Passat TDI

Check Engine Light Due to Faulty Torque Converter on Volkswagen Passat TDI

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 140,195 (74,800–216,000)
Drive Train affected: 2WD
3 model years affected: 1998, 2004, 2005
26 people reported this problem
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The MIL indicator came on 1/5/12. I took the car in on 1/7 to have VW run a diagnostic check. After two checks, I was informed that the torque converter has failed and it will be $2,7000 to replace. In addition to this they advised that I should have the transmission replaced for $4,900 since they are sure if the transmission is about the fail as well. Is it common for the torque converter to fail? What could I have done to prevent this or is this a VW engineering issue? So disappointed. I will just buy another car.
I just had the transmission gasket and service performed VW dealer. A week later the torque converter went out. Any ideas what might have caused this?

Check engine light came on took it to have it diagnosed said it was the faulty torque converter solenoid... it appears that seems to be a common problem with these vehicles... vehicle was only serviced and taken care of at a Volkswagen dealership I'm extremely disappointed after 11 years to have to put this kind of money into the car
Engine light came on. It felt like the car was being held back when accelerating. Dealer stated engine code indicated I needed a new transmission for $4300 plus.
I second opinion from an independent shop said the torque converter was the problem as stated in a VW TSB. The repair $1900. Problem fixed!
Engine light came on about 30 miles after purchasing car, had it diagnosed and the code was for faulty torque converter solenoid.
Felt like it had no power, revved up to 6000 RPMs it might ease up to 3-4 MPH, but that's it. Check engine light came on, we thought it was the tranny but mech. said just the torque converter. Relief! :)
Reconditioned transmission put into my 2005 Passat TDI in March 2013 at 134,000 miles. Error code P0741 in August 2015 at 165,000 miles--well past 12-month and 12,000-miles warranty from transmission shop. I'm ready to sell this car if this is an expensive fix.
2005 VW TDI Passat diesel wagon, 175K mileage - Same problem: Check engine light; won't make power; feels like the car is being held back & won't accelerate; still shifts smoothly when able to get above 40 mph. Getting quotes from local shop for ~$4200 for a re-built transmission to be installed…waiting for VW to give me a quote for torque converter replacement.
replaced torque converter - seems to be a common problem with the 2004 - 2005 B5. Pity volkswagen doesn't step up to this issue.
Check engine light illuminated. Dealer checked the code and found it to be a fault with the torque converter. Apparently there is a reprogramming that can be done related to this, but it didn't fix the fault. Quoted $1,500 just for the torque converter, plus $800 in labor.