Automatic Transmission Problems of Volkswagen Passat - part 1

Volkswagen Passat owners have reported 84 problems related to automatic transmission (under the power train category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Volkswagen Passat based on all problems reported for the Passat.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2012 Volkswagen Passat 1
Failure Date: 01/02/2012

The contact owns a 2012 Volkswagen Passat. The contact stated that when the accelerator pedal was depressed, the vehicle would hesitate before accelerating. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the dealer advised the contact that the failure was common, but there was nothing that could be done to fix the problem. The dealer test drove another vehicle of the same year and model and the failure also occurred in the test vehicle. The contact stated that the failure would only occur intermittently. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 10 and the current mileage was 3,500. Updated 04/19/lj.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Passat 2
Failure Date: 07/20/2011

Check engine (mil) light turned on, car all of a sudden idles at a higher rpm while we were driving!!! vehicle was taken into the dealership. Car is only under warranty for 36,000 miles or 3 years! dealership ran diagnostic, came up with: code p0123 (throttle high input), p0299 (turbo under boost), p0456 (evap leak), p1098 (intake turning valve short to b+), code p2004 (intake runner stuck), code p3237 (intake runner basic settings). Dealer recommended intake runner motor replacement & replacement of turbo & n80 valve, also cv boot needs replacement. Total cost of repairs over $1200!!! we always take care of our vehicles and have them serviced at the dealership. Vehicle has also had defective interior parts. Interior trim (all switches - lock, window & radio are bubbling and chipping). Door panel trim (rubber is peeling). Shift knob - metallic piece on shift knob, peeled and dug into skin and caused injury. Carbon fiber dash is peeling apart. Contacted vw of America, per their customer service rep, they are unable to make any repairs due to the age and mileage of the vehicle. Car is a 2006 - 67,000 miles. Less than 5 years old. I would have never purchased a Volkswagen had I known they were not reliable vehicles. Unknowledgable sales reps, or just after customers to make a buck. Selling people unreliable vehicles and Volkswagen clearly does not take care of their customers nor do they care about customer loyalty or safety.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Passat 3
Failure Date: 07/12/2010

When braking or idle, my 2006 vw Passat (3. 6l) will idle at an increased rpm (just less than 1000, typically it is at 600-700 when running correctly). This will make the car difficult to brake and hold stopped and has almost resulted in a accident numerous times. The car will continue to idle at this higher rpm until you begin driving again and the problem will likely occur at the next traffic light. The only solution for when this happens is to put the car in neutral. It is very difficult to hold down the brake pedal under this increased engine idle and makes it difficult to bring the car to a stop. The problem seems to be extremely frequent when under hot temperatures or when the ac is being run. This has been ongoing for years but they have been unable to fix it. There are other reports of this happening from other drivers.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2007 Volkswagen Passat 4
Failure Date: 07/10/2010

The car will idle at 900-1000 rpm when coming to a complete stop. Brake must be held heavily and if released, car will lunge forward without driver engaging accelerator. This occurs intermittently after car has sat in the hot sun. Temperatures are not above normal for the area this summer. Took car to dealer (mileage 38,000). Problem replicated for dealer and service dept contacted vw of America (vwa) for assistance. Vwa contends that operation is within normal specs and that car is commanding the higher idle speed to bump up alternator output. Vwa states this is due to high summer temps although summer temps for the area are average this year. We and dealer are not satisfied with answer but vwa refuses to investigate further and closed the issue. Dealer reports another car of same make experiencing the same problem.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2010 Volkswagen Passat 5
Failure Date: 06/06/2010

I purchased 2010 vw Passat in June 2010. The car started to jump on acceleration from stop, auto hold button did not work, and car was rolling back on mild slope. I took car to the vw dealership. I was told that it is not safe to drive the car. I had to wait for 2 weeks since the part was coming from germany. They replaced the mechatronic unit and autohold button. The car is not jumping now but I have a feeling the problem is coming back since it does not go smoothly from stop to drive sometimes. Autohold button is working. If the autohold button is not on, a car is still rolling back on a mild slope so you have to move your foot quickly from brake to gas and pray there is no car behind you. 2010 vw Passat performs very well after you reach 60 miles and over but below that speed, it takes times to pick up a speed. Sometimes, the gas pedal hits the floor and a car is still not picking up the speed. Driving in a sport mode does not help, since the traffic is on stop and go.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2010 Volkswagen Passat 6
Failure Date: 05/20/2010

