Introduced for 2012, Volkswagen's midsized sedan was redesigned and optimized for the American market. In other words, it grew larger than most of its competitors, lost some of that crisp European driving feel and became less expensive. Since then, continual changes have tweaked and honed the Passat.
Alerts
There are 9 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.
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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.
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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
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
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

Introduced for 2012, Volkswagen's midsized sedan was redesigned and optimized for the American market. In other words, it grew larger than most of its competitors, lost some of that crisp European driving feel and became less expensive.

Since then, continual changes have tweaked and honed the Passat. For 2014, VW replaced the unrefined and thirsty five-cylinder engine with a smooth and responsive 170-hp, 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. This new engine provides readily available power and achieves 28 mpg overall -- very commendable for such a large sedan. The six-speed automatic transmission works well enough, but isn't quite as refined as the better ones in this category. Buyers willing to sacrifice fuel economy for speed can go for the 3.6-liter V6. Acceleration is swift and it got 23 mpg in our tests.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
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.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Sequential
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 1.8-liter 4 turbo (170 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 turbodiesel (140 hp)
  • 3.6-liter V6 (280 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2014 Volkswagen Passat owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Regardless if the computer is initializing to have the radio/map/nav/bluetooth...operating, if reverse is selected the review camera should immediately show up. It can be delayed by 10 or more seconds. With the requirement to have the back head res"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Volkswagen Passat SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
CD player

"In dash unit was replaced under warranty at no charge"

Richard M., TX (2014 Volkswagen Passat SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Display screen freezes up

"Computer was bad. Nav froze up"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Volkswagen Passat SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Dealer replaced the radio under warranty and it has worked fine since."

Anonymous, CO (2014 Volkswagen Passat SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Sometimes it just freezes up. Eventually it resets itself. Not a great system, way behind the competition"

John H., CA (2014 Volkswagen Passat SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"A choice for my problem was not listed, but at times it takes a long time to start. Other times it starts fine"

Anonymous, CO (2014 Volkswagen Passat SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The display freezes up in several modes: GPS navigation; Radio button screen; etc. The radio can not be turned off, even after the car has been turned off. Very Annoying!"

Greg C., GA (2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"The Navigation, Radio combination just froze up and could not operate any controls until I restarted the car"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"The system would freeze up. I would have to stop the car, turn the engine off and restart the engine in order to reboot the system"

Michael S., IL (2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"All media systems would freeze either when starting the car or during a drive"

Shawn Z., IL (2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Screen will intermittently not respond to inputs and then reboots"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Volkswagen Passat SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"screen will lock up and only say "system starting" but not actually start--seems to fix itself in anywhere from a few moments to several hours. Powering off the system or entire vehicle does not seem to make any difference. Dealer cannot duplicate"

Arnold R., AZ (2014 Volkswagen Passat SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Very slow to respond to controls Freezes up at times- need to restart car to unfreeze"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"The RAM is too small, and because all of the features flow through this one system, all of the features are sluggish or freeze up when it is overwhelmed, which does not take much to do"

Anthony V., MA (2014 Volkswagen Passat SEL 3.6-L V6)

"radio display freezes up and display is offset at times"

Anonymous, PA (2014 Volkswagen Passat SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"We own the top of the line SEL model and for a car at this price point the computer system is absolutely unacceptable. it takes for ever to start up and is constantly freezing. the dealer states it is a known issue with all the units"

Steven R., PA (2014 Volkswagen Passat SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Display screen goes blank

"the radio display froze and I could not access any music channels. had to restart the engine multiple times and the system finally rebooted itself and worked properly. This has happened multipole times since I owned the car."

