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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
52,600 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
  2. replaced regulator (2 reports)
2003 Volkswagen Passat windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2003 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 112010

Passat LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles


The back window right window stopped working. At first it wouldn't go down and then it seemed to fall of the track and not go up. I took to my mechanic and the issue was fixed.

- , Dumont, NJ, USA

problem #4

Jan 132004

Passat GLX 1.8L Turbo

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles

Rear window pin has broken four times on the same window on our Passat. Three time covered under warranty. This last time I just glued the window shut since I will have to pay for it and we do not hardly ever use that window.

- , Canton, GA, USA

problem #3

Jul 082008

Passat GL 4cl 1.8L Turbo

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

So...after having issues with: 1. engine failure due to sludge 2.heater stopped working 3.handle on glove compartment broken 4.overall cheap build on car

I now have a car with 4 doors and only 1 working power window. Thankfully it is the driver's window, but the problem is just so past annoying that now I'm considering just selling the car and never getting a VW again. First, the rear passenger windows would get stuck when the power butting was pressed, finally it stopped responding and now slowly falls about an inch a week (by itself) then the same thing occurred with the rear driver side window. Now the front passenger's window is the same.....

Imagine driving down a freeway with 3 windows all sliding down millimeters a day and the whistling sound drowning conversations between people riding the car. I have to regularly pull the windows up with my hands until I get a nice seal, only for them to fall down again days later.

- , Dfe, TX, USA

problem #2

Jul 102008

Passat GL

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

My back window would not go down when I used any of the buttons. Then, it would fall down several inches any old time it wanted to.

I am just wondering if this is something VW should recall? Has anyone else had this happen? It happened after warranty, of course.

- , St Louis, MO, USA

problem #1

May 012007

Passat Turbo

  • Manual transmission
  • 50,000 miles

Do you know how hard it is to have two little ones in the back seat and only one window goes down?? It is a big pain! It isn't fair, she has her window down. Come on VW, you have had this problem forever!! FIX IT!

- , Mechanicsburg, PA, USA

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