Test drove new vw Passat (2010) not understanding the dsg type of transmission, first drive from a red light had the car jerking a little. Thought this was unusual but accepted the car for the performance. After reading about the dsg and double clutch transmission being a smooth transmission. I knew I had an issue with the trans. (very jerky starts from a dead stop after engine got warm) I thought the "auto hold" switch was stuck in the on position. Vw confirmed no problem with that switch. (the rough starts felt like a beginner on a manual drive transmission on a steep hill. ). 1st round of complainants, vw replaced "clutch pack" but symptoms would not go away . After many frustrating days hoping the symptom would go away, I pushed vw to fix or buy back the car. Finally had vw consultant (an outside mechanic working the regional area) test and approve the "mechatronic unit " swap out for it was at fault. Vw replaced at 3254 miles. Waiting see how long this will last as many blogs have stated this is a growing trend.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2004 Volkswagen Passat 7
Failure Date: 05/15/2010

Automatic transmission hard downshifts from 5th to 4th. Took to dealership to investigate. They claimed transmission needed replacing. Called manufacturer to request they take ownership of issue. They declined any responsibility but did not deny issue. Transmissions in modern cars rarely break pointing towards a manufacturing defect or design flaw. Safety hazard is that the transmission could break, lock up or seize and cause an accident.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Passat 8
Failure Date: 04/05/2010

Vw, 2006 Passat, now has a "steering column defect" warning, and the car doesn't start. The car has 60,000 miles on it, and this started just after the 50,000 mile warranty expired. The car also stalls at high speed when this light comes on without warning, and can cause a serious accident. The car also has a problem with downshifting when on the highway, and slams into low gear as though the car hit something. The dealer cannot find the problem when the car is put on the diagnostic computer. I have read many other complaints on the internet about these same issues with the 2006 Passat, and found that the fix for the steering column alone costs between $1400 and $2000. Because this appears to be a factory defect, and it is a safety issue, I wanted to report it as such. Although there hasn't been an accident caused in my case, the potential for disaster is huge. I'm afraid to drive the car, because this is a recurring problem, and can happen at any time.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2010 Volkswagen Passat 9
Failure Date: 01/15/2010

I purchased a 2010 vw Passat wagon with dsg in Dec. '09. Since the beginning I noticed a strange quivering/shutter as it gears down from 2nd to 1st gear. I took it in at 1500 miles and a service coordinator told me it was "normal". It progressively got worse and became a vibrating clunk when gearing down. It also started lurching forward when stopped as I took my foot off the brake. I couldn't accept that the car was engineered to act this way. I took it back at 4,000 miles and they drove it and agreed there was an issue and duplicated it during a drive. They reset the electronic settings to factory and told me it was fixed. I drove it off the lot and immediately felt the same problem. I took it back and they said they had to consult with vw for a further fix. They got with vw and concluded the transmission needed a replacement front clutch pack. So the parts are on order. I have no confidence this will fix it since I have newly learned about all of the dsg issues in previous models with same transmission that seem to have no fix. It is extremely frustrating to pay $32k for a car that is broken from the beginning. Vw needs their feet held to the fire just as Toyota is with their quality problems. At least Toyota has stepped up to the plate to address their with finality.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2002 Volkswagen Passat 10
Failure Date: 01/15/2010

About 9 months ago I was caught in a heavy rainstorm with my 2002 Passat 1. 8t. Water flooded the battery compartment due to drainage hole located under the battery clogged with leaf debris. All power (steering, brakes, etc. ) was lost and car stalled out on the highway. Now the car's brakes are malfunctioning in freezing weather. The brake pedal sticks to the floor at times; other times the pedal is very hard and must be stomped on to stop the car. I cannot use the car under these circumstances as it is too dangerous. Vw dealership confirmed diagnosis of problem as resulting from freezing water in brake booster. I reported the problem to vw customer care. They refuse to reimburse me for the dealer's $1600 fee to replace the booster, booster lines and vacuum pump. Why hasn't NHTSA forced vw to issue a recall as I've discovered there have been numerous other similar complaints? vw's stance on this was that the problem would be noticed in the driveway or at low speeds and therefore doesn't pose a safety hazard. This is totally unacceptable as temperatures can change quickly during a journey. Why has NHTSA backed down in the face of such a lame response? I will never again buy another vw car since their vaulted safety reputation is not deserved and their customer service stinks.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2001 Volkswagen Passat 11
Failure Date: 03/12/2009

Front ball joint failure at approx. 35,000 miles. Then a lower control arm failure at 95,000 miles. Old control arm is available.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2001 Volkswagen Passat 12
Failure Date: 12/12/2008

