2008 Volkswagen Passat Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2008 Volkswagen Passat

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2008 Volkswagen Passat Problems

Loss of Power Due to Torn Rubber Valve

The 2006-2008 Volkswagen Passat with the 2.0T FSI engine looses power if the turbocharging system has a leak. The most common turbo boost leak is a torn rubber diaphragm on the diverter valve, which is intended to open only if pressure gets too high. Common symptoms are increased turbo noise when letting off of the gas pedal, and power loss.

If there is a turbocharging system leak, the system will need to be inspected, and the defective seals and/or valve will require replacement. 

Rattling From the Transmission May Be Heard When Engine is Cold

The flywheel for the 2006-2008 Volkswagen Passat with the 2.0L Turbo engine is a non-conventional "Dual Mass" flywheel. It is known to make light rattling noise when the engine is cold, and should subside once the engine temperature raises. If the rattle doesn't go away when the engine warms, the flywheel may have failed.

If the dual mass flywheel has failed, the only solution is to replace the flywheel.

Check Engine Light and Misfires Due to Mechanical Fuel Pump Failure

This engine (2.0L FSI) uses direct injection which requires very high fuel pressure. This high fuel pressure is achieved by using a high pressure mechanical fuel pump (HPFP) that is driven off of the camshaft.

The HPFP may fail due to damage from a camshaft manufacturing defect. The defect causes abnormal wear of the mechanical barrier between the camshaft and the fuel pump. This barrier, the cam follower, will wear down and cause failure of the camshaft and the HPFP.

Symptoms include illumination of the check engine light, engine running roughly, and loss of power. Engine codes associated may be P0300, P0301, P0302, P0303, P0304, P0087, P1093 and P2293.

To correct this issue one or all of the following will need replacement: the camshaft, high-pressure fuel pump, and/or the cam follower.

To help prevent this issue from occurring, the cam follower should be inspected every 10,000 - 15,000 miles. 

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2008 Volkswagen Passat Questions

Feeling a small kick/jerk when car goes from 1 to 2 gear. Whats thbest next step (1 answer)

The kick/jerk from 1-2 gear is felt more during times when the car is not "hot" yet. So mornings and such. Theres a very slight jerk going from 2>3 gear too. Reading up online, it sounds like there is a software update for this type of issue? VW service bulletin issues Dec. 22 ,2011....

How to repair a fallen rear view mirror? (1 answer)

There isn't any small part to glue on the glass till its ready for the mirror to be replaced??

Car trouble does anyone know is its the alternator? or what it could be? (1 answer)

Iwas driving my 08 vw passat when the air stopped blowing cold the radio shut off all the dash lights came on and the power steering went out and then it died

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2008 Volkswagen Passat Recalls

Driver's Frontal Air Bag Inflator Ruptures And Sprays Metal Fragments

The driver's frontal air bag inflator may deploy the air bag with excessive pressure, resulting in the inflator rupturing and causing metal debris to be sprayed onto vehicle occupants. Dealers will replace the driver's frontal air bag inflator free of charge to resolve the concern.

Engine Idle May Increase Without Warning

The engine control module may not correctly control the idle speed with the air conditioning on. The could result in an unexpected idle surge, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will update the engine control module software to correct this concern. This recall is expected to begin by May 30, 2008. The Volkswagen recall number is 24M9/R7.

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2008 Volkswagen Passat Reviews

Nothing but problems with this vehicle. Failure of camshaft, camshaft follower, fuel pump, fuel pump module and inner CV boot. All with less than 70K miles. Very disappointing for a VW. I owned a VW before and it was a well handling, low maintenance vehicle. Not this model. I seem to be in the repair shop every other month - and that include the minor things that I do like plugs, oil change and...

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