Gary P., DE (2014 Volkswagen Passat SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"the RNS510 intermittently reboots itself"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Volkswagen Passat SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Sometimes doesn't pair up and the whole system often takes a very, very long time to start working. Backup camera often does not come on until the car is finished backing up and is in drive"

Anonymous, NC (2014 Volkswagen Passat SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"The radio doesn't work at times. Sometimes you can turn the car off and restart it and it will work, other times this doesn't help. Occasionally the blue tooth doesn't work"

Anonymous, ON (2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"The GPS works but it give unrealistically long travel times (40 MPH average on 70 MPH rural highways). It also will not offer route alternatives that are 100+ miles shorter than other routes. I am frustrated because the dealer is in denial that it"

Rick B., CA (2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"We had problems with it from the start. Had to pair the bluetooth every time we got in the car. The radio had terrible hearing quality. It finally just stopped"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Volkswagen Passat SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Not accurate at estimating time to desired destination"

Anonymous, ON (2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"GPS was freezing up and took dealers 3 times to fix. After install of new unit it was not hooked up properly and had to return to fix. 2nd time they did not program for carnet emergency service, and last time had to call to reactivate paid services"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"The problem turned out to be a deficiency with my cellphone rather than the radio/electronics. When I traded up to a new phone, the problem went away."

Anonymous, CO (2014 Volkswagen Passat SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I have had to re-pair my phone numerous times. It seems to be holding longer and longer as the time goes by"

Anonymous, CO (2014 Volkswagen Passat SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Bluetooth was a part of the problem with the whole Navigation system"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Volkswagen Passat SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Some mornings the phone won't pair with the car and sometimes it will"

Anonymous, NC (2014 Volkswagen Passat SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Would freeze up when using voice commands to dial phone. VW dealership fixed with a software repair"

Anonymous, IA (2014 Volkswagen Passat SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Radio

"Radio sometimes doesn't work. Also the backup camera takes too long to come up. By the time it does you don't need it anymore. One technician at the dealership admitted VW had a problem with their computer system. Others deny it"

Anonymous, ON (2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"takes 1-14 seconds to start. what good is a backup camera? too slow startup. absolutely absurd. should be a class action about it. works well nearly always. occasionally freezes- no volume twice until I shut off car and come back later"

L R., FL (2014 Volkswagen Passat SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The radio either wouldn't work at all or it wouldn't turn off when I stopped the engine. It would eventually turn off after I opened the door"

Michael S., IL (2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Sound quality is terrible, even with the Fender system. All digital music sounds very electronic and not real"

Shawn Z., IL (2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Touble at times syncing my itunes via bluetooth to listen via the radio...at times I have to shut my phones bluetooth off and then on to get it to work...also get a high pitched squealing sound when listening to itunes via bluetooth...have to turn ca"

Marie G., CT (2014 Volkswagen Passat Wolfsburg Edition)

"turns off unexpectedly; volume gets very loud unexpectedly ; display is offset when turn on radio"

Anonymous, PA (2014 Volkswagen Passat SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Voice control commands

"the voice control for phones (android and apple) connected by bluetooth is worthless. Only 1 in about 20 times will it recogize the name of the person I want to call. Blue tooth does work well for incoming calls"

Anonymous, SD (2014 Volkswagen Passat SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"voice commands does not bring up the correct names"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Volkswagen Passat SEL)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Compressor failed. Had to replace twice"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Compressor went out less than three years into ownership. According to the tech that worked on the vehicle, the compressor was a known problem for VW but they were unwilling to do a recall to fix the issue. Ended up having to replace the whole system as metal flakes from the failing compressor had made it's way into the rest of the system. One more reason that I'm not interested in VWs moving forward. If you have a known issue, fix it!"

Dominic P., AZ (2014 Volkswagen Passat SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"I had two AC compressors replaced in the last 12 months. The factory original was replaced due to a collision with a deer, the second and third both failed. In addition to failing, and the car being less than three years old, VW would not over the repair by warranty because I was over mileage. That is even after I got VW to admit that the distance driven has no affect on the durability of the compressor"

Robert B., IA (2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Fought this issue for 7 months. Supposedly they spent $5,000.00 in time and materials completely disassembling the dash replacing controls, condensed, etc. only to determine the compressor was at fault"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"My air conditioning would not cool. At times it would be working fine and randomly it wouldn't work. The dealership exchanged the parts cost to me as it was still under warranty. I have not had any other issues since"

Carlos R., CA (2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Automatic climate control

"Total failure of the Air conditioning, Heater, windshield defrost, radio, bluetooth. Due to the TDI emissions recall my warranty was not honored at less than 18K miles"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Blower (fan) motor

"Blower motor failed. No heat, no A/C, no defrost."

