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Volkswagen Passat Ignition Coil, Ignition Wires, and Spark Plugs May Fail

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

Average Mileage: 80,856 mi (13,500 mi - 170,000 mi)


An ignition coil or spark plug may fail unexpectedly resulting in an engine misfire and possible illumination of the Check Engine Light. Vehicles equipped with spark plug wires may also develop a misfire caused by a failed spark plug wire.

  • Visitor, , 55,000 mi

    all 4 of my ignition coils went out and vw's manufacturer of parts kept replacing them with bad coils. they knew about it but I'm sure it's a great way for them to make money. This happened 1 year before VW finally sent out a recall letting me know that there was a problem. Lucky me, I got to pay for it out of pocket and because I chose not to go to the dealership (since they like to exploit and rape you for any services you have done there) they would only reimburse me for the parts and not the labor or the 3 times I had to have my car towed over for repairs. Thanks a lot VW. You can be sure I tell everyone how poor their service is and how I will NEVER buy another VW as long as I live. Poorly made cars and even worse customer service.

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  •  Enthusiast

    misfiring,spluttering, check engine light, easy job to do, always have spare coil packs/plugs and iff 99 1.8t a spare icm in the trunk.

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  • Visitor, , 95,000 mi

    brought vehicle to parts store, electronic check showed it was number 3 cylinder, easily replaced coil wire and plugs although looking at the plugs they didn't need it and all was good for $40.00

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  • Visitor, , 53,000 mi

    Failed ignition coils

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  •  Rookie

    My vw pasat 1.8t gls 4 motion has this problem but i am unable to diagnose what is actually causing my car to not start. I scanned the car with a OBD2 and retrieved a P0321 code. I recharged the battery then replaced the Crankshaft sensor and the Spark plugs, but it still will not start.

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  •  Rookie

    Misfire in all 4 cylinders. Diagnostic test PO300-303 and P2015.

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  •  Rookie

    No start condition. removed engine cover to discover #4 coil blistered on top along with connector.
    bought 4 coils 4 spark plugs and 1 connector (all VW parts) and replaced all involved. all is well.
    I see there have been recalls for previous years. It looks like there is still a problem as coils were replaced by previous owner 2000 miles ago.

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  • CEL flashing and shaking. Smell something burning. I just got the car in Aug. 2014 and now I have this problem. I wonder how much this will be

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  • Visitor, , 86,325 mi

    Engine light on with oil consumption more that expected. After changing oil in Sept 2014, millage was 83421KM, I checked oil and found the Oil had only a quarter left.

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  • Visitor, , 89,000 mi

    I replace the 4 Coils they were not on the warranty.
    This car has lots of problems VW does not
    do anything for anyone they fight and deny that there is a problem stay away from them.

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