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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,677 miles

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2007 Volkswagen Passat engine problems

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2007 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #10

Jul 102010

Passat 4-cyl

  • 46,525 miles


Excessive external car noise while idle. Loud noise in motor area when starting car. Nothing can be done according to reydel Volkswagen dealership and shrewsbury Volkswagen dealership. I have researched and found other customers have complained about this same issue and has not been handled by Volkswagen corporation.

- Fords, NJ, USA

problem #9

Aug 222010


  • 68,872 miles
Was driving 50 mph on highway when engine stopped running all warning lights came on. Shifted car to neutral unable to restart the engine while coasting into a parking lot. I was first told it was a high pressure fuel pump. Then on further inspection I was notified it was a complete engine failure due to the oil pump assembly coming unbolted. Car is in the shop & VW has offered to replace engine with a rebuilt engine. Still being resolved at this time.

- Springboro , OH, USA

problem #8

Nov 262009


  • 38,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Volkswagen Passat. Whenever the contact was driving the vehicle at various speeds it began to lose power and hesitate. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealer and there were no prior warnings. The current and failure mileages were 38,000.

- New London, NH, USA

problem #7

Jan 272008


  • 18,185 miles


Two separate incidents. First occurrence 7/12/08., mileage 18,185. Oil pump socket broke resulting in complete engine failure while driving. Engine was replaced. Second occurrence 1/27/09. Complete engine failure while driving. Currently being replaced.

- East Rockaway, NY, USA

problem #6

Jun 142008


  • 21,670 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Volkswagen Passat wagon. While driving 70 mph, the check engine and epc lights illuminated. The vehicle would not accelerate and the engine began making a thumping sound. The contact did not notice any differences in the vehicle prior to the failures. The vehicle is currently being diagnosed by the dealer, and the engine is being replaced. The current and failure mileages were 21,670.

- Overland Park, KS, USA

problem #5

Feb 072007


  • 1,800 miles
Oil pump bolt failure causing complete catastrophic engine failure.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #4

Jun 032008


  • 15,615 miles


Oil pump bolt sheared, causing engine to seize and stop running. Was stranded. No warning given. Dealer replaces oil pump bolt and related damaged parts (oil pump, timing chain). Over 30 people at this forum have experienced the identical failure. thread?id=3462993 please make VW of America issue a recall to prevent this bolt failure from afflicting other owners of 2006 - 2007 3.6L Passat cars.

- New Berlin, WI, USA

problem #3

Sep 042007

Passat 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 3,500 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Volkswagen Passat wagon. While driving 75 mph, the check engine light illuminated and the contact heard a loud rattling noise coming from the vehicle. The vehicle then lost power. The dealer stated that a bolt sheered off inside the engine. As of September 27, 2007, the dealer had not repaired the vehicle. The VIN was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 3,500.

- Springdale, AR, USA

problem #2

Dec 152006

Passat 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 600 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Volkswagen Passat. When decelerating to a stop, the engine revs more than normal. The failure occurs intermittently. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure. The speed was unknown. The current mileage was 7,000 and failure mileage was 600.

- Dacula, GA, USA

problem #1

Apr 262007

Passat 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles
With just 12,000 miles on the odometer the 2007 Volkswagen Passat 3.6L 4-motion wagon, the check engine light came on a block from the house. I called the dealership right away and brought the car in the next morning. Turns out that my car's engine had a fairly recently discovered known issue with some sort of bolt in the oil pump that is somehow related to the timing chains. Apparently, it's a newly discovered design defect that allows this bolt to back itself out and create big problems - even catastrophic engine failure. At first, the dealership ordered a replacement oil pump as a fix but the master tech who was working on my car was concerned that other unseen damage might have been done an appealed to vwoa for a total engine replacement. Vwoa must have agreed with the validity of his concerns and authorized a full engine replacement. My car's build date was 11/05. I have also read forum posts from several other owners who have also had this problem (

- Huntley, IL, USA

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