

88040 mi

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

$100
Rod needed to be replaced 

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

108000 mi

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

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

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

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

-horsepower 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

35000 mi Ignition coil replaced under warranty 
37000 mi

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

US $200
CV joint boot torn. New CV joint installed. 
62000 mi

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

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

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

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

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

-horsepower 5-speed manual FWD

120700 mi

US $120
Bad turn signal stalk switch. 
128000 mi

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

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

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

US $70
Rear hatch latch motor failed. 
167000 mi

US $300
Coolant Flange Failed. 
167000 mi

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

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

167000 mi

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

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

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

-horsepower 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

72000 mi

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

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

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

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

US $600
Water hose running into a housing that feeds back to radiator was leaking at flange.  Dealer also notice that a lubrication boot was leaking on one front suspension component but repair was declined 
112000 mi Had leaking coolant hose replaced and flushed radiator. Next day dealer replaced heat sensor. 
58000 mi

US $180
A leaking seal in the rear differential. 
61000 mi

US $334
The car went in for its 60K mile service. They noticed a torn front CV boot and I had it replaced. There was also a burnt out driver's side fog light bulb that I had replaced. The aforementioned burnt out bulb in the driver's side fog light. 
64000 mi

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

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

US $153
We kept getting a low coolant warning light.  Rear passenger window came out of its track. Motor was rough when idling. A bad motor mount was discovered. They noticed clunking in the suspension - upper suspension arms were replaced. 
86700 mi

US $113
Split CV boot was discovered by dealer. Elected not to pay them $220. Retired mechanic father in law replaced whole axle assembly for $113.  
89000 mi

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

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

US $344
Rear passenger window no longer would go down. Dealer found plastic clip was broken, replaced it, and charged me $260 to take apart the door. Also had oil change done. 
103000 mi We have started smelling fuel when the car is full of gas. My father in law pulled the rear seat out, opened the access panels and found a fuel leak on the top of the tank. I have a case # from VW, but no promise from them for any help. It started getting hard to start the car, so I knew it was time for a new battery. I purchased one and replaced it myself. 
103500 mi

US $180
In looking over the gas tank issue, my father-in-law also noticed the outer left CV boot was tore. He replaced the whole axle assembly. 
105000 mi The fuel smell was traced to a leaking vent valve on the fuel tank. This should have been addressed in the R3 recall, but the dealer treated our car as a FWD, not AWD. VW replaced the fuel tank and paid for the repairs. 
106000 mi

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

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

US $500
The car was in for 110K service. They discovered some cracked vacuum hose tied to the turbo and replaced it. The driver side rear window came off its track. The dealer replaced the cheapo clips VW uses and the fixed the window. 
77000 mi

US $1000
Power steering unit failed 
77000 mi Coolant fill / header tank has leak, declined repair by dealer, owner to replace. 
78000 mi Coolant fill/header tank replaced no additional issues 
78700 mi

US $250
Replaced shocks and struts 
87000 mi

US $2
Bad batt 
95000 mi

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

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

US $300
upper control arms worn - both sides replaced outer CV boot torn - axle replaced 

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2004 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

-horsepower 5-speed manual FWD

82000 mi

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

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

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

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

91000 mi

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

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

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

US $50
Reset computer before smog check 
139000 mi

US $350
Replaced loose motor mount. 
143000 mi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US $1500
Replace lower control arms and bushings 
186000 mi

US $300
Thermostat leaking 
187000 mi

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

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

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

88000 mi

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

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

US $360
Bearing noise 
96700 mi

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

US $300
Replaced control arms. 
161000 mi

US $140
2nd Coil pack went south as reported by VCDS. This one was a non OEM part that was only one year old. Going back to OEM for better longitivity. 
70000 mi Replaced both catalytic converters 
120700 mi

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

US $300
Replaced temperature sensor 
129700 mi

US $1500
Replaced "combi" valve set 
131000 mi

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

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

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

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

US $500
Starter replaced 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

190-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed manual FWD

93000 mi

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

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

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

-horsepower 5-speed manual FWD

60760 mi

C $250
Signal indicator would continue "clicking" or "click" sporadically even without lights flashing. Replaced turn signal lever (faulty contacts). 
71300 mi

C $1500
Boots cracked, leaked lubricant, had to replace driveshafts (both). Head gasket leak, replaced. 
75640 mi Passenger seat heater stopped working, switch was replaced for 2nd time (original warranty recall). 
79360 mi

C $300
Engine oil major leak - oil cooler failed. Replaced.  
83080 mi Seat heater does not work, replaced switch, still does not work 
93620 mi

C $1000
Water pump failed, caused engine to overheat. As a result, timing belt was changed at same time. 
95320 mi

C $250
Wheel bearings replaced 
105780 mi

C $200
Oil Seals leaking, had to be replaced 
121760 mi

C $200
Broken caliper 
128960 mi

C $750
Check Engine Warning (Emissions) Directed to Cooling System - causing car to run too rich or lean Replaced Thermostat, Coolant Temp Sensor, Broken Coolant Recovery Tank, Coolant Flush 
129580 mi Check Engine warning still comes on, replaced PCV valve at no cost. Turbocharger intercooler also had an airleak, was replaced, no cost. 
132060 mi

C $1200
brake lines cracked, replaced Electronic unit in drivers door controlling power mirrors, interior lights, lights on chimes, etc stopped working Downspout from turbo exhaust cracked and leaking - caused exhaust smell to enter cabin 
134540 mi Valve cover gasket leaking oil, replaced Brake lines replaced by Dealer in Dec 2013 were found to be bubbled and almost ruptured by independent shop. Car returned to dealer, where they were replaced without question. 
140120 mi

