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Volkswagen Passat 2005 and earlier

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  • krzysskrzyss Posts: 843
    I just got a letter stating that VW is replacing brake switch.

    Krzys
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,853
    I got that about 3 weeks ago.
  • IVAN 99 -
    Well, the 2001 passat 1.8T is absolutely the worst car I have ever owned. Many, many problems w/engine, sensors, electronics, trunk latch, glove box, etc... I bought it new and I still have it... each time I have had a repair (by the dealer), I say, "that must be the last problem." But, it never is. The only good thing about the car is the paint job. When clean it looks as shiny as new. Good luck to you...I would look for a Honda or a Toyota if you have not purchased VW yet. I would look at Hyundai before VW as well.
  • krzysskrzyss Posts: 843
    makes a wagon but VW.

    Krzys
  • jsladejslade Posts: 4
    NOT SURE HOW LONG AGO YOU POSTED. I HAVE A 98 SEDAN TURBO W. STICK SHIFT. SAME PROB. THIS SUMMER OCCASIONALLY THE CLUTCH PEDAL STAY FULLY DEPRESSED. PULL OVER, STOP. WAIT 'TILL ENGINE COOLS DOWN. FINALLY, FOUND A LOCAL MECH. WHO WOULD WORK ON IT, NO VW DEALER IN TOWN. HAD TO REPLACE, CLUTCH DISC, SLAVE CYL. AND MASTER CYL. STILL NOT
    SURE WHERE THE PROB. WAS BUT THE CLUTCH WAS WORN OUT (100K MILES ON IT). FIRST FEW MECHANICS I VISITED COULDN'T EVEN FIND THE MAST. CYL. I'D GUESS THE WAGON ISN'T FAR FROM THE SAME NEEDS. IF YOUR IN A COMMUNITY WITH OUT A RESPONSIBLE
    DEALER YOUR IN FOR LOTS OF PROBLEMS.
  • jsladejslade Posts: 4
    JUST HAD SOME WORK DONE ON THE PASSAT BY A LOCAL DEALER.
    NOW WHEN I TURN ON THE RADIO THE WORD "SAFE" APPEARS ON THE SMALL SCREEN. NOTHING IN THE MANUAL ABOUT IT. GOD I HATE
    GERMAN ENGINEERING. HELP, PLEASE.
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    PLEASE STOP YELLING, IT'S CONSIDERED RUDE AND RATHER ANNOYING. Thank you.

    That said, your car came with a special insert that deals with resetting the radio (which was probably built in Asia by the way). If you don't have it, call VWoA, I believe they keep them on file.

    Best Regards,
    Shipo
  • Hey everyone, Maybe someone can help. The egine in my 02 VW passat wont start. Wont even turn. I tought it might be electrical so because the lgiths in car wont even start. So I changed the battery. And nothing. With the new battery some of the electricle comes on. But stays dime like the battery is draing. When i jump start the car it turns fine without any problems. could this be the alternator? or some short in the systems and adavice? :sick:
  • Hello all,

    I am selling my 01 Passat Wagon GLS V6. Been a great vehicle for the family, but I just purchased a 07 Odessey for more family room. I will be selling the VW privately and it will be my first private sale. I wanted to inquire about recommended asking price.

    01 GLS V6 Wagon 84k - Auto, Cloth
    Tape/CD/4 disk changer
    non-smoker
    I am 2nd owner, bought in 02 with 11k on vehicle

    KBB says about $8500. Looking are cars.com for comps, most comparables are $11k-13k.

    What does the group recommend an asking price? Any other advice?

    Thanks in advance
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,853
    Try over at "Real World Trade in Values"
  • I have a 1999 VW Passat Wagon w/75,000 miles. Cloth is detaching from front door panels and around door handles. Cloth almost totally detached from sunshade in roof. .. Center armrest cover is broken. Gearshift boot is threadbare. I'm not a DIY'er . One auto reupholstery shop recommended I get try to locate salvage parts rather than having parts reupholstered.

