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#2587 of 3340 Re: how to adjust timing belt? [sclaark]
Mar 10, 2008 (12:53 pm)
Hello. We are considering purchasing a VW Passat wagon and are looking at the years 2000-2003. Just heard that a friend had a Passat and had to replace the timing belt at 85K miles which had caused engine to go bad. He had to pay $5000 for a new engine. Have you heard of a similar problem or do you think this is an isolated situation? Are these pretty good cars?
#2588 of 3340 Re: how to adjust timing belt? [shelly03]
Mar 11, 2008 (4:31 pm)
Read my post #2560 for the causes of timing belt failure and preventive measures that should be taken to avoid this situation. A properly maintained Passat will last its owner several years (I have a 2003 with 77,000 miles with no sludge issues).
#2589 of 3340 Re: Engine compartment fan noise [craigers77]
Mar 11, 2008 (6:40 pm)
I am having the exact same problem and have resorted to disconnecting the battery at night. Have you figured out what the problem is and how to fix it?
#2590 of 3340 Re: 2004 Passat? or any Passat [vogpooh]
Mar 12, 2008 (8:41 am)
I am having the exact same problem with my 2003 Passat 1.8 T. It has died on me at least a dozen times over the last 6 weeks as I am coming to a stop and now starting to die when idleing in park. In addition to the dying it also will buck and jerk when taking off on occasion. These problems have been very intermittent and will not show themselves when near a mechanic! I have changed the fuel filter, oil change, filter and lube, spark plugs and that was to no avail. There has been no CEL come on. I did find a hose that was leaking that I siliconed and reclamped (Y hose...maybe a bypass hose?).
I have taken it in twice for diagnostics and they said that they can't find anything wrong with it ($139).However, it did throw the following codes (see below), but they said that these shouldn't be causing the problems. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
16684, 16686, 16687, 16688, 17519 and 17544
SAE - P1111
VAG - 17519
Description - 02 Control (Bank 1) System too lean
#2591 of 3340 Re: 2004 Passat? or any Passat [dustman1]
Mar 12, 2008 (11:41 am)
I have taken it in twice for diagnostics and they said that they can't find anything wrong with it ($139).
Umm, yeah, they did and you've got the codes to prove it. Where did you take it? VW specialist?
If it were me, I'd search for additional air leaks.
#2592 of 3340 Re: 2004 Passat? or any Passat [altair4]
Mar 12, 2008 (2:58 pm)
It wasn't a VW specialist, but it was a very reputable garage in this area that I am familiar with. That being said, that is the first time that I left there unimpressed.
The local VW dealership here does have a reputation and that's why I went elsewhere. Do you suggest a VW specialist?
I've searched high, but not low for additional air leaks. I will continue looking and see if I come up with anything. Thanks for the input and I welcome more!
#2593 of 3340 Re: 2004 Passat? or any Passat [dustman1]
Mar 12, 2008 (5:27 pm)
Pay close attention to the hoses under the intake manifold. They're hard to see and access, but I've read about others having issues and throwing the same codes as you are.
#2594 of 3340 Gas: premium but with ethnol
Mar 13, 2008 (12:38 pm)
Yesterday I added just the 3rd tank of gas. During filling I noticed on the nozzle that the gas has 10% or less of ethnol. It's on a Hess gas station. Is that bad for Passat? how bad is it? I prefer to use Shell.
#2595 of 3340 Re: Gas: premium but with ethnol [greatcars]
Mar 13, 2008 (1:21 pm)
Read your manual. It most likely says that fuel containing up to 10% ethanol is fine.
FYI - most gas today that once contained MTBE now contains ethanol as MTBE was been banned as it is can contaminate ground water. The change happened about 18 months ago.
#2596 of 3340 Passat overheating and oil questions
Mar 14, 2008 (7:08 am)
I have a 2000 VW Passat with the 1.8 (ATW) engine. I am experiencing an overheating problem. I recently had a new timing belt, water pump etc put on so I am confident that is not the problem. Then, I had a new thermostat installed, and the problem subsided for a short while, but now when I start it up, the temp gauge stays "cold" for a while, then pops up to normal...but no heat. Then I'll get blaring heat and the temp guage will return to normal. This sequence continues, and I'm afraid that one of these times it heats up (the temp warning light illuminates and the alarm sounds), I might harm the engine. Is there some kind of sensor that I can replace? I have done a little research and I find that there is a Coolant Temperature Sender (Standard #TS477) and a Coolant Temperature Sensor (Airtex #5S1478), I'm not sure which does what...Suggestions please!!
Also, often at a low idle, my oil level idiot light will come on (with the obligatory alarm), but when I rev the engine, it goes off. The oil level is fine, and changed frequently. I think this may be the Oil Level Sensor?
Thanks for any help!