Last post on Dec 07, 2012 at 3:03 AM
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Volkswagen Passat, Diesel, Sedan
Jan 12, 2012 (1:48 am)
I have a 2005 passat TDI gls. The MIL light came on last wk. Took to VW dealer for diagnostic ck. I was informed that the torque converter has failed; $2,700 to replace it. The dealer also recommend that I replace the transmission for $4,900 as well since they do not know if the transmission is about to go out too. I've done some research and apparently torque converter failures are a known problem with the 1998, 2004, and 2005 models. There is no way I am sinking $6 or $7K into a car that is 6yrs old. Has anyone else had a similar issue? I am will to fix the torque if that buys me 2 or 3 more yrs. Any advise? Please share your wisdom.
#1032 of 1046 Re: Torque Converter [anointedhelp1]
Jan 12, 2012 (5:08 am)
I would do research into finding a GOOD independent shop and discuss with them. I have very little faith in any VW dealers and those are some huge numbers. There are good transmission shops (not AAMCO) that can rebuild for a fraction of what the dealer is charging to just replace.
#1034 of 1046 100K service in Houston, TX
Apr 03, 2012 (11:20 am)
Just completed the 100,000 mile service for my 2005 Passat TDI. To paraphrase Fred Sanford, this was the big one, Elizabeth. I called 2 different dealerships and 3 independent mechanics. One of the independent mechanics told me that he didn't want to mess around with the diesel engine. The other two quoted me a 2 day repair for "around $1300 to $1500".
I ended up taking to West Houston VW dealership. Dropped it off on Friday night after hours. They got it done by 1:30 PM on Saturday and the cost was $1300.45. To their credit, they gave me 2-3 things to keep an eye on on the Passat ... leaky engine mounts, suspension control arms and front brake pads. No hard sell on their part for additiona services.
Altogether a relatively pleasant experience ... if you ignore the $1300 part
#1035 of 1046 anyone with a 2012?
May 25, 2012 (4:56 am)
wow, no discussion of the new 2012 Passat TDI here at all. are people talking about it on Edmunds in one of the other Passat topics?
#1036 of 1046 Re: anyone with a 2012? [colin_l]
Jun 14, 2012 (1:05 pm)
Jun 14, 2012 (1:52 pm)
I am considering one for my next vehicle. I am a little concerned about reliability (current Accord has 150k with only one repair - O2 sensor. I did have to replace the rear brake pads at 130k, but that was because the e brake cable rusted on one side from hitting a rock)
My main requirements are comfortable seating for 4, power seats with lumbar support, no sunroof and a stick shift. I would like to have leather or vinyl.
Right now this configuration is pretty hard to come by. An Accord SE would be perfect but it is automatic only. Maybe they will offer something with the redesign.
Love the huge back seats in the Passat and the great mileage. It is definitely near the top of my list. Nissan and Toyota are out since they dropped the stick. Honda may be in the game depending how things shake up with the redesign. Ford will have a stick on the Fusion, but not too crazy about the 1.6 ecoboost - seems like it would be high strung and mpg is no better than 2.5 liter Altima, so what is the point of the tiny engine.
So I am hoping reliability is at least a little above average for the Passat.
#1038 of 1046 Whizzing noise from heated engine
Sep 11, 2012 (1:13 am)
I own a VW passat 2.0 TDI ( 2006 ) DSG Automatic. When I drive in the city i.e on 3rd or 4th gear continuously for about an hour or so, I start hearing a whizzing noise,almost identical to some sort of friction and is sychronous to the engine's rythm. The noise is absent when the engine is cold but keeps occuring every time the engine has run continuously for about 1.5 hours and in low gear. On top gears, it comes just after 4 hours drive. The dealer blamed it on the flywheel a year ago and had it replaced but the problem is still unresolved. Please help
#1039 of 1046 2013 passat TDI
Oct 28, 2012 (6:51 am)
I purchased a new 2013 Passat in October 2012. It is the SE trim. I love the power, the economy and the looks!
Things I think VW can improve on.... I get a really sore tail bone every time I drive it for more than an hour. - seats need some improvement.
There is a surge of power when accelerating from a stop light....(abnormal surge) like you either accelerate really slow or spin the tires.... type thing.
when letting off the gas at a slow speed there is a "putting the brakes on slightly" feeling that is too aggressive.
Those are my only faults with the car. otherwise we love it so far... have owned it for a little over a month.
#1040 of 1046 Re: 2013 passat TDI [broker81]
Nov 03, 2012 (5:54 pm)
The way you are describing the stronger acceleration and the feeling of the brake being pressed when slowing down sounds like you have the transmission in the sport mode. That car has a (D) drive mode and a (S) sport mode. Look at the shifter next time you experience this. It will also show a D or a S on the display next to the speedometer. Sport mode will have a lot more torque when the gas is pressed and will rev a lot higher. It will also downshift when slowing down causing the car to jerk. Also if you put the shifter into the (d) drive mode and push the shifter to the right you can shift up and down somewhat like a automatic. It is called tiptronic. Read the owners manual.