Radiator Hose Problems of Volkswagen Passat

Volkswagen Passat owners have reported 7 problems related to radiator hose (under the engine and engine cooling 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   Radiator Hose problem of the 2003 Volkswagen Passat 1
Failure Date: 06/12/2009

I purchased a 2003 Volkswagen Passat from flow motors of greensboro, nc. The vehicle was certified by Volkswagen with a two year 24,000 warrant. The engine blew when is was 260 miles over or outside the warranty. The cause of the engine blowing was due to oil pressure and the lack of oil pressure in the engine. My wife and three year old were driving back from washington, d. C. To greensboro and broke down in lynchburg, v. A. The service manager at terry's Volkswagen in lynchburg towed the vehicle in to their shop and looked at the engine. They reported that a cam bolt snapped in the engine which caused the oil pressure to cease and in return caused the engine to blow. They told me that a cam bolt should never snap and this was a product failure. Flow motors retrieved the vehicle and denied any responsibility for the product failure and recommended I put a new engine in the vehicle at the cost of 6,500. I replaced the engine and a couple of months later had to replace a cooling flange at 300. 00 and after that a vacuum hose at 300. 00. Before replacing the vacuum hose there was a leak in my back floorboard and had the vehicle in at flow motors on two occasion but they could not locate the leak but still charged me 50. 00 to look for the leak. I've had to cut the carpet out of the back floorboard because of mold. Volkswagen broke my hood support bar and also refused to cover the expenses to pay for that. When the vehicle's engine blew my wife called me immediately to tell me the engine light was on. I told her to pull over immediately and she did. When she came to a stop the engine cut off and would not start back up. The engine had just over 91,000 and can't accept having to replace the engine when all the maintenance was kept up. Terry Volkswagen says the cam bolt snapped and stated that should never happen on a vehicle with only 91,000. I have complained to Volkswagen, the bbb, and currently am speaking with an attorney.

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car image   Radiator Hose problem of the 2004 Volkswagen Passat 2
Failure Date: 12/28/2007

On 12/28/2007 the oil cooler on my 2004 Passat failed and allowed large quantities of oil to leak into the coolant. The oil cooler repair was covered under vw's powertrain warranty. Per the Passat owner's manual and per verbal confirmation from vw, when a part covered under warranty fails and causes damage to other parts, those other parts are covered under warranty as well. In this case the dealer, flow Volkswagen of greensboro, nc, replaced not only the oil cooler but also the coolant reservoir, and flushed the cooling system 3 times. During the service they telephoned me at work and gave me a quote of nearly $300 to replace the thermostat because they felt it could have been damaged by the fouled coolant. At that time I was not aware that the thermostat was covered under warranty, nor did I know that the dealer already had the thermostat completely out of the vehicle. The dealers service technician noted that the coolant was the consistency of mud. The $300 quote that the flow Volkswagen dealer gave me involved a double charge on the labor as well as violated vw's warranty policy that the thermostat should have been covered. The dealer was already going to charge vw for the removal of the thermostat and other cooling system components, yet they were calling to ask me to pay for the labor as well as for the warranty covered part itself (the thermostat) that was damaged by the oil cooler's leak. During the phone call when I was given the quote the flow Volkswagen service personnel told me that the thermostat might be okay since they were cleaning it. In August of 2008, the Passat's check engine light came on. According to flow Volkswagen this time, the thermostat needed to be replaced and the total charge would be $478.

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car image   Radiator Hose problem of the 2000 Volkswagen Passat 3
Failure Date: 08/10/2006

Purchased my 2000 Passat in 2003, had numerous problems since. It seemed like everything on the car had to be replaced. The control arms, O2 sensors, twice, belts, stereo didn't turn on, all new hoses right away, all 4 window regulators, and now to top it all off, the abs lights kept coming on. My husband has a 2000 Audi a4, virtually the same car, and had to replace all of the same things. The abs seemed to work fine, but the dealer said it would be $1800 to fix it. I looked at some online forums and found thousands of people with similar problems. The manufacturer, (bosch or Volkswagen, should do something about this. My car has been parked since August 2006 because I don't have money to fix it! I am college student. Help!.

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car image   Radiator Hose problem of the 1998 Volkswagen Passat 4
Failure Date: 05/20/2004

Daily driving conditions the abs light comes on with audible warning and the brake light blinks continuously. Root problem is the abs electronic module that is malfunctioning. This is a very common problem as much web research has been conducted through online Passat forums.

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car image   Radiator Hose problem of the 1999 Volkswagen Passat 5
Failure Date: 06/09/1999

Passenger side air bag cover is not fitted correctly. The dealer attemped to install a new cover. Also there was anti-freeze leakage all over the engine two months after purchase of vehicle. Anti freeze had hardened. Dealer said that the rubber hose had failed under normal driving coditions. Dealership replaced the hose on 6-16-99. Consumer stated the airbag was replaced by dealer on June 16, 1999 however the airbag was again not fitted correctly and popped up and therefore it was not secure, also the radio does not work properly on the am band, there is interference.

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car image   Radiator Hose problem of the 1999 Volkswagen Passat 6

While travling noticed hot steam coming from engine. Consumer pulled vehicle over to the shoulders and noticed cooling system hose was cut by engine cover when vibrating. Please provide further information.

car image   Radiator Hose problem of the 1999 Volkswagen Passat 7

While traveling noticed hot steam coming from engine. Consumer pulled over, opened hood, and noticed cooling hose was cut by engine cover from vibration. Please provide further information.

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