C $200
broken brake calliper, some fluid leak 
144220 mi

C $300
Oil leaks from oil hoses were dropping on exhaust, causing burning oil smell to enter the cabin. Hoses replaced. 
159140 mi

C $300
Coolant Recovery Tank replaces and some worn out hoses Also - fuel line leak (in another spot from previous) 
162680 mi

C $1500
Clutch bearing disintegrated, required replacement of pressure plates and related parts (flywheel OK). Clutch had about 100,000km on it but still had plenty of life if not for the bearing failure. 
70340 mi Steering column universal joint squeak 
71600 mi

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

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

$15
Steering column U joint replaced 
88000 mi

$100
AC Compressor tensioner roller 
90520 mi

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

$15
Coolant flange leak, replaced 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

54000 mi Torque converter seal was leaking transmission fluid between the engine and transmission bell housing. Engine and transmission removed to replace torque converter seal. 
63000 mi

US $15
Torn right front outer CV boot. CV joint still good, but replaced complete axle for $200 - put down $15 b/c a boot was all that was really needed. 
78000 mi

US $600
Electric cooling fan was bad. Shop diagnosed and ordered part, owner installed. Transmission output shaft seal was replaced 
87000 mi

US $500
Driver side half axle was replaced. Outer CV boot was ripped. 
107000 mi

US $800
Front calipers rebuilt Replaced bushings and ball joints on front suspension Front struts replaced 
118000 mi

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

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

190-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed manual FWD

115320 mi

C $2400
3 month tune up found issues. Had recommended service completed. Engine gaskets. Catalytic converter. 
122140 mi

C $900
Engine light ended up being MAF and cat and muffler assembly. 
122760 mi

C $1700
engine light on again. reflashed computer and changed maf and hoses/clamps 
123660 mi

C $900
Car hesistates on acceleration. Changed MAF and vaccuum hoses. 
126720 mi

C $900
*d Hesitation in acceleration. Changed MAF and vaccuum hoses 
127720 mi

C $900
Tie rod changed on both sides, alignment needed Car shuts down, does not start upon turning key. Take several times. Again, hesitation with acceleration, dealer cannot find the problem as checked vac hoses etc, maf and not faulty. 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

-horsepower 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

70000 mi

US $1500
Water pump broke, timing belt also changed. 
77000 mi

US $650
Coil springs broke 
100000 mi

US $300
CV joint 
109000 mi

US $215
Coolant leaks 
165300 mi

US $500
water pump needed replacement, was leaking. 
133700 mi

US $300
Broken u joint 
138000 mi

US $500
Blower motor turns on and off sporatically 
142300 mi

US $170
Sludge/condensation in oil Blower motor went out, no heat 
149300 mi

US $800
Fell off the lift broken spring. UV joints also 
118000 mi Check engine light came on, would not keep running, it was a engine failure light, and low oil pressure 
44000 mi

US $480
CV Joint and boot replaced for 480 dollars 
85000 mi

US $500
cv joint replaced 

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2003 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

-horsepower 5-speed manual FWD

83000 mi

US $1
High mount LED brake light stopped working. It turned out that there was a protective diode inside the assembly that went out. Instead of buying a new part ($100) the diode was replaced ($1 at Radioshack) within half an hour. 
89000 mi

US $25
Intermittent Coolant Temperature Sensor failure triggered the Check Engine Light. Replaced the sensor. DIY took about 30 minutes and $25 for parts. 
95000 mi

US $100
Failed Diverter Valve replaced. Torn CV boot replaced on the passenger side. Torn CV boot replaced on the passenger side. 
105000 mi

US $35
Torn driver side CV boot. Replaced the boot myself. $35 for parts. 
120000 mi

US $250
Noisy right front wheel bearing. Replaced. 
129500 mi Brake switch stopped working. Had an outstanding recall for the brake switch. Dealer did the replacement for free. 
133000 mi

US $125
Driver door ajar switch stopped working. Replaced the whole door latch assembly with OEM unit. Found DIY online. 
138500 mi

US $75
Turn signal relay started clicking on its own. This is, in most cases, not the relay fault. This is caused by dirty turn signal switch which causes current leakage that triggers the relay. Instead of cleaning, I decided to replace the switch 
149000 mi

US $300
Water pump leak. This WP was replaced during the first Timing Belt job. Replaced WP along with (second) Timing Belt job which was due later this year anyway. 
155500 mi

US $35
Torn passenger side CV boot (again). Replaced the boot myself. $35 for parts. 
159500 mi

US $25
Replaced leaking plastic coolant flange at the back of the cylinder head. $25 and three hours of work in the tight spot. 
161000 mi

US $10
Rough idle, CEL. Diagnostic scan showed multiple misfires and fuel mixture too lean: indication of vacuum leak. Plastic tee adapter under the intake manifold broke. Replaced with metal one from local auto shop. Took 15 minutes. 
147000 mi turbo vacuum tubing decayed in the cold weather. 
150300 mi

US $1000
4 new disks, 4 new sets of pads (done myself), new master cylinder, new left rear caliper (done by mechanic, caliper was my fault). 
151300 mi

US $250
Front-left CV joint clicking, replaced CV joint and axle with cheap chinese part. 
151700 mi

US $300
Coolant flange was leaking, had it replaced. 
156000 mi

US $200
Both tie rod ends were shot, replaced both myself and then paid Sears for an alignment. 
175000 mi

US $100
coil replaced Oil warning light came on occasionally. Shop replaced oil pressure switch. 
184000 mi

