This generation of the Passat is defined by its solid and luxurious feel; along with a quiet and comfortable ride, capable handling and quality interior furnishings. Further, it's advanced standard safety gear was remarkable for the time. Those strengths helped the Passat remain among the top choices in this segment. But its controls and cargo space didn't score quite as well as those in some competing models.
Alerts
There are 4 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
2000
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2001
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2002
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2006
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2007
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2008
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2009
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
NA
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
NA
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
NA
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
NA
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Side air bags standard; available in rear side from 2006. Head protection air bags standard from 2001. ESC available from 2002, standard from 2006.
Road Test

This generation of the Passat is defined by its solid and luxurious feel; along with a quiet and comfortable ride, capable handling and quality interior furnishings. Further, it's advanced standard safety gear was remarkable for the time. Those strengths helped the Passat remain among the top choices in this segment. But its controls and cargo space didn't score quite as well as those in some competing models.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
wagon
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 1.8-liter 4 turbo (170 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 turbodiesel (134 hp)
  • 2.8-liter V6 (190 hp)
  • 4-liter 8 (270 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2004 Volkswagen Passat owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

"Needed new catalytic converter"

Anonymous, VA (2004 Volkswagen Passat Unsure 2.7-L V6)

"combination valve"

Anonymous, MA (2004 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"MAF keeps putting it in limp mode, changed it and still have problem"

David D., IN (2004 Volkswagen Passat GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Had to replace catalytic converters"

Anonymous, CT (2004 Volkswagen Passat GLX 2.7-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"oxygen sensor had to be replaced as check engine light kept turning on and this caused vehicle to fail annual emission test. However exhaust leak caused check engine light to come on after sensor was replaced. This is a high maintenance vehicle!"

Thomas W., PA (2004 Volkswagen Passat GLX 2.7-L V6)

"NEEDED REPLACEMENT"

Anonymous, RI (2004 Volkswagen Passat GL 2.7-L V6)

"Passat is 14 years old and the engine light came on but was not flashing. We had a mechanic determine what code was violated and replaced one of the oxygen sensors The engine light went off and the vehicle runs well"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Volkswagen Passat GLX 2.7-L V6)

"Engine light would continually come one. Technician said O2 sensor & twice replaced, but light came back on. Replaced gas cap and sparkplugs & catalytic converter replacement mechanic recommended. I researched problem & replaced purge valve - fixe"

John W., VA (2004 Volkswagen Passat GLX 2.7-L V6)

"Engine Light"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Volkswagen Passat GL Unsure)

"Got code for O2 sensor. Replaced both sensors, but engine light still remains"

Gary W., IN (2004 Volkswagen Passat GLX 2.7-L V6)

"The computer would not clear the code even after the repair was made.The problem was a cracked line that was sucking air that was not detected by the computer. My mechanictook several tries to find the problem"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Volkswagen Passat GLS 2.7-L V6)
Fuel pump

"These simply should not wear out. It was unbelievably expensive to replace AND its failure stranded us"

William S., CA (2004 Volkswagen Passat GLX 2.7-L V6)

"sudden complete failure. required tow"

Anonymous, MI (2004 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"fuel pump quit and needed to be replaced"

Gary W., IN (2004 Volkswagen Passat GLX 2.7-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Gauges

"Temperature gauge stopped working"

Anonymous, CT (2004 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Plastic part broke in both headlights making them point down at the front bumper and not illuminate the road even with the high beams illuminated. Dealer has no parts to correct except the complete headlight assembly which involves significant cost and labor to install"

William P., TX (2004 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"One headlight, then the other, then both would go out & spontaneously come back on. many trips to the dealer & independent garages have replaced headlights (must remove bumper) & reworked wiring. Symptoms returned w/in a month. Now the left headlight"

Anonymous, MN (2004 Volkswagen Passat W8 4.0-L 8 Cyl)

"adjustment broken, replaced headlight assy with after-market headlights"

Anonymous, LA (2004 Volkswagen Passat TDI 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The headlights are not adjusted correctly to extend light onto the road. Only when on high beam does the road illuminate sufficiently. Also, the headlight covers are made of a material that constantly becomes cloudy and has to be polished so suffici"

