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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
84,506 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replaced a cracked vacuum T-fitting (1 reports)
2004 Volkswagen Passat engine problems

engine problem

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2004 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #1

May 112011

Passat GLS 1.8L Turbo

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,506 miles


One day my check engine light came on and I had found my fuel mileage to have gone way down. The check engine light was was found to be 7 codes all relating to vacuum pressure problems, pressure drop between turbo and Diverter vave, fuel lean codes and a few others. I took it to the dealer and they told me things I dint care about at all like the airbag had a old fault code and the battery voltage was low blah blah blah, this went on for a few months and finally one day I went poking around and found a cracked vacuum t fitting hiding under the intake manifold, cost me all of 7 bucks to fix and the car worked great after that.

- , Saint John, NB, canada

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