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#2691 of 3341 2003 Passat V6 4 motion Problem
Jun 30, 2008 (8:42 am)
on saturday I got the oil indicator up and stop the car message. I went to the dealer and have the oil changed. Right after that 10 miles later, malfunction light came on(check engine) and car started shaking, (also when a/c was one it was shaking more) The dealer suggests me to tow the car. I checked out the internet and people talk about an oilslug problem. I almost paid close to 3k for extended warranty for this car. I really had it with this car as I spent so much time at the dealership service. I am paying a loan for this car to VW credit. Can I also just give the car back to VW credit and get rid of it ?
I knew this would happen but my wife would like to keep it, she did not settle for a nice Camry.
VW should be penalized for producing crappy cars.
#2692 of 3341 Re: 2003 Passat V6 4 motion Problem [urbannomad]
Jun 30, 2008 (9:20 am)
I'm having a difficult time conjuring up a whole lot of sympathy for you based upon your post. Why?
1) While you took the time to research engine problems with 2003 Passats, you didn't apparently read what it was you looked up. If you had you would have learned that the sludge problems were limited to the 1.8T four-cylinder turbocharged engine and not the Audi V6 that's in your car.
2) As a general rule, cars that were maintained with the proper oil services (i.e. every 5,000 miles WITH a synthetic oil that was certified to meet the VW 502.00 oil spec or better) had no sludging problems (especially so the V6 cars; in those you really needed to try to get them to create sludge).
3) You don't even know what's wrong with your car yet.
4) If anything, Toyota had even more sludge related engine failures than VW did, so your comment that said, "I knew this would happen but my wife would like to keep it, she did not settle for a nice Camry", makes me wonder if you deliberately didn't maintain your car properly just to show her you were right.
So, assuming that your engine is sludged, the questions you are now going to be faced with are as follows:
- Can you prove that you had your oil changed every 5,000 miles?
- Can you prove that only VW 502.00 (or better) oil was used every time the oil was changed (i.e. 502.00 oil from the dealership, Castrol Syntec 5W-40, Castrol Syntec 0W-30, or Mobil 1 0W-40)?
If you can prove those things, then all you need to do is to show your dealership the receipts and they'll happily put a new engine in for you (assuming that its still under warranty of course).
#2693 of 3341 Re: 2003 Passat V6 4 motion Problem [shipo]
Jun 30, 2008 (9:45 am)
I had so many problems with this car that I needed to spend countless hours at the service for the last 4 years. Instead of the weekend quality family time, I wasted those hours at the VW service. I am also very careful w/ the maintenance.
I think I really had it this time. To prevent further financial pain, I got the extended warranty early this year. Oil changes are done usually at the dealership but 5K mile before was done at the car wash facility next to our house.
From what I read the symptoms look like slug problem to me.
Unfortunately VW as a company very hostile to its customers and their overall attitude towards customers really annoys me.
#2694 of 3341 Re: 2003 Passat V6 4 motion Problem [urbannomad]
Jun 30, 2008 (9:56 am)
I guess I need to say it differently; there is no "sludge" problem with the V6 engines. That problem is isolated to the 1.8T four cylinder engine, an engine that is not in your car.
#2695 of 3341 Re: 2003 Passat V6 4 motion Problem [shipo]
Jun 30, 2008 (9:59 am)
I hope it a simple problem. That is all I can wish for now.
#2696 of 3341 Re: 2003 Passat V6 4 motion Problem [urbannomad]
Jun 30, 2008 (10:42 am)
Agreed. It isn't an unheard of thing for the oil pressure sender to go bad.
#2697 of 3341 Re: 2003 Passat V6 4 motion Problem [shipo]
Jun 30, 2008 (11:35 am)
when the a/c is on the shaking also intensifies.
Keeping fingers crossed for a simple problem.
Jul 02, 2008 (10:54 am)
Allot of good information here.
I just bought a used 2001 Passat with around 92K on it and since I dont have the maintenance records Im gona replace the timing belt to be safe. After reading what you guys have suggested im going with http://www.germanautoparts.com/Volkswagen/Passat/Engine/290/4 and I'm doing it myself. One side note for anyone who may not know I called the dealer out of curiosity and to replace the timing belt, both tensioner's, water pump, yada, yada, yada $1000 +.
I've also no idea of what the security code for the radio is (Thanks for the info guys) so I'll have to spend $66 bucks and 30 min at the dealer for that.
Since right now money is tight and I really cant afford the kit and the Bentley manual are there any 2001 1.8 timing belt replacement procedure write ups that any of you guys may be aware of?
I did find one thats pretty good but is a couple of years older than my model so things like the hydraulic tensioner are obviously missing. Im sure most if not all the info in this write up will help.
Read it here: http://www.taligentx.com/passat/maintenance/timingbelt/
If you don't know of any write ups that I can use is it possible to augment the link above with the missing steps or any suggestions?
Thanks in advance guys
#2699 of 3341 1999 VW Passat GLX
Jul 03, 2008 (10:47 pm)
I purchased a 1999 Passat for my daughter a month ago. All was fine until we noticed a small oil leak. My husband said it was no big deal and when he had the time he would look at seals/gaskets,etc. Now she has come home for a visit and her malfunction indicator light has come on and this being a holiday weekend we are thinking that , great we already are starting in with problems. I bought the car from a small dealership and bought a warranty, but does anyone know if this is a major problem or not. The light is fixed and NOT blinking ...yet. She only comes home on weekends as she works 75 miles away. Do I need to give her my vehicle and get this to a shop ASAP??? Thanks
#2700 of 3341 Headlight Replacement
Jul 05, 2008 (5:52 am)
I have a 2005 Passat Stationwagon diesel. I would like to know how to replace the head lights and day running lights. I have one out on each side. I have 70,000 miles on the car and it just passed the 70,000 mile warranty. Of all the luck.