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Engine Misfire Due to Failed Ignition Coil, Spark Plug, or Ignition Wire on Volkswagen Passat

Problem Description and Possible Solution

An ignition coil or spark plug may fail unexpectedly resulting in an engine misfire and possible illumination of the Check Engine Light. Vehicles equipped with spark plug wires may also develop a misfire caused by a failed spark plug wire.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 90,973 (10,800–187,577)
12 model years affected: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, more2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
131 people reported this problem
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CEL flashing and shaking. Smell something burning. I just got the car in Aug. 2014 and now I have this problem. I wonder how much this will be
My vw pasat 1.8t gls 4 motion has this problem but i am unable to diagnose what is actually causing my car to not start. I scanned the car with a OBD2 and retrieved a P0321 code. I recharged the battery then replaced the Crankshaft sensor and the Spark plugs, but it still will not start.
This happened in Canada on Hwy 401 ( avg. speed is 130 kms or 78 mph). That was my speed on this very fast highway. Also in January and very cold. Had been driving one hour when I just lost power, all interior lights came on, had no acceleration and speed was dropping. I was so lucky an off ramp was there. I called the dealership who came and got me immediately even though they were insanely busy due to cold.
I was told it is a common problem with the coils in my 2009 Passat. My car was still under warranty in USA but in Canada, I was not. Cost was close to $400 plus a night in a hotel because the dealer would not be able to have it ready until the next day. So, on November 3, 2015, the same thing happened again only close to home this time.
When this happened the first time in January of 2014, I wrote to VW in America to see if they would reimburse me but of course not.
So almost two years and 25000 more miles I want to scream!!! Any help would be appreciated.
all 4 of my ignition coils went out and vw's manufacturer of parts kept replacing them with bad coils. they knew about it but I'm sure it's a great way for them to make money. This happened 1 year before VW finally sent out a recall letting me know that there was a problem. Lucky me, I got to pay for it out of pocket and because I chose not to go to the dealership (since they like to exploit and rape you for any services you have done there) they would only reimburse me for the parts and not the labor or the 3 times I had to have my car towed over for repairs. Thanks a lot VW. You can be sure I tell everyone how poor their service is and how I will NEVER buy another VW as long as I live. Poorly made cars and even worse customer service.
misfiring,spluttering, check engine light, easy job to do, always have spare coil packs/plugs and iff 99 1.8t a spare icm in the trunk.
brought vehicle to parts store, electronic check showed it was number 3 cylinder, easily replaced coil wire and plugs although looking at the plugs they didn't need it and all was good for $40.00
I replace the 4 Coils they were not on the warranty.
This car has lots of problems VW does not
do anything for anyone they fight and deny that there is a problem stay away from them.
No start condition. removed engine cover to discover #4 coil blistered on top along with connector.
bought 4 coils 4 spark plugs and 1 connector (all VW parts) and replaced all involved. all is well.
I see there have been recalls for previous years. It looks like there is still a problem as coils were replaced by previous owner 2000 miles ago.