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really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
68,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace transmission (1 reports)
  2. transmission rebuild (1 reports)
2003 Volkswagen Passat transmission problems

transmission problem

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2003 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 022008

Passat ESL 1.8L Turbo

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles


Was driving car and it lost all ability to shift into gear. Car will still go into reverse, but not in any forward driving gears. Sent to dealership and told repair consisted of a total transmission replacement for a repair cost of approximately $4300. Since vehicle was no longer under warranty, I contacted some other transmission specialist. Transmission was able to be repaired for the cost of $3600. I contacted VW about this issue. They refused any assistance and denied any responsibility.

- , Ashland City, TN, USA

problem #1

Oct 092007

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,000 miles

My car was towed to a dealer and it took a week for them to look at it and another week and a half to fix it.

- , Benton Harbor, MI, USA

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