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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
77,667 miles

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2008 Volkswagen Passat drivetrain problems

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2008 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #6

Feb 122016


  • 208,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Volkswagen Passat. While driving approximately 45 mph, the vehicle would not shift into high gear. In addition, when the shifter was moved into drive or reverse and the accelerator pedal was depressed, the vehicle failed to function. The failure recurred three times. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 208,000.

- Burlington, NC, USA

problem #5

Feb 062015

Passat 4-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Check engine light prompted me to take my 2008 VW Passat 2.0T to the dealer to have code read. Advised it was a malfunction of the camshaft and the high pressure fuel pump (hpfp) cam follower that has been recognized as a flaw meriting warranty extension on the 2006-2007 models. I have been informed that the 2007 model year was produced through 7/2007. My vehicle was manufactured in 8/2007 and thus has the 2008 model year, but the dealership service manager informed me that this was the same parts and the same problem as the prior years with extended warranty. This fault causes premature wear on the cam follower and the hpfp rod wears into the camshaft causing loss of fuel/speed, acceleration, or engine power upon failure. Seeing as how my vehicle has the same build as those of previous model years that were included in the warranty extension, further consideration of 2008 vehicles with the identical problem should be considered. Volkswagen customer service has been contacted by several affected owners in this matter and is unwilling to acknowledge that this flaw recognized in 06-07 vehicles extends into some 2008 vehicles and is denying coverage and disregarding the safety issue that follows failure of the camshaft due to the erosion of this part. VW customer care was not able to produce proof that my vehicle had different or improved parts by way of a different set of part numbers installed. The technicians confirmed that my camshaft was identical to the recalled camshaft, and the cam follower wear was so extreme that the hpfp rod was eroding the cam surface directly. VW customer care has denied any flaw or extended warranty for 2008 2.0T owners despite the warranty extension for prior model years for the exact same problem.

- Byron Center, MI, USA

problem #4

Feb 042014

Passat 4-cyl

  • 104,000 miles
The cam follower on 2006-2008 Passats with the 2.0T fsi bpy engine are all susceptible to an event where the cam follower gets a hole in it and the high pressure fuel pump can drill through the intake camshaft. Volkswagen gave a warranty extension to 2006 and 2007 Passats but will not take care of the 2008S! Volkswagen claims new parts were used but I had the repair done and the part number on my fuel pump was different than the new one! it is a $2000 problem and this need to have action taken! the symptoms can cause terrible accidents! they include extremely poor acceleration, jolts, hesitations, rough starts, and rough idles. Volkswagen says that this is VIN specific and 2008S do not apply but numerous people with Passats, gti's, and jetta's with this engine have had this problem! it is dangerous. I have nearly gotten in many accidents and it is expensive to repair it. They have recognized it as a problem as they have released numerous technical service bulletins for this specific model year concerning these parts! there needs to be formal action taken as this is not just a few cars that this has happened to, but many!

- Bethel Park, PA, USA

problem #3

Dec 092009

Passat 4-cyl

  • miles


2008 VW Passat. Purchased brand new from mcdonald automotive littleton co transmission slipping 2009 brakes / rotors. 2010 sunroof / would not close pouring rain. Needs new motor 2011 leaking oil vacuum pump 2013. 87000 miles turbo cut off valve 2013 front rotors 2013 engine revving up 2013 headlights keep going out.

- Castle Rock, CO, USA

problem #2

Aug 192009


  • 9,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Volkswagen Passat. While driving approximately 15 mph, the contact approached a traffic stop and depressed the accelerator pedal but there was no response. There were numerous attempts before the vehicle unexpectedly accelerated with extreme force. The failure recurred whenever accelerating from a complete stop. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer several times for the malfunction and they were unable to locate the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the intermittent problem but provided no assistance. The approximate failure mileage was 9,000.

- Angola, NY, USA

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problem #1

Oct 292010


  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Volkswagen Passat. The contact was traveling 30 mph and heard a scraping sound whenever he shifted gears. The contact also stated that the transmission was manual. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer on several occasions, but the failure was not diagnosed. The vehicle was never repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered no assistance. The contact expressed concerns over a possible transmission failure in the future. The failure mileage was 35,000.

- Tuscon, AZ, USA

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