US $280
Replace power window regulator, driver door. 
196000 mi

US $130
seized caliper 
200000 mi

US $280
1. replaced ignition coil 2. replaced spark plugs 3. read and reset check engine light 4. engine tune 
201500 mi

US $170
Replace 3 ignition coils Hole in exhaust system 
204000 mi Broken coil spring, front driver-side 
134500 mi

US $250
Car was making noise when turning steering wheel to left; replaced front drive axle Exhaust flex pipe developed a crack and was making a very loud noise; replaced flex pipe. 
136300 mi All struts and shocks preemptively replaced. The suspension was making noise when going over rough patches of pavement, but there weren't any real problems. I'd say it was mostly preventive. 
142000 mi Window regulator was disconnected from the glass. Reattached. Windshield washer fluid sensor was stuck on low fluid warning. Replaced sensor. Break backing plate was loose and making noise. Straightened out plate. 
93000 mi

C $900
power steering rack replaced with a rebuilt 

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2002.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

-horsepower 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

62620 mi

$30
Noise from worn control arm bushing Right rear passenger internal grab handle broke, door had to closed from outside. 
63240 mi

$150
CV joint boot replacement 
63440 mi Accessory belt 
65300 mi

$1000
Exhaust was white/blue smoking which was especially noticed while idling. Finally lost turbo charger boost.Turbo charger had to be replaced. 
72540 mi Noticed lack of boost which on inspection was due to a loose return hose from turbo air cooler. 
73560 mi

$650
The steering although working fine started leaking until I was forced to have work done due to the rapid loss of fluid. Initially the seals on the steering was replaced but eventually the problem was corrected by replacing the steering rack 
73780 mi

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

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

77000 mi

US $125
Check engine light diagnosed as lean fuel in left intake bank. Fuel filter and sensor replaced. Problem solved. 
83000 mi

US $950
Ignition coils (there are 8 in the W8) started intermitent failing. All 8 were replaced. 
86000 mi

US $1655
At highway speed very loud roaring wind noise was coming through A/C vent. Diagnosed as a failed mixer box in the ventilation system. Only fix was to replace evaporator unit under dash. Ouch. 
88000 mi

US $1200
Smell of oil burning on engine block revealed a leaking valve cover gasket. Both sides were replaced as precautionary. 
94000 mi

US $359
Driver's side sun visor housing Homelink experienced a wiring short when moving visor from front position to left position. Short blew a fuse that operated A/C, cruise and all steering wheel buttons. Required a new, expensive sun visor. 
95000 mi

US $1000
Upon brisk acceleration, felt like a gear or axle tooth had chipped or broken. Examination determined 3 of 4 motor mounts were worn with one actually broken causing engine to move - a LOT. 
98000 mi

US $190
Vehicle A/C failed to produce cold air. Repair included replacement of a clogged valve and sealing one leak. System recharged and operating optimally. 
100500 mi

US $600
Left rear of vehicle was lower than the other three points and ride quality degraded. Inspection found a broken shock. Decision was made to replace all 4. 1st delivery was wrong rear shocks. 2nd delivery was correct shocks. All replaced 
103000 mi

US $165
Noticed an odor of hot oil burning after engine was turned off. Shop determined valve cover gasket was leaking. Decision made to replace both valve cover gaskets. 
106000 mi

US $354
Started hearing exhaust getting louder. inspection revealed rusting at end of muffler such that could not be repaired. Decided to replace both rear mufflers with a more tuned system. 
109000 mi

US $679
After a 106,000 mile full brake service including fluid drain/replacement and braided hose replacement, the brake pedal intermittently pulsated at slow brake speed. ABS light engaged followed by Check Engine icon. All 4 actuators replaced. 
110000 mi

US $1300
After previous replacement of ABS accuators at each wheel, ABS problem light again came on. ABS modulator had to be replaced. 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

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. 
117000 mi

US $100
Rear windshield washer hose fitting broke off.  

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

48000 mi

US $125
All warning lights came on including stop engine after driving over 325 miles in extremely cold temperatures. Vehicle would not accelerate but rpms went up while depressing accelerator. 
59000 mi Left low bean headlight bulb replaced. 
72000 mi

US $60
All warning lights came on simultaneously. STOP ENGINE/low oil pressure. Stopped engine/retarted/ Loud clunk/then all lights reappeared/tach fluctuation/drove to shop.Reset all mods per computer analysis/Car runs poorly with airbag default light on 
73000 mi

US $288
Air bag default warning came on, engine lost acceleration, all warning lights came on. Restarted engine, drove to shop with default light on and uneven acceleration. They reset the computer and the airbag default light went out.  After unlocking the door and getting in, you must quickly start the engine or door will automatically lock and the theft alarm may sound until you turn the key. The door does not know it has been unlocked, opened and closed! For now we're living with it. 
85000 mi

US $115
Stabilizer bar bolt worn out. Was replaced. 
93000 mi

US $600
The Passat went in for service to have one oxygen sensor replaced and it also needed the temp sensor for the computer replaced in order to clear the check engine light. 
99300 mi

US $115
tighten left front wheel - adjusted sway bar brackets 
103500 mi

US $750
fluid leak 
106000 mi Wiring, electrical components, and brake booster damaged when drain for battery well got plugged up, caused flooding of engine compartment. Airbag alert. Consuming oil and needed timing belt replacement. 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

