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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,175 miles

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2004 Volkswagen Passat miscellaneous problems

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2004 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 132016


  • 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 #1

Oct 302008

Passat 4-cyl

  • 40,350 miles
10-30-08(40,350 miles) my mechanic replaces #1 coil due to computer code alert 11-25-08(40,420 miles) replaced #3 ignition coil & temp sensor by VW dealer due to engine light on. 3-12-09(44,965) replace #4 ignition coil as malfunction indicator light came on, car chugged/hesitated. Complained to VW corporate, was reimbursed. 3-16-09(45,100 miles) replace # 2 coil by my mechanic at my request as given the history I feared it would malfunction 11-28-09(53,631 miles)all 4 coils replaced by VW with different model coil due to recall 11-24-10(65,794) replace engine speed sensor and #1 & #2 coils by VW due to epc light coming on. Fault in computer stated # 1 & # 2 coils misfiring. VW paid for coil replacement.

- West Newbury, MA, USA

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