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#2871 of 3342 High Mileage Passat Problem
Jun 05, 2009 (9:52 am)
I am on my 4th VW Passat, this one an awesome wagon. I put about 32,000 miles on the car each year and when I reach 70K big things start to go wrong or wear out but I still have 3 years to pay off the car. This is a big dilemma because each time I trade in the car (usually around 70-80K because expensive problems are right around the corner) I take a large hit due to high mileage and have to carry over the outstanding balance to the new car loan...It's been driving up my monthly payment considerably since 2000 when I bought my first VW. So, my problem is that I LOVE VW Passats but they don't seem to hold up without very expensive repairs past 80K. I can't afford the high monthly payment and the repairs (way beyond warranty of course). Is the only suggestion to buy outside of VW? Camrys and Accords are boring and plain and not nearly as sporty and fun. I need a really durable, fun, sporty, affordable car that I can drive until at least it's paid off without the expensive repairs so early on. Any suggestions?
#2872 of 3342 Re: High Mileage Passat Problem [inthegarden]
Jun 05, 2009 (3:21 pm)
I have not found a mechanic that will recommend Passat because of the numerous repairs and costs. It a piece of garbage. I went from a SAAB to this Passat and I have been kicking myself ever since. Saab was twice the car, 1/4 the trouble and twice the fun to drive. Boring is not a word you will use with Saab. If I ever get this Passat fixed so that there is nothing wrong I will not drive it again and will offer it for sale.
#2873 of 3342 Grease leaking out of Axle assembly
Jun 05, 2009 (1:36 pm)
I have a VW Passat 2003 ( 1.8 L, GLS) with 60 k miles on it. I recently took it to an independent car repair shop for 60 k maintainence and they showed me that grease is coming out of the left front axle and recommended changing the whole left front assembly for $300. My car presently does not have any driving issues. Does this repair charge sound reasonable. I have heard people say that I could probably get away by just changing the boot for much less. Does any one have any thing to share on this.
Also can someone pls. recommend a good realiable car repair shop around Oakdale, Maplewood,Woodbury area in Twin Cities, Minnesota.
Thanks in advance,
#2874 of 3342 Re: Grease leaking out of Axle assembly [blitzg99]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jun 07, 2009 (9:25 am)
Probably by the time you drop the axle and replace both boots (no sense just replacing one, since the other could go anytime) and clean the CV joints to inspect them (no sense not visually inspecting them while they are on the bench), you might indeed be better off just putting in a complete axle kit on that side. Get an estimate for both approaches. And have the boots on the other side inspected carefully for splitting or cracks.
#2875 of 3342 How do I reset a compass on a 2007 Passat?
Jun 07, 2009 (9:56 am)
The compass on my 2007 Passat is off and needs to be reset. When I am traveling North, it says I am going East. Any help is appreciated. Thanks
#2876 of 3342 Re: High Mileage Passat Problem [inthegarden]
Jun 07, 2009 (11:43 am)
I have a 2005 Passat TDI. It how has 90,000 miles on it. I have had to replace the CV boots on both sides and two headlamps; otherwise no non-routine maintenance. I fully intend to run this car past 200,000 miles. I went through all the misery of two Cadillacs and one Honda CRV before I bought the Passat. I have never been so happy with a car. One of my employees purchased a new Passat and has had nothing but troubles with it. I believe she has replaced everything on the car. I don't understand the difference.
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Jun 10, 2009 (2:07 pm)
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#2878 of 3342 Re: High Mileage Passat Problem [chuckhanson]
Jun 10, 2009 (5:47 pm)
The situation, as I see it, is that you got lucky and she, like most of us, bought another lemon. You are the exception to the rule. I could not begin to list the things I've replaced in past 6 months alone. If I can get it to a state where there are no more repairs. I park it until it is sold. NEVER, EVER, to buy another,.
#2879 of 3342 Re: buying a 2002 Passat Wagon GLX 48KM [benfan]
Jun 25, 2009 (7:50 pm)
so i absolutely love owning vw's i used to own a passat and i would honestly say if u haven bought it yet, DONT!!!!! i owned an 01 passat gls and it was a nightmare car. i had soooo many problems with it and i am not hard on my cars at all. my mechanic is solely just a German auto mechanic that specializes in vw and they enlightened me with the info that the problems i had were very common with passats. i now own an 01 jetta 1.8t and i love it love it!!! jettas are way better than passats little less luxury but deff worth it. and if its only 8k i would say something is deff wrong with it. well good luck if u did purchase it cause vee dubs are awesome cars if u didnt purchase it start looking into jettas and golfs!!!!!
#2880 of 3342 Re: buying a 2002 Passat Wagon GLX 48KM [benfan]
Jun 26, 2009 (4:43 am)
I own an 02 Passat Wagon GLS (bought new) and have not had many of the problems others list. Guess, I have been lucky? It's got 70K...did have to replace both CV boots (cracks) and had several recalls performed (I would check on this). Also, spent the $$ and did the Timing belt, water pump, etc...($1K), but plan to keep a while and feel it was worth it.
My advice would be to have a mechanic that specializes in VW thoroughly check it out. Big issue to me is whether the oil has been changed within the correct intervals and with the correct oil.
I love my VW, however, maintenance seems to be the key and not knowing if routine maintenance was preformed scares me a bit. Good luck.