really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
176,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
1999 Volkswagen Passat engine problems

engine problem

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1999 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 022012

Passat V6

  • Manual transmission
  • 200,000 miles


I have had the leaking valve cover problem from day one. The car was purchased three years ago with a 170,000 miles on it. The vehicle now has 200,000 miles on it but, the vehicle has been very well maintained with no body dents or any interior damage. The engine and tranny ( 5 speed ) has been well serviced throughout the life time of this vehicle. This vehicle is mechanically sound. But however, the vehicle has an engine valve cover leak on the passenger's side. The leak never seems to be corrected after the repairs have been done, and when the repairs are done, it only last for a week or two and then starts all over again on the same side. The engine oil leaks apparently from the passenger side valve cover down onto the manifold causing the oil burning smell and smoke when the vehicle comes to a stop. If anyone has suffered this problem and has a corrective solution please let me know.


The valve covers were replaced the first time with Napa parts (did not work), the second time with OEM Volkswagen parts (still not working).

- , Mcleansville, NC, USA

problem #1

Dec 262008

Passat 2.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 152,000 miles

Okay, I knew it may be a problem when several people commented their VW's were now operating on the 2nd or 3rd engine.

My '99 VW Passat has dripped some oil for a couple of years but a few days ago it began dropping a lot of oil from several areas under the engine (no isolated area, but from the front left, front center & front right & front right closer to the fire wall.)

I haven't had it looked at yet but I hope it's only an oil pan gasket . . .

- , Cincinnati, OH, USA

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