Engine problems of the 2003 Volkswagen Passat

14 problems related to engine have been reported for the 2003 Volkswagen Passat. The most recently reported issues are listed below. Please also check out the statistics and reliability analysis of the 2003 Volkswagen Passat based on all problems reported for the 2003 Passat.

car   Engine problem 1
Failure Date: 03/21/2009

Apparent engine oil sludge problem. The oil light came on with a warning to stop the engine. The car is currently in the shop awaiting evaluation of the extent damage. I purchased the car used and have no record of the previous owners maintenance. I maintain my own vehicle therefore do not have receipts to prove each oil change according to the schedule. Vw recommends changes every 5,000 miles; I changed it every 3,000.

car   Engine problem 2
Failure Date: 07/04/2008

My oil pressure light came on. I was driving on a mountain, and there was no where to pull over, so I had to keep driving. The engine locked up and the car lost power. I was able to steer it off onto a shoulder. I have also been burned my the heated seat when the wiring overheats, and it has both shocked and burned my skin.

car   Engine problem 3
Failure Date: 03/01/2008

I purchased a used 2003 vw Passat 1. 8t wagon in 2006. It worked perfectly until the warranty ran out at 75,000 miles and a number of issues occurred that I found out are know issues with this vehicle and issue. First the engine coils started failing and needed to be replaced. I ended up replacing four of them and then vw issued a recall but only covered a fraction of what it cost to replace. Then the stop turn engine oil pressure light started coming on and I found out that the 1. 8t engine has a known design flaw that leaves this engine susceptible to creating oil sludge even with routine maintenance. Vw issued a warranty extension for this engine and issue because they know it is a design flaw but will not fix the issue unless you show them a complete record of all oil changes. I maintained this car routinely but do not have all records millions of owners of this vehicle are now stuck with a dilemma of spending a lot of money to fix something that vw knew about and should have fixed. Vw needs to be held accountable and made to repair this issue for vehicle owners regardless of a complete maintenance record, because it is clear that this is an issue even with complete maintenance.

car   Engine problem 4
Failure Date: 10/15/2007

The contact owns a 2003 Volkswagen Passat. While driving 40 mph smoke came through the vent inside the vehicle. There was also smoke present in the engine compartment on the passenger side. The fire department extinguished the fire. The failure has not been diagnosed. The vehicle was towed. The current and failure mileages were 115,000.

car   Engine problem 5
Failure Date: 06/01/2007

While pulling the dipstick out of the engine in order to check the oil, the pull ring/handle broke off. I contacted my dealer for a replacement as the car is still under a bumper to bumper warranty. The dealer informed me that because I pulled the dipstick out of the engine rather than a dealer service department, the warrant is not applicable. In effect, the dealer told me that they must do all of the oil level checks, otherwise I do not have a warranty on the components affected. I appealed to customer service and they confirmed the dealer's decision. The consequence of the failure is that the oil level, necessary to ensure safe operation of the car, can not be checked.

car   Engine problem 6
Failure Date: 02/08/2007

A problem with the malfunction of the coils on the 03 engines of vw gl turbo. The problem causes the engine to misfire, making accelerations difficult and continuation of the operation of the vehicle dangerous. I was unable to continue driving, had to have it towed and then was charged an excessive amount at the dealership to replace the coils, even though this problem has been prevalent in these engines.

car   Engine problem 7
Failure Date: 11/13/2006

2003 vw Passat w8 overheated after being serviced for temp sensor. Engine seemed to blow head gasket. Car had to be towed back to dealer where service was performed. Vehicle still there and damage maybe worse.

car   Engine problem 8
Failure Date: 12/17/2005

The contact stated while driving the vehicle the stop engine now- low oil pressure light illuminated. She pulled the vehicle off the road for inspection. She checked the dip stick for an oil reading. The reading indicated the vehicle contained no oil in the engine. She added oil to the engine before driving the vehicle to the dealership. The dealer diagnosed the vehicle as having sludge build up in the engine. The engine will have to be replaced in order to fix the problem. No however, repairs have been made .

