hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
117,225 miles

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2005 Volkswagen Passat miscellaneous problems

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2005 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 292016


  • 185,000 miles


Car had intermittent starting issues for about 6 months. Engine cranks but does not turn over. Will eventually restart anywhere from 15min - 5 hrs later. Length seems to be dependent on how long was driven before turning off. Code said the cps was faulty. Replaced it. But still having random problems and code still says cps is faulty. Cannot get it fixed because can't recreate problem at mechanics. Car does not die when driving. There does seem to be fluctuations in speed while driving. And does seem to be worse in rainy weather. Car doesn't run hot. Anybody else have the same probs" how did you fix"

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #3

Feb 262016


  • 95,900 miles
Car was started at 9:30am at home- last driven night before locally. Car was driven @ 1 mile, parked, engine turned off, doors locked and left in parking lot. At 9:49 the local police called me to alert me that my car was on fire. There is footage of the fire on youtube. Https://www.youtube.com/watch?V=iqbndfdjpag the engine ignited for unknown reason. This car in un-repairable, there is no insurance claim. Receipts for work performed on this vehicle at the time of purchase and recent repair documentation is available. Car purchase bill of sale, receipt for title and registration and cost for insuring this vehicle since time of purchase are all available.

- Teaneck, NJ, USA

problem #2

Dec 302015


  • 143,000 miles
This is the 4 th time I have had the check engine light come on along with misfire issues. Each time costing me at least $2000 to correct only for a short time. Have changed oil pump, plugs, injectors just to name a few. I love my car but this has been a money pit from day one. VW needs to be held responsible for these issues. Oil sludge, is a big problem too. I just had the timing belt replaced with injectors and a new gasket set up and ran good for two months and now I'm back in the same position of needing the same repairs once again. Car was driving began to shutter trying to stall. Help!

- Eureka, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 012007


  • 45,000 miles
Water leaks inside passenger floor

- Edgewater , MD, USA

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