-horsepower 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

81000 mi

US $400
Front engine mounts replaced 
94000 mi

US $400
Dealer wanted $200 more for same repair 
78000 mi

US $550
Replaced control arms before selling. 
90000 mi

US $236
Loose outer tie rod replaced, would not pass state safety inspection. 
92500 mi Plastic part (VW calls "funnel") that oil dipstick goes into, deteriorated, replacement part was $15.95, parts person said it was common for these to fall apart after 8-9 years. Kind of a part that used to be made of metal. Grrrrrr! 
94000 mi Half axles needed to be replaced when sold. ABS light started coming on when sold. 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

-horsepower 5-speed manual FWD

90000 mi

US $203
Broken left front (driver side) coil spring 
91700 mi

US $38
Hazard relay failed, replaced with new. 
93000 mi

US $825
Coolant System malfunction code (P1296), replaced thermostat and Coolant Temp Sensor as part of scheduled timing belt replacement (including water pump and accessory belts). CEL cleared and has not returned. Oxygen sensor code (P0133). Ordered new upstream oxygen sensor and will replace myself. 
94000 mi

US $90
Replaced upstream oxygen sensor, cleared code, has not returned. 
109500 mi

US $145
Torn R/F CV boot, discovered during annual state inspection. CV joint was still in good shape, shop R&R'd the boot while I waited. 
110700 mi

US $1050
Frozen rear calipers, replaced both rear calipers with new. Failing left front upper control arms, ball joints, tie rod ends. Replaced all with new. 
115000 mi

US $160
Cracked exhaust flex pipe. Repaired at independent exhaust shop. 
140300 mi

US $334
replaced cv and boot. 
142000 mi

US $500
New fuel pump. 
146000 mi

US $300
Installed new shocks and struts. 
147700 mi

US $280
right CV boot ripped and replaced. Load check done on alternator. 
165000 mi

US $150
Battery died 
167000 mi

US $460
Inner and outer tierods and alignment 
167000 mi

US $1650
Heater core failed. It was changed 3 years ago and the VW dealer said the repair shop used substandard parts and caused an early failure. It needs right side trailing arms and ball joints, rack and pinion is leaking. 
59000 mi completely sworn out control arms, frozen tie rod end 
73000 mi

US $60
Had an engine light. Replaced oxygen sensor. 
83000 mi

US $442
Preventative work - Boots around front axles very deeply cracked. replaced both. 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

65000 mi

US $210
Replaced worn Rt side front wheel bearing. 
80000 mi

US $650
Inner and outer tie rods replaced. *duplicate Tie Rod Ends, replaced both inner and outer. 
88000 mi

US $120
Engine Speed Sender (Sporadic), Removed and replaced. 
96000 mi

US $2220
R&R'd Springs, shocks, control arms, and tranny and motor mounts. 
106000 mi

US $100
Cam caps were leaking oil. R&R'd cam caps. 
110000 mi

US $65
Leaking heater hose. R&R. 
107000 mi

US $400
Valve cover leaked, ignition cables damaged, 2 plugs cracked, all replaced and engine tune up peformed. Running great now. 
115000 mi

US $600
Radiator replaced due to slow leak. 
127000 mi cat codes 
134000 mi

US $285
Immobilizer failed. "Coil" or antenna unit inside dash replaced by dealer. This is my 2nd replacement! 
154000 mi Both rear springs broken, replaced along with rear struts. 
74500 mi Turn signal fault - Ghost signaling. Fixed with a focused spray of WD-40 into the turn signal stalk base. VW Vortex forums save my sanity again. 
75000 mi Auto dim mirror fails to stay switched on. Finally hacked the switch to stay in the "on" position with a rubber band. Looks bad but at least I'm not getting blinded at night any more. 
76500 mi

US $1500
Bad sway bar end links replaced. Car sounded like a pirate ship before repair. Leaking transmission seal Front control arms going bad. All 4. Engine mounts failing. Broken light in passenger sun visor. Needs to be replaced to fix. Valve cover gasket leaking oil onto exhaust manifold. Cracked coolant bottle. Will need to be replaced once it is leaking. 
77000 mi

US $1200
Alternator failed which also killed the battery. Alternator repair requires the car being put in service position which is very expensive for labor. 
90000 mi Cranking problem 
93000 mi

US $1700
Intermittent engine temp. Bad sensor, thermostat, leaking water pump. 
94000 mi

US $1700
*d Intermittent engine temp. New water pump, timing belt, thermostat. 
95000 mi

US $450
Out of alignment and needed frozen tie rod replaced. 
101000 mi Cracked fuel tank, on top. Quoted $4,000, traded car. 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

-horsepower 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

184000 mi

US $504
Shocks were replaced front and rear. 
186000 mi ABS unit went bad. Not a real safety concern, so will get unit refurbished and re-installed at a later time. 
201000 mi

US $120
Cable of front window regulator broke at the motor - cable got chewed up and could not be re-attached. Replaced window regulator. 
226000 mi

US $770
Replaced turbo. 
230000 mi

US $250
Replaced torque converter. 
240000 mi

US $75
Replaced engine speed sensor. 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

-horsepower 5-speed manual FWD

67000 mi

US $1400
Replace N-80 valve. Replaced engine temperature sensor. Replaced broken CV boot. 

