Car Problem Reports
Volkswagen Passat TDI Check Engine Light Due to Faulty Torque Converter
Volkswagen Passat TDI Problem
Drive Train Affected: 2WD
Average Mileage: 130,417 mi (74,800 mi - 200,000 mi)
Visitor, 2005 Volkswagen Passat TDI, 2WD, 100,200 mi
P0741 light came on and it looks like a torque clutch converter problem.
Visitor, 2004 Volkswagen Passat TDI, 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!
Visitor, 2005 Volkswagen Passat TDI, 2WD, 74,800 mi
Low miles kept regular maintenance, P0741 cose, which shows torqye conv. Failure
Visitor, 2005 Volkswagen Passat TDI, 2WD
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.
Visitor, 2004 Volkswagen Passat TDI, 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.
Visitor, 2005 Volkswagen Passat TDI, 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?
Visitor, 2005 Volkswagen Passat TDI, 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.
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.