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What's Wrong with the Volkswagen Passat?

The Volkswagen Passat has a total of 874 complaints. The majority of the complaints involve the engine (44%) followed by the electrical (7%) and the interior (7%).

We'd recommend avoiding the 5th generation (2006–2010) which has the worst overall PainRank™ of 19.92

How Passat Generations Rank

Worst Overall Passat Complaints

Let's take a look at the most common Passat complaints submitted to over the years.

The complaints are sorted by their PainRank™ which is a score calculated by combining data points such as 1) how long does it take for the problem to start 2) how much does it cost to fix 3) what rank did owners assign to this problem, etc.

Most Complained About Passat Years

A quick look at which years have the highest complaint volumes. Clicking on the year will take you to their problem pages on