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1994 Volkswagen Passat Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the 1994 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

Reverse gear failures and noise in the manual transmission models are common.

One or both head lights may not work due to premature head light bulb burnout and/or bulb harness failure. Care should be taken to inspect the head light harness connector for damage when replacing bulbs. Damaged connectors should be replaced.


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.