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Volkswagen Passat TDI Check Engine Light Due to Faulty Torque Converter

Volkswagen Passat TDI Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1998, 2004, 2005

Drive Train Affected: 2WD

Average Mileage: 130,417 mi (74,800 mi - 200,000 mi)


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

  • Visitor, , 2WD, 100,200 mi

    P0741 light came on and it looks like a torque clutch converter problem.

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  • Visitor, , 2WD, 135,000 mi

    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!

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  • Visitor, , 2WD, 74,800 mi

    Low miles kept regular maintenance, P0741 cose, which shows torqye conv. Failure

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  • 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.

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  • Visitor, , 2WD, 150,000 mi

    replaced torque converter - seems to be a common problem with the 2004 - 2005 B5. Pity volkswagen doesn't step up to this issue.

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  • Visitor, , 2WD, 200,000 mi

    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?


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  • Visitor, , 2WD, 121,000 mi

    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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  •  Enthusiast

    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.

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