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Volkswagen Passat Maintenance and Repair



  • Anyone have any suggestions as to how I can get a key replaced? I lost my keys and replacing my honda key (with integrated FOB) cost $140. VW techs gave me the run around on Friday and frankly I don't plan to keep this car much longer but I do need a key (valet key is too much a pain for everyday use). Are there any electronics in these older keys? Can I just get one cut at a locksmith? I don't really want to spend more than $50 (I should only have to spend $5). There should be a method to reprogram the key with out having to take it to the dealer. I once had to replace a key for a 99 Taurus. The dealer sold me the key for $20 then told me how to reprogram it my self just like they would do (If they did it he'd have to charge me $60 for labor).
  • hmm
    i thk i had a similar problem,the pump stops on my car at about 16.5 to 17.0 gal,and i thk the capacity is 18.5,dont know why this happens.the fuel level indicator shows,16.5 when stopped at 16.5,but i fail to unerstand,why the pump stops,without the tank getting full.
  • Anyone had similar expiriences.?

    When I try to back of my car from the parking lot in the mornings,i hear a fairly loud squeaking noise,it is like this,early mornings,when i engauge in to the reverse gear,and then pull the car backwards to get out of the parking lot,i step on the brakes intermittently as needed.At these times i hear this squeaking noise.This noise is more prominent when i am backing off.Is this noise coming from the brakes,or from the suspension?

    Besides,what might be the reason for a funny sound from the engine?cold wheather?
  • The squeaking noise is coming from your brakes most likely. My 03 has done the same thing for a long time. Try it once on a level surface first thing in the morning to rule out the suspension.
    I have 54k and my dealer says my breaks can last at least another 10k. :shades:
  • which washer fluid should be used.?
  • Is it true that my '02 Passat can only be aligned by a dealership service department? I would like to have it checked, but Les Schwab said they could not do it.

    Anyone know why the dealer must do it? I assume the tire dealer wouldn't turn away business if they could have done it, but it seems odd that this is a VW-only service. I don't want to pay dealership prices for the service--it's bad enough to have to buy wiper blades, ect. from the dealership!
  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    I am not sure what you are asking!! Maybe you can only put 16.5 - 17 gallons in because your tank is not completely empty. When the warning light comes on indicating low fuel, you still have a reserve amount of gas. My '04 has a 16 gallon (+/-) and I have never put more than 15 gallons in.
  • altair4altair4 Posts: 1,469
    I've had an alignment done at a European indy near me. In fact, it was better than the one done previously by the dealer.

    However, in some instances, the front subframe assembly may need to be loosened and adjusted. Many alignment shops either don't know this or won't do it, apparently due to specialized tools required.
  • Yeah you are right,But if there is reserved gas in the tank,the fuel indicator should show full if i fill 16 gals in a 17.5 gal tank,and it does not ,the fuel gauge shows around 90%,this means the pump is stopping early.And the tank is not getting filled properly.
  • Ok i bought a 93' Passat about 4 days ago. It is in great shape from what i know and it has run very well, nothing wrong except the battery needed to be re-charged. well this morning i went to start it and it wouldnt start. it wouldnt turn over even the slightest bit, just a click. its not the battery because the lights and everything else will turn on just the motor wont turn. is this a starter or ignition problem???
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,404
    Do the headlights STAY on when you turn the key to start? Even a weak battery will keep the lights on with no "load" but you can spot a weak battery by trying to start the car.

    If the headlights STAY on, just as bright, when you turn the key to start, then yes, you probably have a starter or ignition key problem. If the headlights go out immediately when you turn the key to start, it's probably a bad battery or alternator.

    And don't charge the battery up with the alternator. Always use a battery slow-charger.


  • bought new 05 passat in april, engine would surge or shudder from time to time & engine light come on- took to dealer- they said it was a flash problem but changed out a gasket - apparently engineering recommended as a temp fix- now always get "emmisions workshop message" and still get shudder or surge- took to dealer- engineering still working on flash program- put in new EGR plate- another VW engineering "temp fix"- still no resolution- this after 8 months and only 9000 km. Anyone else with this problem- getting pretty choked- are there lemon laws in alberta canada? Would a aftermarket chip tune solve issue?
    how long does it take to write up flash program- can I get 8 yr computer wizkid to whip me up a new flash program!!

