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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,000 miles

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2005 Volkswagen Passat transmission problems

transmission problem

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2005 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 072008


  • 50,000 miles


I currently lease a 2005 VW Passat. Warranty offered: 5 yr/ 50,000 mile. Approx. Nov 7, 2008 vehicle dashboard began to register "stop oil press low". immediately pulled into closest gas station and purchased a synthetic oil for VW thinking this would solve the problem. On Nov 17, 2008 dashboard lit up again with same message and immediately brought vehicle into vista VW, pompano bch, Florida. Was instructed that issue was possibly due to faulty oil pressure dip stick cylinder and need of oil change. (cylinder replaced and oil change completed) prior oil change was completed at vista VW pompano beach. VW mechanic placed a clear oil change maint. Sticker with incorrect mileage due at next oil change. Oil change should have occurred at 38,000 miles vs. 45,000. Vista VW stated I would need to pay for a diagnostic test to be completed (approx $166) as well as an hourly charge for labor (approx. $110 P/hr) not including any and all repair to be paid for upon completion. This due to warranty expired. Brought vehicle in at 792 miles over 50,000. Due to the expense that I would have incurred it was not feasible for me to go ahead and perform this diagnostic test hence causing me to leave no further choice but to decline service. I attempted to trade my Passat in early and release a new vehicle and was unsuccessful in doing so. Approximately 1 month later I was at gunther VW coconut creek and informed finance mgr that I now have an engine light on. I was told to try and drive the vehicle back home and see if the light goes out. That maybe it's a faulty sensor. Upon arrival at my residence the vehicle completely shut down and engine failed. The following day I had the vehicle towed to a mechanic. My mechanic stated that the approx. Cost for repair would be anywhere between $8,000 - $10,000. I immediately began research and found there is a lawsuit from the consumers of VW Passats in regard to this exact same mechanical issue & VW will not comply with this issue.

- Deerfield Beach, FL, USA

problem #1

Oct 092005

Passat 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles
Dt the contact stated on October 9, 2005 the vehicle lost forward power. Pushed on the accelerator pedal and the vehicle revved, and the vehicle was in drive, but when putting the vehicle in drive it would move backward. There was no prior for warning, and no type of odd noises. The contact stated the vehicle was at the dealer, and there were putting in a new transmission. The dealer believed this happened due to some type of switch in the transmission. This vehicle only has 8,000 miles on it.

- Kentit Square, PA, USA

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