2004 Volkswagen Passat Consumer Review: Beware Oil Pump Problems!

2004 Volkswagen Passat - Consumer Review

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GLS 1.8T Wagon (1.8L 4-cyl. Turbo 5-speed Manual)

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Beware Oil Pump Problems!
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2004 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8T Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


Having bought this car second hand we were initially impressed with its solid BMW/Mercedes like interior feel and handling. 5000 miles later on a trip from Oregon to Arizona, the car flashed a red STOP! sign and advised us to stop immediately or the manual stated a new engine may be needed!! There is no oil gauge on the dashboard to warn of impending disaster. Despite having checked the oil prior to the roadtrip the car broke down with absolutely no warning. The VW dealership replaced the oil pump, turbo and cams free of charge as the car was still under warranty. We have lost all confidence in the VW Passat. Buyer beware of the 2004 model.

Best Features

Leather interior, thermometer, solid feel.

Worst Features

Beeps when driver exits car and engine is still on - very annoying for passengers.
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