Volkswagen Passat TDI Repair and Maintenance

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

Volkswagen Passat TDI Problems

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

Because of issues with the glow plugs and/or the glow plug wiring harness from the control relay, the Check Engine Light may illuminate. Our technicians tell us there is a service bulletin, not a recall from Volkswagen regarding replacement of the glow plugs on 2004-2005 model years only.

    Our technicians recommend having the constant velocity (CV) boots and CV joints inspected at each service. Servicing torn CV boots early can prevent the need to replace the CV half shaft or CV joint.

    See more problems 18

    Volkswagen Passat TDI Recalls

    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.

    See more recalls 1

    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.

    See more reviews 5