• Apr 5, 2008

If you are one of the nearly half-million Americans driving a 1999-2005 Volkswagen Passat, your dealer will be expecting a visit. Every gasoline-powered Passat (the list includes the 1.8-liter I4, 2.0-liter I4, 2.8-liter V6, and 4.0-liter W8) is being recalled for a heat shield issue. Apparently, the shield near the catalytic converter on some automatic-equipped cars may be damaged, so VW wants the dealers to check them out and add additional shielding if necessary.

While it has your attention, Volkswagen has also found some faulty fuel lines on cars with the 1.8-liter turbocharged engine, and some of the all-wheel-drive equipped cars may have damaged fuel tank ventilation valves. Thankfully, no accidents or injuries have been reported from any of the problems. VW will begin notifying owners on May 30.

[Source: Automotive News, subs. req'd]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      I guess it's one way to get people into the showrooms, issue a recall.
      • 6 Years Ago

      German engineering at its finest. Or is it mis-engineering?
      • 6 Years Ago
      BTW how come the A4 isn't affected by this recall? I'm a little surprised since I thought they shared most of their parts.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have a 2000 B5 Passat Variant 1.8T (wagon, 1st own, 63k miles) and I'm happy to say that this year model, it is one of the known "reliable" years...being an affordable German made car, I'm pretty much satisfied with it.

      My next car in two years will SURELY be a diesel. If I'd go for another European car; it would still very likely be another German engineered (VW)...or even an Opel/Saturn (should GM decide on bringing a diesel model).

      If I go Japanese, I'm anticipating a Subaru boxer diesel...a Honda diesel would be my next choice.
      • 6 Years Ago
      My, my, bad day for piss ants.
      • 6 Years Ago

      Leaking fuel lines and insufficient catalytic converter heat shielding might be an explosive combo.
        • 6 Years Ago
        VW...well on their way to number 1. Look out GM and Toyota
        • 6 Years Ago
        @FSM

        It's Porsche now!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Heh, in Canada these things rust off within the first 5 years anyway. BFD.
        • 6 Years Ago
        REEEEEALLY???

        Well, then i would suggest that you take your rusted Passat to VW, because they have a 10 perfertion warranty...they will take care of it.......oh, what is that you say??...you don't eeeeven have a Passat? Oh, OK then.

        So you are talking $hit like most of the other posters! I always love seeing these posts! It never takes long. I just wonder what it is about these people. Is it envy, ignorance or just plain old simple stupidity. I think it's all three together!

        Keep it up losers. These VW posts are as sure like stink on a monkey.


        • 6 Years Ago
        So, your Passat is rusting off right before your eyes...eh?...oh sorry, I didn't catch the part where you said you don't actually own a VW, but just talking out of your a$$!

        Admit it, you don't know what you are talking about!
        • 6 Years Ago
        I've owned serveral idiot. They didn't burst into flames with no heat shield in place.
        • 6 Years Ago
        So, you have owned several. I guess you got a new one every 5 years.

        If there is a true idiot, then it must be you. How dumb does one have to be to make the same mistake more than once??????
        • 6 Years Ago
        Wtf are you talking about idiot? They rust off every car in Canada, they are a superfulious peice of metal.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Idiot, I'm the only one here saying they are good cars. What a tool.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Im glad i sold my slow ass 2.0 passat.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Cars have problems, things get missed - nothing in this world is perfect. Are we surprised anymore ?
      • 6 Years Ago
      maybe an asian supplier messed up on those parts ..
      • 6 Years Ago
      My 2000 1.8T Passat (Automatic transmission) had quite a few problems. I have replaced all of the following at my own cost before 55K miles:
      1. Mass Airflow sensor
      2. Both O2 sensors
      3. Water & Oil Pumps
      4. Some hoses (2 times)
      5. Brakes at 20K miles, Tires at 25K and 50K
      6. Headlamp light bulb
      7. Tie rod ends
      8. ABS sensor
      9. Reprogrammed the Keyfobs/remotes twice, as they stopped working at abnormally high prices.

      VW service has been terrible to say the least. I have had the opportunity for getting the car serviced at several dealerships in Pittsburgh(PA), Sunnyvale(CA), Framingham(MA), Denver(CO) and Austin(TX). I am surprised that the quality of customer service has been roughly about the same. I have spoken with VWoA for some of the major repairs and they have denied every request consistently. I have saved all of my receipts for the above.

      I always used Premium gas and synthetic oil (due to oil sludge related issues). So, the TCO for this car has been very high. Having said that I thoroughly enjoyed the excellent Monsoon stereo (with 8 speakers) and great handling and stability, especially at speeds over 70 MPH. The doors always closed with a "Clunk"..!

      Recently, my Wife recently totalled this car after a minor accident - could not believe that the repair estimate was over $8000.00!. The repairs (labor and parts) on my VW were always higher than our other car. I would not consider buying another VW again. I am amazed at my ~50K miles Lexus that has had only regular oil changes/service visits and tire change at 40K miles. The customer service at Lexus has been amazing.
      Again, it may be unfair to compare Lexus to VW. But, I have heard of similar issues with Audi from my friends. :)
        • 6 Years Ago
        VWSat, I don't know which Toyota you were working on where it's hard to change the spark plugs, but almost every conceivable thing is very easy to maintain on my Camry. You can even rebuild the engine without removing it from the engine bay if you wanted to.
        Considering that Toyota is somewhat known for having easy to repair/maintain mechanicals, I'm surprised that you would claim that VWs are the easier vehicle to repair.

