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Engine Oil Sludge
- Typical Repair Cost:
- Average Mileage:
- 84,300 miles
- Total Complaints:
- 14 complaints
Most Common Solutions:
- not sure (6 reports)
- replace engine (6 reports)
- de-sludged by dealer (1 reports)
- oil pump replaced (1 reports)
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A D V E R T I S E M E N T S
My Passat is a 2005, but it is the "old" or early body style 2005, so essentially a 2004, with the sludge-prone 1.8T engine with the faulty oil pickup and tube. Because the class action suit did not recognize the 2005 model year (because VW changed body and engine style in 2005, even though the early models like mine were identical to the 2004) I was not granted a fix by the suit and had to pay the entire amount myself at 79K miles, despite having an aftermarket 100K mile extended warranty, because the warranty would not recognize this as a legit repair because VW had admitted fault and the warranty company claimed VW should pay. Talk about a catch 22!!
This car had full synthetic oil and 5K oil changes religiously. There was no reason the engine should have sludged up at 79K other than manufacturer fault, but I had to bear the burden of the VW design flaw and having been caught in the middle of the suit not covering my manufacture run out of a technicality.
The dealer (SHEPPARD MOTORS, Eugene, OR) performed the pan drop and cleaned the sump and tube but would not replace the sump with the improved part that the suit-covered cars were getting to help prevent sludge from clogging the screen of the sump in the future / post-repair.
So much for German engineering. I recently purchased a 2017 Subaru Outback and that 2005 Passat will be my last VW after having 2 Passats in the past. I didn't even drive a VW when looking to purchase a new car.
- Michael D., Eugene, OR, US