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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
92,266 miles

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2008 Volkswagen Passat engine problems

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2008 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #39

Oct 012018


  • 120,000 miles


I had the recall for the fuel pump repaired in August 2018 by the wilmington dealership. I don┐T believe it was either done right or however they did it did not fix the problem because in October 2018 my car is having the recall problem starting again which is causing gasoline to run out immediately and this time it's worse than before the fumes are now in the vehicle even when the car isn┐T on. I believe I should have this recall issue repaired again because it should not have only lasted 2 months and needing the fuel pump module to be replaced/repaired again but problem is worse the second time around. Acceleration and stalling is becoming more of an issue again

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #38

Sep 142018


  • 156,000 miles
My 2008 Volkswagen Passat engine cut off while I was driving, in the middle of traffic, I could have been killed if I was on the express way. Fortunately, I was on a city street and was able to get to the side of the road.

- Redford, MI, USA

problem #37

Jun 012018


  • miles
Takata recall the fuel pump water pump and power loss

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #36

Apr 162018


  • 87,000 miles


I bought a used 2008 VW Passat komfort wagon. After buying the vehicle while doing research on the web come to find out that the car has a bad cam follower bad cam shaft and high pressure fuel pump. VW knowingly sells this vehicle with an internal engine issue to customers when the engine could blow up at any time causing severe safety issues.

- Mt Pleasant, WI, USA

problem #35

Sep 282017


  • 63,000 miles
Unexpected engine failure due to timing failure

- Marcy, NY, USA

problem #34

Aug 162017


  • miles
Recall for the following: No part is available to fix this as of yet. The vehicle is 10 years old. I want to sell it. On certain vehicles, there could be an interruption in electrical power to the fuel pump control module. This could result in the fuel pump running continuously, resulting in a drained battery and/or a no start condition, or cause a loss of motive power while the vehicle is in motion, which could increase the risk of a crash causing injury and/or damage to property. Recall status recall incomplete. Remedy not yet available remedy replace the fuel pump control module and relocate it within the vehicle. Safety risk descrpition a loss of motive power while the vehicle is in motion could increase the risk of a crash causing injury and/or damage to property.

- Harrington Park, NJ, USA

problem #33

Mar 132018


  • 86,900 miles


Aug 16,2017 manufacturer recall number20ae NHTSA recall number17V509 recall statusrecall incomplete, remedy not yet available summary on certain vehicles, there could be an interruption in electrical power to the fuel pump control module. This could result in the fuel pump running continuously, resulting in a drained battery and/or a no start condition, or cause a loss of motive power while the vehicle is in motion, which could increase the risk of a crash causing injury and/or damage to property. Battery was dead after only two years had to have it towed off highway tires plus said code fuel pump and transmission module open recall !

- Eustis, FL, USA

problem #32

Sep 302017


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Volkswagen Passat. The contact stated that the vehicle experienced a complete loss of power while being driven approximately 50 mph. Also, the check engine warning indicator illuminated. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 17V509000 (fuel system, gasoline); however, the parts to do the repair were unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The dealer was not contacted. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue and was not able to confirm when the parts were to become available. The contact was guaranteed compensation, but only if the mechanic used Volkswagen manufactured parts. The failure mileage was approximately 70,000. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Myrtle Beach, SC, USA

problem #31

Dec 292017


  • 160,000 miles
I was on the highway with my car in motion when my car began to sputter and stall forcing me to pull over and have my car towed home, where it only starts after turning over multiple times and will not shift gears properly due to an improper fuel pump not giving the engine enough fuel.

- Bellingham, WA, USA

problem #30

Nov 182017


  • 113,517 miles
The timing chain tensioner failed causing extensive engine damage resulting in a repair estimate of 4500

- Winston Salem, NC, USA

problem #29

Dec 052017


  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Volkswagen Passat. While driving approximately 20 mph, the vehicle suddenly stalled and all power was lost. There were no warning indicators illuminated before or after the failure. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic, but the cause of the failure could not be determined. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. A dealer was not contacted. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #28

Nov 142017


  • 225,000 miles
While I was driving 50mph, the internal timing belt belt and tensioner broke in the engine and I lost all control of the vehicle and had to pull over during rush hour traffic. The timing belt should last the life of the motor according to VW which is obviously not true. Severe safety hazzard. I had the car towed to VW dealership and after taking the engine apart that is the diagnosis they gave me.

- Lebanon, TN, USA

problem #27

Aug 292017


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Volkswagen Passat. While driving at a low speed, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact was able to restart the vehicle, but it failed to remain on. The contact was close to home and pushed the vehicle back into her driveway. An independent mechanic diagnosed that the fuel pump module failed and needed replacement. The vehicle was not repaired since it was included in NHTSA campaign number: 17V509000 (fuel system, gasoline). The parts were not available for the repair. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and advised the contact to call a dealer. The low country Volkswagen dealer (1001 johnnie dodds blvd, mt pleasant, SC 29464 (843) 881-8555) was contacted and confirmed that the parts would not be available until December or January. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Summerville, SC, USA

problem #26

Jun 262017


  • 117,000 miles
I was driving on the highway and noticed a loss of power with the engine light on. When I completed the trip, I found that the camshaft follower had worn all the way through, leaving metal fragments inside the engine. The camshaft had worn away at the high pressure fuel pump, with damage occurring to both parts. What was addressed in technical bulletin 2015153 happened to my car as well. The issue is that VW denied to help because my car was a 2008 model year, with a production date in January of 2008. The recall and warranty extension applied to model year 2006-2007, but because the same exact failure happened on my car it should be covered also.

- Cleveland Hts, OH, USA

problem #25

Jul 062017


  • 90,000 miles
Engine failure due to cam shaft, high pressure fuel pump, oil pump, cam shaft follower. Loud noise and rough sounding engine. Constant warning light of "stop! low oil pressure" problems similar or identical to the 07 engine that was recalled.

- Oakland, CA, USA

problem #24

Mar 252017


  • 78,000 miles
The timing belt tensioner let go. The car has 78000 miles on it. And a quick google search resulted in finding many instances and a class action law suit over this issue do to vws reluctance to order a recall.

- Weymouth, MA, USA

problem #23

Dec 012016

Passat 4-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
Check engine light appeared while driving and I brought to service station where I was informed that the timing chain had failed due to the tensioner. After researching on the internet I found that this is a safety issue that VW has known about since the early 2000's.

- Averill Park, NY, USA

problem #22

Nov 232016


  • 150,000 miles
2nd ignition.coil failure in 1 month period.

- Oviedo, FL, USA

problem #21

Aug 152016


  • 100,000 miles
Oem ignition coils (06F905115F) seem to have a design flaw. Changed one and now another one has went bad. Car lost some of its power when on the interstate. There was recall for earlier year models of the same vehicle. However the 2008 model is not included in the recalls.

- Mcdonough, GA, USA

problem #20

Sep 242016


  • 77,819 miles
Sometimes vehicle stalls upon starting and then will restart. The vehicle sometimes shakes and sputters and then stalls while stopped. Also, many times car will stall when vehicle is moving sometimes at high speeds with no warning and has almost resulted in numerous accidents due to stalling in middle of road or highway. This has been happening well over a year.

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

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