Engine Misfire Due to Failed Ignition Coil, Spark Plug, or Ignition Wire on Volkswagen Passat

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.

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Average mileage: 88,138 (13,500–175,000)
12 model years affected: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, more2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
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1999 Volkswagen Passat 170,000 mi,
Cylinders #2 & #4 are misfiring. Check engine light on and engine shakes
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
Passat 1.8T misfiring, changed spark plugs, coils are good, what else may be the cause
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.
Misfire in all 4 cylinders. Diagnostic test PO300-303 and P2015.
2004 Volkswagen Passat 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.
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.
2009 Volkswagen Passat 120,000 mi,
Misfire, coil packs replaced. Failed again
2009 Volkswagen Passat 41,000 mi,
This happened in Canada on Hwy 401 ( avg. speed is 130 kms or 78 mph). That was my speed on this very fast highway. Also in January and very cold. Had been driving one hour when I just lost power, all interior lights came on, had no acceleration and speed was dropping. I was so lucky an off ramp was there. I called the dealership who came and got me immediately even though they were insanely busy due to cold. I was told it is a common problem with the coils in my 2009 Passat. My car was still under warranty in USA but in Canada, I was not. Cost was close to $400 plus a night in a hotel because the dealer would not be able to have it ready until the next day. So, on November 3, 2015, the same thing happened again only close to home this time. When this happened the first time in January of 2014, I wrote to VW in America to see if they would reimburse me but of course not. So almost two years and 25000 more miles I want to scream!!! Any help would be appreciated.
2010 Volkswagen Passat 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
2009 Volkswagen Passat 53,000 mi,
Failed ignition coils
Two out of four of my spark plugs aren't firing up
2003 Volkswagen Passat 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.
2007 Volkswagen Passat 89,000 mi,
1 ignition was bad and the other 3 were right behind.
2009 Volkswagen Passat 52,000 mi,
Car stalled would not restart. turned over, but nothing. towed to shop, plugs and coils bad.
2006 Volkswagen Passat 85,000 mi,
Had engine misfire when accelerating, replaced engine coil and spark plug
2010 Volkswagen Passat 80,000 mi,
Engine misfire on cylinders 1 and 3, random misfires.
2000 Volkswagen Passat 114,413 mi,
Engine light came on for ignition mis fire 2 3 and 4 cylinder replaced all 4 with new plugs problem still exist changing connectors next what a hassle this is becoming
2007 Volkswagen Passat 50,000 mi,
Suddenly check engine light came on and car was shanking and sputtering could floor gas pedal with no acceleration car coasted downhill and died in parking lot that by the good Lord's help !! Very dangerous esp if it ever happens on highway...
2005 Volkswagen Passat 115,000 mi,
I have a PO303 code reading. Changed coil, plugs, and now wires. May have to change fuel injector as well. $570 total materials cost. Labor on my own