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Engine Failure From Oil Sludge
2003 Volkswagen Passat (Page 1 of 3)
This problem may be covered under warranty. Ask your Volkswagen dealer.
- Typical Repair Cost:
- Average Mileage:
- 79,750 miles
- Total Complaints:
- 44 complaints
Most Common Solutions:
- replace engine (15 reports)
- not sure (11 reports)
- class action law suit (7 reports)
- vw to pay for $8000 for a new engine (5 reports)
- had to pay dealer $2000 to fix, but no garantees! (3 reports)
- complain to warranty co./dealership until they agree to fix (1 reports)
- Sludge Problems - I am coming from Europe and live in the U.S for 7 years. I drive 2005 1.8T. Currently, I have 106,000 miles, NO PROBLEMS AT ALL. Why? This engine never ha dproblems in Europe because in the EU by the law, synthetic oil are the ones that are derived from PAO or Easter based oils or so called: group IV (PAO) or group V (Easter) based sythetic oils. Only oil in the US that is PAO and you can buy anywhere is Castrol 0W30 European Formula that has Made in Germany in the back. This oil is very popular with VW and other enthusiasts that drive European cars. I also change oil by myself and ALWAYS put large capacity filter which is reccomended by VW/Audi since 2001. If you own VW that requires oil that meets VW 502.00, you cannot go better then Castrol 0W30, BUT it needs to say in the back: MADE IN GERMANY! Also, another good oil is Pennzoil Ultra 5W40, but you can get that only online through Amazon. That is actually rebadged SHell Helix for European market.
A D V E R T I S E M E N T S
THIS DESERVES ALL CAPS!
WHAT A POS THIS CAR IS, I BOUGHT THIS USED AND HAD NO IDEA OF THE PROBLEMS I WOULD ENCOUNTER. HAD THE LOW OIL PRESSURE LIGHT AND THOUGHT IT WOULD GO AWAY AFTER AN OIL CHANGE , BOY WAS I WRONG. THE PROBLEM ONLY GOT WORSE AND THEN MY CAM CHAIN TENSIONER STARTED MAKING TERRIBLE NOISES ALL FROM SLUDGE! DECIDED TO SAVE A FEW THOUSAND DOLLARS BY WORKING ON THE CAR MYSELF AND THEY REALLY DON'T MAKE IT EASY IT TOOK ME A WHILE JUST TO GET THE OIL PAN OFF.
WHEN I GOT THE PAN AND VALVE COVER OFF I COULD NOT BELIEVE THE AMOUNT OF SLUDGE I SAW. I CLEANED IT UP AS BEST AS POSSIBLE , REPLACED OIL PUMP, PICKUP TUBE, CAM CHAIN TENSIONER ALONG WITH ALL THE GASKETS AND RAN FOR ABOUT 5 MINUTES AND IT RAN HORRIBLE, I INSPECTED MY VEHICLE ONLY TO SEE THAT MY TIMING BELT WAS LOOSE I AM NOW IN THE PROCESS OF REPLACING THAT , OF COURSE IT'S A PROJECT IN ITSELF JUST TO GET ACCESS TO DO THE JOB.
I WILL NEVER BUY ONE OF THESE AGAIN I SHOULD HAVE NEVER SOLD MY RELIABLE CHEVY PICKUP TRUCK.
- Brian S., Marlton, NJ, US