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Volkswagen Passat Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the Volkswagen Passat based on complaints from actual vehicle owners. We'll tell you what the problem is and what it'll take to fix it.

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Known Problems

Cars using biofuel typically have problems with injection pump failures; symptoms can include a "no start" condition or external pump leaks.

Extensive transmission damage can occur in some of the automatic transmission models when the transmission oil cooler fails and allows coolant to mix with the automatic transmission fluid.

The Check Engine Light may illuminate as a result of a oxygen sensor and coolant temperature sensor fail. Replacement if the failed part will be necessary to correct this issue.


Poor drivability symptoms—including hard starting—can be caused by coolant temperature sensor and oxygen sensor faults.

Shifting issues due to internal problems in high mileage automatic transmissions can be difficult to resolve without transmission replacement.