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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
68,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replace cv boot (1 reports)
2003 Volkswagen Passat drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2003 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 152006

Passat GLX 1.8L Turbo

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles


This has happened three times since I have owned the Passat---both front CV boots have torn. The last time I just bought a boot kit and replaced the boot myself at a cost of $40.00 each. I think that the car turns too sharply and tears the boot in the process when you turn the steering wheel all the way in either direction. This is a pain in the ASS!

- , Canton, GA, USA

problem #1

Oct 092008

Passat 1.8t

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,000 miles

My 2003 VW Passat is sitting in the garage with torn cv boots on both the left and right front axle and an oil sludge problem. I understand that things go wrong with cars but I have never had a vehicle with as many problems as this piece of junk!!! I have had 2 different estimates (both from vw dealerships) for different amounts and both recommended different solutions to the same problem. I can't wait to get rid of this car and never do business with vw again.

- , Buffalo, MN, USA

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