Ronald E., OR (2004 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Headlights cover gotten 'dirty'"

Anonymous, IL (2004 Volkswagen Passat TDI 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Changed lower beam headlight twice. Have to take front of car partially apart to do it"

Anonymous, MD (2004 Volkswagen Passat TDI Unsure)

"Headlight bulb burned out at 169,000 miles. I couldn't remove it myself. The dealer replaced it for me. I spent $18 on a new low-beam lamp. No labor charge (good dealer)"

Anonymous, MN (2004 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"burned out brake light"

Anonymous, NV (2004 Volkswagen Passat GLX 2.7-L V6)

"Heated seats failed on both sides and risked over heating"

Timothy L., MT (2004 Volkswagen Passat Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Passenger side heated seat failed to operate within 2 years of vehicle purchase. Driver side works fine"

Anonymous, PA (2004 Volkswagen Passat GLX 2.7-L V6)

"Rear door no longer unlocks with keyless remote"

Anonymous, WA (2004 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

"Air conditioner not working"

Anonymous, MA (2004 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Puts out heat when it shouldn't be--have to turn on the a.c. to get it to stop"

Anonymous, NM (2004 Volkswagen Passat GLS 2.7-L V6)

"Failed A/C clutch relay and failed temperature sensor, both resulting in loss of A/C function"

Douglas S., AZ (2004 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"I moved my overhead sun visor to my left to block out the sun in my drivers side window. Well I must have worn some wiring out in visor, kept blowing fuses. So mechanic disconnected vanity mirror light. Stopped blowing fuses. Started with vanity"

Sharon H., CT (2004 Volkswagen Passat GLX 2.7-L V6)

"Common problem with this vehicle is heater core gets clogged. Very difficult and expensive to replace. Poor design"

John O., OR (2004 Volkswagen Passat GLX 2.7-L V6)

"A major expensive repair to replace in-dash heater. Heat and de-fogging capability have never been acceptable in the car, even after the repair"

Anonymous, ON (2004 Volkswagen Passat Unsure 2.7-L V6)

"Clogged heater core"

Anonymous, VA (2004 Volkswagen Passat GL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"NEED TO REPLACE COMPRESSOR"

Anonymous, RI (2004 Volkswagen Passat GL 2.7-L V6)

"Car has a leak - can't find it. I have had to replace refrigerant twice every summer for the last 2-3 years"

Jim H., NY (2004 Volkswagen Passat GLX 2.7-L V6)

"Had water pump and timing belt replaced by VW dealer and since then coolant leaks and burns off of engine causing a bad smell"

Travis R., GA (2004 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Front passenger seat's heater became dangerously over-heated during fairly light use after about 8 years, and had to be disconnected. Too expensive to repair/replace"

Anonymous, ON (2004 Volkswagen Passat Unsure 2.7-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"Due to the labor cost of replacing the head gasket, and resurfacing the head to ensure it was flat, and the notable prior costs to replace the water pump, I decided to not perform the fix and sell the car"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Volkswagen Passat GL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Head gasket

"After plastic water pump impeller failure, car overheated. Replacement water pump had metal impeller. Car began leaking coolant, mechanic staid overheating caused head to warp and head gasket leak"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Volkswagen Passat GL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"OIL LEAKING INTO CYLINDER"

Anonymous, ON (2004 Volkswagen Passat Unsure 2.7-L V6)

"In 2012 I had to replace the head gasket and was given a 12 month guarantee. Approximately 15 months later The gasket needed to be replaced again. The work was done at two different VW dealerships"

Anonymous, OH (2004 Volkswagen Passat GL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Head gasket was leaking and replaced, now car seems to be burning 1 quart of oil every 2 months, where previously it didn't burn any"

Anonymous, VA (2004 Volkswagen Passat GLX 2.7-L V6)
Timing belt or chain

"the timing belt needed replacement; I'm not surprised by this due to the milage on the engine"

Robert G., MA (2004 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Scheduled timing belt replacement

"Did not have problem. Dealer said it should be replaced to prevent problems"

Carl L., MD (2004 Volkswagen Passat Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Belt was past normal life. Replacement of timing belt, accessory belt, tensioner, roller, water pump and thermostat (coolant problems) was $1600 from VW dealership"

