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Volkswagen Passat, Diesel, Sedan
#970 of 1046 Re: Smell of Anti Freeze in 2005 Passat TDI [rbinder58]
Feb 09, 2006 (6:02 am)
I have 19 month old 2004 Passat TDI. It has been in the dealership for the last 6 weeks. They discovered antifreeze inside my gauges, under the carpet and more places. There is a tech bulletin out because what has happened, in my case, is that the sensor built into the antifreeze reservoir was made with a crack in it. This crack allows antifreeze to reach the sensor and then, hold on to something, it gets inside the wires. I mean under the insulation around the wire!!! It travels the whole wiring harness and gets to the following items:
1. The accelerator module (your gas pedal electronics)
2. In your gauges (they have to replace them all)
3. Your wiring harnesses (all of them under the hood have to be "cut out and overlayed")
4. The interior carpeting must be replaced because it pools under the carpet.
My situation is not great. I have 60,000 miles on my 19 month old TDI so VW is saying it is out warranty. The bill is $4,375 to fix it all.
I would have them check this.
#971 of 1046 Thud coming from the engine
Mar 01, 2006 (11:42 am)
I have a 2005 Passat TDI, purchased in Sept 2005. I have noticed on at least 3 occasions that when I am traveling about 25 to 30 mph and approaching an incline that a thud comes from the engine as the car is automatically shifting gears. It is quite noticeable. Is this a problem?
Also, Has anyone had a problem with peeling paint?
#972 of 1046 Re: Thud coming from the engine [anointedhelp]
Mar 02, 2006 (5:19 am)
Under similar conditions, I have had the transmission jumping around as if it does not know what gear to select. It works well under other situations, so I don't worry about it.
What color paint is your Passat, and where is the paint peeling?
#973 of 1046 Passat TDI - Radio
Mar 08, 2006 (11:05 pm)
Have had an 05 TDI for almost 1 year & love it, except I find the radio, standard issue with the 6pack cd, to be substandard, especially on the am band, with the sports talk shows. Anyone else had this problem &/or how was it dealt with? What alternative radio/cdplayers have been used?
#974 of 1046 Re: Passat TDI - Radio [macd1]
Mar 09, 2006 (8:22 am)
I also have a 2005 Passat TDI. I find the radio reception on both AM & FM to be sub standard. I kind of knew that going in from other posters. It is not even close to as good as the Bose system in my 2005 GMC truck. I am thinking of adding XM radio as the sound quality is decent in the Passat. I do like driving the car.
#975 of 1046 Re: Smell of Anti Freeze in 2005 Passat TDI [emerls1120]
Mar 19, 2006 (8:04 pm)
Please fill us in on how this turned out. I also have a 2004 Passat TDI. I have not noticed an anti freeze smell. My car only has 39000 miles on it.
#976 of 1046 Re: Another Shuddering Problem [sschnath]
Mar 20, 2006 (3:05 am)
I thought diesels were supposed to be less expensive to run?!
They are cheaper on FUEL and 10 times (actually about 4 times) more expensive than Gas engines to repair!
You can buy a complete new gas VW engine for less than a Valve Job on a Diesel!
But, you shouldn't have any problems with a diesel for 200,000+ miles (most of the time)
Gas engines are getting very good on longevity too. So it's just the gas mileage that is better with the diesel, and soon that may be a moot issue as diesel will cost much more than gas!
#977 of 1046 Re: Another Shuddering Problem [clarkkent]
Mar 20, 2006 (7:24 am)
and soon that may be a moot issue as diesel will cost much more than gas!
I'm not so sure. In San Diego we have had BP ULSD available for over a year. The price is higher than gas. But they are getting closer to each other. 3 weeks ago gas was $2.41 and diesel was $2.85 at BP/ARCO. Yesterday same station gas was $2.61 and diesel had gone down to $2.83, same as Premium unleaded.
That does not take into account the driveability factor for diesel. I have driven both the gas and diesel Passat. My Passat TDI is so much better on the highway. It pulls the long hills so much easier than the gas engine. If I can stay 70 MPH and under I get 40 MPG. Around town 2-3 mile short trips it drops to 27 MPG.
Service is only as good as your dealer. The dealer I use is not where I bought the car. He charged me $50.93 for the 5000 mile service. 10k between oil changes is normal for diesel. With gas it is more like 3k-5k miles.
Going on one year with no warranty issues except a broken gas lid. Same dealer replaced under warranty and gave me a loaner as they had to paint to match. That is better service than I have gotten from Toyota or Honda.
#978 of 1046 Re: Passat TDI - Radio [macd1]
Mar 27, 2006 (7:40 pm)
I complained until the replaced it and it is great now...tell them, and keep telling them. My problem was that the AM sounded like it was a tad out of tune, a little scratchy on words with 's', that kind of thing.