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Volkswagen Passat Maintenance and Repair



  • wileeebwileeeb Posts: 16
    Yes, I filed a complaint with NHTSA. I also sent an Email listing complaints for the exact same problem on this web site from 32 separate users. I also sent their corporate office in Gernany a listing showing there were 32 separate complaints for the same problem, at one web site alone. In addition, I am going to forward this information to an online Class Action Attorney website. For VW to KNOW there is a safety issue and not mandate a recall for the VW and Audi engines that have this SYSTEMIC, KNOWN ABW/BRAKE light SAFETY problem is something for which VW should be penalized. I also filed a complaint with this web site:
  • krzysskrzyss Posts: 843
    If I connect my Amazingly Expensive HDTV set to wrong voltage it will smoke. Whose fault is this? Installer if they did this, not manufacturer.

    ABS, ESL and ESP all rely on wheel speed. By putting one different tire you just mess up with system inputs. I cannot blame manufacturer for assuming that user will use proper tires, at least 4 identical tires.

    I assure you that if you did this to any AWD (is your VW 4Motion ?) vehicle you would need new center differential.

    Now system with messed up intputs will have messed up outputs (garbage in garbage out). Did you check brakes after tire adventure? ESL and ESP use wheel braking to achive what they are designed to do. I would have brakes inspected and I think your brilliant tire installer should pay the bill.

    Not checking tires was their fault.

  • krzysskrzyss Posts: 843
    "The tire dealer gave me FOUR new tires when I explained the problems he had caused me. I demanded four tires otherwise the wear and tear was different and I didn't know what problems I might have caused by having three matching tires and one smaller tire."

    Maybe what you are experiencing with your braking is "I didn't know what problems I might have caused by having three matching tires and one smaller tire". I suspect that you driving with mismatched tires is related to what you see, by the way how long did you drive on them?

  • wileeebwileeeb Posts: 16
    Yes, the brakes were checked after the tire tire dilemma from Mar 2005 (19 months ago). Since then I have had the following routine brake maintenance: brakes installed, brake system flush, electrical system checked by the dealership, plus axles replaced instead of just getting new CV boots when they were torn.
  • wileeebwileeeb Posts: 16
    I looked up the paperwork and here is more of the tire story. I bought new tires in Dec 2004 that were installed with balancing, etc. Everything seemed OK. In Mar 2005 I had an oil change plus tire rotation. After leaving the maintenance shop, my car stalled pulling out of the maintenance shop, on the way home, etc. I went back to the maintenance shop and they explained whatever was wrong had to be a coincidence. A few days later after under going many more stalls I took it to the dealer. They hooked the car up to their computers but could find nothing wrong. They took it for a test drive and experienced the same kind of stalls I experiended. The mechanic noticed the smaller sized tire near on the driver's side. I forget his reasoning why, but he did have an explanation as to why a smaller tire in the back would be no problem, but a smaller tire up front would cause the car to react differently. Since Mar 2005, related to brakes, I have installed new brakes, had a brake flush, rack and pinion steering replaced, axles with CV boots attached installed, plus an electrical check up by the dealer.

    The current ABS/BRAKE lights could possibly be related (19 months) later, but the cause and effect seems doubtful. Especially, since the car has been back to the dealer for other things (window regulators, head lights, cooling/heating, etc,) since then.
  • 1vwman1vwman Posts: 14
    there are updates for ecu flashing depending upon your ecu pert #
  • 1vwman1vwman Posts: 14
    sounds like the switch under the e-brake is broke..if the switch is up like if the handle is pulled the lights will be off and the dash light will be on...
  • When driving at certain speeds, i.e. 40mph, it feels like the automatic transmission does not know what gear it wants to be in. It shimmy's and shakes a little while wavering between gears. If I give it plenty of gas while accelerating this is not a problem, but when slowly accelerating it does this quite often.
    Is this a transmission issue, or a fuel issue?
    Any thoughts or suggestions?
  • I would like to hear from either of you. I am taking my 2006 Passat wagon in on Friday for the Anti slip light and the brake lights staying on because of it. The other alternative the dealer told me was to disconnect te battery cable until I could get it in for service. Well then the doors don't lock and the hatch won't open and the time has to be reset. WHAT A PAIN! Now in the past 2 days since I called, the Glow Plug light for my diesel flashes and a warning light comes up "Immediate Engine Service."

    The soonest I could get it in was this Friday.

    Are there any other records of the Anti Slip light problem being a broader issue than I am aware of? I just know because I am a woman the dealar is going to screw with me.

    Any suggestions would be most helpful. Feel free to email me :confuse:
  • altair4altair4 Posts: 1,469
    Dingstuff, I'm getting confused reading your note.

    If I'm reading this correctly, your ASR light on your 2006 Passat Wagon is on and the brake lights (on the rear of the car) are staying on. Do you mean ABS light, by chance?

    I'm sure you are concerned about your battery dying from the lights staying on when the ignition is shut off. You could (at least you could on the older models, pre-2006) simply pull the fuse for brake lights. That way all other electrical functions would work and the clock won't have to be reset. Of course, you won't have any functional brake lights - if you put the fuse back in, they'll always be on, but that's better than no brake lights at all.

