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Volkswagen Passat Maintenance and Repair



  • brozhnikbrozhnik Posts: 172
    Zscottie - it's real. It's mandatory, in fact, if you don't want to invalidate the warranty. Basically, the 1.8T engine turned out to sometimes develop oil sludge, and using synthetic prevents that problem. (As I understand it, the turbo runs really hot, causing the sludge with dino oil; synthetic can handle the heat so doesn't form sludge in the 1.8T.)
    The good news is that VW also extended the warranty against sludge (is it 8 years? -it's in my files at home but it's about that) - BUT the warranty only applies if you follow the outlined procedures. You gotta be sure to use one of the synth oils on the approved VW list or else you'll also invalidate the warranty. Also, don't go past the recommended 5 K interval or that'll invalidate it.
    The issue has been discussed a lot on the Edmunds Passat boards - if you search you should be able to find the list of approved oils. (I now use Mobil1 0w40, and am really happy with it. Previously I used Valvoline SynthPower 5w40 - also real good.)
    Basically - no, your dealer is NOT selling you a bill of goods. Actually, the fact that they realize that using synth matters is a good sign, suggesting that they're on top of things.
  • hornetshornets Posts: 1
    FUEL FLAP LOCKED IN THE OPEN POSITION. I stopped to refuel my (2001) 1.8T Passat estate (SW) I opened the fuel flap by pressing the fuel flap release button as normal, however for some unexplicable reason while filling up I remotely locked the car before closing the fuel flap. This resulted in the fuel flap lock locking without the fuel flap being closed. I have tried to resolve the situation by unlocking the car remotely/manually and by depressing the fuel flap release button, to no avail. Does anyone out there know how I can release the locking mechanisum and reset the fuel flap.

    Hornet in the UK.
  • 600kgolfgt600kgolfgt Posts: 690
    Auto Zone carries Mobil 1 0w40, Valvoline SynthPower 5w30 & 5w40, and now the ever elusive Castrol Syntec 5w40 (which I use). So it looks like the availability of VW 502.00 spec oils is improving - without the need to special order them. :shades:
  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    Also, I saw a Pep Boys ad for Mobile One Synthetic for $3.99 per Qt. I usually get my 0w40 at AutoZone as well. They charge somewhere in the neighborhood of $4.89 per qt.
  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    BTW: The service interval for the 1.8t is 5,000 miles...not 3,000
  • altair4altair4 Posts: 1,469
    You wrote:
    "Auto Zone carries Mobil 1 0w40, Valvoline SynthPower 5w30 & 5w40, and now the ever elusive Castrol Syntec 5w40 (which I use). "

    Despite the fact that Valvoline Synpower 5w-30 is listed by VWoA as 502.00 compliant, Valvoline insists that it isn't! Valvoline's website doesn't list it as 502.00 approved in North America. I wouldn't use it or recommend it for 1.8T duty.
  • 600kgolfgt600kgolfgt Posts: 690
    I only use the 5w40 oils from the VW 502.00 oil list (Castrol Syntec 5w40 in particular). I had the list with me while shopping for oil, and I'm just reporting what I saw there. I'm surprised that there's a 5w30 oil on the list at all...
  • djcdjc Posts: 10
    My quote was given by Autohaus in Lancaster, PA. I checked at Frank Boucher Volswagen in Racine, WI where I bought the car and was give a similar quote.
  • djcdjc Posts: 10
    Thanks for the info. I'll check the fuses tonight. Can you get me the source for a reman pump? I have an independent mechanic looking for one, but no word yet. I'd appreciate it if I could pick one up.
  • zscottiezscottie Posts: 23
    Great, thanks for the info. The dealer used 5W40 synethic...glad to hear they're on top of things. ;)
  • I have a 2000 Passat with 124,000 miles. The last few days I have received a similar ABS Brake message and STOP display as you have described. I think I have fixed the problem.

    I First I checked the fuse and noticed that the fuse in slot #41 was missing so I put one in there. About 10 days ago the dealer flushed my brakes so I thought it might not be a coincidence.

