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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,800 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Passat engine problems

engine problem

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2001 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #1

Dec 142004

Passat 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 57,800 miles


I own a 2001 1.8 turbo VW Passat with give or take 57,000 miles. The 1.8 turbo has an issue with oil sludge. While researching this issue I have discovered that this is not an uncommon problem with the 1.8 turbo and have concluded that this issue seems to be a manufacturing defect. Accordingly, VW has extended the power train warranty. I have records showing that all of my oil changes were done within a timely manner. However in two instances I exceeded the "recommended maintenance": in the first case it was by 26 miles and in the second case it was approximately 290 miles. If VW has denied my claim due to those situations, they should not state in the warranty that the owner follow the "recommended maintenance" schedule but that the owner should follow a "required maintenance" schedule. I would also like to point out that a 2001 car, that cost over $22,000, that has been taken care of, and has less that 60,000 miles, such as mine, should not have engine failure. Even if I went over the "recommended maintenance" by 500 or 700 miles, which was not the case, the engine should not give out. VW needs to take accountability for this issue. I would also like to point out that I never received notification from vwoa regarding the oil sludge issue. I have all of my records stating that I have performed the "recommended maintenance" not required maintenance, in a timely manner. Yet VW has denied my claim to cover the engine under warranty.

- Boyds, MD, USA

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