Anonymous, NC (2014 Volkswagen Passat Wolfsburg Edition 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The passenger side vents blew only cold air and did not heat the vehicle. This happened in both of our Passat vehicles"

Josef L., OR (2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"The passenger side blew only cold air - happened in both Passats we own"

Josef L., OR (2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Air flow has always been poor. Even after supposed repair, it remained relatively modest"

Anonymous, OR (2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Condenser

"Condenser failed. Had to replace twice"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Evaporator

"After driving 1 or 2 hours the evaporator freezes and restricts air flow. When this happens there is no heat or AC. The intermitant nature of the problem makes it hard to get to the dealer to diagnose"

Anonymous, SD (2014 Volkswagen Passat SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Heater system

"Heater core clogged"

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"The heat either is hot, or cold, nothing in between"

Anonymous, CT (2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Heater coil had to be replaced"

Anonymous, WI (2014 Volkswagen Passat SE)

"Heater coil? Replaced under 100,000 warranty"

Dan S., ME (2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Bad heater core"

Anonymous, OH (2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"This was a recall. My biggest issue is that I identified this problem to the dealer I was having the car serviced in and they did not identify the problem, though I pointed it out to them and they said it was not broken"

Robert B., IA (2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Low heat"

Robert H., CA (2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The heater stopped working and didn't heat during winter"

Anonymous, OR (2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Passenger side heater core replaced by dealer, at dealer cost"

Anonymous, VA (2014 Volkswagen Passat SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Refrigerant leaks

"A/C system has had persistent problems for the last three years. The dealership replaced the condenser under warranty and now the system does not work again. If this car was not part of the VW buyback I would be VERY dissatisfied with the quality of this car. As it is, it was a good investment once I sell it back."

Anonymous, WA (2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"CODE 205B APPEARED. ADBLUE SENSOR"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Passat is a TDI and had to be modified for emissions control. Prior to the required conversion, the mileage was about 47mpg."

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Recall for diesel emissions"

Anonymous, GA (2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"First and foremost, they lied to me. I have had an (emissions??) software change which affected performance and mileage, an O2 sensor replaced, the AdBlue heater replaced twice, another sensor replaced"

James M., TX (2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Fuel gauge/sender

"Gas gauge in car was not reading accurately. Volkswagen trouble shot and determined it was bad and needed to be replaced under warranty"

Kenneth W., TX (2014 Volkswagen Passat SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Fuel pump

"Bad fuel cause 3000 in repairs to fuel system"

Anonymous, MO (2014 Volkswagen Passat SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Bad fuel"

Anonymous, MO (2014 Volkswagen Passat SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Continued fuel pump failures. VW said we had to loose drive ability (low fuel pressure/speed) three times before they would replace it. Unless it was actually in fail mode at dealership, they would not accept our claim. Luckily it never happened on a long trip. Apparently the fuel pump issue was well known, but ignored by dealers until fourth failure at DEALERSHIP. This problem resulted in completely loosing power (15mph) exposing us to safety issues in traffic and took a period of 4 months to"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Fuel pump failed, but I believe it may have been caused by a tank of bad gas"

Anonymous, OH (2014 Volkswagen Passat SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"recall"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Volkswagen Passat SE)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"NOX sensor issue made AdBlue warning light come on during a long road trip and didn't turn off despite topping off AdBlue liquid. Warning light turned off by itself (it reset itself) after several hundred miles of driving."

