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Volkswagen Passat Maintenance and Repair

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  • selmselm Posts: 122
    I have a 2004 1.8T Sedan and am really enjoying it. Now I am not complaining about Southern California winters but when the temp is below 55 I have to constantly run the defroster. Most of the time it responds better with the AC turned on. Late at night it can get quite cold in the cabin. Is it user error even though my other cars don't have this issue? Does anyone else have this annoying problem?
  • My 2002 1.8 Passat is emitting a burning smell. I tried to locate the source in the engine compartment without luck. It recently completed a 45,000 mi service. I suspect that the cause is an empty fluid reservoir on the driver's side in the front of the compartment. The dipstick is dry; I don't know the type of reservoir. It has a green cap and the icon makes no sense. Is it for transmission fluid? There is no explanation in the owner's handbook that come with the car (I bought it new).
  • mrjettemrjette Posts: 122
    The AC simply removes moisture that contributes to the fogging of the windows. There are times in a NH winter where I need to use it. To moderate the "cold", just turn the temperature control to warm or hot. It will mix heat in and will blow warm, dry air. No Fogging!
  • reidkreidk Posts: 46
    ". I suspect that the cause is an empty fluid reservoir on the driver's side in the front of the compartment. The dipstick is dry; I don't know the type of reservoir. It has a green cap and the icon makes no sense. Is it for transmission fluid? "

     

    Would suspect "Hydraulic Fluid" - aka "G00 2000", after the Part NO (G 002 000) - which is actually imprinted next to the green cap on my Passat.

     

    Note that the local dealer sold a small (12 oz) bottle of Part No. G 002 012, "Power Steering Fluid," as the current replacement for G 002 000.

     

    Since one sign of having a low level of G00 2000 is a car that "groans while you are turning the wheel" this seems to make sense...

     

    Reid / SE MI
  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    I tried to make sense of reidk's post, but....no luck!!

     

    I believe that is the power steering fluid resevoir. In my car at least, there should be a drop symbol and a steering wheel symbol on the dip stick handle.
  • altair4altair4 Posts: 1,469
    You wrote: "My 2002 1.8 Passat is emitting a burning smell. I tried to locate the source in the engine compartment without luck. It recently completed a 45,000 mi service. I suspect that the cause is an empty fluid reservoir on the driver's side in the front of the compartment. The dipstick is dry; I don't know the type of reservoir. It has a green cap and the icon makes no sense. Is it for transmission fluid? There is no explanation in the owner's handbook that come with the car (I bought it new)."

     

    Fish8 is correct - that's the power steering reservoir (steering-wheel-with-drop icon). Use VW fluid only and get it filled ASAP. You'll kill the power steering and it's an expensive fix. The reservoirs are all covered in the manual - look for the picture of the entire engine (hah! - If your '02 manual is like my '03, the pic will be of the 5 cylinder engine).

     

    The burning smell - I'm going to take a guess and say that your valvecover gasket is leaking engine oil at the rear of the block (between the block and the firewall). A common 1.8T complaint - should be covered under warranty. Look back there with a strong flashlight when the engine is off, but hot. You should smell the hot oil more strongly right above that area.
  • Just found out the boot covers on my Passat are ruined and I need to replace the cv joints. I've talked to several mechanics and all but one say it would be cheaper to just replace the entire axle rather than just the cv joint. However, one mechanic (who works for a German car repair place) told me that you actually don't replace the axles in this car just the cv joints. Does anybody know anything about this? Is this guy blowing smoke or off his rocker? It concerns me that 5 guys say one thing and 1 guy another. Normally I would blow him off but the fact that he owns and operates a garage that specializes in German cars has me wondering a bit.
  • I am in Boston too... we spent the last three weekends looking at SUV's, our favorite was the BMW X5 and as long time Jetta owners, it still doesn't drive like one, and is incredible expensive. I think next weekend we will look at the Passat Wagon AWD, glad to read some reviews that it handles well in snow, we've had plenty of that this year. Any other advice out there for a family that loves German car feel and has a baby on the way? Thanks!!!
  • krzysskrzyss Posts: 848
    it drives like German car but interior is not like VW, it is not bad but lacks some refinement.

