Volkswagen Passat TDI Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your Volkswagen Passat TDI

Volkswagen Passat TDI Problems

Check Engine Light Due to Faulty Torque Converter

A problem with the torque converter can cause the Check Engine Light to illuminate.

Flasher Relay Failure Can Cause Erratic Turn Signal Operation

Erratic turn signal operation can be a result of a failing turn signal flasher relay which will require replacement.

ABS Light Due to ABS Control Module Failure

The anti-lock brake system (ABS) control module may fail causing the ABS light to illuminate. Failed modules should be replaced to restore ABS operation.

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Volkswagen Passat TDI Questions

A red light is blinking in my husband's car. Could it possibly be the thermostat (1 answer)

A red light is blinking in my husband's Volkswagen Passat TDI,could it possibly be the thermostat or could it be that the reservoir is low.

Is it normal to hear a 0.2-0.5 second sound when turning on the car? (1 answer)

When I am turning the car from "off" to "Ignite" position, to wait for the glow plugs to warm, when I turn the key I hear a very faint noise, almost electrical I guess you could say, for 0.2-0.5 seconds. I turn on the car after the glow-light has disappeared and the car runs g...

after a minor front end collision with a mail box and I got my car from the body (1 answer)

shop my window washers,the adjustable timed wipers don't work.

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Volkswagen Passat TDI Recalls

Under Body Sensor Electrical Short

A sensor under the vehicle body may have improperly assembled wire seals in its electrical connector which could allow water inside and cause a short circuit. Dealers will inspect the connector and replace it as necessary free of charge to resolve the concern.

Potential Diesel Fuel Leak

Vehicles equipped with a diesel engine may have been assembled with a fuel filer that may not seal correctly. This could result in a fuel leak, increasing the risk of a fire. Dealers will replace the diesel fuel filter to correct this concern. The Volkswagen recall number is 20R7/W3.

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Volkswagen Passat TDI Reviews

I have had this car for a year now, about 160,000 miles. I have already had to replace the transmission (the new one has 70,000 miles on it) and it is now doing the same clunking and hard shifting as the previous one! I really do like this car and the mileage that I receive which is usually around 35-37mpg, and that is "country" because it is rarely on the highway for more than 10 miles. Also, ...
The TDI is a great engine for fuel mileage. A very comfortable mid-sized car that can get over 40 mpg on the highway. The power is outstanding and addictive. The major downside is that VW of America has a poor rep for customer service, and refuses to acknowledge a design flaw in the 04 & 05 diesel (TDI) engines. The oil pump is chain driven and has caused major engine damage to m...
My Passat now requires transmission work for the 3rd time. By far the most expensive car for repair bills I have ever had (30 years of driving). Dealership won't cover anything under their "bumper to bumper" used car warranty.

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