Rod S., TX (2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"After having several undiagnosed fault codes that were reported as DEF sensor errors, the DEF (Diesel Exhaust Fluid) tank apparently boiled over into my trunk. The dealer charge to replace this defective DEF tank and heater was $2800 and not covered under warranty at less than 18K miles"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Warning light"

Anonymous, IL (2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Check engine light came one so I brought the vehicle to dealer to find out what the issue was. Turns out it was an AdBlue heater sensor that VW was unwilling to pay to replace. Was told by VW on a phone call that VW does not consider it to be a part of the emissions system for the vehicle. The dealer took care of the repair for me. I hope VW is doing something for the dealerships because of this TDI disaster. The dealership I dealt with from purchase through buyback of my Passat has been fan"

Dominic P., AZ (2014 Volkswagen Passat SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"I have an intermittent check engine light with a code for the Urea Tank Level Sensor sending an "out of range signal". Happens every 5 to 10K miles. I am not fixing it, I clear it and it works fine"

John M., FL (2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

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

12V power plug

"covered by warranty needed to replace the fuse box"

Anonymous, OH (2014 Volkswagen Passat SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Body control module

"Electric door lock mechanism failed. Could not open door to get out of car"

Anonymous, PA (2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Cruise control

"The cruise control is controlled by a rocker switch at the ond od a stalk. you press the top - cruise speed setting goes up - you press the bottom it goes down. I approx. 30% of the cases when I want to reduce the cruise speed setting, the speed set"

Josef L., OR (2014 Volkswagen Passat SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Gauges

"Intermittent showing 0 fuel when there was fuel in the tank"

William M., MI (2014 Volkswagen Passat SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Horn

"The horn engaged when the car went into drive. Two VWdealerships loooked at the car . One dealership advised it was due to the installation of the air bag (due to recall). The other dealership disagreed with the Assesment but installed a new horn switch and said it was working correctly. It has been working properly since the horn switch was serviced."

Jon P., NC (2014 Volkswagen Passat Wolfsburg Edition 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Keyless entry

"Over time I had to have all 4 electric door looks replaced due to malfunction. The last one was the rear right passenger door look"

Josef L., OR (2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Would not unlock when it got cold"

Anonymous, NM (2014 Volkswagen Passat S)

"drivers door wouldnt unlock with remote"

George C., FL (2014 Volkswagen Passat SE 3.6-L V6)

"After 4 month suddenly could not lock the doors happend when I parked car at airport - left car unlocked there for 2 weeks. Problem went away. Started to have intermittent problems: driver door did not open, or did not lock, than passenger cars unt"

Josef L., OR (2014 Volkswagen Passat SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Tire pressure monitor

"Speed sensors have failed twice out of warranty. Dealer charges $400 to change this simple cheap easily accessible government mandated item."

Gene H., (2014 Volkswagen Passat 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Tire Monitoring light stays on - tires a are inflated to correct setting. Very annoying"

Josef L., OR (2014 Volkswagen Passat SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"we recently ran over a nail which caused our tire pressure to go to the rim. this system did not once let us know with any lights or audio alarms. the alarms only sounded when the spare was installed"

Steven R., PA (2014 Volkswagen Passat SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Warning lights

"When a wheel speed sensor fails all the warnings lights stay on until you pay the $400 ransome."

Gene H., (2014 Volkswagen Passat 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"indicating warning light showed the driver's side door was open also no automatic locking of the doors after the the cars moves. Also effected car alarm and interior overhead lamps"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Volkswagen Passat 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

Air or water leaks

"some air leak in back. took car in to be fixed. they kept it overnight, said I needed wheel alignment and DID NOT FIX THE NOISE"

L R., FL (2014 Volkswagen Passat SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"Squeaks when brakes are used after starting out until engine warms up"

Anonymous, RI (2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"car makes an unusual noise when I hit a depression in the road with my right side tires. Like the suspension or one of the doors is loose"

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Volkswagen Passat SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"after about 1 year of use and 14000 miles there are dash rattles on the driver side - seems to come from steering wheel column and the left vent. In addition the sun-roof panel also rattles"

Josef L., OR (2014 Volkswagen Passat SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Trim piece on dash replaced"

Andy D., CA (2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Sqeak in the dash. Removed dash and installed some foam where part of the dash met the frame"

Anonymous, NH (2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Passat built in US rattle more than or prior Jetta built in Germany. Went to dealer multiple times to fix rattles in headliner and sun visors"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Back doors rattle due to music bass"

Omar P., NC (2014 Volkswagen Passat SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wind noise

"The trim that comes standard on the car creates strong wind noise around both windows in the rear. It is very loud and dealerships have no cure for this."

