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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,060 miles

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2004 Volkswagen Passat clutch problems

clutch problem

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2004 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 222006


  • Manual transmission
  • 45,000 miles


Clutch and flywheel had to be replaced on 2004 Passat wagon with only 45K miles.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #2

Jan 052005

Passat 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 34,240 miles
(1) slight pulsation was felt in clutch pedal. Assumed clutch release bearing failed. 2) took car to dealer who claimed the clutch failed prematurely and damaged the flywheel as well. (3) had car repaired by dealer. Clutch apparently is not covered under warranty after 12000 miles.

- Annandale, VA, USA

problem #1

Sep 052004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,940 miles
While driving 60 mph clutch failed. Vehicle lost power. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Elmhurst, IL, USA

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