    Is your model year a typo? Edmunds doesn't show a turbodiesel engine available on the '06 model, but it does for the '05 model.

    If you in fact have an '05 model, the switch on the brake pedal may be bad. I had this happen on my '03 and it was covered under the original warranty. Post a little more detail and maybe we can help you get to the bottom of this.
  • The malfunction indicator lamp recently came on in my 2001.5 Passat wagon. Before this occurred, the engine had been making a strange sound like the sound of helicopter blades for about 2 weeks. Having recently had the mass air flow sensor replaced at a local VW dealer, I decided to take the car back to the dealer; I suspected that the problem might be related to that repair. At first, the dealer said that the codes coming from the computer indicated a bad speed (camshaft) sensor. The dealer also said that the camshaft adjuster was bad and would need to be replaced. After replacing these parts, however, the malfunction indicator lamp still did not go out. The dealer then asked me whether I had had the timing belt replaced. I replied that I had done so at the same time that my defective water pump was replaced; this work was done by a highly rated independent repair shop (I didn't take it to the dealer because I never suspected that the coolant leak would be due to the water pump, which is covered under the powertrain warranty). The dealer then discovered that the timing belt was flopping against the timing belt cover and that I would need a new timing belt and belt tensioner. After making those repairs, however, the malfunction indicator lamp still did not got out. The dealer then discovered that the tab on the crankshaft that fits into the crankshaft pulley was missing, and they believe that the tab must have been broken off when the timing belt was replaced. According to the dealer, I now need a new engine (either short or long block) at the cost of ~$9,000. I asked whether they could simply replace the crankshaft, and they said no but did not provide any reason. I am going back to the dealer tomorrow to have them contact the independent shop that replaced my timing belt. I am really hoping that the independent shop will acknowledge that the problem was their fault. If not, I am up a creek because the dealer has already staked out their position and will not admit that the problem was due to a mechanical defect in the crankshaft. I am caught in the middle. The car is only worth about $9,200 in a private party sale; thus, if I have to cover these costs, I don't know what I'll do. It seems that the best course of action would be to take the car to some repair shop that would replace just the crankshaft, but that will still be very expensive. Does anyone have any advice? Are there any legal channels I could go through to fight this (perhaps VW arbitration?)? :sick:
  • altair4altair4 Posts: 1,469
    NO idea about arbitration or any other legal recourse. But finding a salvage engine would certainly cost less than what the dealer is suggesting.

    Out of curiosity, was the timing belt tensioner replaced by your indie replaced the TB and water pump? At what mileage was that work done and how long before the helicopter sound appeared?

    Lots of people on Passat boards across the web recommend changing out almost everything that the TB touches, including the tensioner when the TB is replaced.

    Good luck with your tough situation.
  • Thanks for your reply. I hadn't considered the salvage engine option. No, the indie repair shop did not replace the timing belt tensioner although they did replace the camshaft and crankshaft seals and all drive belts. The timing belt was replaced at just under 66K miles at the end of March. The mass air flow sensor was replaced at just over 71K miles at the end of July. The helicopter sound didn't occur until about 3 weeks ago at approximately 75K miles. Thus, there is about 7 months and 9K miles between the timing belt replacement and my current problem.
  • altair4altair4 Posts: 1,469
    You might even be able to find an AWM (the engine code I believe your 1.8T has) engine with fewer miles than you are already carrying. 'Course, you'll end up doing the TB again!

    Some of the online vendors sell the complete kit - TB, tensioner, water pump, etc.
  • I have a 2001 Passat Wagon with an intermittent problem: the tailgate will refuse to open for no apparent reason.
    After flipping the electrical lock 5 or 6 times or taking a short drive, it's back on again. Any ideas?

  • altair4altair4 Posts: 1,469
    My guess would be a bad liftgate microswitch.

    Google "replace Passat microswitch" for details.
  • I have a 1996 passat, when i bought the car everything worked. Since then i have had some water leaking into the floor of my car and i have also realized that the radio is not working any more. Do you think these two things are connected?? also, when the running lights are on should the dash lights be on too?? finally, suddenly my passenger door wont open unless i push above the door handle while pulling the handle...any suggestions on any of these??? thanks
  • I have an '02 Passat 1.8T that I had left sitting idle for about a week in our garage. When I went to start it this morning, the starter would turn but the engine would not fire up. It's not the battery; as I said, the starter engaged fine and all the accessories and lights worked. And I made sure that I had the clutch pedal fully engaged, so that shouldn't be the issue, either.

    I'm racking my brain trying to figure out what the problem is. There were no issues last week when I parked it.

    What's going on?
  • My 2001 Passat did the exact same thing on Sunday. Belts are all intact. Battery is good. Starter is turning. All fine when I parked it on Wednesday. Mine is an automatic.
  • I have a 2005 Passat GLS. I have notices that I have developed cracks in the "wood grain" (looks like plastic to me) facing on the interior door handles on all four doors. Is this common? Should I make them replace it? I am still in the warranty period.
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