2003 Volkswagen Passat Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2003 Volkswagen Passat

2003 Volkswagen Passat Problems

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

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.

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.

See more problems 13

2003 Volkswagen Passat Questions

My check engine light came on, code P0431 warm up catalytic efficiency below threshold bank 2. The dealership said that I need to replace both of my catalytic converters. I don't know if they cleared the code but my engine light was off when I left the dealership. I put in a can of Seafoam ...

Ck coolent and it go to 260 then it backs off has coolent in it when i stop and ck what could be wrong

My VW passat 2003 short oil after 1000miles however the is no oilly smoke from exaust when started in the morning. I want to know the posssible causes of this oil shortage
Thank

See more questions 92

2003 Volkswagen Passat Recalls

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.

ON CERTAIN VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH 1.8L TURBO, 2.8L V6, OR 3.0L ENGINES, A CHANGE IN THE ELECTRICAL MOTOR COMPONENTS IN THE FUEL PUMP CAN LEAD TO AN INOPERATIVE FUEL PUMP AND, ULTIMATELY, STOPPAGE OF FUEL SUPPLY TO THE ENGINE CAUSING IT TO STALL.ON CERTAIN PASSENGER, WAGON, AND CONVERTIBLE VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH OR WITHOUT CRUISE CONTROL, A BRAKE LIGHT SWITCH MAY MALFUNCTION IF IT WAS INSTALLED INCORRECTLY.

See more recalls 5

2003 Volkswagen Passat Reviews

Perhaps I got a lemon, but this car has been trouble since day one.

I've owned my 03 Passat, 1.8T for 4 years now. I've had pretty much all the same mechanical problems as everyone else. There is 1 very expensive repair I have to do soon and that's to replace the secondary air pump. VW wants over $800 to do it. I can do it for $350. Ignition coils were covered by a recall as well as the brake light swich. Oil leak is embarrasing when I park in a friends drivewa...

1st new engine 35,000 miles. Second new engine 70,000 miles. V6 model. An absolutely beautiful lemon.

See more reviews 7