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2.2

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,232 miles

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This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2004 Volkswagen Passat fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2004 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #12

Feb 192015

Passat

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

My gas gauge is not working and I always smeel gas while riding in my car.

- Decatur, GA, USA

problem #11

Feb 132016

Passat

  • miles
My vehicle has been nothing but a nightmare! first the thermostat housing broke got that fixed and then everything else went down hill! oil pressure light started going and then it started overheating. The hoses all break and leak the coolant out plus the transmission code P742 which the transmission is stuck off is on. I can't afford the car worst car ever. It is fine if idle but once your driving everything starts beeping and when I'm turning you hear a noise on the side that your turning!

- Lehigh Acres, FL, USA

problem #10

Oct 052015

Passat

  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Volkswagen Passat. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the fuel tank needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 08V156000 (fuel system, gasoline) but the remedy failed to repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Wilton, CA, USA

problem #9

May 072014

Passat

  • 85,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The Passat ignited in our driveway at 4:00 a.M. it had not been started/driven in a week. We woke to the sound of the tire bursting. There is a houston police department /arson case # 140397V - phone # 713-247-8900. Inspector gee. He said the ignition area of the car was the start of the fire. I think he was arson department. The car was totaled. We are lucky we did not loose our house and neighbor's if we had not heard the tire blow. I am not exactly sure of the mileage but know it was low for the year and think it was below 90,000...updated 05/02/16

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #8

Jan 052015

Passat

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Volkswagen Passat. While pumping fuel into the vehicle, the strong odor of fuel was present. In addition, while driving 35 mph, the odor was still present. The failure recurred constantly. The dealer diagnosed that the fuel tank ventilation valve needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.

- North Richland Hills, TX, USA

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problem #7

Aug 022014

Passat

  • 187,249 miles
Vehicle: 2004 VW Passat 4motion sedan w/1.8L turbo, automatic transmission filled vehicles fuel tank, noticed strong gasoline smell inside vehicle, noticed fuel dripping from fuel tank of vehicle to ground. Cannot fill tank without gas dripping to ground; fuel leak is next to exhaust system underneath vehicle (very dangerous). Found following information: Manufacturer: Volkswagen of America, Inc summary: Volkswagen is recalling 412,000 my 1999-2005 Passat (5th generation) vehicles equipped with automatic transmissions and produced after June 14, 1999. These vehicles may have an underbody heat shield that can become damaged. In addition, affected vehicles with automatic or manual transmissions may have a fuel line (1.8T engines only) or fuel tank ventilation valve (4motion/all wheel drive only) that can leak due to fracture.

- Jefferson, OR, USA

problem #6

Aug 052014

Passat

  • 70,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2004 Volkswagen Passat. The vehicle was repaired according to NHTSA campaign number: 08V156000 (fuel system, gasoline); however, the contact could smell a strong odor of fuel when the vehicle was parked. A local mechanic stated that the fuel tank ventilation valve fractured. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Denver , CO, USA

problem #5

Mar 272014

Passat

  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Volkswagen Passat. The contact stated that while traveling speeds, the vehicle suddenly stalled. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was found that the fuel pump and injectors had failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage and VIN was not available.

- Santa Monica, CA, USA

problem #4

May 282013

Passat

  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Volkswagen Passat. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the vehicle stopped accelerating. The vehicle was towed to a mechanic for inspection where they stated that the fuel pump needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 72,000.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #3

Feb 012013

Passat 4-cyl

  • 152,000 miles
Flashing engine lamp/mil light, violent shaking, loss of engine power, foul odor, misfiring, pinging.

- South Gate, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 232013

Passat

  • 103,000 miles
We have begun to notice the smell of fuel in the cabin of our car. The smell occurs when the car is full of gas; otherwise, with a half tank of gas, there are no odors. The car is a 2004 Volkswagen Passat gls 1.8T 4motion with the 5 speed automatic. VW has made no promises to remedy this issue.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #1

Jul 012012

Passat

  • 83,529 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Volkswagen Passat. The contact stated that while he was away, he left the vehicle parked in an airport parking garage. The vehicle was later impounded by the police due to fuel leakage in while it was parked. The police reported that the vehicle was not safe to be parked in the garage. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The dealer diagnosed that a heat shield that may contact the exhaust system could result in a vehicle fire. In addition, a fuel leak from a fuel line or the fuel tank ventilation valve in the presence of an ignition source could lead to a vehicle fire. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified and stated that the vehicl was not included in the recalls associated with NHTSA campaign id numbers 08V156000 (fuel system, gasoline:delivery) and 04V586000 (fuel system, diesel). The failure and current mileages were 83,529.

- Urbandale, IA, USA

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