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4th Generation Volkswagen Passat Problems

The Passat's 4th generation runs from 1998 to 2005 and has generated 482 complaints on CarComplaints.com. Collectively, this generation has a 18.97 PainRank™ which ranks 54th in reliability out of 56 generations.

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Problem Areas Between the 1998 and 2005 Model Years

So what are most of the complaints about? Let's take a look at specific areas that have generated the most complaints. This should give you a good idea about general trouble-spots.

Worst Complaints for this Generation

Let's take a look at the most common Passat complaints submitted to CarComplaints.com 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.