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Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
115,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace fuel tank (1 reports)
2002 Volkswagen Passat fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2002 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #1

Nov 012015

Passat 4 Motion V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles


When car has more than 1/2 tank of gas, there is a strong fuel smell permeating the car, and my garage. Had my mechanic look at it - he replaced the tank seal, but it didn't fix it. He said it would likely require the replacement of the tank. Took it to VW, and they wanted $120 to even look at it - said that prior recall on the fuel system was 'closed' and not applicable. I wish my dealer was aware of the 'soft recall' another poster described! VW should replace these leaking fuel tanks.

- , Port Orange, FL, USA

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