Volkswagen Passat Problems

Consider These

PainRank (?) Year Model Watch For
3.03 2016 Passat cooling system
9.04 2015 Passat engine
9.72 2009 Passat engine

Avoid These

PainRank (?) Year Model Beware Of
41.06 2003 Passat engine
33.01 2006 Passat engine
32.98 2002 Passat engine

Generation 8

Gen Score

7.77 PainRank™

Watch Out For These Problems

  1. hesitates upon acceleration in the 2015 at 5935 miles
  2. bad spot from factory on hood in the 2015 at 17325 miles
  3. check engine light on in the 2015 at 9037 miles

Areas the Breakdown

Generation 7

Gen Score

24.69 PainRank™

Good Luck Avoiding

  1. heater doesn't work in the 2012 at 17325 miles
  2. turbocharger failed in the 2012 at 82000 miles
  3. vibrating and gears slippage in the 2012 at 40767 miles

Areas the Breakdown

Generation 6

Gen Score

24.46 PainRank™

Beware Of These Common Issues

  1. car wouldn't start in the 2006 at 74330 miles
  2. injectors failure in the 2007 at 43412 miles
  3. timing chain failure in the 2007 at 61351 miles

Areas the Breakdown

Generation 5

Gen Score

29.97 PainRank™

Watch Out For These Problems

  1. oil sludge resulting in engine failure in the 2002 at 91782 miles
  2. engine failure from oil sludge in the 2003 at 79746 miles
  3. engine oil sludge in the 2005 at 80511 miles

Areas the Breakdown

Generation 4

Gen Score

0.63 PainRank™

Good Luck Avoiding

  1. ignition module in the 1996 at 90000 miles
  2. stalls in the 1997 at 96000 miles
  3. a/c not working in the 1996 at 99000 miles

Areas the Breakdown

Generation 3

Gen Score

0.42 PainRank™

Beware Of These Common Issues

  1. rough idle in the 1992 at 120000 miles
  2. engine won't turn over in the 1992 at 152000 miles

Areas the Breakdown

NHTSA Information

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is a government agency designed to "keep people safe on the roadways." Here's a look at the number of times NHTSA has recalled and investigated the Passat.

Recent Passat News

Leaking Brake Lines in the 2017 Passat

It’s been a bad week for 2017 Volkswagens. First there was a tiny recall for seized up engines in the 2017 Jetta. Now the 2017 Passat is being recalled to replace leaking brake lines.

Engineers traced the brake fluid leaks to end flares of the brake lines that were damaged during manufacturing, causing the seals to be faulty. A low brake fluid warning light will activate when the fluid reaches a certain level.

Details on this recall are still coming in.

Fix for 2015 2-Liter Diesels Approved

There’s been a lot of talk about diesel buyouts and fixes lately. But one group that’s been left out was what VW calls “Generation 3” diesel vehicles from the 2015 model year. But after 16 months of waiting, that’s about to change:

Volkswagen finally received approval to fix certain 2-liter diesel vehicles to make their emissions systems legal, at least for about 67,000 of the 475,000 illegal 2-liter “clean diesel” vehicles.

VW will remove the “defeat device” software and replace it with something a lot less cheat-y. Then sometime next year, VW will install new software in addition to a diesel particulate filter, diesel oxidation catalyst and a nitrogen oxide catalyst.

Oh, Canada! A VW Diesel Settlement Update

Our neighbors to the north tend to be a patient bunch, but you have to imagine Canadian VW diesel owners were starting to wonder when their settlement offer would come. Well, good news.

Canadian owners will receive between $5,100 and $8,000 in compensation along with a few options. Any eligible owner can choose to trade their vehicle and apply its fair market value at that time towards the purchase of a new or used Volkswagen or Audi vehicle.

Spread out over 105,000 vehicles, that equals about $2.1 billion CAD (Canadian dollars). The settlement needs to be approved and finalized by two courts.