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Volkswagen Passat Maintenance and Repair



  • blitzg99blitzg99 Posts: 12
    I own a CPO VW Passat 2003 with warranty till Oct 2008. I am thinking of buying an extended warranty for my car. Does anyone have suggestions for it. I know VW offers Volkswagen RealDriver Extended warranty. Are there any other good alternatives.

    Also are extended warranties worth it ? Any comments will be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks in advance.
  • blitzg99blitzg99 Posts: 12
    I own a CPO VW Passat 2003 with warranty till Oct 2008. Can anyone suggest a good reliable mechanic for VW Passat in the Twin Cities area (I line in St.Paul).
    Also are extended warranties worth it ? I am thinking of extended waranties vs. repair in an independent shop for future. Any comments will be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks in advance.
  • stykeystykey Posts: 1
    I have a 1999 Volkswagen Passat and the check engine light keeps coming on. I have had it scanned with a code scanner and there is nothing wrong with it. Can anyone tell me how to disconnect the check engine light? Is there a fuse that controls it? On other vehicles, disconnecting the battery has worked as a tempory fix, but it does not work on this car.
  • altair4altair4 Posts: 1,469
    Can't help you with your problem, but if you disconnect the MIL light, you will not pass emissions inspection (if your state/locale has one).

    Are you saying that a scan shows no codes whatsoever? Who scanned it? Indie, dealer, or you?
  • I also have a 98' Pasat 1.8T but with the auto trans. We have 92K miles, and we love this car with the factory 6 CD changer in the rear and and even a factory casette to hookup our personal XM receiver with the cassette pickup. We have lately noticed a very similar thumping noise to the one described by you. When the car is on the highway under accceleration no noise. When I coast we hear this soft thumping sound under the front passenger seating area sort of center right. There is no engine light and at my last VW dealer checkup no error codes. I was thinking this was either a differential/transaxle issue or a catalytic converter loose insulating plate. I am leaning (hopefully) to the latter. Aamco has a free computer check with an online coupon. If the tranny checks out I am going to an exhaust shop to check this option as well.
  • cosmocosmo Posts: 203
    I suggest that you also have someone examine the constant velocity joints.
  • I need to know where the drains in the water box (underneath the engine bonnet in front of the windscreen) are situated, when it rains it keeps filling with water. Thanks for your help.
  • ehg2001ehg2001 Posts: 2
    My husband and I recently purchased a used 04 Passat and just the other day, a light came on, on the dash in the upper left corner. It is a circle with a line through it. We did not receive an owners manual with the car so we dont know what it is. Does anyone know what this circle with a line through it means?
  • altair4altair4 Posts: 1,469
    Under the brake booster (on LHD vehicles) and under the battery. This should help you:
  • cosmocosmo Posts: 203
    First of all, check under the dash below the steering column to confirm that the owners manual is not where it is supposed to be. (You wouldn't know that it should be there unless you read the owners manual or the seller told you.) The light you describe may be the shift lock notification. It is located at top center on the tach. It is a brake symbol with a shoe in it. It lights when you have the engine on, the transmission in park or neutral, and your foot off the brake. The light is to remind you to apply the brake to release the shift lock so you can shift into drive or reverse. The light you describe may also be the symbol located in the top left of the computer readout. It is a circle with a diagonal line through it. It means that the MPG displayed is an accumulated average.

    If you do not have an owners manual, it is well worth it to buy one in order to utilize all the features of your Passat.
  • Cheers mate i got it sorted now it's just a matter of drying out the carpets but the big bit is sorted tks alot.
  • summetjsummetj Posts: 1
    I have ran into something very funny on my wife's 98 Passat (Manual).

    The clutch petal got all spongy (as if air was in the clutch master/slave cylinder or line). When I went to vacuum bleed the clutch system at the slave cylinder bleed nipple, I couldn't get any brake fluid to go down the hose to the master cylinder. I eventually unplugged the hose that runs from the brake fluid reservoir only to find that the plastic nozzle on the brake fluid reservoir was solid plastic, and would not allow fluid to flow past it into the hose!

    I sucked brake fluid directly into the hose and the clutch petal now works.
    My question: Did some mechanic install a new brake fluid reservoir and forget to clip the plastic tip of the nozzle? (I assume that for an automatic transmission no hose to a clutch master cylinder would exist, so the reservoir is probably designed so that the installer would have to open up that nozzle.)

    Or is this the normal from the factory setup? (Just a place to plug the hose to maintain vacuum?) Anybody with a manual Passat know if the hose is supposed to be connected to the reservoir as I suspect?
  • neki36neki36 Posts: 1
    99 passat 5 speed v6 130 miles
    after driving for about 10 min my car will beep and rpm gauge will drop to 0
    and oil and ABS lights will go off
    otherwise car runs great
    please any sugestion (ideas)
  • My 1999 Passat Driver Side Controls have stopped working completely. I can not use the locking mechinism, window controls or mirror adjustments. The controls were working fine when I bought the car a few years back but slowly went out one by one. Sometimes the controls would work, sometimes not. Then the whole shabang went out.

    Any Ideas what I can do to fix the issue???

    Ps. All other window controls and locking mechinisms on the other doors work fine.
  • My wagon recently started to squeak rather loudly while the car is in motion regarless off speed. When I apply the brakes the squeak's either subside entirely or mostly. Originally I thought that I may have a pebble or something stuck in the pads but that doesnt appear to be the case. Thought the pads may also be sticking but that isnt the case either. Does anyone know what that problem may be? I am pretty lost at this point. Thank you.

    Richard :cry:
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    I bought a used 2000 Passat 1.8L Turbo car and it has exhaust that is leaking into the engine compartment. It appears to be coming from a hose that is missing. Not sure what the hose is, and looked in a repair manual and could not find a picture of it. In the attached picture, there is a round silverish colored part that has a nipple on the bottom (circled) that appears like it should have a hose connected to it. It is at the back of the engine on the left side. Exhaust comes out of this nipple. Anyone know what hose is missing and where the other end goes?

  • torino5torino5 Posts: 4
    When I start engine in the morning you can hear some noise coming from the bottom of the engine(like exhaust leak noise) and continue for about 2 min. and after everything is great.There is no smell, no smoke,full power.VW specialist told me the problem is….exhaust gasket or manifold crack or leak(under the turbo) something like that.Is anyone know how to change exhaust gasket or manifold(he told me needs to remove turbo).Is it a big deal ?
  • cosmocosmo Posts: 203
    Examine the wiring bundle to the drivers door. Repeated flexing over the past nine years may have broken one or more wires.
  • bobgwtwbobgwtw Posts: 187
    Unfortunately, any reair done by a VW dealer is a big deal; read very expensive. Try to find a good independent repair shop that specializes in VW's. A good place to start looking is the "Mechanix" file on
  • I have a 2002 Passat 1.8 turbo with 48K miles on it. The Catalytic converter light went on this past weekend- have not had it serviced yet. Separately. the heater in the car stopped working in March but the AC still works. I was quoted $1000 by a local ( reputable ) garage to get a new heater installed. Have no idea yet what the answer will be for the converter. Should I cut my losses and get rid of the car? I am surprised I have so many issues with it.
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