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Volkswagen Passat Maintenance and Repair

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  • Thanks. I will try another dealer
  • ksksksks Posts: 1
    Yes! I own a '99 Passat GLS and I have experienced idle problems for at least 6 months. Only mine has now gotten to the point where it will idle up to 3000 RPM! It feels like my car is going to take off, right into an intersection. I've taken it to the VW dealer twice now and they have not been able to diagnose the problem. They've just said, "We're sorry, but we don't know what the problem is."

    I think this is a dangerous problem that warrants some kind of response by VW.

    -ks
  • cbanccbanc Posts: 10
    I have owned a 99 Passat since June 1999, bought with 200 dealer miles on it. The engine and front end movement described have been present on my Passat from the first day I owned it. I considered it a part of the normal operation of the car. Maybe it is not, but it has never been an issue with the car's performance. It now has 68,000 miles on it. It broke down on me only once, at about 3,000 miles due to what was described as misfiring spark plugs. It does occasionally have misfire codes which usually resolves on its own. I have used synthetic oil from 1,000 miles changed every 3,000 miles usually.
  • Here's the scenario: Start car, back into driveway, turn off car (run time 10 seconds). Car sits for 10 minutes to 3 hours while i sweep or putz in the garage. Start car to bring back into garage (runs not so smooth but ok - run time 10 seconds). Next morning, wife tries to go to work. Car won't start after repeated attempts (4-6x). She did not touch the gas pedal. Tow to dealer. Dealer finds gas in oil. No fault codes. Says operator error. Why can I do the above with my '96 Passat without problems but the "advanced computer management" of my 2004 Passat cannot handle this situation?

    Anyone know why this is happening and if it should be happening? Seems like something that should happen to my old go-cart and not my '04 Passat. Thoughts? I'd appreciate it!
  • hello iam a vw tech (10 years). when the car doesnt start does it crank fast as if no compression or crank fine start and run so bad it dies? what kind of oil? fuel grade? maybe i can help im kinda a passat specalist i own one and so do my family

     

    paul
  • again vw tech, this engine does move alot the mounts are silicone filled the head light movement is intreaging, do the headlight seam to vibrate when idling in gear?

    hope i can help

    paul
  • catecate Posts: 8
    Hi, I drove my 97 Passat GLX today on snow. I did feel ABS worked for a while, then both the ABS and BRAKE lights were turned on. The BRAKE light was off after I restarted the car, while ABS light is still on. The road was icy, and I lost control of my car a little sometimes. Otherwise I cannot see any significant reason.

    The ABS light was on several times before, generally in rain, but I could always turn it off by restarting the car.

        Any suggestions on this problem would be greatly appreciated.
  • mrjettemrjette Posts: 122
    My friend has a 2001 Passat with the 1.8 turbo engine. The oil pressure light came on and she brought it back to the dealer. Her lease is up this month, and she just wants to get out of this vehicle due to on-going problems.

     

    1. They say they need her to authorize an engine diagnostic (at $75/hr x 4 hours) to find out what is wrong.

     

    2. They say she exceeded one oil change interval by 1500 miles, essentially making any problem they find be outside of the warranty (and her expense).

     

    3. They say it could be anything from a clogged oil pump to a totally sludged up engine that must be replaced (ouch).

     

    4. The pressure reading in her car is 1.4 bars, while the normal pressure is 4.0 bars. Sounds like something is indeed clogged, but not sure what it could be.

     

    Any advice is welcome and appreciated. Is there some fluid to run through the engine that could remove some gunk, drop the warning light and allow her to return the car without taking on great expense?
  • pedped Posts: 18
    Mr. VW tech, Paul,

    Would you take a look at post 650 and let me know if it takes 6 hours to that job? It was the one in the back. Thanks...no names or info will be used. I'd appreciate it.
  • The idle problems may be due to a faulty idle control valve. They normally run in the $200 - $275 range.
  • altair4altair4 Posts: 1,469
    Is there some fluid to run through the engine that could remove some gunk, drop the warning light and allow her to return the car without taking on great expense?

     

    ...And this is why I will never, ever, buy a car coming off of lease.
  • mrjettemrjette Posts: 122
    Nor would I since I fear many people who lease cars do not take proper car of them. But, I do not feel at all guilty about this approach since this car was well maintained.

     

    This solution was sought only because VW was not stepping up to the plate. They extended a warranty due to a recognized design flaw in the 1.8T engine, but won't allow anyone to exceed the recommended oil change intervals. So in 48,000 miles, everything that this car needed it received except once (yes once) the oil was changed at 6500 miles instead of at 5000 miles. This car was never beat or abused.

     

    Happily, it all worked out.
  • Paul, thanks for your reply.

    My wife's description is that the engine turns over pretty normally (maybe a bit slower) but never catches or fires at all. At 9500 miles we are using 5-40 weight oil as specified...done by dealer. Also using premium fuel.

    The first time, it was towed to dealer, who then apparently was able to start it, but then found fuel in the oil. VW payed for the tow, we had to pay for the oil change. It still seems to me it shouldn't be that easy to "flood" this engine.

     

    I wish I had been home to witness this, but I had already left home both times. (2nd time she got it going after 4-5 attempts to start.)
  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    How did it "all work out"?
  • krzysskrzyss Posts: 843
    "recognized design flaw in the 1.8T engine"

     

    I would call it:

     

    recognized maintenance deficiency.

     

    It looks awfully similar to Toyota sludge problem.

     

    Krzys
  • altair4altair4 Posts: 1,469
    You wrote on 1/23/05:

    Nor would I since I fear many people who lease cars do not take proper car of them. But, I do not feel at all guilty about this approach since this car was well maintained.

     

    You wrote on 01/19/05:

    2. They say she exceeded one oil change interval by 1500 miles, essentially making any problem they find be outside of the warranty (and her expense).

     

    Hmmmm.
  • bjbird2bjbird2 Posts: 647
    I started using Mobil 1 5W-30 synthetic oil in my 2002 Passat 1.8T starting at 1000 miles. All of the oil changes have been done with a local mechanic, not VW, with me supplying the oil.

    I thought that with the 1.8T engine sludge problems, VW is now requiring the use of synthetic, and the new larger filters. I also read that VW dropped the price of the synthetic for dealer changes, so I thought I would call VW and find out how their oil change price compared with the cost of buying my own oil, and now, buying the larger filter from VW.

    I was surprised to hear the service person tell me they were not aware of a recent requirement from VW to use full synthetic in the 1.8T, that they use the semi-synthetic oil, and the larger filter, for a $40 change cost. Using synthetic would be $20-$30 more.

    So I have a letter from VW telling me to use synthetic oil, and they are very specific about which oils to use. Then I have the dealer telling me they're not aware of this requirement. Don't these guys communicate?

     I think I'm going back to my mechanic and supplying my own oil. I'll just have to purchase the larger filter from VW.
  • Has anyone found 5w40 non-synthetic oil?

    My dealer claims they fill with 5w40 non-synthetic "line oil" for their oil changes on the V6. Can't find it anywhere for my '04 V6...probably should use synthetic anyway, just curious.

     

    thanks
  • I've also been looking.

    warrantydirect.com seems reputable, but I'm not sure I'm quite willing to go for it yet.

    have you gotten a quote from the dealer?
  • krzysskrzyss Posts: 843
    Get pdf from VW with approved oils, print it, and ask dealer to show you the oil. All of them are synthetics, if I am not mistaken.

    I would ask them to share this top secret information with VWoA as they are apparently unaware of it.

     

    Krzys

     

    PS Do search on Edmunds. This pdf was pointed many time
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