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Volkswagen Passat Check Engine Light Due to Catalytic Converter Fault

Volkswagen Passat Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012

Exhaust & Emissions Affected: 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo

Average Mileage: 98,405 mi (35,000 mi - 175,000 mi)


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.

  • Visitor, , 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

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  •  Enthusiast

    Covered under warranty...

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  •  Rookie

    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.

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  • Visitor, , 61,000 mi

    The worst car ever produced. Electrical problems and just now the catalytic converter.
    Stay away from this brand.

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  • Visitor, , 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!!

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  •  Rookie

    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.

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  • Visitor, , 63,709 mi

    Catalytic converter light came on after gassing up

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  • Visitor, , 84,000 mi

    Check engine light came on. Vw dealership told me the cathartic converter needed to be replaced $2740!!! WTF!,

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  • Visitor, , 156,000 mi

    Check engine light on

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  • Visitor, , 115,450 mi

    Catalytic Converter not ready.

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