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Volkswagen Passat 2005 and earlier



  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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
  • Just bought a used 2001.5 Passat 1.8t with 80k. The engine is way noisy when started on a cold morning. It seems to be very slow to warm-up. The noise is kind of metallic and is coming from the driver's side of the engine compartment with a pronounced loud whining during acceleration. Once the engine warms to 190 or so it quiets down.The heater blows cold for the longest time as well. Any advice? Thanks
  • I have a 2000 Passat 6cy. 2.8L. I am looking for a good repair manual because I believe I will have many small items which are expensive at dealer but I my be able to handle with used parts. Any suggestions on which manual would work best especially for small items such as door locks, cup holder (rear) etc.
  • alen3alen3 Posts: 12
    While im here i might as well ask two questions that ive been waiting for someone to answer. First: is it possible to install a cold air intake on a 2000 Passat 1.8t?
    Second: there is coolant leakage around the hoses that surround my oil filter and over time it crusts around the hoses and around my filter, its not alot but should i look at it seriously and what is causing it?
    thanks to anyone in advance,
  • altair4altair4 Posts: 1,469
    Bentley manual is probably your best bet. It's the official VW shop manual.
  • lisavalisava Posts: 2
    I currently have a Jetta Wagon and am considering a Passat for more space. I'm not set on having a Turbo engine, but found an '04 for sale that's a good price. I'm hoping to learn more about the Turbo engine and if there's anything I should be concerned about or look out for. The car has had regular oil changes at the dealership. The oil pump was just replaced, I don't know the details on why. Any suggestions, cautions, concerns? Thanks in advance! Lisa
  • I owned a 2001 Passat Wagon V6 (not the 4-motion). Ample power at 190 horse and the torq was great. Wagon was ~3600lbs IIRC. I havnt driven the Turbo models, but I dont think I would get a wagon with only a 4 cylinder Turbo.
  • altair4altair4 Posts: 1,469
    My concern about that oil pump replacement is because the engine oil sludged and clogged the pump's screen. Mmmmm, I'd be careful about this one. Sadly, regular oil changes at the dealership doesn't mean that the correct oil was used throughout the car's life. If they can't provide proof of synthetic oil in the correct grade meeting VW Spec 502.00, I'd pass on it.
  • 04glx04glx Posts: 1
    I'd go with the '03 and use part of the savings to buy snowtires mounted on steel wheels if you're concerned about traction and your son will be diving a lot in the snow.

    The 4-motion really does not make a big difference compared to FWD and in the Passat, it prevents you from having fold down rear seats.
  • yuliangyuliang Posts: 2
    For safety, is passat better than fusion and fusion better than accord?

    Also, how will passat take care of engine sluge issue if I bought a second hand passat from dealership and could not approve all oil change?
  • yuliangyuliang Posts: 2
    is that 1.8T engine the only one met sluge problem? Does anyone meet this problem with a 05 TDI engine? Thanks.
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