    Maybe instead of "drivers wanted" they should consider "engineers needed"

    put on 7000km on new toyota tundra in one month (offroad even)and it works way better. Maybe should have bought highlander hybrid for instead of passat
  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    if everyone needed a new flash for the same problem... they wouldn't put an 8yr computer wizkid on the effort. ;)

    not knowing that much about VW's, it seems like an inconsistent fuel delivery / or air/fuel scheduling problem. what about an intermittent fuel pump? what is scheduling the fuel injectors? what about a quirky throttle body and/or sensor? what about a bad connection to the MAF/IAF sensor? possibilities abound.

    could your dealer swap out the MAF/IAT (Mass/Air Flow, Inlet Air Temp), TPS (Throttle valve Position Sensor) or ECU? any loose connections to any of these devices?

    the problem you have is intermittent. this makes me think of a loose connection, or a part that isn't working properly. i don't think some flash is going to help you. if your car required a re-flash, i'd think you wouldn't be alone.
  • This problem has occured on 9 other tdi @ the dealership- I was told in june after I first started noticing problem that it was a flash problem and that it would take approx 3 months to get the new flash passed by govt regs. they've had it on the diagnostic comp. several times and this continues to be the problem they state. It has been 8 months not 3 since I first took the car to them.

    I am concerned about the surge as it is now winter in canada and if you're on black ice and you have a change in velocity or power transfer it could cause you to loose control- this is the car that my wife and children mostly ride in- very precious cargo- this becomes a safety concern for me.

    also $36,000 car should run a little better I would think.

    I will mention about the MAF/IAT, TPS etc.

    thank you
  • z_manz_man Posts: 15
    I have a '03 GL 1.8T model that would not start in the morning. I had it towed to the diler twice now and they cannot find anything wrong. Battery was replaced a month ago. They told me that starter, alternator and battery are tested good. Car was left there for almost 4 days and they called me last night saying that I need to pick it up since nothing is wrong with it. It was starting for them every time. So, I went to the dilership last night, drowe my car and this morning same thing, it would not start. I called service manager and he "could not believe" it so at this moment it is being towed again. I love VW's (this is my fifth one)but this is getting out of hands.
  • z_manz_man Posts: 15
    I have it on my '03 Passat. Since I bought it, I was never able to put more then 13 galons. My tank has 16.5 capacity and I drove it few times until was almost empty, went to the gas station and all it could fit was 13 or 13.3 galons. I had it in service for that but, as expected, they could not find nothing wrong. So far, they replaced fuel sensor, fuel pump and God knows what else but still, it does not work.
  • altair4altair4 Posts: 1,469
    Since I also have a '03 with the 1.8T, your post got me many gallons does the car take to fill it once you hear the "refuel" chime? For me, that's about 12.2 gallons or so. I know from reading around different forums VW is very conservative about not wanting the tank to run dry. Personally, I've never put in more than 13.7 gallons (which in return gave me 417 miles of travel or 30.44 mpg). My best mpg on a tankful was 32.63 mpg.
  • danpadanpa Posts: 27
    "Since I bought it, I was never able to put more then 13 galons. My tank has 16.5 capacity and I drove it few times until was almost empty, went to the gas station and all it could fit was 13 or 13.3 galons."

    How did you know it was almost empty?
  • My problem is the pump stops as soon as it starts. I have to squeeze the nose numerous times to get the tank filled. It does not matter how empty or full the tank is. My 06 Passat has a 18+ gal tank. Also, this happens with specific gas stations (brands). People told me that is caused by air lock. Looks it has something to do with the design of the fuel nose. I think no repair can be done so I have to live with it. Other than that, I love the car.
  • Top that! This car has been the biggest lemon ever. I'm so disappointed with VW's service, both from the dealer and VW of N. America. I'll post later in depth about all my problems. Over the past two weeks the car has been in the shop 4 times, each time they give it back to me, it runs worse than the time before and the dealer states a different problem and wants more money...NO, NO, NO! The sad thing is that I was set on buying a new A3 3.2 S-line this Jan/Feb but I just can't give VWAG anymore of my business, period. I'll just have to settle for something else, maybe the new IS 250 or the TSX, something that is reliable.

    Volkswagen DOES NOT stand by their product, beware! More horror stories to come, nobody is going to believe how bad it has been.

    Dave in VA
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