    After continuing to get the ABS Brake message I decided to add some hydraulic oil to the hydraulic resevoir under the hood. It was marginally low so it seemed worth a shot. I believe the problem is gone now having driven the last 70 miles without a warning message. One thing I did was remove the hydraulic resevoir cover overnight to let potential bubbles subside.

    Good luck.
  • sluggo3sluggo3 Posts: 6
    I am experiencing a recurring problem with water / wetness in the front footwells. The dealer has cleaned the AC drain tube, the sun roof drain holes, replaced the pollen filter and re-sealed the fresh air intake. None have proven to be a long term fix.

    I see a vapor emanate from the center vents intermittently and currently have moisture on both sides of the center console at the top of front footwells. The dealer technicians have reached their limit on possible solution paths.

    Rain is not a variable. The mileage is 107K+. The car has been exclusively maintained by the dealer and all done on schedule. The car runs great and is paid for and I'd like to keep it for another 2 years.

    Does anyone have an idea for a plausible next step?
  • wacka2wacka2 Posts: 1
    I have a 2003 Passat GLX. I took care of my 45k mi. service last week. Two days ago I was on my morning commute when I suddenly lost all ability to accelerate (as if I ran out of gas). I went from 70 MPH to a complete stop . . . in the second lane of the 10 FWY in Los Angeles! There was no way for me to manuever over to the non-existent shoulder. I was extremely lucky not to have been rear-ended and am amazed at how the CHP and AAA took care of the situation.

    The dealer diagnosed the problem as a defect in the fuel pump and promptly replaced it at no charge since the car is still under warranty. The service department was so busy that I really didn't have a chance to ask any questions about what caused this problem or if it happens often. Has anyone else had a similar problem?
  • ebradyebrady Posts: 2
    this may be of some help. Ask dealer to check heater core for possible leak it possible would cause leaking and steaming in the compartment. I know you said rain was not a factor, but my daughter recently had huge amp for stereo installed when they drilled through firewall for wiring they created a hole for rainwater to find. Best of luck to you!!
  • ebradyebrady Posts: 2
    My daughter went to refuel tonight and fuel door won't open. I checked fuses and all appear to be good. Is there emergency release somewhere? or some way to release the door? Any ideas appreciated. Direct emails appreciated. Thanks.
  • sluggo3sluggo3 Posts: 6
    I have not checked my Passat but my other car has an emergency release in the trunk direclty behind the filler door and behind the trunk liner. It is a German car. Maybe the Passat has the same set up.
  • sluggo3sluggo3 Posts: 6
    Thanks for the thought but there is no sweet smell or greasiness. It is a water based moisture problem. The windows do not exhibit coolant leak related filming. I have a note into VW and a manual on the way via the mail.
  • norm4norm4 Posts: 1
    Anyone have their self-dimming inside rearview mirror self-destruct because the interior got too hot? I have a 2001.5 Passat, was parked in the sun, and the LCD or whatever inside the mirror separated or something, a bubble formed inside the mirror and grew and grew until... no more self dimming and I could barely see back. The replacement cost was going to be $300+ so I bought a slip-on wideview mirror from an autoparts store for $11.
  • After another day the ABS Brake messages resumed and has gotten worse. I went to the dealer and was quoted $1,050 to get the ABS module replaced. At this point with 124,000 miles I may put up with the warning messages until it won't matter anyway.
  • rob_passatrob_passat Posts: 13
    We had water in the glove compartment in our 2002 Passat wagon (but unlike your problem it was associated with rain as far as I could tell). Under warranty, the dealer had the "VW water leak specialist" check it out. They resealed the front windshield which fixed the problem.

    The water leak specialist spreads his time over a large numbers of dealers. Has anyone else heard of this?
  • sluggo3sluggo3 Posts: 6
    Thanks for the note. Shortly after taking initial delivery on our 1999 Passat, we had a windshield leak on the passenger side, which the dealer fixed.

