2013 Volkswagen Passat Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2013 Volkswagen Passat

2013 Volkswagen Passat Problems

Odor from HVAC vents

Condensation may develop in the heater case which can cause a musty odor from the heating, ventilation and AC (HVAC) system.  Our technicians tell us a cleaner is available for the heater case. Also, the drain system should be checked for debris.

Check Engine Light Due to Catalytic Converter Fault

Check Engine Light illumination can be related to a catalytic converter fault. Our technicians tell us a re-flash of the ECM may correct the concern. If not, replacement of the catalytic converter may be required.

Rainwater May Accumulate in Plenum Tray Due to Clogged Drains

Clogged drains can allow rainwater to accumulate in the plenum tray (at the base of the windshield). The water may leak into the vehicle's interior, brake booster, or electrical components, which can lead to major problems. Our technicians recommend keeping the tray clear of leaves, pine needles, and other debris.

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2013 Volkswagen Passat Questions

I hit a curb and it damaged the lower portion of the passenger side of my car. It looks like that whole lower panel that stretches from the front of the car to back needs replacing. How much would it cost? (1 answer)

Doors, lights, etc are still good. Just the lower side panel is in need of repair

push button start won't turn engine on,says"depress brake to start" (1 answer)

The brake peddle feels, tight, very little give in it....but with my foot on the brake, I push the start button, dash display reads "ignition on". But engine won't start...I pump the brake a few times and can get it started. This has happened about 5 times now...dealer said there i...

On my windshield are two black boxes. Not only do i not know what they are.. (1 answer)

But the one located on the drivers side sometimes begins to blink a red color and something a green. What do the box and color indicate? Should i be worried?

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2013 Volkswagen Passat Recalls

Drivers Side Air Bag Does Not Function In Crash

The driver's side air bag may not be powered due to a loss of electrical connection from the clock spring sliding contact in the steering wheel caused by contamination. Dealers will repair the vehicle free of charge.

Low Beam Headlight May Fail

The low beam headlights may stop working due to a faulty bulb holder. Dealers will replace the affected bulb holder free of charge to resolve the problem.

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2013 Volkswagen Passat Reviews

The good- great ride, great power V-6, nice interior, quiet. The bad- poor gas milage with V-6, not very good steering feedback, the cost of changing the transmission fluid $400.00 for DSG transmission (I will trade this car in before the transmission fluid change is due) will never buy a car with DSG transmission again. I would love to see VW change to the new ZF 9 speed.

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