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#3255 of 3341 Re: Passat search continues... [bcass1]
Apr 29, 2011 (6:43 am)
I have a 2004 1.8T with 4 Motion. I'm one of the lucky few that avoided most of the problems that others have experienced early on. My problems began after 120K. The first thing to go was the ignition coils and apparently this was a recall which VW did reimburse me on. I also had the oil cooler fail around 160K and it is a mess to fix because oil leaks into the coolant and contaminates everything. Another common problem to watch out for is a clogged heater core. Its cost me about $400 to have it flushed out when mine became clogged at 140K. VW recently revised their maintenance schedule to have the moon roof drainage ducts cleaned out every 40K instead of every 80K. I've had mine cleaned every 40K and have never had an issue with a leak but there are several who have had issues with it leaking mostly though because they didn't have it cleaned or maintained.
If you've never had a VW before, be prepared to shell out some maintenance every month to keep it running. I've probably spent a couple hundred a month in maintenance since passing the 120K mark but my car now has over 207K on it and it still runs like new and is fun to drive. Good luck with your search
#3256 of 3341 Re: Passat search continues... [bcass1]
Apr 29, 2011 (9:49 am)
You wrote the following and I added comments:
1. front brake pads 5 mm, rear brake pads 8mm Wear items.
2. engine leaking oil from valve cover and cam seal ($580) Not uncommon on Passats, both engines.
3. oil cooler leaking oil into coolant ($617) Can happen - price sounds high.
4. hood strut broken ($130) I had this problem - $25 at auto parts store and 5 minutes to DIY.
5. transmission oil pan leaking ($290) No idea.
6. lower engine cover missing ($360)
7. right front under liner broken ($130)
8. coolant flush coolant dirty ($160) I had this done at the dealer last year - $90.
9. coolant reservoir contaminated ($180) Buy the part online for $35 at 1st VW Parts.
10. timing belt has cracks (1,250) Probable dealer pricing. An independent garage could save you substantially here.
11. battery not holding charge ($250) New Battery at Advance Auto - $170. DIY installation.
12. air bag system has faults and transmission has electrical faults No idea. SOunds expensive to diagnose.
All in all, you should walk away, but the prices you got for repairing the issues seem high. But that could be dependent on where you are in the country. At just over 90,000 miles, my maintenance costs are running at about $0.08 per mile on my 2003 Passat wagon with the 1.8T. This includes maintenance and repairs, including tires. Doesn't include oil changes, which run me about $0.01 per mile (using Mobil 1 0w-40 Sythetic and a VW filter. I bring the oil, and they do the change and my sludge warranty remains intact without question. So, call it $0.09 per mile or $8,100 over the last 8.5 years. And I haven't done the timing belt change yet.
These aren't cheap cars to own and maintain. They are safe and drive nicely, though.
#3257 of 3341 Re: Passat search continues... [altair4]
Apr 29, 2011 (1:57 pm)
Get your timing belt changed NOW. All the money and time you've spent maintaining your car . . . it'd be a shame to overlook it. Don't make the mistake I did. That timing belt was a death sentence for my Passat.
#3258 of 3341 Re: Need Help from Korea! [sdbuehler1]
Apr 29, 2011 (5:36 pm)
I don't think it's a problem with bleeding. For me, I found out accidentally as the coolant level slowly leaked out causing the alarm to go on. Overall, I think I lost over a gallon. The noise was apparently coming from the coolant reserve tank venting as the level came down. I started getting noise after getting the coolant system flushed out and the service shop told me that the water was leaking around the water pump. I've just recently got the timing belt replaced along with the water pump, and got brand new seals. The noise occurred only once or twice, but after that it went away. I believe you have a small leak in the coolant system somewhere causing the bubbling inside the coolant reserve (overflow) tank.
#3259 of 3341 Re: Need Help from Korea! [vwdawg]
Apr 29, 2011 (5:39 pm)
I guess I'm being stubborn as far as the car, because I've just spent over $2500 on a car which has less than 49K miles and therefore I'd keep the car for a while. I have a teenager daughter who will be driving soon and figured at least I know the full repair history of this one.
Thanks again for your advices.
#3260 of 3341 Re: Looking for used Passat, 2002-2004 [bcass1]
May 05, 2011 (2:03 pm)
I had a 2002 that I bought new and took really good care of it. Nothing but problems, it was a big money pit. I'd avoid VW if I was you.
#3261 of 3341 Re: Looking for used Passat, 2002-2004 [bcass1]
May 05, 2011 (3:39 pm)
I have the same car you were looking at, although 80K miles (bought new). It's a blast to drive, but does require some upkeep. I did the whole timing belt, water pump thing at 65K (didn't want to risk it and plan to keep car for a while). Had valve cover gasket leak, but no issues with transmission, coolant leaks. I recently had to replace the front engine mounts (they were leaking), fuel filter, brake pads (3rd time for front and rear) and CV boots. If you get a VW, buy your parts at Germanautoparts.com. and find a good independent shop to peform the repair. This has saved me big $$$ over dealership. Personally, I would not buy a used VW unless I had all repair/maintenance documentation. Good luck!
#3262 of 3341 idle noise issue on a 2001 Passat
Jul 06, 2011 (6:11 pm)
Several people have posted issues reguarding the rattle noise when the car is in idle. When you accelerate the noise goes away. I have been told several things reguarding what it "could" be.... from the serpentene belt, a lifter, the cam shaft, the oil pan and even the hydrolic converter shaft... whatever that is?! So far I have only did an oil change with 5/30 synthethic oil and replaced the serpentene belt. Still have the noise. I just want to know ... Has anyone actually FIXED the problem???? And if so .. PLEASE tell me what it is! Thanks!
#3263 of 3341 2006 VW Passat Stalls WITH OUT WARNING!!!
Jul 18, 2011 (11:31 am)
#3264 of 3341 Re: idle noise issue on a 2001 Passat [nagylynne]
Jul 18, 2011 (11:35 am)
I had a similar rattle on my 2004 Passat wagon that would happen when I would first start the car up and then it appeared to go away once the car had warmed up or after I had started driving. In my case it was the cam chain tensioner.