2005 Volkswagen Passat TDI Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2005 Volkswagen Passat TDI

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2005 Volkswagen Passat TDI Problems

Check Engine Light Due to Issues With Glow Plugs/Wiring Harness

Because of issues with the glow plugs and/or the glow plug wiring harness from the control relay, the Check Engine Light may illuminate. Our technicians tell us there is a service bulletin, not a recall from Volkswagen regarding replacement of the glow plugs on 2004-2005 model years only.

    Camshaft Wears Down Prematurely

    The 2.0L TDI engine used in the Volkswagen Passat TDI very commonly faces camshaft lobe wear issues causing:

    -Pronounced loss of power

    -Backfire through the intake (heard under the hood)

    -Rough vibrations while the engine is running

    -decreased fuel economy

    - OBD trouble code P0101

    Correction for this issue requires substantial internal engine work including replacement of the camshaft, hydraulic lifters, and possibly fuel injectors

    To help avoid this issue, ensure you are using the correct oil for your engine, as listed in your owners manual. 

    Engine Oil Leaks

    Engine oil leaks are common from the valve cover gaskets and camshaft chain tensioner gasket.

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    2005 Volkswagen Passat TDI Questions

    where to service the high & low AC under the hood? (1 answer)

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    Is it normal to hear a 0.2-0.5 second sound when turning on the car? (1 answer)

    When I am turning the car from "off" to "Ignite" position, to wait for the glow plugs to warm, when I turn the key I hear a very faint noise, almost electrical I guess you could say, for 0.2-0.5 seconds. I turn on the car after the glow-light has disappeared and the car runs g...

    How much will it cost to repair this? (1 answer)

    They used the hand computer on my car. I thought he said it was the trottle. He said it was something on top of the motor. They removed it and said if it comes back on to bring it back to be fixed.

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    2005 Volkswagen Passat TDI Reviews

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    I have had this car for a year now, about 160,000 miles. I have already had to replace the transmission (the new one has 70,000 miles on it) and it is now doing the same clunking and hard shifting as the previous one! I really do like this car and the mileage that I receive which is usually around 35-37mpg, and that is "country" because it is rarely on the highway for more than 10 miles. Also, ...
    My Passat now requires transmission work for the 3rd time. By far the most expensive car for repair bills I have ever had (30 years of driving). Dealership won't cover anything under their "bumper to bumper" used car warranty.
    I really love this car. I have had it for a little over 6yrs. Great mileage (42mpg) when cruise control is set at 72 mph. Great stereo. Sadly, I will likely let this car go. I am facing having to replace the torque converter for $2,700 and maybe the transmission for $4,900. I just cannot see dropping nearly 8K for repairs. That's ridiculous.

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