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2002 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automatic 2WD

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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2001.5 Volkswagen Passat

Engine not specified

128000 mi

US $525
recharged AC rear passenger door jammed CV joint replaced 
132000 mi

US $1000
Steering rack was leaking hydraulic fluid 

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2001.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

-horsepower 5-speed manual FWD

83000 mi

US $230
CV boot cracked - was replaced 
87000 mi

US $500
PCV breather, vacuum line to brake booster, mass air flow sensor. Result: check engine light off - acrid smell enters the cabin when car stops at stops signs, red lights and destination 
90000 mi Engine oil leak . Fix: Replaced cam tensioner seal and valve cover gasket . 
92000 mi Broken breather pipe at intake manifold was repaired under warranty - all oil smells stopped after this repair. 
116000 mi

US $600
Thermostat replaced and heater core flushed 
135700 mi

US $350
Crank sensor 
137300 mi

US $1800
cv boot, front axle,  cooling leak, oil leak,  alloy wheels needed grinding, seat mechanisms (front) needed to be fixed, rear hatch latch, front hood strut, front brakes (maintenance) 
141300 mi

US $1500
abs computer needed to be rebuilt Heater core might need to be replaced - but first, it is filled with oxyclean for the summer to try and flush out corrosion. Then in September we will see if it works or has to be replaced. air conditioning belt was tightened 
142000 mi Heater core flushed out, fine since. 
154000 mi

US $680
tie rods replaced 
165000 mi

US $933
camshaft adjuster 
165000 mi

US $900
alternator went out a weak after replacing the camshaft adjuster the right front tie rod end (defective from last year) had to be replaced. 

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2001.5 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

77500 mi

US $330
Sticky purge valve caused a CEL. Lost the low note on the horn (this is a multi-note horn) so only the high note was sounding. Replace all spark plugs and ignition wire. Upper control arm bushings (inner) broken. Mechanic quoted replacing all control arms because comes as a kit. Radiator leaking and low coolant. Suggested replacing radiator. 

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2001 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 150hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

95000 mi

US $230
replaced right front control arm because of bad ball joint. 
97000 mi

US $730
ABS sensor unit went kaput 
100000 mi

US $250
right front CV joint and boot 
109000 mi

US $100
replaced clouded front headlights with new units 
109000 mi

US $360
replaced driver side CV boot and joint replaced hoses for air intakes 
109000 mi

US $350
drivers door window regulator clips broke. this is a common problem replaced corroded brake hoses to comply with state inspection 
112500 mi

US $850
replaced main fan bearing (involved removing the front bumper!) replaced motor mounts - they were leaking fluid 
120000 mi

US $270
thermostat failed 

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2001 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

128000 mi

US $2200
Replaced all suspension parts, windshield, egr 
123500 mi

US $1400
Front brake lines were rotting and needed replacement 
125000 mi

US $200
CV boot was torn Tie-rod end was worn and needed replacement 
133280 mi

C $650
Replaced control arm 
151900 mi

C $2600
replaced heater core, no heat coming into passenger cabin. replaced cam seals. Engine was leaking oil onto the engine block causing terrible burning oil odor and fumes 
154360 mi

C $550
replaced both sides front tie rods. Drivers had to be replaced. Passenger was good for 50k more only. 
170500 mi

C $1300
replaces all pads, rotors and 3 of 4 calipers 
179140 mi

C $750
abs system 

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2001 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 150hp 1.8L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

156000 mi

US $530
Replaced front and rear shocks 

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2001 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 150hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

70000 mi

US $1600
Thermostat failing. Also replaced timing belt, water pump, tensioner. 
73000 mi

US $350
Grinding in transmission. Drained transmission fluid and found metal. Diagnosed probably failing. Play in ball joints. Wheel bearing going bad. PCV system clogged. 
75000 mi

US $700
PCV system clogged. Cleaned part and replaced part. 
80000 mi

US $850
Control arm bushing worn. Replace. Air not too cold. Fluid low. Topped up and monitor for leak. 
91000 mi

US $120
Replace vacuum hose on secondary air pump 
95000 mi

US $627
Oil cooler seal leak. Brake lines cracked. Outer CV boot torn. 
100000 mi

US $85
Exhaust clamp rusting thru. 
111000 mi

US $280
Flex joint damaged. Replaced. 
78000 mi

US $575
CEL for MAF - replaced buy independant shop. Upper control arms, front right side. 
79000 mi

US $554
Breather tubes replaced/CEL now stays off. New rear shocks. 
83000 mi

US $720
Tie rod ends replaces, front lower right control arms replaced. ABS module replaced. 
89000 mi Ignition coil went bad again 

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2001 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

75000 mi

US $2147
Oil smell caused by oil leak - cam plugs on back of cylinder head leaking oil onto exhaust. Valve cover gaskets and tensioner seals. Plus Preventive replacement of timing belt and coolant system flush. 
78000 mi

US $250
Air conditioning stalls on start up - have to turn it totally off and restart it to make it work. Told we had to replace 2 motor mount gaskets and alternator belt plus new fresh air sensor Dead battery. Replaced after 3 years. 
81000 mi

US $275
Had it in to replace a headlight, turns out the entire housing had to be replaced as well because the seal melted - supposedly due to Texas heat. Replaced both. It's kept in a garage so material defects are a better explanation. Also dealer wanted to replace the front control arm lubrication bushings due to deterioration for a mere $1300. We passed on that. 
91000 mi

US $2000
Leaking transmission fluid and bushings resulted in mis-alignment of tie rods which pulled the tires inward. Had to replace tires as well as a result (not included in the total cost) Total including tires, oil change, etc was $2,500 

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2001 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

6-cylinder manual 2WD

115000 mi

US $120
2 exhaust joints replaced.  
116000 mi

US $490
Tie rod ends replaced $490.00 1 hour extra labor charged due to rusted frozen parts Also 4 wheel alignment ($150) 

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2001 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

5-cylinder manual 2WD

62000 mi

£500
CVT boot replaced front right 
68000 mi

£200
Replace springs and check shock absorbers 

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 150hp 1.8L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

