really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
91,085 miles

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2006 Volkswagen Passat engine problems

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2006 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #42

Oct 182016

Passat 6-cyl

  • 146,000 miles


2006 VR6 Passat. Maintained at local garage with oil and filter changes (synthetic oil) every 5,000 miles. Low oil pressure light came on while driving and took to a VW dealer. Timing chain rubbed on cover due to loose gear and caused plastic parts to fall into oil pan. Sucked up by oil pump causing failure. Engine did not fail, but the repair is more than 3X the value of the car.

- West Milford, NJ, USA

problem #41

Sep 052016


  • 92,300 miles
Check engine light was on and car would rattle loudly. One day the car just starts driving slow and shuts off. I took it to mechanic and after several tests, it was noted that the engine coils and turbo cap was broken. Hefty price to get it fix. After two days, the check engine light is back on. I research and talked with mechanic, it seems to be a growing problem with VW cars.

- Drexel Hill, PA, USA

problem #40

Feb 102015


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Volkswagen Passat. The contact stated that the vehicle unintentionally accelerated and jerked as the rpms revved. The contact stated that force was constantly applied to the brake pedal when the failure occurred. The vehicle was taken to the dealer on four occasions where the throttle body and the electronic control module were replaced, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #39

Jun 222016


  • miles


Bad ignition coils and misfires. Cam follower and camshaft wear problems. Diverter valve (dv) failure. High pressure fuel pump (hpfp). Carbon build up and cold start misfires. Intake manifold runner control (imrc) motor. Timing chain, chain adjuster and tensioner. VW and Audi fuel pump control module. PCV valve failure.

- Lutz, FL, USA

problem #38

Nov 012015


  • 150,000 miles
Timing chain failure

- Somerset, NJ, USA

problem #37

Mar 212016


  • 144,000 miles
While driving a 2006 Passat 3.6L, the oil pressure warning came on. Took to VW of orland park il.they told me the oil pump bolt is backing out, it hasn't yet, but it will, it's a common problem. They reccomended a new oil pump, bolt included, and new timing kit as that would have suffered residual damage from the bolt backing out. They offered to do this for $6000. A new engine for $11,000. Being disgruntled, the lead tech supervisor pulled me to the side and said this bolt was fixed in late 2007 models. I asked him how much to just replace the bolt. He told me $3000 + $12 for the bolt. I couldn't afford the repair. VW offered no goodwill for issue. Every time car is started, oil pressure warning sounds and then goes off, no check engine lights ever come on. No weird sounds. Car is not being driven now. VW is aware of this issue and has done nothing. One wrongly sized bolt can cause the whole engine to fail. VW' has been having plenty of recalls lately, putting lives in danger. Please investigate this! there shouldn't have to be a body count to issue a recall.

- Matteson, IL, USA

problem #36

Mar 112016


  • 115,000 miles


The contact owned a 2006 Volkswagen Passat. While driving 55 mph, a loud popping sound was heard and smoke and flames appeared from the engine compartment. Immediately after the contact exited the vehicle, it engulfed in flames. The fire department was contacted and a report was filed. The vehicle was towed to a salvage yard where it was deemed destroyed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 115,000.

- Freehold, NJ, USA

problem #35

Jun 022015


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Volkswagen Passat. While driving at any speed, the "please stop, the engine oil pressure is low" warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed and the oil pickup tube was replaced; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 100,000. The VIN was not available.

- Kittery, ME, USA

problem #34

Nov 052015


  • miles
I was driving on I 70 going home, I was running 75 mpg and it was a lot car that day, and I was going down the hill of I70 all the sudden my car was loss engine power going on down hill on turnings road. And the engine making making loud noise the the usually, I almost get hit view times when I trying to move my car of the traffic from the left to the right lane so I'm not blocking the traffic. It was scary cause the car totally losing power in highway I70 on the curves road where other vehicles can see me stopping on the side of the road. It's scarry experience driving in my live.I'm lucky tow truck was passing by, and stop helping me to get help. And other towing truck came and tow my car to my house, until now the car seat in my garage. And I have my mechanic come to my house and check what's going on with my car, and he say it's the oi pump bolt is broken and it's coming out that way my car lose the power all the sudden he say. And he told it happen a lot for this Passat 3.6L 4motion 2006 and he suggested me to do research about the issue on the internet.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #33