    Would appreciate your thoughts on way to go -- salvage or reupholstery. Is reupholstery a very time consuming job for auto shop? What do I need to request so that cloth doesn't detach again?

    Appreciate your help.
  • jc07jc07 Posts: 5
    I just sold my 2001 VW Passat GLX V6 -- basically loaded -- to Carmax for $4500. It had 39,000 miles on it.

    Not very much, $4500, is it?

    Here is what I experienced in my efforts to sell and here is what I concluded:

    1) People in the used car business -- dealers, Carmax, etc -- don't actually use Kelly Blue Book. They use something called the Black Book. Everyone purchaser of used cars uses this Black Book and it is well below any of KBB's numbers, or edmunds, or NADA.

    2) To get top dollar your car needs to be utterly clean. Mine was anything but -- Fair condition at best.

    3) I decided it was not worth it to spend the time and effort to get top dollar for my Passat. In an hour and a half I had a check from Carmax and I walked out the door.

    At the beginning of my efforts to sell this car I was thinking $8000 for sure but I am fairly certain the only way I could swing that would be to invest time and money in body repair, touch ups, etc.

    Hope this helps.
  • Does anyone know hoe to replace the armrest cover?
  • Recently purchased 02 Passat 2.8L V6. Lot's to like about the care but it certainly seems to have an annoying anti-theft system. I find that I can't leave it unlocked in the garage for more than about 1 minute before the system is armed and ready. As soon as someone goes out and opens an already unlocked door, the alarm screams. Also notice that sometimes simply shutting the hood or trunk lid sets the thing off. Anyone know if this if proper operation? It seems to me that I should be able to leave the car unlocked in the driveway or garage and then access the car at anytime without worrying about having the transmitter in my pocket. Any help would be appreciated. Is it possible there are sensors that are failing or need reprogramming?
  • I am wanting to pull my 1987 chevy truck from GA to TN with my 2001 Passat. Is this possible?
  • altair4altair4 Posts: 1,469
    That's definitely not behaving properly. I can leave my car unlocked for as long as I want, without it locking itself.
  • Thanks. Since posting I've found an aftermarket AntiTheft system installed. That works along side the VW system. I've been able to turn down the sensitivity and can put it into what's called "Valet Mode" so I don't have to deal with a screaming alarm everytime I open the door in the garage!
  • altair4altair4 Posts: 1,469
    Have you ever had any water intrusion issues? Could be your CCM is going bad.

    When you lock the car's doors with the remote, do all of the doors actually lock? Juwt thinkiing outloud here, but I think you might have a bad microswitch on either a door or the trunk/hatch.
  • Hi all, I am considering a used Passat for my son's first car. Most seem to be in the 100K mile range for model years 2002 - 2004. Just wondering what the general thoughts are on the car. Any major issues to look for? i.e. trans. issues? motor issues? They seem to have a good reputation but I would like to hear it from some current owners. Thanks, Nick
  • krzysskrzyss Posts: 843
    You need new timing belt by 105K miles. It costs almost 1K to get it done.
    If the engine is 1.8T then it must have used oils meeting VW spec 502.01 or better all its life (very good synthetics - the easiest available are Mobil 1 0W40 and Castrol Syntec 0W30) changed each 5000 miles or sooner.

    Krzys
  • reidkreidk Posts: 46
    '99 V6 5spd, just over 101K of Mostly Wonderful Motoring. A bit older, and not entirely problem free, but if well maintained a Passat can run Very Well for a long time, and this one still looks good: interior is in great shape (leather with wood trim), and body looks fine from Walking Distance (hood & windshield attract stone chips like crazy, otherwise paint remains excellent).

    Failure points:
    Minor: rear cupholder (about useless anyway...); both front access 'flip panels' for VW jack (replaceable if one wished to do so).