135000 mi

US $2150
Oil pressure light came on while driving. Pulled off the road, the light went out. Did this 3 times. 3rd time, display said 'STOP!'. Called tow truck totake to dealer. They replaced the oil pump and pressure switch. Also, while there, changed trans fluid 
158000 mi

US $10
SAIP hose had broken and was giving an Emmissions Workshop warning. 
161000 mi

US $200
Passenger side front wheel bearing was replaced. It had been howling for a few months, but was getting worse in the last few days. ABS Module error. Removed module and sent out for repair. Will install in September. 
180000 mi

US $220
Blower quit working for A/C, took to the shop, was diagnosed as faulty fan switch. Ordered parts, took back to shop for installation. 
205700 mi

US $40
exhaust pipe needed replacing. front end needed alignment. Air hose from metal pipe on turbo side was broken. Replaced part, all systems OK. 
212000 mi

US $140
Passenger side front window regulator failed. Replaced item. 1 day. 
220000 mi

US $28
replaced hood spring 
153140 mi

$5000
BRAKE, BEARING AND ELECTRICAL FAULTS 

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 150hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

98700 mi

£140
Lambda sensor (O2 sensor) reading high. Sensor replaced. Coolant sensor reading high. Sensor replaced 
102000 mi

£110
front brake hoses cracking - replaced CV Boot cracking. Had been replaced with CV joint 3 years ago, but was a non-manufacturer part - didn't last. 2 suspension joints replaced £250 
119500 mi

£20
Would not start at home, would have required a tow or getting to a shop to buy new spark plugs. Spark plugs replaced. Turbo by-pass hose. Small dia. hose going from inlet manifold sensor to air-bypass near turbo. Might be EGR. The hose had uncoupled itself, the ends were split, not able to reinstall, hose rubber degraded. Near-side headlamp unit replaced. Lens was becoming clouded due to plastic lens degradation after 13 years. Coolant thermostat had failed, planned to replace anyway at 120,000 mile major service. It was only after it was replaced that I realised how bad it was, particularly overcooling going down hills with fuel injection cut-out on over-run. 
126300 mi

£320
Undertray vibrating badly, sounded like a wheel bearing had gone Coolant leak from water-oil heat exchanger on top of oil filter. Heat exchanger replaced 
132000 mi

£26
Indicators stopped flashing. Replaced Hazard warning switch, which contains the indicator relay. 
134300 mi

£250
Three outer window seals (window-door aperture seals where the window slides down into the door). These were rusted - bubbled up with rust and the driver's door seal in particular was bad/leaking. Both a water sealing and a cosmetic issue. 
136300 mi One cell of the battery died. Battery replaced. Battery had 5 year warranty, only 2 years of use, so replaced under warranty. 
142000 mi

£183
LPG ECU alarm sounded with single instantaneous misfire. 100s of miles between events. Changed spark plugs fuel pump relay LPG pressure sensor NO CODES. Finally changed Ignition Switch as blower speed went up on one misfire. Not fixed, must be ECU itself. Offside outer CV boot split 
104000 mi

US $1200
CV joint;  Front suspension arm. 
108000 mi

US $1000
Oil leaks were beginning to increase -- so replaced top engine oil seal gasket and oil pan gasket. Also replaced a ruptured breather tube and the cam adjuster seal.  Hood release latch was also found to be worn and was replaced. 

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

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

107880 mi

C $200
Failed emission control evap. system purge valve 
110980 mi

C $1327
Exhaust system: flexible joints between exhaust manifold and catalytic converter had failed. 2.8 V6 camshaft adjuster seal leaking on right cylinder bank and dripping oil on exhaust manifold. Bad seal replaced. 
117180 mi

C $1400
Blown engine valley pan gasket and camshaft tensioner seal due to clogged PCV hose. Both front sway bar links worn out -- replaced.  Front brake flexible lines out to wheels were cracked -- replaced. 
126480 mi

C $900
ABS electronic control unit failed and was replaced. 
130200 mi

C $50
Cracked plastic engine coolant tank successfully replaced. 
146500 mi

C $2500
Seized left rear brake caliper and parking brake cable. Both rear calipers and parking brake cables replaced. Leaking camshaft adjuster seal and valve cover gaskets causing oil contamination of engine external components and burnt oil fumes entering the cabin. Replaced camshaft adjuster seal and valve cover gaskets. 
161820 mi

C $550
Failed secondary air injection pump was replaced. 
178520 mi

C $250
ECU was reprogrammed to prevent spurious catalytic converter fault codes. 
181660 mi

C $135
Replaced failed cooling system thermostat. Crankshaft front oil seal failed, causing catastrophic loss of oil. Accessory belt tensioner bearing noise was excessive. Imminent failure expected. Turn signal assembly retention clip broke, causing turn signal assembly to fall out. Replaced turn signal assembly. Gas-filled strut to hold hood open failed in cold weather. Replaced the strut. 
183520 mi

C $1200
Upon attempting wheel alignment, all front control arm bushings and tie rod ends were found to be worn out. All control arms, tie rod ends and stabilizer links replaced. 
183520 mi

C $705
Rear axle bushings worn out, making alignment impossible. Replaced rear axle lower bushings and did four-wheel alignment. 
184420 mi

C $685
Exhaust manifold flex joints were broken. Both flex joints replaced. Front motor mount broke. Motor mount replaced. 
192820 mi

C $530
Failed oxygen sensor 
193440 mi

C $482
Replaced leaking valve cover gasket. 
194680 mi

C $305
Leaking differential seal replaced. 
196540 mi Flushed cooling system to restore cabin heat. Replaced right camshaft adjuster seal. Replaced camshaft oil seal. First one was defective. 
197140 mi

C $792
Replaced all PCV components due to plugged PCV valves and aging hoses. 

