Check Engine Light Due to Faulty Torque Converter on Volkswagen Passat TDI

A problem with the torque converter can cause the Check Engine Light to illuminate.

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Average mileage: 140,431 (74,800–216,000)
Drive Train affected: 2WD
3 model years affected: 1998, 2004, 2005
18 people reported this problem
10 people shared problem details
2005 Volkswagen Passat TDI- 2WD100,200
P0741 light came on and it looks like a torque clutch converter problem.
The MIL indicator came on 1/5/12. I took the car in on 1/7 to have VW run a diagnostic check. After two checks, I was informed that the torque converter has failed and it will be $2,7000 to replace. In addition to this they advised that I should have the transmission replaced for $4,900 since they are sure if the transmission is about the fail as well. Is it common for the torque converter to fail? What could I have done to prevent this or is this a VW engineering issue? So disappointed. I will just buy another car.
2005 Volkswagen Passat TDI- 2WD200,000
I just had the transmission gasket and service performed VW dealer. A week later the torque converter went out. Any ideas what might have caused this? Thanks.
2005 Volkswagen Passat TDI- 2WD74,800
Low miles kept regular maintenance, P0741 cose, which shows torqye conv. Failure
2004 Volkswagen Passat TDI- 2WD135,000
Engine light came on. It felt like the car was being held back when accelerating. Dealer stated engine code indicated I needed a new transmission for $4300 plus. I second opinion from an independent shop said the torque converter was the problem as stated in a VW TSB. The repair $1900. Problem fixed!
1998 Volkswagen Passat TDI- 2WD216,000
Felt like it had no power, revved up to 6000 RPMs it might ease up to 3-4 MPH, but that's it. Check engine light came on, we thought it was the tranny but mech. said just the torque converter. Relief! :)
2005 Volkswagen Passat TDI- 2WD165,000
Reconditioned transmission put into my 2005 Passat TDI in March 2013 at 134,000 miles. Error code P0741 in August 2015 at 165,000 miles--well past 12-month and 12,000-miles warranty from transmission shop. I'm ready to sell this car if this is an expensive fix.
2005 VW TDI Passat diesel wagon, 175K mileage - Same problem: Check engine light; won't make power; feels like the car is being held back & won't accelerate; still shifts smoothly when able to get above 40 mph. Getting quotes from local shop for ~$4200 for a re-built transmission to be installed…waiting for VW to give me a quote for torque converter replacement.
2004 Volkswagen Passat TDI- 2WD150,000
replaced torque converter - seems to be a common problem with the 2004 - 2005 B5. Pity volkswagen doesn't step up to this issue.
2005 Volkswagen Passat TDI- 2WD121,000
Check engine light illuminated. Dealer checked the code and found it to be a fault with the torque converter. Apparently there is a reprogramming that can be done related to this, but it didn't fix the fault. Quoted $1,500 just for the torque converter, plus $800 in labor.
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