hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
94,341 miles

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2004 Volkswagen Passat fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2004 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #4

May 102010


  • 121,641 miles


Re: ODI 10288798 2004 Passat tdi while moderately accelerating between 60 and 65 mph you experience a bump type of action, like being bumped slightly from the rear. I do not get the sensation that the transmission is hesitating or lurching. I took the car to the dealer and their diagnosis indicated a bad mass flow indicator (mfi), see ODI 10288798. I stated that this was suppose to be the problem 6 months ago with a previous issue. The dealer replaced the mfi and stated the test drove the car and the problem did not recur. Upon leaving the dealer as I accelerated onto the interstate the problem did recur. I was able to replicate the problem numerous times. They must have test drove another car. I notified the dealer before I was 10 miles away that I would bring the car back. Before leaving the dealership after the supposed repair I went over the list of VW Passat tdi complaints. He assured me I do not have those problems. However, based on my previous experience and this repair work so far, I am not sure they really understand what the problem is let alone tell me I have no concern. The mfi just can not be the diagnosis cure all my problems and evidently it hasn't been either.

- New Baden, IL, USA

problem #3

Jun 012008

Passat 4-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
Engine started fine, and let it ran for a minute or two on drive way. Then suddenly it died. Computer screen displayed "stop", oils pressure can, and low oil pressure warning lights came on.

- Pooler, GA, USA

problem #2

Oct 242006

Passat 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles
I have a 2004 Volkswagen Passat 2.0L tdi diesel car. The high pressure fuel pump started leaking diesel fuel all over the engine compartment. I checked on-line to determine if there was a recall on this problem. After checking on-line I learned that there was in fact a recall for this problem. I contacted both Volkswagen of America and a local dealer. Both indicated that there was a recall, but that the VIN number on my car was not included in this recall. I had to have the pump replaced at a cost of $750. I believe that the problem incurred is the same problem from the recall and that the defective part includes more than just the VIN number vehicles that Volkswagen admits. When I had the high pressure fuel pump replaced, I advised that I wanted to old pump. I have the old pump in my possession. I am concerned that there may be more vehicles than indicated in the recall that may have the same problem and the possible fire problems that could be caused. I believe that this repair should have been covered by volkswagon.

- Marengo, IL, USA

problem #1

Jun 192006

Passat 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,724 miles
: the contact stated diesel fuel leaks onto the engine and the exhaust system. The dealership determined the diesel pump needed to be replaced. There is a NHTSA recall, # 04V586000, regarding the fuel system diesel. The VIN was not included in the recall. The manufacturer has been alerted.

- Elburn, IL, USA

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