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Wagon

190-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed manual FWD

138880 mi

C $3125
springs replaced transmission synchros replaced 
143220 mi

C $1500
Parking brake failed on hill.  Shaking and rattling in engine compartment. Main engine mount replaced. Rough ride. Shocks and springs replaced. 
147560 mi

C $1200
CV joints replaced. 
155620 mi

C $3000
had to replace all 4 catalytic converters and entire exhaust assembly 
160580 mi

C $380
Wiper motor had to be replaced. 
164000 mi Small leak in power steering system--most likely from the couplings to the pump which was repaired about a year ago by an independent who replace the couplings vs. the entire cable that the dealer wanted to do. One CV joint was beginning to make noise on full right turns.  

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 150hp 1.8L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

143000 mi

US $600
Control arms, axles, inner and outer tie rods. 

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 150hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

143000 mi

US $250
Left tie rod end replaced. 
154000 mi

US $950
Tie rod replaced alignment AC Alt P/S Belts replaced 
114000 mi

US $150
Replaced Mass air flow sensor (MAFS). Was giving faulty reading causing lean fuel trim and pinging. Problem fixed by replacing faulty MAFS. 
121000 mi

US $177
The Bosch ABS module developed a problem indicated by warning lights and error codes. I removed the module and sent it out to http://www.modulemaster.com for repair. Car driveable without module. Received repaired module back after 1 week and reinstalled. 
124000 mi

US $320
Tie-rod end. 
136300 mi

US $250
Replaced PVC and turbo vacuum tubing to address drivability issues. Also replaced a single failing ignition coil pack, a common problem with these cars.  
137000 mi

US $400
AC wasn't working. Repaired successfully. 
138000 mi

US $1100
New CV joint Exhaust flex pipe needed replacing A relay needed replacement 
140000 mi

US $450
Frozen caliper replaced 
82300 mi

US $50
Engine did not maintain temperature. Replaced thermostat and temperature sensor. 
93000 mi

US $400
Replaced the oil pump to repair a low oil pressure problem due to a clogged pickup screen Replaced passenger-side upper control arms 
177000 mi

US $200
Upper Control arms replaced. 
179000 mi

US $4
Evap Purge valve clogged. Cleaned with Carb Cleaner, issue resolved. 
189000 mi

US $300
Alternator & Battery replaced 

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

126000 mi

US $744
body hardware - front door - window regulator front right turn blinker popped out ABS control not responding. Needs a new one to install. Cost to fix unrepaired problems about $2,800. front-left tie-rod end needed a new part Oil leakage from the engine. 

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan

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

127000 mi

US $516
excessive play in front suspension. replaced suspension/steering components on both sides . 
144000 mi

US $250
replacement of leaking camshaft tensioner (right side) parasitic drain in courtesy light/comfort module circuit. drains battery in 3 days. 
155000 mi

US $450
leaky valve cover gaskets and leak camshaft seals replaced. 
158000 mi

US $400
car handling and ride had deteriorated. front end suspected. replaced right outer tie rod and both upper control arms. 
163500 mi

US $100
replaced left flex joint in exhaust system. 
164000 mi

US $690
waterpump pully failed. replaced pump and timing belt 
170000 mi check engine light on 

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder manual 2WD

196000 mi

US $500
Rt Frt cv shaft axle replacement Bad wheel bearing discovered during road test, new one ordered New wheel bearing installed 
216000 mi

US $500
Oil breather leaking, repaired cam seals leaking. Not repaired. Too expensive. 

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

132000 mi Replaced torn / broken front and side engine mounts. 
142000 mi

US $80
Steering rack bolts were loose. Passenger wheel had significant play. Steering rack mounting bolts were removed and retorqued with lock-tight on them. 

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2000 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

4-cylinder manual 2WD

111600 mi

$500
Rubber hose/seal on the front axle next to the wheel needed replacing. 
116560 mi

$300
Leaking radiator replaced. 

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1999 Volkswagen Passat

Engine not specified

195000 mi

US $1500
broken control arm 
125000 mi

US $1800
Replaced tie rod ends and other front suspension parts that were causing the front end to feel loose and vibrate on the highway 
146500 mi

US $260
Oil cooler pipe leak 
151000 mi

US $1000
Oil leak, replace head gasket replace tie rod end & ball joint replace washer tank 

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1999 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder manual 2WD

149000 mi

US $170
ABS sensor broken; problem returned after about 3 weeks Air bag sensor broken; problem returned after about 3 weeks 
158000 mi

US $100
oil pressure sensor broke and was leaking oil. 
168000 mi

US $940
Rocker Arm Broke off 
169000 mi

US $60
Part of the exhaust system rusted off. 
177000 mi

US $110
Flex pipe rusted in exhaust. 
178000 mi Airbag light on becuase one of the wires in the system for the drivers side airbag read a high level of resistance; lived with until sold car. The ABS sometimes would randomly fire and then turn off for the rest of the trip, bad sensor; lived with until sold car. 
154000 mi

US $500
Had to replace control arms and tie-rod ends, after 150k miles, they just plumb wore out. 
155000 mi

US $170
clutch + flywheel replaced replaced 9 year old battery. :) 
158700 mi

US $50
replace failing ignition coils 

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1999 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automatic 2WD

118080 mi comfort module and wiring, wiring had many issues causing many separate frustrating issues. 
119040 mi Car no longer being driven regularly. Suspension and electrical problems would cost more to fix than the car is worth. 
140000 mi