    Moderate / Expected "Wear items": brakes & rotors (did these at home); new battery; couple of bulbs; rubberized coating on driver's door handle. (And, of course, tires, wipers, filters..... :) )

    Major: Water pump - replaced along with a multitude of items as part of "100k" service (which was done around 80K due to water pump failure).
    Radiator: sprung a small leak earlier this year along seam between metal fins & plastic side panels. Replaced with new aftermarket unit.
    Suspension: Creaked & Groaned for a couple of years, which is pretty common. Replaced F&R shocks & springs - along with nearly all of the front components as part of an aftermarket kit - when tie rod ends went bad.

    Also, car has always used some oil, requiring an additional 1/2 qt between changes. But over past couple of years it has developed a small oil leak - apparently around right side valve gasket (as facing engine compartment) - which has upped oil consumption to a good quart between changes.

    Mechanics advice is that this is minor & to simply keep eye on oil level until the NEXT major engine service - presumably around the 150 - 160k mark. Just might still own the car at that point, as it remains a joy to drive...

    Good luck in your search / purchase!
  • bobgwtwbobgwtw Posts: 187
    According to J. D. Powers. consumer reports, Edmunds forums etc., these cars are about the most trouble prone you could buy; and repairs at any VW dealer almost require a 2nd mortgage to pay for them. I'd avoid a used VW like the plague.
  • Hi. Does anyone know where I can see a blow-up diagram of the area surrounding the turbo on a 2001 Passat 1.8T engine? Preferably online somewhere?

    I'm trying to find all of the gaskets and crush washers and o-rings, all of these little parts that I'll need, when I replace the turbo charger on my 2001 1.8T Passat. (Engine code is AUG).

    It's a fairly new rebuilt longblock engine, and when installed it was with a cheapo turbo which has blown its bearing. So I purchased a new KKK (really Borg-Warner now) turbocharger. The B-W (B-W part is 5303 988 0029, which correlates to VW part number 058 145 703J). I've got the exhaust gasket and the intake gasket, but it looks like there are various crush washers and seals needed (e.g. for the oil send and return lines). Can anyone out there point me to a blow-up diagram, or even just a recommended parts list, for all of these little goodies that I'll need?

    Mike
  • dhdandhdan Posts: 5
    I have been looking, to no avail, for instructions/how-tos on how to replace the front right turn signal bulb on my 2001 Passat. Does anyone know of such a guide or source of information? Thanks in advance.
  • Good luck with that. I finally had my dealer do it when I took the car in for an oil change. Didn't cost too much and saved me some spiked blood pressure moments.
  • I have a '02 Passat with the V6 motor. It has a bit of a stutter/stall/surge throttle response when pulling away from stop or slow role. Any help. I've heard it might be the transaxle programming itself which requires reprogramming. Can it be reprogrammed easily?
  • I recently removed and replaced the glove box to replace the light. After reinstalling, the dome lights and locks and glove box light do not come on and the car will not start. Other dash lights and head lights work. Starter will not turn. Is this a fuse or did I cut a wire? I tried several fuses but all seem OK. Help
  • I am considering two passats and need some wisdom.
    I can buy a 2003 glx 6 cyl sedan with 57k for 9000.00 or
    a 2005 gls 4 motion 4 cyl. sedan with 39k for 12500.00. it
    is for my kids and one might go to school in new hampshire.
    IS it worth the extra 3500 for 4 motion, 2 years newer and
    20k less in miles.??..both have leather, roofs, cd's only diff
    is electric seats in 2003. please help dealer said he would
    wait til tommorow...thank you!
  • krzysskrzyss Posts: 843
    ask for maintenance record. It must show oil changes each 5K miles and only oils meeting certain (VW 502.00 or 503.01) specification (the easiest available are Mobil 1 0W40 and Castrol Syntec 0W30).
    V6 is not as picky with oil as I4 but must use the same oils.

    Krzys
  • I have the chance to buy a 99 passat 1.8T 115,000 miles I have heard some bad things about them ran a carfax apears to have been serviced regularly

    Any advice would be appreciated
    Also have heard they need a timing belt around this mileage is there anyway to tell if this has been done and how much would it cost is it a do it yourself replacement or does it need to be done at a dealer
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