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Volkswagen Passat, Sedan, Wagon
#8057 of 8275 2004 Passat GLS 1.8t
Apr 08, 2006 (9:35 am)
I've owned this vehicle for approx 15 months now (we bought the 04' in Jan 05' for a great deal) and the problem list is beginning to scare me a little.
1) The battery died unexpectantly. We had to tow the vehicle to the dealership and was told that it was a "fluke." Luckily warranty took care of it.
2) The keyless entry stopped working. We had to argue with the dealership to have it covered by the warranty.
3) The sunroof stopped working and had to replace the motor and again it was covered under warranty.
We have been changing the oil religiously with either Synthetic or Synthetic blend oils. Although the VW handles much much better that my Camry, but its mounting list of problems are beginning to scare me. The local VW dealer charges $100/hr for labor!!!!
The question is should I consider extended warrenty once this 4 year 50,000 mi bumper to bumper thing is up? Or shall I just sell the vehicle before that? The second option may be an expensive one as cars depreciates allot quicker in its first 5 years. If anyone out there did indeed extended their warrenty, was it worth it? How much did you pay? Thanks.
#8058 of 8275 Re: 2004 Passat GLS 1.8t [mjtian]
Apr 10, 2006 (8:00 am)
We have been changing the oil religiously with either Synthetic or Synthetic blend oils.
If you are using a synthetic blend, you are, in fact, using the wrong oil. The 1.8T requires an oil that meets VW Spec 502.00. None of the approved oils, available in the US, are synth blend.
If you think this vehicle is expensive now, you'll change you're mind if you sludge the engine. Stick with pure synth in the proper quality, 5,000 mile or less oil change.
Chose from this list:
Volkswagen Part No. ZVW 352 540S 5W-40
Castrol Syntec 5W-40
Chevron Supreme Synthetic 5W-40
Elf Excellium LDX 5W-40
Kendall GT-1 Full synthetic Motor Oil 5W-40
Mobil 1 0W-40
Motul 8100 X-cess 5W-40
Pennzoil Synthetic European Formula 5W-40
Pennzoil Synthetic European Formula Ultra 5W-30
Quaker State Full Synthetic European Formula 5W-40
Quaker State Full Synthetic European Formula Ultra 5W-30
76 Pure Synthetic Motor Oil 5W-40
Texaco Havoline Synthetic 5W-40
Total Quartz 9000 5W-40
Valvoline MaxLife Synthetic 5W-30
Valvoline Synpower 5W-40
#8059 of 8275 Re: Door problem [onlysurfer]
Apr 11, 2006 (3:04 pm)
I have 2003 Passat V6 GLX 4Motion - with a problem. All power operations in passenger rear door has stopped working. The power door lock doesn't work for this door, the power window doesn't work for this door - using either of the switch, the driver control or the one on the door. The door ajar does not respond when door is open. The interior lights don't turn on when the door is opened.
I checked for fuses but found none specific to this problem.
Suspect maybe a master plug in the door may have disconnected.
If I get time to investigate how to remove the door interior panels, I will let you know what I find -- if you resolve first please let me know what you found.
Apr 16, 2006 (8:05 am)
does anyone have experience with a Passat wagon and 3 children?
1 booster, 1 child seat and one infant carrier: will that work or do I need to buy a Minivan? (My wife loves her Passat.)
#8061 of 8275 Re: Child seats [poeti18]
Apr 16, 2006 (8:42 pm)
We've had 3 boosters in the back of our sedan. Possible, but very difficult to buckle that last kid in. It's only when one of our 2 kids has a friend join us. I think it would drive me crazy if we had to do it every time. BTW, our other vehicle is a minivan. (My vehicle, since my wife loves her Passat, too.)
#8062 of 8275 Questions about my new to me 97 Passat VR6
Apr 18, 2006 (6:04 am)
I got this yesterday and it has less than 35k miles on it. i did my research and got it for $1200 less than the asking price. my questions...
1. how do i open my fuel door? the manual says to turn the key twice in the driver's or passenger door, but this doesn't work. i have a half tank, so this would be good to know soon.
2. i have speakers in my dash, but no speaker site is showing them, and it's only showing 4" speakers in the back, instead of the component speakers. anyone know what size speakers belong in the dash?
Apr 17, 2006 (7:48 pm)
well i just wanted to know if i should take some legal action, well oil leaks, rear view mirror began to fog well its been about 13 times ive gone to the shop to get this parts replace and sometimes they would tell me that my waranty would not cover, then i would go a week after and they would tell me that it did. i was in the shop a month ago for replacement of tie rods and now my rotors are making noice.
#8064 of 8275 Re: Questions about my new to me 97 Passat VR6 [briang76]
Apr 18, 2006 (6:59 am)
The car doors must be unlocked (at least driver's door) to open the flap. If I still remember properly after parting with my 97 Passat year ago.
#8065 of 8275 Another question...
Apr 18, 2006 (12:42 pm)
Does this thing have a glove box?
Apr 18, 2006 (12:52 pm)
front passenger air bag took its space.