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2008 Volkswagen Passat Wagon Recalls & Reliability

Recalls

There has been 1 safety recall issued from NHTSA.

ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLINGRecall Date: 05/22/2008
  • Summary: VOLKSWAGEN IS RECALLING 4,000 MY 2008 PASSAT AND MY 2009 TIGUAN PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH 2.0T FSI ULEV II ENGINES. THESE VEHICLES HAVE AN ENGINE CONTROL MODULE (ECM) CONTAINING SOFTWARE THAT MAY NOT PROPERLY CONTROL ENGINE IDLE WITH THE AIR CONDITIONING TURNED ON. IN RARE CASES, THE ECM MAY UNEXPECTEDLY INCREASE ENGINE RPM.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 4000
  • Consequence: AN ENGINE SURGE CAUSED BY AN UNEXPECTED INCREASE IN ENGINE RPM MAY SURPRISE THE VEHICLE OPERATOR AND CAN RESULT IN A CRASH WITHOUT WARNING.
  • Remedy: DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND UPDATE THE ECM SOFTWARE FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT MAY 30, 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT VOLKSWAGEN AT 1-800-893-5298.
  • Notes: VOLKSWAGEN RECALL NO. 24M9/R7. CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 08V235000

Reliability

Our reliability score is based on the J.D. Power and Associates Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS) rating or, if unavailable, the J.D. Power Predicted Reliability rating.

Dependability Ratings1 2008
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Powertrain Dependability
Feature & Accessory Dependability
Body & Interior Dependability

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Warranty

The Passat Wagon comes with a four-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty. Volkswagen also supports the Passat with free roadside assistance for four years, a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty and 12-year/unlimited distance corrosion protection.

Volkswagen has a problematic reliability record, but VW is trying to change this image. CNET reports, "The car feels well built, as if VW is seeking to combat past quality problems by overbuilding hinges and hatches. The hood and doors all close with a satisfying solidity, while plastic interior hatches and drawers also feel like they're in it for the long haul." However, regardless of VW's achievements in producing such a solid vehicle, most reviewers are still skeptical. USA Today notes, "Reliability's the question mark. The previous Passat shows up as the very worst among family cars in Consumer Reports magazine's predicted reliability chart. The '07 is a new design. That can be good, or it can be otherwise."

Warranty information last updated: 2/17/09

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