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Volkswagen Passat, Wagon
#1871 of 1941 Bye Bye Passat Variant.................
Sep 15, 2006 (4:13 pm)
Traded my 2003 Passat GLS Variant tonight. Really tough to let go. Mine was an excellent example. 52k, still handled very well, looked great, held up well. Loved the 1.8t engine, great performance and economy. Never had any issues other than the recall stuff that came up although I never had the problems that were cited in the recall(right rear wheel well gas filler neck protector, coilpack replace, seat heaters replaced). Normal wear and tear....2 sets of tires(originals and set of Nokian WRX's) Rear brakes twice and fronts once. Someone out there is going to get a great car. Loved the Monsoon stereo too. Kids are getting bigger so bought a minivan! Honda Odyssey. Hope to get a VW GTI 5 door when we get ready to sell our 98 Honda CRV.
#1872 of 1941 Re: Maintenance on VW Passat Sedan/Wagon [altair4]
Mar 02, 2007 (5:45 pm)
I am new to forums... So be patient. I've got the 2003 W8 Passat wagon with what seems a burnt out daylight bulb (not headlamp, the low beam/daylight lamp.
Can't find them locally or on-line. Can you assist?
#1873 of 1941 Re: White Smoke From Exhaust DX [altair4]
Aug 27, 2007 (12:02 pm)
Update on the brake booster issue due to debris clogging the air plenum drain area...VW has finally admitted this is a problem on ALL 2002 Passats & Passat Wagons and issued Service Action P9. In brief, the dealer will "inspect, clean & modify the air plenum drain, modify the sunroof drain and install an improved seal for the pollen filter..."
They will also reimburse for any repairs caused by dirt and debris clogging the air plenum area. I had this problem 14 months ago, and even though I was past the Warranty years, I contacted VW Customer Care and they did reimburse me for the part. I have sent in the form to get reimbursed for the repair costs.
#1874 of 1941 Re: White Smoke From Exhaust DX [lora727]
Aug 28, 2007 (6:05 am)
Thanks for posting a happy conclusion to your problem from last year!
#1875 of 1941 Sevice Action P9: Sevice the Air Plenum to Improve Drainage
Sep 07, 2007 (1:34 pm)
Take note of the last sentence in 1st para of "What is the Problem".
"In rare cases, during cold weather, frozen water may impede proper performance of the brake vacuum assist."
I think they are referring to my car. We get a lot of rain in Vancouver, but this day it was -8C, and as i entered the first corner I found we had next to no brakes. Luckily there was a snow pile on the side of the road (rare here) so I dumped the car into that. No damage as only going 20kph, but not fun. I wasn't meant to be driving that day, and my wife usually takes the alternate route where the first braking area is a T-junction onto a major roadway.
Once in the shop (not a VW dealer) it turned out that water had pooled where the brake vacuum assist is located, as the drain BELOW the vacuum assist was plugged by leaf debris. Therefore, when the temperature dropped below zero it froze and either seized and/or cracked the assist, rendering it inoperable.
So when you take the car in, ask if the drain is blocked.
I reported the incident to Transport Canada and VW back in Nov 2006, so seems like they followed up.
All labour and parts, plus required towing and rental car, are going to be covered by VW, but having no brakes is not fun.
#1878 of 1941 Re: White Smoke From Exhaust DX [lora727]
Nov 23, 2007 (9:50 am)
I have suffered from this problem and Alan Day (their main London based dealer) are refusing to repair my car. VW are being evasive about claiming responsibility for the damages it has caused. Do you have any info or links to websites where I can find information about this issue. I may have to sue.
#1879 of 1941 Re: VW Passat (2001): failure of brake booster
Nov 24, 2007 (9:38 am)
See if you can, get a copy of Service Action #9 sent out in November 2006. If you can't I can dig it out and send you a pdf.
#1880 of 1941 Re: Sevice Action P9: Sevice the Air Plenum to Improve Drainage [marmike]
Dec 03, 2007 (7:12 pm)
OMG!!! I am sooooo Pissed! I have an 02 passat where last winter of 06' I experienced this exact issue. My vehicle made a sloshing sound in the dash area when I would make a turn then my brakes failed to work when the temps where below freezing. I brought the vehicle to my local dealer (winter 06') in Syracuse NY Roger Burdick VW and they told me they didn't notice any issue and charged me to flush the brake lines which I didn't need ($90). The temps never went below freezing so my brakes where fine until this thanksgiving evening (07') same issue lost brakes, couldn't push on the brake pedal felt frozen (problem 1). Then the next day same thing happened and after pushing with all my force on the brake pedal the brakes totally seized up while driving. I was told by the dealer (after having to have vehicle towed 30 miles) this was due to the brake vaccum failing which obviously was a result of problem one. Now the dealer wants to charge me $560 to fix the brake vaccum and $90 to diagnose a problem caused by the faulty item saying they don't think think my brake issues are caused by water in the brake booster freezing.
Hopefully this makes sense. I have never been a fussy customer, ever. I have seen some posts about joining a lawsuit which I would love to do because this is just wrong vw should pay for all expenses related to this problem. If anyone has had success in getting reimbursed for damages caused by this recall please contact me at rcasper2twcny.rr.com my name is Rob. Thanks in advance for any info.