     

    Krzys
  • The first set of mechanics you've talked to are correct - it's a lot cheaper to replace the entire axle than the cv joint, especially since a single cv joint (parts and labor) is usually more than half the cost of replacing an entire axle.
  • One cause of this could be that you have the recirculate activated or the control is defective.
  • When was the last time the cabin air filter was replaced?
  • Not sure if this will help, but my 2004 was in the shop 3 times within a month with CEL. On cold mornings the car would start extremely rough(misfiring) and the light would come on. The codes would come back indicating failures in the ignition coils. By the third time the mechanic suggested that I use 89 octane fuel instead of the 93 that I was using. I was told that the higher octane fuel was making the car misfire upon starting and causing a false ignition coil failure. I did get in writing the suggestion to use 89 since the owners manual says 91. I have not had any problems since, though it hasn't been below 0 degrees F since then.
  • Jeffex-

    I have an 02 Passat GLX 4motion wagon and can only tell you my experience. On the plus side it's attractive, safe, performs well, handles the snow well and has a beautiful interior.

    However... after 3 years and 36K miles, here's the bad:

    In the dealer 20 of its first 30 days due to the car inexplicably going into limp-home mode. They finally had to replace the engine computer.

    Leather seat split at the seam.

    Homelink module fell apart.

    Headliner rattle had to be fixed.

    Rear window washer hose fell off.

    Rear end started to whine, diagnosed as impending differential failure - replaced under warranty.

    Rear brakes and rotors(!) replaced at 33K for $400. They consider rotors "friction material" and won't cover them, even at the low amount of miles they lasted.

     

    I really wanted this to be a car I could keep, but there's no way I can risk it. Thank God I leased it.

     

    Chuck
  • selmselm Posts: 122
    Never. The car only has 3000 miles on it.
  • selmselm Posts: 122
    I generally keep the recirculate off. What seems to be working better is cold in the beginning of the drive and then move it to a neutral spot.
  • reidkreidk Posts: 46
    "I tried to make sense of reidk's post, but....no luck!! "

     

    Hmmm - apologies for lack of clarity!

     

    Was trying to make point that what was probably needed was Power Steering Fluid - which does seem to be consensus - BUT, on my particular Passat, that container is marked with a Part No that has been Superseded. A fact that often leads to confusion: "Well, THEY TOLD ME to buy Part No "A" - but The Dealer says I need Part No "B"... so what do I get????

    In this case, container in car is marked G 002 000 - but the current replacement is G 002 012.

     

    Apparently, some of the (older?) Audi's call this "Hydraulic Fluid" instead of "Power Steering Fluid," and the owners, finding that it often needs replenishment, have ("affectionately") given it a nickname of "Goo 2000," which I thought was a cute way of remembering the part number.....

    (Think "goo" as in the first 3 letters of "goop")
  • Thank you for your response. I looked through the 'Better Business' site, and called VW. I am glad that I have kept all the records, and am documenting all of this now. I called VW, and they contacted the dealer. Since I voiced the concern, outside the dealer and to VW, hopefully it will be resolved faster. At first, they said the same thing about the gas cap, but it kept coming back on. It may go off on it's own, then back on, or the dealer turns it off, and it comes on as I drive off the lot. It's crazy!! Thanks again!
  • Owners manual for my 2002 Passat 1.8T stick shift spells premium fuel so does the sticker inside the fuel door. In the first year after driving a few thousand miles the engine started caughing during cold starts. Dealer (Billco Motors, PA) checked the codes and with no hesitation recommended switching to regular gasoline so I did. My car now has over 30K miles and the problem did not repeat itself even once. Go figure this one out.
    Honestly the engine has so much pep that its difficult to tell the difference in normal city/hwy driving. Lots of bottom torque and not even a trace of knocking.
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