Dec 12th 2008 the interior of my passt was flooded with water, vw service removed 10 + gallons of water which entered from air plenum /pollen filter hosing(cabin area). Service informed me of the p9 recall for the Passats manufactured Nov '00 to Dec '05. But, vw of America will not help me they said my VIN # is not in the recall. The computers are on the floor of car. Air bag is in default damage from electrical damage from water damage. . My trans mod is wrecked from the water damage, just the part alone will cost $1,300. I have lost work and can not drive. The make of car & year is in recall so why is my VIN not included?! someone please, please help me.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2005 Volkswagen Passat 13
Failure Date: 11/07/2008

I currently lease a 2005 vw Passat. Warranty offered: 5 yr/ 50,000 mile. Approx. Nov 7, 2008 vehicle dashboard began to register "stop oil press low". Immediately pulled into closest gas station and purchased a synthetic oil for vw thinking this would solve the problem. On Nov 17, 2008 dashboard lit up again with same message and immediately brought vehicle into vista vw, pompano bch, florida. Was instructed that issue was possibly due to faulty oil pressure dip stick cylinder and need of oil change. (cylinder replaced and oil change completed) prior oil change was completed at vista vw pompano beach. Vw mechanic placed a clear oil change maint. Sticker with incorrect mileage due at next oil change. Oil change should have occurred at 38,000 miles vs. 45,000. Vista vw stated I would need to pay for a diagnostic test to be completed (approx $166. 00) as well as an hourly charge for labor (approx. $110 p/hr) not including any and all repair to be paid for upon completion. This due to warranty expired. Brought vehicle in at 792 miles over 50,000. Due to the expense that I would have incurred it was not feasible for me to go ahead and perform this diagnostic test hence causing me to leave no further choice but to decline service. I attempted to trade my Passat in early and release a new vehicle and was unsuccessful in doing so. Approximately 1 month later I was at gunther vw coconut creek and informed finance mgr that I now have an engine light on. I was told to try and drive the vehicle back home and see if the light goes out. That maybe it's a faulty sensor. Upon arrival at my residence the vehicle completely shut down and engine failed. The following day I had the vehicle towed to a mechanic. My mechanic stated that the approx. Cost for repair would be anywhere between $8,000 - $10,000. I immediately began research and found there is a lawsuit from the consumers of vw Passats in regard to this exact same mechanical issue & vw will not comply with this issue.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Passat 14
Failure Date: 10/13/2008

The contact owns a 2006 Volkswagen Passat. While driving approximately 30 to 35 mph on normal road conditions; proceeding from a traffic signal with pressure applied to the accelerator pedal there was no power. There were several attempts before the vehicle was able to resume normal operation. The failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician was unable to duplicate the failure. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure mileage was 8,742. Updated 3/8/10 the consumer stated the vehicle would hesitate and then stall. The ignition was replaced as well.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2003 Volkswagen Passat 15
Failure Date: 10/05/2008

I have a 2003 Volkswagen Passat and for a little while now it has been saying this: stop,oil pressure,stop motor,service manual. This is now happened 3 times. The first time it happened I took it to the dealer(which is not where I purchased my car) and they changed the oil filter which cost me $160. My car worked for about 2 months and it happened again,and the dealer then said it was the oil pump and wanted $965 to fix it. I,however took somewhere else got the problem fixed for $720. It has just recently happened again. I went to change the oil and transmission fluid was accidentally drained. The dealer fixed the problem and now says there is something wrong with the transmission,the car is drivable but now for long. This the second time something has gone wrong with the transmission.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2004 Volkswagen Passat 16
Failure Date: 09/08/2008

The contact owns a 2004 Volkswagen Passat. The contact stated that water has accumulated in the sun roof and over time the water has leaked down to the transmission module causing the transmission to malfunction. The contact took the vehicle to a dealer and the dealer stated the transmission module needs to be replaced. The contact stated this is a known issue for this year make and model. The contact stated the manufacturer should issue a recall for the sun roof. The failure mileage was 100,000. The VIN was unavailable.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2003 Volkswagen Passat 17
Failure Date: 06/20/2008

My 2003 Volkswagen Passat is holding 6inches or more of water on the passenger side in the floor board and has shorted out the computer underneath, in servicing the car the technician advised he found 3 other Volkswagen Passats of the same year to have the same defect. I have also been advised that a serious crash could have resulted because the computer underneath regulates the transmission.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2000 Volkswagen Passat 18
Failure Date: 06/06/2008