US $400
power steering pump, tie rod end left and control arm left cv shaft left 

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1999 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

6-cylinder manual 2WD

151000 mi waterpump(original)replaced,new thermostat(3rd),radiator replaced-starting to leak at seams; new belts @148K no damage to belts New injector seals - gas smell in car @ times, most noticable when stopped or after shutdown. one week after prob #1 (sigh) 
157000 mi

US $250
Battery was dead for > 1 week computer needed to be reset Valve cover gasket, PCV system repaired. Still needs new cat passenger side. 
167000 mi

US $225
Replaced power steering pump (original failed), serpentine belt (WYAIT maitainence) 
173700 mi

US $35
Needed a new relay under the dash. 
179000 mi seized rotor 
155000 mi

C $3136
Installed a control arm kit, replaced the passenger's side axle,replaced tie rods and replaced front wheel bearings by an independent shop. 
156860 mi Hydraulic tensioner on timing belt failed. Replaced idle pulley tensioner, hydraulic tensioner and timing belt; also replaced water pump, serpentine belt and oil filler cap gasket (maintenance items). 
96000 mi Needed new control arms. Needed new thermostat. Needed new rear window motor. 
191000 mi Oil and transmission leaks were fixed by resecurring some loose components. 
195000 mi

US $30
Acting as though throttle was sticking very intermitently. Same problem caused some difficulty starting the car at times. Mechanic couldn't find specific fault, suggested using fuel injection cleaner frequently. 
201500 mi Leaking oil from a seal on the back on the engine. Mechanic tried to seal the leak with silicone sealant. 
202000 mi

US $40
Intermitent difficulty starting when engine was hot, coolant temperature gauge not functioning. Replaced the coolant temperature sensor. 
214000 mi Secondary air injection pump has failed along with air injection hose. Not uncommon. This problem doesn't hinder the normal functioning of the car. It just causes some annoying noise for 90 seconds after a cold start. 
219300 mi Whining noise, was not isolated but suspect power steering pump. No repair was attempted for now. 
222000 mi

US $250
The whining noise reported earlier turned out to be a belt pulley and tensioner. The part was replaced on this trip. 

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1999 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

121300 mi

US $350
Front passenger side upper control arm ball joints worn out. 
82000 mi Automatic transmission hesitating during upshift and banging into gear during downshift. Automatic transmission replaced under 10yr/100K warranty. Tech found transmission fluid burnt and black. **No additional comments necessary 
87000 mi Right and left valve cover gaskets leaking oil. Repaired under 10yr/100k powertrain warranty. 
87000 mi Remanufactorered transmission found bad. Ordered another transmission Installed new transmission Right CV Boot wide open, throwing grease, Left CV Boot cracked. Replaced both CV Boots. 
99000 mi

US $700
Felt clunking in front end. Tech found upper left control arm worn. Ordered parts. While diagnosing problem 1, tech found front sway bar bushings worn, not holding sway bar. Ordered parts.  Installed new control arm. Installed new sway bar bushings. 
101000 mi

US $300
Engine would turn over but not start. After many attempts, engine started. Drove to mechanic. Found bad ignition switch. Switch replaced. 
105000 mi

US $118
ABS warning light on with audible alarm, brake light/oil pressure light flashing, braking characteristics different. Numerous reports of same problem on VWVortex pointing to Electronic Brake Control Module. Removed module, sent for rebuild. Electronic Brake Control Module was recieved after rebuild and installed. Repair successful! 
109300 mi

US $600
Engine oil leak. Tech found both valve cover gaskets leaking and camshaft adjuster seals leaking. Ordered parts. Felt ball joint clunking from front suspension. Tech found passenger side upper control arm worn. Ordered parts. Parts installed Parts replaced 
114000 mi

US $1550
Car running cold. Suspected a failed thermostat in open position. Tech confirmed bad thermostat. Replaced thermostat. Front suspension made clunking noise going over bumps. Tech found tie rods worn. Replaced tie rods and did 4 wheel alignment. 
115000 mi

US $541
Oil leaking from PVC breather hose. Tech found breather hose clogged. Replaced 2 PVC breather hoses, PVC suction pump, PVC check valve, PVC gasket and about 9 feet of brittle vacuum lines. On previous visit, tech noticed engine motor mount worn/ leaking hydraulic fluid. Replaced motor mounts. 
117000 mi Clunking noise in front end when going over bumps. Tech took car for test ride, didn't hear the noise. Customer took ride with service writer, service writer heard the noise. Tech inspected front end and couldn't find cause. 
119000 mi

US $1574
Left and right cam plugs leaking oil. Replaced cam plugs.  Also replaced orig front and rear shocks/struts and strut mounts. 
73000 mi

US $330
Power Steering Hose replace radiator fan Replace motor mounts Rough shifting 
89000 mi

US $1
window regulator pin fell out. replaced the pin ($1 part) 
86000 mi

US $950
Changed front upper arms shocks etc Changed water pump 

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1999 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

4-cylinder manual 2WD

117800 mi

$1
One of the suspension upper control arms has broken 
122760 mi Lower Suspension Control Arm broke. Same wheel. I've now replaced all eight. 
133920 mi One of the Flexible Brake Hose has snapped away 
140080 mi

$100
Replaced front and rear shocks 

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1999 Volkswagen Passat 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

137000 mi

£286
replace n/s cv joint replace both stabliser arms 
138000 mi

£207
severe bang from gearbox on selection of drive, no tiptronic operation 
139000 mi Replaced all top and bottom ball joints due to gator rips, replace bottom steering joints, M.O.T. major service 

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Volkswagen Passat Suspension Problems

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