Danica-Peter S., CA (2004 Volkswagen Passat GL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Had cam tensioner oil leak problem, dripping on exhaust manifolds. so I also had them replace timing belt and water pump being that they had these items off, to save on later labor and down time"

Anonymous, IA (2004 Volkswagen Passat GLX 2.7-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Check engine light"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Volkswagen Passat GLX 2.7-L V6)

"Catalytic converters failed in March 2014 and had to be replaced. A week later the plastic/polymer fuel tank developed a tiny leak which took long to locate before tank was replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Volkswagen Passat Unsure 2.7-L V6)

"Engine light would continually come one. Technician said O2 sensor & twice replaced, but light came back on. Replaced gas cap and sparkplugs & catalytic converter replacement mechanic recommended. I researched problem & replaced purge valve - fixe"

John W., VA (2004 Volkswagen Passat GLX 2.7-L V6)
Exhaust leaks

"Exhaust leak at cylinder head. My independent mechanic stated that there was no way to repair without replacing entire exhaust system at a cost of $ 1,800 due to a lack of aftermarket parts"

Thomas W., PA (2004 Volkswagen Passat GLX 2.7-L V6)

"Considering the age of this vehicle I am not supposed that it recently developed an exhaust leak"

Michael M., OH (2004 Volkswagen Passat Unsure 2.7-L V6)

"pipe connected to catalytic converter came apart and had to be welded to be repaired"

C S., PA (2004 Volkswagen Passat GLX 2.7-L V6)

"Seal failed, replaced. Problem fixed"

J H., OH (2004 Volkswagen Passat GL 2.7-L V6)

"heat shield came loose. dragged on road until disintegrated. too much to buy new"

Staton N., NJ (2004 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"replaced part of exhaust pipes and muffler"

Anonymous, NH (2004 Volkswagen Passat TDI 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

"Coolant flange O ring was bad but to get to it was a problem and identifing the leek was a problem and car shops wanted to change me for a new radiator which wasn't the problem i had to diy but it's working fine now"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Water is getting into car on drives side - no weather stripping or mislalignment of door or window"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Volkswagen Passat GLS 2.7-L V6)

"Coolant leak in the engine"

Michael Y., TX (2004 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"O-ring needed replacing on cooling system"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Heater core leak - coolant in cabin. Very expensive to repair"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Volkswagen Passat GL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The coolant overflow was cracked and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MO (2004 Volkswagen Passat GL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Drains for sunroof plugged up flooding the inside of the car with water. The failure was not due to debris but due to the design of the "duckbill" exit of the drains in the hinge area of the front doors. Forums advise cutting them off but the manufacturer has offered no preventative info to my knowledge"

William P., TX (2004 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Rear differential Seal, Transmission Seal, Valve cover gasket seal"

Drew E., NJ (2004 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"All doors and windows are leaking and noisy when driving on the freeway. The front dash board and glove box are constantly rattling. Conversation is nearly impossible because of the noise"

Ronald E., OR (2004 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

"Oil leaks and major sludge buildup in the engine I had to disassemble and clean the sludge out"

Anonymous, KS (2004 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Oil cooler was faulty, causing oil to leak into the cooling system"

Anonymous, VA (2004 Volkswagen Passat GLX 2.7-L V6)

"Continue to get a horrible smell when heat is on"

Anonymous, VA (2004 Volkswagen Passat GLX 2.7-L V6)

"Slow oil leak due to failing valve cover gasket. Replaced gasket myself, which solved the problem. Total cost in parts/tools was $200"

Danica-Peter S., CA (2004 Volkswagen Passat GL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Continuous oil pan leak which they can't seem to get fixed"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Volkswagen Passat Unsure 2.7-L V6)

"Several engine oil leak problems"

Hugh C., ON (2004 Volkswagen Passat GL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The oil gasket needed to be replaced"

Patricia B., CA (2004 Volkswagen Passat Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

"6 years old, and died"

Anonymous, VA (2004 Volkswagen Passat GLX 2.7-L V6)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"The spark plugs and coils had been changed several times before I was notiifed of a recall"

Hugh C., ON (2004 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"This is an expected tune up cost"

Robert G., MA (2004 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"All spark plugs and coils were changed 4 times before we received a recall notice"