        If anything VW and Audi make a lot more sacrifices to accessibility to make the engine bays look nicer, in a Toyota the engine bay is a mess but almost everything is perfectly accessible.

        P.S. Actually, I looked it up and I'm going to guess you owned a V6 Camry or something similar with an upgraded engine? Toyota's with upgraded engines don't tend to be as easy to maintain since they have to cram the engine in there, and some of the engines are more complex (like you need a special tool to remove the camshafts in the V6 Camry but you can use a screwdriver on the I4). For what it's worth though, the I4's spark plugs are VERY easy to access, and I think the newer Toyota V6's are also easier to work with as well (not sure about spark plugs in particular)
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree that my 01 Passat 1.8T has had electrical issues. However mechanically it has been sound, following routine maintenance. This includes oil changes every 8-10k kms, Timing belt, water pump and PCV at 100k kms.

        The non-routine issues you listed are all easy to fix yourself as I have had to replace most of those items myself. By easy, I mean ~1 hour in my driveway.

        1. MAF is $100 and 15 min, or you can buy reman at $50
        2. Haven't replaced O2
        3. Water pump with Timing belt, part of routine maint. Oil pump indicated that you stretched OCI, and had turbo turds.
        4. PCV at 100k, ~$60 and 1 hr to replace all of it
        7. $300 and 3 hrs with nothing more than a socket set and mallet
        8. Haven't replaced
        9. You can do this yourself, as long as one remote works. Put the one that doesn't work in the driver door, the one that works in the ignition, to "on" but not running. Unlock, then lock on the remote in the door. Horn will honk, the remote is now programmed.

        From your list above, the non-routine items are all electrical.

        Routine, IMO:
        3. Water Pump
        4. Hoses (Assuming PCV)
        5. Brakes at 20K miles, Tires at 25K and 50K
        6. Headlamp light bulb

        You are right that it does have issues more often than Honda or Toyota. However after trying to replace an alternator and the spark plugs, both between the engine and firewall. I will take the cheaper, easier but more frequent repairs. That, and I like the understated (some call it sombre) interior better.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I own a 2003 Passat...the base model, it was all I could afford when I was 16. I can't believe how much the reputation of VW has fallen in the general public and in the eyes of VW owners. I will never buy another VW again (I can also afford better now) and I will be getting a new car soon enough. I have had so many problems with this car since it hit 50,000 miles, the cost of maintenance has made me feel like I have a Ferrari and not a VW.

      Is it really too much to ask for to get some decent quality control here? VW is getting more unreliable than GM and Ford. It's no suprise dealerships are exploding with idle cars and some are being closed. No one wants to drive a POS VW....remember how many jettas and passats used to be on the road a few years ago? It's hard to find them now....people are wising up.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I leased an 05 Jetta GLI and after that experience, the VW is this generation's British car.

        When it is out of the shop, it is a thing to behold. People would ask about it in parking lots, follow me to gas stations. Always a blast on the country roads. But there were always niggles to be taken care of every time I was in for maintenance.

        I would get another VW but definitely will always lease them so I never own one out of warranty.

        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah actually it does make me a retard, I regret the purchase every single day. What do I know about Ferrari's maintenance costs? Are you that stupid? Or do I have to spell it out for you.

        Sure it sucks for me, though no one has given me a wedgie yet. VW Service has done much worse than wedgies to me. And I'll pass on the SUV thanks. I'll go for something more reliable next time, VW doesn't cut it. You can keep patronizing them if you want, you obviously like crappy cars, crappy service, and a crappy ride. Good luck.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Mike M,

        I have an Accord, the average age buyer for is 50. I bought mine at age 23. Does that make me a liar like "veni vedi vici"? Some people actually do have good jobs at age 16. I was making enough by 1998 to affiord a 5-series but bought a house instead.

        VW's are crap. Quality and reliability are a given for cars in the American market. If a manufacturer doesn't meet those basic requirements they don't deserve to play here, especially when a (formerly) third tier manufacturer like Hyundai was able to turn it around in
        • 6 Years Ago
        Mike m, you realy nead to sit down ad take a deep breath. I do not own a VW, but I will speak for my sister. She just got rid or her v8 Touareg . It was a nice suv, but it was in the shop a lot. Before she got rid of it, almost every week a new light would come on in the dash telling her something was wrong. If you look at the 2007 JD Powers vehical dependability study, VW is 4th from the bottom.
        http://www.jdpower.com/corporate/news/releases/pressrelease.aspx?ID=2007130
        • 6 Years Ago
        lol mike, what's wrong with driving a car whose average owner age is higher than your own? Do you only make purchasing decisions based on the average owner age of everything you own?!

        And anyways, the average owner age of the car I bought when I was 20 was over 3x how old I was, and oddly enough it didn't magically make me unable to drive my car.
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