Recall List for the 2003 Volkswagen Passat

Official recalls have been issued for the 2003 Volkswagen Passat by the NHTSA. The complete details of all recalls are listed below, along with what they cover and the recommended solutions.

Recalls don't cost you anything to get fixed, but most are time-limited, so if your car is affected you should call your local Volkswagen service department immediately!

If you have questions about a recall, write down your VIN & then call Volkswagen customer service.

  1. 2003 Volkswagen Passat ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE NHTSA Campaign #14E007000

    • Date Announced: MARCH 07, 2014
    • Vehicles Affected: 50

    Summary: The Gates Corporation (Gates) is recalling certain aftermarket Tru-Flow Water Pumps, part number TFW 41127, sold at certain NAPA Auto Parts and/or installed by automotive service technicians after November 1, 2013 (and manufactured August 2013 through October 2013) that have a black-colored pulley/sprocket or do not have 'US9377' stamped on the water pump housing. These service replacement parts were sold for use in model year 1999-2005 Audi A4, 2000-2006 Audi TT, 1998-2005 Volkswagen Beetle, 1999-2006 Golf, 1999-2008 and 2011-2013 Volkswagen Jetta, and 2000-2005 Volkswagen Passat. In the affected water pumps, the pulley or sprocket that turns the timing belt may develop microfractures causing the timing belt to fail.

    Consequence: A failure of the timing belt may cause the engine to shut down, potentially increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

    Actions: Gates will notify owners, and dealers will replace the water pump, free of charge. The recall began during May 2014. Owners may contact The Gates Corporation at 1-303-744-1911. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #14E007000 »

  2. 2003 Volkswagen Passat FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY NHTSA Campaign #08V156000

    • Date Announced: APRIL 07, 2008
    • Vehicles Affected: 412,000

    Summary: Volkswagen is recalling 412,000 MY 1999-2005 Passat (5th generation) vehicles equipped with automatic transmissions and produced after June 14, 1999. These vehicles may have an underbody heat shield that can become damaged. In addition, affected vehicles with automatic or manual transmissions may have a fuel line (1.8T engines only) or fuel tank ventilation valve (4motion/all wheel drive only) that can leak due to fracture.

    Consequence: A heat shield that may contact the exhaust system can result in a vehicle fire. In addition, a fuel leak from a fuel line or fuel tank ventilation valve, in the presence of an ignition source, can lead to a vehicle fire.

    Actions: Dealers will install additional underbody heat shields on vehicles with automatic transmissions to cover the possibly damaged areas and flash all 1.8T engines with a precautionary software update. Dealers will also inspect and adjust the fuel line routing on 1.8T vehicles and the fuel tank ventilation valve on 4motion/all wheel drive vehicles, and replace components if necessary free of charge. The recall began on June 13, 2008. Owners may contact Volkswagen at 1-800-822-8987. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #08V156000 »

  3. 2003 Volkswagen Passat FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:FUEL PUMP NHTSA Campaign #07V375000

    • Date Announced: AUGUST 28, 2007
    • Vehicles Affected: 34,358

    Summary: On certain vehicles equipped with 1.8L turbo, 2.8L V6, or 3.0L engines, a change in the electrical motor components in the fuel pump can lead to an inoperative fuel pump and, ultimately, stoppage of fuel supply to the engine causing it to stall.

    Consequence: If fuel flow to the engine is interrupted, the vehicle could stall without warning and thus present a potential risk of crash.

    Actions: Dealers will install new fuel pumps free of charge. The recall began on September 28, 20007. Owners may contact VW at 1-800-222-8987 or Audi at 1-800-822-2834. This recall is a supplement to a previous campaign (please see 06V017). For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #07V375000 »

  4. 2003 Volkswagen Passat EXTERIOR LIGHTING:BRAKE LIGHTS:SWITCH NHTSA Campaign #07V063000

    • Date Announced: FEBRUARY 20, 2007
    • Vehicles Affected: 1,002,000

    Summary: On certain passenger, wagon, and convertible vehicles equipped with or without cruise control, a brake light switch may malfunction if it was installed incorrectly.

    Consequence: The brake lights could become inoperative, or remain on. Failure to provide the proper signal when braking could lead to a crash without warning.

    Actions: Dealers will install the newly designed brake light switch free of charge. The recall began on April 27, 2007, and will be conducted in several staggered mailings through September 21, 2007. Vehicles within the make, model, and model year of this population may be involved in either this recall or 06V-183, but not both. The remedy is the same for each recall. Volkswagen dealers will apply the remedy based on the VIN number of the vehicle. Owners may contact VW at 1-800-822-8987. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #07V063000 »

  5. 2003 Volkswagen Passat FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:FUEL PUMP NHTSA Campaign #06V017000

    • Date Announced: JANUARY 23, 2006
    • Vehicles Affected: 74,000

    Summary: On certain vehicles produced from September 2002 - March 2003, equipped with 1.8L turbo, 2.8L V6, or 3.0L engines, a change in the electrical motor components in the fuel pump can lead to an inoperative fuel pump and, ultimately, stoppage of fuel supply to the engine causing it to stall.

    Consequence: If fuel flow to the engine is interrupted, the vehicle could stall without warning and thus present a potential risk of crash.

    Actions: Dealers will install new fuel pumps free of charge. The recall began on April 10, 2006. Owners may contact VW at 1-800-222-8987 or Audi at 1-800-822-2834. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #06V017000 »

  6. 2003 Volkswagen Passat FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:STORAGE:TANK ASSEMBLY:FILLER PIPE AND CAP NHTSA Campaign #02V026000

    • Date Announced: JANUARY 25, 2002
    • Vehicles Affected: 487,284

    Summary: On some passenger vehicles, the fuel tank filler neck can suffer abrasion damage if the rear tire goes flat and the vehicle is driven until the tire disintegrates.

    Consequence: Fuel leakage can occur increasing the risk of a fire.

    Actions: Dealers will fit Passat vehicles with a new wheel house liner that will better protect the car's filler neck. Jetta vehicles will be fitted with a different metal shield designed to enhance abrasion protection in the event of tire disintegration. Owner notification began June 13, 2003. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Volkswagen at 1-800-822-8987. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #02V026000 »

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