Check Engine Light Due to Catalytic Converter Fault on Volkswagen Passat

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.

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Average mileage: 98,495 (24,408–181,000)
Exhaust & Emissions affected: 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo
15 model years affected: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, more2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013
56 people reported this problem
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2004 Volkswagen Passat 102,200 mi,
my exhaust got very loud and I was told it's the catalytic converter and your system how much do you think that would run to get the repair done
2012 Volkswagen Passat 63,709 mi,
Catalytic converter light came on after gassing up
2012 Volkswagen Passat 24,408 mi,
Engine jumps, EPC light flashes and light remains illuminated. Just got the car 4 months ago....
My check engine light has been on for sometime now. I had the vehicle look at and they said from the codes I need a catalytic converter. I had a left catalytic converter repair and days later my engine light is on again. I took my car back to the shop you replace the left converter and the guy said I may still have a leak somewhere in my exhaute system. I feel that if this was the problem why wasn't this mention when I first came to the shop three days prior. I'm starting to feel like these repair people are just trying to make money off me me but without really fixing the problem.
2012 Volkswagen Passat 32,700 mi,
Engine light keeps coming on, car. Jumps when I break, this should be covered by Volkswagen, as is still new car, now they are trying to rip me of, I will never buy Volkswagen again, I should have listened to people! !
2010 Volkswagen Passat 61,000 mi,
The worst car ever produced. Electrical problems and just now the catalytic converter. Stay away from this brand.
2012 Volkswagen Passat 84,000 mi,
Check engine light came on. Vw dealership told me the cathartic converter needed to be replaced $2740!!! WTF!,
Covered under warranty...
2001 Volkswagen Passat 120,000 mi,
The check engine light goes on and off. Report shows it's the catalytic converter.
I had my exhaust manifold blow of the connection to the pipe - you could see it from the top of looking into engine compartment. LUCKILY - i had a friend who tack-welded the piece back together. That was over a year ago & i am now having the check engine light re-appear. but i have a code reader - so i just clear the code.
2007 Volkswagen Passat 70,000 mi,
This started at 70,000 miles and the dealer did nothing to get the engine light off. At 80,500 the catalytic converter failed, car was stranded on the freeway! VW would do nothing about this. I purchased a 1,300.00 extended warranty for 5 yrs/100,000 miles. I was over 5 years and JUST over the 80,000 in warranty mark, however, I feel strongly that engine light should have been addressed prior to the 80,000 miles. It cost me 1,200.00 and my loyalty as a VW owner is gone forever!!
2006 Volkswagen Passat 35,000 mi,
catalytic converter needed to be replaced
2001 Volkswagen Passat 175,000 mi,
I couldn't pass the smog test due to the check engine light. I ordered a new catalytic converter from and paid a mechanic to install it. I passed the smog immediately after.
2004 Volkswagen Passat 90,888 mi,
I had to replace both at a very high cost
2002 Volkswagen Passat 180,000 mi,
Have had the light on and off since 160000. Every time that I have taken it in, there was just a computer reset as the same errors populated.
2013 Volkswagen Passat 86,998 mi,
Check Engine Light came on. Visit to VW Service Center claims that catalytic converter must be replaced at $3500. Car 3 years old with 87k miles. Not covered under my expensive extended warranty.
had re-flash. always comes back on eventually
2004 Volkswagen Passat 156,000 mi,
Check engine light on
2002 Volkswagen Passat 115,450 mi,
Catalytic Converter not ready.
Check engine light on all the time indicating an issue with the catalytic converter. Will have the ECM reflashed at service.