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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,000 miles

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2003 Volkswagen Passat drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2003 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #1

Oct 152009


  • 50,000 miles


Car had sludge in 2007 dealer cleaned engine and said it was fixed. In Feb 2009 the sludge came back again and the dealer fixed the sludge again. On October 2009 the car oil light came on again this time they said it was not sludge but the cam shaft adjusters which they said was not covered under warranty. My research shows that cam shaft adjusters are damaged and break up due to low oil pressure which is a direct relation to sludge in your engine which I had twice. Dealer now claims I did not maintain my car and this is why they are not covering it under warranty.

- Stratford, NJ, USA

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