Weather Strip Hiss - 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI Long-Term Road Test

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI Long-Term Road Test

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI: Weather Strip Hiss

November 7, 2013

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI

Our 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI has developed an air leak. No, not from a tire or intake, it's coming from the passenger-side rear window or door.

The hissing becomes evident on the highway, just above 60 mph. It's pretty noticeable from the driver's seat. It's not a huge deal, though after only 9,000 miles, it does seem a bit premature. Let's hope the dealer can address this the next time we need to take it in.

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 9,200 miles


  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    Did a visual inspection yield nothing? Usually a little glue is all it takes to fix these things since there's no way that the weather stripping rotted this fast...

  • rwatson rwatson Posts:

    I can hear it now, VW Service's blanket answer for everything: "It' operating within design parameters." Good luck. That's why my 2006 may be the last one I ever own.

  • seathl1 seathl1 Posts:

    I rented a 2013 Passat earlier this year and heard the same annoying wind noise on the car I rented. It was coming from the passenger side rear door, window frame area and was only noticeable at freeway speeds. I looked at the door and saw how badly fit it was. The window frame wasn't flush with the front door frame and the back rear part of the door near the handle wasn't flush either. Nice car but I would never buy a VW product.

  • jnk001 jnk001 Posts:

    Was this sorted out on your 10k miles service? I have a 2014 Passat TDI SE with what I believe to be a similar issue and I am curious if you were able to have this issue easily sorted out...

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