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#3331 of 3340 Re: Good-bye 2003 VW Passat [navyguy1990]
Jan 11, 2013 (6:59 pm)
I think it's great you kept your Passat that long. I have an '04 Passat GLS and I'm still in love with it. I know one day I will have to give "her" up but if I had money to burn, I'd keep it and restore her to all her glory. Although I must say, she looks pretty darn good for 9 years old. Best car I've ever owned! Best wishes with your new car
PS - They don't make VW's the way they used to.
#3332 of 3340 Re: Good-bye 2003 VW Passat [navyguy1990]
Jan 12, 2013 (4:04 am)
Thanks for the final post Navy Guy - good luck with the Accord. I have been reading good news about them. I still have my 02 Wagon - but feel my day is coming as well. How many miles did you get out of her?
#3333 of 3340 Re: Good-bye 2003 VW Passat [navyguy1990]
Jan 12, 2013 (9:59 am)
Smart Move, very smart move. As much as I like VW's I hated the Passat with a passion. You don't have to be a millionaire to own one but it would be a big help to maintain one. I will NEVER own another Passat.
#3334 of 3340 2.0 Turbo - Engine Shakes Shudders on Start
Feb 28, 2013 (8:15 pm)
Wondering if anyone might have some insight on something weird with my Passat. I started it in the drive in the morning and the engine started a rocking motion in a direction from the front passenger seat to the driver side headlamp. I took me a few moments realize something was wrong the check engine light was on and my 8 year old in the back seat was asking me why the car was shaking. I turned the car off waited a moment started it again and everything was totally normal. I had just scheduled to take it in next week because the rear passenger side door handle does not work from the outside. I have a 2010 Passat with just under 30K on the odometer. To date the door handle thing was the only problem this less than 3 year old car has had, however the engine anomaly has me a bit concerned especially if it happens again while I am driving.
Hopefully a code is stored for the dealer to find, but I hate problems that are anomalies. Any insight or experience is appreciated.
#3335 of 3340 Re: 2.0 Turbo - Engine Shakes Shudders on Start [berad]
Mar 05, 2013 (2:04 pm)
OK, I guess I will answer my own question here to hopefully help someone else. The problem was the intake manifold & that had to be replaced. I am sort of shocked to have such a big repair done under 30K miles.
#3336 of 3340 Re: 2.0 Turbo - Engine Shakes Shudders on Start [berad]
Mar 09, 2013 (6:37 am)
I'm only guessing, but two suggestions:
Use synthetic oil, change at 5k mile intervals.
Before turning the car off, drive slow enough to allow the turbo to spin down and cool off.
#3337 of 3340 Re: 2.0 Turbo - Engine Shakes Shudders on Start [530ir1150r]
Mar 09, 2013 (9:10 am)
Thanks, I have been using synthetic from day 1. I have done some outside recon and the real problem is in the direct injection & the intake manifold design. Carbon just builds up in there. It does not seem to affect every car but once it starts it doesn't stop. Folks are adding catch cans and other stuff but you are going to wind up cleaning out or replacing the intake manifold every 25-30K miles. The Audi Q5 seems to suffer from this more than the VW brethren. After the dealer made the repair he swore it would never happen again (you can tell when a service writer is lying). I guess the old adage still hold true - You buy a toyota dealership to make money on sales you buy a vw dealer to make money on service
#3338 of 3340 Re: Timing belt snapped. To fix or not? [jdhebert23]
Apr 21, 2013 (9:06 am)
Could you send me the info for the Houston independent VW-certified independent mechanic? I need someone to change brake pads and maybe some additional work on a 2001 Passat with over 130K miles. Thanks.
#3339 of 3340 2002 Passat, transimission slipping.
Apr 23, 2013 (10:35 am)
Hello All: 2002 Passat 1.8T with 113k miles. Upon acceleration, there is a slight slippage in the transmission...very annoying, particularly climbing a hill. After that, seems to get up to speed with no problem, and shifting is fine. I have noted a decrease in MPG, so I would guess there is some slipping at higher speeds as well. Do I recall that this is a "sealed transmission" with no dipstick? I am wondering if there has been some slight leakage of fluid over the years, and it is finally catching up to me. There must be a plug someplace which can be removed and used to top it off? I think that was the case with my 97 A4. Thoughts, anyone? Thanks... vwdawg
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