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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
91,085 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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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2006 Volkswagen Passat engine problems

engine problem

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2006 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #2

Mar 272012


  • 81,000 miles


2006 VW Passat 3.6L 4motion, 81K miles. Check engine light (cel) and electronic power control (epc) lights came on at cruising speed. Codes pointed to a cam/crank timing issue. Access to timing chain on this model/trim requires removal of transmission. Upon removal, technician discovered that the oil pump bolt had completely sheared off which could have led to complete engine failure; the only thing keeping the oil pump assembly in place was the cover. The oil pump bolt for this model/trim appears to be defective.

- Corvallis, OR, USA

problem #1

May 012012

Passat 6-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
Driving car normally then check engine light and epc light came on and engine lost power and failed to shift normally. Brought to VW dealer who told me that the oil pump bolt had worked itself loose and ruined the valve timing chains and adjusters and oil pump. VW of North America failed to accept any responsibility for the failure and refused any monetary help with the repair that is estimated to be $3500.

- Howell, NJ, USA

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