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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,150 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2013 Volkswagen Passat engine problems

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2013 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 292014

Passat 4-cyl Diesel

  • 15,150 miles


January 2014: Turbocharger failed on my 2013 Volkswagen Passat tdi. The car failed in the evening, but that morning when leaving for work, the turbo made a split second choo-choo train whistle, but continued to function, although it felt like the turbo was free-wheeling and not really in sync with the actual boost. When it failed, there was a muffled bang, followed by a locomotive type black oily smoke rolling out of the exhaust. I was only 2 miles from the dealership, so I drove it there immediately. When standing on the throttle, it sounded like a nut rattling around in a can. Dealer replaced the intercooler, egr and dpf. March 24, 2014: Turbocharger again failed at 17,000 miles. This time no audible warning that the unit was failing, just instant power loss.

- Burlington, WI, USA

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