2004 Volkswagen Passat Consumer Review: Fun, but huge waste of money!

2004 Volkswagen Passat - Consumer Review

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GLS 1.8T 4Motion Sedan (1.8L 4-cyl. Turbo AWD 5-speed Manual)

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Fun, but huge waste of money! Listed Repairs.
By karmann11 on


2004 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8T 4Motion AWD 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


The car is fun to drive, AWD 4motion is amazing, and it does deliver fantastic MPG vs other models released the same year.

Here's the issue. Read all other reviews, It's a maintenance lemon! Below I've listed the problems occurred after owning my car for 3 years (2009 - 2012, 54k - 96k miles)

1) Timing belt replaced - $320
2) 2 Coil packs - $240
3) Oil sludge recall - covered fortunately
4) 3 CV boots - $750
5) Oil Cooler failure - $1,600
6) 2 front axles - $360
7) 2 Cylinder Oxygen Sensors - $400
8) Clutch - $800
9) Fuel pump - $800
10) 4 tires - $450
11) 4 brake pads, calipers, rotors - $600

Total repair costs = $6,320
not including routine oil change, tire balancing, etc: $400/year

Best Features

The best features include: -great MPG (average 25 mpg mixed city/highway) -turbo offers great acceleration -AWD 4motion delivers outstanding traction and handling -heated front seats great in winter -audio system above average

Worst Features

Suggested Improvements: -Reliability!!! Problem occurs every 3-6 months after 50k miles. -Engine design: Very difficult to make repairs yourself. -Too many recalls -Does not retain high Kelly Blue Book value -Costs for yearly maintenance/repair way above average. -Owned 5 separate vehicles and this gets my lowest value rating. -Would not recommend to friends/family
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