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2002 Volkswagen Passat

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2002 Volkswagen Passat Problems

Engine -- Verified

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

Brakes -- Verified

The anti-lock brake system (ABS) control module may fail causing the ABS light to illuminate. Failed modules should be replaced to restore ABS operation.

Miscellaneous -- Verified

The digital display portion of the instrument cluster may fail. Our technicians tell us the entire instrument cluster will need to be replaced to correct this concern.

Miscellaneous -- Verified

Clogged sunroof drains can allow water to enter the interior and accumulate under the carpet where various control modules are mounted. Over time, the accumulated moisture can damage the control modules.

Drive Train -- Verified

Our technicians recommend having the constant velocity (CV) boots and CV joints inspected at each service. Servicing torn CV boots early can prevent the need to replace the CV half shaft or CV joint.

2002 Volkswagen Passat Recalls (Recent)

Drive Train, September 19, 2003

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Volkswagen is recalling models equipped with 4.0L engines because the affected vehicles are equipped with tires of the maximum load rating index 93h instead of 97h. Dealers will replace all four tires with the proper size tires.

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Engine, June 13, 2008

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The heat shield may become damaged and the fuel line/fuel tank ventilation valve may fracture and leak. Both of these conditions are potential fire hazards. Dealers will install an additional underbody heat shield and inspect and replace affected fuel components.

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Engine, June 13, 2003

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Volkswagen has recalled certain 1998 Cabrio, 1997-1999 Jetta, and 1998-2003 Passat models because the fuel tank filler neck can suffer abrasion damage if the rear tire goes flat and the vehicle is driven until the tire disintegrates. This may lead to fuel leakage, which can result in a fire. Depending on the model, there are different solutions to the problem. Contact Volkswagen at 1-800-822-8987 for more information.

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2002 Volkswagen Passat Questions and Answers

jbse12, 2002 Volkswagen Passat, 1.8L 4 Cylinder, West Harrison, NY

My passat has lately after a drive approx 1 hour has let out a great puff of blue smoke. Shut off engine restarted kept up for about 15 seconds then was fine ran good for the trip home, now the eng...

Mayflower, 2002 Volkswagen Passat, Diesel, Huntsville, AL

I have a 2002 Volkswagen passat estate, diesel.
Recently the brakes completely failed while driving in ice conditions
-20°C on a mountain road (no servo assistance) as I descended into warmer ai...

yogi, 2002 Volkswagen Passat, 1.8L 4 Cylinder, Porterville, CA

How do I remove radiator cooling fan in order to remove bottom altinator bolt

bc7853, 2002 Volkswagen Passat, 6 Cylinder, Houston, TX

When I accelerate I get a medium to hard vibration at any speed. I had the motor mounts replaced and drive shafts with aftermarket parts, I can not figure out what the problem is. Oh the dealer l...

tkeldie, 2002 Volkswagen Passat, 4 Cylinder, Waxhaw, NC

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2002 Volkswagen Passat Reviews

How much will it cost to replace a thermostat on a 2002 vw passat 2.8????

After rushing and buying my Passat I had to put an extra $3.000 to get it up to par !
Had Sludge problem -Problems with coils.
I am now very happy with my Passat after giving it a little TLC!

So after having this car for a year, i had to replace the spark plugs because the engine had an oil leak and burned up the spark plugs. Everytime i press my break to accelerate i hear this knocking on the back of my car. The steering wheel ticks when i turn it and the car always blows out hot air till at least 8 miles. The car has 119,000 miles on it. Replaced the tire boot last year and have to replace it again.

I bought this car repossessed from a local credit union. Cost to get timing belt done was 1800 in Madison. 750 with waterpump in Brookfield. I can't believe the nerve some dealers have looking a customer in the face and saying, "gee, 1800 to do a timing belt. When would you like to schedule that." CEL was on for about 2 months, but had a local mechanic look at it, and he fixed the pcv valve and some other valves that may have caused it. Error was "Air Intake". Over having this vehicle for 3 months, I've put about 1k into it, and bought it for 4.5k. Nothing is wrong with the vehicle, no sludge using 0w40 Mobil One.

This is a fantastic car. We have an excellent non-dealer VW specialist for repairs and maintenance. Bought new, 160,000 miles now. Had to do the coils and radio recall when it was new which was very annoying. Also the current coils recall - still annoying. The 4 cylinder turbo, manual trans we average 33mpg, but have done 40 on long expressway drives. Plenty of acceleration. Handles best of any car I've ever driven. No plans to sell it any time soon.

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