1. My 2000 vw Passat 1. 8t automatic reached 130k miles. 2. There is a failure in whatever component stabilizes the steering wheel at idle when the car is in drive or reverse. The problem does not in occur when at idle in neutral. The exact symptoms of the problem are a very strong vibration that can be felt through the steering wheel and the entire cabin. The only fix has been to put the car in neutral when at the stop sign/light. 3. Corrective actions that have been taken so far are new engine mounts, new transmission mounts, new transmission stabilizer bar, and verifying the drive belt is tight enough. Vw is well aware of the problem, because it is a common problem that occurs in b5 & b5. 5 model automatic Passats. There are some reports of Passats with low mileage that have this problem. The vw corporation does not have a solution. People have literally traded in their Passats, because they can't fix the problem. My stand is that there is no way that a car company this size doesn't have a clue as to what causes this problem and how to fix it. I refuse to subscribe to the notion that I have to buy another car when this problem occurs.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2002 Volkswagen Passat 19
Failure Date: 06/01/2008

My car has suddenly started to downshift on it's own , rpm's will also continue to increase when taking foot off accelerator, and then suddenly when attempting to accelerate from a stop the car will not react at all for several seconds and then rapidly surges forward uncontrollably. This all in conjunction with a continued complaint of a burning smell from my central dashboard vent. ( this burning was supposed to have been remedied by a recent recall. The mechanic and service advisor were able to duplicate this , but it was deemed normal and without duplication by the head mechanic. The service manager later investigated this and decided a new catalytic converter may remedy the situation. This has not helped and the car continues to react inconsistently with sudden downshifting while accelerating and then sudden rapid acceleration surges forward which seem very unsafe when negotiating busy city streets. My car has only 49,000 miles on it!.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Passat 20
Failure Date: 05/13/2008

The contact owns a 2006 Volkswagen jetta. When idling on an incline, the vehicle lunges backwards several feet. The only way to stop the vehicle from rolling backwards is to apply excessive pressure to the accelerator pedal to offset the steady decline. The dealer stated that this was a common failure due to a potential design flaw with the combination manual and automatic transmission. A permanent remedy has not yet been discovered. The contact called the manufacturer and was referred to NHTSA. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 4 and current mileage was 40,000.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Passat 21
Failure Date: 05/01/2008

I have a 2006 vw Passat 3. 6l. During the summer months or during hot days I turn on my a/c to high. When I do this occasionally, my cars engine will race and the rpm's will shoot up from about 600 to around 900-1000. This idle raise causes the car to surge forward thus making me the driver have to really push hard on the brake to stop the vehicle from moving forward. I understand that is what brakes are for, but I have almost been in 3 or 4 minor fender benders because of this. I am conscious of this on a daily basis in phoenix. I know others are having this problem and there is a recall out for some of the newer Passat vehicles, but none for my 2006. I must stress this happens all the time when the a/c is on high and during the hotter times of the year.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2003 Volkswagen Passat 22
Failure Date: 04/05/2008

1. Driving car transmission shifted erratically when pulling out of house. Also hit another car as transmission shifted without doing anything. 2. Always when rains. 3. Sunroof drain/air plenum area dealer said was blocked and water went down b pillar. Shorted out transmission computer in passenger foot well. Water passed over junction connections in b pillar also shorted out airbag sensor and other electrical. Vw now issues service action 66c8/p9 to cover this which was not listed as maintenance. Dealer said he was not doing this. Very poor design. If drains for sun roof and plenum clog then water goes inside and shorts critical electronics. Transmission computer in passenger footwheel which filled with water costs $2000 and could of been my life. In general this car has had many recalls and is unsafe. I have had it for 5 years and only 38k miles and every recall has surface as problem in this car from seat heaters staying on, brake lights shorting, head leaking, front suspension assembly vibrating loose almost causing accident.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2001 Volkswagen Passat 23
Failure Date: 01/27/2008

My car is a 2001 v6, we had heavy rain during the past week and one morning my car had a puddle in the passenger side and failed to start or even put in gear the mechanic explained the transmission computer was flooded and it took 4 days for them to take all water out of the car and test all sensors .

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2003 Volkswagen Passat 24
Failure Date: 12/14/2007

Car makes jump when slowing down looks like trouble with the transmission. After four times I took the car for check up in northeast wv outlet in philadelphia,PA problem is still there. They replaced the battery, ignition coils reset computer and so and so but looks like they can't solve that problem. My wife drives this car ,and this scares her, she gets nervous and can cause an accident.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Passat 25
Failure Date: 09/17/2007

My 2006 Passat 3. 6 has shifting problems when down shifting from 2nd to 1st. . Car sounds like sledge hammer hitting under hood when down shifting. . This has happened 6 times now when coming to a stop from high speeds. . This will cause car to push forward when problems starts. . Could cause accident.

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