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really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
88,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace everything:12 valves, water pump, timing belt,timing (2 reports)
2001 Volkswagen Passat engine problems

engine problem

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2001 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #2

May 192009

Passat 1.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles


I have had too many problems to mention. It has been towed 10 times in the last 4 years. Check engine light always goes on, coil recall, oil pan issues, air flow system problems, sensory problems, premature timing belt wearing that snapped while driving which broke valves to engine.4000 to fix....these cars are worthless

- , Wilbraham, MA, USA

problem #1

Feb 142008

Passat 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles

Beware, My son bought one of these fantastic nightmare cars. They failed to tell him that at about 65,000 and 75,000 miles the timing belt (one a belt the other a chain tensioner) will need replaced whether it breaks or not. If you do not change it, IT WILL BREAK. Trust me. It is expensive. So far we have put $500.00 down when they decide to finish the job,because engine jobs are done last, we will owe another $1300. Not to mention almost $800. in rental fees. They have it since before Feb. 20 and today is March 29,2008. VanessaPa

- , Oliver, PA, USA

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