hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,548 miles

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2008 Volkswagen Passat fuel system problems

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2008 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #10

Nov 222014

Passat 4-cyl

  • 80,025 miles


This is all about VW Passat 2008 2.0T, it was a rainy day on Saturday (Nov-14) engine started misfire and gave flashing engine check light, immediately went to see the VW service to get the feedback, service guy guessed it might caused due to misfire in one or more cylinder and took vehicle back with engine fluid topoff, on the way back home the engine check light came and stayed constant. So on Monday morning went to VW service to get full diagnose, service guy gave P300 and P301 as random misfires and did additional findings saying intake manifold needs de-carb with $1000+ in service charge, I declined the repair and got the vehicle back with cleared code. Now the engine is not running smooth and seems it lost turbo power. Even during freeway take over if I press hard on gas peddle engine light flashes for couple times and there is no faster pick up to do smooth over take, if I choose run vehicle under this condition it may not be safe on roads. I read similar complaints reported here. Planning to take back to service center to see if they got any possible recall updates from VW.

- Fremont, CA, USA

problem #9

Oct 232012

Passat 4-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
I have a 2008 Volkswagen Passat 2.0T. I bought this vehicle used with 66000 miles. After numerous visits to my dealer about the check engine light being on and them saying it was a sensor not a problem they would replace it. I was driving down interstate 65 doing 65mph the car sputtered and lost most power down a major interstate. This caused a quick reduction is speed. Come to find out the camshaft and high pressure fuel pump were destroyed by the two components grinding against each other. Now the 2006 and the 2007 vehicles both had this problem and Volkswagen put extended warranties on these vehicles. This could cause a accident sooner or later. Thank you

- Logansport, IN, USA

problem #8

Feb 042014

Passat 4-cyl

  • 104,000 miles
The cam follower on 2006-2008 Passats with the 2.0T fsi bpy engine are all susceptible to an event where the cam follower gets a hole in it and the high pressure fuel pump can drill through the intake camshaft. Volkswagen gave a warranty extension to 2006 and 2007 Passats but will not take care of the 2008S! Volkswagen claims new parts were used but I had the repair done and the part number on my fuel pump was different than the new one! it is a $2000 problem and this need to have action taken! the symptoms can cause terrible accidents! they include extremely poor acceleration, jolts, hesitations, rough starts, and rough idles. Volkswagen says that this is VIN specific and 2008S do not apply but numerous people with Passats, gti's, and jetta's with this engine have had this problem! it is dangerous. I have nearly gotten in many accidents and it is expensive to repair it. They have recognized it as a problem as they have released numerous technical service bulletins for this specific model year concerning these parts! there needs to be formal action taken as this is not just a few cars that this has happened to, but many!

- Bethel Park, PA, USA

problem #7

Dec 092009

Passat 4-cyl

  • miles


2008 VW Passat. Purchased brand new from mcdonald automotive littleton co transmission slipping 2009 brakes / rotors. 2010 sunroof / would not close pouring rain. Needs new motor 2011 leaking oil vacuum pump 2013. 87000 miles turbo cut off valve 2013 front rotors 2013 engine revving up 2013 headlights keep going out.

- Castle Rock, CO, USA

problem #6

Aug 132011


  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Volkswagen Passat. The contact applied pressure to the accelerator pedal however, the vehicle would not respond. She was able to manually shift the gear in order to get the vehicle off the main roadway. The dealer diagnosed the vehicle with a faulty high pressure fuel pump and advised having it replaced. The manufacturer was not notified. No repairs were performed. The dealer had been waiting for the part needed for repairs for approximately one month. The current and failure mileages were 62,000.

- League City, TX, USA

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problem #5

Mar 172011


  • 65,000 miles
Check engine light comes on intermittently starting in March 2010 with a low fuel pressure fault. Car runs fine most of the time, but sputters when the fault occurs and fuel economy suffers. After receiving this fault multiple times, repair shop suggests we try a new fuel filter to see if that clears it, but it will likely need a new fuel pump. New fuel filter helps for 3 weeks, but fault starts occurring again. I took the car to another shop for a second opinion and they agreed that I needed to replace the fuel pump and fuel pump sensor, which I had done in Nov 2010 after the fuel gauge stops reporting accurate fuel levels. This clears both issues until February 2011, when low fuel pressure fault starts firing again intermittently every 2-3 weeks as it had before and fuel gauge is not reporting accurate fuel levels again. Now VW states the fuel pump is not the problem (a $1K repair!) and is recommending a new high pressure fuel pump and cam shaft - a $2,300 repair! to add insult to injury my car now smells like fuel after driving it. VW refuses to provide any sort of warranty for any of this work, including the first two repairs that didn't fix the problem. I cannot afford to make these repairs at this time and I am considering asking VW credit to take back the car.

- Fairfield, CA, USA

problem #4

Nov 142010

Passat 4-cyl

  • 89,459 miles


After going grocery shopping, after leaving the parking lot, I accelerated to about 2500 rpms and then engine cut out and stalled. I tried to restart the car and every time I try to put it into gear, the engine cut out and stalled. I managed to get it into a bank parking lot next door. Fortunately, all this happened Sunday night, which very little traffic on the road. There was a check engine light with the following codes: 001056 - catalyst system; bank 1: efficiency below threshold P0420 - 002 - lower limit exceeded - intermittent 012555 - low pressure fuel regulation: Fuel pressure outside specification P310B - 008 - implausible signal - mil on 004767 - low-pressure fuel pressure regulation: Pressure too high P129F - 001 - upper limit exceeded - mil on 000135 - fuel rail/system pressure: Too low P0087 - 002 - lower limit exceeded - intermittent 000135 - fuel rail/system pressure: Too low P0087 - 008 - implausible signal this is on a 2008 VW Passat 2.0T (with the bpy engine). The dealership technician replaced the high pressure fuel pump (hpfp) sensor. Apparently, there has been an update to the sensor, which my car lacked.

- Vernon, NJ, USA

problem #3

Feb 252010


  • 26,000 miles
I have 2008 VW Passat with 26K miles on it. The follower cam at hpfp go bad and damaged my engine it is a common problem on VW 2.0T fsi engines please make VW/Audi to do something with it or extend warranty.

- Antioch, TN, USA

problem #2

Nov 012009


  • 32,000 miles
Fuel gauge reads incorrectly. Prior to first service call, gauge read nearly empty when tank was full; after replacing "sending sensor" the condition reversed and now reads full when tank is nearly empty.

- White Plains, NY, USA

problem #1

Mar 012009


  • 29,000 miles
2008 VW Passat. Fuel pump had to be replaced at 29K miles, after frequent stalls while driving at low speed, difficulties cranking and frequent display of fuel cap light.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

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