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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,429 miles

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2003 Volkswagen Passat miscellaneous problems

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2003 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #7

Oct 092007

Passat 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The contact owns a 2003 Volkswagen Passat. The contact stated that she has received too many recall notices on her vehicle. She has received a total of three notices within the last month. The recall numbers were unavailable. There had been no failure to date. The current mileage was 59,000. Updated10/26/07.

- New City, NY, USA

problem #6

Sep 052007

Passat 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Volkswagen Passat. The contact stated that she did not receive recall notice M-7 for over a year and a half. There had been no failure to date. The current mileage was 30,000.

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #5

Jul 152007

Passat 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
A water leak in either the sunroof drainage tubes or pollen filter caused 2" of water to fill the passenger front/rear of my 2003 VW Passat. There is currently a terrible smell of mold/milder in the vehicle. Upon researching this problem on the internet, it was found that numerous VW owners have the same problem.

- Bloomfield, NJ, USA

problem #4

Nov 012006

Passat 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Volkswagen Passat. The contact has had the vehicle repaired, however, several failures continue to recur. The failures include the instrument panel lights, cruise control, heated seats, the regulator pin in the passenger side rear window, the glove compartment, and the head lights. The failures were noticed while driving 40 mph. The current mileage is 109,000 and failure mileage was 80,000.

- Laguna Niguel, CA, USA

problem #3

Apr 272005

Passat Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Headlights fails proper function. They have been replaced. Seat belts and sun roof do not work properly. Engine replaced; steering wheels - car pulls to the right everytime an alignment was done and they calibrated the wheels. - problem continued - this problem caused the tires to be destroyed in a few kms - less 20 000; water infiltration - for now it is fixed; trunk was hard to open and close - problem fixed. Front doors vibrated - the rubber of the doors are being exhibiting signs of damage; the front glass ( windscreen ) isn't from the same year of all the others.

- Porto, 00, USA

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problem #2

Sep 062006


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My Passat had two previous instances of water leakage in the floor of the back seat, where the computer is housed. This resulted in a short-circuit in the cars computer in the fall of 2005, causing the car to slow in traffic and ultimately stop when I reached dealership. Maroone Volkswagen of delray beach addressed these two instances under warranty by focusing on the pollen filter and pollen filter caging. On the third occasion, I again took it to maroone Volkswagen on September 6, 2006 since this seemed to be another recurrence of the same problem. Dealer would not fix under warranty. Service advisor said cowl had a hairline fracture, which was allowing water under my hood and into the car. However, cowl was intact on previous visits for same problem. Contacted VW of America who accepted dealers diagnosis. This is especially troubling given there is a wealth of information online posted by Passat owners experiencing the same leakage problem that I describe above, and it is not due to cowl. Please refer to

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #1

Jan 142004

Passat 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Noticed rust coming through the upper and lower moldings surrounding front door windows...unit still under warranty, less than 2 yrs off lot, bought brand new...a 2003 VW Passat

- Worcester, MA, USA

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