Sep 272015


  • 120,000 miles
I was driving on a highway going towards home and was traveling approximately 65mph when suddenly I heard a loud bang and a smell of something burning and all the dash lights came on and the engine turned off. I coasted to the shoulder of the highway and opened the hood and got out to check what was going on. When I visually inspected the engine compartment I noticed a hole in the intake manifold and looking closer I noticed cracks where the bolts hold the intake manifold on. Also the air filter box mounts are also cracked and that is all I can see without further investigation (removing engine). I towed it to a VW dealership in easton pa where I purchased it. I talked to the service manager and he said they would evaluate it and it cost $129 to tell me that they had to pull the transmission and transfer case down which would cost me an additional $1000 just for the labor and would let me know what else is not broken. I told them no. They would not tell me what they thought was wrong but when I went to the dealership and spoke to the service manager one on one outside the building he admitted that there have been problems with this model and year of VW. I had it towed back to my home. I am mechanically inclined and after some research on the computer saw that many other people with this model and year of VW have had this same issue. The car lost timing contributing to the timing chains being disconnected. Online they mention about the oil pump bolt backing its way out and the timing chains becoming disconnected. When we purchased the car it was used and had 70,000 miles and one owner and when this happened it had 120,000 and according to our research this oil pump bolt issue occurs usually between 70,000 and 100,000 in the 2006 and 2007 VW Passat 3.6. if VW knew these bolts were coming out they should have issued a recall. VW knew this was an issue.

- Saylorsburg, PA, USA

problem #32

Oct 012015


  • 107,000 miles


Lost power while driving and the epc light came on. Now the "stop no oil pressure light came on and engine is not of normal sound. Had to have towed to garage and the engine needs replaced. Oil pump bad along with many other parts.

- Beaver, PA, USA

problem #31

Sep 252014


  • 60,000 miles
Turbo charger is faulty. I still owe $12,00 on this car. It is appearing thru the forums online that the diesel engine is not the only engine affected by the recent emmision failure of volkswagon car. Please investigate and recall for 2006...not just 2009 thru 2014 cars. This is not fair. Car is smoling so badly you cant see the car behind you and mechanic said that even tho I only have 60,000 miles my turbo charger is toast.

- Johnstown, PA, USA

problem #30

Jun 252015


  • 164,000 miles
Traveling over 400 miles, 70 miles per hour, engine light on, oil light on, stop driving. Checked oil, reservoir full. Towed on flatbed to nearest dealer. Metal in oil, told I need a new engine. Like all the others I read about, all maintenance was done per VW. New tires two weeks ago to the tune of $1100+. timing belt has been done. Inspections done per state regs. Oil changes on time. Dealership has not mentioned the bolt on the oil pump, but what else would put metal in the oil. Nice job VW. No recall, no recourse. Waiting to hear what they will give me for the car as I am told new engine is $11K. :(

- Cranberry Twp, PA, USA

problem #29

Nov 012013

Passat 4-cyl

  • miles
Vehicle has broken down twice while driving. It loses turbo. The final problem occurred December 22, 2014 at which the damage was concluded to be the cam chain. This chain can be damaged by the cam follower. The follower was recalled the chain was not. This renders the car useless. The chain is not a consumable item and the manufacturer does not recommended maintenance on it. If they had, it would have been done.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #28

Mar 202015

Passat 4-cyl

  • 91,126 miles
While driving in-city, I experienced sudden intermittent loss of power. My mil indicator started flashing a yellow engine light. After limping the car home (<1mile) my vehicle developed a hammering noise before I turned it off. I took the car to an auto repair shop and they determined the issue was engine sludge. After contacting VW regarding the issue they refused to take any actions. I have fully maintained the vehicle based on manufacturer scheduled service intervals, often more frequently than listed. I did learn there was an active recall for the positive crankcase ventilation system which can directly effect the development of engine sludge. Despite this connection, VW still refused to take any action on the damage to my vehicle.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #27

Jan 012015

Passat 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Oil pressure light came on and alarm. Said to stop car. Oil pump bolt broke. No oil pressure.

- Plainfield, IL, USA

problem #26

Dec 232014


  • 136,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Volkswagen Passat. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 30 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact was able to restart the vehicle. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 136,000.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #25

Oct 012014

Passat 6-cyl

  • miles
The oil pump "off" warning light has come on 3 times since 10/01/2014. This appears to be a common problem with the 2006 & 2007 3.6 Passats.

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #24

Jun 152014


  • 107,228 miles
Driving down major rd and get a mess on dash that says stop shut off oil pressure owners manual. Had car towed to Volkswagen to diagnose problem and they state it's a turbo charger exhaust hose loose. They tell me car is fixed now and shouldn't have anymore problems. Paid for repair drove car away within 59 mins the same mess comes on with daughter in car. Contacted Volkswagen bc I'm afraid to drive car. They have it towed next morning and tell me it's the engine. They misdiagnosed car bc now engine has stopped completely. Car shut down on busy interstate car has been giving me issues since day 1. not safe at all! pls help consumers. I read this engine does this a lot. Recalls are need!! Volkswagen knows its a defect but does nothing. Especially if warranty is out. Lemon and dangerous.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #23

Nov 302010

Passat 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Oil pump bolt failure. Bolt simply backed out causing major damage and could have caused the engine to seize. This is a common problem with this model and VW refuses to acknowledge or remedy the problem. After a costly repair in 2011, it appears to have the same problem now.

- Meraux, LA, USA

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