Devin G., ME (2014 Volkswagen Passat SE 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

Rough shifting

"Already cover in the question above"

James A., NM (2014 Volkswagen Passat S 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The Passat's automatic transmission does not shift smoothly into lower gears, especially after having been driving in freeway traffic. It chugs and has even banged into lower gears when the traffic slows or when coasting"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Volkswagen Passat Wolfsburg Edition)

"The car has a very harsh shift between first and second gear, especially in traffic. It also has a harsh downshift during certain gears"

Anonymous, MA (2014 Volkswagen Passat Wolfsburg Edition 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Transmission computer

"The car ran great until the dealer adjusted the transmission with his computer then it never ran right again. It shifts out of first and into second at three miles per hour. It keeps shifting up and down for know reason"

James A., NM (2014 Volkswagen Passat S 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"It shut off in traffic when I stopped at a red light. Something was wrong electronically so it did not take long to fix, but it was scary when it happened"

Anonymous, GA (2014 Volkswagen Passat SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Transmission leaks

"off the lot failure. Covered by a well documented recall"

Anonymous, PA (2014 Volkswagen Passat SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The car has been at the dealership 3 times for transmission leak"

Anonymous, MA (2014 Volkswagen Passat Wolfsburg Edition 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Same as above"

Anonymous, GA (2014 Volkswagen Passat SEL 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

Calipers

"Brakes are weak"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Normal routine brake wear

"Front brakes worn, rotors slightly warped--could feel it when braking from highway speeds. R&R front brakes & rotors, DIY. Easy brake job."

John H., CA (2014 Volkswagen Passat SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Rotors

"Premature wear and tear and failure"

John E., RI (2014 Volkswagen Passat SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Complete brake job (pads, rotors) @ 20,000 miles"

Anonymous, MA (2014 Volkswagen Passat Wolfsburg Edition 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Rotors needed to be replaced with less than 20000 miles on the car"

Anonymous, PA (2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Squeaking

"The brakes have sleeked loudly since owning the vehicle. We have had them checked at least twice maybe more. The repairman and others who hear say the same lousy excuse. oh it's just German brake engineering, nothing dangerous."

Trent C., CA (2014 Volkswagen Passat 3.6-L V6)

"The brakes squeaked. New rotors fixed the problem"

Marie M., PA (2014 Volkswagen Passat SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Brakes squeeked and had to replace vacuum controller. Problem had to do with vacuum system and brakes. Plus we've had numerous interior plastic parts break such as visor holder, rear view mirror shroud broke. Car gets hot in Arizona sun but we also use sun shades. The cost is not easy to fix either. No screw holding it to the headliner"

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

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

Alignment

"Bought car brand new and the car veered to the right at highway speeds. Several visits to the dealer reduced but did not eliminate problem"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Car has pulled to the side since new"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"When I take my hands off the wheel the car pulls to the left or right. VW checked it and stated nothing was wrong the problem is still happening"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Volkswagen Passat SEL)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Got a cracked power steering line about 38 months after purchase (and 2 months after the warranty expired). Line had to be replaced and cost about $500."

Joshua J., PA (2014 Volkswagen Passat)
Shocks or struts

"Struts were on recall. Dealership replaced them shortly after purchase took place"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wheel bearings

"Front wheel bearing became noisy soon after purchasing the car. It was replaced with no further issues"

Cathy E., CA (2014 Volkswagen Passat SE 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

Engine computer

"Engine light is presently on. Dealer presently has the car. I will pay min.$145 For analysis, most likely no warranty coverage in effect. This car is being repurchased by VW soon for the known diesel emissions scandal but the problem with the engine warning system occurred now, so I am told I will need to pay for the repair out of pocket. Car is current with all maintenance."