    I sent VW USA a note via their web site regarding my recurring water in the footwell problem. They have been very responsive thusfar. They called me about 24 hours after I launched the message to them. I received two follow up calls overall and they have coordinated with the dealer. I will be taking the car to the dealer on Monday (5/23) and the VW will work with the dealer technicians to hopefully get to the root cause. My gut is telling me that the AC drain hose is chronically clogging due to mold/mildew. I will pass on the results of the service and VW USA's overall response.
  • akterakter Posts: 1
    Hi Pollack,

    I'm having the same ABS+Break light warning. And the STOP sign is also on the dash board. Can you explain me how to check the ABS fuse? I really appriciate your reply.
  • tomthebesttomthebest Posts: 1
    We have a 2002 Passat and also have had a water problem for a long time, it may or may not be the same problem, but it may be worth a check. We have found that water accumulates in a cavity around the battery up to 5-6 inches, it is a drain next to an air intake and underneath what looks like a pump or brake thing that get clogged.
  • carltondcarltond Posts: 1
    I have a 2003 Passat wagon 1.8 turbo that did the same thing this weekend. 65 mph on the highway at 12:00 am in R.I. when all of a sudden nothing... after dangerously negotiating my way to the sholder under the power of momentum only the vehicle would not start.

    More alarming than the car failure was the 24hr. roadside service failure. $80.00 out of pocket later, I was taken care of, not by the road service that was part of the car sale, but by the service the state police were able to mysteriously conjure up in a matter of minutes. After the VW road service had just admitted there was little hope that they would be able to enlist any service for us. In reading the VW literature on roadside service, I noticed I was to be given an authorization code when they are unable to provide a tow. This is the authorization code that is required in order to be reimbursed for providing your own service. The roadside service manager met the request for the authorization with the equivalent to "hunh what's that" 15 minutes later he was able to produce some kind of code. Although I have to admit I'm not that confident it will even work now.

    To further erode my confidence in VW, I had my car towed to a dealer, the service was actually great considering they are only open for a few hours on Saturday morning, they couldn't look at the car until Monday morning so they set us up with a rental... a 2005 Jetta. The next morning upon embarking on our 2hr. trip home leaving our car a few hundred miles behind, we make one stop with the rental and the car will not start. If there is a VW hell if found it this weekend...

    I hope the problem is as simple as replacing the fuel pump and that takes care of it. But that will not fix the weak link in the 24 hr. road service. If there is a time you need the service the most it is when you are stranded on the highway in the middle of the night. Not durring convenient business hours on weekdays.
  • SylviaSylvia Posts: 1,636
    A reporter is looking to speak with owners of Chrysler, Saab, Toyota or Volkswagen vehicles who did all the scheduled maintenance on their vehicle and still experienced engine sludge within the warranty period within the past year. If this describes your situation, please respond by 6pm Eastern on Monday, May 23, 2005 to [email protected]
    Thanks for your consideration,
    Jeannine Fallon
    Corporate Communications
  • sluggo3sluggo3 Posts: 6
    Thanks. I checked the under-battery drain area after the dealer had also done so and it is clean and clear, no blockage. The area around the fresh air intake was also resealed by the dealer which ended up being a "red herring" service as my recurring problem was not solved.

    The problem I am experiencing is water accumulating in the footwell when running the A/C on a dry day. Car is in the dealer shop now along with a container of water I shop vac'd from the carpet last Friday.
  • dhfddhfd Posts: 22
    How long has VW been aware of the problem w/ the 1.8T and non synth oil? I had to have the micro screen replaced on my 02 Passat, had a little over 48K miles.
  • 600kgolfgt600kgolfgt Posts: 690
    The technical service bulletin for sludge came out around the first quarter of 2004.
  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    What's a micro screen?
  • dhfddhfd Posts: 22
    That's what the service tech at VW called it...I think its on the part that pulls up the oil. I haven't seen one before, but understands its roughly the size of a quarter maybe?
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