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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
111,384 miles

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2004 Volkswagen Passat drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2004 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 082012

Passat 4-cyl Diesel

  • 114,000 miles


Power train issue: Bad torque converter (tc). Why a safety issue" it can fail while on the highway sending debris into the transmission causing a catastrophic failure. Caused by a bad seal gasket. Technical bulletin # 2011908 address the issue in 2007. But the tdis were not included in the TB [same tc & transmission], and this is a very common problem in many VW, Audi and BMW vehicles, including tdis. E.g. VW & Audi: BMW: with a P0741 error: Dtc results: 17125 P0741 003 torque converter clutch circ. Performance or stuck off intermittent if you do a web search for: P0741 error code transmission torque converter the results are startling, it seems that VW, Audi and BMW all have the same issue with tcs, "my understanding is the internal tc seals were not up to the task on the original tcs of that era....including Audi". "if the problem is not addressed then the transmission will over heat due to the slippage and you will need to replace the transmission." it seems that this should of been fixed under warranty, there was a recall for non-diesel vehicles service bulletin: 2011908. The tc is the same in all B5 models. so why was the tdi S not covered" ------------------------------------ body: Doors: Won't unlock from outside by remote or unlock button from inside.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #2

Aug 032011


  • 104,000 miles
I own 2004 Passat and recently have had transmission problems. My biggest concern is that on freeway transmission became unresponsive, and almost got me wiped out by two trailer truck going about 60! I was told to repair it would be $1200 to $3000 dollars. But for Volkswagen to know of problem and refuse to fix is outrageous and you people need to do something before injury's or more happen! is there someone I can contact to get help, I cannot afford that, and VW needs to repair if they are knowledgeable about it!!

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #1

Sep 142009


  • 116,153 miles
Sporadically the rear windows would not respond to the window up/down switch, then later without touching the switch the windows would open or close. The dealer found a cheap plastic cotter pin type instrument causing the problem. I have not had the chance to check out the repair since the dealer has my car going on 3 weeks for two other issues (transmission surge and engine light/P0101) for which they are having problems diagnosing the problem.

- New Baden, IL, USA

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