car   Engine problem 9
Failure Date: 01/23/2005

I own a 2003 Passat GLS with about 40,000 miles on it. A few days ago, the oil pressure light came on advising that I stop driving the car. As I was just pulling into parking lot of my work, I parked the car and had it towed. The first thing the mechanic from vw told me was my warranty would not be honored without proof of all my service records from vw. I do have the oil changed regularly but not always at 4,999 miles. I have moved and have had the oil changed at different places and have had trouble getting all my records. After several conversations in which I was t old mulitple things about what caused the light to come on, I received a call saying that my engine was scorched and needed to be replaced at the cost of $11,000. I could not produce all oil changes done to the car in the almost two years I woned it and vw would not honor my warranty even though I paid for extended coverage. The mechanic at vw said it is rare that anyone can produce all records and this is a common problem due to lack of precise maintenance. I have not had an new engine put in the car as the car isn't even worth the cost of the engine. I am looking into the possibility of rebulit engine.

car   Engine problem 10
Failure Date: 01/01/2005

I am currently having an issue with a 2003 vw Passat. After 27,000 miles, the engine and possible the turbo has gone, and the dealer is saying that the repairs will cost 9,000 dollars. Volks wagen has had an oil sludge problem with this year of Passats that typically results in this problem, even after suggested maintenance. Volkswagen issued a notice to their customers of this problem about 3 months ago, and also recommended that their drivers change the oil to a synthetic oil. I have been changing my oil at the recommended 5,000 mile increments, although using a non-synthetic brand of oil. I am now having a very hard time coming up with my oil change receipts. I can prove that I changed the oil 3 times although I need to prove I changed it 5 times for the warranty to kick in. Even after changing the oil at the required increments my engine is gone due to a known problem that vw is not taking responsibility for. I am extremely frustrated and angry at the service that I am currently receiving and would like to take action on this matter ? as I am currently sitting with a 9,000 bill for a problem that vw has admitted to, although will not take responsibility for.

car   Engine problem 11
Failure Date: 12/20/2004

The oil light came on. Consumer took the vehicle to the dealer, who wanted $11,000. 00 to replace an engine for oil sludge. Consumer stated that vw has clearly admitted to the sludge problem. Article attach from Volkswagen to work with dealers to improve guidelines for sludge repairs.

car   Engine problem 12
Failure Date: 06/04/2003

In follow up to reading an article about "oil sludge" problems in vw's. I have recently had my engine replaced on a 2003 vw 1. 8 liter turbocharged Passat. The engine seized due to oil sludge problems. The engine was replaced approximately 2 months ago. The vehicle had 36,000 miles and was properly maintained.

car   Engine problem 13
Failure Date: 04/14/2003

On April 14, 2005 I was going to work when a warning light came on that said stop. I called commonwealth motors and was told by larry riggins to check the oil level to see if needed to add oil, so I did. That did not resolve problem. I called back the dealer, who gave me the tow number for Volkswagen, and said that he would set up an appointment that day. After waiting for two hours we were towed in only to find that they would not even look at car till next day. Next day, larry called and said that they needed to pull engine and look at oil pan which could add up to a lot of money. When questioned due to the car's warranty, larry informed me that only if I had all of the maintenance records, including oil changes, Volkswagen would not honor the 5 year power train warranty, under 50,000 miles. Car has been there for 3 days with no resolution. After researching I found a site called vwlemon. Com and discovered that known to Volkswagen ,but unbeknownst to me, Volkswagen Passats with 1. 8 turbo engine had a design flaw that caused engine to become clogged with sludge which could completely seize the engine. I was fortunately not on the freeway when this occurred so that I could safely pull over. Certainly it was a safety issue and a manufactured design flaw that Volkswagen of America will not pay for.

car   Engine problem 14
Failure Date: 12/17/2002

2003 Passat v6 engines upper end of the engine drains of oil allowing knocking for 1-2 seconds before the oil circulates. (metal on metal noise).

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