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#2598 of 3342 Passat Long Term Reliability
Mar 17, 2008 (5:37 am)
We have a 1999 Passat GLS with the V6 engine. We now have 130,000 miles on it. It's certainly not as nice as it was when new, but my wife, who drives the car, comments regularly about how nice it rides. It's solid, accelerates like a champ, corners well, and has not left us on the side of the road yet.
That's not to say we've not had maitenance issues. We've had to replace the front axles twice (one was warranted...three were not). It ate brakes until recently..switched to a different OEM brand, and they've worn very well.
It did have an oil leak at 90,000 miles, but that was covered under the 10 year, 100,000 mile warranty. When that was fixed, VW also discovered some sort of cam tensioner problem and had to replace that as well.
I do change the oil religiously every 5,000 miles. But since we had the V6, we didn't get hit with the sludge problems (although VW changed their recommendations for all of their engines for oil if I recall).
This year, I spent $450 replacing a bunch of vacuum hoses that had dry rot and were falling apart, but heck, the car is 9 years old, so that's to be expected, and it once again, runs like a champ. We get about 30 MPG on the highway, which exceeds the estimates (and it beat my 2003 1.8T Passat that I had up until 2 years ago).
Would we get another? I don't know. We hope to get another 1.5 years out of this one (gotta get son #2 out of daycare). My DW has her heart set on a an Infiniti M (used probably). But she has said a couple of times that if we can't get a good deal she'd go buy another Passat. Me...I'd keep the current one another year and then try to get an M
#2599 of 3342 Passat B5.5 Hydraulic Cam Tensioner Problem
Mar 05, 2008 (1:16 pm)
I took my 2001.5 2.8L 4Motion Passat in to the dealership today for a check engine light and they reported back to me just now that I have a faulty Hydraulic Tension Adjuster for my Cam position. I Am not a car guy per se, but my Passat has been running fine. I'm getting nearly 20 MPG's and no loss of power.
They told me the repair is $1,300 or $2,200 for both tensioners.
What do you guys think? Can I fis this problem for less and what should I be looking out for? Thanks you in advance.
Jon in SLC.
#2600 of 3342 Re: Passat B5.5 Hydraulic Cam Tensioner Problem [joninslc]
Mar 19, 2008 (4:14 pm)
I have a 2001 Passat with the 1.8 T motor. 130K miles.
The technicians first told me the codes in the computer indicated a faulty cam chain tensioner, but it also had codes for a faulty crank position sensor. I ended up having the crank position sensor replaced (about $180).
I had been experiencing the car just shutting down several times. It would start again after sitting for 15 minutes. I drive 55 miles to work so I can't have the thing dieing on me like that. After I had it fixed, the car runs great. According to the computer it says I am getting between 32 to 35 mpg highway.
Did your mechanic say anything about the crank position sensor or have you ever had the thing just quit?
It is possible the cam chain tensioner needs to be replaced but the crank position sensor can trick the computer into posting the fault code for the cam chain tensioner. If it were me I would have the crank position sensor replaced and see if it cured the problem.
Also, do you use synthetic oil in the car? Even though VW did not start recommending it for these cars they have changed their recommendation and synthetic is now recommended and instead of 10K miles between oil changes 5K is recommended. These engines are quite succeptible to sludge problems and the synthetic helps prevent that.
#2601 of 3342 Manuals on VW literature website
Mar 20, 2008 (7:19 am)
What are these manuals? Are they the same that come with the car you bought from dealer? If so why charge $60 instead of make them available onine as PDF files?
WSA281557PL623 2008 VW PASSAT OM PACK ENGLISH
#2602 of 3342 Re: VW Passat 2002: Engine Light: Code: P0735, P0811, P0716 [majicman]
Mar 20, 2008 (7:59 am)
The car has 67935 miles.
I am getting the following codes:
17195 P0811 excessive clutch slippage
17100 P0716 Input turbine speed sensor A circuit G182 raneg performance.
17095 P0711 Transmission Fluid Temp sensor A circuit G93 range performance.
This is on a 2001 VW Passat 1.8.
The transmission is not engaging. Please advise.
#2603 of 3342 Re: Manuals on VW literature website [greatcars]
Mar 20, 2008 (9:46 am)
I couldn't get the link to work. But I think that would be the owner's manual, not the Bentley manual. The Bentley would be much more expensive.
Whay charge instead of making them available as a PDF? $60, that's why!
#2605 of 3342 Re: Manuals on VW literature website [greatcars]
Mar 20, 2008 (3:31 pm)
Thanks for the new link...yeah, that looks like the owner's manual since I found the Bentley for $130 there. My feeling is that VW takes the approach that everything must be a profit center - doesn't help the public's perception, does it?
Do other manufacturers post their owner's manuals on the web? I've never looked since I have bought new cars since the '80's (my philsophy: buy 'em new and wring every last cent of value out of 'em).
As owner's manual go, the VW one isn't top shelf. They could learn a heck of a lot from Hyundai, judging from the manual that came with my mother-in-law's 2002 Accent. You should see the DIY section...very nice!
BTW, did you look in the pocket under the steering column for your owner's manual? It fits nicely there and it blends in well with the remainder of the dash. I don't understand why people don't leave the manual in the car when they sell it???
#2606 of 3342 Re: Manuals on VW literature website [altair4]
Mar 20, 2008 (6:23 pm)
I guess it's the owner's manual, maybe it has more contents.
I asked the salesman for the manual whenI bought the new car. I think all the first owner could have one. Sometimes the owner lost it and following buyers can't get one. I have to agree Hyundai did good on this part and customers can register on their website and access a lot more tech information than the owner's manual contains.
#2607 of 3342 False warning light of Fuel Filler Cap
Mar 20, 2008 (6:30 pm)
2008 Passat turbo with about 1000 miles gave out the Fuel Filler Cap warning light today after I used the windshield washer and the washing wiper for a couple of times. And I arrived my workplace and parked it there. In the evening I started the car and the light was on. Drove about 10 minutes (less than 2 miles) and the light went off by itself. I still had gas for about 200 mile range and the used premium gas and the fuel cap was closed properly last week. So there was reason for that light turn on, especially after I used the windshield washer and the washing wiper. I considered it a minor harmless incident. Anyone else had this experience?