Hugh C., ON (2004 Volkswagen Passat GL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Alternator

"Unbelievably expensive to repair and replace this simple part which should last 20 years"

William S., CA (2004 Volkswagen Passat GLX 2.7-L V6)
Engine harness

"Engine mounts were leaking and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, VA (2004 Volkswagen Passat GLX 2.7-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

"boots covering joint were damaged by driving over icy piles of snow"

Douglass L., MA (2004 Volkswagen Passat GL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Have had constant issues with leaking power steering fluid. Twice repaired. Still leaking"

Anonymous, MS (2004 Volkswagen Passat GLS 2.7-L V6)

"Noise on the ride,poor estabilidad"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Volkswagen Passat GLX 2.7-L V6)

"replaced 2 rear window struts and replaced left fronr CVT boot"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Volkswagen Passat GLX 2.7-L V6)

"Broken spring"

Martin S., MA (2004 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Corrosion on steering causing vibration"

Anonymous, NH (2004 Volkswagen Passat GLX 2.7-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"Hose leaks, heater core plugged"

Hugh C., ON (2004 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"cooling system parts failures including the radiator and a hose connector / heater core failed"

Anonymous, GA (2004 Volkswagen Passat GL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"heater core failure / radiator failed / other cooling system part failures"

Anonymous, GA (2004 Volkswagen Passat GL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Water pump failed. Had $750.00 labor to replace"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Volkswagen Passat Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Water pump failed catastrophically with broken plastic impeller parts at 66k miles. Replacement part had metal impeller. Replacement required disassembly of whole front end of vehicle at a cost of nearly $1000. Vehicle also suffered sludge build-up e"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Volkswagen Passat GL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Overheating

"While driving from Ohio to Florida the STOP ENGINE light came on. After pulling over, the light went out but came on as soon as we re-entered the highway. A dirty screen was blamed for the problem. The screen was replaced and the car has run well sin"

Anonymous, OH (2004 Volkswagen Passat GL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

"stopped working"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Intermittent problem with abs. Sometimes lights come, sometimes not. So sometimes they work sometimes not"

Sharon H., CT (2004 Volkswagen Passat GLX 2.7-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"Brake wear was called to our attention by the dealership mechanic when the car was in for an oil change & tire rotation. He told us that we'd need work on the brakes in the next 3 months or so. Given the car's age, not surprising. Authorized repair"

Anonymous, MN (2004 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"My mechanic tells me that premature front pad and rotor wear are an endemic issue for 2004 Passat. Rear breaks and pads have never been an issue"

Anonymous, PA (2004 Volkswagen Passat GLX 2.7-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

"Fake wood trim has come loose. Knobs broken. Leather seats worn and torn"

Anonymous, MS (2004 Volkswagen Passat GLS 2.7-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Clear coat on roof de-laminated despite being parked in an underground garage every weekday"

Douglas S., AZ (2004 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Rust

"Rust on both sides right above the wheel well"

David D., IN (2004 Volkswagen Passat GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"spots of body rust near rear window edges, sides"

Anonymous, NH (2004 Volkswagen Passat TDI 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

"front axle needed to be replaced as did bearings in front left drive side"

Laurel D., OH (2004 Volkswagen Passat Unsure Unsure)

"Axle need to be replaced. Seems that axle boots deteriorate with time and open, letting in contaminants that destroys the CV joint"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Volkswagen Passat GL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Electrical failure

"Temp sensor shows bad but a new one didn't fix it. Wipers have their own mind of when to run, MAF went bad but it didn't say that"

David D., IN (2004 Volkswagen Passat Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
4WD/AWD components

"had right front CV boot tear, also replaced drive axle as part of CV boot replacement"

Anonymous, IA (2004 Volkswagen Passat GLX 2.7-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Sunroof

"Drain tubes clog up causing water to enter the cabin and wet the floorboards"

Travis R., GA (2004 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"The pistons that control the truck movement up and down became operationally stiff making it almost impossible for my wife to open and close the trunk. I had them replaced with original equipment replacement parts. In a period of months the problem h"

Robert G., MA (2004 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Clutch adjustment

"Hard to start out in ! st gear with out a little jerk"

Anonymous, WA (2004 Volkswagen Passat Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

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