Donald R., CA (2014 Volkswagen Passat SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"One of the piston sensors failed and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Volkswagen Passat S)

"Cimpute needed to be reprogrammed to correct an issue between the engine and the transmission. Research on the web indicates that this was a standard problem. Shouldn't VW have recalled their vehicles for an obvious engineering error"

Anonymous, OH (2014 Volkswagen Passat SE)
Oil leaks

"A minor leak was detected by VW mechanic during a regular service oil change. A leaking engine seal was the issue. The car was under warranty so the issue was fixed without cost ( otherwise it would have been a thousand dollar fix)."

Jon P., NC (2014 Volkswagen Passat Wolfsburg Edition 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"transmission leak. Recall by VW 3 days after I bought it"

Anonymous, WA (2014 Volkswagen Passat SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

Doors or sliding doors

"Have had problems with the door locks failing to unlock. Driver's door had to be repaired while still under warranty, but recently the rear, driver's side door is doing the same thing. Sometimes I have to repeatedly press the lock, unlock, lock, unlock buttons or even bang on the door handle to get the door to unlock."

Joshua J., PA (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"The driver's side door latch froze in the winter. The dealer replaced it with a new design at no charge to me"

Marie M., PA (2014 Volkswagen Passat SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Locks and latches

"Driver's door lock freezes in cold temps"

Anonymous, AE (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Driver's door freezes and becomes inoperable in freezing temps"

Anonymous, AE (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

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

Electrical failure

"Electric door lock mechanism failed preventing one from opening the door from the inside or outside. Drained battery"

Anonymous, PA (2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"The car was jumping forward for several miles then died"

Anonymous, NC (2014 Volkswagen Passat SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The whole entertainment/nav/display system goes blank or just locks up for no apparent reason. After an intermediate period of varying duration, it will come back on and continue perfectly fine. It would appear the nav system has been working the entire time. When it is off, the only thing visible is the time in the center of the screen"

James M., TX (2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"The failure repair was covered by warranty. They had to replace a switch"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Volkswagen Passat Wolfsburg Edition 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Turbo or supercharger

"Turbo failed and cussed engine to overheat"

John E., RI (2014 Volkswagen Passat SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"At almost 21,000 miles the turbo charger failed and spread metal throughout the engine. The engine is in being replaced under warranty. Est time 3 wks"

Michael F., MN (2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Turbo began to whine, then 2 days later blew. Required replacement of turbo, intercooler, catalytic converter"

Jill H., NY (2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"At 71000 miles (conveniently 1000 miles outside of warranty) the transmission had become very difficult to shift. Since I had the dealership look at the transmission 5000 miles before and they gave it a clean bill of health, they agreed to put it in for warranty replacement. When they opened the transmission they discovered extensive damage not related to use. Apparently it was improperly installed from the factory."

Anonymous, WA (2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Transmission failed at 7200 miles on the freeway causing a very dangerous situation since the car went from 80 to 10 mph in seconds without warning or brake lights to warn other motorists. It took VW nearly a month to replace it. Even though the ca"

Robert L., AZ (2014 Volkswagen Passat SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

"Interior trim at the B pillar was not installed properly. A new piece was ordered and replaced by the dealer at no cost to me"

Anonymous, VA (2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The paint in the area of the rear bumper was chipping off. They pulled the bumper, adjusted its clearance from the fender and repainted the area"

Anonymous, CO (2014 Volkswagen Passat SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Recall."

Anonymous, WI (2014 Volkswagen Passat SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Radiator

"It was a sensor that controlled the cooling fan on the radiator. dealer replaced the sensor or control"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

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

Engine harness

"Car stopped at 3500 miles, went wonky with all dash lights and warning signals flashing. Had to tow to dealer, who said that a wire in the wire harness was bad. At 6000 miles one of the sensors to the turbo went out and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NH (2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
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