4th Gen (1998 – 2005) Volkswagen Passat Problems

The 4th generation of the Passat has a cumulative PainRank™ of 18.97. That can be compared against other Volkswagen generations. Shopping for a Volkswagen? You should avoid this generation like the plague that it is.

Owners of the 1998–2005 Passat model years have sent in 482 complaints on CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most common below. Most are about the engine (61%) followed by the interior (4%) and the cooling system (4%).

Comparing Years in This Generation

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Volkswagen model years.

Watch out for the 2003 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Reliability PainRank (?)
2005 33
19.88
2004 55
19.91
2003 189
40.4
2002 112
33.07
2001 38
12.51
2000 38
17.43
1999 12
3.47
1998 5
5.08

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