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#1685 of 3342 2004 Passat TDI Smell for Antifreeze and A Broken Heart
Feb 09, 2006 (5:28 am)
My 19 month old '04 Passat TDI Wagon has 60K miles. Since the first week I owned it(I bought it New) I had shuddering problems with the cruise on when going down hill. No one could find anything and I was told "it it fine". Obviously, with 60K miles I don't sit around much, so I got use to it.
Right before Christmas '05 my wife called. When she hit the set button for cruise the car stop going(engine ran fine but press the accerlerator no go power) on the interstate. I told her to turn the car off and restart it. She did and everything worked fine. I dropped the car off at the dealership on Dec 28 for 60K maintenance and check the issue my wife had. They called next day couldn't find and issue and the computer didn't have any errors. Their service manager took it out and called me while he was driving it and it happened to him.
Too late to make this story short but it is now over 6 weeks it has been at the dealership and they know what happend.
There is a sensor in the antifreeze reservoir. This sensor is molded into the reservoir. The sensor has allowed antifreeze to leak into the wires. I mean under the wire insulation! The antifreeze has traveled the wiring harnesses under the hood (they all have to be replaced) and has reached the following;
1. The accelerator pedal module (must be replaced)
2. The dash gauges (must be replaced)
3. The interior carpet (must be replaced because it pooled underneath)
My bill is estimated at $4,375. VW Customer Care says they will pay $500 of the bill becasue "it is out of warranty". As I asked the gentleman at VW Customer Care, "What does the mileage have to do with this problem, the car is not even 2 years old?" The Regional VW Rep has made his decision.
I have owned 6 VW since 1985. I have a '97 Passat with 134K on it in my garage that I owned since new. I can't believe VW has taken this position. My heart is seriously broken over this whole ordeal. I love my '04 Passat, and this is the only problem I have had. My maintenance has been done by the dealership religiously and on time.
#1686 of 3342 Re: 2006 Passat -- HELP! [vwregrets1]
Feb 17, 2006 (4:28 pm)
I have a 2006 passat as well....and after exactly a month
of owning it, I havae had several warning light including "check engine light" and " check gas cap" light come on.
what should I do now?
I took it by the dealership tonight and was told I could still drive it if the light is not flashing, until they get to it!!!
signed, angry mad new passat owner
#1687 of 3342 Re: 2006 Passat -- HELP! [nima1]
Feb 17, 2006 (5:03 pm)
Could be an emissions issue if you are not tightening your gas cap at least three clicks. Hopefully it is just a code to be reset by dealer. Read your owner's manual on the gas cap issue if this is not your common practice for more information.
I have heard a lot of warning lights coming on for the 2006 Passat. I had a 2003 Passat GLS 1.8t/Tip ans was thinking of buying out the lease but VW Credit had no deals on this and interest rate was horrible. I liked my 2003 design better than the 2006, unfortunately, and went with an Acura this time. I was also concerned about first year quality of a new VW model with their low quality ratings, and, unfortunately, my suspicions appear to have some verification based on what I read.
Good luck in getting your issue resolved.
#1688 of 3342 Re: I think [krzyss]
Feb 20, 2006 (7:42 pm)
Thanks. The issue is fixed and I am enjoying the car, again.
#1689 of 3342 "Tire Pressure too low" problem
Feb 20, 2006 (7:54 pm)
It's cold here in Chicago (14F today) and my '06 Passat 2.0T MFD showed the "Tire Pressure Too Low" warning. Apparently in cold climates this problem occurs with new Passats. The dealership checked it out and said the tires were at 26psi and they inflated them to 36psi, 3 psi past the recommended pressure, because of the cold weather. I've ordered a digital pressure gauge so I can check the pressure myself. The 2.0T '06 Passat does not have a manual reset of the pressure via the MFD - which is really unfortunate. To boot, the MFD does not even tell you which tire is at a low pressure - bad design. Thankfully, Fletcher Jones Chicago did not charge me for the check-up and reinflation.
#1690 of 3342 Re: I think [beyondo]
Feb 21, 2006 (5:50 am)
What was it? Curiosity is awful but I cannot help
#1691 of 3342 Re: I think [krzyss]
Feb 21, 2006 (2:27 pm)
Krzys: Not sure I understand the question. I assume you are asking about the tire pressure issue? I'll be happy to feed the curiousity....
#1692 of 3342 Rumbling in engine and "wheel bearing" noise
Feb 21, 2006 (4:09 pm)
I have an 01.5 Passat with 59,700 miles and wanted to know if anyone else has had the following problems:
1- When the car is in drive and idling at a stop, there is occasionally a rumbling in the engine, almost like a hesitation before a stall. The car has never stalled but it does this quite often. My mechanic, (not the VW dealer), changed the spark plugs, fuel and gas filter. In addition, he put in a can of injector cleaner and said to let it run through a tank of gas. Well, that was about a thousand miles ago and it is still doing it. I don't know if this has anything to do with the sludge problem or not. No idiot light has come on and the performance of the car still seems ok.
2- The car has a loud noise coming from , what I think is the front driver wheel. It sounds like a hole in the muffler but it is not. The mechanic says it is a wheel bearing but he can't tell which front wheel it is. He wants me to drive it until it's louder and he can tell, he says it won't harm anything. That was about three thousand miles ago and it still seems loud to me. He still can't tell for sure he says. Has anyone else had this problem.
3- Right rear passenger power window and lock don't work. Mechanic fixed it once and next day it wouldn't work. He then fixed it with a clamp on the connection and it worked for about three weeks. Now it doesn't work again.
If anyone has any ideas or thoughts I would appreciate it. I bought the car new and have had no real problems with it up until now. It worries me about the engine in particular.
Sorry for the length. Thanks for your help.
#1694 of 3342 You had problems with
Feb 22, 2006 (7:21 am)
axle shafts and you were left stranded.
I wonder how it was fixed. That is all.