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#2934 of 3341 Re: 03 VW Passat electrical problem-HELP [carol39]
Sep 02, 2009 (6:29 pm)
I have a 2003 Passat GLS (42,000 miles) with water intrusion problem.
The guys on this site told me that the front windshield water drain tends to clog and force the excess water to seep into the passenger compartment. During a torrential downpour, I've had water come inside the car and the genius German design has a electronic control module on the floor board of the front passenger side. I don't know if you have a similar problem, but I think you have a moisture caused short somewhere. I've had "stop immediately" accompanied by TRS/ABS/ and other warning lights come on. If you're going to keep the car, I recommend you take it to a dealer, because that what I've did. After about $1500 of repair, my car is completely rehabilitated. I'm just hoping that there will be no additional issues in the future.
#2935 of 3341 Re: VW 2003 Passat W8 Headlight [jlabruno]
Sep 05, 2009 (5:48 pm)
I have attempted it 3 times and I still can't figure it out. Have you figured it out yet? I would love any help if you have any info.
#2936 of 3341 Re: VW 2003 Passat W8 Headlight [aengle]
Sep 05, 2009 (6:06 pm)
Does your car have the separate signal light fixture? IF so, you will likely have to remove that first. I had the same problem and once I removed the signal light the head light came out easily enough. There are a number of disconnects to make, though so you will want to take your time. These cars are pigs to work on.
Sep 10, 2009 (5:05 am)
I'm considering a purchase of a 1999 Passat V6 GLS.
The car is in superb condition with 138,500 miles on it.
This will be a first car for a 17 year old daughter.
Owner is asking $3,500. Am I ok with the amount of miles?
What kind of milage can I expect with a VW?
#2938 of 3341 Re: High Miles [myfive3873]
Sep 10, 2009 (7:07 am)
Before making that purchase I'd check for the following items:
When was timing belt changed?
Were any seals replaced and when?
Were oil changes made as scheduled and was synthetic oil used?
Check for water damage ( see other posts).
Check tie rods and boots. There are a half-dozen each side.
I would hate to rain on her parade but you are buying trouble. All mechanics I know will NOT recommend this car because of high maintenance costs. Mine is a 2000 and I've spend $3,000 in repairs this year. It's for sale and I'm driving my motorhome because I can't trust this lemon to be trouble free until it's sold.
#2939 of 3341 Re: High Miles [myfive3873]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Sep 10, 2009 (7:53 am)
I wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole myself. Miles are too high, car is too expensive for a 17 year old to maintain, and the Passat of that era does not enjoy a very good reputation.
If you like Passats, (and there's lots to like) you're going to have to invest in a much newer one with a lot fewer miles for any reasonable chance of a happy ending.
My opinion (that is, my two cents) is an unqualified NO on this particular year/miles/engine.
#2940 of 3341 Re: High Miles [camperman]
Sep 10, 2009 (11:22 am)
You call 9 year old car a lemon? It is quite old if you ask me.
#2941 of 3341 oil dipstick top broken
Sep 19, 2009 (2:40 pm)
OK so I've read that this is a common problem: The top of the dipstick tube (orange plastic piece) apparently broke when I had the oil changed today. It was not that way when I took it in. I found what I believe is the top-most piece laying in the engine compartment (stuck on hoses under the oild filter) but there is no sign of the rest of the plastic pieces leading me to be concerend some may have fallen into the tube. I have read very different comments about the ultimate meaning of this (if the plastic did actually go into the engine). One poster suggests its no big deal as the pieces will get stuck in the pump screen and not block the flow of oil whereas several posts suggest this is a major concern and the pan should be dropped ASAP. I plan to go back to the shop tomorrow but in the mean time - WHATS THE REAL-DEAL HERE??? Should I be concerned or??
#2942 of 3341 Re: High Miles [krzyss]
Sep 19, 2009 (3:58 pm)
Okay; I'll change the word from lemon to junk. A quality car should never give these problems I and others have had. I've had Nissans, Toyotas, and Honda well beyond 10 years with no problems. Sold a Honda last year that was 19 years old. Body rust but no other issues and over 300,000km. Sold Nissan truck with 240.000 and still had original exhaust and rear brakes. Not one issue in 10 years. I usually have 3-4 vehicles at same time, buy them new or nearly new and keep them a long time. While they are reliable I keep them Once I lose faith they go. Wife likes driving Passat but I have to maintain it. It's history and I'm going back to Saab or Nissan asap.
#2943 of 3341 Moved the oil filter on 2008 Passat?
Sep 22, 2009 (10:31 am)
I have a 2008 Passat Wagen, 2.0 T, and am thinking of doing my own oil changes again. Everything online says the oil filter is underneath, but I've got this item that sure looks like an oil filter right on top in front of the oil dipstick. And it doesn't look like a canister type either, but the regular type. There are pictures in the owner's manual showing where things are, and this thing is not in those pictures. Did the filter get moved after my manual was printed? Or is this some other kind of filter? I don't want to take things apart until I know what I'm taking apart! PS I called a dealer and was told they moved the filter but I'm not sure I believe him ...