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Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
101,341 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
  2. replace O2 censors (1 reports)
2001 Volkswagen Passat engine problems

engine problem

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2001 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 092013

Passat 2.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 122,713 miles


After having a hole in my exhaust another noise started to occur closer to the engine. I would describe this sound as a ticking sound that is constantly ticking. I am told it could possibly be the cam censor, or a gasket but I am not completely sure.

- , Emporium, PA, USA

problem #3

Jan 042012

Passat 2.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles

Ever since I got the car in January 2012 the check engine light has been on. The dealer claimed that the o2 censor needed replaced because the wires had been frayed on the muffler.

Update from Aug 2, 2013: I now need to replace both o2 censors

- , Emporium, PA, USA

problem #2

Jan 222010

Passat GLS 1.8L Turbo

  • Automatic transmission
  • 104,650 miles

My car has 104k, maintained very diligently.

My “Stop engine , low oil pressure light came on and I’m told the engine is dead. What happened to VW.

- , Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 012007

(reported on)

Passat GLS

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles

For the past year I have had my car in the shop on average of every two months for one repair or another. I get the car back, and within 24 hours the engine light comes back on.

- , Clifton, NJ, USA

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